Sunday Mornings at 10 am
• Coffee hour after each worship.
• Communion the first Sunday of the month.
By God's Grace, West Parish Congregational Church, United Church of Christ, is committed to nurturing and celebrating God's love in our lives, in the Church family, the community and in the world.
Pastor Tim's first Sunday with us was September 13!
Plan to wear name tags for his first 4 Sundays with us ~ your tag will be available at the church ~ this will be a super aid in his getting acquainted!
Rev. Dr. Tim LeConey, the youngest of five children, grew up in southern New Jersey in an American Baptist church and went to Drew University in Madison, NJ.
While working at Camp Oceanwood in Ocean Park, Maine, during his college years, he met his future wife, Mary, and discovered a call to ministry. Tim attended
Andover Newton Theological School and received a Master of Divinity in 2000, the same year that he was ordained as a minister in the United Church of Christ.
Tim served as Associate Pastor of the First Congregational Church of Essex Junction, Vermont, for five years and then Pastor of the First Congregational Church
of Fryeburg, Maine, for ten years. In 2013, Tim graduated from Bangor Seminary with a doctorate in ministry. Tim and Mary have three children: Liam, 20, will
attend the University of Maine at Farmington; Ben, 17, is a senior at Fryeburg Academy. Evan, 13, is an 8th grader at Molly Ockett Middle School. Tim enjoys
hiking, nordic skiing, running, reading, listening to music, and singing.
The improvements to the parsonnage and the church administrative office are complete much to everyone's satisfaction! Come by and visit the office!
TREAT YOURSELF TO WPCC ON FACEBOOK: West Parish Congregational Church UCC ~ ENJOY!
FROM PASTOR TIM:
I greet you in the name and spirit of Christ! It's been a little over three weeks since my first day as pastor of the West Parish Congregational Church, UCC, and the words that come to mind are "blessed" and "thankful." It's been something of a blur but, as I've met and spent time with many of you, worshiped together, and participated in groups and activities, I have found that I have been called to be a part of a healthy, vibrant church community. Your faith and enthusiasm is contagious and I am looking forward to learning and growing along with you!
My family and I have enjoyed spending time in the parsonage and thanks to all of you who have spent time and energy painting, providing furniture, and splitting wood among many other things to make it such a bright and welcoming place! We have felt welcomed and at home. This is a church that has and practices the gift of hospitality and that is evident in many ways. It is also a church that does an excellent job of caring for each other and reaching out to neighbors near and far. Can you tell that I am excited to be here?
There are a few things coming up this month and beyond that I want to highlight. First, on Sunday, October 4th, we will have an inter- generational Family Worship. All ages will be in worship for the entire service as we celebrate Communion together. The structure of the service will be slightly different as there will be more music (including the debut of our ukulele trio!), more children and youth involvement, and a story for all ages rather than a sermon. This will be the usual format for the first Sunday of each month through the fall months and into the season of Advent. Also, towards the end of the month and into November, there will be opportunities for informal, small-group gatherings in homes for me to get to know you (and vice versa) and for us to discuss your hopes and dreams for the church. Look for the sign-up sheet for these gatherings in the Chapel.
These first few months will be a time of getting acquainted but also thinking about who we are and our purpose as a church moving forward. These are exciting times as God is calling all churches to think about and practice being church in new ways. As we move into the Fall, let us think about how we can continue to build on those practices of compassion, hospitality, and outreach as we share the love of Christ with our neighbors in community. God bless and be with you and your family and see you in church! Tim
Church Office Hours:
Thurs. & Fri., 9:30 - 4:30
Summer Hours: Thurs. 9:30 - 3:30
We are a church dedicated to extending Jesus' welcome to every person. Our mood is hopeful, our spirit is uplifting. As we gather to sing hymns from our rich heritage, to pray for healing of people and the earth, and to hear an inspiring message from our pastor, we are thankful for our legacy and for Christ's call to lovingly serve God and neighbor. In response to that call, we cheerfully support both global and local outreach to people in need.
West Parish Congregational Church was organized in 1796, and is the oldest continuing institution in the Town of Bethel, after the town itself. The current historic meetinghouse building on Church Street was originally built in 1847.
Reverend Dr. Tim LeConey, Minister
207-824-2688 Pastor's Office
Tues. 9-12:30 ~ Wed. 1:30-4:30 ~ Thurs. 9-12:30
Associate Pastor of Outreach ~ Rev. Robert Ross Ph.D., M.Div.
Grace-Street Ministry, Portland, Maine
207-824-2689 Church Office