Saint Mary’s Weekly News
January 29, 2017 – The Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
Annual Meeting & Vision Talk: Sunday, January 29, at 9 AM
“Any person age fifteen years or older who has attended and supported the Church for six months and accepts its Constitution shall be considered a voting member of the Parish.” From our Constitution and By-laws. Everyone is invited for this special event, even if you are not voting. Brunch will be supplied; to help out please consider bringing fruit or baked goodies; childcare will be available, and the Holy Spirit will be guiding us! Come to learn about what is in store for us in 2017. Annual Report booklets are available now in the Narthex and throughout the Parish House.
Celebrate Honor Serve in 2017
Please take time to prayerfully consider your 2017 pledge to Saint Mary’s. We’ve been blessed with many wonderful pledges, but we are still a ways from our goal of $285,000. We know that everyone is busy, but pledging allows us to meet our obligations and to plan our ministries. Thank you!
The Presentation (Candlemas): Thursday, February 2 at 12noon
At our Chapel Eucharist, we will celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of Christ in the Temple, also known as the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary and as Candlemas, AND as Groundhog Day! All are welcome to join us.
Serving the World
Save the Date: February 12 is our Winter Mission Morning
ALL are invited to gather on Sunday morning in the Sanctuary for our regular 8 AM liturgy, and/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 fellowship and lunch.
We once again offer opportunities and hands-on projects for all ages and capabilities to spread God’s goodness, love and joy in our community.
Join us for one of the following projects that will be shared in more detail in the coming weeks: A project at Milestone Foundation; Scarf Distribution in downtown Portland; Helping FFP Neighbors in Need; Visit and bring music at The Cedars Nursing Facility; an In-House Art Project creating pot-holders.
Most activities are great for all ages.
NURSERY CARE will be provided. SIGN-UP today in the Parish House!
Calling all BOOKS! Book, Bake and Soup Sale: March 4 at 9 AM
WE NEED YOU for our Book, Bake, Soup Sale! The Sooner the Better!
Please sign up outside the Guild Room for the part you wish to play in our parish-wide Outreach project. It's so much fun in the midst of winter to come together with BOOKS, SOUPS, and BAKED GOODS! Any questions call Babs Bell regarding soups, Elizabeth Heinzman regarding the baked goods, and Becky Pride regarding the books. ALL proceeds go to our mission work here and in the world. Please drop off books now, and contact Becky if you wish to sort now. Sorting is an ongoing project that you can do at your own pace and convenience. Please leave all book donations downstairs on the floor in front of the HUGE table in the big storage room or at the storage room door if it is locked. Please, NO used textbooks, encyclopedia sets, or magazine sets. But Bring books in NOW
Help Out at the Scarborough Habitat Build!
Friday 2/3, and Saturday 2/11 (hours will be 8:30-3:30). These days are scheduled to be indoor work in Scarborough, so it shouldn’t be too cold. With any questions or if you’d like to sign up, contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Young Life Club: on break a few more weeks. Stay cool!
FMI: visit www.younglifecb.com
Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth)
Our children’s programs will be on break until January 8. FMI on our Guiding RAY or Godly Play programs, please visit our website www.smary.org
The Nursery remains open for our youngest disciples in the lower level of the Parish House beginning at 9:30 AM every Sunday.
Community Care & Nurture
Wisdom Seekers: every Tuesday at 10:30 AM
This Bible study group meets on Tuesdays in the Guild Rm. All welcome!
Chapel 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 and prayers for healing.
Noonday Prayer: every other weekday in the Chapel
Pause for 10 minutes of prayer together. 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 email@example.com.
Prayer Concerns for this week: Christina Hammond, Bob Armitage, Carla Birt, Larry Bennett, Kathryn Kuehn, David Bates, Sarah Gorman, Susan & David Grimaldi, Talie Harris, Allie Matthews, Roger Murray, Emily Otte, Stewart Stalnecker, Bucky and Tri Nguyen.
IF YOU WANT TO ADD NAMES TO THE PRAYER LIST, write them on the Sunday Prayer List in the Narthex or contact the Parish Office.
This Week at Saint Mary’s
Sunday 29 Annual Meeting & Vision Talk: The 4th Sunday after Epiphany
9:00am ONE Contemporary Eucharist
(No Guiding RAY classes – all ages worship together!)
10:00am Brunch in the Auditorium - all are invited
10:30am Annual Meeting and Vision Talk
(Nursery is available and a kids movie!)
2:00pm Zach Zaitlin Piano recital in auditorium
Monday 30 11:00am Winter Blues Book Group
12noon Noonday Prayer – stop and pray wherever you are
5:30pm All-Parish Ice Skating at Twombly Pond
6:00pm T’ai Chi class in the auditorium – all welcome!
Tuesday 31 9:30am Art Group
10:30am Wisdom Seekers
12 noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
1:00pm Staff meeting
1:00pm Get Stitching group
7:00pm AA in the Auditorium
7:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room (6:30pm Beginner’s Al-Anon)
Wednesday 1 9:00am BNI group in auditorium
10a-2p Mainely Weavers in the Guild Room
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
6:00pm SinG in the auditorium
6:00pm ORI meeting in Guild Room
Thursday 2 12noon Chapel Eucharist
Friday 3 Parish Office is closed on Fridays
12noon Noonday Prayer – wherever you are
7a-4pm Pine Grove School workshop
5:30pm Al-Anon meeting
Saturday 4 11:00am Horton Anniversary Celebration followed by reception
Sunday Feb 5 The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
8:00am Contemplative Eucharist:
9:00am Coffee hour
9:30am Family Chapel and Nursery opens
10:00am Choral Eucharist
11:00am Coffee hour
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary
43 Foreside Road
Falmouth, Maine 04105