The First Universalist Church, 345 Broadway, recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Rev. Mark Glovin’s calling to the congregation. Nearly 200 members of the congregation, friends, relatives and colleagues gathered Dec. 5 to present a multi-generational celebration of his decade at First Universalist.

The Rev. Kate Braestrup, chaplain of the Maine Warden Service and the First Universalist Community Minister since 2004, led the celebration.

The evening was filled with music and children, two themes that paid tribute to both the church and to Glovin himself. The choir, led by Music Director Sojourner Hodges, sang “Eyes of the World” by The Grateful Dead while a procession of children presented Glovin with a chain of prayer flags made by church families.

Older children from the “Building Bridges” program, which aims to bridge the divide between the United States and other cultures, recited a creation story the children had written and illustrated.

Annie Kiermaier and Lucie Bauer, longtime members of the congregation, presented the history of the First Universalist Church, which dates back to the 1820s in Rockland, and a photo-slideshow was presented with the highlights of Glovin’s work in the community over the past decade.

The evening was also a celebration of the accomplishments the church has worked toward during those 10 years. In 2005, the First Universalist Church became the first church in the state to develop a Community Supported Agriculture partnership with an organic farm. In 2006 church members traveled to New Orleans to provide help to those affected by Hurricane Katrina.

In 2008, building on the success with the CSA, the church worked with the Midcoast Fishermen’s Association to establish the first Community Supported Fishery partnership. In 2009, Glovin stood with other Maine clergy at a legislative hearing in Augusta in support of marriage equality.

In 2010, the church earned a Green Sanctuary Certification from the national Universalist Unitarian Association for its action in response to environmental issues, including its action with The Window Dressers to make window inserts for the Midcoast community.

Another milestone celebrated was the decision in 2005 to start giving half of the Sunday cash offertory plate to a chosen charity. In recent years, plate offerings have benefited Out! As I Want to Be, Mid-Coast Health Net, and Rockland District Nursing Association, among others.

For information on the First Universalist Church in Rockland, call 594-8750, or email mail@uurockland.org.