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IN THIS ISSUE:
Merry Christmas!
Messages of Thanks
All Saints Parish
Happy New Year 2010
Families for Repair Program
January 19 Agenda

 

Merry Christmas and
Happy New Year!
from the Staff and Board of
Habitat for Humanity /
7 Rivers Maine

 

A few words from HFHI CEO Jonathan Reckford -
As the world around us changes quickly, and as the economy has shuffled the dreams of many, we find that the traditions of this season can bring us comfort. In the rhythm of celebration, we are reminded that God's love never changes. We have the assurance that no matter what the circumstances and no matter how many years pass, God is faithful and true. Here at Habitat for Humanity, we can be certain that God will always be at the center of this ministry. We can give thanks that God uses our offerings as a tangible expression of his amazing love for every family we serve.
This year, the need has never been greater, but there has also never been a greater opportunity for Habitat to impact the world. Thanks to you, a record 61,000 families had a newer, better place to live last year. If we stop to consider that behind every one of those thousands of families is a story of hope and new beginnings, we have much to celebrate this Christmas.
I know that many of you work long hours and give of yourselves in a variety of ways to make life better for others. I am humbled to serve with you, and I am more grateful than ever to each one of you who shares your time, treasure and talent to make the world a little more the way Jesus intended when he prayed, "thy kingdom come, thy will be done, on earth as it is in heaven."
May the blessings of the Christmas story told through the ages bring joy to you again this year as we celebrate the birth of the Christ child.
God bless you and have a wonderful Christmas,
Jonathan
Build on Faith Week - Thank You's...
It was wonderful to see so many representatives of our faith community join together for the 2009 Build on Faith Breakfast. We wish to thank the following for their participation and great stories of Habitat -
Neil Gastonguay - Bath United Methodist
Andy and Mary Jane Sullivan - Corliss Street Baptist
Jim Henry and Gard Conley - Elijah Kellogg
Mary Baard and Stan and Jane Primmer - First Parish
Michael Ambler - Grace Episcopal
Paul and Elaine Brown - Mid-Coast Presbyterian
Frank Strasberger - St. Andrew's, Newcastle
Marcy McGuire - St. Charles Borromeo
Bunny Fazekas - St. Paul's Episcopal
Linton Studeford and Pam Emery - St. Phillips, Wiscasset
Also thanks to Bunny and Victor Fazekas for joining us for the Habitat Build Day!

 

All Saints Parish (formally the Catholic Cluster)
The Catholic churches of our region have been reorganized into a single parish, now called All Saints Parish.  It includes the following churches:
St. Charles Borromeo (Brunswick), St. Mary's (Bath), St. John's (Brunswick), St. Ambrose (Richmond), St. Patrick's (Newcastle), and Our Lady Queen of Peace (Boothbay Harbor).
The administrative priest is Father Frank Murray who resides in Brunswick. Other priests are Father Normand Carpentier who resides in Bath and Father Fred Morse who resides in Newcastle.  Between them, they divide the parish duties.
Father Murray recently attended the Holiday Open House at the Habitat office.  I had a chance to speak with him about the local Catholic churches' participation in Habitat.  He was delighted to learn of the level of active participation and stated that the All Saints Parish will continue to work with the mission of Habitat in serving the families of our 7 Rivers region.
We extend a warm welcome to the All Saints Parish and to Fathers Murray, Carpentier and Morse.
By Rev. Bob Beaumont
Faith Relations Chair

Happy New Year 2010 - Upcoming Events
HFH/7RM is on the move for the new year.  We have a house dedication coming up, a new house build starting in Lincoln County, some finishing touches on weatherizing over 100 homes in the area, and some possibilities of repairs.  In addition, we are looking at welcoming at least one new Covenant Congregation soon, with possibilities of others as well.  As you plan your calendar for 2010, please include some of the following in your bulletins and newsletters.
February - Dedication of All Saints Parish build to Gwynn Erickson and Meredith Dubriske
March - Groundbreaking in Bristol
April/May - 17th Annual Spring Walk (date to be determined)
July/August - Planning for Weatherization

Families for Home Repair
Habitat is very interested in speaking with families in need of home repairs. These repairs may address structural aspects that affect health and safety and/or energy-efficiency needs.  A "structural" repair could mean the replacement of a leaking roof or the building of a handicapped accessible ramp.  To address "energy-efficiency", a certified energy audit provided by Habitat would determine the improvements needed such as sealing leaks, adding insulation, or replacing windows.
The program is limited to a cost of up to $5,000 (excluding volunteer labor).  A qualified family would need to earn between 25 and 60% of the average mean income, be able to pay back a 0% interest loan over 5-10 years, and be willing to partner with Habitat through sweat equity participation.
Because you know your faith community better than anyone, we encourage you to spread the word about this program.  We are accepting applications for projects year-round.  Contact Sharon at the Habitat office -386-5081.  A member of the Family Selection Committee will help the family through the application process.

Next Faith Relations Meeting scheduled for Tuesday, January 19, 4:30pm
Proposed Agenda
I.  Covenant agreements
    A.  Newly interested congregations
    B.  Speakers Bureau to generate more interest
II. Successful ways to fundraise
    A.  Each congregation to share past successes and future endeavors
    B.  Generate new ideas
III. Banners
IV. Spring Walk participation
If you did not receive a copy of the September 9 meeting minutes, Michele would be happy to send a copy to you.  Email michele@habitat7rivers.org or call 386-5081.

Thank you for your attention to this newsletter
and for your active support and participation in 2009!

 

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