Saint Mary’s Weekly News
January 27, 2013: The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
The Parish Office will be without phone and internet for much of the day tomorrow, Friday, January 25th as Time Warner prepares for services in the new building! Thanks for being patient with us.
How to Budget with Wisdom
January 30 at 7 PM in the Guild Room. We conclude this Wednesday with a follow-up to last week’s session, but everyone is invited to join Fr. Nathan and personal financial counselors from the parish for more discussion of biblical guidance for managing our finances, tools for developing household budgets, and ways to grow our capacity for generous giving. Every household needs to have a budget which gives priority to God’s place in our lives and to our care for the poor. Come and join the conversation.
Men’s Overnight Snowshoe Adventure
Calling all Saint Mary’s men of all ages to join Nathan up in Carrabassett Valley for an adventure in the snow around the Bigelow range and Flagstaff Lake! Thursday evening (Feb. 28) to Saturday afternoon (March 2). Interested? Don’t be afraid; you can do it! Send him an e-mail at email@example.com .
Training classes will be held on Feb. 3, Feb 10 and March 3 after 10am service. Father Nathan and Head Acolyte, Elizabeth McIntosh will train new acolytes. Youth 8+ and Adults are welcome. Please plan to attend at least 2 of the 3 classes. Classes will be approximately 30 minutes. Acolytes generally serve once per month from Sept – June. FMI contact: Tricia Wheeler at firstname.lastname@example.org
S. Mary’s Annual Meeting
The Annual Meeting of The Church of Saint Mary the Virgin will take place on Sunday, January 27th, 2013, beginning at 10:15 in the morning. There will be one liturgy, with hymns, at 9:00, followed by a brunch and the Annual Meeting. Not only will this bring the “two congregations” together, but the meeting won’t last well into the afternoon. There will be child care and activities for kids in the undercroft; volunteers will be needed to supervise the children. If you are available to help, please e-mail Julie Morrison at email@example.com Annual Reports are now available in the Guild Room and will be emailed to all on the email mailing list.
Brunch Clean-up Help Needed
We need strong people to help with the clean-up after today’s Annual Meeting. If you can help, please plan to stay around for a little while after the meeting. A star in your crown!
A huge thank you to Anne LaFond and hospitality folks taking charge of the brunch; we couldn’t have done it without you!
No Soup Kitchen duty this Sunday, Jan 27th
We are thankful to the folks at Preble Street Resource Center for assisting on this Sunday. We’ll be back on February 24th.
2012 Contribution Statements for your taxes - Please take home TODAY!
Contribution statements for the year 2012 are complete and can be found in the Guild Room. Those not taken home will be sent through the mail. Please take yours home to help save the postage.
Offering Envelopes for 2013 - Can be found in the Guild Room
Our Stewardship Campaign in 2013 will take place during Lent, but offering envelopes for the entire year are available to those who have used them previously or those who have requested them. If you would like to have the parish provide you with offering envelopes, you may sign-up for these in the Parish House or in the Narthex of the church or call the parish office.
Godly Play Training Opportunity - February 8 and 9
S. Mary's has arranged a unique opportunity for professional training. All ages and churches are welcome to join us as we blur the lines between teacher and student. You will experience and learn Godly Play stories in a collegial, prayerful setting. Godly Play Foundation’s talented Trainers will deepen your understanding of children’s spirituality while guiding you on a personal journey of wonder. By exploring the fundamental foundations of a Godly Play classroom with us at an accredited training event, you will improve your teaching skills, learn how to build a classroom of your own, and leave spiritually refreshed. February 8 (5:00-9:00pm, dinner included) and February 9 (8:30am-5:00pm, lunch and snacks included). Please contact Julie Morrison at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Legacy Project - The Final Construction Push Begins!
We again ask for your patience as Ledgewood juggles work from room to room to put finishing touches on. But completion nears! The first "punch-list" walk through is scheduled for January 30! If you notice anything seriously amiss in finished rooms, please point it out to Dick Miller or Jennifer Gregg before that date!
In the meantime, the Auditorium will be unavailable to us for the next two weeks as acoustical tiles are placed, work that was deferred from this last week.
The radiant heating system and concrete overlay have been placed/poured; please do not walk in the Chapel until further notice.
Work in the kitchen is largely finished and it is ours!
Work will continue in the Guild Room. Pardon our dust!
More insulation to come; more flooring downstairs; more work in the Youth Room, more painting, more finishing work. It’s all so exciting!
Godspeed – NO GODSPEED THIS Saturday morning, Jan26th!!
Typically we join together for the Saturday morning prayer & running & winter sports group! We gather in front of the Parish House most every Saturday morning at 8 am (weather permitting). If there is snow, we will gather for snowshoeing and Nordic skiing tours.
Open Door – Every Tuesday morning from 8-9 am, Fr. Nathan will be “live” on Twitter for open dialogue and discussion. Feel free to send a question or start a community conversation. It’s easy a nd everyone is welcome to join in.
Fr. Nathan Ferrell: Feel free to contact Fr. Nathan at any time if you wish to speak with him. You can e-mail him directly at email@example.com, or call him on his cell at 609-410-7573. Follow him on Twitter @FatherNate or visit his blog at www.fatherferrell.blogspot.com .
Coffee Hour Hosts Needed
Consider hosting a coffee hour in the Guild Room following the service (either by yourself or with another family.) A feast is not needed – just a tidbit to enjoy with the coffee that is already made. FMI, contact Betsy Stoddard at 829-2026 by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org
Pre-Valentine’s Day Sale to support Falmouth High School Student Exchange to China - February 3: Jewelry, Art, and Baked Goods
Two Saint Mary’s Episcopal Teens are traveling with Falmouth High School for a student exchange with a high school in Beijing, China. Blair Lindberg and Sé Ferrell are raising funds for their expenses by hosting a Pre- Valentine’s Day Sale on February 3rd during both coffee hours. The girls will be selling jewelry donated from Marge Devine, Art, and baked goods. The girls will attend a Beijing high school each day, live with a Chinese family, and experience cultural immersion.
Altar Flower Guild planning meeting - Monday, February 4th at 9am
All members and people interested in joining the guild that has the honor of arranging the flowers on the altar, please join us for our Easter planning meeting. Bring your calendars to work on the summer schedule.
Emergency/Fuel Discretionary Fund
As the winter continues and the temperatures drop, let’s not forget to lend assistance to those that are struggling to stay warm. Emergency/Fuel Fund envelopes can be found in the hymnals in each pew. Thank you on behalf of the Outreach Committee and those you will help.
Eucharistic Visitors take Holy Communion to those unable to worship with us on Sunday morning. The Eucharistic Visitor this week is Ginny Stelk.
Peter F. Conklin's (brother of Betsy Stoddard) Memorial Service will be held this Saturday, January 26th at 11:00 am at St. Peter's Episcopal Church, 678 Washington Avenue, Portland.
This Week’s Calendar at Saint Mary’s – January 2013
Sunday 27 9:00am The Third Sunday after Epiphany: Contemporary Eucharist - Intergenerational Service
9:45am Brunch - all are invited
10:15am Annual Meeting in the Auditorium
Monday 28 6:00pm Stewardship meeting in the Guild Room
Tuesday 29 8:00am Open Door - Twitter live with Fr. Nathan
10:00am Order of St. Luke in church
1:00pm Staff meeting
7:00pm AA in Auditorium
7:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room
Wednesday 30 4:00pm Executive Committee meeting
7:00pm How to Budget with Wisdom
Thursday 31 10:30am Weekday Worship – in the church
4:00pm Boy Singers of Maine
7:00pm Choir Rehearsal
7:30pm Men’s AA in the Guild Room
Friday Feb.1 5:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room
Saturday 2 8:00am Godspeed outdoors group
9:00am Boy Singers of Maine
Sunday 3 8:00am The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany: Traditional Eucharist
9:30am Guiding RAY opens downstairs
10:00am The Fourth Sunday after Epiphany: Contemporary Eucharist
11:30am Acolyte Training - in Church