Thursday, May 21, 2015

Saint Mary's enEWS for 5.24.15

Saint Mary’s Weekly News

May 24, 2015 – The Day of Pentecost

 Our 125th Anniversary Celebration Continues!

One event remains in our Celebration season:

Saturday, June 13 beginning at 12 Noon

Founders Day Picnic

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? 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! 


ALSO: Anniversary History BOOKS and T-SHIRTS are available during Coffee Hour (with suggested donations to help cover production costs).

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 high-quality church supply company with roots in Maine that has been a vendor for Saint Mary’s for many years.

Upcoming Events & Gatherings

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. Father Nathan will then offer a prayer of invocation and benediction.  After this, all are invited for refreshments under the tent on Saint Mary’s front lawn.

To help with refreshments, please contact Anne   

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 campus.

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 a table through the parish office (781-3366). 

PLEASE SIGN UP to HELP and/or BRING FOOD ITEMS.  Sign-up sheet is outside the Guild Room.  FMI: call Betsy Stoddard (829-2026)  or  Jan Mordarski  (899-4099).

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.

Saint Mary Schola Spring Concert:  Combat & Carols

·       May 29, 7:30 PM: Cathedral of Saint Luke, Portland

·       May 31, 4:00 PM: Church of Saint Mary, Falmouth

·       June 2, 7:30 PM: First Parish Church, Brunswick

A joyous spring concert featuring Monteverdi’s rarely performed drama The Battle of Tancred and Clorinda, interpreted by the Schola soloists and guest dancers Erica Diesl, Kaleigh Natale and Colleen Edwards choreographer from the Portland Ballet, all accompanied by strings, harpsichord and archlute. Also included are madrigals by Monteverdi illustrating the many passions of love, and the magnificent Chandos Anthem Number Nine by Handel with strings, oboe, lute and harpsichord.

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, 5 PM at Falmouth Town Landing

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 household of God? Make plans now to join our community for a special gathering at Falmouth Town Landing on Sunday afternoon, June 14. We will bless the waters of Casco Bay and then use them for baptism and for blessing ourselves! Contact Fr. Nathan NOW if you or someone you know wishes to participateWe cannot 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.

Christian Formation Notes

Guiding RAY appreciation and Strawberry Shortcake feast: June 7

Join us as we celebrate the good work of the Guiding RAY teachers and advisory team (in addition to the Choir). We will welcome the summer months with a Strawberry Shortcake feast at both coffee hours. June 7 will be the last gathering of Guiding RAY before our summer break, although the Nursery will remain open throughout the summer.

Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth):

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.

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.

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!

Serving The World

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

This is a FREE Friday night dinner for everyone and anyone. Join us for a relaxed evening of food, 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

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

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, Calvin Dunwoody, Dave Fenderson, Mary Follo, Gay Freeman, Paula Gardner, Sarah Gorman, Rick Hirschman, Cindy Horton, John Horahan, Mary Loring, 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          24  8:00am      The Day of Pentecost: 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 Day of Pentecost: Contemporary Eucharist

                           11:00am     Coffee Hour continues      

Monday       25    Parish Office is closed for Memorial Day

                           10:00am     Memorial Day Parade, then refreshments at Saint Mary’s

                           12noon      Pray wherever you are


Tuesday       26 9:30am         Art Group in Auditorium

                           10:00am     Order of Saint Luke in White Wool Room

                           11:00am       Wisdom Seekers in Guild Room

                                  12noon    Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                           1:00pm    Staff Meeting in the Guild Room

                           1:00pm    Get Stitching in the White Wool 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  27     12noon      Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

Thursday       28 12noon    Healing Eucharist in the Chapel

                           7:00pm    Choir rehearsal

Friday            29  Parish Office is closed on Fridays

                           12noon      Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                           12:30pm      Bridge-A-Thon in Auditorium and Guild Room

                           5:30pm      Al-Anon meeting

Saturday        30  9-12noon       Garden Club Plant Sale on our lawns

                           10:00am     Konbit Sante Haiti Run/Walk at Back Cove

Sunday          31  8:00am      Trinity Sunday: 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     Trinity Sunday: Contemporary Eucharist

                           11:00am     Coffee Hour continues      

                                  4:00pm         Schola Spring Concert at Saint Mary’s:  Combat  & Carols





10 things every Christian should know about Pentecost


1.   Pentecost Sunday marks the day when the Holy Spirit filled Mary the Mother of Jesus, the 12 apostles (now including Matthias), and about 100 other disciples.

2.   Pentecost occurs 50 days after the Lord’s Resurrection.

3.   The Bible records the events of Pentecost in the Acts of the Apostles, chapter 2.

4.   Pentecost occurred10 days after the Lord’s Ascension.

5.   Pentecost is commonly known as "the birthday of the Church", because the Holy Spirit breathed life into the community of disciples and sent them out as witnesses.

6.   Pentecost fulfilled the Lord’s promise to send the "Advocate" and "the Spirit of Truth" in John chapters 15 & 16.

7.   Pentecost launched the large-scale preaching of Jesus as the promised Messiah. Acts 2:41 states that about 3000 people were baptized after the Holy Spirit filled Peter and he began to preach.

8.   Pentecostal churches, with almost 300 million adherents worldwide, derive their name from the Holy Spirit event described in Acts 2.

9.   Jews also celebrate Pentecost, but not for the same reason as Christians. It is called Shavu’ot or the Festival of Weeks or also Pentecost. Leviticus 21 commands that this be observed 50 days after Pesach (Passover) in celebration of the giving of the Torah at Sinai.

10.  In Western churches, Pentecost is usually represented with the color red, which symbolizes the tongues of fire which rested on each of those gathered with Mary and the Apostles. 



Beth Shaw

Parish Administrator

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Road

Falmouth, Maine  04105



No comments:

Post a Comment