Saint Mary’s Weekly News
for September 4, 2016 – The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Thanks be to God for the Rev. Tom White who serves Sunday as our guest Preacher and Presider. He is recently retired from the Diocese of Connecticut and has settled with his wife in Kennebunk. We welcome him to the Diocese of Maine and thank him for leading us in worship this Sunday while Nathan and Erin take their daughter Se’ to college.
SEPTEMBER 11: Kick-Off Sunday BBQ Picnic – NEXT SUNDAY
Plans are being made now to kick off our new Program Year with energy! The Choir returns, Guiding RAY classes meet, and vacationing committees, guilds and ministries kick back into gear. We will have the ever-popular Bounce House and cotton candy machine in action! The Hospitality Team will be cooking and there will be plenty of ways for you to participate. Please add to the festivities by bringing something to share as follows:
· Last names A through K – bring a dessert or cookies
· Last names L through Z – bring a side dish or salad
NEXT SUNDAY, the full AUTUMN Sunday schedule resumes Sept 11 &18
· 8:00 AM Traditional Eucharist
· 9:00 AM Coffee Hour begins (in the Auditorium)
· 9:00 AM The Choir rehearses
· 9:45 AM Guiding RAY class begin downstairs in the Parish House
· 10:00 AM Contemporary Eucharist
- 11:00 AM Coffee Hour continues – with our special cookout on September 11
Thursday Eucharist returns September 8 in the Chapel at 12 noon
This is an informal time to gather at the Lord’s Table with a meditation on the scripture or the saint of the day, time for group discussion, and prayers for healing.
Noonday Prayer every other weekday in the Chapel
Pause for 10 minutes of prayer together. Everyone is welcome! You are also invited, wherever you may be, to STOP and PRAY with us in the Spirit at 12 noon for those in need, for our parish family, for our bishop, and for your own daily life with God.
Let’s all wear our Nametags!
Nametags are found in the Parish House front hallway. As a gesture of hospitality, please wear them each Sunday and speak to those who look new or lost on our campus. If you need your own nametag, contact Beth in the parish office and we’ll make it happen.
Looking for Vestry Nominations
The Nominating Committee is seeking names of parishioners to serve on the Vestry as well as delegates to the 2017 Diocesan Convention. The Vestry has four openings for three-year terms and one opening for a one-year term. We are seeking one Diocesan Convention delegate (along with the wardens and treasurer) and three alternates. You can submit your own name or someone else’s.
While the present wardens and treasurer have expressed their willingness to continue for another two-year term, names can be submitted for those positions as well.
Nominations are open through September 30, at which time the Nominating Committee will review names and make recommendations to the parish for a slate to be voted on at the Annual Meeting in late January. Nomination forms are available in the narthex, outside of the Guild Room or in the parish office.
Serving The World
Ride or Run with Milestone: Saturday, September 10 at 12 Noon
Milestone Foundation is on the frontlines of responding to the addiction epidemic in our region. We can support their work by joining this fundraiser in one of THREE ways:
1. Volunteer at the Pineland Farms location. The response has been more than anticipated and more helpers are needed! Senator Angus King and others will be present as well. FMI and to sign-up, call Manuela Arundel at 775-4790.
2. Motorcycle riders are needed to join the ride from OOB to Pineland Farms where the riders will join the ongoing festivities.
3. Walkers and runners are encouraged to sign-up for the 5K at beautiful Pineland Farms. Join Nathan+ for this fun community event.
Riders, walkers, and runners can join the Saint Mary’s GODSPEED Team here: https://www.crowdrise.com/Nathan-RideorRunforMilestone
Autumn Mission Morning FOR ALL: Saturday, October 1 8am &/or 9am
In place of Sunday morning worship (not taking place due to the ME Marathon), ALL are asked to gather on SATURDAY morning in the Church sanctuary to worship God at 8am before we gather in the auditorium for a song and prayer and then sent out to serve God through our mission projects at 9am with different projects that are planned throughout the area
PLEASE Save the Date and check out the opportunities and
sign-up in the parish house starting next week, so that we can plan accordingly.
All ages and abilities can participate. Nursery care will be provided at Saint Mary's for ages up to 3½ from 9am – 12noon. We will re-gather after projects back in the Auditorium at 11:30pm for lunch.
Souper Supper: 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month (September 9 & 23)
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)
Guiding RAY program will resume next Sunday, 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.
Young Life Club: getting ready to re-launch soon!
Watch for notes of upcoming events and the re-launching of Club soon.
Gatherings & Events
Maine Marathon: Sunday, October 2
There are TWO ways for you to be involved with this very special community event:
1. Volunteers are needed to staff the water station directly in front of the Rectory. Give a cup of cold water (or Gatorade!) in Christ’s name. People can work in shifts with the first one beginning at 7:30 AM. Contact Beth in the office if interested.
2. Runners can join Nathan+ and other Saint Marians in one of our GODSPEED teams. All runners – of ALL abilities – are welcome to participate. Distances vary from 5 to 9 miles. Start your training now! Talk with Nathan+ to join a team.
Organ Recital with Chris Pelonzi: Friday, Sept. 23, 7 PM – save the date!
We will offer a free organ recital by Christopher Pelonzi, Director of Music and Organist at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and by Bruce Fithian. This will be an occasion to celebrate the ongoing restoration of our beautiful Casavant organ and will feature music that is especially suitable for our rare instrument. Please come to the Souper Supper beforehand and enjoy the recital afterwards at 7pm. A free will offering will be collected. Bruce will play a beautiful Chaconne by Dietrich Buxtehude, and two Bach works, a delightful chorale prelude and the toccata in F major. Christopher will play Bach's great Toccata in C Major and other masterworks.
JOIN us in Planning Sparkles. The first organization meeting for Sparkles 2016 is this Thursday, September 8th at 6:30 in the Guild Room. We love seeing all our returning Sparklers AND having new folks join us. Anyone who is interested in Sparkles is welcome. Join us to make this a fun and fund raising event.
VISIT the Sparkles Table at the Kick-Off and Welcome Back Celebration and get all your questions answered!! For new and newer parishioners, we would love to say hello and tell you all about Sparkles. For returning parishioners, please come by and pick up a gift box to fill. You fill them and return them to the church and we will see that they are wrapped and tagged and ready to sell at the Sparkles Boutique on December 3.
Community Care & Nurture
Wisdom Seekers: new Bible study to start September 20
This Bible study group will resume meeting on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM beginning, September 20. Nadine Timberlake will be the group leader. All are welcome – there is always room for anyone who wants to study the Bible and discuss its meaning today.
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 email@example.com.
Prayer Concerns for this week: David Bates, Larry Bennett, Peter Blaze, John Delaney, Bruce Fossett, DeeDee Fournier, Gay Freeman, Jill Galen, Olive Galen, Sarah Gorman, Jake Jacobson, Chandra Lowe, Roger Murray, Rebecca Nuzzi, Emily Otte, Nina Schultz-Hendry, Stewart Stalnecker, Pat Studley.
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 4 8:00am Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Traditional Eucharist
9:00am Coffee Hour
9:30am Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost: Contemporary Eucharist
10:30am Coffee Hour
Monday 5 Labor Day – Parish office closed
12noon Noonday Prayer – wherever you are
Tuesday 6 9-12n Art Group in the Auditorium
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
1:00pm Get Stitching group
2:00pm Staff meeting
3:30pm Executive Committee meeting
6:30pm Beginner’s Al-Anon
7:00pm AA in the Auditorium
7:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room
Wednesday 7 12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
Thursday 8 12noon Thursday Eucharist in the Chapel
7:00pm Choir Rehearsal
Friday 9 12noon Noonday Prayer – wherever you are
5 – 7pm Community Souper Supper
5:30pm Al-Anon to meet in Guild Room
7:00pm Classic Cinema
Saturday 10 12:00pm Run or Ride for Milestone at Pineland Farms
Sunday 11 Kick-Off Sunday
8:00am Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Traditional Eucharist
9:00am Coffee Hour
9:30am Guiding RAY registration and open house
10:00am Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost: Contemporary Eucharist
11:00am Welcome Home Celebration & Picnic
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary
43 Foreside Road
Falmouth, Maine 04105