Thursday, January 22, 2015

S. Mary's eNEWS for 1.25.15

Saint Mary’s Weekly News

January 25, 2015 – The Third Sunday after Epiphany


Annual Meeting &Vision Event: THIS , Sunday, January 25, at 9 AM.   

Today is our Annual Meeting for all members of the parish. This Sunday, January 35, we gather at 9AM for one celebration of the Holy Eucharist, then move to the Auditorium for our potluck brunch and a discussion of the direction in which we hear God’s voice calling us forward in ministry and mission.  All are invited and all ages are welcome!    Bring an Egg Dish, Fruit, or baked goodie.  Contact Anne LaFond if you can help before, during or after.  781-8820

Stewardship 2015 Update

We are all God’s servants, working together; you are God’s field, God’s building. (1 Cor. 3:9)

If you’ve pledged, THANK YOU!! We are truly blessed!

If you haven’t pledged, THERE’S STILL TIME GET YOUR PLEDGE FORM IN (even if you’re reading this in February!!).

EVERY PLEDGE MATTERS!! Pledge what you can. Your pledge intention should be joyful not stressful! 

2015 Offering Envelopes: on the Sign-Up Table now!

Our 2015 Stewardship Campaign begins their wrap up on January 25, but offering envelopes for the entire year are available to those who have requested them at any time.  If you would like to have offering envelopes, please contact Beth Shaw in the Office to request these or sign up on the table outside the Guild Room.

Serving The World

St. Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry

There is a tremendous need for winter clothes at St. Elizabeth’s Essentials Pantry.   Men’s clothes are particularly wanted: winter coats (large and extra large), undershirts and underwear, winter boots (the larger, the better) and sweaters.  It would be greatly appreciated if your donations are clean, folded and placed in bags small enough to carry easily when transporting the items to the pantry.  Thank you very much for your contributions.  Also, please note that the next date for Saint Mary’s to volunteer at the pantry is February 10 from 9:00 to 11:00.  If you would like more information or need a ride, please contact Judith Brooks at 781-2097.



Preble Street Soup Kitchen in January

Due to the Annual Meeting on the fourth Sunday, January 25, we will not be serving at the Soup Kitchen this month.  If interested in helping in future months on the fourth Sunday, please contact Carla Birt at , or Marian McCue at .


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.  Contact Jennifer Gregg if interested or if you would like more information.


Christian Formation Notes

Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth)

At 9:30 AM, Family Chapel is a brief time for families and children to be with Fr. Nathan in the Chapel. Guiding RAY classes begin immediately afterward at 9:45 AM.

The Nursery is open for our youngest disciples in the Kneeler Room (near the Auditorium) beginning at 9:45 AM every Sunday morning.

The Middlers meet at 9:30 AM over in the Living Room of the Rectory. They are led by Jeff and Diane Campbell and they all have a great time together!


Guiding RAY and Childcare at Annual Meeting: January 25

On January 25th, Annual Meeting Sunday, there will be ONE service at 9am, followed by the Annual Meeting and Brunch. 

·       There will be no Guiding RAY classes this Sunday.  Families are invited to worship together in church.

·       Nursery Care will be provided during the 9am service, but not yet scheduled during the Annual Meeting and Brunch that follows.


Youth Ministry

High School Service Group:  January 23, 25

This group serves as a vehicle for service, fellowship and spirituality for all high schoolers.  We 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.)  Please see the Sign-Up Table outside the Guild Room.  Or contact Anne LaFond ( or 781-8820) with your dates/times or any questions you might have.


Young Life Club: every Wednesday at 7:17 PM !

Every Wednesday night at 2 Town Landing Rd (the Herdrich family house), all high schoolers are invited to come and bring a friend. You can park in the town lot across from the Town Landing Market. This is CRAZY fun every single time!


Meetings, Events & Notes

Annual ALL PARISH Ice Skating: Monday, Jan. 26, 5:30 PM

Families and children of all ages are invited to join Father Nathan for ice-skating at Falmouth Family Ice on Monday, January 26. Guiding RAY will be providing hot coffee, hot chocolate, cookies and conversation in the warm-up room for skaters and their fans!   Stay as long as you like. Invite a friend. Hope to see you all there!  

Wisdom Seekers: every Tuesday at 11:00 AM in the Guild Room

All are welcome to join this Bible study and discussion group led by Deacon Christine.

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 (Mon, Tue, Wed, Fri) 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.

Camino de Santiago: Experience the Pilgrim’s Way

At 7 PM the two Wednesday evenings before Lent: February 4 and 11. Come and learn about this ancient pilgrimage path by watching a movie  (“The Way” with Martin Sheen) and by hearing the experiences of two Saint Marian’s who have walked that way: the Rev. Portia Hirschman and Betsy Elliman.

Get Stitching: every Tuesday at 1 PM

We are gathering at the church EVERY TUESDAY AT 1:00pm to stitch.  Some are knitting prayer scarves, some making dryer balls, some quilting, some making mitten, or socks, or vests.  We help each other and chat about whatever we want.  There is laughter as well as concern for our world.  Everyone is welcome to an hour (and a half) of productive fellowship.

The Kneelers: help to keep them beautiful 

The beautiful works of art that grace our church and provide a cushion for our knees during time of prayer suffer when shoes are put on them.  The grit and dust works its way into the needlepoint and can slowly wear away at the stitches; repairs can only be made when the kneeler is taken apart and reupholstered.  Please also be very careful not to drip candle wax on them (pushing the kneeler under the chair gets it out of harm's way), and please don't use the kneelers as a table when using markers and crayons.  The Kneeler Guild team thanks you very much for your help with this!


Mathematics is FUN – For 2nd – 8th graders

The MMSETS Program is offering Enrichment Mathematics Program for grades 2-5 (at 3:30 p.m.) and for grades 6-8 (at 5:30 p.m.) in the  Saint Mary’s Parish House.  The program brings back the curiosity, relevance and excitement of mathematics through puzzles, mathematical games and building modular origami constructions. As far as the students are concerned, they have fun, while we teach them to think mathematically, the ability to encode ideas in linguistic, symbolic way, translating it into diagrams and graph languages and coordinate the activation of various regions of the brain.

                For more information and for the awards of the instructor for the MMSETS Program go to or contact Eva Szillery at

Pastoral Care

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 or call his cell anytime at 207-310-0268.

Prayer Concerns for this week:

For healing: Jean Wandel, Angela Kase, Mary Lygo, Sandy Snow, Sasha and Chris Bartlett, Gay Freeman, Jean, Suzanne Bauer, Michelle Bilodeau, Paula Gardner, Judy MacDonald, Arthur Markos, Sandy Pauly, Peg Pierce, Wendy Pierce,  Dennis Pike.

For those deployed: for Mark Winter, and for all active-duty military personnel and their families.

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


This Week at Saint Mary’s

Sunday       25           9:00am         ONE Contemporary Eucharist: 3rd Sunday after Epiphany  

                                                     (No Guiding RAY classes – all ages worship together!)

                                  10:00am       Brunch in the Auditorium - all are invited

                                  10:30am       Annual Meeting and Vision  Event

Monday      26           12noon       Noonday Prayer – wherever you find yourself

Tuesday              27   AVE deadline for February issue

                                  9:30am         Art Group in auditorium

                                             11:00am        Wisdom Seekers small group study

                                  12noon        Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                  1:15pm        Staff Meeting

                                  1:00pm        Get Stitching

                                  3:00pm        Food for Thought at Foreside Harbor

                                  6:30pm        Beginner’s Al-Anon

                                  7:00pm        AA in the Auditorium

                                  7:30pm        Al-Anon in the Guild Room

Wednesday        28   12noon        Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

Thursday            29   12noon        Healing Eucharist in the Chapel

                                  4:00pm        Boy Singers of Maine rehearsal                

                                  7:00pm        Choir rehearsal

Friday                 30   Parish Office is closed on Fridays

                                  5:30pm        Al-Anon meeting

Saturday             31                        

Sunday,     Feb. 1      8:00am          The 4th  Sunday after Epiphany: Traditional Eucharist

                                  9:00am          Coffee Hour & The Moth @ Saint Mary’s

                                  9:30am          Family Chapel & The Middlers

                                  9:45am          Guiding RAY classes begin

                                  10:00am          The 4th  Sunday after Epiphany: Contemporary Eucharist

                                  11:00am          Coffee Hour continues   






Beth Shaw

Parish Administrator

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Road

Falmouth, Maine  04105