Thursday, December 8, 2022

Saint Mary's Weekly News 


Blue Christmas: Thursday 22 December at Noon 

All are invited to this quiet, reflective service for those of us who are grieving, sad, lonely, not feeling particularly festive, feeling the fatigue of COVID or just in need of quiet in the busy-ness of the season. Please spread the word to those you know.  

Join us for this memorable communion service of rest, comfort, and healing. 

Stewardship 2023:  More Than Enough  

Why pledge? Pledging a financial contribution to Saint Mary's helps us ensure we can meet our obligation to pay for everything from ministry, outreach, children's programs as well as our utilities, insurance, maintenance and salaries. Please send in your pledge form today! Thank you! For more information on how to pledge, contact the parish office, smary@smary.org or Janet Bowne, jmitchellbowne@gmail.com. 

Falmouth Churches Hosting the Homeless: DEC 14-28 

Our friends at Falmouth Congregational Church are opening their doors to give overnight shelter to 4 families (18 people) who would otherwise be homeless. But they can only do this if WE volunteer to help! 4 volunteers are needed each night. In the spirit of Christmas, can YOU volunteer one night over these 2 weeks? You can sign up online here: https://signup.com/go/eZpnyMf  .  

Souper Supper : December 23, 5 – 7 PM  

Every month on the second and fourth Fridays. Delicious homemade soup, salad, bread, and a sweet treat is available to everyone in a relaxed family-style atmosphere - no questions asked. Try it! Or volunteer to help shop, set-up, serve or cook, contact Jennifer at jenniferanngregg@gmail.com  

St Elizabeth's Jubilee Center: serving every third Tuesday  

Adult Winter Coat Drive, plus kitchen & cookware (no other clothing). Saint Mary's is committed to serving at this vital ministry to new Mainers and those in need on the morning of each third Tuesday from 8:30 to 11. FMI and to find out how you can participate, contact Stan Eaton at stan.eaton@gmail.com   

Red Cross Blood Drives:  Dec 22  -  Critical Need! 

Please consider sharing your blood in this season of giving. The need is constant. Lives depend on it! This Red Cross blood drive will be in our Auditorium.   

Christmas Pageant: December 18 is next Sunday !   

Casting call! We are excited to retell the story of the Nativity. We welcome all chickens, horses and sheep, to join the cast. Plus we need three Kings, Pages, Mary, Joseph, the star in the east, Gabriel, Innkeeper, shepherds to participate. Most children are now learning songs and practicing. FMI, contact Mylesfromhome@msn.com  or by text at 207-939-8294. Our Pageant Director once again is Miss Andrea Myles-Hunkin.  

St. Mary Schola Advent Concert: Blow the Trumpet 

Buy your tickets for a concert of seasonal music for Advent, that includes a rousing medieval procession, sublime masterworks by Palestrina, Victoria and William Byrd, as well as sparkling choruses from Bach cantatas, a charming pastorale by Marc-Antoine Charpentier and rarely heard pieces from the Mexican Baroque. An early music talk begins 30 minutes prior to each performance. 

  Last performance: Sunday 11 December, 3:00 PM, Saint Mary's  

Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth)        

All young people are invited to gather at 9:30 downstairs in the Parish House for crafts, projects and snacks. Class time begins at 10 AM with a brief time of singing. Children are brought over for Communion with their families just before 11 AM.    

Sparkles Update 

Thank you all for coming together to help with our biggest fundraiser, Sparkles. Once again, the community lined up to shop at Sparkles. The parish hall was decked out with lots of treasures and the mood was joyful! With the help of dozens of parishioners, we raised $16,500+. We won't know the final number until we tally the week after sales and subtract our expenses. Thank you to everyone who worked so hard to make Sparkles 2022 a huge success!!  

Formation on Sundays:  9:30am       

Youth Formation - Guiding RAY begins on Sept 11  

Be Still on Zoom and in the Chapel:  Contemplative readings with reflection 

Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth)        

Our Guiding RAY programs for all young people ages 0 to 14.  During the program year (Sept – mid-June), we gather all together beginning at 9:30am for Formation in the lower level of the Parish House with classes beginning at 10am.  We will keep in touch over the summer and see you back on Sept.11 

Saint Mary's Adopted Angolan Family 

In partnership with the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC), Saint Mary's has adopted the Vemba family of four from Angola, seeking asylum and a better, safer life. See the June AVE or eNEWS for latest needs, but grocery gift cards, metro bus passes and Walmart or Target gift cards for back to school supplies are always applicable. FMI: Anne LaFond akblafond@gmail.com  or the Parish Office, admin@smary.org  

Weekday Prayers for Ukraine and for Peace:  Compass of Compassion 

  In a response to many people voicing their anguish during these turbulent times, we are offering a daily reflection of comfort. We will be emailing a poem, scripture, or inspiration to help lighten your sorrow, and for those who seek a direction and compass for your prayers. Please know that you are not alone. People without email may pick up a weekly copy of the offerings from the parish office.  

  These emails will come automatically for a week, but you must let the parish office (admin@smary.org or 781-3366) know if you wish to continue to receive these messages of hope, by simply replying YES to the email or contacting the office.   



Beth Shaw
Parish Manager
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary
43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, ME 04105
207-781-3366
admin@smary.org

Tuesday, November 15, 2022

Saint Mary's Weekly News 


 Sparkles Christmas Fair:  Sat, December 3, 9 - 1       

Join us for Holiday D├ęcor & Gifts, Jewelry & other Treasures, Soup, Lobster Stew, Cookie Walk, Bake Sale, and so much MORE!  Come Sparkle with us!  

Toys for Tots Advent Giving: fill the boxes by December 4 

New, unwrapped toys are needed for children who are less fortunate. We have 3 weeks to fill these boxes before we return then to US Marines for distribution.  

Thanksgiving Eucharist & Tree Lighting: WED 23 Nov, 6 PM 

Come and sing songs of gratitude before the feast begins! Afterward, we read the names of loved ones as we "light" our Advent tree. Bring your guests and friends, and start the holiday with the Great Thanksgiving!  

Thanksgiving Blood Drive: Saturday 26 Nov, 9 - 2 

Consider sharing your blood as an act of thanksgiving. The need is constant. Lives depend on it! This Red Cross blood drive will be in our Auditorium.   

Advent Lessons and Carols: Sunday 27 Nov  

At the end of Thanksgiving weekend, a new Church Year will begin with the First Sunday of Advent. A beautiful Lessons and Carols celebration has been prepared.  

Formation on Sundays:  9:30am       

Youth Formation - Guiding RAY begins on Sept 11  

Be Still on Zoom and in the Chapel:  Contemplative readings with reflection 

Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth)        

Our Guiding RAY programs for all young people ages 0 to 14.  During the program year (Sept – mid-June), we gather all together beginning at 9:30am for Formation in the lower level of the Parish House with classes beginning at 10am.  We will keep in touch over the summer and see you back on Sept.11 

Saint Mary's Adopted Angolan Family 

In partnership with the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC), Saint Mary's has adopted the Vemba family of four from Angola, seeking asylum and a better, safer life. See the June AVE or eNEWS for latest needs, but grocery gift cards, metro bus passes and Walmart or Target gift cards for back to school supplies are always applicable. FMI: Anne LaFond akblafond@gmail.com  or the Parish Office, admin@smary.org  

Souper Supper DINE IN:  2nd & 4th Fridays, 5-6 pm 

Every second and fourth Fridays!  Homemade soups, salad, with roll and sweet treat -  Why not?! Join us!  If you'd like to help with cooking, prep, serving or clean-up, contact Jennifer Gregg at jenniferanngregg@gmail.com  

St Elizabeth's Jubilee Center:    

Saint Mary's is committed to serving at this vital ministry on the third Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 11 in the morning. FMI and to find out how you can participate, please contact Stan Eaton at stan.eaton@gmail.com   

Red Cross Blood Drives:  Nov 26, Dec 8 & 22  -  9 - 2 pm 

The need is Critical! Sign up at www.redcross.org / stmary 

Weekday Prayers for Ukraine and for Peace:  Compass of Compassion 

  In a response to many people voicing their anguish during these turbulent times, we are offering a daily reflection of comfort. We will be emailing a poem, scripture, or inspiration to help lighten your sorrow, and for those who seek a direction and compass for your prayers. Please know that you are not alone. People without email may pick up a weekly copy of the offerings from the parish office.  

  These emails will come automatically for a week, but you must let the parish office (admin@smary.org or 781-3366) know if you wish to continue to receive these messages of hope, by simply replying YES to the email or contacting the office.   


Wednesday, September 7, 2022

Saint Mary's Weekly News 


Kickoff Sunday:  September 11 

The choir returns to the loft;  kids and families return to Guiding RAY;  we return to 10:15 for the second service.  Cinnamon Girl Truck will come around 11:30 for a fun celebration of getting back together after a wonderful summer! 

Thank you, Rev. Portia for leading us:  September 11 & 18 

Thank you, Rev. Portia, for filling in and sharing your knowledge and love of God with us as we prepare to welcome Fr. Nathan back home in two weeks.   

Don't Miss it!  Sept 18:  Diaconate presentation 

Join us on this special Sunday when The Rev. Mary Lee Wile, deacon at St. Paul's in Brunswick, will serve alongside Deacon Christine and share the Diaconate story during both coffee hours preparing us for Christine's retirement in mid-October and opening our hearts and minds for an eventual replacement.   

Save the Date:  September 25:  Fr Nathan returns to pulpit 

Join us for this wonderful reunion following Fr Nathan's return to S. Mary's after his deployment as a Navy Chaplain in Bahrain for the past 10 months. 

Weekday Prayers for Ukraine and for Peace:  Compass of Compassion 

  In a response to many people voicing their anguish during these turbulent times, we are offering a daily reflection of comfort. We will be emailing a poem, scripture, or inspiration to help lighten your sorrow, and for those who seek a direction and compass for your prayers. Please know that you are not alone. People without email may pick up a weekly copy of the offerings from the parish office.  

  These emails will come automatically for a week, but you must let the parish office (admin@smary.org or 781-3366) know if you wish to continue to receive these messages of hope, by simply replying YES to the email or contacting the office.   

No Sun. Morning Worship on Oct 2 – Maine Marathon on Rt 88  

The Marathon closes Foreside Road around 8am but come help early enough to help cheer on and give waters to the runners. It's so fun 

Save the Date:  Sunday Oct 2:  3pm - Choral Evensong   

Due to the Maine Marathon, there will be no morning services on Sunday, Oct. 2, but we invite you to participate in a beautiful choral evensong service at 3pm.
Sunday morning services are filled with the energy of the waking day. The evensong service is more about the coming evening and favors a reflective, meditative frame of mind. 
 

 Formation on Sundays:  9:30am       

Youth Formation - Guiding RAY begins on Sept 11  

Be Still on Zoom and in the Chapel:  Contemplative readings with reflection 

Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth)        

Our Guiding RAY programs for all young people ages 0 to 14.  During the program year (Sept – mid-June), we gather all together beginning at 9:30am for Formation in the lower level of the Parish House with classes beginning at 10am.  We will keep in touch over the summer and see you back on Sept.11 

Saint Mary's Adopted Angolan Family 

In partnership with the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC), Saint Mary's has adopted the Vemba family of four from Angola, seeking asylum and a better, safer life. See the June AVE or eNEWS for latest needs, but grocery gift cards, metro bus passes and Walmart or Target gift cards for back to school supplies are always applicable. FMI: Anne LaFond akblafond@gmail.com  or the Parish Office, admin@smary.org  

Souper Supper DINE IN:  2nd & 4th Fridays, 5-6 pm 

Every second and fourth Fridays!  Homemade soups, salad, with roll and sweet treat -  Why not?! Join us!  If you'd like to help with cooking, prep, serving or clean-up, contact Jennifer Gregg at jenniferanngregg@gmail.com  

St Elizabeth's Jubilee Center:    

Saint Mary's is committed to serving at this vital ministry on the third Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 11 in the morning. FMI and to find out how you can participate, please contact Stan Eaton at stan.eaton@gmail.com   

Red Cross Blood Drives:  Sept 8 & 29  -  9 - 2 pm 

  The need is Critical! Sign up at www.redcross.org / stmary 

Lifeline Screening event:   Sept 30 

Take a step toward staying Healthy & Active 

In Saint Mary's auditorium, Lifeline Screening has great testing packages offered for Cardiovascular, Arterial and Osteoporosis screenings.  Register at 1-888-653-6450 



Beth Shaw
Parish Manager
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary
43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, ME 04105
207-781-3366
admin@smary.org

Thursday, August 25, 2022

Saint Mary's Weekly News 


Jane's last Sunday a Saint Mary's: August 28 

Join us for a special coffee hour after both service as we thank Jane for her work with us the past 10 months.  Her guidance and leadership have been invaluable during Father Nathan's deployment. We want to wish her the best of everything at her new assignment at All Saint's Church in Princeton, NJ. 

Labor Day Sunday:  September 4 

Next Sunday, September 4 will be Morning Prayer led by Deacon Christine at one combined service at 9am. Come with your hearts open to special words and wonderful music.    

Kickoff Sunday:  September 11 

The choir returns to the loft;  kids and families return to Guiding RAY;  we return to 10:15 for the second service.  Cinnamon Girl Truck will come around 11:30 for a fun celebration of getting back together after a wonderful summer! 

Thank you, Rev. Portia for leading us:  September 11 & 18 

Save the Date:  September 25:  Fr Nathan returns to pulpit 

Weekday Prayers for Ukraine and for Peace:  Compass of Compassion 

  In a response to many people voicing their anguish during these turbulent times, we are offering a daily reflection of comfort. We will be emailing a poem, scripture, or inspiration to help lighten your sorrow, and for those who seek a direction and compass for your prayers. Please know that you are not alone. People without email may pick up a weekly copy of the offerings from the parish office.  

  These emails will come automatically for a week, but you must let the parish office (admin@smary.org or 781-3366) know if you wish to continue to receive these messages of hope, by simply replying YES to the email or contacting the office.   

 Formation on Sundays:  9:30am       

Youth Formation - Guiding RAY begins on Sept 11  

Be Still on Zoom and in the Chapel:  Contemplative readings with reflection 

Guiding RAY (Religious Adventures for Youth)        

Our Guiding RAY programs for all young people ages 0 to 14.  During the program year (Sept – mid-June), we gather all together beginning at 9:30am for Formation in the lower level of the Parish House with classes beginning at 10am.  We will keep in touch over the summer and see you back on Sept.11 

Saint Mary's Adopted Angolan Family 

In partnership with the Maine Immigrant Rights Coalition (MIRC), Saint Mary's has adopted the Vemba family of four from Angola, seeking asylum and a better, safer life. See the June AVE or eNEWS for latest needs, but grocery gift cards, metro bus passes and Walmart or Target gift cards for back to school supplies are always applicable. FMI: Anne LaFond akblafond@gmail.com  or the Parish Office, admin@smary.org  

Souper Supper DINE IN:  2nd & 4th Fridays, 5-6 pm 

Every second and fourth Fridays!  Homemade soups, salad, with roll and sweet treat -  Why not?! Join us!  If you'd like to help with cooking, prep, serving or clean-up, contact Jennifer Gregg at jenniferanngregg@gmail.com  

St Elizabeth's Jubilee Center:    

Saint Mary's is committed to serving at this vital ministry on the third Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 11 in the morning. FMI and to find out how you can participate, please contact Stan Eaton at stan.eaton@gmail.com   

Red Cross Blood Drives:  Aug 31, Sept 8 & 29  -  9 - 2 pm 

  The need is Critical! Sign up at www.redcross.org / stmary 

Lifeline Screening event:   Sept 30 

Take a step toward staying Healthy & Active 

In Saint Mary's auditorium, Lifeline Screening has great testing packages offered for Cardiovascular, Arterial and Osteoporosis screenings.  Register at 1-888-653-6450 



Beth Shaw
Parish Manager
The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary
43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, ME 04105
207-781-3366
admin@smary.org