[FNCA History]

Old Articles
and Other Paper Ephemera

 

NEW items on this page in recent months:
 Title or Theme                          Year     Posted 
"Fryeburg Assembly"                  1952     6/22
Cover photo June 27, 1953         1953     6/22
"Our Cover"                               1953     6/22
"Summer Programs Ready"         1953     6/22
"HOT TIP"                                  1955     6/22
"Memorial Cabin for Orah Bray"   1955     6/22
"Spotlight on Fryeburg"              1955     6/22
"FRYEBURG RESERVATIONS"      1956     6/22
Anne Carrie Bradley obituary      1956     6/22
"FRYEBURG NEW CHURCH..."      1956     6/22
"A busy summer is in store..."     1956     6/22
Tom Walton confirmation            1956     6/22
"NEWS"                                     1956     6/22
"Fifty Years in Ministry"              1957     6/22
"DOLE—SEEKAMP"                     1957     6/22
"About Camps"                          1957     6/22
Norman O. Goddard memorial    1957     6/22
"Another engagement of..."        1957     6/22
"New President of "Flames""       1958     6/22
"FRYEBURG—How that name..." 1959     6/22
"Bray Retires"                           1961     6/22
Maine Newchurchman (16x)       1963     6/7
Maine Newchurchman (3x)         1961     6/7
MA New-Church News article      1953     5/26
"The Story of Fryeburg New..."   1954     5/24
Orah Bray's obituary                  1954     5/24
David Mack thumbnail                1961     5/16
Excerpt from SSA report             1961     5/16
Rev. George Dole installed          1961     5/16
Sales Table request                    1960     5/16
"Another Great FNCA..."             2009      5/6
Seamus Woofenden baptism       2009      5/6
Anita Dole obituary                    1973      5/2
FNCA Sales Table                       1961      5/2
"Meet Your General Council"        1962      4/28
Mrs. Laura Mack obituary            1962      4/28
"Mr. Dole Honored"                    1962       4/28
"Correction"                               1969      4/27
"Everett King Bray Today"           1962      4/27
Marjorie Tuzik obituary               2011      4/26
Passages                                   2011      4/26
"Fryeburg Family Camp..."          2011      4/26
"From Long Island to..."             2011       4/26
Lecture Schedule and...              2010      4/26
"A Newcomer's Perspective"        2010      4/26
2010 Lecture Schedule               2010      4/26
Nancy Perry obituary                  2010      4/26
"Fryeburg New Church A..."         2010      4/26
Woofenden/Bailey wedding         2010       4/26
Gordo Blackmer obituary            2009       4/26
2009 Lecture Themes                 2009       4/26
Rev. Edwin Capon obituary         2009       4/26
Rev. Edwin Capon In Memorium  2009       4/26
Chrysalis meeting                      2009       4/26
"FNCA Mid-Winter Meeting..."     2012       4/25
"Planning for FNCA 2012..."       2012        4/25
"FNCA: The Perfect Place..."       2012        4/25
Pop Woof obituary                     2012        4/25
Lalla Searle obituary                  2012        4/25
"FNCA 2013: What We Liked"     2013        4/25
Rev. Ted Foster obituary            2013        4/25
Virginia Branston obituary          2012        4/25
Ruby Blackman's obituary          2014        4/24
Louise Woofenden obituary        2013        4/24
"A Low Cost Maine..."                2013        4/24
Passages                                  2013        4/24
Nate Greenwood & Malachi...     2013        4/24
"Work Weekend Improved..."     2013       4/24
FNCA Camp Director message    2013        4/24
FNCA Banner Display Tour         2013        4/24
3 Years of New at the FNCA       2012        4/24
Rick Phinney obituary                2012        4/24
"An Older Perspective"               2014        4/23
1st Annual Dole 3 Miler              2014        4/23
Betty Guiu obituary                   2014        4/23
Ray Guiu obituary                     2014        4/23
Dole 3 Miler 2014                     2015        4/22
Outreach at FNCA                     2014        4/22
Jim Perry obituary                    2014        4/22
"Camp Years"                           2014        4/22
"Reflections" 2018                    2018        4/21
Rev. Dave Rienstra obituary      2019        4/21
"FNCA Centennial Celebration"   2019        4/21
FNCA Scholarships                    2016        4/21
The Dole 3 Miler                       2015        4/21
The Rev. Louis Dole Sermon...   2015        4/21
Rev. Alison L-O Installation        2015        4/21
FNCA Family Camp                    2015        4/21
"Hidden Roots of the FNCA..."    2016        4/20
"Reflections" 2016                    2017         4/20
"Did You Know... FNCA All..."     2017        4/20
"Reflections" 2017                    2017        4/20
EKB Visiting Lecturer                 2017       4/20
"Wedding at the FNCA"              2018       4/20
"Evolution of a Good Idea"         2018       4/20
 

SOURCES

The Messenger is our denomination's national monthly magazine, which was called The New-Church Messenger up until somewhere around 1965.

 

Clear Blue Sky (called The New-Church League Journal from 1900-1973) was our denomination's national Youth League's magazine from the summer of 1973 until March 2014. In April 2014, it became a Facebook page.
 

 

The Maine Newchurchman was published (perhaps monthly) by the Maine Association from 1961-1963.

 

Massachusetts New-Church News was a mid-19th century publication of the Massachusetts Association. No other information is available about it yet.

 

ARTICLES

 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 2017 2018 2019 

2009 

  1980   1981   1983   1984   1988  

1970  1971  1972  1973  1976  1979   

1960 1961 1962 1963 1964 1965 1966 1967 1968 1969

 1950  1951  1952  1953  1954  1956  1958  1959 

1941  1945  1948  1949

1930  1931  1932  1933  1934  1935  1936  1937 

   1921  1922   1923  1926  1927  1928  1929

 

2019

from the January 2019 issue of
the Messenger:

Rev. Dave Rienstra was pastor of the Fryeburg New Church for 11 years, from 1977-1988, during which time he also served as vice-president of the FNCA.

 

from the March 2019 issue of
the Messenger:

 

2018

from the February 2018 issue of
the Messenger:

from the April 2018 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the November 2018 issue of
the Messenger:

 

2017

from the January 2017 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the February 2017 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the March 2017 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the October 2017 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the December 2017 issue of
the Messenger:

 

2016

from the May 2016 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the October 2016 issue of
the Messenger:

 

2015

from the February 2015 issue of
the Messenger:


also from the February 2015 issue of
the Messenger:

Rev. Louis A. Dole was one of our Founders, our first FNCA President from 1921-1940 and then for one more year in 1946, and a core lecturer from 1921-1963.

 

from the May 2015 issue of
the Messenger:

Rev. Alison Lane-Olsen is the pastor of the Fryeburg New Church.

 

from the June 2015 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the November 2015 issue of
the Messenger:

 

2014

from the February 2014 issue of
the Messenger:

 

also from the February 2014 issue of
the Messenger:

Jim Tourangeau's wife, Barb Pennabaker, attended the FNCA when her children were young. Jim Perry attended the FNCA all his life. His mother, Alice Perry, was Girls Tent Matron before the Girls Dorm existed, and his son, Bob Perry, has been our treasurer for many years.

 

from the March 2014 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the April 2014 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the May 2014 issue of
the Messenger:

 

also from the May 2014 issue of
the Messenger:


from the September 2014 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the October 2014 issue of
the Messenger:

 

2013

from the February 2013 issue of
the Messenger:

Louise Dole Woofenden attended the FNCA all her life, from birth until failing health prevented her 70+ years later.

 

from the March 2013 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the April 2013 issue of
the Messenger:

Nate Greenwood is a 4th generation camper and the daughter of a Board member and our Camp Director. Malachi Clish is a 5th generation camper, a direct descendant of Rev. Everett K Bray (namesake of the Rev. Everett K. Bray Visiting Lecturer Program) and Leanorah "Orah" Hutchins Bray (for whom the Bray Cabin is named).



from the May 2013 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the June 2013 issue of
the Messenger:



 

from the September 2013 issue of
the Messenger:

2/3 of the bolded people on this page are current or former camp people! Some of them longer than others, some of them more deeply than others, but nonetheless, all connected to the FNCA. Malachi Clish is a 5th generation camper. Serena & Nate Greenwood are 4th generation. Sage Currie is 2nd generation and has been on our lecture staff for several years. "The two Allisons" have both been on our lecture staff since they began their Maine pastorates. Susannah Currie (mother of Sage) has been our Religious Program Coordinator for many years. Ken Turley has been part of our lecture staff for decades and is a Past FNCA President. Rev. Hunter Roberts was on our lecture staff for a few years before moving to Hungary. Dorothy Young, with her husband Larry Young, were ardent FNCAers with Larry serving on the Buildings & Grounds Committee for decades.


 

from the October 2013 issue of
the Messenger:


 

also from the October 2013 issue of
the Messenger:

Rev. Ted & Beryl Foster and family were regulars at the FNCA for many years when their children were kids. Ted lectured and preached, and there are several of Beryl's paintings on the walls in various places at the Assembly.


 

from the December 2013 issue of
the Messenger:

 

2012

from the February 2012 issue of
the Messenger:

 

 

 

from the April 2012 issue of
the Messenger:

from the June 2012 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the September 2012 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the October 2012 issue of
the Messenger:

 

also from the October 2012 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the December 2012 issue of
the Messenger:

Virginia Branston attended the FNCA every year for nearly her entire life. She made it a point to bring every single one of her descendants to camp when they were teens. After she died, her grandson Dan Dyer and his wife Lee created the Virginia Branston FNCA Flames Scholarship Fund to continue this legacy.

 

2011

from the January 2011 issue of
the Messenger:

 

 

 

from the April 2011 issue of
the Messenger:

 

 

also from the April 2011 issue of
the Messenger:

 

Serena Greenwood is a 4th generation camper and the daughter of a Board member and our Camp Director. Alcida Enck is a 5th generation camper and a direct descendant of Rev. Everett K. Bray (namesake of the Rev. Everett K. Bray Visiting Lecturer Program) and Orah Hatch Bray (for whom the Bray Cabin is named).

 

from the June 2011 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the October 2011 issue of
the Messenger:

 

2010

from the March 2010 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the June 2010 issue of
the Messenger:

 

 

 

also from the June 2010 issue of
the Messenger:

 

 

from the October 2010 issue of
the Messenger:

 

also from the October 2010 issue of
the Messenger:

 

2009

from the February 2009 issue of
the Messenger:

Gordon "Gordo" Blackmer attended the FNCA as a young adult at least from 1935-1940, probably longer. His parents, Horace & Edith Blackmer (daughter of FNCA co-founder Rev. John Whitehead) attended significantly longer. Gordo is infamous at the FCA for the 1937 All-Camp Group Photo in which he appears twice, once at each end of the photo!

 

from the March 2009 issue of
the Messenger:

 

also from the March 2009 issue of
the Messenger:

 

Rev. Edwin Capon (1924-2009) first attended the FNCA in 1936, where he learned a life-long love of mountain climbing. His grandparents and uncle had already been attending for several years and are in at least two All-Camp Group Photos in the 1930s. Although Edwin attended sporadically after that, he was on the lecture staff more than once. He wrote about his early years at the FNCA in a paper he titled "Fryeburg New Church Assembly 1936-1940". He and his wife Esther are in a photo on the After Church page. See the following article for a much fuller story of Rev. Capon.

 

from the April 2009 issue of
the Messenger:

 

 

 


from the Spring 2009 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:


 

from the October 2009 issue of
the Messenger:

 

also from the October 2009 issue of
the Messenger:

See a photo of this baptism on the front lawn here.


 

from the November 2009 issue of
the Messenger:

 



from the Winter 2009 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:

 

1988


from the Spring 1988 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:



from the September 1988 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:

 

1984


from the April 1984 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:

 

1983

from the February 1983 issue of
the Messenger:


from the December 1983 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:

© FNCA 1983

 

1982

from the March 1982 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:


 

from the October 1982 issue of
the Messenger:

All grandchildren of Rev. Dr. Wm. R. & Louise D. Woofenden, donors of the Woofenden Cabin.
 

1981
 

from the April 1981 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:


 

from the April 1981 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:


 

from the August-September 1981 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:

the table of contents lists this page as
"Fryeburg Flames Activities"

 

1980
 

from the April 1980 issue of
the Messenger:

back cover

© Carolyn Judson 1980

 

from the May 1980 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:


 

from the August-September 1980 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:


 

from the October 1980 issue of
the Messenger:

 

1979

from the Convention 1979 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:

 

 

1978

from the October 1978 issue of
the Messenger:

 

1976

from the Spring 1976 issue of
Clear Blue Sky:

 

1973

from the September 1973 issue of
the Messenger:

 




from the October 1973 issue of
the Messenger:

 

1972

from the June 1972 issue of
the Messenger:

 

1971

from the January 1971 issue of
the Messenger:


 

from the May 1971 issue of
the Messenger:


 

from the November 1971 issue of
the Messenger:

 

1970

from the November 1970 issue of
the Messenger:

 

1969
 

from the June 1969 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the October 1969 issue of
the Messenger:

 

from the November 1969 issue of
the Messenger:


 

from the December 1969 issue of
the Messenger:

 

1968

from the July 1968 issue of
the Messenger:


 

from the October 1968 issue of
the Messenger:

 

 

1967
 

from the April 1967 issue of
the Messenger:


 

from the October 1967 issue of
the Messenger:

 


1966
 

from the April 1966 issue of
the Messenger:
 


 

from the September 1966 issue of
the Messenger:
 

 

1965

from the April 1965 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the May 1965 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

from the November 1965 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1964

from the April 1964 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the May 1964 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1963

from the January 1963 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:




from the July 1963 issue of
The Maine Newchurchman:

Ed. note: This is the entire issue.


 

from the November 1963 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1962

from the February 1, 1962 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

Rev. Everett K. Bray was a core lecturer at the Assembly from the 1930s through the 1960s and is the patriarch of five generations at the FNCA so far, many of whom have served the FNCA in various capacities over the years. The Everett K. Bray Visiting Lecture Program is named for him. The Bray Cabin is named for his wife Leanorah "Orah" Hutchins Bray.


 

from the March 1, 1962 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

Rev. Bill Woofenden was a core lecturer from 1952-1989. This article says that in 1962, he was vice-president of both Almont and Fryeburg. He also served the FNCA on the Buildings & Grounds Committee and on the Board for decades, and as Camp President from 1980-1988. He and his wife Louise Dole Woofenden built the Woofenden Cabin in 1955.


 

from the March 15, 1962 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 


from the April 1, 1962 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 


 

from the April 15 1962 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

Mrs. Laura Mack is the namesake of the Mack Cabin. Initials G.D.M. at the end are Gwynne Dresser Mack who, along with donations from others in the Mack family, donated the Mack Cabin to the Assembly in 1962.


 

from the July 15, 1962 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the September 15, 1962 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

Rev. George McCurdy was the 6th president of the FNCA, from 1974-1979. He was a core lecturer back then, and returned to our lecture staff shortly after the turn of the century. His wife Lois was a 2nd (or maybe 3rd) generation camper who was on the teaching staff for many years.

 

1961

from the March 1, 1961 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:



from the May 1961 issue of
The Maine Newchurchman:

 

 

from the May 15, 1961 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

David Mack was the husband of Gwynne Dresser Mack who, after David's death,  donated the Mack Cabin in 1962. The Macks were long-time members and David Mack served for many years on the Board of Trustees (now the Board of Directors) at the Assembly.


 

also from the May 15, 1961 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the July 1, 1961 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

excerpt from the report of the
American New-Church Sunday School Association

 


from the August 1961 issue of
The Maine Newchurchman:


 

from the September 1, 1961 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

from the November 1, 1961 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1960

from the April 9, 1960 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the May 21, 1960 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the October 15, 1960 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1959

"Nancy Perry Giving Steve Perry a Haircut"

© John J. McCann 1959

We have absolutely no other info about this newspaper photo, other than that we found it in our files. Nancy Perry and her husband Fred built the Perry Cabin in 1976 when Steve was 22.


 

from the May 23, 1959 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

from the July 4, 1959 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1958

from the April 1958 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the July 1958 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the October 11, 1958 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

from the November 1958 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

1957

from the February 16, 1957 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

George F. Dole was a 2nd generation camper who was a core lecturer for more than 5 decades. He served terms as FNCA President from 1965-1973 and as Vice-President before and after that. He also taught the Flames class for many years and helped with opening and/or closing the facility for more than 2 decades. The Dole 3 Miler is in his honor. Lois attended the FNCA with him all that time. She served in many capacities including many years as Registrar.

 

 

from the June 8, 1957 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

from the July 20, 1957 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

from the October 12, 1957 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

Repeating what it says at their engagement announcement above:
George F. Dole was a 2nd generation camper who was a core lecturer for more than 5 decades. He served terms as FNCA President from 1965-1973 and as Vice-President before and after that. He also taught the Flames class for many years and helped with opening and/or closing the facility for more than 2 decades. The Dole 3 Miler is in his honor. Lois attended the FNCA with him all that time. She served in many capacities including many years as Registrar.

 

from the October 26, 1957 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1956

from the April 14, 1956 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the April 14, 1956 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

from the May 12, 1956 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the August 4, 1956 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

from the September 15, 1956 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

1955

from the April 2, 1955 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

 

from the June 25, 1955 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

 

 

1954

from the July 1954 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the October 16, 1954 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the October 30, 1954 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 


1953

from the June 1953 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

 


 

from the Summer 1953 issue of
The Massachusetts New-Church News:

© Mass New-Church Union 1953

 

1952

from the July 12, 1952 issue of
The New Church Messenger:

 

 

from the October 1952 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1951

from the July 1951 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

"H.B.C." is Hazel Baker Clark, as we learned from the preceding and proceeding articles.


 

from the October 1951 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1950

from the April 1950 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1949

from the November 1949 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1948

from the April 1948 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the September 1948 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1945

from the January 3, 1945 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

1941

"The Embers Song"
by Mrs. Charles H. Kuenzli

© Mrs. Charles H. Kuenzli 1941

This parody was based on a very popular song of the day called "The Old Oaken Bucket". The lyrics are from Samuel Woodworth's poem The Old Oaken Bucket, which begins with the line: "How dear to this heart are the scenes of my childhood". See the full poem here. And one version of the song here.

Please note that at this point in the FNCA's history, the Flames were still the young adults in their 20s and, 30s, and the Embers were all the adults older than that, so this song (most likely performed during the then annual Stunt Night) was the older adults singing to the younger adults.

Mrs. Kuenzli was very active at the Assembly, serving as chair of the Women's Auxiliary for many years among other things. Her husband, Charles, became the second FNCA president in 1940.

 

1937

from the December 29, 1937 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

 

 

 

1936

from the June 3, 1936 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

from the September 23, 1936 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

1935

from the September 18, 1935 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1934

from the October 10, 1934 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1933

from the October 11, 1933 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

1932

from the Summer 1932 issue of
The New-Church League Journal:

 

1931

from the July 1931 issue of
The New-Church League Journal:


 

from the October 1931 issue of
The New-Church League Journal:

 

1930

from the October 1930 issue of
The New-Church League Journal:

 

1929

from the October 1929 issue of
The New-Church League Journal:

 

1928

from the October 1928 issue of
The New-Church League Journal:


 

from the November 1928 issue of
The New-Church League Journal:

 

1927

from the June 1927 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

1926

from the April 1926 issue of
The New-Church League Journal:

 
 

from the July 1926 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the October 1926 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

1923

from the September 19, 1923 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the October 1923 issue of the
New Church League Journal:

 

1922

from the June 1922 issue of the
New Church League Journal:

 

 

from the August 2, 1922 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 
 

from the November 8, 1922 issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

from the report of the Maine Association annual meeting


 

from the November 1922 issue of the
New Church League Journal:

 

1921

This is the announcement for the very first session of the FNCA!

from the July 20, 1921 weekly(!) issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 


 

from the August 3, 1921 weekly(!) issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

 

 

And this is the follow-up article after that first session!

from the August 31, 1921 weekly(!) issue of
The New-Church Messenger:


 

from the September 14, 1921 weekly(!) issue of
The New-Church Messenger:

excerpt from the Maine Association Annual Meeting report

 

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