Sunday Mornings at 10 am
• Coffee hour after each worship.
• Communion the first Sunday of the month ~ the first Sunday is also FAMILY Sunday.
* During the cold months, worship is in the Chapel,
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!
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. Mary is an Occupational Therapist with Androscoggin Home Health plus being with NH's Visiting Nurse program. 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.
West Parish Congregational United Church of Christ of Bethel
Is Looking to Hire A Christian Education Coordinator
Christian Education and Family Life are vital parts of a church community. The West Parish Congregational United Church of Christ of Bethel wishes to hire a Christian Education Coordinator to work with the minister and the Christian Education Committee to coordinate programs for youth and families and outreach into the community. The work is for 40 hours a month with 2 weeks annual vacation. Sunday mornings and some Sunday afternoons are required but other hours are flexible. Starting pay is commensurate with your experience. Activities would include working with students and teachers to help develop and coordinate youth, family and intergenerational programs. Our goal is to nurture positive relationships, enrich the lives of youth and adults, build community and provide for opportunities for social and spiritual development, service and leadership – all framed by God’s love. Applicants should work well with people of all ages and have experience with Christian Education programs. The job is available immediately.
For more information (including a more detailed job description) please contact Rev. Tim LeConey, at
Please send a letter of interest, resume and contact information for 3 references electronically or mailed to: Rev. Tim LeConey, West Parish Congregational United Church of Christ, PO Box 23, Bethel, ME 04217.
THE ANNUAL CHRISTMAS FAIR & TEA IS SATURDAY, DECEMBER 3 FROM 1 TO 4 ~ COME TO BE FILLED WITH THE SPIRIT!!
*THE BEAUTIFUL BELLS WILL AGAIN BE A FEATURE OF THE CHRISTMAS SERVICE ~ PRACTICES BEGIN NOVEMBER 9 AT 6 P.M. ~ CONTACT JEAN BASS TO LEARN MORE (JEANBASS@GMAIL.COM)
*IN DECEMBER, WEDNESDAY EVENINGS FROM 7 to 8, THERE WILL BE PRACTICE FOR A CHRISTMAS CHOIR ~ CONTACT JONATHAN SMITH @JOBSMITH@MEGALINK.NET
*Check out Jane's incredible photos of WPCC LIFE: https://picasaweb.google.com/lh/sredir?uname=103492811860763079395&target=ALBUM&id=6057576616211211617&authkey=Gv1sRgCKGx4J3TpqrLeg&feat=email
*Also West Parish Congregational Church, UCC is on facebook ~ we're easy to reach!
The ADVENT season begins Sunday, November 29 with The Prophet's Sunday when we focus on HOPE ~ the first candle in the Advent wreath is lit to remind of the light of CHRIST and the HOPE Christ has brought to the world ~ The Rev. Robert H. Ross is that day's preacher. The Reading: ~ Lighting the First Advent Candle: The Prophets' Candle ~Today we begin the season of Advent by lighting the first of five candles in our Advent wreath. This candle we shall name the prophets' candle. From ancient and modern prophets we hear of the coming of a Savior. Sometimes prophetic words are hard to believe. We are uncertain of their truth. We must wait and be patient. In honor of the prophets, we light this candle. Prayer: Dear God of the Prophets, give us this day the prophetic word of hope, that in the moments of despair we might look to you for comfort. We give you thanks for all the prophets past and present. Amen.
The 2nd Sunday, of Advent, December 4 is Bethlehem or PEACE Sunday ~ Again a church family will do a brief reading, light a candle which joins the first one and signal a brighter light!
The Reading: Today we light the second Advent candle, the Bethlehem candle. This candle is offered in honor of the birthplace of Jesus as well as of the many places where Christ is born in the hearts of believers. While Bethlehem was so busy with commerce that it had only a stable to offer Jesus, let our Bethlehems be places of warmth and welcome. In honor of Bethlehem we light this candle. Prayer: Dear God, who comes to us through Jesus at Bethlehem, enable us to open our hearts so that we might have Christ in us. We give you thanks for the places where we meet the Christ.
CHECK BACK HERE FOR THE 3RD & 4TH ADVENT SUNDAY READINGS OR, IF YOU WISH, JOIN US FOR 10 A.M. WORSHIP!
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
Associate Pastor of Outreach ~ Rev. Robert Ross Ph.D., M.Div.
Grace-Street Ministry, Portland, Maine
207-824-2689 Church Office