January 21, 2018 – The Third Sunday after the Epiphany
2018 Annual Stewardship: God’s Work, Our Hands
Thank you to all who have pledged. We can do this!! With two weeks to go until the Annual Meeting, 124 parish families have pledged $246,159. We need $40,000 to make our goal. Dig out your pledge form and send it in. Attached to this eNews is a pledge form OR check the Parish Hall for a paper copy. Help our hands do God's work! Pledge today!!
Time to update the Saint Mary's Member and Friends Directory!
Time to update all of your information. We need it ready to distribute on January 28! Please check one of the draft copies at the back narthex of the church, outside the Guild Room or circulating on clipboards during coffee hour for your correct emails, cell phone and of, course, your address, etc. Or call Beth in the parish office (781-3366) with any changes or updates. Do it TODAY!
A Networking Opportunity!
Are you looking for clients? An electrician? Golf or ski partners? Seeking to learn knitting or other fine skills? I bet there are other parishioners who are interested! Expand your professional and social networks by offering a few words about your vocation and/or avocations for publication in the 2018 Saint Mary’s Members and Friends Directory! Email the information to Beth Shaw at email@example.com by January 22.
Serving The World
Souper Supper: 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month – 1/26
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org or 781-2665).
St. Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center: Needs Blankets
Saint Elizabeth’s is a Diocesan effort housed at St. Luke’s where the mission is to distribute non-food essentials, clothes, and small household items to the needy among us. A group from Saint Mary’s goes to assist every 6th Tuesday mornings Our next turn is February 6. All are welcome to join in.
In the meantime, St. Elizabeth’s is having a Blanket Drive in January. They are looking for gently-used woolen or cotton blankets or comforters. (no lightweight throws please.) Bring to our collection box outside the Guild Room or drop off at St. Elizabeth’s on Mondays or Tuesdays.
Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth)
Our Guiding RAY programs for all young people ages 1 to 14 have begun with exciting plans for the 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 www.smary.org . The Nursery opens at 9:45am for our youngest disciples in the Guiding RAY area every Sunday morning for the later Eucharist.
we will begin participating in the 2018 Souper Bowl of Caring! Super Bowl Sunday is a day where our nation turns its attention to a football game. Our hope is that on this day people's attention can also be turned to caring for those in need. Guiding RAY kids will be collecting cans of soup as a part of our learning to love our neighbors. Through this mission, we will learn what it’s like to make a positive difference in the world – as we work to collect food for the hungry and gain compassion for those in need.
Be part of this movement that is sharing God’s love with those in need. Please give generously on Super Bowl Sunday. Every can of soup (low-sodium preferred) we collect will be donate to the Falmouth Food Pantry, our Souper Bowl of Caring charity of choice.
Falmouth YOUNG LIFE Club: On Christmas break Gatherings will start up again mid-January on Mondays at 7:31 PM. FMI, visit www.cascobay.younglife.org .
Events and Happenings
Faith Family Ice Skating: Monday, January 22, 5:30 to 7:30 PM
Come anytime during the evening to join your parish family for outdoor ice skating at the Lee Twombly Pond in Falmouth. There will be hot chocolate, hot teas, cookies and snacks by the fireplace. Bring your own skates or rent them from Family Ice Center. It’s great fun for all. All are welcome!
THE MOTH storytelling @ Saint Mary’s!
Back by popular demand! Six SUNDAYS 9:15-9:55 am in the Guild Room
Beginning February 4! Running for 6 weeks.
Contact Erin McGee Ferrell for more info: 856.630.0932
“A story sharing opportunity for parishioners around various questions. Drop in any part of the hour. Topics include: your first Job, your grandparents house, summer Camp, favorite pets, learning to swim…”
Mark this date on your calendar, Saint Marians! Entertainment at its finest will occur the Sunday before Mardi Gras! Andrea Myles-Hunkin, the shy, modest, parishioner we recognize from her choice of wacky legwear will be emceeing the TALENT SHOW. The last time this took place was three years ago, and we had a great turnout of both spectators and talent.
This year we’ll begin with mask-making, a prayer, packing up the Alleluia for Lent! Then we’ll gorge on Pancakes and the entertainment begins!! Magic tricks, humor, storytelling, piano playing, singing, dancing and unforgettable moments in time occurred before our very eyes. You may be 8 or you may be 80! No matter your age, please prepare a performance to share in front of our very enthusiastic Saint Mary audience. We want everyone to have fun, relax and laugh away their winter blues right before the Lenten season.
For more information or to enter your act, please contact Andrea Myles-Hunkin at email@example.com Remember February 11th -- be there or be square!!
Annual Meeting Faith Family Event: January 28, at 9:30 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.
DIFFERENT THIS YEAR! No more long lines and waiting. Everyone will be able to quickly come in and gather for a delicious brunch. To help out please consider bringing fruit or muffins/bagels/sweet bread. When everyone is seated, our brief business meeting will begin. After this, everyone is invited to join in intergenerational discussions at each table designed to grow community. Childcare will be available, and the Holy Spirit will be guiding us! Come be part of this very special day in our community life. Family-friendly and open to all!
Community Care & Nurture
Please pray for the Bishop search process!
God of Grace, we give you thanks for all of the blessings of our common life and ministries as the Episcopal Diocese of Maine, and for our leaders who are guiding us through this season of change. Grant to the Discernment and Transition Committees open hearts, minds, and spirits as they receive the Holy Spirit's gifts of faith, hope, and love to aid their work. We ask also that you send courage and vision to our next bishop of Maine as she or he discerns your call. Amen.
Wisdom Seekers: Tuesdays at 10:30 AM
This Bible study group meets weekly in the Guild Room. Everyone is welcome! We are now discussing each week’s Advent scriptures in depth.
Chapel Eucharist: Thursdays 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
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
8:00am Contemplative Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)
9:15am RSCM Angel Choir in the Chapel
9:45am Nursery opens
9:45 am Guiding RAY gathering with classes to begin at 10am
10:00am Choral Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)
Monday 22 12noon Noonday Prayer – stop and pray wherever you are
4:30pm T’ai Chi in auditorium
5:30pm Ice Skating outside at Family Ice
6:00pm PCC rehearsal in Auditorium
Tuesday 23 7 - 9am BNI in the auditorium
9:30am Garden Club design team
10:30am Wisdom Seekers in Kneeler Room
12noon Noonday Prayer
7:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room (Beginner’s Al-Anon 6:30pm)
7:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room
Wednesday 24 9:30am Art Group
12 noon Noonday Prayer in the Chapel
12:30pm Staff Meeting
1:00pm Get Stitching group
6:00pm Parish Council+ the Guild Room
6:00pm SinG rehearsal in Auditorium
Thursday 25 12noon Chapel Eucharist in the Fr James Chapel
6 – 8:30pm Oratorio Chorale in the Auditorium
6 :15pm Dowsers in the Guild Room
7:00pm Saint Mary’s choir rehearsal
Friday 26 12noon Noonday Prayer – stop and pray wherever you are
5:30pm Al-Anon meeting in the Guild Room
Sunday 28 Annual Meeting & Faith Family Event: 4th Sunday after Epiphany
9:30am ONE Contemporary Eucharist
(No Guiding RAY classes – all ages worship together!)
10:30am Brunch in the Auditorium - all are invited!! Bring Fruit or Breads!!
10:30am Annual Meeting and Faith Family Activities
1-3:30pm Bishopswood Board meeting in Guild Room
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary
43 Foreside Road
Falmouth, Maine 04105