Saint Mary’s Weekly News
July 24, 2016 – Tenth Sunday after Pentecost
We welcome the Rev. Anne Fowler
We give thanks to God that one of Saint Mary’s own is returning to serve as supply clergy on Sunday and to guide us in worship while Fr. Nathan is away on vacation.
The Reverend Anne is a descendant of General and Mrs. Brown through the Payson clan, and she grew up at Saint Mary’s. Her mother, Sally Fowler, served this parish as Senior Warden (the first woman in Maine to do so!) and she stitched the third from the left in the Gloria Patri group of kneelers in the front row (dedicated in 1980).
Rev. Anne herself stitched three kneelers:
· #35 “The Garden” in the Garden of Eden series (dedicated in 1982),
· #74 “Jewish Symbols” in the Moses series (dedicated in 1991) and
· #105 “Epiphany” (currently being repaired)
Such beautiful work! Rev. Anne is a certified Spiritual Director and is developing a pastoral counseling and spiritual direction practice in the Portland area. If you are interested in connecting with her, please email her at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We’re thrilled to be having Anne among us again!
Deacon Christine’s Retirement Celebration: Sunday, July 31
In consultation with Bishop Steve, Deacon Christine has announced her intention to retire from active ministry at the end of July. On July 31, she will preach and speak to us one last time at both liturgies. And after the 9:30 Eucharist, we will express our thanks to her with a celebration in the Auditorium. If you can contribute with food or with a gift for this day, please contact Janet Bowne at 318-7045 or email@example.com.
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 (bocce, croquet, frisbee) ready for all. In case of rain, we’ll move into the Parish House.
Each MOTG can end with S’MORES cooked over a campfire (upon request!).
Serving The World
Souper Supper: 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month (July 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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-2665).
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 lower level of the Parish House 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: PRAY this week for our campers!
Our Casco Bay region of Young Life (which includes Nathan+, and Tom and Jane Stegemann on the leadership Committee) is sending at least 30 young people to Young Life camp in New York State from July 23 – 29. Please pray for these young people and their leaders as they learn about, and experience, God’s amazing love for them.
Gatherings & Events
Saint Mary’s GODSPEED Relay Teams in the Maine Marathon: October 2
Who is going to run with Nathan+ and other Saint Marians? Calling all runners – of ALL abilities! Since we cannot gather for worship on Sunday morning of the Maine Marathon (October 2), everyone is invited to gather to run as part of our Saint Mary’s relay teams. Distances vary from 5 miles to 9 miles. Start your training now! Want to join one of the teams? Talk with Nathan+ now or email him at email@example.com .
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.. 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 the Wardens or the Stoddard.
Artisans and Crafter of Saint Mary's-----we have two tables left for our resident artists and crafters who would like to have their work for sale at the Sparkles Boutique. The artist takes 50% of the profit from their table and takes home any unsold items. If you want to "Sparkle" and have a table, please contact Jan Mordarski (899-4099 or firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information. No knitting or jewelry as we sell those items in the boutique.
"Like us" on Facebook at SparklesSt.MarysFalmouth to keep up with what is new.
Summer Junior Engineering Program at Saint Mary’s: July 25-29
Robotics, puzzles, problem solving and modular origami constructions! For over 15 years, the Maine Math, Science, and Engineering Talents Search (MMSETS) has been offering a variety of school and vacation programs. For more information, contact Eva Szillery with questions. email@example.com
Community Care & Nurture
Wisdom Seekers: Tuesdays at 10:30 AM through July 26
This small group will continue to meet through 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 Steve, 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.
Prayer Concerns for this week: All campers and staff at Camp Bishopswood, David Bates, Larry Bennett, Peter Blaze, John Delaney, John Fournier, Gay Freeman, Olive Galen, Sarah Gorman, Chandra Lowe, Roger Murray, Tom Scott, Stewart Stalnecker.
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 email@example.com).
This Week at Saint Mary’s
Fr. Nathan and family are on vacation this week
Sunday 24 8:00am Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Traditional Eucharist
9:00am Coffee Hour
9:30am Tenth Sunday after Pentecost: Contemporary Eucharist
10:30am Coffee Hour continues
Monday 25 MMSETS campers in lower level all week - July 25-29
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
Tuesday 26 10:30am Wisdom Seekers in Guild Room
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
1:00pm Get Stitching group
6 -7:45pm Sight-singing Bootcamp in Chapel with Oratorio Chorale
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
6:30pm Mass on the Grass – stay for potluck, games & s’mores
Thursday 28 12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
Friday 29 12noon Noonday Prayer – wherever you are
4:30pm Wedding rehearsal
5:30pm Al-Anon to meet in Guild Room
Saturday 30 3:00pm Woodworth - Russell Wedding
Sunday 31 8:00am Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Traditional Eucharist
9:00am Coffee Hour
9:30am Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost: Contemporary Eucharist
10:30am Deacon Christine’s Retirement Celebration
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary
43 Foreside Road
Falmouth, Maine 04105