Saint Mary’s Weekly News
September 28, 2014 – The 16th Sunday after Pentecost
REGARDING THE USE OF THE PARISH HOUSE LOWER LEVEL
Recent air testing downstairs in the Parish House has identified elevated levels of certain compounds. While we do not believe these to pose an immediate health concern, we are determined to be cautious and careful while we work with our Legacy Project engineers on remediation. Therefore, there will be no scheduled meetings in the lower level until we receive positive affirmation that the air meets all applicable air quality standards. This will create a challenge for our parish life, so we ask that everyone please be flexible and patient as we work diligently to resolve this situation as soon as possible. Unless otherwise announced, location changes for our regularly scheduled groups will be as follows:
· The Moth @ Saint Mary’s – will meet in the Auditorium
· The Middlers – in the Rectory living room!
· Guiding RAY classes – will meet in the Guild Room
· The Nursery – will be located in the Ruth White Room (near Auditorium)
· The Choir – will rehearse in the Church
Thank you for your patience and understanding!
Our prayer concerns for this week
For healing: John Abramo, Suzanne Bauer, Larry Bennett, Michelle Bilodeau, Terry Cassavant, Lilian Davidson, Marjorie Dyer, DeeDee Fournier, Paula Gardner, Lynn Hathaway, Cindy Horton, Angela Kase, Kathryn Kuehn, Arthur Markos, Shelly Maher, Patrick Miller, Karen Mynahan, Peg Pierce, Dennis Pike, John Reny, Liz Richter, Ann Tholen.
For those deployed: for Mark Winter, Adam Bryan, and for all active-duty military personnel and their families.
***IF YOU WANT TO ADD NAMES TO THIS LIST, please write them on the Sunday Prayer List found in the Narthex or contact the Office (781-3366 or email@example.com).
The full AUTUMN Sunday schedule
· 8:00 AM Traditional Eucharist
· 9:00 AM Coffee Hour begins (in the Auditorium)
· 9:00 AM The Choir rehearses, and The Moth @ Saint Mary’s begins
· 9:30 AM Family Chapel (for all children up to grade 5)
· 9:30 AM The Middlers meet
· 9:45 AM Guiding RAY classes begin
· 10:00 AM Contemporary Eucharist
- 11:00 AM Coffee Hour continues
Healing Eucharist: every Thursday at 12 noon in the Chapel.
All are welcome for a brief, informal time of Communion with a group discussion of the Scriptures or the life of a saint, prayers for healing and the laying on of hands.
Noonday Prayer every other weekday in the Chapel.
This takes 10 minutes and all are welcome. You are also invited, wherever you may be, to STOP and PRAY at 12 noon for those in need, for our parish family, for our bishop, and for your own daily life with God.
Conversation, Creativity, and Coffee: September 30 at 10 AM
Jody Liddell and Ginny Stelk would like to invite anyone who has an interest in knitting their own project, prayer shawls, prayer scarves, mittens, baby caps or blankets; needlepoint projects, quilting projects, crocheting, or any other creative outlet, to join them on September 30 (Tuesday), at 10:00am, in the Parish House. We think it would be fun and supportive to gather frequently, so on September 30, we will try to decide how often, a good time of day, when and where to gather. This is not intended to be a group of just “pros,” so please come regardless of ability. PLEASE JOIN US. If you cannot come Tuesday, but are interested, please let Jody (233-2344, firstname.lastname@example.org ) or Ginny (847-3602, email@example.com) know. Or speak with Beth in the Parish Office.
Let’s all wear our Nametags!
At this time of year when new folks are attending more, let’s show them that we want them to part of the Saint Mary’s family.
GIFT BOXES are ready now in the auditorium for you to take home and fill with some themed products. Please return to the parish office by October 19th. We do the wrapping and labeling. PLEASE do sign your name next to a theme. This helps us with planning.
SAINT MARY'S FRIENDSHIP SOUP will be offered again. We will make up bags of dried ingredients for our delicious soup. Please donate bags of dried beans (any color but NO lentils please) by placing them in the marked basket in front of the Guild Room.
COOKIE WALK cookies are going to be augmented with baking by the Middlers, and we are asking for donations of flour, sugar and butter. There is a marked basket and cooler in front of the Guild Room for those donations.
The Sparkles Jewelry table needs your help
There are many ways to do so!
1. The generous and talented Marge Devine is teaching the basics of earring making techniques in return for each 'student' spending the time to make 10 pairs. The first session will be held on October 1st from 12:30 – 2:30 in the Parish House. Information sheets are on the sign-up table with any materials you may need to begin. Completing the earrings could then be done at home.
2. Or you could do some very mundane tasks if you do not want to make jewelry.
3. Lastly, we could also form an assembly line group to complete the jewelry work. If any of these appeal to you, contact Barbara Bell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Like us on Facebook and Twitter!
While we work on the re-development of our website, our Facebook page and Twitter feed are the best ways to keep up with parish news on the internet! Like us, follow us and be up to speed on our parish life!
www.facebook.com/ChurchofSaintMary AND @SMaryFalmouth
Serving The World
Mindful Movement & Breath Series: Monday mornings at 9 – 9:45 AM
September 22 – October
20 27!: FREE AND OPEN TO ALL
Enjoy any of the five remaining sessions that seek to connect the body mind and spirit. Each class is structured around a universal meditation/intention, threading quiet movement and breath through a musical journey designed to create space and drop each participant more deeply into themselves. These movements may be done from a chair or the floor, so are suitable to all ages and physical abilities. Held in the auditorium. Open to and offered at no charge to the community at large. Bring a friend or a neighbor!
!! Note: We will NOT be holding MMB class on Monday, September 29,
but will add an extra week in October!! Please share with interested friends.
The $14,000 check.......and you! Curious yet?
Community Harvest Dinner: Thursday, October 16, 4:30 – 7 PM
This will be the sixth annual Harvest Community Supper at the Falmouth Congregational Church (267 Falmouth Road). This free supper will be hosted by S. Mary’s, the other Falmouth churches and the Falmouth Jewish community. Please come by and enjoy an evening of good will and fellowship while supporting the work of the Falmouth Food Pantry. Due to the great and growing need experienced by many of our neighbors, free-will donations will be gratefully accepted. The menu will include roast turkey and all the fixings, vegetables and homemade apple crisp with ice cream.
We need parishioners to donate and cook turkeys, bake squash, and to help with serving and cleanup. Please volunteer by signing up on sheets mounted on a poster near the Guild Room. Thank you in advance for your willingness to help those in need in our community. Please call John Brooks (781-2097) with any questions.
Join the Souper Supper Team
We offer free community suppers on the second and fourth Friday of each month in the auditorium of S. Mary’s Parish House. The dinners, which are available to the public at no charge, are served in a family-style setting and consist of a hearty soup or entree, salad or vegetable, bread, homemade desserts and beverages. We’d love to have you join us for a wonderful fellowship dinner or to help out in setup serving or clean-up. FMI: contact Jennifer Gregg email@example.com .
Don’t buy your coffee anywhere else! Support Souper Supper at S. Mary's
Fair Traded “Coffee by Design” Coffee on Sale Now!
If 50 families bought just 1 bag a month, we could support our Souper Supper community fellowship effort! …. and support fair trade practices by local owners…..and get GREAT organic coffee! Win! Win! Win!
Christian Formation Notes
Godly Play: Christian Formation for our young people
On regular Sundays from September to June, Guiding RAY offers Godly Play, a program that helps children to explore their faith through story, to gain a religious language and to enhance their religious experience through "wonder" and play during which they learn about God, the Bible, and the Church.
Family Chapel with Fr. Nathan begins at 9:30 AM in the Chapel and is open to everyone.
Guiding RAY classes (age 4 through 5th grade) follow this at 9:45 AM in the Guild Room.
The Nursery also opens at 9:30 AM for our infants and preschoolers and this week will be held in the Ruth White Room.
The Middlers meet in the Rectory living room from 9:30 AM until approximately 10:35 when they join everyone in the church for Holy Communion.
Fall 2014 Small Groups: Choose your group and plan to grow!
Wednesdays @ 7 PM
The Book of Job. Led by Meg and Charlie Hurdman and meeting at their home. A 5-week study of this literary masterpiece and meditation on the reality of suffering.
Wednesdays @ 7 PM
(except for October 15)
The Legacy of Saint Francis. Led by Nathan+ and meeting in the Guild Room. A 5-week study of Francis’ amazing insights into a life centered on Jesus Christ.
Tuesdays @ 10:30 AM
Wisdom Seekers. Led by Deacon Christine and meeting in the Guild Room. Spiritual conversations inspired by Scripture and other spiritual writings.
Every other Tuesday @
3 PM (Sept. 30, Oct. 14)
Food For The Soul. Led by Nadine Timberlake and meeting at Foreside Harbor. Bible study and discussion with the residents. All are welcome.
The Moth @ Saint Mary’s: 9 AM every Sunday in the Auditorium
Modeled after the popular radio show, this is simple storytelling by fellow parishioners. Get to know others in your parish family at a deeper level, and perhaps share a laugh or two. Led by Andrea Myles-Hunkin and Erin McGee Ferrell. All are welcome to stop in and join the group on any given Sunday, and feel free to come in late, if necessary.
Walking the Walk: How to Live the Love Jesus Taught
Sunday, September 28 at 3 PM: A free public talk by Chet Manchester exploring Jesus’ most famous teaching – the Sermon on the Mount. At the First Church of Christ, Scientist on Neal Street, Portland. FMI visit www.csportlandme.com/lecture
Young Life Casco Bay: First Club on Wednesday, October 8 at 7:17 PM
The first rocking Club of the Fall with Jordan will begin at 7:17 PM next Wednesday at
The Deering Grange Hall (1408 Washington Ave). NOTE the location change!
WyldLife for Middle Schoolers Interest Meeting: Thursday, Sept. 25, 7 PM
Anyone interested in being in at the ground level of this new outreach work among our area Middle Schoolers? Then come and learn more and become part of the team! This will be a brief meeting (7-8 PM) at West Falmouth Baptist Church. eNEWS ONLY
High School Service Group
The "S. Mary's High School Community Service Group" will serve as a vehicle for service, fellowship and spirituality for high schoolers. This new group will focus on two of S. Mary's established outreach programs: Preble Street Soup Kitchen (on the 4th Sunday of every month) and Souper Supper (on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of every month.)
There are sign-up sheets on the sign-up table outside the Guild Room. Or, please contact Anne LaFond (firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-8820) with your dates/times or any questions you might have.
Meetings, Events & Notes
CPR = Creative Persons Retreat: January 16-18 2015 – Sign-Up Now!
Why: A focused time to collaboratively create a visual installation for the parish’s 125th anniversary. Calling all artists, musicians, writers, chefs, gardeners, actors, storytellers, photographers, poets, and creative persons of the parish. Limited to 15 people.
Where: The Barbara C Harris Conference Center. Greenfield, NH
When: Friday dinner (Jan. 16) until Sunday lunch (Jan. 18)
Price: $140, $180, or $260 includes 6 meals (depending on type of accommodations).
Contact: Erin McGee Ferrell Email: Erin@Philadelphia-Artist.com 856.630.9832
John Fournier Email: JohnRFo40@gmail.com
All-Parish Hike: Columbus Day, October 13, departing at 8:30 am
We’re going back to Old Speck Mountain in Grafton Notch State Park! Everyone is welcome to join our group, and friendly dogs are welcome too! Come prepared for the weather, bring your own lunch, and plan to stop for dinner on the way back.
Communicating with Father Nathan
Feel free to contact Nathan+ at any time if you wish to speak with him. You can e-mail him directly at email@example.com or call his cell anytime at 207-310-0268.
These are trained ministers who take Holy Communion to those unable to worship with us on Sunday morning. The Eucharistic Visitor this Sunday is Deacon Christine Bennett. If you or someone you know would like Communion brought to them, please call the Parish Office. If you wish to learn more about this very special ministry and how you might get involved, feel free to speak with Deacon Christine ( firstname.lastname@example.org ).
This Week at Saint Mary’s
Sunday 28 8:00am The 16th Sunday after Pentecost: Traditional Eucharist
9:00am Coffee Hour and The Moth @ Saint Mary’s
9:30am Family Chapel & the Middlers
9:45am Guiding RAY classes begin
10:00am The 16th Sunday after Pentecost: Contemporary Eucharist
11:00am Coffee Hour continues
Monday 29 10:00am Altar Flower Guild meeting
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
6:30pm Pre-Convention Hearing in the Auditorium
Tuesday 30 10:30am Wisdom Seekers
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
1:00pm Staff meeting
3:00pm Food For The Soul at Foreside Harbor
6:30pm Beginner’s Al-Anon in the Guild Room
7:00pm AA in Auditorium
7:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room
Wednesday, Oct 1 10:00am Mainely Weavers meeting
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
7:00pm The Legacy of St. Francis study group
7:00pm The Book of Job Bible Study group at the Hurdman’s
Thursday 2 12noon Healing Eucharist in the Chapel
4:00pm Boy Singers of Maine
6:30pm Sparkles planning meeting
7:00pm Choir Rehearsal
Friday 3 Parish Office is closed on Fridays
12noon Noonday Prayer – stop and pray wherever you are!
5:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room
Saturday 4 9:00am Boy Singers of Maine rehearse
Sunday 5 Maine Marathon – no morning services!
4:00pm St. Francis Celebration: The Blessing of the Animals at
Foreside Church, 340 Foreside Road
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary
43 Foreside Road
Falmouth, Maine 04105