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ANNOUNCEMENTS -MARCH 25, 2018

Holy Week 2018-Easter Vigil

HOLY WEEK SCHEDULE:

Tomorrow, March 25  is Palm Sunday. Come for the Blessing of the Palms, at 9:30 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 29Prayer Vigil: There are still many opportunities to participant in our Prayer Vigil. Please sign up in the Common Room. We will hold the Vigil from the end of the Maundy Thursday Service until the beginning of the Good Friday Service. You can sign-up for as long as you want and as many times as you want. Don’t worry if someone already has that time, it is good to have more participants. You can choose to pray at home but still indicate when you plan to pray.

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. A new Artful Spirit Connection exhibit by Paula Baines.

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We have asked those who have been keeping the Lenten Calendar to make donations to UTO during this time. Please bring your UTO envelope for offering on Easter Sunday. This offering is a ministry of the Episcopal Church for the mission of the whole church. Individuals are invited to embrace and deepen a personal daily spiritual discipline of gratitude. It encourages people to notice the good things that happen each day, give thanks to God for those blessings and make an offering for each blessing. UTO distributes 100% of what is collected to support innovative mission and ministry throughout The Episcopal Church and Provinces of the Anglican Communion. There are extra envelopes at the back of the church.

 EASTER FLOWER DONATION envelopes are available at the back of church. Please have all envelopes back to Cynthia Vaughan by Today.  You can place them in the Alms Basin.

PRAYER LIST:   Our new Prayer List will be published on Easter Sunday. Please submit names by TOMORROW (March 26).

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. We will be collecting items through Easter Sunday.

The Bishop is coming, the Bishop is coming. Please join us next Sunday, April 8 for Bishop the Rt. Rev. Stephen Lane’s visit to St. Patrick’s.

Mark your Calendars for Saturday, April 21, 2018 for Artful Spirit Connection’s next field trip to the Colby Museum of Art. This is a free event. We will carpool from church at 10:45 am. Learn more at: https://www.facebook.com/events/157291614989477/

FAITH LINKING IN ACTION  

Child Care/Jobs Team Tuesday, April 10 at First Methodist Church, Essex Street, Bangor. We encourage you to ask your representatives to support LD566, an Act to improve access to high quality child care by increasing child care rates for state vouchers. We also ask for your support of LD274 to require criminal background checks for child care providers. Coming April 28 is a Free Family Festival at the Bangor Children’s Museum. There will be activities for children 3-8 years old. We need VOLUNTEERS!!! Please speak to Peg Olson or Mary Ann Perry for details and to volunteer.

             Food Access Team Thursday, April 12 location TBA. The meeting is 11-1 and includes lunch. Gardening plans will be discussed. Mary Ann Perry has details. This will help for the expansion of our garden for the Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden.

             Transportation for All Thursday, April 19 at Hammond Street Congregational Church, Bangor at 11am. They continue to work closely with Penquis and Bangor City Council to enact positive improvements in the bus system.

Coming soon is the Diocesan Spring Training Workshop. There are 20 workshops to choose from. April 28 in Augusta. The St. Pat’s Guiding Team for Living Local will lead one. See fliers in the Common Room.

COFFEE HOUR SIGN-UP.  Our 2018 list is ready for you to host a coffee hour. Please check the list for openings.

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.

CREATIVE CRAFTS AND CONVERSATION meets Monday evenings from 6 pm to 7:3o pm.

Other Events:

Partners for Peace will hold its annual meeting on Tuesday, March 27 at 6:00pm. This year, we’re focusing on our amazing volunteers. If you’d like to help, we begin trainings for new hotline workers in MarchJulySeptember, and January. Visit our website to find out more about all kinds of volunteer opportunities. In addition, there will be a training for faith leaders (clergy and lay), domestic violence advocates, and anyone who is interested in understanding the importance of a faith-based response to domestic violence. The training will be held at the First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex Street, Bangor on Thursday, April 12 from 9:30 am to 4:00 pm. Register here. Contact Mary McQueen at mmcqueen@partnersforpeaceme.org.  Call  (207) 945-5102.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, April 7, 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm for the 9th Annual Open House at the Islamic Center of Maine in collaboration with the UMaine MSA. The open house will be held at the Islamic Center, 151 Park Street, Orono, Maine. “Finding Stability in the World Out of Balance: Spiritual Contentment and Societal Harmony “featuring Keynote event featuring Dr. Saadia Mian and Shaykh Saad Tasleem. Refreshments served Tastes of the World. For mosque etiquette, please visit: islamiccenterofmaine.org.

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