The Pastor’s Study

Pastor Larry Zimmerman at the church pulpit.

Dear Friends,

Welcome to the web page of the First Congregational Church of Cherryfield. Whether you are a member checking on the latest news, a friend checking in, or someone looking for a church home, we are pleased to hear from you.

In the year and a half that I have been serving in Cherryfield, I have found this to be more than a welcoming community. It is a place of vigor and good fellowship. We may be a small church, but we are a mighty church in enthusiastic worship and community outreach. Our prayer list alone is evident of our concern for the needs of people in our community and beyond.

If you are looking for a church home, I want to take this opportunity to invite you to worship. If you want to experience community fellowship, come and enjoy one of our church suppers.

The spirit of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ is truly present in this place, and his power and grace are evident in so many ways.

I pray that your day is going well and should you need prayers, guidance, or a place to come and praise God, please let us know.

Below, you will find messages from the heart and scripture about the love of our Savior Jesus Christ. I hope that these messages inspire you to walk closer with God and to seek His face more often. Please share them with your friends and family!

May God’s grace be with you always,

Rev. Larry A. Zimmerman, Pastor

 

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Pastor Larry working on his sermon in the study.

CHURCH CHAT
A Newsletter from the First Congregational Church in Cherryfield, Maine
November 2013

Our Mission Statement
The First Congregational Church of Cherryfield is a community of faith that has joined together as family. We welcome all people at all points on their spiritual journey in order to spread God’s love and compassion here and throughout the world.

Greetings,

A few weeks ago I was going through some old papers in the church office and came upon a newsletter from the 1980’s. On the heading were the words “A Small Church with a big Yankee Heart.” I thought that a clever statement that spoke well of this church and decided to add it to our church sign out front.
In our present day, we are conditioned to believe that bigger is always better. The bigger the store, the better price or variety. The bigger the house we build, the better impression is made. “Giant” size products are always followed by the words “economy” give us a better deal. Many of us think this is also true for churches. Yes, large churches have their place and many are drawn to them. But did you realize that most churches in America–in fact 70%–have less than 75 members. We sometimes think because we are small, somehow we are limited in what we can accomplish.
A classmate of mine wrote a book a few years back called “Small Churches are the right size.” Well, I won’t go into details here, but his premise is that smallness does not limit the impact a church can have on people’s lives nor on what they can accomplish in their communities. I would suggest, and quite proudly I admit, that the Cherryfield Church would qualify. There is a lot of energy and desire to serve Jesus Christ and that is just as valued and powerful as any church on the planet.
This time of year when we think of Thanksgiving and being appreciative for all that we have, may we also consider the blessings that our church brings into our lives. With the contributions of those who attend regularly, our friends from away along with our summer visitors who support this church, all help to keep our doors open and our hands ready to serve. We are most thankful.
May you have a wonderful Thanksgiving where blessings abound.

May your holidays be filled with love and, many blessings.

Rev. Larry A. Zimmerman, Pastor

 IMPORTANT DATES FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Dec. 1 First Sunday in Advent
“Hanging of the Greens”-a service of song and Advent preparations as we decorate the sanctuary.

Dec. 8, 2nd Sunday in Advent
Our congregation will worship at the Milbridge Congregational Church and share in their Christmas Pageant. Service is at 10:30.

Wed, Dec. 11 at 12 noon
The ladies of the Milbridge Church invite our ladies to the Annual Christmas Party. Bring a wrapped gift and dessert. They will provide the rest. They guarantee lots of joy and laughter!

Dec. 15, 3rd Sunday in Advent
Lighting of the Advent Candle
Dec. 22, 4th Sunday in Advent
Lighting of the Advent Candle

Tuesday, Dec. 24 Christmas Eve
Carols & Scripture at 7 PM

Sunday, Dec. 29
The Year-end Share Service & Hymn Sing. Bring a reading or story to tell if you wish and have your favorite hymn picked out.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Responses

  1. Dear Pastor:
    Nice photos, love your office! Loved your family newsletter, short, informative and to the point! Just enough information, but not TOO much, perfect. Regards and love to Alice. Let me know if you need help with any sermon titles, I’d be glad to help you out.
    Many blessings,
    Rain


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