Thursday, November 15, 2018

Saint Mary's eNEWS for 11.18.18en

Saint Mary's Weekly News

18 November 2018  –  The twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost


Getting Ready for Sunday!

"No one ever hates his own body, but he nourishes and tenderly cares for it, just as Christ does for the church, because we are members of his body." (Ephesians 5:29-30)

WELCOME to Charlotte Mirella Chappell !

We welcome Lottie, the newest member of the Chappell family, into the spiritual Body of Christ together with all the saints of God of every generation. Congratulations to her parents, Will & Michelle, and all her family

COMMON GROUND: every Thursday!    

   11/15:   The Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts
11/22:   No gathering on Thanksgiving

      11/29:   Sparkles Prep Party - with PIZZA for all

12/6:    How To Keep Advent at Home (last one until the New Year)

The basic 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!! 

5:30 pm       Voice for Life – music training open to all           OR

5:45-6:45 pm    Presentations on topical issues in our community.

6:45 pm  Compline Service in the Fr James Chapel and clean-up

  Compline is a ten-minute choral service from the early church intended for the end of the day.  It is a perfect way to unwind and enter into a spirit of quiet prayer and meditation, with evenings hymns of thanksgiving.

Grace Given:  Stewardship 2019

Each of us was given grace according to the measure of Christ's gift.  Ephesians 4:7

The founding of our church was a direct gift of grace from the Brown family. Grieving after the loss of their daughter, Alida, at age 19, they built the chancel as a summer chapel. In the plaque on the floor in front of the rail, the words speak about our building to benefit the living.  Saint Mary's has a long history of going beyond the doors of the church to support the greater community. Help us continue to do so by pledging for 2019. Thank you to all who have turned in their pledge forms. Our goal is $285,000.

Serving our World

Red Cross Blood Drive: Saturday, November 24, 9 AM – 2 PM

***URGENT NEED FOR ALL BLOOD TYPES***

PLEASE come and share the gift of life with others. With SO many disasters and shootings, the need for blood is greater than ever! The Blood Drive is in our Parish House Auditorium.  Sign-up now or walk in that Saturday. To sign up, go to www.redcrossblood.org and use sponsor code "SMary" to make your donor appointment.  FMI: contact our Coordinator, Jana Burke, at 272-4535 or jana.burke@icloud.com or Beth in the Parish Office at admin@smary.org

Events & Happenings

Concert Spirituel:  November 18 at 4 PM

The Saint Mary Choir, the St. Cecilia children's choir, guest violinists from the St Mary Schola, Mary Jo Carlsen, and Lauren Hastings Genova, along with Thomas Troeger on the flute, Lesley Dolinger as soloist, and our own Bruce Fithian will present a special concert of sacred music: Concert spirituel, on Sunday November 18 at 4:00 pm. The title: Concert spirituel, refers to the first public concerts of classical music in Paris in the 18th century, in which sacred and chamber music was offered to the public.   Not to be missed!

Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist:  Wednesday evening, Nov. 21, at 6 pm

The Eucharist with favorite Thanksgiving hymns will be celebrated the night before Thanksgiving Day. All ages are welcome, and bring your guests!

And then we go outside to celebrate the people for whom we are most thankful, both living and deceased, with the Lighting of the Kyros Memorial and Celebration Tree.  Drop or send your names in to the parish office by Monday, November 19

 Submit your names for the Memorial & Celebration Tree lighting, on Thanksgiving eve, November 21 following the Eucharist at 6pm  (see insert)

 

Sparkles NEWS: The Sparkles Fair is December 1, 9 AM to 2 PM

The Season is upon us!

This Saturday, November 17, is Garlanding Day, where we decorate the Guild Hall and Auditorium for Christmas.  Please lend a hand to help make these rooms festive for the Season.

On Sunday, November 18, between the services (app 9-10am) service, we will make birdseed ornaments with the Guiding Ray kids in the basement art room.  Also, following the second service, we will assemble the St. Mary's Friendship Soup.  This is a fun and easy way to participate in Sparkles, so please join us in the Guild Room. Remember to also pick up the appetizers you ordered at Sparkles Spirits on Sunday.  They will be available after both services in the kitchen.

On Wednesday, November 21, we will have the Lighting of the Kyros Memorial & Celebration Tree following the Thanksgiving Eucharist. Be sure to send in your honored names by Monday, Nov 19

BE SURE TO:

  • Bake cookies and other goodies for the bake sale
  • Sign up to help before, during and after the Boutique on Dec. 1
  • Hang flyers where you work or shop (they are in the auditorium)
  • Sign up to help or bring food to the Schola Concert and Reception

ALL SIGNUP SHEETS are in the auditorium, and we need EVERYONE'S HELP to make Sparkles a success.

Don't forget to pre-order your Lobster Stew, Coffee Cake, and Boxwood Trees.

"Rest for your Soul": Advent Quiet Morning: Saturday, Dec. 15

An Advent Quiet Day is a traditional way to prepare expectantly together for the coming of Emmanuel.  This Advent we will offer a quiet (but not silent) opportunity to pray and mediate about the balance between our activity in the world and our very human need for rest and refreshment. We'll start at 9:00 am and conclude no later than 12:30 pm.   As the name implies, we will focus on biblical and non-biblical injunctions to rest, a theme we need to keep in mind year-round.  Sign-ups are at the door to the Guild Room and are helpful for preparations, but come even if you didn't RSVP!

 

Advent Lessons & Carols: December 2 at both 8 and 10:15 AM

We look forward to our annual celebration in Advent with the Lessons and Carols Service on the first Sunday of Advent, December 2 by singing favorite hymns such as Hymn 60, Creator of the stars of night; People Look East; and Hymn 57, Lo! He comes with clouds descending.  In addition to these Advent hymns, there are remarkable selections from the Saint Mary's choir, the St. Cecilia Choir, the handbell choir plus special musical compositions and interpretations by our own David Vernier, Thomas Troeger, and Bruce Fithian. 

What a wonderful way to begin the Advent season!

Youth Ministry

Guiding RAY  (Religious Adventures for Youth)    

This past Sunday in Guiding RAY we honored our Saint Mary's Veterans during the 9:30 - 10:00 formation time. It was an amazing show of gratitude! The Veterans, the kids and many adults enjoyed hearing what it is like to serve our country. And we all enjoyed belting out "As the Caissons go rolling along" song. 

This week in Guiding RAY we will continue our lesson on Abraham and Sarah. As we learn about how they were blessed by God we will learn that we too, are blessed in our relationship with God and in the strength we receive from God.  We are blessed to be a part of the family of God.

The Nursery opens at 9:30am for our youngest disciples in the Guiding RAY area every Sunday morning for the later Eucharist. Please contact Alison Hayward, ajhmcmonagle@gmail.com, if you are able to assist her with nursery care. 

Saint Mary's RSCM Youth Choirs

Recently the Youth Choir Program has divided into two choirs to adjust to the age groups of the children. 

St. Cecilia Choir

Open to all boys and girls ages 8 – 15  Rehearsal on Tuesdays  4:30 – 5:30 pm   Rehearsal room. Sunday rehearsal at 9:30 – 10:00 am will focus on Advent and Christmas Carols.    All rehearsals will include:   Learning how to sing and read music better, introduction to hymns and canticles, anthems that reflect the seasons of the year and music theory.  

Angel Choir

Open to all boys and girls ages 4 – 7    These new choristers will join the St. Cecilia Choir Rehearsal on Sunday at 9:30 – 10:00 am.  They will learn how to sing tunes, refrains to all the hymns and carols and enjoy being part of the choir.  For this class I use flash cards for the first steps in reading music. 

 YOUNG LIFE of Casco Bay:  Mondays at 7:31 PM

Where?  A new place! The Barn at 41 Stapleford Drive in Falmouth

Who?   Falmouth & area High School Peeps kickin' it all together

Why? New friends! And wicked fun. FMI, visit www.younglifecb.com

Community Care & Nurture

Chapel Eucharist: No gathering this Thursday

Wisdom Seekers: Tuesdays at 10:30 AM

This Bible study group meets weekly in the Guild Room. Everyone is welcome! We are currently studying the Sunday Gospels, Join us!

Noonday Prayer: Mon - Wed in the Chapel 

Pause for 10 minutes of prayer together. You are also invited, wherever you may be, to STOP and PRAY with us in the Spirit at 12 noon for those in need, for our parish family, our bishop, and our own daily life with God.

Communicating with Nathan+ Feel free to contact Fr. Nathan at any time if you wish to speak with him.  You can call or text his cell anytime at 207-310-0268  or e-mail him directly at nathanferrell@smary.org but know that email is checked rarely on weekends or when he's away.

Prayer Concerns for this week:  Chandra Lowe, Loretta Rhodes, Margaret Jean Taylor, Tom Elliman, Daniele Andrews, David Fenderson, Grace Richards, Bucky, Bill Unfricht, Henry Hamilton, Harold Otte, Zach Hallowell, Parker Carson, Peter Horne, Stewart Stalnecker, Theresa Violette, Nolan Farris, Frank Rheaume. 

IF YOU WANT TO ADD NAMES TO THE PRAYER LIST, write them on the Sunday Prayer List found in the Narthex or contact the Office (781-3366 or smary@smary.org).

 

THIS WEEK at Saint Mary's

Sunday                18     The Twenty-sixth Sunday after Pentecost

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

                                    9:30am        Formation for All Ages

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

                                    4:00pm        Concert Spirituel

                                    4 - 6pm        Middle School Youth Group at Tuttle Rd. Methodist

Monday              19     12noon        Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    69pm        Portland Community Chorus rehearsal in the auditorium

                                    6:30 pm        Bell choir rehearsal

Tuesday              20      7 - 9am       BNI in the auditorium

                                             10:30am        Wisdom Seekers

                                    12noon        Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    12:45pm        Staff meeting

                                    4:30 pm        St. Cecilia choir rehearsal

                                    7:00 pm        AA in the auditorium

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

Wednesday              21        12noon       Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    1:00 pm        College Club Tea in the Guild Room

                                    6:00PM        Thanksgiving Eve Eucharist and Kyros Tree Lighting

Thursday            22      HAPPY THANKSGIVING! Parish Offices closed

Friday                 23     Parish Offices are closed on Fridays

                                    9:30am         Sparkles meeting in the Guild Room

                                    12noon       Noonday Prayer – stop and pray where you are

                                    5 - 7pm         Community Souper Supper

                                    5:30pm         Al-Anon in the Guild Room

Saturday              24     9a - 2p         Thanksgiving BLOOD DRIVE in Auditorium

                                    11:00AM         Irene Cairns Memorial Service

Sunday                25     The Last Sunday after Pentecost:  Christ the King Sunday

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

                                    9:30am        Formation for All Ages

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

 

 

Beth Shaw

Parish Manager

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Road

Falmouth, Maine  04105

207.781.3366

 

Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Saint Mary's eNEWS for 10.28.18

Saint Mary’s Weekly News

28 October 2018  –  The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost


Getting Ready for Sunday!

“Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Eph. 4:15).

COMMON GROUND: every Thursday!    

        10/25: Halloween Party – games, prizes and fun for all ages!

          11/1: How to Die Well – preparing for the end of life

          11/8: Saint Mary’s at Long Creek – learn about this ministry

The basic 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!! 

5:30 pm       Voice for Life – music training open to all           OR

5:45-6:45 pm    Presentations on topical issues in our community.

6:45 pm  Compline Service in the Fr James Chapel and clean-up

  Compline is a ten-minute choral service from the early church intended for the end of the day.  It is a perfect way to unwind and enter into a spirit of quiet prayer and meditation, with evenings hymns of thanksgiving.

Acolytes Wanted!  Training on November 11!

Young people (age 8 and up) as well as adults are invited to become acolytes. Our acolytes help the clergy to lead worship on Sundays and Holidays, and they have the summer off.  The Gospel and Epistle acolytes carry the torches (candles) and the Crucifer carries the cross. The training provided by Father Nathan is short and easy. It is scheduled for Sunday, 11/11 after the 10:15am liturgy. Acolytes generally serve once a month. A great way to connect with your parish family and to gather community service hours. FMI and to sign up for training, please contact Tricia Wheeler at tjwheel@maine.rr.com.

 

Serving our World


 

St Elizabeth’s Center is desperately in need of Adult winter coats. Men’s and Women’s all sizes, especially Large and Extra large. Drop off box is in our parish house under sign up table in hall.

 

St Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center in Portland

St. Elizabeth’s is an exciting mission effort of The Episcopal Diocese of Maine. Supported by eight local Episcopal Churches, including Saint Mary’s, St. Elizabeth’s celebrated the 12th year distributing non-food essentials, clothes, and small household items to the most needy among us.

In addition to distributing essential items not covered under the federal food stamp program like: diapers, bar soap, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, laundry detergent and deodorant, St. E’s serves as a gathering place where people chat with friends The Pantry is a non-barrier program serving on average 250 individuals each week, many of whom are immigrants and refugees for whom English is not their primary language.

 

Events & Happenings

 Sparkles NEWS:  December 1, 9 am to 2 pm

            YOU ARE INVITED to a special SPARKLES Coffee Hour next week (November 4) after both services.  There will be tastings and other goodies to eat, and sign-up sheets for volunteer opportunities.  Sparkles will need LOTS of help – from baking to decorating to setting up and cashiering.  Many hands make light work, so PLEASE give generously of your time and talents.

            During Coffee Hour, we will also begin pre-orders for lobster stew, Schola tickets, boxwood trees, greens and poinsettias and Rick Hirschman’s wonderful Coffee Cake.  Pre-orders will be taken for 2 weeks, and must be pre-paid, so please have your checkbook or cash with you.

            Our next drop off day is October 27 from 9am - noon.  Bring your gently used household items, family treasures, old jewelry and holiday decorations.  We especially need gently used TOYS for Santa’s Toyland, as well as CHRISTMAS PAPER, BAGS, RIBBON, AND DECORATIONS. 

            If you volunteered to donate a Gift Basket(s) (THANK YOU!), please remember that they are also due on Sunday, November 4.

 

Green Cemeteries and Natural Burials:

Saturday, November 10, 9am - 3pm

An environmentally friendly choice

Keynote Speakers from Green Burial Massachusetts at the Episcopal Church of Saint Mary.  Come learn.  Bring you own bag lunch and beverage. 

 

 

Youth Ministry

Guiding RAY  (Religious Adventures for Youth)    

During the 9:30 - 10:00 Formation time, Sparkles will be joining Guiding RAY and we will help them prepare 'Holy Smokes'. All are welcome to join the fun! All are welcome to join this presentation.

This week in Guiding RAY we will finish our lesson on Noah and his family and the story has been amazing!  Our theme this week will be 'listening to God and Obedience to God". We will wonder together how we hear God and what we would do if God asked US to build an ark. 

The Nursery opens at 9:30am for our youngest disciples in the Guiding RAY area every Sunday morning for the later Eucharist. Please contact Alison Hayward, ajhmcmonagle@gmail.com, if you are able to assist her with nursery care. 

 

Middle Schoolers!  Save the Date:  October 28 4-6 pm  Escape the Crypt and Apple Crisp

Middle School peeps!    Join other middle schools on Sunday, October 28th at Satin Mary’s Episcopal Church for some pre-Halloween fun and community service.  From 4 - 6pm, we will get slightly spooked, learn a bit of history and cook up some yummy apple crisp to share with our neighbors in need.  FMI, email Megan Akers at Guiding RAY@smary.org

Miqra Fall Youth Event!

Join Youth from across Maine in Portland from November 2nd—4th, 2018

for Everyone in Grades 6-12 .  We will play games, enter into great conversations, meet new friends, reconnect with old friends, explore Portland and explore our faith. We’ll hold a nighttime vigil as we read the Bible cover to cover. We’ll take a look at our faith, and practice living out what we think and read and feel.

 Register at www.maineyouth.org Questions? Contact Youth Missioner Sara D’Angio White at (585) 749-9125 or sdangiowhite@gmail.com

 YOUNG LIFE of Casco Bay Fall Weekends

Middle School WyldLife Weekend: Fri thru Sun, Oct 26 – 28.

High School Saranac Weekend: Sat thru Mon, Nov 10 – 12.

All young people are invited to get away for an AMAZING weekend.

FMI and to register, visit www.younglifecb.com

Community Care & Nurture

An Invitation to Join Saint Mary's “Merton Group”

Study and Contemplation on Thursdays 2-3 pm

The “Merton Group” is a small, spiritually diverse, inquisitive, tolerant, open-minded, and supportive group of “seekers.” 

We do this by meeting to read and discuss spiritual works that draw from the Church and other faith traditions in an effort to help us reflect upon our own and the world's spiritual roots and fuel personal growth.  Our authors to date have included those steeped in the “perennial” and “contemplative” traditions.  Choosing a new book each year, we pray, read aloud, question and respond from heart and mind as each is motivated.

We are starting the book The Meaning of Mary Magdalene by Cynthia Bourgeault this fall. We welcome any who might be curious or feel called. You are invited to drop in and test the waters at any time. FMI, contact Jennifer Gregg (jenniferanngregg@gmail.com) or the parish office.

Chapel Eucharist: Thursdays in the Chapel at 12 noon

This is an informal time (in a beautiful space!) to gather at the Lord’s Table with a meditation on the scripture or the saint of the day and prayers for healing.

Wisdom Seekers: Tuesdays at 10:30 AM

This Bible study group meets weekly in the Guild Room. Everyone is welcome! We are currently studying the Sunday Gospels, Join us!

Noonday Prayer: Mon - Wed in the Chapel 

Pause for 10 minutes of prayer together. You are also invited, wherever you may be, to STOP and PRAY with us in the Spirit at 12 noon for those in need, for our parish family, our bishop, and our own daily life with God.

Communicating with Nathan+ Feel free to contact Fr. Nathan at any time if you wish to speak with him.  You can call or text his cell anytime at 207-310-0268  or e-mail him directly at nathanferrell@smary.org but know that email is checked rarely on weekends or when he’s away.

Prayer Concerns for this week:  Daniele Andrews, David Fenderson, Grace Richards, Bucky, Bill Unfricht, Henry Hamilton, Harold Otte, Zach Hallowell, Parker Carson, Peter Horne, Stewart Stalnecker, Theresa Violette, Nolan Farris, Frank Rheaume. 

IF YOU WANT TO ADD NAMES TO THE PRAYER LIST, write them on the Sunday Prayer List found in the Narthex or contact the Office (781-3366 or smary@smary.org).

THIS WEEK at Saint Mary’s

Sunday                28     The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

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

                                    9:30am         Formation for All Ages

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

                                    4-6pm          Middle Schoolers!!  Escape the Crypt and Apple Crisp

Monday              29     12noon        Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    9a - 4p         Lifeline Screening in the auditorium

                                    69pm        Portland Community Chorus rehearsal in the auditorium

                                    6:30 pm        Bell choir rehearsal

Tuesday              30      7 - 9am       BNI in the auditorium

                                             10:30am        Wisdom Seekers

                                    12noon        Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    12:45pm        Staff meeting

                                    4:30pm         RSCM instruction

                                    7:00 pm        AA in the auditorium

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

Wednesday              31        10:00am       Eucharist at Falmouth House and Legacy Center

                                    12noon       Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    6 8 pm       SinG rehearsal

Thursday            1        ALL SAINTS’ DAY

                                    12noon       Chapel Eucharist – All Saints’ Day celebration

                                    1:00pm        CARE Group meets in the Guild Room

                                    4:30pm        Outreach meeting in the Guild Room

                                    5-7pm Common Ground – potluck dinner and presentation

                                    7:00pm         SM Choir rehearsal

Friday                 2       Parish Offices are closed on Fridays

                                    12noon       Noonday Prayer – stop and pray where you are

                                    5:30pm         Wedding Rehearsal

                                    5:30pm         Al-Anon in the Guild Room

Saturday              3       3:00pm         Wedding in the Sanctuary

Sunday 4             The Sunday after All Saints’ Day

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

                                    9:30am         Formation for All Ages

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

                                    3-6 pm         Multicultural Fair – in the Auditorium 

 

 

 

Beth Shaw

Parish Manager

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Road

Falmouth, Maine  04105

207.781.3366