Saint Mary’s Weekly News
September 3, 2017 – The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
Hurricane Harvey Aid through Episcopal Relief & Development
Let us all be active in praying for those whose lives are being destroyed in Texas by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. If the Holy Spirit is calling you to help in practical ways, please consider a gift to Episcopal Relief and Development. Our Gulf Coast parishes and dioceses know their communities and are in the best position to care for their neighbors in need with our support and help.
Royal School of Church Music Open House: Wed, 9/13, 4-6 PM
CALLING EVERYONE INTERESTED! Come to this Open House to learn more about this high quality, voice training school for our young people. RSCM is new to Saint Mary’s, but it is well-established around the world. This program is open to everyone, including those in the community, your friends and neighbors.
To help, to participate or FMI, contact Bruce Fithian at RSCM@smary.org.
Kickoff Cookout and Carnival: September 10 – Save the Date!!
It’s coming soon! NEXT WEEK! Mark your calendars now and plan on joining together for our festive Kickoff of a new program year. Our Choir, Guiding RAY, the Middlers, Sparkles, guilds & committees will all be gearing up for another great year. Plans are coming together now for games, food, and special treats as part of this year’s Carnival. PLUS, the second service returns to 10am.
Hospitality will be cooking burgers and dogs and there will be plenty of ways for you to help out. Please add to the festivities by bringing a side dish, salad or dessert. Last names beginning with A-P: bring a side dish or salad
Last names beginning with Q-Z: bring a dessert, bars, or cookies
Vestry Nominations: accepting throughout September
Until the end of September, the Nominating Committee will be accepting nominations for the Vestry and Diocesan Convention delegates. In October, the committee will recommend nominees to be presented for vote at the Annual Meeting in late January. Please be thinking about potential nominees for both bodies, including yourself. Details can be found in the September AVE.
FMI contact Nadine Timberlake firstname.lastname@example.org
JOIN US in planning Sparkles for 2017. The first organization meeting for Sparkles is this Thursday, September 7, at 5:30pm (note the new time) in the Guild Room. This year, we’ll continue most of our great traditions, and tell you about a few new things, too. We love seeing all our returning Sparklers AND having new people join us. ANYONE who is interested in Sparkles is welcome. Join us to make this a fun and fund-raising event.
ALSO, VISIT the Sparkles Table at the Welcome Back Celebration on Sunday, September 10, and get all your questions answered. For newer parishioners, we would love to say hello and tell you all about Sparkles. For returning parishioners, please come by and say hello, and pick up a gift box to fill. After they are filled, just 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 2.
Looking forward to another wonderful event!
Serving The World
We are collecting for Milestone!!
As part of our continuing support of Milestone, which helps people in recovery from substance abuse, Saint Mary’s is gathering some necessary items for their facilities. The Outreach Committee is coordinating this effort, and there will be a table to collect these items for Milestone at our Sept. 10 fall Kickoff Carnival. Milestone has asked for:
6 Wall Clocks, 16 Quilts/Comforters (there are a limited number of quilts/comforters for patient beds and many are very worn/thin); Wash cloths; Twin sheet sets; Curtains; 2 Bathroom mats; 2 Shower curtains; 2 Wire rack stands (for bathrooms to set towels, clothes on, ect.) ; Crossword puzzle books; Mad-lib book; Poster boards (for collages); Glue sticks; Magazines; Small Journals (art journals); Markers; Colored Pencils; Adult coloring books; (mandala-type books are really popular with patients); Gel pens; Craft scissors.
Souper Suppers: A Chance to Serve - every 2nd & 4th Fridays, 5-7pm
As you begin to ponder your autumn schedule, please consider joining the Souper Supper team! One of Saint Mary's most popular ministries, we serve home-made soup, salads, rolls, desserts at table, FREE to the community on the 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month. Do you have a couple of hours every month or two? Help set up (3-4pm) or; dish up (4:00-end) or clean-up (5:30-end). Or you can make/provide desserts (3 dozen pieces). Your Choice!! A fun, fulfilling, very family-friendly ministry! FMI: Jennifer Gregg; email@example.com
Classic Cinema: Every 2nd Friday – Free and open to all
Sept. 8 – 7pm The Young Philadelphians (1959) Starring: Paul Newman, Barbara Rush. Ethical & emotions dilemmas, obligations, murder! Join us!
Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth): Kickoff on Sept. 10
Our Guiding RAY programs for all young people ages 1 to 14 are planning to start up again on September 10. New and exciting plans for the new program year! For more information on Guiding RAY, please visit our website www.smary.org . The Nursery remains open for our youngest disciples in the Guiding RAY area every Sunday morning for the later Eucharist.
Volunteer with us!
Saint Mary’s offers formation options for children ages 4 through 8th grade. We are always in need of more lead teachers and assistants to staff our many formation programs and the new structure is designed to make it easy to be involved. Want to help, but don’t know how? Would you like to work with a certain age group? Want to work behind the scenes, but not with the children? There are tasks for all, whether you wish to serve once a week, once a month, or once a year. E-mail Megan Akers for more information. GuidingRAY@smary.org
Community Care & Nurture
Wisdom Seekers: launching an in-depth study of Romans on Sept. 5
This Bible study group meets on Tuesdays at 10:30 AM in the Guild Room. Everyone is welcome! This Autumn, the group will follow our Sunday focus on St. Paul’s Letter to the Romans and look at each week’s passage in depth.
Chapel Eucharist: back on Sept. 7: 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, our bishop, and our own daily life with God.
Communicating with Nathan+
Feel free to contact Fr. 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 know that email is checked rarely on weekends or when he’s away on vacation.
Prayer Concerns for this week: Marian McCue, Karon Velek, Richard Harris, Brad Wilson, Talie Harris, Brooke Welch-Frehsee, Ellen Hitchcock, Debbie Roberts, Frank Rheaume, 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
Sunday 3 Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
8:00am Contemplative Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)
9:15am Nursery opens
9:30am* Choral Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)
*(Next Sunday, Sept. 10, we switch back to 10am)
Monday 4 Labor Day – Parish offices are closed
12noon Noonday Prayer - wherever you find yourself
Tuesday 5 10:30am Wisdom Seekers – start of Romans study
12 noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
3:30PM Executive Committee
7:00pm AA in the auditorium
7:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room (6:30pm Beginner’s)
Wednesday 6 10a - 2p Mainely Weavers in the Guild Room (& kitchen)
12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
12:30 pm Staff Meeting in Ruth White Room
6 - 8pm SinG rehearsal in the auditorium
6:30pm ORI meets in the Guild Room
Thursday 7 12noon Chapel Eucharist – informal and brief
1:00 pm Care & Prayer Meeting in the Guild Room
5:30 pm Sparkles organizational meeting in the Guild Room
7:00 pm Saint Mary’s Choir rehearsal
Friday 8 12noon Noonday Prayer - wherever you find yourself
5 – 7pm Community Souper Supper
5:30 pm Al-Anon meeting
7:00pm Classic Cinema presents “The Young Philadelphians”
Sunday 10 KICKOFF SUNDAY – COOKOUT & CARNIVAL
8:00am Contemplative Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)
9:45am Nursery opens
9:45 am Guiding RAY Open House & Registration
10:00am Choral Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)
11:00am Kickoff Cookout & Carnival on the lawns
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary
43 Foreside Road
Falmouth, Maine 04105