Saint Mary’s Weekly News
June 21, 2015 – The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost
Thank you, Sylvia Infantine, for covering for Bruce in the organ loft this morning! We appreciate the sharing of your talents with us and look forward to having you back with us later in the summer.
A SHOUT OUT to our Bruce who is biking in the Trek Across Maine this weekend. The Trek Across Maine is a 3-day, 180 mile cycling event from the mountains of Sunday River to the sea in Belfast. As the largest fundraising event of its kind in the nation for the American Lung Association, the Trek has raised more than $22 million in the past 30 years. Kudos Bruce!!
A well-deserved vacation
Father Nathan will accompany Erin, who was selected to participate in the Telluride Plein Air Festival in Colorado. They depart on June 25 and Nathan will return to the office on Thursday, July 9. During this time, Deacon Christine will handle all pastoral matters, and we are pleased to have Fr. David Illingworth back to Saint Mary’s to celebrate and preach on Sunday, June 28, and the Reverend Elizabeth Miller with us on July 5.
Coffee Hour Hosts are needed!
We need volunteers for the 9:30am service Coffee Hour. Please keep in mind that Coffee Hour is meant to be a quick parish gathering, with coffee and juice available, along with a couple of store-bought or home-baked treats. Most Sundays, coffee is already made (thanks to Hugh & Mary Smith!), so it just entails a simple set-up and clean-up. The importance of Coffee Hour is the gift of hospitality to one another and to our guests and visitors. We need your involvement. Coffee Hour can’t happen every Sunday, unless we have more volunteers. Please sign-up on the table outside of the Guild Room.
FMI, contact: Betsy Stoddard, 829-2026 firstname.lastname@example.org
Christian Formation Notes
Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth):
Guiding RAY program will take a break for the summer months and resume on September 13. For more information on our Guiding RAY or Godly Play programs, please visit our website www.smary.org
The Nursery will remain open for our youngest disciples in the Kneeler Room (near the Auditorium) beginning at 9:15 AM every Sunday morning.
Camp Bishopswood: our diocesan camp – there are still a few spaces open
There are many different ways for you to experience Bishopswood this summer:
· 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!
High School Service Group Projects: June 26 and 28
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 (email@example.com or 781-8820) with your dates/times or any questions you might have.
Young Life Club: is on summer break now as everyone prepares for camp!
Our Casco Bay region of Young Life (which includes Nathan+, Tom and Jane Stegemann, and Marge Devine on the leadership Committee) is preparing to send 35 young people to Young Life camp from July 11 – 17. This is amazing! Mark your calendars now to pray for these young people as they learn about, and experience, God’s unfailing love for them.
Serving The World
Next Mission Trip to Haiti - Dates: February 27 to March 5, 2016 [or optional, later]
We’ll be leaving the weekend of Feb 27, 2016 [possibly on Friday, the 26th]
We anticipate flying to Miami [overnight] then to Cap Haitien the next day.
We’ll be at Institution Univers in Ouanaminthe, Haiti from Sunday to Friday.
Our plans include working at Institution Univers with elementary classrooms and TOEFL prep training in the afternoon, and there are possibly other work options. Several mornings will be set aside for cultural immersion activities … in and around Ouanaminthe, the market, “old folks home,” orphanage, Univers Medical clinic, bakery, farm, nearby Industrial Park, etc. We will be traveling back to Cap Haitien on Friday, March 4, options to return home March 5 or later.
Please let us know if you are interested in receiving the email information to potential Mission trip participants. Co-leaders: Marti Torbeck UCC Church, Bar Harbor, ME and Becky Pride, Saint Mary’s Episcopal Church, Falmouth, ME
For further information, contact Becky at firstname.lastname@example.org
Souper Suppers at Saint Mary’s: Every 2nd and 4th Friday (June 26)
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 email@example.com.
Upcoming Events & Gatherings
Be Still: offered again on Monday, July 6, 7 -8 PM
Saint Mary's offers multiple ways for all to seek, hear, experience God. One such way is to stop...and give ourselves an opportunity to listen. Parishioners are warmly invited to gather in the Father James' Chapel every first Monday each month between 7 and 8 PM for silent reflection, contemplation or meditation. There will be no presentation or service, though some resources are available. The time is yours. Come for five minutes or come for an hour.
Koinonia: summertime prayer and fellowship – in July and August
Every other Wednesday evening in July and August, beginning at 6:30 pm, we will gather together for an informal, outdoor time of prayer, sharing, learning, food and fellowship.
· July 15: Intro to Tai Chi and Praying With Your Body – led by the Maine Coast Taijiquan in South Freeport, bring hand-held desserts to share afterward
· July 29: Intro to African Drumming and Song – led by our own Oscar Mokeme, bring a watermelon to share afterward
Save the Date: Saturday, August 8th at 4:30 PM
Saint Mary’s 11th Annual Lobster Bake & Auction. Beginning at 4:30, rain or shine, join fellow parishioners, friends and neighbors for fun, fellowship and feasting on lobsters or BBQ. To reserve your meal, contact Beth in the office 781-3366, firstname.lastname@example.org or Betsy & Jim Stoddard, 829-2026, email@example.com. The Auction Committee is asking for your help. We are looking for Live and Silent Auction items: services, experiences, event tickets and gift certificates. Kindly give this some consideration and remember that no offering is too small. Questions? Contact Jim & Betsy Stoddard.
Zenith Journey to Katahdin: August 19 – 22 – only 3 spaces left!
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. Speak with Nathan+ now to reserve your spot for an unforgettable experience!
Summer Junior Engineering Program: July 20 - 24
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. firstname.lastname@example.org
CALLING ALL KNITTERS! Start knitting NOW for Sparkles! Mittens, hats, scarves, baby items and felted bags are all big sellers. Items are priced by the knitter. If you have early donations or want more information, please call Barbara Murray (799-1326).
**Remember, if you are cleaning closets or downsizing, be sure to save your gently used household goods or family treasures for the Sparkles Boutique.
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 email@example.com on vacation.
Prayer Concerns for this week: For healing: Carla Birt, Rick Bartlett, Nancy Casey, Calvin Dunwoody, Deedee Fournier, Gay Freeman, Marti Galli. Paula Gardner, Lisa Gaskin, Sarah Gorman, Cindy Horton, John Horahan, Maggie Kase, Gretchen Lane, and Mary Loring,
For those deployed: for Mark Winter, and for all active-duty military 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 firstname.lastname@example.org).
This Week at Saint Mary’s
Sunday 21 HAPPY FATHER’S DAY!
8:00am The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Traditional Eucharist
9:00am WELCOME Newcomer’s Coffee Hour
9:30am The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost: Contemporary Eucharist
11:00am WELCOME Newcomer’s Coffee Hour continues
Monday 22 12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
3:00pm Anne Tholen graveside service
Tuesday 23 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
6:30pm Beginner’s Al-Anon
7:00pm AA in the Auditorium
7:30pm Al-Anon – in Guild Room
Wednesday 24 Nathan+ and Erin leave for Colorado – return on July 8
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
6:00pm Maine Dowsers meeting
Thursday 25 12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
Friday 26 Parish Office is closed on Fridays
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
5:30pm Al-Anon meeting
5-7pm Souper Supper – free community supper for all
Sunday 28 Preble Street Soup Kitchen service
8:00am The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: Traditional Eucharist
9:00am Coffee Hour
9:30am The Fifth Sunday after Pentecost: Contemporary Eucharist
11:00am Coffee Hour continues
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary
43 Foreside Road
Falmouth, Maine 04105