Thursday, April 21, 2016

Saint Mary's eNEWS for 4.24.16

Saint Mary’s Weekly News

April 24, 2016 – The Fifth Sunday in the Great Fifty Days

2016 Mutual Study of Ministry

We are launching the interview portion of our ministry discernment process. 57 households within the Saint Mary’s community have been identified as representative of all of the diversity within our parish. These households (individuals, couples and families) can expect to receive a call from a Vestry member soon in order to schedule a face-to-face interview meeting. Each meeting ought to take between 30 and 60 minutes. If you receive one of these calls, please make every effort to participate in this interview. Your participation will be vitally important in our work of discerning what God is doing within our community and where God is leading us forward. Thank you!


Changes in the Chancel for the Portland Bach Festival

Don’t panic! We are experimenting with removing the furniture in the Chancel! In June, Saint Mary’s will be the premier venue for the Portland Bach Festival which will require space for dozens of musicians and every available seat in the Nave. This is a great honor and a wonderful opportunity. In addition, the popularity of Saint Mary's Schola demands that we make more seats available for patrons. Due to these upcoming events, we are looking at ways to open the Chancel to allow for more music festivals and events. All constructive feedback is welcome! Share your ideas with the staff or the wardens. 


2016 Parish Photo Directory: appointments available for June 1,2,3 & 4

We are getting ready to create a new photo directory, and we need you to help make it complete! There is no purchase necessary, but by participating you will receive a free printed directory. And we need everyone to participate to make this a good and usable resource. Details for how to sign-up will be in the May AVE. The time slots available will be as follows:

·          Wednesday, June 1:  2 – 9 PM  

·          Thursday, June 2:  2 – 9 PM

·          Friday, June 3:  2 – 9 PM  and      

·          Saturday, June 4:  10 AM – 5 PM

Serving The World

Habitat for Humanity 5K Run and Walk: Saturday, May 14, 9 AM

We celebrate a two-decade relationship with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. We are thankful for all the families with whom Saint Mary's and the Falmouth churches have partnered to provide stable, affordable housing in our communities. Our signature event to support this partnership is the Falmouth Foreside 5K Run and Walk on Saturday, May 14 which kicks off from Saint Mary's at 9 AM (Registration begins at 8 AM).  A wonderful event for all ages and levels!!  Cash prizes for walkers and runners!   You can also register for either the Run or Walk at Click on Spring and Summer events! FMI, please reach out to Jennifer Gregg (


The Casco Bay 21K: Run for Young Life: Saturday, May 14, 9 AM 

A full Half Marathon & Relay Race with all proceeds supporting Young Life Casco Bay.

Ø  9 AM start in Payson Park, Portland, run all of Rt. 88 to the Big Indian in Freeport

Ø  Open relay race: no supervised relay points create your own team and divide the distance in any way. Each family can split the mileage as one relay team.

FMI: contact REGISTER NOW at 

SAVE THE DATE! Spring Mission Morning coming soon on May 22

Plans are being made now for another round of hands-on mission activities in the surrounding area. All people are invited to come together for mission work and a simple Eucharist on this day.


Souper Supper: 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month

Our free suppers in our Parish House Auditorium open to anyone and everyone. Please consider dropping in sometime between 5 – 7 PM on either evening for dinner served in a family-style setting and consisting of a hearty soup, salad, bread, homemade desserts and beverages. And we are always looking for more servers to join the Souper Supper Team. FMI, contact Jennifer Gregg  ( or 781-2665).

Youth Ministry

Young Life Club: Monday, April 25 at 7:31PM

Club will be held at the Lunt Auditorium, 74 Lunt Rd in Falmouth. All area high schoolers are invited to come and bring a friend. The more people, the better! 

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 downstairs beginning at 9:45 AM.

Gatherings & Events

Annual Bridge–a–Thon: Fri, May 20, 12:30 – 4 PM - 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, Mah Jong OR any other four-person game. $12per person. Please reserve your table with Beth Shaw in the parish office (781-3366 or 

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

First Holy Communion Weekend: April 30 – May 1

Next weekend, 8 young people will be learning about Holy Communion on Saturday with Father Nathan. Then on Sunday, these young people will help to lead the Eucharist at 10 AM. Most of them will be receiving Communion for the very first time. While Baptism is the only requirement to receive, some families choose to have their children instructed about Communion before becoming regular communicants. Saint Mary’s offers this weekend every other year to all of our children as an important learning opportunity.

Community Care & Nurture

Wisdom Seekers: Tuesdays at 10:30 AM – new study of “Half-Truths”

Have you ever said " God helps those who help themselves "? How about "God won't give you more than you can handle"? Would it surprise you to know that these and other common sayings do not come from the Bible? The Wisdom Seekers will be reading Half Truths by Methodist pastor and popular author Adam Hamilton to explore what the Bible does say about God's activity in our lives. Anyone is welcome to join the discussion on any Tuesday. The group is led by Deacon Christine and meets in the Guild Room.

Noonday Prayer every weekday in the Chapel

Prayer is central to our community. 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 life with God.  On Thursdays, we include prayers for healing and the Eucharist.

Thursday Eucharist: every Thursday in the Chapel at 12 noon

This is a beautiful, informal time to gather at the Lord’s Table with a meditation on the scriptures or the lives of the saints, time for group discussion, and prayers for healing. 

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 during the weekend or when he’s away.

Fr Nathan and Deacon Christine will be away April 25-26 at a Clergy Retreat in Bath. 

Prayer Concerns for this week:  David Bates, Peter Blaze, John Delaney, Janet Dorman, Zachary Ferrell, Gay Freeman, Olive Galen, Sarah Gorman, Nick, Becca & unborn baby Horton, David Illingworth, Mary Jeton, Chandra Lowe, Roger Murray, Mark Reinhart, Stewart Stalnecker, Bucky.

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 Fifth Sunday of Easter: Traditional Eucharist

                                    9:00am         Coffee Hour

                                    9:30am         Family Chapel

                                    9:45am         Guiding RAY classes begin

                                    10:00am         The Fifth Sunday of Easter: Contemporary Eucharist

                                    11:00am         Coffee Hour continues  

Monday              25      Nathan & Christine at a Clergy Retreat during the day Monday & Tuesday

                                    12noon         Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    3:30pm         MMSET Class in Great Room

Tuesday              26      9:30am         Art Group in Auditorium

                                     10:30am         Wisdom Seekers: book study of Half Truths

                                                12noon         Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    1:00pm         No Staff meeting

                                    1:00pm         Get Stitching

                                    6:30pm        Beginner’s Al-Anon

                                    7:00pm        AA in the Auditorium

                                    7:30pm        Al-Anon in the Guild Room

Wednesday        27      12noon        Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

Thursday            28      12noon        Thursday Eucharist – in the Chapel

                                    4:00pm         Boy Singers of Maine rehearse

                                    6:15pm         Dowsers meeting in Guild Room

                                    7:00pm         Choir rehearsal

Friday                 29      Parish Office is closed on Fridays

                                    12noon         Noonday Prayer – wherever you are

Saturday             30      11-5pm         First Communion Retreat at Saint Mary’s

                                    12-4pm         Jane Austen Society

Sunday,  May 1  8:00am                   The Sixth Sunday of Easter: Traditional Eucharist

                                    9:00am         Coffee Hour

                                    9:30am         Family Chapel

                                    9:45am         Guiding RAY classes begin

                                    10:00am         Contemporary Eucharist & First Communion Celebration

                                    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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