Saint Mary’s Weekly News
April 28, 2013 – The Fifth Sunday of Easter
GODSPEED prayer & running group
This Saturday (April 27), our regular running time falls right in line with the Habitat for Humanity Falmouth Walk, so let’s throw our weight behind this effort. Breakfast begins at 8 AM in the Parish House, and the run (or walk!) begins at 9 AM. It’s about 4.5 miles to the Falmouth Community Church and back. Bring a donation for Habitat, and come join the festivities!
2013 Stewardship Campaign: “All Baptized into One Body”
Christ offered himself freely for us, so that we might live a new life in hope.
In recognition of this gift, we offer portions of our time and treasure so that God can continue to bless the world through the church. Help us to finish off our campaign by April 30! If you have not yet participated, then please do so now (no matter how small or large is your commitment). Every gift is important, and everyone’s participation is needed. Thank you so much for your vital and faithful support of S. Mary’s!
Here are our 2013 Pledge results so far:
Formation Hour for All Ages continues!
TODAY - From 9:30 to 10:30am, there will be the following groups meeting, in addition to our regular Guiding RAY classes.
· How to Discern Your Gifts for Service - led by Fr. Nathan Ferrell in the Auditorium.
· A Conversation on Art and Faith -led by Erin Ferrell, Oscar Mokeme, and Lee Snow in the Guild Room.
· Be Still: Open Space for Silence and Prayer – led by Deacon Christine Bennett in our new “Father James Chapel.”
· Middle Schoolers: Connecting with God – led by Jeff and Diane Campbell in the brand new Youth Rooms downstairs in the Parish House.
All of our adults and teens in the parish are invited to choose one of these groups in which to participate during this trial period. Everyone is invited to participate as much as your schedule allows.
Noonday Prayer at Saint Mary’s
Every weekday at 12 Noon there is a brief gathering for prayer in the Fr. James Chapel.
On Thursdays, this gathering takes the form of a Healing Eucharist with the laying on of hands. This is preceded by a time of Spiritual Reflection, open to all, which is led by Deacon Christine at 10:30 am. This may include a bible study, a book study, reflective readings as well as follow-ups and conversations.
Please join us any weekday for Noonday Prayer, and let’s remember to pray for one another at 12 Noon every day, no matter where we might be.
The Renewal of Ministry with the Welcoming of a new Rector:
Rescheduled to next Sunday, May 5th at 5:00pm
Plan on joining Bishop Stephen, other clergy, and the S. Mary’s parish family to celebrate our new era of ministry along with Fr. Nathan and the Ferrell family. Bishop Stephen will officially install Father Nathan as Rector of the parish and renew and reaffirm our share ministry to Christ. There will be beloved hymns and a beautiful liturgy that is only heard during this special event followed by a splendid reception in the Auditorium. This will be a wonderful event for our parish, the diocese and the entire community.
Spring Spruce-Up - Saturday, May 11th , 8am - 1pm
Bring your gloves, rakes, tarps, leaf blowers and willingness to make the Saint Mary’s property ready for Memorial Day. We’ll supply the coffee and goodies.
One more Safe Church Training this Spring
The Diocese of Maine is sponsoring three Safe Church Training programs which include healthy church practices concerning the safety of ministry with adults, protection of children and youth, and elder abuse prevention. Participants will build an awareness and strive to make our churches safer places for all generations. For complete information about Diocesan Policies and Procedures, the schedule of trainings, and links to register for training, visit tinyurl.com/DioMaineSafeChurch
Scheduled training: Saturday, May 11th at Trinity Church, in Castine. We have people going - let’s car pool!
Legacy Project Dedication and Blessing – Sunday, June 9th at 5:00pm
Save the date and join us for the Chapel Dedication and Rededication of the Mother Window.
Concert to Honor our Bruce Fithian who is retiring from USM Music Department
You are invited to a free concert at USM in which the Saint Mary choir will join the First Parish Choir of Gorham to sing Bruce Fithian's setting of 'The Beatitudes' as part of a celebration of Bruce's retirement from the university. The concert will take place at Corthell Concert Hall, USM Gorham (37 College Ave. Gorham) on Saturday May 4 at 7:30 PM.
The St Mary Schola will present a delightful spring concert of vocal and chamber music on Friday, May 10 St. Luke's Cathedral and Saturday, May 11 at S. Mary's (both concerts at 7:30 PM). Elizabethan madrigals, a witty scene by Purcell between Cupid and the Cold Genius of Winter and many other lively works will be sure to lift your spirits. Tickets at the door or on the web site: stmaryschola.org.
‘Walk the Mourner’s Path’ to find healing and release
“Transforming grief into joyful living.” This eight-week class offered by Deacon Christine Bennett, offers ways, in a confidential and quiet setting, to share, learn and understand how grief affects us and how Jesus offers hope and healing. Contact Deacon Christine, 653-2448 or 655-3282, or the parish office with your interest. Hopes to start later in April.
Camp Bishopswood - It’s time to plan for the summer!
Registration is open for summer camp at our diocesan facility near Camden. Also new this year at Bishopswood are Mini-Camps for younger campers (ages 6-8) to experience overnight camping for the first time. If you are looking for camps for your child, please check out Bishopswood at www.bishopswood.org . Brochures are available on Sundays at the Guiding RAY entrance downstairs in the Parish House.
Godspeed prayer & running group
8 am every Saturday morning! All are invited to gather by the Parish House. The group pace will be determined by those who show up, but you can expect to be challenged! Watch the E-News for weekly updates if there are weather concerns.
Communicating with Fr. Nathan
Feel free to contact Fr. Nathan at any time if you wish to speak with him. You can e-mail him directly at firstname.lastname@example.org, or call him on his cell at 609-410-7573. Follow him on Twitter @FatherNate or visit his blog at www.fatherferrell.blogspot.com
Intro to Drawing: Teens and Adults
A six-week introductory drawing class taught by Philadelphia/Portland Maine Artist, Erin McGee Ferrell. Saturdays 3 - 4:30pm, May 4,11,18,25, June 8,15. Course cost includes all supplies. FMI Contact Erin Ferrell 856.630.9832 email@example.com
Our Prayer Concerns for this week
Norma Jean Brilliant, Stella Baumann, Gary Conway, Nat Fenollosa, Chip Hartwell, John Maher, Roger Murray, Sandy Snow, and Ann Tholen.
Eucharistic Visitors take Holy Communion to those unable to worship with us on Sunday morning. The Eucharistic Visitor this week is Stan Eaton. If you wish to learn more about this special ministry, feel free to speak with Deacon Christine at any time.
This Week’s Calendar at Saint Mary’s
Sunday 28 8:00am The Fifth Sunday of Easter: Traditional Eucharist
9:30am Formation Hour for all ages
10:30am The Fifth Sunday of Easter: Contemporary Eucharist
PREBLE STREET SOUP KITCHEN
Monday 29 12:00pm Noon Prayer Gathering in the Chapel
6:00pm Stewardship Team meeting
Tuesday 30 10:00am Order of St. Luke
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
1:00pm Staff Meeting
6 - 9pm Schola Rehearsal for May 11 concert
7:00pm AA in Auditorium
7:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room
Wednesday, May 1 11:00pm Mainely Weavers
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
Thursday 2 10:30am Reflections with Deacon Christine
12noon Noonday Healing Liturgy in the Chapel
4:00pm Boy Singers of Maine
7:00pm Choir Rehearsal
7:30pm Men’s AA downstairs
Friday 3 12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
5:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room
7:30pm Falmouth HS China Trip Slide Show
Saturday 4 8:00am Godspeed prayer & running group
9:00am Boy Singers of Maine
3:00pm Drawing Class in the Guiding RAY Art Studio
Sunday 5 8:00am The Sixth Sunday of Easter: Traditional Eucharist
9:30am Formation Hour for all ages
10:30am The Sixth Sunday of Easter: Contemporary Eucharist
5:00pm Our Renewal of Ministry Celebration
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