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.
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*Also West Parish Congregational Church, UCC is on facebook ~ we're easy to reach!
January 2017 ~ The Pastor's Perspective
Grace and peace to you in this new year and I hope that it is off to a good start for you and your family! We ofen talk about New Year's resolutions at this time of year...but it's sometimes a set-up for disappointment when we can't keep them. That's why I am thankful that, in the Revised Common Lectionary (the Scripture readings that are designated for each Sunday of the church year), we always hear about the story of Jesus' baptism early in the new year. By hearing about how Jesus was baptized in the river Jordan and received an affirmation from God about his purpose and mission, we are reminded that we, too, have a God-given identity and purpose. All of us are children of God and God has a purpose or plan for our lives. We are called to discern what that is...and how we are living it out. To me, this is a better focus than the traditional New Years' resolutions. It puts the emphasis on what God has done and is doing rather than what we need to do. The church, too, has an identity statement and mission. The bylaws committee has been working on updating our church's statement of faith and purpose and here is what they say about our covenant and our affirmation: "We covenant with one another to seek to discern and act on the word and will of God. We are dependent on God for wisdom and guidance to walk together as followers of Jesus Christ. We believe it is the mission of the Church to witness to the gospel of Jesus Christ in all the world while worshiping God and working for truth, justice, and peace. As did those who came before us, we depend on the Holy Spirit to lead and empower us. We commit to open, honest, direct, and loving communication. As we pray for the coming of the Kingdom of God, our life together and our ministry together will be marked by open communication, mutual respect, shared vision, and God's gracious love.... This Church affirms that everyone is a child of God, created in God's image; therefore all persons of every age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, marital status, physical and mental ability, economic status and family structure are welcome to join in the life, membership, and ministry of this Church." So, going into 2017, how are we, as a church, doing with these? Are there some ways that God is calling us to go deeper in the new year? May God bless and be with you and your family....and see you in church! Tim
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