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EVENTS & PROGRAMS

There are many opportunities to be involved with the Woodfords' community. Joining a group, volunteering, or attending discussions can be a great way to learn something new, be active, and make friends. Here are some of the ongoing programs at Woodfords.

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Ongoing Programs

 

 

 

 

 

 

Recent Events

 

Visit from Maulian Dana, Tribal Ambassador

During worship hour on August 20, Woodfords was blessed by a wonderful visit from Tribal Ambassador Maulian Dana, who represents the Penobscot Nation. During the time Ambassador Dana spent with us, she shared insightful, informative remarks and answered many questions. As my brain and heart took in her comments and reflected upon them, I realized how much more I need and want to learn—not only about Wabanaki and Penobscot history and culture, but also about how to be a helpful ally in the work of equity and justice.

 

Here are some resources and learning events for those who would like to learn more about Wabanaki and Penobscot history and culture and Tribal sovereignty.

In faith,

Rev Alyssa Lodewick

 

Upcoming Events

September 7 - Choir and handbell practices begin. Newcomers welcome. Contact Paul for more information: music@woodfordschurch.org

 

September 8 - WSP EVENT: Woodfords Senior Program will offer a Brown Bag "Lunch and Learn” on Earth Care and Recycling, from 12N to 1:30PM in Memorial Hall.  Our guests will be Allen Ewing-Merrill, Executive Director of the BTS Center, who will introduce us to creation care as a faith practice, and Bea Johnson, from EcoMaine, who will describe recycling in our area. Please bring your brown bag lunch, reusable utensils and plates as needed, water bottle, and cloth napkin. Dessert, water choices, tea and coffee will be offered.

 

September 10 – Super Senior Sunday

Worship led by the Woodfords Senior Program

Special post-worship party honoring Woodfordians who have accumulated 90 years (or more!) of lifelong learning and wisdom



September 17 – Homecoming Sunday

As the summer winds down and people return from vacations and lake houses, we’ll celebrate Homecoming Sunday – complete with a post-worship ice cream social hosted by Woodfords’ Creating Community Team.

 

October 8 - Post worship listening session. Convergence Consulting will share results of congregational survey.

October - Bible Study

Want to Learn About the Bible?

Consider Joining Rev. Alyssa’s 6-Week Autumn Bible Study

 

Have you ever wondered what all the fuss is about when it comes to the Bible? From classical art, to modern politics, to strange predictions about the end of the world, this ancient collection of texts and its characters are woven into the fabric of Western civilization.

 

Exploring the Bible  is a series of three six-week courses designed to teach (not preach!) about the Bible and its contents. For people of all faiths or no faith, this educational series covers the bases. Through group study, you’ll explore some of the best-known Bible passages and discover some of the many ways that they can be interpreted. You’ll learn how the Bible itself was put together (hey, who did get to decide which parts were put in and which were left out) and where to go with your questions about the wonderful, baffling, unsettling book known as the Bible.

 

Exploring the Bible’s six-week courses are as follows:

1.     “What is the Bible?”

2.     “Introducing the Old Testament”

3.     “Introducing the New Testament”

 

This autumn, Rev. Alyssa will offer the first six-week study, “What is the Bible?” This initial course will offer a broad overview of the entire Bible, including chapters on how to select a Bible suitable for your needs, how the Bible is organized, how the collection of books that comprise the Bible were chosen, different ways that people approach the text, and what archaeology has to tell us about the text and its stories. 

 

Sessions will begin in October. The structure of the gatherings (i.e., whether we meet in person or online) will be shaped by participant preference and what time the class is scheduled to take place. For instance, if we end up meeting after church on Sunday, most gatherings will probably be in person. But if the class is scheduled for evenings, we might hold at least some sessions via Zoom – especially as it starts to get darker earlier in the day.

 

Interested in learning more or participating? CLICK HERE to indicate your interest and give Rev. Alyssa a sense of your potential availability. Please note:

1.     Filling out the form does NOT obligate you to participate. It just means that you’re considering taking the class and would like to stay up-to-date on class developments.

 

2.     Participants may take as many (or as few) of the three courses as they’d like. Participating in one course in no way obligates you to take the others.

 

More information may be found at https://www.massbible.org/exploring-the-bible/faq

Further questions? Don’t hesitate to be in touch with Rev. Alyssa.  

 

Other Resources

Woodfords Has a Facebook Group

Looking for an additional way to stay in touch with your Woodfords family during these days of social distancing? We’ve set up a Facebook Group to promote connection among members of the Woodfords Church Community. It is a place to not only strengthen our relationships with the Holy and one another, but also to talk about our experiences, support each another, build hope, and receive inspiration. (And let's not forget the importance of sharing spirit-lifting, humorous videos of cats, dogs, and other favorite animals -- humans included!) To access the group, CLICK HERE.

Weekly Chair Yoga

Via Zoom. Weekly on Tuesdays

from 10-11 am.

Age 65+

Join us for a gentle and contemplative hour of centering, chair-based yoga, and community check-ins. All you need is a stable chair and some comfortable clothes.  Sponsored by the Iona Grant Fund.

 

New members are welcome! Contact the church office for the zoom link to join.

Book Club

In-person and via Zoom.

Third Thursday of each month, beginning Sept. 21

1 pm 

All ages welcome!

Read and Discuss. The goal is for 60 to 90 min. of “Book Talk” With NO distractions. 

Click here for the 2023-2024 reading list and Zoom link.

Yoga with Melora

Via Zoom. Weekly on Thursdays

from 9:30--10:30 am

Age 65+

This class focuses on proper alignment and uses props such as yoga belts, blocks, pillows or bolster to help move safely into postures. Melora will modify for anyone with specific physical concerns.  Sponsored by the Iona Grant Fund.

 

New members are welcome! Contact the church office for the zoom link to join.

Preble Street Volunteer

Third Saturday every month

morning and afternoon shifts

The staff and volunteers package nutritious meals to be distributed to people experiencing homelessness and hunger.  The kitchen is located at Preble Street’s facility at 75 Darling Street in South Portland.  Help is needed from 10:30 to 1:00 or 1:30 to 4:00.

 

Contact the church office for more information.  

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