Saint Mary's Weekly News
June 30, 2013 – The 6th Sunday after Pentecost
Tonight's Mass on the Grass will be looking over the grass from the Fr James+ Chapel! J
Our Prayer Concerns for this week
Lynne Shepherd, Jo Ann Hetherington, Lester Evans, Lee Snow, Brigid Cooleen, Keith Galli, Ann Tholen, Nat Fenollosa, Chip Hartwell, and Sandy Snow.
Thursday Worship Schedule
10 am: Spiritual Reflections with Deacon Christine. Open to all, this may include a bible study, a book study, reflective readings as well as follow-ups and conversations.
12 noon: Healing Eucharist with the laying on of hands. A brief, informal liturgy in the Chapel with special prayers for healing.
6:00 pm: Mass On The Grass. An informal, outdoor Eucharist on the Labyrinth that is interactive and multi-sensory and appropriate for all ages. Bring your own lawn chair and/or blanket. In case of inclement weather, we'll gather in the Chapel.
The Sunday Nursery is open for the summer!
The nursery in the Parish House will be open all summer during the 9:30am Sunday service from 9:15 until 11:15. The nursery will be staffed by one paid adult and one volunteer. We invite everyone to make use of this wonderful service.
Guest Preacher next Sunday: The Rev. Dr. Bruce Main
The Founder and President of Urban Promise Ministries, Dr. Main will be with us on July 7th to preach the Gospel. Based in Camden, New Jersey, Urban Promise is now an international ministry which works to equip children and young adults in under-resourced communities with the skills necessary for academic achievement, life management, spiritual growth and Christian leadership. Bruce is a gifted preacher and writer, and a nationally sought-after speaker. It will be a blessing to have this faithful servant of Christ with us in worship!
Register for Kingdom Rock: the Vacation Bible School at S. Mary's
Mon. through Fri., July 22 - 26 from 8:30am - 11:30am
1/2 day summer camp for children entering Gr K - 6
At Kingdom Rock, kids discover how to stand strong for God! KR is filled with incredible Bible-learning experiences kids see, hear, touch, and even taste. Sciency-Fun Gizmos, team building games, cool songs, and very tasty treats! Registration is easy and quick! Guaranteed fun time! Registration = $20
We will need lots support from the parish, so if you would like to volunteer or help in any way please speak to Julie Morrison GuidingRAY@smary.org
Legacy Project: Landscaping Plans and Maintenance
As the Legacy "piece" of the grounds landscaping nears completion, we are blessed to have a small group of parishioners knowledgeable about this subject to pick up the gauntlet! Many thanks to Lucy Ellis, Jean Gulliver, Talie Harris and Hannah Russell who are updating the "master" campus landscaping plan, as well as developing a maintenance schedule. Working with the Buildings and Grounds committee, they will ensure that these and future grounds upgrades are appropriate and sustained! Are you interested in "digging in the dirt?" Please contact a member of this group to offer your planting, weeding and watering services! Thank you!
Help us "Proof" the Temporary Legacy Donor Board!
At the entrance to the Auditorium, there is a draft version of our Legacy donor board. This is a poster version of the permanent donor board we will soon be ordered. Please check your listing to ensure that we have listed you correctly. On the table in front of the temporary board, there's a sheet for corrections to be noted. Please clearly write the correction. We'll confirm your changes before we soon place the final order. For those who may not yet have pledged and want to be listed, send in your Legacy pledge form soon so we can ensure that you make it on the Board !
Letters and Remembrances of Father James
The Book of James Committee has completed a collection of selected AVE articles by Fr. James and our remembrances of and for him. The collection will be available immediately on our website in PDF form. There are also 5 spiral-bound copies in the Chapel bookcase that you may sign out to take home and read and return. Please see Beth to do so. One copy will remain in the chapel permanently with the Book of James.
St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry: This Tuesday from 8:30 – 11 am
Come and experience the wonder of serving those in need at the Pantry located at St. Luke's Cathedral. The BEST couple of hours you'll ever spend! Anytime from 8:30 - 11am. For more information contact Judith Brooks or Betsy Elliman.
Altar Guild Wine Tasting Party: Sunday, July 14 at 5:30 PM
Want to help select our next Communion wine? Are you open to learning more about the mysteries and secrets of the ministry of the Altar Guild? Then come with an open mind and join us for this fun, informal evening in the Guild Room.
Men's Summer Hiking Trip to Old Speck Mt: July 19-20
Calling all men of S. Mary's of all ages! Break out your backpack and your sleeping bag for an overnight hiking adventure in the Mahoosucs! Plan on leaving S. Mary's at 12 noon on Friday. On Saturday, we will summit Old Speck Mt, the 3rd highest peak in Maine. Invite your son, cousin, nephew, brother, father, godson, uncle. Contact Jim Kane for more information and to sign-up at KaneJ@cmhc.org or (207) 329-1764.
Mass On The infield Grass: Thursday, July 25 at 6 pm
"Take me out to the ball game…" Join us at Grubb Field (part of the Legion baseball complex off of Depot Road) for a special time together! A brief Eucharist celebration, followed by a fun softball game for all ages, with some hot dogs and snacks. Bring your own chair, mitt and bat and ball. Spectators and cheerleaders are welcome as well!
"The Armed Man" screening in the SM Auditorium
Monday July 1: Portland Ballet: The Armed Man a Mass For Peace video performance recap. Come at 7 pm to join the Portland Ballet principal dancers to watch the Ballet that was debuted at the Merrell Theater this past Spring.
2013 Stewardship Campaign: "All Baptized into One Body"
Do you want to make a difference in people's lives? Do you want to feel confident that your hard-earned money is being spent wisely and for life-changing good? Do you want to be a part of something bigger than you? Then join the many who have already pledged their financial support to S. Mary's! We need you, just as so many need S. Mary's.
If you have not yet participated, then please do so now (no matter how small or large your pledge.) You can make a pledge on-line through our website, or mail a pledge form into the office. Thank you so much for your vital and faithful support of S. Mary's!
Saturday, August 10th : S. Mary's 9th Annual Lobster Bake & Auction
To be held on our lawns, weather permitting. Beginning at 4:30 pm, rain or shine, join fellow parishioners, family and friends for fun, fellowship and feasting. Lobster/Steamer dinner= $30, BBQ Chicken dinner= $10, and grilled burgers and hotdogs= $5. To purchase tickets, contact Beth in the office 781-3366, firstname.lastname@example.org or Betsy & Jim Stoddard, 829-2026, email@example.com.
The Auction Committee has received many live and silent auction items thus far. Kindly consider donating an auction item to this event. Can you offer a service or an experience? Gift certificates are very popular. If you prefer to underwrite any portion of this event, your monetary donation would gladly be appreciated. Here are a few offerings: Boston Red Sox game, a week stay on Sanibel Island, FL; tickets to Magic of Christmas; ITN membership. The July AVE will have an up-to-date list of offerings. Contact Jim or Betsy Stoddard with any questions (see above).
Daily Noonday Prayer at Saint Mary's
Please join us any weekday for a brief (10 min.) Noonday Prayer in the Chapel, and let's remember to pray for one another at 12 Noon every day, no matter where we might be.
The S. Mary's Maine Marathon Team
Interested in joining Fr. Nathan and Mike Ianno to run the Maine Marathon on Sunday, October 6? They are looking to form a relay team of 4 runners, each running a leg of 6-8 miles. 2 more runners are needed to complete the S. Mary's Relay Team! Please speak to either of them for more information.
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
Color Workshop at Town Landing Beach on Tuesday, July 2nd from 2-5 pm. All ages. Contact Erin Ferrell if interested. 856.630.9832 Erin@ErinMcGeeFerrell.com
Eucharistic Visitors take Holy Communion to those unable to worship with us on Sunday morning. The Eucharistic Visitor this week is Paul Engel. 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 30 8:00am The 6th Sunday after Pentecost: Traditional Eucharist
9:30am The 6th Sunday after Pentecost: Contemporary Eucharist
Monday July 1 12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
6:00pm Stewardship meeting
7:00pm Portland Ballet's screening of "The Armed Man"
Tuesday 2 8:30 -11am St. Mary's volunteers at St. Elizabeth's Essentials Pantry
10:00am Order of St. Luke
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
3:00pm Color Workshop: Art Instruction with Erin Ferrell
7:00pm AA in Auditorium
7:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room
Wednesday 3 9:00am Kneelers group meeting
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
Thursday 4 Independence Day - Parish Office closed
12noon Noonday Prayer - where ever you are!
7:30pm Men's AA - auditorium
Friday 5 Parish Office Closed on Fridays
12noon Noonday Prayer - where ever you are!
5:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room
Sunday 7 8:00am The 7th Sunday after Pentecost: Traditional Eucharist
9:30am The 7th Sunday after Pentecost: Contemporary Eucharist