Wednesday, October 24, 2018

Saint Mary's eNEWS for 10.28.18

Saint Mary’s Weekly News

28 October 2018  –  The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost


Getting Ready for Sunday!

“Speaking the truth in love, we must grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ” (Eph. 4:15).

COMMON GROUND: every Thursday!    

        10/25: Halloween Party – games, prizes and fun for all ages!

          11/1: How to Die Well – preparing for the end of life

          11/8: Saint Mary’s at Long Creek – learn about this ministry

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!! 

5:30 pm       Voice for Life – music training open to all           OR

5:45-6:45 pm    Presentations on topical issues in our community.

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

  Compline is a ten-minute choral service from the early church intended for the end of the day.  It is a perfect way to unwind and enter into a spirit of quiet prayer and meditation, with evenings hymns of thanksgiving.

Acolytes Wanted!  Training on November 11!

Young people (age 8 and up) as well as adults are invited to become acolytes. Our acolytes help the clergy to lead worship on Sundays and Holidays, and they have the summer off.  The Gospel and Epistle acolytes carry the torches (candles) and the Crucifer carries the cross. The training provided by Father Nathan is short and easy. It is scheduled for Sunday, 11/11 after the 10:15am liturgy. Acolytes generally serve once a month. A great way to connect with your parish family and to gather community service hours. FMI and to sign up for training, please contact Tricia Wheeler at tjwheel@maine.rr.com.

 

Serving our World


 

St Elizabeth’s Center is desperately in need of Adult winter coats. Men’s and Women’s all sizes, especially Large and Extra large. Drop off box is in our parish house under sign up table in hall.

 

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.

 

Events & Happenings

 Sparkles NEWS:  December 1, 9 am to 2 pm

            YOU ARE INVITED to a special SPARKLES Coffee Hour next week (November 4) after both services.  There will be tastings and other goodies to eat, and sign-up sheets for volunteer opportunities.  Sparkles will need LOTS of help – from baking to decorating to setting up and cashiering.  Many hands make light work, so PLEASE give generously of your time and talents.

            During Coffee Hour, we will also begin pre-orders for lobster stew, Schola tickets, boxwood trees, greens and poinsettias and Rick Hirschman’s wonderful Coffee Cake.  Pre-orders will be taken for 2 weeks, and must be pre-paid, so please have your checkbook or cash with you.

            Our next drop off day is October 27 from 9am - noon.  Bring your gently used household items, family treasures, old jewelry and holiday decorations.  We especially need gently used TOYS for Santa’s Toyland, as well as CHRISTMAS PAPER, BAGS, RIBBON, AND DECORATIONS. 

            If you volunteered to donate a Gift Basket(s) (THANK YOU!), please remember that they are also due on Sunday, November 4.

 

Green Cemeteries and Natural Burials:

Saturday, November 10, 9am - 3pm

An environmentally friendly choice

Keynote Speakers from Green Burial Massachusetts at the Episcopal Church of Saint Mary.  Come learn.  Bring you own bag lunch and beverage. 

 

 

Youth Ministry

Guiding RAY  (Religious Adventures for Youth)    

During the 9:30 - 10:00 Formation time, Sparkles will be joining Guiding RAY and we will help them prepare 'Holy Smokes'. All are welcome to join the fun! All are welcome to join this presentation.

This week in Guiding RAY we will finish our lesson on Noah and his family and the story has been amazing!  Our theme this week will be 'listening to God and Obedience to God". We will wonder together how we hear God and what we would do if God asked US to build an ark. 

The Nursery opens at 9:30am for our youngest disciples in the Guiding RAY area every Sunday morning for the later Eucharist. Please contact Alison Hayward, ajhmcmonagle@gmail.com, if you are able to assist her with nursery care. 

 

Middle Schoolers!  Save the Date:  October 28 4-6 pm  Escape the Crypt and Apple Crisp

Middle School peeps!    Join other middle schools on Sunday, October 28th at Satin Mary’s Episcopal Church for some pre-Halloween fun and community service.  From 4 - 6pm, we will get slightly spooked, learn a bit of history and cook up some yummy apple crisp to share with our neighbors in need.  FMI, email Megan Akers at Guiding RAY@smary.org

Miqra Fall Youth Event!

Join Youth from across Maine in Portland from November 2nd—4th, 2018

for Everyone in Grades 6-12 .  We will play games, enter into great conversations, meet new friends, reconnect with old friends, explore Portland and explore our faith. We’ll hold a nighttime vigil as we read the Bible cover to cover. We’ll take a look at our faith, and practice living out what we think and read and feel.

 Register at www.maineyouth.org Questions? Contact Youth Missioner Sara D’Angio White at (585) 749-9125 or sdangiowhite@gmail.com

 YOUNG LIFE of Casco Bay Fall Weekends

Middle School WyldLife Weekend: Fri thru Sun, Oct 26 – 28.

High School Saranac Weekend: Sat thru Mon, Nov 10 – 12.

All young people are invited to get away for an AMAZING weekend.

FMI and to register, visit www.younglifecb.com

Community Care & Nurture

An Invitation to Join Saint Mary's “Merton Group”

Study and Contemplation on Thursdays 2-3 pm

The “Merton Group” is a small, spiritually diverse, inquisitive, tolerant, open-minded, and supportive group of “seekers.” 

We do this by meeting to read and discuss spiritual works that draw from the Church and other faith traditions in an effort to help us reflect upon our own and the world's spiritual roots and fuel personal growth.  Our authors to date have included those steeped in the “perennial” and “contemplative” traditions.  Choosing a new book each year, we pray, read aloud, question and respond from heart and mind as each is motivated.

We are starting the book The Meaning of Mary Magdalene by Cynthia Bourgeault this fall. We welcome any who might be curious or feel called. You are invited to drop in and test the waters at any time. FMI, contact Jennifer Gregg (jenniferanngregg@gmail.com) or the parish office.

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 are currently studying the Sunday Gospels, 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 nathanferrell@smary.org but know that email is checked rarely on weekends or when he’s away.

Prayer Concerns for this week:  Daniele Andrews, David Fenderson, Grace Richards, Bucky, Bill Unfricht, Henry Hamilton, Harold Otte, Zach Hallowell, Parker Carson, Peter Horne, Stewart Stalnecker, Theresa Violette, Nolan Farris, 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 smary@smary.org).

THIS WEEK at Saint Mary’s

Sunday                28     The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

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

                                    9:30am         Formation for All Ages

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

                                    4-6pm          Middle Schoolers!!  Escape the Crypt and Apple Crisp

Monday              29     12noon        Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    9a - 4p         Lifeline Screening in the auditorium

                                    69pm        Portland Community Chorus rehearsal in the auditorium

                                    6:30 pm        Bell choir rehearsal

Tuesday              30      7 - 9am       BNI in the auditorium

                                             10:30am        Wisdom Seekers

                                    12noon        Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    12:45pm        Staff meeting

                                    4:30pm         RSCM instruction

                                    7:00 pm        AA in the auditorium

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

Wednesday              31        10:00am       Eucharist at Falmouth House and Legacy Center

                                    12noon       Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    6 8 pm       SinG rehearsal

Thursday            1        ALL SAINTS’ DAY

                                    12noon       Chapel Eucharist – All Saints’ Day celebration

                                    1:00pm        CARE Group meets in the Guild Room

                                    4:30pm        Outreach meeting in the Guild Room

                                    5-7pm Common Ground – potluck dinner and presentation

                                    7:00pm         SM Choir rehearsal

Friday                 2       Parish Offices are closed on Fridays

                                    12noon       Noonday Prayer – stop and pray where you are

                                    5:30pm         Wedding Rehearsal

                                    5:30pm         Al-Anon in the Guild Room

Saturday              3       3:00pm         Wedding in the Sanctuary

Sunday 4             The Sunday after All Saints’ Day

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

                                    9:30am         Formation for All Ages

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

                                    3-6 pm         Multicultural Fair – in the Auditorium 

 

 

 

Beth Shaw

Parish Manager

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Road

Falmouth, Maine  04105

207.781.3366

 

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Saint Mary's eNEWS for 10.21.18

Saint Mary's Weekly News

21 October 2018  –  The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost


Getting Ready For Sunday!

"I pray that, according to the riches of his glory, … Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith, as you are being rooted and grounded in love."

(Ephesians 3:16-17)

11th Annual Harvest Community Supper: Thu, Oct 18, 4:30 -7 PM

Saint Mary's joins with other religious communities in Falmouth to once again host a free turkey supper to raise funds for the Falmouth Food Pantry, a resource devoted to serving the needs of many in our area.  The community dinner is held at the Falmouth Congregational Church (267 Falmouth Road) on Thursday, October 18, from 4:30 to 7PM.  Plan on coming to enjoy an evening of good food, goodwill and friendship. Free-will donations will be gratefully accepted.  Thank you in advance for supporting this worthy cause. Contact John Brooks (781-2097) with any questions.

 

COMMON GROUND: every Thursday (Except Oct 18 when we all gather at the Community Harvest Turkey dinner!    

          10/25: Halloween Party – games and fun for all ages, with prizes                               for the best costume – for kids and adults!

            11/1: Green Burials & Ready, Set -  learn how to plan this naturally,                                     sustainably and being earth-friendly too and more!

            11/8: Long Creek Youth Center – learn about this state-run facility                         and the ministry that Saint Mary's offers there

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!! 

5:30 pm       Voice for Life – music training open to all           OR

5:45-6:45 pm    Presentations on topical issues in our community.

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

  Compline is a ten-minute choral service from the early church intended for the end of the day.  It is a perfect way to unwind and enter into a spirit of quiet prayer and meditation. There are gentle hymns of thanksgiving that we don't typically sing on Sunday mornings, because they are meant for the end of the day.

Choral Evensong: Sunday, October 21 at 4:00 pm

This beautiful service begins with the lucernarium procession, in which the candles are lit and all sing the refrain 'Jesus Christ is the light of the world,' accompanied by hand bells, and continuing with a psalm setting in Anglican chant, a setting of Mary's song, the Magnificat, by Herbert Howells, great evening hymns, a newly composed anthem by one of our choir members, David Vernier (A Prayer for Quiet Confidence) and the RSCM children's choir singing the ancient Phos hilaron

Acolyte Training:  November 18 after the second service

Save the date!!  Children and youth (age 8 and up) as well as adults are invited to be acolytes.  They generally serve once a month.  It is a wonderful way for youth to be involved in worship and connect with each other and the Saint Mary's community and earn community service hours.

 

Serving our World

Mission Morning: Sunday, October 21 (RAIN OR SHINE, DRESS WARMLY)

Gather together in work clothes to go out and serve! We gather in the Auditorium at 9 am for a short reflection, after which we will disperse in small groups into the community for various projects through which we seek God in others and in creation.  Return between 11 and 11:30 am for fellowship and light snacks. 
The nursery will be available for our youngest folks (up to 4 yrs) from 9 to noon.  
The selection of projects offer something for every age, physical capability and "comfort zone!"
Falmouth Clean-up led by Bonny Rodden.  Please bring sturdy shoes and gloves. (Family Friendly - for children 9 and up)
Morning at Milestone led by Judith Brooks.  we'll be working at milestone's new women's shelter on Allen Avenue in Portland, making up beds and organizing the kitchen. 
 Scarf-Making led by Barbara Bell – Stay at Saint Mary's to make winter scarves (both sewn and tied) to be tied on trees and poles in Portland for those in need in February.  We will begin with an age-appropriate short movie addressing the "why."  (Family Friendly! - All Ages)
Sunshine to Seniors -  Distribute mini-pumpkins and visit with residents of The Cedars in Portland.   (Family Friendly!  All Ages!)
 Clean-up for Neighbors in Need.  Indoor and outdoor projects at the home of a fellow parishioner.  Please bring gloves and rakes! Family Friendly - all ages!

(There will be the regular 8am Contemplative Eucharist beforehand)

Youth Ministry

Guiding RAY  (Religious Adventures for Youth)    

There are no classes in Guiding RAY this week.  Instead, all families are encouraged to do God's work in the world by participating in Mission Morning on Sunday, Oct 21 at 9am. You are also invited to worship at a special Evensong Service at 4:00pm

Middle Schoolers!  Save the Date:  October 28 4-6 pm  Escape the Crypt and Apple Crisp

 

Gatherings and Events

Sparkles NEWS:  coming soon on December 1

 Thanks again to everyone who attended SPARKLES SPIRITS Saturday night, and especially to the cooks who prepared the delicious appetizers.  The auditorium was beautiful, the food was wonderful, and the conversations sparkling.  Your orders will be ready for pick up on Sunday November 18.  Enjoy at Thanksgiving, Christmas, for unexpected guests, or just for yourself.

If you have already donated items to Sparkles, please accept our heartfelt THANKS!  Our next official drop-off date for donated items will be Saturday, October 27.  As a reminder, we need gently-used jewelry, linens, and household items, such as china and dishes, crystal, silver, and small furniture and home d├ęcor items, as well as toys, Christmas wrapping paper and ribbons, and decorations.

BEANS and more BEANS!  We need lots and lots of beans to create Saint Mary's popular Friendship Soup.  Please put your bags of dried beans (any color or type) in the basket outside the Guild Room.

The next planning meeting for Sparkles is Thursday, October 25 at 3:30pm in the Guild Room.  We welcome all parishioners to our meetings, so please jump in!

You are also invited to a special SPARKLES Coffee Hour in two weeks (November 4) after both services.  There will be tastings and other goodies to eat, and sign-up sheets for volunteer opportunities.  If you volunteered to donate a Gift Basket(s), please remember that they are also due on Friday, November 4.

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 are currently studying the Sunday Gospels, 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 nathanferrell@smary.org but know that email is checked rarely on weekends or when he's away.

Prayer Concerns for this week:  Daniele Andrews, David Fenderson, Grace Richards, Bucky, Lee Dernehl, Dawn Yerkes, Bill Unfricht, Henry Hamilton, Harold Otte, Zach Hallowell, Parker Carson, Peter Horne, Stewart Stalnecker, Theresa Violette, Nolan Farris, 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 smary@smary.org).

 

THIS WEEK at Saint Mary's

Sunday 21           The Twenty-second Sunday after Pentecost

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

                                    9:00am         Mission Morning– ALL ages gather for community projects

                                    11:30am       Return to Auditorium for fellowship and food

Monday              22     11:00am                Memorial Service for David Anderson

                                                            12noon        Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    69pm        Portland Community Chorus rehearsal in the auditorium

                                    6:30 pm        Bell choir rehearsal

Tuesday              23      7 - 9am       BNI in the auditorium

                                             9 - 11am          St. Marians volunteer at St. Elizabeth's Jubilee Center

                                             10:30am        Wisdom Seekers

                                    12noon        Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    12:30pm        Staff meeting

                                    7:00 pm        AA in the auditorium

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

Wednesday              24        12noon       Noonday Prayer in the Chapel

                                    6 8 pm       SinG rehearsal

Thursday            25      12noon       Chapel Eucharist

                                    Common Ground

                                         5 - 7  Potluck Dinner – all are welcome at any time

                                         5:45  Halloween Party

                                         6:45  Compline service in the Fr James Chapel

                              7:00pm     SM Choir rehearsal

Friday                 26      Parish Offices are closed on Fridays

                                    12noon       Noonday Prayer – stop and pray where you are

                                    5:30pm         Al-Anon in the Guild Room

Saturday              27     199th Diocesan Convention of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine

Sunday 28          The Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost

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

                                    9:30am         Formation for all ages

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

                                    4:00pm       Youth Group "Escape the Crypt" and Apple Crisp

 

 

Beth Shaw

Parish Manager

The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary

43 Foreside Road

Falmouth, Maine  04105

207.781.3366