Thursday, March 15, 2018

Saint Mary's eNEWS for 3.18.18

Saint Mary’s Weekly News

March 18, 2018 – The Fifth Sunday in Lent

Thanks to Fr. Tom White for Presiding Sunday!

Fr. Tom is back to lead us in worship. Nathan has left for sabbatical and Pastor Sara begins her work with us next week on Palm Sunday. Thanks to Tom for coming up from Kennebunk for this Lenten celebration. He will be back to help on a few other Sundays during this sabbatical season.

Help needed for Holy Week and the Paschal Feast!

Inserted into this bulletin is a sheet where you can volunteer to participate in the great liturgies of Holy Week and Easter.  Please look it over, fill it out as you feel led, and return it to the Parish Office or in the offering plate as soon as possible. Thank you!

Serving The World

HOLY Saturday Blood Drive: March 31, 9am – 2pm

Mark your calendars now for a special opportunity to share the gift of life with others as we remember the new life that Christ has given to us in the Paschal mystery - here in our Parish House Auditorium. We are working in partnership with the RED CROSS. Go to to make your appointment and use our sponsor code “StMary”. Or sign-up TODAY in the Auditorium. And tell your friends and neighbors!


Good Friday Walk for Habitat for Humanity: March 30

Traditionally,  Saint Mary's has hosted a walk or a walk/run to benefit Habitat for Humanity in May.  This year, the Falmouth May 5th  event will be a run, only, and we wish to encourage anyone who wishes to walk to join the wonderful Cumberland Good Friday Walk for Habitat.  You have a choice of four routes:  3-miles, 5-miles, 10 miles, and 20 miles.  Registration runs from 7-3pm at either the Congregational Church of Cumberland or First Baptist Church of Cumberland (for the 3-mile only.)  The Cumberland Walk enjoys a wonderful history (this is its 32nd year!) and how meaningful it will be to do this on Good Friday!  FMI:  Jennifer Gregg ( or  Habitat for Humanity, 772-2151, or www.crowdrise/com/2018GoodFridayWalk  

Souper Supper: 2nd and 4th Fridays of each month  -   3/9 &  3/23

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 

Youth Ministry

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 . The Nursery  opens at 9:45am for our youngest disciples in the Guiding RAY area every Sunday morning for the later Eucharist.

This Sunday in Guiding RAY :

“Come, follow me,” Jesus said, “and I will send you out to fish for people.” Matthew 4:19

In a continuation of the lessons on Simon Peter, Registered Professional Master Maine Guide Rod McGarry will join Guiding RAY and talk with the kids about how Jesus got Peter to change his job from being a Fisherman  to becoming an Evangelist.


The Royal School of Church Music Choirs

   Each Sunday the Angel Choir and St. Cecilia Choir will meet at 9:15 in the downstairs Choir room to sing under the inspired leadership of Priscilla Rigg.     Following the 10 o'clock service, the youth choir children will meet in the downstairs Art Room for snacks and an enjoyable 30 minutes to learn the fundamentals of music and singing, with Mrs. Rigg in the Guiding RAY great room, and with Bruce Fithian in the Choir Room, using the highly acclaimed RSCM workbooks. To learn more, send a message to .

Young Life Club: Mondays at 7:31 PM

At 56 Quiet Lane in Portland (off of Summit St). High schoolers from every town are invited to come together for crazy fun and to meet new friends. Young Life includes everyone – no questions asked! Each Club ends with a 5 minute inspirational talk about the love of God in Christ. Don’t miss it!

Events and Happenings

McClosky Voice Workshop:  Saturday, March 24, 10am -12 noon

Our new choir member, Maria Belva, will be leading a vocal masterclass for singers on Saturday, March 24, 10-12 noon in the auditorium. The McClosky method is superbly suited for singers of all abilities. It is especially useful for amateur and older singers who can learn to extend their range and sing with more comfort. The workshop will be open to singers at the cost of $20, with $10 donated to the church by Maria. If interested, please e mail Bruce Fithian: If there is enough interest, we will host a second workshop that afternoon. 

Our Lenten Programs continue!

Be Still:  Monday evenings  5:30 – 6:30, beginning February 19

There is no more precious season than Lent to search for moments of peaceful communion with God in the Father James Chapel. Through chanting, meditation, scripture reading and silence, we can promise that you will leave the chapel with a sought-for peace, calm and renewal. Please join us!

 Centering Prayer:  Friday mornings 7am beginnings February 16

Start your Friday with a few quiet moments in the Chapel or with silent guided centering prayer or enjoy the simple silence as the morning sunlight fills the chapel. However you spend your time or however long your stay, give yourself the Lenten gift of quiet prayer time with God in sacred space.

The Good Book Club: began February 11, but you can catch up

All around the world, Episcopalians will read the Gospel according to Luke during Lent and the Book of Acts during the Great 50 Days. Join the movement as we explore the entire story of Jesus’ life as told by Luke and the experiences of the earliest disciples as shared in Acts. There are a ton of resources available to assist and inspire you at this website:

Lent Madness:  beginning February 15  Join in the fun and learning! 

Lent Madness began in 2010 as the brainchild of the Rev. Tim Schenck. In seeking a fun, engaging way for people to learn about the men and women comprising the Church’s Calendar of Saints, Tim came up with this unique Lenten devotion. The format is straightforward: 32 saints are placed into a tournament-like single elimination bracket. Each pairing remains open for a set period of time and people vote for their favorite saint. 16 saints make it to the Round of the Saintly Sixteen, and so forth to the Elate Eight, the Faithful Four and finally the Golden Halo is awarded on Holy Wednesday.  Brackets are available at or outside the Guild Room in the parish house. 

Other Lenten links and resources:

            SSJE:    Meeting Jesus in the Gospel of John

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. In Christ’s name we pray. 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.


With concerns, comment, or issues, feel free to contact the Parish office (Beth, 781-3366) or the Wardens ( Jim Kane, 329-1764 or Janet Bowne, 318-7045)


Prayer Concerns for this week:  Patricia Mordecai, Stewart Stalnecker, Karen Mynahan, Sally Rigg, Theresa Violette, Nolan Farris, Douglas McCormack, Lee Lamphere, Arthur Markos, Frank Rheaume.

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 - March

Sunday            18        The Fifth Sunday in Lent

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

                                    9:15am            The MOTH at Saint Mary’s

                                    9:15am            RSCM Choirs rehearse in the Choir Room

                                    9:45 am           Guiding RAY gathering - classes begin at 10am

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

Monday           19        12noon            Noonday Prayer – in the Chapel 

                                    4:30pm            T’ai Chi in the auditorium

                                    5:30pm            Be Still in the Fr James Chapel

                                    6:00pm            Portland Community Chorus rehearsal in auditorium

Tuesday          20        7 - 9am            BNI in the auditorium

                                          9:30am            Art Group using the Auditorium

                                    10:30am                Wisdom Seekers in Kneeler Room

                                    12noon            Noonday Prayer – in the Chapel 

                                    1:00pm               Staff Meeting

                                             1:00pm            Get Stitching group

                                    6:00pm            Schola Rehearsal in Sanctuary 

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

Wednesday         21        130-330p           GC Judges Council Workshop in auditorium

                                    5 - 8pm           RSCM choirs & families dinner & rehearsal

                                    6:00pm            SinG rehearsal in the Chapel

Thursday         22        12noon            Chapel Eucharist in the Fr James Chapel with Pastor Sara 

                                    6:15pm            Dowsers in the Guild Room

                                    7:00pm            Saint Mary’s choir rehearsal

Friday             23        Parish Offices are closed on Fridays

                                    7:00am            Coffee & Lenten Prayer in the Fr James Chapel

                                    12noon            Noonday Prayer – stop and pray wherever you are

                                    5:30pm            Al-Anon meeting in the Guild Room

Saturday          24        10a-12n           McClosky Voice Workshop

Sunday            25        The Sunday of the Passion:  Palm Sunday

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

                                    9:15am            RSCM Choirs rehearse in the Choir Room

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

                                                                                          11:30am          Vestry to meet with Pastor Sara



Beth Shaw

Parish Manager

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Road

Falmouth, Maine  04105



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