Monday, May 18, 2015

Saint Mary's eNEWS for 5.17.15

Saint Mary’s Weekly News

May 17, 2015 – Our Day of Service and Goodness

 Our 125th Anniversary Celebration Continues!

Saint Mary’s began as a memorial chapel in honor of Alida Greely Brown who died suddenly on April 25, 1889. The chapel was built and dedicated in 1890 – 125 years ago.  Out of profound grief, a place where all can gather and experience the amazing grace of God has grown and developed. These TWO events remain in our Celebration season.

Founders Day Picnic -  Saturday, June 13 at 12 Noon

Ever been up to the top of the tower and look out over Casco Bay? Ever been down in the crypt to see the graves? Can you beat Fr. Nathan in a game of croquet or horseshoes? Let’s gather together for a fun day outdoors with a cookout, live music, lawn games, and tours of the entire Saint Mary’s campus, including the tower and the crypt – for those who are brave enough! 


Thank you to our two Anniversary sponsors:  J.B. Brown & Sons  and  CM Almy

We appreciate their support of our 125th Anniversary Celebration. JB Brown & Sons is a local commercial real estate firm founded by John Marshall Brown’s father, John Bundy Brown. CM Almy is a church supply company with roots in Maine. They have been a vendor for Saint Mary’s for many years.

Did you miss the Presiding Bishop’s visit on April 26?

You can watch her sermon on our Facebook page by clicking here:

Find the video on the left-hand side, watch it, and then SHARE it on your timeline!

Christian Formation Notes

Camp Bishopswood: our diocesan camp in Hope, Maine

There are many different ways for you to experience Bishopswood this summer:

·         Work Weekend, May 29 – 31: Stay FREE for the weekend and help them get ready for summer camp. (Donations for food costs are welcome).

·         Open House, June 5 – 7: For families to experience camp all together. Includes a time of worship and kickball with our Bishop Steve!

·         Mini-Camp, June 28 – 30 & July 2 – 4: For children ages 6 – 8, this is an brief introduction to overnight camp. High staff to camper ratio and LOTS of fun!

·         Summer Camp Weeks, June 28 – August 15: For ages 8 – 18. One week or more. 

·         BION Camp, August 18 – 22: Only for those completing grades 6 – 12, with coffee houses and game nights, ultimate Frisbee, cabin challenges and more!

Go to or to to register and FMI.

Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth): 3 weeks left until our school-year finale and Strawberry Shortcake celebration on June 7

At 9:30 AM, Family Chapel is a special time for families and children 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 as they study the Bible together.

Youth Ministry

High School Service Group Projects:  May 22 and 24

This group serves as a vehicle for service, fellowship and spirituality for all high schoolers.  We focus on two of Saint 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 MONDAY night at 7:31PM !

Young Life is a group of caring adults who reach kids where they are by building relationships of trust and introducing them to Jesus Christ. Club is an OPEN event every Monday night at 2 Town Landing Rd (the Herdrich family house) where all high schoolers are invited to come and bring a friend. You can park in the town lot across from the Town Landing Market. Club is crazy fun each and every week!  Want more information? Click here to learn more:  Casco Bay Young Life

Serving The World

Souper Suppers at Saint Mary’s: Every 2nd and 4th Friday – next on May 22

This is a FREE Friday night dinner who everyone and anyone. Join us for supper for a relaxed evening of fellowship and outreach to the community and each other. 

And join the Souper Supper Team!

These 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.  Helpers are always needed! We’d love to have you join us and help out in set-up, serving food or clean-up.  FMI: contact Jennifer Gregg

Maine Walks with Haiti: Saturday, May 30 at 10 AM

Join Nathan+ and other Saint Marians in support of the work of Konbit Sante in Haiti. We have a team registered as “Saint Mary’s Godspeed”. If you want to join the team and make the run together around beautiful Back Cove, then click HERE (Maine Walks With Haiti), register as an individual and use our name as your team in the form. It’s only $10, it supports healthcare in a place of immense need, AND it will be a good time with Haitian food, music and entertainment to follow! Don’t miss it.

Upcoming Events & Gatherings

Annual Bridge–a–Thon: Fri, May 29, 12:30-4pm - Reserve your table now!

Saint Mary's  Bridge-a-thon has earned Falmouth fame!!!  A spring delight for up to 84 players who come to Saint Mary's for fun, food, and prizes! Find a table for four to play bridge (or any other four person game) and join us on Friday, May 29th from 12:30 to 4 pm.  $12per person. Please reserve with Beth Shaw at the church --781-3366. 

PLEASE SIGN UP to HELP and/or BRING FOOD ITEMS.  Sign up sheet is outside the Guild Room.  Call the parish office or Betsy Stoddard (829-2026)  or  Jan Mordarski  (899-4099) with any questions.

Memorial Eucharist for Al Milliken: Thursday, May 21, 12 Noon

Everyone who wishes to honor the memory of our faithful brother, Alfred (Al) Milliken, is invited to gather together for this purpose. Please invite others who would like to join us.

Memorial Day Parade and Refreshments: Monday, May 25

Once again, the Falmouth parade will end at the Pine Grove Memorial across the street around 10:45 AM at which Father Nathan will give the Prayer of Invocation and Benediction.  After this, all are invited for refreshments under the tent on Saint Mary’s front lawn. Please consider joining us for this event as a ministry opportunity to greet our guests and visitors and to give them a tour of our beautiful church and campus.


Saint Mary’s Garden Club Plant Sale: Saturday, May 30, 9 am – 12 noon

Come and support the Garden Club and get great plants. On the front lawn of Saint Mary’s with a great selection of annuals, perennials, grasses and herbs. 

Baptism in the Bay: June 14 at 5 PM 

Have you never been baptized? Do you know someone who has not been baptized but who wants to follow the way of Jesus? Do you want to renew your baptism and claim your place within the kingdom of God? Make plans now to join our community for a special gathering in Casco Bay at Falmouth Town Landing on Sunday afternoon, June 14. We will bless the waters of the Bay and then use them for baptism and for blessing ourselves! Contact Fr. Nathan NOW if you or someone you know wishes to participate

We can’t promise warm bay water or perfect summer weather, but we CAN promise the presence of the Holy Spirit! Everyone is welcome to join the celebration.

Summer Junior Engineering Program: June 20 – July 14

Robotics, puzzles, problem solving and modular origami constructions! Our mission is to provide an engaging experience to all campers by encouraging curiosity, fostering creativity and building friendships through playing and working together. For over 15 years, the Maine Math, Science, and Engineering Talents Search (MMSETS) has been offering a variety of school and vacation programs. They are pleased to bring this program to Falmouth again at the beautiful outdoor and indoor facilities Saint Mary’s. Please read our flyer and see our display in the parish house and contact Eva Szillery with questions.


Zenith Journey to Katahdin: August 19 – 22

Every Mainer needs to visit Chimney Pond in Baxter State Park and to reach the summit of Katahdin (the zenith of Maine), if they are able. Join Fr. Nathan and a group of 12 for a summer-time adventure in amazing Baxter State Park. Three nights in lean-to’s, one of which will be at the famous Chimney Pond campground. Space is limited, so speak with Nathan+ now to reserve your spot for an unforgettable experience!

Community Care & Nurture

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.) Please join us any weekday for Noonday Prayer, and remember to pray for one another at 12 Noon every day, no matter where you might be. What a great way to lift each other up! 


Communicating with Father Nathan   

Feel free to contact Nathan+ at any time if you wish to speak with him. You can call or text his cell anytime at 207-310-0268   or e-mail him directly at but know that email is not checked when he is off or away. 


Prayer Concerns for this week:  For healing: Rick Bartlett, Sasha and Chris Bartlett, Suzanne Bauer, Sam Curtis, Dave Fenderson, Mary Follo, Gay Freeman, Paula Gardner, Sarah Gorman, Rick Hirschman, Cindy Horton, John Horahan, Mary Loring, Calvin Dunwoody, and Lynne Shepherd.

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               17   Saint Mary’s:  Our Day of Service and Goodness in the community

                                  9:00am          Gather and pray – in the Auditorium

                                  9:30am          Go out to our service projects

                                  12:00am          Re-gather for Communion and lunch (Subway sandwiches)

Monday       18   11:00am               Memorial Service & Reception for Dorothy Erikson

                                  12noon          Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                  3:30–6pm   MMSET tutoring classes

                                  7:31pm          Young Life Club

Tuesday       19          9:30am          Art Group in Auditorium

                                  11:00am             Wisdom Seekers in the Guild Room

                                             12noon        Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                  1:00pm        Staff Meeting in the Guild Room

                                  1:00pm        Get Stitching

                                  3:00pm        Pastoral Visitors in the Guild Room

                                  7:00pm         Schola rehearsal in sanctuary

                                  6:30pm         Beginner’s Al-Anon

                                  7:00pm        AA in the Auditorium 

                                  7:30pm        Al-Anon – in Guild Room

Wednesday 20          AVE DEADLINE – for June edition

                                  12noon           Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                  12noon           Portland Area Clergy lunch in Guild Room

                                  6:00pm        Vestry meeting

Thursday            21   12noon        Memorial Eucharist in memory of Al Milliken in the Chapel

                                  4:00pm        Boy Singers of Maine rehearsals

                                             4:00pm             DeSorbo/Steeves Wedding rehearsal

                                             6:00pm             BSM awards ceremony

                                  7:00pm        Choir rehearsal

Friday                 22   Parish Office is closed on Fridays

                                  12noon        Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                  4:00pm        DeSorbo/Steeves Wedding in the sanctuary

                                  5:00pm        Souper Supper – all are welcome!

                                  5:30pm        Al-Anon meeting

Saturday             23                        

Sunday               24   THE DAY OF PENTECOST

                                  8:00am          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          Contemporary Eucharist

                                  11:00am          Coffee Hour continues   






Beth Shaw

Parish Administrator

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Road

Falmouth, Maine  04105



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