1 July 2017 – Our Celebration of Independence Day
WELCOME to Hannah Grace Duchin!
We will welcome Hannah, the newest member of the Duchin family, into the mystical Body of Christ together with all the saints of God of every generation. Congratulations to her parents (Kyla and David) and her older sister, Hope!
Our Celebration of Independence Day: Sunday, July 1
We will celebrate the Fourth of July early here at Saint Mary’s, with patriotic songs and prayers for the nation. Wear your red, white and blue and come prepared to pray for God’s blessings to guide us in the way of freedom.
Thank you, Harold Stover for filling in for Bruce on the organ while he takes some much-deserved time off. It’s good to have you in the choir loft!
Thank you for keeping your pledges current!
For all you summer vacationers, please remember that if you will be out of town for a few weeks (or the entire summer), it is important to maintain your regular pledge to Saint Mary’s. The parish is still active in the summer and continues to incur operating expenses, so it is important that we maintain cash flow. The easiest thing to do is to set-up automated bank transfers in advance so that you do not have to remember while away. This can be done through our website (www.smary.org) or through your own bank. That will give you one less thing that you’ll have to remember. Thank You!
Please PRAY for General Convention! (Austin, TX, July 5-13)
For the seventy-ninth time since our independence from the United Kingdom, the Church gathers in General Convention to worship, to pray, to make plans for mission, and to oversee the governance of the Church. Please pray during the days of Convention for God’s will to be done on earth as in heaven.
Serving our World
Souper Suppers: 2nd & 4th Fridays – July 14 & 28
Twice each month, anytime from 5 to 7 pm, any person can come to our Auditorium for a free supper of soup, bread, salad and desserts. No questions asked. No donations accepted. Each table is served and bussed. And community is created. Come and try it!
Falmouth Food Pantry
Collecting weekly for those in need in our local communities. FFP is always in need of hot and cold cereals; canned meats and fish; canned soups (especially healthy and low sodium; canned fruit (especially light or in juice.) Thank you for your generosity! Bring these with you on Sundays or to the Parish House during the week.
Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth): off until September 9
Our Guiding RAY programs for all young people ages 1 to 14 have had an exciting 17-18 program year! From September to mid-June, we gather all together beginning at 9:45am with classes beginning at 10am. FMI, please visit www.smary.org .
The Nursery Though Guiding RAY classes have ended for the summer, Nursery Care during the second service will continue from 9:15-10:30 in the Kneeler Room (near the auditorium). In order to ensure the safety of our youngest parishioners, two adults are needed in the nursery area. Please contact Alison Hayward, email@example.com, if you are able to assist her in the nursery this summer.
Camp Bishopswood - for a summer of fun for all ages – Register now
Located on the shores of Lake Megunticook in the Camden Hills, the Diocesan camp, begun in the early 1960s, has mini-sessions for first-time campers, multi-week sessions, and a family Finale week(end) when anyone can stay at camp. For more information, visit the website www.bishopswood.org
Gatherings & Events
Summer Farm-to-Table Event & Auction: Saturday, August 18
To be held on our lawns, weather permitting. Beginning at 4:30 pm, rain or shine; join fellow parishioners, family and friends for fun, fellowship and feasting. Locally sourced beef, chicken and fresh vegetables prepared in unbelievable ways!
Save the Date!
The Auction Committee is accepting live and silent auction items. Kindly consider donating an auction item to this event. Can you offer a service or an experience? If you prefer to underwrite and item, Gift certificates are very popular. Contact the parish office or Janet Bowne, firstname.lastname@example.org
Zenith Journey to Katahdin: August 23-25
Every Mainer should visit Chimney Pond in Baxter State Park and reach the summit of Katahdin (the zenith of Maine), if they are able. Join this group of up to 10 people for a summer-time adventure in amazing Baxter State Park. Two nights in lean-to’s, one of which will be at the famous Chimney Pond campground. Space is limited, so speak with Sr Warden, Jim Kane now.
The Episcopal Church and The Visual Arts
ECVA is a National Organization bringing together Episcopalian Visual Artists across the country. Erin McGee Ferrell is a new board member of ECVA and excited to engage Saint Mary’s community with this national conversation around Faith and Art. There is an Artist’s registry and coming soon - Online Submissions for ECVA’s latest Gallery Show, “This Fragile Earth.” Please visit the website and consider entering your work. (www.ECVA.ORG)
For More Information: Erin McGee Ferrell 856.630.9832, ErinMcGeeFerrell@gmail.com
The Sparkles Committee has a special request -- for plants. Last year, a new and very successful addition/return to Sparkles was our plant table. We planted cuttings in the summer, and potted them in teacups and other small planters to sell at Sparkles. This year, we are adding English Ivy topiary wreaths to our plant table. If you have any small plants, and/or cuttings, we would love to have them! As an alternative, small plants are often relatively inexpensive this time of year. If you’re not a gardener, we have committee members who will care for the plants until December. Just let Jana Burke (email@example.com) or Kathy Galen (firstname.lastname@example.org) know, and we’ll be glad to arrange it.
Community Care & Nurture
Weekly Worship at Saint Mary’s
SUNDAYS: 8 am Contemplative Eucharist,
9:30 am Choral Eucharist (returns to 10am with the Choir and
Guiding RAY on Sept 9)
THURSDAYS: 12 noon Chapel Eucharist is off for the summer months
Mon -Thurs: 10 minute Noonday Prayer in Chapel or wherever
Tuesdays: 10:30am Wisdom Seekers Bible study in Guild Room (off in July)
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.
Concerns, comments, or issues
If you have an emergency and need any kind of immediate support from Saint Mary’s, please reach out to Deacon Christine at 207-653-2448. If your need is less urgent, please call our Parish Office and speak with Beth (781-3366) or the Wardens (Jim Kane, 329-1764 or Janet Bowne, 318-7045)
Prayer Concerns for this week: Harold Otte, Pat Studley, Bobbi MacCallum, Zach Hallowell, David Snow, Charlie Conner, Parker Carson, Brian Taylor, Peter Horne, Karon Velek, Stewart Stalnecker, Karen Mynahan, Theresa Violette, Nolan Farris, and 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 email@example.com).
THIS WEEK at Saint Mary’s
Sunday 1 The Celebration of Independence Day with Fr Nathan
8:00am Contemplative Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)
9:15am Nursery opens
9:30am Choral Eucharist & Baptism (followed by Coffee Hour)
Monday 2 12noon Noon Prayer in the Chapel
Tuesday 3 7 - 9am BNI in the auditorium
10:30am No Wisdom Seekers in July
12noon Noon Prayer in the Chapel
7:00pm AA in the auditorium
7:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room (6:30pm Beginner’s Al-Anon)
Wednesday 4 Happy Fourth of July! Parish Office will be closed
Thursday 5 Parish Office closed; Chapel Eucharist on summer break
12noon Noonday Prayer
1:00PM CARE circle meeting
Friday 6 Parish Offices are closed on Fridays
12noon Noonday Prayer – stop and pray wherever you are
5:30pm Al-Anon in the Guild Room
Sunday 8 The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost with Fr Nathan
8:00am Contemplative Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)
9:15am Nursery opens
9:30am Choral Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary
43 Foreside Road
Falmouth, Maine 04105