Thursday, September 7, 2017

Saint Mary's eNEWS for 9.10.17

Saint Mary’s Weekly News

September 10, 2017 –  The Fourteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Hurricane Assistance through Episcopal Relief & Development

So many lives have been affected by recent hurricanes, and more appear to be on the way! Let us all be active in praying for those who are suffering. If the Holy Spirit is calling you to help in practical ways, please consider a gift to Episcopal Relief and Development. In all the affected areas, we have missions and dioceses who know their communities and are in the best position to care for their neighbors in need with our support and help.

Kickoff Cookout and Carnival:  September 10 – Join US!!

It’s HERE! Our Choir, Guiding RAY, the Middlers, Acolytes, Sparkles, and other parish groups will all be gearing up for another year of service and growth.  So come on out and gather together for our festive Kickoff to a new program year. There will be games, food, and special treats as part of this year’s Carnival. Hospitality will be cooking burgers and dogs and there will be lots to do!  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, brownies, or cookies

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  

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.  and Nomination forms can be found either as an insert, in the church entrance narthex or

FMI contact Nadine Timberlake

Sparkles NEWS

Please stop by the Sparkles Table Sunday at the Kickoff Cookout & Carnival.  Take a 2017 Newsletter and take a themed gift box to take home and fill.  You fill them and return them to the church and we see that they are wrapped and ready to sell at the Sparkles Boutique on December 2.

Knitters----we need your hand made items for sale at the boutique.  Also, if you have yarns or fabrics that you are not going to be using, please donate them for sale as well.  For more information, call Barbara Murray (799-1326)

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Serving The World

We are collecting for Milestone!!  Bring items on Sunday to start!!

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 Sunday, September 10 fall Kickoff Cookout & 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 SuppersA 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; 


Youth Ministry

Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth): Kickoff on Sept. 10  

Our Guiding RAY programs for all young people ages 1 to 14 have begun with exciting plans for the new program year!  We gather all together beginning at 9:45am with classes beginning at 10am.  For more information on Guiding RAY, please visit our website . The Nursery  opens at 9:45am for our youngest disciples in the Guiding RAY area every Sunday morning for the later Eucharist.

Help us guide our youth in the way of Christ!

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. FMI, email Megan Akers at 

Community Care & Nurture

Wisdom Seekers: studying the Letter to the Romans

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: 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 but know that email is checked rarely on weekends or when he’s away on vacation.

Prayer Concerns for this week:  Phil Grondin, Patti Braswell, Larry Bennett, Brian Pettingill, Marian McCue, Richard Harris, Brad Wilson, Talie Harris, Brooke Welch-Frehsee, Ellen Hitchcock, 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



THIS WEEK at Saint Mary’s

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

Monday           11        9:00am            Budget & Finance Committee

                                    10:00am          Garden Club meeting

                                    12 noon            Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    6:00pm            Portland Community Chorus rehearsal in the auditorium

Tuesday           12        9:30am            Art Group in the auditorium

                                    10:30am Wisdom Seekers

                                    12 noon            Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    4:30PM            Outreach Committee

                                    7:00pm AA in the auditorium

                                    7:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room (6:30pm Beginner’s)

Wednesday 13    9a - 12p Garden Club Workshop in the Auditorium

                                                12noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    12:30 pm            Staff Meeting in Ruth White Kneeler Room

                                    4 - 6PM            RSCM OPEN HOUSE

                                    6 - 8pm SinG rehearsal in the auditorium

Thursday         14        The Feast of the Holy Cross

12noon Chapel Eucharist – informal and brief

                                    7:00 pm           Saint Mary’s Choir rehearsal

Friday  15        Parish Office closed

12noon Noonday Prayer - wherever you find yourself

                                    5:30 pm            Al-Anon meeting

Saturday          16        9:00AM Marathon relay training run – at Saint Mary’s

                                    6 - 10pm           Private Birthday Party in the auditorium

Sunday            17        8:00am            Contemplative Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)

9:45am            Nursery opens

9:45 am           Guiding RAY gathering with classes to begin at 10am

                                    10:00am           Choral Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)




Beth Shaw

Parish Manager

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Road

Falmouth, Maine  04105





Beth Shaw

Parish Manager

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Road

Falmouth, Maine  04105



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