Summerfest - 4th Saturday of July
Every year on the fourth Saturday in July, the Wiscasset Common comes alive with the activities of Summerfest.
Music by a ragtime band, a Scottish piper, a barbershop quartet or a guitar-playing college student may fill the air. Crafts made by the Organ Society ladies are for sale as well as yard sale, treasures, plants, baked goods, wood products and toys. The Uncommon Café serves hamburgers, hotdogs and sandwiches. Children’s events and the annual dog show and parade round out the day’s activities.
The First Congregational Church’s Summerfest began as an all-church affair in 1983, following many years as an annual summer fair held by the Ladies’ Organ Society. Proceeds of the fair are donated to local outreach organizations at a special Sunday in October set aside for the presentations.
In 2021, we raised and distributed nearly $8,000 to support Church World Service, Cooper-DiPerri Scholarship, Feed Our Scholars, Habitat for Humanity, Healthy Kids, Lincoln County Dental Clinic, Mobius, Inc., New Hope for Women, St. Philip’s Food Pantry, Tedford Housing, and FCCW Special Needs Fund.
Habitat for Humanity/ 7 Rivers Maine
As a covenant church with Habitat for Humanity/ 7 Rivers Maine, we support their work and mission as they "create successful home ownership opportunities for families with limited incomes by building sustainable housing, and repairing, weatherizing and modifying existing homes."
Each spring, we send and sponsor a team of walkers to participate in their annual "Walk to Build"! Last year, our church raised over $6,000 to support the work of Habitat.
Members of our congregation also use their time and talents to participate in local Habitat builds.
St. Philip's Food Pantry - Help Yourself Shelf
As a partner church, we support the Help Yourself Shelf meet their mission of reducing hunger for those in need.
Every week, folks are invited to bring nonperishable items for the food pantry and place them in the cart in the entry way (narthex) of our church.
On the last Sunday of the month, our children collect the Noisy Offering. This collection of loose change and dollar bills raises around $150 each month to support the mission of the pantry. So bring your loose change!
Help Yourself Shelf Food Pantry is located at St. Philip's Church in Wiscasset, Maine (12 Hodge Street) and is open every Thursday at 5 pm, with sign in at 4:30 pm.
Feed Our Scholars
Feed Our Scholars is a community project whose goal is to generate funds to provide weekend nutritious meals to children attending Wiscasset schools who are living with food insecurities. Our church collects bottle deposits to benefit this mission. You can drop them off in the collection bin below the mailboxes in the church or at the church office.
We also supported the 1st Annual Set For Success initiative, collecting over 200 boxes of tissues to help students and teachers have a successful year ahead!