Friday, January 12, 2018

Windham Area Clergy provides community church service to honor Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. by Lorraine Glowczak



The Windham Area Clergy Association will offer a Martin Luther King, Jr Service in honor of the holiday that celebrates the civil rights activist and theologian. The service and celebration will take place on Sunday, January 14 at 1 p.m., hosted by St. Ann’s Episcopal Church, 40 Windham Center Road in Windham. The event is free and everyone is invited to attend.
 
The ceremony will include combined area church readings and choir, as well as a four-minute film that highlights one of the well-known peaceful leader’s speeches, “I’ve been to the Mountaintop.” Prior to the service, St. Ann’s will provide a soup lunch at 11:30 a.m. 

Area churches involved in this combined service include not only St. Ann’s Episcopal Church but also North Windham Union Church, Windham Hill United Church of Christ, Church of Jesus Christ of the Latter-Day Saints (Mormons) and Faith Lutheran Church.

For those who wish to make a donation, St Ann’s will gratefully accept health and cleaning supplies for St. Ann’s Essential Pantry. “The Essential Pantry accepts all donations that are not available on folks’ EBT cards,” stated St. Ann’s Rector, Tim Higgins in a previous interview. “As these items are collected during the service, they will be distributed to members of the community the last Saturday of the month.”

Items such as toilet paper, sanitary napkins, paper towels, toothpaste, etc. are most needed. 

Monetary donations will also be accepted, and funds will go toward the Seeds of Peace organization. Seeds of Peace inspires young leaders and promotes religious and cultural understanding as well as combating violence and addressing economic challenges throughout the world.

The next service provided by the Windham Area Clergy is a Seder Service, a Jewish Passover meal. The meal will be hosted by Faith Lutheran Church, 988 Roosevelt Trail in Windham on Sunday, March 18 at 4 p.m.

“Although Seder was developed centuries after Jesus was alive,” began Pastor Jane Field of Faith Lutheran Church, “Christians traditionally remember that Jesus’ last supper was a Passover meal. That is why we are offering the experience during the holy season of Lent. The one thing we do know about the meal Jesus and his disciples shared is they would have included lamb, as does a traditional Passover Seder meal.” 

The Rabbi officiating the meal is retired Rabbi Joshua Chasan of Portland. 

For more information about the Martin Luther King, Jr. Service or the Windham Area Clergy Association, contact Fr. Tim Higgins at 892-8447 or revtimhiggins@gmail.com.


Ribbon cutting ceremony - The Roosevelt Room



On Sunday, December 31, dozens gathered for the celebratory ribbon cutting at the new event venue The Roosevelt Room, located at the Microtel Inn & Suites in Windham. The dedicated staff was on-hand as well as several Directors from the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce. You can find more information about The Roosevelt Room by visiting www.TheRooseveltRoomofMaine.com.

Student of the Week: Noah Mains

Noah Mains, a student at Jordan-Small Middle School is The Windham Eagle’s Student of the Week. The sixth-grader enjoys basketball, soccer and swimming.

“Noah is a hard-working student who is always willing to help others,” stated his teacher. “He is a very upbeat and positive student who includes everyone and is kind-hearted. Noah always puts forth his best efforts and does it with a smile on his face. He is a positive contributor to the JSMS community and extends his kindness wherever he goes! Congratulations Noah!”

Mains, who enjoys playing outside and watching television, states that working with a partner on projects is what makes learning fun for him. His favorite subjects are Physical Education and Applied Technology.

Mains lives at home with two brothers and a sister.

Windham area to begin Cub Scouting program to include girls by Lorraine Glowczak



The Boy Scouts of America (BSA) unanimously voted to include girls into its program in October of 2017. Although girls had been allowed to participate in some scouting programs up to that point, they were not permitted in popular programs such as the Cub Scouts and the Boy Scouts, or earn the organization’s Eagle Scout ranking.
 
Since the decision was made three months ago, programs are beginning to form that will embrace both boys and girls in all scouting programs, including right here in Windham. The newly formed Cub Scout Pack 51 will be one of the first packs in Maine to host girls in Scouting since the decision was made.

Melissa Medina, who has been involved in Scouting as a volunteer for a number of years at the unit, district and council levels, is the brainchild of Cub Scout Pack 51. “I have seen the benefits of the program for my own children and others, so of course I want to involve as many youth as possible,” Medina said. “Cub Scouting, which serves youth aged five to 11, is very popular in the Windham community, so starting a second Cub Scout pack to give families an option makes sense.”

One reason the BSA decided to be inclusive of girls is the recognition that families are busier now than when the 108-year-old organization began. The consolidation helps make things more convenient for the whole family. 

“We will accept girls in grades Kindergarten through fourth grade and boys in grades Kindergarten through fifth grade,” Medina stated. “The reason that fifth grade girls cannot register at this time is because they won't be accepted into the Boy Scouting Program until 2019, so with that lapse year, we've developed a plan for consistent programming for our new members. One of our goals is for families with youth of multiple ages to attend activities on the same evening in the same location.”

“Girls will not be eligible to register for the Boy Scouting Program until 2019, this gives the BSA another year to sort out the logistics of that decision,” Medina continued. “The one thing that is certain is the girls will be eligible to earn the rank of Eagle Scout. Rank advancement and the amazing programming opportunities will not change for girls entering Cub Scouts or Boy Scouts.” 

Medina also explained that if girls, who are 14 years old or have completed the 8th grade, are interested in joining a high adventure scouting program now, they can visit 
www.beascout.org to find their local Venture Crew unit.

Medina will be among one of the individuals to host a joining night for those families who are interested in learning more about Cub Scout Pack 51. The meeting will be held on Monday, January 15 at the Windham Hill United Church of Christ, 140 Windham Center Road in Windham at 6 p.m. with activities to begin at 6:30 p.m.