Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers
~~ Writing to exalt Jesus Christ and introduce Him to others
SCHEDULE FOR 2014:
The Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers (MFCW) has been chugging along for twenty years now. Hard to believe some of us were at our very first conference in 1993!
We’ve undergone some administrative changes in the past six months that will effect our entire year, but at the heart of the group our goals remain the same: glorifying God with our writing, continuing to improve our craft, and encouraging each other to enjoy and to persevere in service to Him.
One change came about in part because the winter weather in Maine is so unpredictable and often leads to treacherous driving conditions. As we discussed this, it seemed to make sense to apply the winter change to the entire year. Thus we will hold our corporate meetings on even-numbered months. These will take place at Susan Blount’s home in Vassalboro. (Directions are below.)
Odd-numbered months will find writers meeting regionally, since our members come from several different communities across central Maine. If you are interesting in attending or investigating a regional meeting, please contact our president, Vicki Schad. She’ll know where they’re being held and can put you in touch with the appropriate leader in your area.
Our first corporate meeting of 2014 will take place at Susan’s home on Saturday, February 8th — weather permitting! (We hear another storm is on the way.) Our speaker will be Rev. Ken Parker, a co-founder of the Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers. Ken will teach our lesson on "T.I.P.S" – Tips to Improve Productivity Simply. He is "writing up a storm" now that he and his wife Pat have officially retired from the ministry.
The full schedule for the rest of the year follows.January 11th: Regional meetings. Cancelled due to weather!!
February 8th: See details above.
March 8th: Regional meetings.
April 12th: Yvonne Blake, a published regional author who has joined us for conferences in the past, will teach our lesson.
May 10th: Regional meetings.
June 21st: Matt Ouellette, Youth Pastor at the Evangelical Free Church in Waterville and former conference speaker, will teach. Please note: this is the 3rd Saturday of the month.
July 12th: Regional meetings.
August 9th: Teacher/topic to be announced.
September 19th and 20th: HOMECOMING CONFERENCE at China Lake Conference Center. Planning for our conference is ongoing; more details will follow.
October 11th: Sarah Smiley will teach our lesson. Sarah, a Bangor resident, military wife, and mother of three sons, writes a regular newspaper column and has published several books, including Dinner with the Smileys, her most recent.
November 8th: Regional meetings.
*Membership and meetings of the MFCW are open to anyone who shares our goals. These are times of fellowship, encouragement, and learning. Participants are urged (but not required) to bring their recent writing for gentle critique. Speakers are invited to bring their published work for a book table. To suggest a potential teacher, speak to Vicki Schad, Susan Blount, or Freddi Ladd.
Directions to Susan's home:
GPS address: 2579 Riverside Drive, Vassalboro. Accessible entry through garage/shop.
From Waterville-Winslow area, Susan is four miles from the Donald Carter Bridge (Fortins is on the corner). She lives in a white farm house on the left. Her name is on the mailbox. If you make it to the Cornerstone Christian Fellowship you've gone too far.
From Southern Maine, follow 1-95 and take 295 around Portland to Augusta, then take exit 113. Follow right and take a left at the second light. (You'll see a gas station; Route 3 is straight ahead). Go straight at that light; from there, the farm is eleven miles on Route 3 on the right. Susan Blount’s name is on the mailbox. You will pass Cornerstone Christian Fellowship on the right, just prior to her farm.
For those from the Augusta-Rockland area, at the lights at the bridge, head eleven miles toward Vassalboro. Susan's house is on the right. (Phone: 207-872-2015)
In the event of very bad weather, check the website or Facebook page (Maine Fellowship of Christian Writers) to learn about cancellations.
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