Growing in God's Love as an Open, Caring Community

Announcements for 3-4-2018

Welcome to our guest celebrant The Rev. Ginny Peacock.

Today is the Columbia Street Community Lunch. Please come to eat and chat with our neighbors. You can also participate in an art activity and join in conversation. If you want to create art, be there around 11:30 am. Lunch begins at noon.

Announcement correction: The Ecumenical Service is TUESDAY this weekMarch 6 @ 6:30pm at the Lighthouse Apostolic Church in Orrington at 696 River Road. Our own Rev. Deacon Peggy Day will be the homilist for this service. Let’s all go to support her. If you need a ride contact Mary Ann Perry 570-3113.

 News from Outreach:   Be sure to check out Outreach’s Lenten Project.  Please visit the back of the sanctuary for how you can help the Street Pastor’s in their ministry. Help us fill our space with footprints.

March 18th Loose Offering will help with rent. A recent graduate from Hope Rising, is need of help with rent. She is a full-time student and will graduate in May. She works part-time on the weekends. Because she can only work part-time while attending school, she falls into the financial gap as she is not eligible for any rental assistance, food stamps, etc. The Outreach Committee agreed to pay half of her rent for March. She will also need help with April’s rent. The March 18th offering will help her with her April rent.

Coffee Hour sign-up. 2018 list is ready for you to host a coffee hour. Please check the list for openings.

Pick up your Lenten Calendar offered by the Living Local: Joining God Guiding Team. We want to help you experience a meaningful Lent as you go about your daily life.

Our Prayer List has been updated. Remember you can make changes at any time by contacting maryann_perry@hotmail.com. We like to keep this as current as possible. You may add the name of a loved one to the Memorial for our Sanctuary Candle. A $5.00 donation is suggested. See the list on the bulletin board in the Common Room.

Acolytes wanted:  Have you ever wanted to be an acolyte?   You don’t have to be a child to apply.  Adults are invited to this ministry, as well.  Katherine is our only acolyte now and it would be great to have others available to share in this ministry, especially when she is not here.  Please see Peggy if interested or have questions. Training will be provided.

 Bye, bye, buzzy buzz!  Notice our new keyboard. Doesn’t it sound so much better than the old one!!! We used some of the money in reserve for instrument maintenance. Donations are greatly appreciated and thank you so much to those of you who have donated to help our music ministry. The total cost was $999.

Creative Crafts and Conversation meets Monday evenings from 6 pm to 7:3o pm.

Faith Linking in Action is one way we are experiencing our faith journey in the broader community. We learn to listen to others and work together to build a better community. Learn more from Rev. Peggy Day, Peg Olson, Mary Ann Perry or Rev. Rick Cross.  Upcoming meetings:

  • Food and Access Team will meet this Thursday, March 8 at Food and Medicine from 11 am to 1 pm. Lunch is included. They will have guest speaker talk about pest control. St. Patrick’s wants to work with this team to expand our garden and include the Holyoke neighborhood. This would be a great time to hear how other groups worked together last year.
  • Jobs and Child Care Team will hold a joint meeting: March 13, 6-7:30 at First United Methodist Church, Essex St. Bangor. Talk to Peg Olson or Mary Ann Perry if you would like to attend. There are several very important issues regarding safe and appropriate child care that the legislature is addressing currently. Please visit the website to learn more and please contact your legislators with your concerns. Our children are important to us. Ask Mary Ann for a brief description. 
  • Transportation for All Team will meet on Thursday, March 15, from 9 am to 11 am at Hammond Street Congregational Church. They are working with Bangor City Council and Penquis to coordinate efforts. Presently, they are trying to expand bus hours and planning to have specific bus stops instead of flag the bus system as in some areas. This impacts many riders.

 Leaning into Holy Week Retreat

The clergy of St. Patrick’s, St. James’, and St. John’s Episcopal Churches invite you all to attend a mini retreat “Leaning to Holy Week” on Sunday, March 18, 2018  from 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm at St. John’s. It will be led by the Rev. John Van Siclen, a retired priest in the Diocese, who is very skilled in leading retreats and in spiritual direction.  There will be three reflections, a time for sharing with a conversation partner, and it will end with a light supper of soup, bread, and fruit. If you would like to attend, please contact Peggy Day at peggy.day71@gmail.com

The Easter Vigil will be here before we know it and we will be doing dramatic readings for the lessons. We have done this before and people who have attended have found it to be meaningful.   If you would like to participate, please see Peggy and she will give you a copy of one of the lessons and script. Many times, you share the reading with another person.  There will be a rehearsal on Saturday morning, March 31st prior to the Vigil.

Holy Week Schedule:

  • Palm Sunday, March 25 at 9:30 am.  Blessing of the Palms, followed by an outside parade. The service begins at 10: 00 am.
  • Maundy Thursday, March 29 at 6:30 pm.  The service will be in the Shamrock Room and will include the washing of the feed. The service will end in the Sanctuary with the stripping of the altar. Please note, there is no meal this year.
  • Prayer  Vigil, Thursday, March 29-The prayer vigil will begin at the closing of Maundy Thursday service to the beginning of the Good Friday service. There will be material available for you to read. At least two people present throughout the over night house. Please sign up in the Common Room.
  • Good Friday, March 30, at 6:30 pm
  • Easter Vigil, March 31 at 6:30 pm. Bring bells and noise makers. There will be dramatic readings of scripture and inspirational music to add to the awe and wonder of this moving service.
  • Easter Sunday,  April 1 at 10: 00 am.