ROCKLAND, Maine – The First Universalist Church in Rockland recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of Reverend Mark Glovin’s calling to the congregation. Nearly two hundred members of the congregation, friends, relatives and colleagues gathered on December 5th to present a multi-generational celebration of his decade at First Universalist.
Reverend Kate Braestrup, Chaplain of the Maine Warden Service and the First Universalist Community Minister since 2004, led the celebration. The evening was filled with music and children, two themes that pay tribute to both the First Universalist Church in Rockland and to Rev. Glovin himself. The choir, led by Music Director Sojourner Hodges, sang “Eyes of the World” by the Grateful Dead while a procession of children presented Rev. Glovin with a chain of prayer flags made by church families. Older children from the “Building Bridges” program, which aims to bridge the divide between our nation and other cultures, recited a creation story the children had written and illustrated. Annie Kiermaier and Lucie Bauer, longtime members of the congregation, presented the history of the First Universalist Church, which dates back to the 1820s in Rockland in 1820, and a photo-slideshow was presented with the highlights of Rev. Glovin’s work in the community over the past decade.
The evening was also a celebration of the accomplishments that the First Universalist Church in Rockland has worked toward those ten years. In 2005, the First Universalist Church became the first church in the state to develop a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) partnership with an organic farm. In 2006 church members traveled to New Orleans to provide help to those affected by Hurricane Katrina. In 2008, building on the success with the CSA, the First Universalist Church worked with the Midcoast Fishermen’s Association to establish the first Community Supported Fishery (CSF) partnership. In 2009, Rev. Glovin stood with other Maine clergy at a legislative hearing in Augusta in support of Marriage Equality. In 2010, the church earned a Green Sanctuary Certification from the national Universalist Unitarian Association for their action in response to environmental issues, including their action with The Window Dressers to make window inserts for the Mid-coast community. Another milestone celebrated was the decision in 2005 to start giving one half of the Sunday cash offertory plate to a chosen charity. In recent years, plate offerings benefited Out! As I Want to Be, Mid-Coast Health Net, and Rockland District Nursing Association, among others.
For information on the First Universalist Church in Rockland, call 594-8750, or email firstname.lastname@example.org. The First Universalist Church is located at 345 Broadway, Rockland.