Welcome to First Congregational Church of Gray, UCC
ABOUT THE UCC
Welcome to theUnited Church of Christ—a community of faith that seeks to respond to the Gospel of Jesus Christ in word and deed. The UCC was founded in 1957 as the union of several different Christian traditions: from the beginning of our history, we were a church that affirmed the ideal that Christians did not always have to agree to live together in communion. Our motto—”that they may all be one”—is Jesus’ prayer for the unity of the church. The UCC is one of the most diverse Christian denominations in the United States. We hope you’ll join us.
At First Congregational, you are ALWAYS welcomeWHOEVER you areWHEREVER you are on your faith journey…
Biographical Info Paul A. Day is a retired minister in the Evangelical Covenant Church, with dual standing in the United Church of Christ. He received a B.A. (History) & M.A. (Religious Studies) from Eastern Nazarene College, Quincy, MA; M.Div. from North Park Theological Seminary, Chicago, IL; and D.Min. (Ministry in New England) from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary, Hamilton, MA. A life-long learner he has pursued further graduate studies and continuing education. Ordained in 1979, Rev. Day has served as pastor to congregations in Michigan, Washington, Massachusetts, and Maine. From 1997 through 2006, he was the Executive Director of the Bible Society of Maine, leading the organization’s mission to “put the Word of God into the hands, heads and hearts of people in Maine and beyond.” During that time he was a member of the National Church Advisory Committee of the American Bible Society, and president of the National Association of State and Regional Bible Societies. He has served on the board of the New England Seafarers Mission, and as a volunteer chaplain/ship’s visitor. Day has also taught at several Bible colleges and as adjunct faculty at the University of New England. Rev. Day has written A History of the Scandinavian Seamen’s Mission; Unity and Freedom: One Hundred Years of the East Coast Conference; One the Move: 125 Years of the E.C.C.; The Bible Society Movement in New England; and several congregational histories and other articles. He is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of the Bible and Its Reception (DeGruyter, 2010). An avid reader and bibliophile, Paul has an extensive personal library, including some 75 Bibles, Testaments or portions, in over 50 English translations. He also has a collection of 75 nativities from around the world, which has often shared with congregations and communities. Paul’s other interests include cooking, gardening, woodworking, travel and photography. He and his wife live in Portland. They have three adult daughters and four grandchildren. Categories: Instructors, Maine School of Ministry
I have been a member of this church for many years. Prior to becoming a member, I attended Sunday School here for several years, as well as being a member of the Choir.
I have enjoyed my years of being here and hope that others will find their path here as well.
My husband, Jim and I moved to Gray in 1971 because it was centrally located to our jobs. Our apartment was in the village and I would walk to the post office each day and chat with Olive Lewis who was working there. When I became pregnant with our son in 1974, it was so important to me to…
Church Home Found
I grew up in the Roman Catholic church and, while I had many fond memories there, it wasn’t the right fit for me. I didn’t like the emphasis on sin and the guilt I felt from this. It seemed quite negative. So, I stopped going to church altogether.
Fast forward years later when I had children of my…