Friday, September 7, 2018

Saint Mary's eNEWS for 9.9.18

Saint Mary’s Weekly News

9 September 2018 – The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

Getting Ready for Sunday - Ephesians 1:3

“Blessed by the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,

who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing.”










The Kneeler Guild Invites you to Coffee Hour

Coffee hours on September 16th hosted by the Kneelers Guild.  There will be a display of Kneelers and you will have the opportunity to Gift a Kneeler to honor or memorialize a loved one.  Please join us after either service for this informative and beautiful morning.


Vestry Nominations

During the month of September, the Nominating Committee will be seeking nominations for 2019 including:

· Vestryfour openings for 2019, 3-years terms

· Senior Warden and Junior Warden – both positions open for 2019, 2-year terms

· Treasurer – 2-year term

· Delegates to the 2019 Diocesan Convention

You can submit your own name or someone else’s.  We are seeking one -two Diocesan Convention delegate (along with the wardens and treasurer) and three alternates.  

Nominations are open through September 30, at which time the Nominating Committee will review names and make recommendations to the parish for a slate to be voted on at the Annual Meeting in late January.  Nomination forms are available in the narthex, outside of the Guild Room or in the parish office.  

For the Nominating Committee:  Rick Hirschman, chair; John Fallon, Julie Otte &  Tim Record.  FMI contact Rick   (Cell) 207.310.3800


The Episcopal Church and the Visual Arts (

ECVA is a virtual organization that curates visual arts exhibitions on-line and provides a network for Episcopal artists and groups. ECVA assists dioceses and churches in integrating the visual arts into congregational ministry, liturgy, and mission programs. Learn more at their website

Serving our World

Project LOVE: Portland’s Ronald McDonald House needs snacks!!

Please bring packets of snacks like goldfish, pretzels, juice boxes granola bars, peanut butter crackers, gummy bears to church on Sunday for the Project LOVE box. Thanks!

Souper Suppers:  2nd & 4th Fridays of each month

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!


St Elizabeth’s Jubilee Center in Portland

St. Elizabeth’s is an exciting mission effort of The Episcopal Diocese of Maine. Supported by eight local Episcopal Churches, including Saint Mary’s, St. Elizabeth’s celebrated the 12th year distributing non-food essentials, clothes, and small household items to the most needy among us.

In addition to distributing essential items not covered under the federal food stamp program like: diapers, bar soap, toilet paper, feminine hygiene products, shampoo, laundry detergent and deodorant, St. E’s serves as a gathering place where people chat with friends The Pantry is a non-barrier program serving on average 250 individuals each week, many of whom are immigrants and refugees for whom English is not their primary language.


Falmouth Food Pantry – serving the needs of citizens in Falmouth and surrounding communities for over 25 years.    Food and supplies may be dropped off at church on Sundays or in the Parish House during the week.  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.)

SIT is a program of ProsperityME

offering no-interest loans for security deposits to new immigrants.  Each borrower is matched with a housing coach as a support and advocate on issues raised by apartment-living in a new culture. Can you give a few hours a month to assist in this housing program for immigrants? 

FMI: .      sit@ to register* 

*Registration  strongly encouraged but not required.


Mission Morning Survey

We need your input.  Please fill one out online or find a hardcopy at each door. 

Youth Ministry

Guiding RAY  (Religious Adventures for Youth)     

Our Guiding RAY programs are for all young people ages 0 to 14.  We use a curriculum that is scripturally-based and consistent with Episcopal theology and spiritual practices. Visit for more information, to volunteer, to download a calendar, to register your child/ren. Thank you for your support!


Guiding RAY This Sunday

Join us for a Blessing of the Backpacks at our 10:15 am worship service. We are inviting students of all ages (yes, that means college students and adults heading back to school) and teachers to bring your backpacks or work bags to church. We want to honor and bless you with our prayers and celebrate the start of the 2018-2019 school year.  And to help with “Project LOVE”  for the Ronald McDonald house, let’s all fill our backpacks with snacks to share!

Avoid the lines and  pre-registrar for Guiding RAY now!

If you send us your child's information in advance, we can add them to a roster and make child check in a breeze. We'll know your child is coming and will be able to greet them by name and make them feel even more welcome and at home.  We can't wait to see you Kickoff Sunday!  


Gatherings & Events

Kickoff Cookout & Carnival: This Sunday - September 9

Join together for our festive Kickoff of a new program year. FORMATION groups will gather to share information at 9:30 am. In addition to new formation programs & discussion groups (Christianity and the Episcopal Traditions, The Way of Love, or Be Still) in between services every Sunday, our Choirs, Guiding RAY, the Middlers will all be gearing up for another great year.   Plans are coming together now for games and food as part of this year’s Kickoff celebration.

**NOTE that our Choral Eucharist will begin that day at 10:15 AM – fifteen minutes later than previously. FORMATION groups will meet from 9:30 to 10. Come and learn more about these groups and our plans for the new program year.

Sparkles NEWS:  Mark your calendars for December 1

Please stop by the Sparkles Table on Sunday at the Kickoff picnic.  Pick up a 2018 Newsletter so you’ll know all the dates and events associated with Sparkles 2018, and take a themed gift box to take home and fill.  You fill them and return them to the church by Sunday, November 4, and we'll see that they are wrapped and ready to sell at the Sparkles Boutique on December 1.

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

Children’s Area—don’t forget our youngest customers.  We need children’s toys, especially large items like bicycles and play areas, books, and sports equipment.  Small items like figurines, vases, and decorative items are great for the kids only shopping area.

Jewelry & Accessories—we need vintage, new and handmade jewelry, and fashion accessories, i.e., scarves, purses and evening bags, belts, shawls, etc.

Boutique—we could especially use more china, silver, and crystal sets, as well as linens and Christmas items.

Like us on Facebook -----SparklesSt.MarysFalmouth


Common Ground on Thursdays  

Beginning on Thursday, September 20, we will gather for weekly events which will combine food, fellowship and community engagement. Our first Common Ground will feature a slideshow and discussion with the Ferrell family about their time in Ecuador.

The basic structure is:

5 - 7pm    Potluck-style dinner. Take a break from cooking a whole meal. Bring a piece or just eat what we have. If you can’t imagine eating early, come and enjoy fellowship and discussion. Open to everyone!! 

5:30pm       RSCM rehearsal & training    OR

5:45-6:45pm       We will host individual or panel discussions on topical issues in our community. The first will be Nathan’s sharing about his sabbatical time including pictures and stories from Ecuador.

6:45pm      Compline Service in the Fr James Chapel and clean-up

Community Care & Nurture

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.

Wisdom Seekers: Tuesdays at 10:30 AM

This Bible study group meets weekly in the Guild Room. Everyone is welcome! We will be reading the scriptures for the coming Sunday. Join us!

Noonday Prayer: Mon - Wed 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 away.

Prayer Concerns for this week:  Richard Weiss, Madeline White, Judy Field, Henry Hamilton, Harold Otte, Dotty Blanchette, Zach Hallowell, David Snow, Charlie Conner, Parker Carson, Peter Horne, Stewart Stalnecker, 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



THIS WEEK at Saint Mary’s: September

Sunday            9      KICKOFF SUNDAY:  The Sixteenth Sunday after Pentecost

                              ** Start of EPHESIANS sermon series **

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

                              9:30am      FORMATION – groups for all ages

                              10:15am      Choral Eucharist (followed by Coffee Hour)

                              11:30am         Kickoff Cookout and Carnival

Monday          10    10:00am     Garden Club meeting in auditorium

                              12noon     Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                              69pm      Portland Community Chorus rehearsal in the auditorium

                              7:00pm      Bell choir rehearsal

Tuesday          11    7 - 9am     BNI in the auditorium

                              9-11am     S. Marians volunteer at St. Elizabeth’s Essentials

                                    10:30am     Wisdom Seekers

                              12noon    Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                              12:30pm    Staff meeting

                              7:00pm      AA in the auditorium

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

Wednesday        12      9a-5pm       Garden Club Landscape Design School

                                    9a-2p          Mainely Weavers in the Auditorium

                              12noon    Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                              6 8pm     SinG rehearsal

Thursday        13    9a-5pm        Garden Club Landscape Design School

                              12noon    Chapel Eucharist

                              Common Ground begins next Thursday (September 20)

                                         5 - 7  Potluck Dinner

                                         5:45  Presentation & discussion

                                         6:45  Compline service in the Fr James Chapel

                              7:00pm     SM Choir rehearsal

Friday             14    Parish Offices are closed on Fridays – Nathan+ on Navy drill weekend

                              12noon    Noonday Prayer – stop and pray where you are

                              5:00pm      Community Souper Supper

                              5:30pm      Al-Anon in the Guild Room

                              7:00pm      Classic Cinema presents “Some Like it Hot”

Sunday            16    The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost

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

                              9:30am      FORMATION – groups for all ages

                              10:15am      Choral Eucharist & Baptism (followed by Coffee Hour)



Beth Shaw

Parish Manager

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Road

Falmouth, Maine  04105