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

Announcements for 4-1-2018 Easter Sunday

by Paula Baines

Welcome to St. Patrick’s Easter Service

Exciting News:  Bishop Lane will be with us on Sunday, April 8.

After the service, Pete Perry is cooking a delicious corn beef luncheon with cabbage, carrots and potatoes.  Since the meal is already planned, there’s no need to add any other entrees. On the table in the Common Room will be a sign-up sheet for the following:

Breads:  (3 people)……Irish Breads: Soda Bread, Rolls, etc.
Desserts: (6 people)….Any ideas for Irish desserts/regular…At least 2 desserts that are 

Gluten Free (The Bishop can eat Gluten-free desserts)
Beverages: (2 people)
Half n’ Half and Butter (1 person)

Centerpieces: 0 tables…something simple. Please let me know by  Thursday, April 5.  
Set-Up: 3 people.    Saturday, April 7 at 9:30 a.m.  

Clean-Up:  4 people

I really want to thank people who take home 2-3 tablecloths to clean after the meal.  It’s really appreciated and way too much for one person to do alone.  —Jane Harburger

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Outreach: 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 this morning.  If you forgot to bring it, you may return the envelope next week. 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.

 Thank you for all the Easter Flower Donations.  

PRAYER LIST:   You may make changes to the prayer list at any time. Please send your notice to maryann_perry@Hotmail.com.

Artful Spirit’s Next Activity.   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/

The  Diocesan Spring Training Workshop is just around the corner. . 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.

Creative Crafts and Conversation meets Monday evenings from 6 pm to 7:30 pm.

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.

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 at Crestwood Place 812 Ohio St. Bangor 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.

Other Events:

Partners for Peace will hold a special 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.

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

St. Patrick’s musical group. Photo shared by Rita Poirier.

Special Thanks to our musical group, Servant Strings. The music for Holy Week, Easter Vigil and Easter morning was beautiful. Thank you to all your hard work and your musical gifts. (Photo shared by Rita Poirier.)

St. Patrick’s Mission Statement

We care for and accept all God’s children. As children of God, each of us has unique and wonderful gifts. We value kind, open, and honest communication. We provide a positive, joyful place for people to come together for worship and fellowship.  We value our Lay Ministry and Outreach programs as a key element of who we are. . We are a parish that supports its members in time of need, whether those needs are financial, physical, or spiritual. We are grateful for God’s creation and strive to be environmentally conscientious.