WEST PARIS — June reminds those of us who are lucky enough to live in Maine to appreciate the goodness of our environment, and the people and our communities. Let’s turn our faces to the sun and smile. Join us on Sundays, at 9 a.m. where smiles abound. Music is performed by Tom Coolidge. Refreshments following the service. All are welcome.

We will be on summer break for the months of July and August. Summer services are held at the Universalist Church of West Sumner, in July and August at 11 a.m., followed by lunch. The address is 1114 Main St. (Rt. 219), Sumner. Contact Pauline Kirschner, pak1@megalionk.net, 207-388-2020, or cell 207-515-4390.

June 4, “One and All” with Peter T. Richardson who will lead the service this Sunday.  His topic is a presentation of the Universalist and Unitarian stories, with an emphasis on the great Maine frontier, from the beginning of the United States to the present.

He will illustrate with a slide show the patterns of Unitarian and particularly Universalist development in the State of Maine. Richardson graduated from Tufts and St. Lawrence Universities and was ordained by the First Universalist Church in Kent, Ohio in 1965, serving congregations in Kent, Midland, TX, Needham and Andover, MA, and Kennebunk. He is author of The Boston Religion, Universalists and Unitarians of Maine, and seven other books. He and his wife, Eleanor, live in his family home in Rockland.

June 11, “We Sing of Golden Mornings” led by The Rev. Fayre Stephenson. Natural beauty surrounds us here in the Oxford Hills, especially in the springtime. On this Sunday, in gratitude, we will join together in hymns and songs of praise for our natural environment, and we will hear about some of the composers who wrote those songs.

June 18, “Juneteenth and Flowers” led by The Rev. Fayre Stephenson. At our last service of the church year, we will celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Flower Communion as we celebrate our own Flower Communion. We will also tell the story of the Juneteenth holiday and celebrate African American freedom. You are invited to bring flowers from your garden but, don’t worry, if you don’t have a flower garden, there will be plenty of flowers to share.

For more information about the church and services, please contact Marta Clements, 674-2143, mclements96894@roadrunner.com, or Bob Clifford at 674-3442, bobarlen@megalink.net. To learn more about the Unitarian-Universalist Association, visit http://www.uua.org/.

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