Saint Mary’s Weekly News
July 3, 2016 – The Celebration of Independence Day
Food for the Poor and Mother Carola
Thank you, Mother Carola, for leading us in the Eucharist today while Father Nathan is away. Thank you for sharing your love and service to God with us! More specifically, thank you for your work with Food for the Poor serving the Caribbean and Latin America meeting both physical and spiritual needs at all levels. For more information, visit the website at www.foodforthepoor.org.
Mass on the Grass: Wednesdays at 6:30PM from June 29 to August 3
Away on Sundays in the summer? Gather with us on Wednesdays for an informal, outdoors Eucharist that is participatory, brief and suitable for all ages.
Bring a POTLUCK DISH to share afterward, and we’ll have lawn games (boccé, croquet, frisbee, badminton) ready for all. In case of rain, we’ll move into the Parish House.
We’ll end each MOTG with smores cooked over a campfire! Does it get any better?
Thank you for keeping your pledges current!
For all you summer vacationers, please remember that if you will be out of town for a few weeks (or the entire summer), it is important to maintain your regular pledge to Saint Mary’s. The parish is still active in the summer and continues to incur operating expenses, so it is important that we maintain cash flow. The easiest thing to do is to set-up automated bank transfers in advance so that you do not have to remember while away. This can be done through our website (www.smary.org) or through your own bank. That will give you one less thing that you have to remember. Thank you!
Serving The World
Souper Supper: 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month – July 8 and 22
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 (email@example.com or 781-2665).
Root Cellar Summer Camp Visit: Friday, July 15, 1 – 3 PM
Here at Saint Mary’s, we will host up to 25 day camp children from the East Bayside/Kennedy Park/Munjoy Hill neighborhoods for a field trip and time out of the city. Can you help to lead games like kickball and capture the flag, and serve lemonade?
3 or 4 helpers are needed. If you can help, please contact Fr. Nathan.
Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth): off until September 11
Our Guiding RAY program will take a break for the summer months and resume on September 11. 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 in Hope, Maine
There are many different ways for you to experience Bishopswood this summer:
· Summer Camp Weeks, June 26 – August 13: For ages 8 – 16. One week or more.
· BION Camp, August 16 – 20: For those who have completed grades 6 – 12, with crafts, game nights, ultimate Frisbee, cabin challenges and more!
Young Life Club: is on summer break now as everyone prepares for camp!
Our Casco Bay region of Young Life (which includes Nathan+, and Tom and Jane Stegemann on the leadership Committee) is preparing to send up to 40 young people to Young Life camp in New York State from July 23 – 29. Mark your calendars now to pray for these young people as they learn about, and experience, God’s amazing love for them.
Gatherings & Events
Saint Mary's 12th Annual Lobster Bake & Auction: Saturday, August 13
To be held on our lawns, weather permitting. Beginning at 4:30 PM, rain or shine, join fellow parishioners, family and friends for fun, fellowship and feasting. Lobster/Steamer dinner, BBQ Chicken dinner, and grilled burgers and hotdogs. To purchase tickets, contact Beth in the office 781-3366, firstname.lastname@example.org or Betsy & Jim Stoddard, 829-2026, email@example.com.
The Auction Committee has received live and silent auction items thus far including Red Sox tickets. Kindly consider donating an auction item to this event. Can you offer a service or an experience? If you prefer to underwrite, gift certificates are very popular. We are still looking for a co-chair for this wonderful annual event; if interested, contact your Wardens or the Stoddards.
Zenith Journey to Katahdin: August 4 - 6
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. Two 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!
Pilgrimage to the Holy Land: October 24 – November 3, 2016
Join other Maine Episcopalians in visiting the churches and holy sites in and around Jerusalem, Bethlehem and the Sea of Galilee. Experience the realities of Palestinian Christian living and visit with Jews, Muslims and Christians working together for a just peace. Limited participation to register soon (deadline July 15.) $2400pp double occupancy ($2700 single) inclusive of airfare travel from Boston to Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, all hotels, meals, buses and honoraria for groups visited and a $300 non-refundable registration fee. FMI: contact Beth in the office or Maurine Tobin on Stonington (who has led 23 trips to the Holy Land) at Mmtobin38@gmail.com .
The Rev. Anne Fowler here on July 24
One of Saint Mary’s own is returning to serve as supply clergy on July 24. A descendant of General and Mrs. Brown through the Payson clan, Reverend Anne will guide us in worship as Fr. Nathan is away on vacation.
Community Care & Nurture
Wisdom Seekers: Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
This small group will continue to meet through June and July. Everyone is invited to gather and join the discussion on Scripture. Drop-ins are always welcome. 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
**During Fr Nathan’s vacation 6/30- 7/6, calls for emergency spiritual care can be
directed to Deacon Christine Bennett, 653-2448 email@example.com **
Prayer Concerns for this week: Tom Scott, Milt Walker, Granville Wallace, Gloria Wallace, Josephine York, David Bates, Peter Blaze, John Delaney, Gay Freeman, Olive Galen, Sarah Gorman, Chandra Lowe, Roger Murray.
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 3 8:00am Independence Day Celebration: Traditional Eucharist
9:00am Coffee Hour
9:30am Independence Day Celebration: Contemporary Eucharist
10:30am Coffee Hour continues
Monday 4 Independence Day – Office closed
12noon Noonday Prayer – wherever you are
Tuesday 5 10:30am Wisdom Seekers in the Guild Room
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
1:00pm Get Stitching group
6:30pm Beginner’s Al-Anon
7:00pm AA in the Auditorium
7:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room
Fr. Nathan returns
Wednesday 6 12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
6:00pm ORI meeting
6:30pm Mass on the Grass
Thursday 7 12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
Friday 8 12noon Noonday Prayer – wherever you are
5pm-7pm Community Souper Supper
5:30pm Al-Anon to meet in Guild Room
7:00pm Classic Cinema presents
Sunday 10 8:00am Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: Traditional Eucharist
9:00am Coffee Hour
9:30am Eighth Sunday after Pentecost: Contemporary Eucharist
10:30am Coffee Hour continues
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary
43 Foreside Road
Falmouth, Maine 04105