Habitat for Humanity to offer volunteer training

Posted Feb. 10, 2010, at 5:34 p.m.

Volunteer training for anyone who wants to become part of the new Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County program is being hosted by the Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County Faith Relations Committee from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 13, at Midcoast Christian Fellowship on Patterson Hill Road in Belfast, reports the Rev. Joel Krueger of The First Church in Belfast.

Rev. Krueger explained “the session will include learning about what Habitat for Humanity is and does, what you need to know and how you can involve your faith community in the work of Habitat for Humanity right here in Waldo County.”

In addition to his church and Midcoast Christian Fellowship, other congregations in the program are Belfast Church of the Nazarene, Belfast United Methodist Church, Christ’s Church of Dark Harbor, First Baptist Church of Belfast, First Congregational Church of Brooks, First Congregational Church of Searsport, Frankfort Congregational Church and St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church of Belfast.

“Those already involved in the establishment of Habitat here in Waldo County are very excited about the possibilities we have to work together,” the Rev. Krueger wrote.

“All churches and faith communities in Waldo County are invited and encouraged to participate,” he wrote, adding that “pastors and other faith community leaders may contact John Arrison, 338-4605, of the Habitat for Humanity of Waldo County Faith Relations Committee with names of their contact persons.”

For directions to the volunteer training site, call the Rev. Matt McDonald at 338-5899.

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And, in connection with this project, the Rev. Krueger also reports that a Valentine’s Dinner will be served from 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, in the upstairs fellowship hall of First Church in Belfast, 55 Spring St.

The fee for the meat or vegetarian lasagna meal is $8 per person or $15 for a couple, and includes salad, bread, beverage and a hot-fudge brownie sundae dessert.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Waldo County Habitat for Humanity and the ministries of First Church.

Entertainment features “area singers and instrumentalists performing hits” of the ’30s, ’40s and ’50s “with a romantic Valentine’s theme,” Krueger explained.

For information, call the church office at 338-2282.

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The monthly Searsport United Methodist Church turkey supper has special meaning for anyone who wants to help with fundraising for Haiti’s relief effort, according to a church release.

Doors open for the all-you-can-eat supper at 4 p.m., and the dinner starts at 5 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the church on Route 1 in Searsport.

Admission is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under.

“To show our love for those who are still suffering as a result of January’s earthquake in Haiti,” the release states, “$2 of each person’s meal” will benefit “relief efforts through the United Methodist Committee on Relief, UMCOR, an organization where 100 percent of the money raised goes to relief.”

Searsport United Methodist Church will match the funds raised at the supper, with a minimum donation of $500 going to UMCOR and the remaining proceeds benefiting the ministry of the church.

For information, call the church office at 548-2239.

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Bob Cottrell, minister of music for First Congregational Church of Brewer, wrote to inform readers the “Adult Voice Choir” of that church, which is “a volunteer choir of 13 singers with various musical experience and skill,” needs some additional personnel “for songs we’re singing” for Palm Sunday on March 28, and for Easter Sunday, which is April 4.

The choir needs “several extra alto, tenor and bass voices,” Cottrell explained.

“We sing a capella and accompanied music in unison, as well as two-, three-, and four-part harmony.”

The choir rehearses at 7 p.m. Wednesdays “for about an hour,” at the church.

For information, or to add your voice to this choir, e-mail cottrell.bob@gmail.com.

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On behalf of Veazie Congregational Church, Lucille Cardin invites you to a baked bean supper from 4:45 to 6 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, at the church, 1404 State St., Veazie.

Admission is $6 for adults and $3 for children at this handicapped-accessible location.

The menu also includes hot dogs, coleslaw, biscuits and dessert.

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Susan Ramsey e-mailed that “a selection of winter coats, for adults and children, is available at the Dover-Foxcroft United Methodist Church,” 38 East Main St., Dover-Foxcroft.

Anyone who “would like to check out these items,” is invited to call the church office at 564-8055 or e-mail dfaumc@myfairpoint.net.

Joni Averill, Bangor Daily News, P.O. Box 1329, Bangor 04402; javerill@bangordailynews.net; 990-8288.

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