Thursday, September 22, 2016

Saint Mary's eNEWS for 9.25.16


Saint Mary’s Weekly News

for September 25, 2016 – The Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Organ Recital with Chris Pelonzi and Bruce Fithian:

THIS Friday, September. 23, 7 PM

We will offer a free organ recital by Christopher Pelonzi, Director of Music and Organist at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception, and by our own 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.

Next Weekend is Marathon Weekend

Saturday, October 1:  8 AM Eucharist AND Mission Morning 

 ALL are invited to gather on SATURDAY morning (NO services on Sunday due to the Maine Marathon) in the Sanctuary for our regular 8 AM liturgy.

OR gather in the Auditorium to begin our Mission Morning at 9 AM with plans to return to Saint Mary's at 11:30 for lunch.  We once again offer opportunities and projects for all ages and capabilities!

·         Milestone Foundation - Old Orchard Beach: Learn about Milestone's addiction recovery programs, meet and work with residents of the recovery center to prepare their grounds for winter. (Adults only, please)

·         Pine Grove Trails and Rt. One Clean-up - Great for school-age families.

·         Helping Neighbors in Need - Light yard work to assist neighbors in need. 

·         Visit The Cedars Nursing Facility - Distributing marigolds, singing and visiting - A wonderful opportunity for all ages!  

·         In-House Art Project - to benefit Portland Head Start children in need – arts and craft kits for pre-school children.  Also great for all ages.

NURSERY CARE will be provided. SIGN-UP today in the Parish House!


The Blessing of the Animals: Sunday, October 2 at 5 PM

After the Marathon (and after the Patriots’ game!), bring your animals for a blessing and a celebration of all creation on Saint Mary’s lawns. In honor of Saint Francis, we will give thanks to God for the other living beings with whom we share this earth. This is a great opportunity to invite a friend!


Nametags, please! Nametags for each Saint Marian 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 your nametag seems to be missing, contact Beth in the parish office and we’ll get you one right away.

Like us on Facebook and Twitter!

While we work on the re-development of our website, our Facebook page and Twitter feed are the best ways to keep up with parish news on the internet! Like us, follow us and be up to speed on our parish life!   AND   @SMaryFalmouth


Serving The World

Souper Supper: 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month  (Sept. 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  ( or 781-2665).


Community Harvest Dinner: Thursday, October 20

The 8th annual Harvest Community Supper will be held at the Falmouth Congregational Church (267 Falmouth Road) on Thursday, October 20, 2016, from 4:30 to 7:00PM. Saint Mary’s, the other Falmouth churches and Jewish community, will combine to host a free turkey supper to raise funds for the Falmouth Food Pantry, a resource devoted to serving the growing needs of many in our area. Please come by and enjoy an evening of good food, goodwill and friendship. Free-will donations will be gratefully accepted.

As one of the hosts of this event, parishioners from Saint Mary’s are asked to donate and cook turkeys, bake squash, and help with serving and cleanup.

Please volunteer by signing up by October 7 on the poster by the Kitchen.

Thank you in advance for supporting this worthy cause. Call John Brooks (781-2097) with any questions.

Youth Ministry

Guiding RAY  (Religious Adventures for Youth)   

Children’s programs resumed last week with a wonderful homecoming.  For more information on our Guiding RAY or Godly Play programs, please visit our website

The Nursery is open for our youngest disciples in the lower level of the Parish House beginning at 9:30 AM every Sunday morning.

The Middlers

Meeting EVERY Sunday morning from 9:30 to 10:30-ish in the Youth Room.

All Middle School students and their friends are invited!

Young Life Club: getting ready to re-launch soon!

Watch for notes of upcoming events and the re-launching of Club soon.

Gatherings & Events

Columbus Day ALL-PARISH Hike: Departing at 9 AM

Everyone – of all ages and abilities – is invited for a community hike on Monday, October 10. We will carpool from Saint Mary’s, leaving at 9 AM sharp, and drive to Pleasant Mountain in Bridgton & Denmark, ME. And we’ll hike as far, as high, and as long as we want. Bring your own water and lunch, and be ready to stop for dinner together on the way back to Falmouth.

Advent Day of Music! Sunday, November 27

On the first Sunday of Advent, mark your calendars for these special events:

10 AM - traditional Lessons & Carols with seasonal anthems and Advent hymns. 

4 PM – Advent Choral Evensong, offered by our Choir who will sing Pergolesi’s Magnificat with organ and strings.


SPARKLES NEWS:   The Fair is Saturday, December 3 

BEANS and more BEANS!   We need LOTS of bean to create St. Mary's Friendship Soup.  Put your donation of beans (any color, any type except not lentils) in the basket outside the Guild Room.

Gift Boxes are in the auditorium and ready for you to take home and fill.   They need to be returned by November 4th so Carla Birt and team can get them wrapped, labeled and ready to sell at the boutique.

Please join us for the second planning meeting at 6:30 on October 6th in the Guild Room.  ALL is a great way to make new friends and help with Sparkle Planning. 

First Drop Off date ---October 8th between 9 and 12.  Bring your family treasures and gently used items to be sold at the Boutique on December 3rd.  Please NO rummage, books or clothing.


Get Stitching: every Tuesday at 1 PM

We are gathering at the church EVERY TUESDAY AT 1:00pm to stitch.  Some are knitting prayer scarves, some making dryer balls, some quilting, some making mitten, or socks, or vests.  We help each other and chat about whatever we want.  There is laughter as well as concern for our world.  Everyone is welcome to an hour (and a half) of productive fellowship.

Community Care & Nurture

Wisdom Seekers: every Tuesday at 10:30 AM 

This Bible study group meets on Tuesdays in the Guild Room. Nadine Timberlake is the group leader. All are welcome, because there is always room for anyone who wants to study the Bible and discuss its meaning for our lives today. 

Thursday Eucharist: every Thursday 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. It usually lasts about 45 minutes. All are welcome! 

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.

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 checked rarely during the weekends or when he’s away.

If You Have to Spend Time in a Hospital… 

Please make sure that you register yourself as a member of The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary in Falmouth!   MMC no longer keeps track of general religious affiliation, but only membership in a specific congregation. And make sure to call Saint Mary’s and let us know as well.

Prayer Concerns for this week:  Diane Ray, David Bates, Larry Bennett, Peter Blaze, John Delaney, Bruce Fossett, DeeDee Fournier, Gay Freeman, Sarah Gorman, Talie Harris, Chandra Lowe, Roger Murray, Emily Otte, Robbie Smith, Stewart Stalnecker, Pat Studley, Misty and Bucky.  

IF YOU WANT TO ADD NAMES TO THE PRAYER LIST, write them on the Sunday Prayer List in the Narthex or contact the Office (781-3366 or



This Week at Saint Mary’s

Sunday         25     Nineteenth Sunday after Pentecost

                                    8:00am     Traditional Eucharist

                                    9:00am     Coffee Hour

                             9:30am     Family Chapel, Middlers and Nursery

                             10:00am   Contemporary Eucharist with Godly Play story

                             11:00am     Coffee Hour

Monday        26    12noon     Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

Tuesday         27     9a - 12n     Art Group in the Auditorium

                             10-11:45    Wisdom Seekers

                                    12noon     Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                             1:00pm     Get Stitching group

                             1:00pm     Staff meeting

                             6:30pm     Beginner’s Al-Anon

                                    7:00pm     AA in the Auditorium

                                    7:30pm     Al-Anon in the Guild Room

Wednesday 28      12noon   Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                             6:00pm     SinG rehearsal

Thursday       29    12noon   Thursday Eucharist in the Chapel

                             4:00pm     Boy Singers of Maine rehearsals

                             6:15pm     Dowsers in the Guild Room

                             7:00pm     Saint Mary’s Choir rehearsal

Friday            30    12noon     Noonday Prayer – wherever you are

                                    5:30pm     Al-Anon to meet in Guild Room

Saturday Oct. 1     Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost

                             8:00am     Traditional Eucharist

                                   9:00am     MISSION MORNING – Gather for community projects

                             11:30am   Return to Auditorium for lunch

Sunday            2   Maine Marathon – no morning services! 

                             8:00am     Marathon support and cheerleading – helpers needed!

                             5:00pm   The Blessing of the Animals – at Saint Mary’s 



Beth Shaw

Parish Administrator

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Road

Falmouth, Maine  04105