Saint Mary's Weekly News
April 2, 2017 – The Fifth Sunday in Lent
Good Friday Blood Drive
April 14, 8 AM – 1 PM
There are many reasons to give blood. We do it on Good Friday here at Saint Mary's as a way to remember the blood given for us by our Lord Jesus on the Cross. WALK IN on April 14 or schedule your donation NOW at the Red Cross website with the sponsor code: SMARY www.redcrossblood.org/findadrives
The St. Mary Schola Lenten concert: As Pants the Hart
At Saint Mary's: Sunday, April 2, 4 pm
This beautiful program will feature sublime music: Bach's poignant aria from Cantata 42 based on the text 'when two or three are gathered in my name, there I am in the midst of them,' two major master works by Lassus and Gesualdo with extraordinarily chromatic harmonies that are rarely performed, Bach's aria "I will gladly carry the cross", a mysterious medieval setting of Ave Regina Caelorum by Guillaume Dufay and an absolutely radiant five part setting of the famous Ave Maria text by Palestrina. The concert will conclude with Handel's powerful Chandos Anthem As Pants the Hart.
This concert will also be presented March 31, 7:30 PM at the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception and April 4, 7:30 PM at the Cathedral of Saint Luke.
Lenten Small Groups week 5: Learning the Art of Forgiveness
Participate in our final session in Lent. The groups meet as follows:
1. Wisdom Seekers: Tuesday mornings at 10:30 AM
2. Nathan's Group: Wednesday evening at 6 PM (begins with a soup supper)
3. Oceanview Group: Thursday afternoons at 3 PM
Visiting Choristers on April 29-30
The RSCM (Royal School of Church Music) chorus from Saint Luke's, East Greenwich Rhode Island is coming to Saint Mary's! The young choristers will arrive Saturday April 29. Children and their parents can observe their rehearsal Saturday afternoon and the whole parish can join them at a Saturday dinner. Sunday we will welcome them as they sing during our 10 AM liturgy.
Sunday Coffee Hour: Hosts Needed!
We need volunteers for the 10am service Coffee Hour. Please keep in mind that
Coffee Hour is meant to be a quick parish gathering with coffee and juice available for children, along with a couple of store bought or home baked treats. Most Sundays, coffee is already made (thanks to Hugh Smith!), so hosts would do a simple set up and clean up. Remember the importance of Coffee Hour as the gathering together of our parish family. We need your involvement. The sign-up sheet is outside of the Guild Room.
Kindly consider this ministry once or twice a year. Contact Betsy Stoddard, 829-2026 jbstod@myfairpoint,net if you have questions. Thank you!
Altar Flowers to honor those you love
Your family or friends will love the flowers arranged and shown at the Saint Mary's altar on a special Sunday. See the inserted lavender form to see how easy it is.
"BE STILL" With God: Mondays 5:30 – 6:30 PM
You are cordially invited to the Father James' Chapel on Monday evenings throughout Lent to spend quiet moments with God. There will be no program. This time and space are reserved for you to grow your relationship with God and Creation. Come for 5 minutes or come for an hour. Bring something to read and contemplate...or not. Just come, and "be still." God will do the rest.
Time to reserve your tickets for the Great Gardener Series: April 6
"Color Gardens: Beautiful Perennial Combinations from Spring through Frost"
The guest speaker, Maria von Brincken, specializes in beautiful spaces and colorful flower gardens using native and ornamental plants. 5pm social time including complimentary hors d'oeuvres and beverages with presentation at 6pm. For ticket or more information visit the St. Mary's Garden Club website or visit http://www.greatgardenerseries.com/
Annual Bridge – a – Thon: Fri., April 21, 12:30-4pm - Reserve your table now!
Enjoy an afternoon of bridge - or any card or table game for four - at Saint Mary's.
Good fellowship, sumptuous refreshments, prizes for high scorers, all for price of admission ($48.00 per table/$12 per person) Call Beth Shaw 781-3366 to reserve your spot! Please share this with any Bridge player you know!
Don't play Bridge or cards? For those who can't or don't wish to play cards that day, we would greatly welcome tea-snacks (tea sandwiches, sweets, savories) for this event.
►Sign-up sheet is outside the Guild Room or contact Betsy Stoddard or Jan Mordarski if you can help.
Serving the World
"For I was a stranger and you made me welcome…." Matthew 25:35
During this season of Lent, Saint Mary's will endeavor to become more knowledgeable about the Greater Portland community of immigrants, refugees, and asylum seekers, and to discern how we as individuals and as a parish may share God's love by becoming positively engaged.
Did you know? Do refugees choose to come to the United States?
The only refugees that are "predetermined" to come to the United States are those who, after vetting, are joining family members who have come before them. Once determined to hold refugee status, the United Nations High Commissioner of Refugees (UNHCR) refers all others to one of many countries that provide resettlement opportunities. While no one ever chooses to become a refugee, refugees are grateful for the opportunity to start their lives over in the safety and security these countries offer. (Source: Catholic Charities Maine Refugee Immigration Services) FMI, see Jennifer Gregg, Anne Lafond, Becky Pride
Sign-up for the Good Friday Blood Drive: April 14, 8 AM – 1 PM
www.redcrossblood.org/findadrivesponsor code: SMARY
Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth): 9:45 AM
All systems are go as our children gather each Sunday morning after Family Chapel to learn the stories of the Bible. FMI on our Guiding RAY or Godly Play programs, please visit our website www.smary.org
The Nursery is open for our youngest disciples in the lower level of the Parish House beginning at 9:30 AM every Sunday.
This Sunday in Guiding RAY:
The older kids will be finishing their model of the Temple. For the past 5 weeks, they have been diligently creating a model of the Temple as they learned about its history and Jesus' teachings in the Temple. During these final stages, we will be discussing Jesus's triumphant entry into Jerusalem and how we, too, can prepare for this special event. We will also be discussing the events that took place during Holy Week as we make the final preparations to burn our model temple in the great fire during the Easter Vigil.
All during this Lenten season the younger children have been learning about the mystery of Easter, As we approach Palm Sunday, we will hearing a story of Jesus as King and about his journey to Jerusalem and his triumphant entry into the city. We will wonder what it was like for Jesus to be called a King and wonder what type of King he would be? Why did Jesus choose to enter on a donkey instead of horse? Hosanna! Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord!
Young Life Club: Every Monday at 7:31 pm at 56 Quiet Ln, Portland
Every single high school student in the Casco Bay area is INVITED to gather for an amazing Club. This is crazy fun and growing each week. Don't miss out!
FMI: visit www.younglifecb.com or call Jordan Droge at 805-453-1999
2017 First Communion: NEW DATES – June 10 and 11
Baptism is the only requirement to receive Communion. However, this Class is intended for children in grades 1-4 who want to learn about the meaning of Communion and who want to be part of our fun First Communion liturgy. We need a group of at least 5 to make this work. If interested, please contact Fr. Nathan or Megan Akers.
2017 Class for Confirmation, Reception, and Reaffirmation
This is a wonderful time to learn about the Church, the Episcopal Church and reaffirm your Christian faith. Anyone who might be interested in discussing preparations to be confirmed or received into the Episcopal Church, please contact Fr. Nathan. A meeting date will be announced following the expressed interest.
Who should state their interest to join this class? Those who wish:
· To confirm their baptismal identity as followers of Christ
- To be received into the fellowship of The Episcopal Church from another denomination
- To reaffirm their commitment to life with Christ in the body of Christ
Community Care & Nurture
Chapel Eucharist: every Thursday in the Chapel at 12 noon
This is an informal time (in a beautiful space!) 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.
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 let us know as well.
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: Margaret Jean Taylor, Debbie Roberts, John Fournier, Frank Rheame, Ginny Stelk, Lynne Shepherd, Marsha Jewett, Chuck Horton, Bob Armitage, Larry Bennett, Charlie Dayton, Sarah Gorman, Talie Harris, Roger Murray, Tri Nguyen, Emily Otte, Stewart Stalnecker, Karon Velek and Bucky.
Other Prayer Concerns this week: for Averyl Hill as she prepares for baptism.
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 2 The Fifth Sunday in Lent
8:00am Contemplative Eucharist
9:00am Coffee hour
9:30am Family Chapel and Nursery opens
10:00am Choral Eucharist
11:00am Coffee hour
4:00pm The St. Mary's Schola Lenten Concert
Monday 3 12noon Noonday Prayer – wherever you are
6:30pm T'ai Chi in auditorium
Tuesday 4 9:30am Art Group
10:30am Wisdom Seekers Lenten Study group
12 noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
1:00pm Staff meeting
1:00pm Get Stitching group
3:30am Executive Committee meeting
6:00pm Schola Rehearsal in church
7:00pm AA in the auditorium
7:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room (6:30pm Beginner's Al-Anon)
Wednesday 5 9:00am BNI group in auditorium
6:00pm Lenten Study - Soup & Discussion group (last session)
6:00pm ORI in the auditorium
Thursday 6 12noon Chapel Eucharist (Nathan away in DC)
1:00pm CARE Circle
3:00pm Lenten Study group at Oceanview (last session)
Friday 7 12noon Noonday Prayer – wherever you are
5:30pm AlAnon in the Guild Room
6:00pm SinG in the church sanctuary
Saturday 8 9:00am SPRING GROUNDS CLEAN-UP PARTY
Sunday 9 The Sunday of the Passion: Palm Sunday
8:00am Contemplative Eucharist
9:00am Coffee hour with Hot Cross Buns
9:30am Nursery opens
10:00am Choral Eucharist: begins in the Auditorium
11:00am Coffee hour with Hot Cross Buns
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary
43 Foreside Road
Falmouth, Maine 04105