Winthrop Congregational Church, UCC
No matter who you are. No matter where you are on life's journey. You are welcome here!
December 18th, 2023
Beloveds in Christ,
I am writing this letter by lantern-light, listening to our neighbor's generator drone away in the aftermath of a terrible storm. So much of the eastern US has been walloped by wind and rain. Kennebec County was hit particularly hard. Thousands of households are like ours, without power and water-logged. I heard that the power company hopes to start restoring power tonight. It will likely take days to get everyone's lights back on.
Advent has been challenging this year. In the wake of a mass shooting here in Maine that took so many lives and changed so many families forever, with the constant stream of images of the bombardment of Gaza, alongside the devastation wrought by mining companies in the Democratic Republic of Congo and the horrific bloodshed in Sudan, the world seems very weary and far from rejoicing.
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As we often say, no matter who you are or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
Since its founding in 1776, our Winthrop Church has borne witness to the belief that God's love is a gift for all people and for all times. In January of 2017, the church took a step of faith and committed to raise the funds to help us live into our next steps as a place of welcome for all people. With our neighbors' help and the commitment of our church members, we were able to fulfill the promises we made.