Thursday, September 12, 2019

Saint Mary's eNEWS for 9.15.19

Saint Mary’s Weekly News

15 September 2019 – The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Vestry Nominations

During the month of September, the Nominating Committee will be seeking nominations for 2020 including:

  • Vestry – four  3-year terms
  • Sr. Warden 1-year term
  • Jr. Warden 2-year term
  • Delegates to the 2020 Diocesan Convention

You can submit your own name or someone else’s.  We are seeking two-three Diocesan Convention delegates (along with a warden and treasurer) and three alternates.  

Nominations are open through September 30, at which time the Nominating Committee will review names and make recommendations to the parish for a slate to be voted on at the Annual Meeting in late January.  Nomination forms are available in the narthex, outside of the Guild Room or in the parish office.  Nominating Committee: Peter Fitch, chair;  Ed Ainsworth, Maggie Gardner, Len Taylor

New--Coffee Hour Changes

Please sign up to help with Coffee Hour. There are three positions: Baker (bring a baked good and some fruit anytime during the weekend), Set-up/Host (put out the already purchased cheese and crackers, juice, coffee mugs, and the Baker's contribution), Clean-up (tidy things up and run the dishwasher). If you are an early bird, or need to head home after Church, maybe set-up is best for you. Not and early-bird? Maybe clean-up afterwards works better for you ! :) We all love coffee-hour. Thanks for your time. Sign-up sheets are outside the Guild Room. Thank you. FMI contact Sarah or Tim Caven

Sunday Formation: beginning September 15, 9:30 – 10 AM

Everyone is invited to gather on Sunday mornings in either of two groups – a prayerful group meeting in the Chapel, and a discussion group meeting in the Auditorium.

  • Current Events and the Mind of Christ  in the Auditorium:  (led by Fr. Nathan & Deacon Christine) 
  • Be Still in the Fr James Chapel:  Meditation, Prayer & Discussion (led by Merle Marie Troeger, Jennifer Gregg and Becky Pride)

Resolve to Get  Fit! Sept. 12 - Oct. 3: new Saint Mary’s offering!

Join us on Thursdays from 11-11:45 am starting September 12th for a self-paced fitness class in the auditorium. Instructor and personal trainer, Denise Curry, will lead the class. Whether you prefer to do the class seated or standing, Denise will guide us through a series of exercises suitable for all. She’ll work to help you find your level of ability, so you are challenged sufficiently.

Come dressed to exercise, whatever is comfortable for you. Be sure to wear good shoes for exercising! We’re offering these classes on a trial, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26 and 10/3. What we do next will depend on the participants’ interest. Cost: $5 per class suggested donation. But don’t let that stop you from giving this a try.

Please call or email Beth Shaw ( , 781-3366 to sign up.

Maine Marathon: Sunday, October 6 (NO church services that day)

NEEDED: Godspeed Relay Runners and Water Station Volunteers

Be part of one of our Saint Mary’s GODSPEED relay teams and join this fantastic community event. Runners of ALL ABILITIES are invited to join us. This is NOT a race, but a fun community event. FMI, contact Nathan+.

Volunteering at the water station in front of Saint Mary’s is a great time - cheering on the runners and serving water or Gatorade as they pass by is rewarding and fun!  Contact the office if you are interested: 781-3366,

Outdoors Church:  Saturday, October 5, 5 PM

Join the good folks of Foreside Community Church here at Saint Mary’s as we gather for worship outside in the spirit of Saint Francis of Assisi. We will sing together, listen for God’s voice in Creation and bless God’s Creation as well. Neither of our congregations can gather on Sunday as usual due to the Marathon, so this will be our alternative time to worship. And we will worship in an alternative way – outdoors! 


Realm is Saint Mary’s new church database software program.  It’s how we track parishioners’ address, emails, contributions, committees, meetings, and so much more.  One of the features of Realm is you may have access to your own information or ‘Profile’ from address to donations.  There are ‘Groups’ formed to list committees and guilds and facilitate their communication.  There are ‘Pathways’ to create easy steps to a project or event.  It’s so great!

But first, you have to accept the invitation when it arrives in your email. 

Be sure to check for your Realm invitation in your email inbox!

Youth Ministry

Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth): Sept. 15, 10 AM   

Our Guiding RAY programs for all young people ages 0 to 14, with classes beginning at 10am. The Nursery, classes for pre-K through grade 5, and a group for Middle Schoolers now called Ignite will all be available. Our classes are designed to both appeal to and offer our children an opportunity to learn key bible stories and to develop their relationship with God.  For more information on Guiding RAY, please visit our website  As always, we are looking for leaders to assist with these crucial programs. Please contact Megan Akers to find out ways you can help!

This week in Guiding RAY we begin our Bible Blast rotation. During this rotation, kids will learn the who, what and where of the Good Book. We will talk about how the Bible is the inspired Word of God, meaning it did not come from people, but from the Will of God. These lessons will help familiarize our children with the Bible, how it came to be, and the importance of it in our lives.

Guiding SAY (Singing Adventures for Youth): Sept. 15, 9:35 AM   

NEW this Autumn! Before Guiding RAY classes begin, all young people are invited to gather downstairs with our own Maria Belva for fun singing. No special skill or experience required, only a willingness to sing together.

The Nursery is open for our youngest parishioners every Sunday, 9 - 11:30am, so parents can attend Formation classes or sing in the choir. Please contact Megan Akers,, if you are able to assist with care. 

IGNITE - Middle School Youth Group:  All kids in grades 6-8 are welcome to join this growing group that will resume in the fall.  Save the date for the Ignite bi-weekly gatherings to start on Sept. 22.

Young Life of Casco Bay Club is coming soon! FMI see

Serving the World

Composting at Saint Mary’s  NEW!!  Garbage to Garden

Remember to compost all food, paper, scraps in supplied bins in the kitchen!  Check out the list of all things compostable!  FMI,

Third Tuesday of each month: we serve at St. Elizabeth’s

Our service time at St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center (at the Cathedral) is the 3rd Tuesday of every month - September 17! With the influx of refugees and asylum seekers in Portland, so your help is very much needed! FMI, contact Betsy Elliman at 400-6871 or

Souper Supper: 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month: SEP 13 & 27 

Our free suppers in our Parish House Auditorium open to anyone and everyone. Please consider dropping in sometime between 5 – 7 PM on either evening for dinner served in a family-style setting and consisting of a hearty soup, salad, bread, homemade desserts and beverages. And we are always looking for more servers to join the Souper Supper Team. FMI, contact Jennifer,  

Mission Morning -Faith In Action as a Parish Family!  September 29

     Our opportunity to all join together, to seek and serve Christ outside the walls of Saint Mary's!   Families and parishioners of all ages are invited to gather in the Auditorium directly following the 8am Eucharist (9ish) for a short reflection and send-off, after which we will disperse in small groups into the community for various projects appealing to every interest.  We return at 11:30 for a fellowship and mid-day snacks.   The nursery will be available for our youngest parishioners (up to 3 ½ years) from 9-noonFMI see September AVE

Gatherings & Events

Common Ground : Thursday Potluck & presentation: Sept 19

Ask a Rabbi: Rabbi Laura Boenisch of B’nai Portland will join us to talk about her journey to become a rabbi and to answer any questions you have about Judaism.

Come with your questions and join the conversation. And bring some food to share – it is a potluck dinner!

The basic Common Ground structure is:

5 - 7pm    Potluck-style dinner. Take a break from cooking a whole meal. Bring a piece or just eat what we have. If you can’t imagine eating early, come and enjoy fellowship and discussion. Open to everyone!! 

6 pm       We host individual or panel discussions on topical issues in our community. This week is Ask a Rabbi with a Falmouth rabbi

Living With Grief: beginning October 8 at 4 pm 

A new "Living with Grief" group will begin meeting at Saint Mary's from 4 to 5:30pm once a week for 8 weeks. Anyone who has experienced the death of a loved one whether that death occurred 6 months ago or many years ago is welcome to be part of the group. If you are interested, please contact Deacon Christine at 653-2448 or Beth at the church office.

Sparkles NEWS:  Mark your calendars for December 7

     Thanks to those who have already taken a Gift Box to fill for Sparkles, and we STILL have boxes available!  The sign-up list is in the auditorium. Choose one of our themes or create one of your own.  Just fill the box, and we’ll wrap it up and sell it at Sparkles.  This is a fun way to donate to Sparkles.  Share a passion for cooking, knitting, fishing or ??? in a creative way!

We have renamed the downstairs 3-room, children’s area.  Santa’s Toyland – Not Just for Kids.

- One room has children’s books, toys and sports equipment for parents, grandparents, and other friends to purchase.

- A second room has small, inexpensive items for kids to purchase;  no adults are allowed in this room, but teens are available to help select and wrap items.

- The third room is a special place where Santa and Mrs. Claus take special requests from kids of all ages.

We also have popcorn and apple cider and chairs for weary shoppers to take a break.  You’ll definitely want to visit.  We still need lots of kids’ books and toys, especially larger items, and we also need small items for kids to purchase for their moms, dads, and grandparents. Like us on Facebook --SparklesSt.MarysFalmouth

TOPS: new group meeting at Saint Mary’s, Wednesdays 5 - 6:30 pm

TOPS Club, Inc. is a nonprofit, noncommercial weight-loss support organization established in 1948. In an industry filled with quick fixes and fad diets, TOPS is an affordable and evidence-based program that encourages members to make small, steady lifestyle changes that provide lasting weight loss and better health. FMI, visit


Community Care & Nurture

Weekly Worship at Saint Mary’s: regular schedule resumes 9/15

SUNDAYS:    8 am Contemplative Eucharist,

                           9:30 am Formation for ALL

                               10:15 am Choral Eucharist

THURSDAYS: 12 noon Chapel Eucharist returns on September 12

Mon - Wed:  10 minute NoonDay Prayer in Chapel or wherever you are

Wisdom Seekers: Bible Study on Tuesday mornings

At 10:30 AM every Tuesday morning, a group gathers to study the Scriptures appointed for the upcoming Sunday. It is a great way to prepare oneself for the Eucharist. Some stay afterward for NoonDay Prayer. All are welcome to join the group at any time.

Communicating with Nathan+ Feel free to contact Fr. Nathan at any time if you need advice, guidance or prayer.  You can call or text his cell at 207-310-0268  or e-mail him directly at , but know that email is checked rarely on Fridays, Saturdays or when he’s away on vacation.

Prayer Concerns for this weekGary Conway, Chris McGonigle, Maureen Connolly, Sibyl Wayley, Dave Fenderson, George Barrett, Jim Martin, Sandy Pauly, Keith Lombardizzi, John Fournier, Karen Mangino, Becca Horton and her child, Chandra Lowe, Nolan Farris, Stewart Stalnecker.

IF YOU WANT TO ADD NAMES TO THIS LIST, write them on the Sunday Prayer List found in the Narthex or contact the Office (781-3366 or


THIS WEEK at Saint Mary’s

Sunday              15   Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

                                  8:00am            Contemplative Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)  

                                  9:30am            Formation for ALL

                                  10:15am          Choral Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)

Monday             16   12noon            Noonday Prayer – stop and pray where you are

                                  6 – 9pm           Portland Community Chorus rehearsal in auditorium

Tuesday             17   7 - 9am            BNI in the auditorium

                                  8:30-11a          Saint Mary’s serves at St. Elizabeth’s

                                  9:30-12:30            Art Group in the auditorium

                                  10:30am            Wisdom Seekers in the Guild Room

                                  11:00am            12-step support group

                                  12 noon           Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                  12:45am          Staff Meeting

                                  7:00pm            AA in the auditorium (Al-A-Teen in Youth Room)

                                  7:30pm            Al-Anon in the Guild Room (6:00pm Beginner’s Al-Anon)

Wednesday        18   5-6:30p            TOPS meeting in the Kneeler Room

                                  6:00pm            Vestry meeting in the Guild Room

                                  6:00pm            SinG rehearsal in the auditorium

Thursday               19    12noon            Chapel Eucharist

                                  5 – 7pm           Common Ground Potluck & Presentation: Ask a Rabbi

                                  7:00pm            SM Choir Rehearsal

Friday                20   Parish Office closed  - AVE deadline for October

                                  9:00am            Buildings & Grounds in the Guild Room

                                  12noon            Noonday Prayer – stop and pray where you are

                                  5:30pm            Al-Anon meeting in the Guild Room

Saturday            21   Feast of Saint Matthew, Apostle and Evangelist

                                  10a-3p             Oratorio Chorale extended rehearsal in Auditorium

Sunday              22   Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost

                                  8:00am            Contemplative Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)  

                                  9:30am              Formation for ALL

                                  10:15am          Choral Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)



Beth Shaw

Parish Manager

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105