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

Announcements for April 15, 2018

We offer a warm welcome to Adam Theisen, our guest musician. Adam is a good friend of Mary Ann’s and a member of Redeemer Lutheran Church in Bangor. He also works at Food and Medicine. Some of his responsibilities include the Solidarity Harvest and the Food Access Committee work which builds community gardens in our area.

 Faithful Refreshment is a faith and spirituality discussion group. It meets on the third Saturdays of the month. The next meeting is Saturday, April 21, 2018 from 9:00 am to 10:30 am.

 The Diocesan Spring Training is coming soon. Still time to register for three of the 20 workshops from personal spirituality, Christian community and formation, children at church, theology, music, church finances, and even a workshop called Christian Yoga for Everybody and so many more choices.  The St. Pat’s Guiding Team will offer a workshop about the Living Local: Joining God process. Something for everybody! So, take a flyer from the Common Room and go on line to register for an amazing experience. April 28, 2018 9:30-3:15 at South Parish Congregational Church 9 Church St., Augusta. We will try to carpool.

Faith Linking in Action!!! So many exciting things happening.

Transportation for All just released the results of an extensive survey of over 300 riders about the public transportation system in our area. The Bangor City Council also will revisit the issue of the location of the bus hub at Pickering Square. The momentum is here now to improve the system. The next regular meeting of TFA will be Thursday, April 19 at Hammond Street Congregational Church, Bangor at 11am. 

Childcare/Jobs Team are working with the Maine Association for the Education of Young Children and the Maine Discovery Museum to offer a Free Family Festival Saturday, April 28 from 2-4pm at the Discovery Museum for children up to 8 years old. This is in conjunction with the Week of the Young ChildTM. Take one of the flyers from the Common Room.  Want to volunteer? We still need help. Contact maryann_perry@hotmail.com or ptpeg2014@gmail.com (Peg Olson) if you can offer 1½ hours of your time.

            Food Access Committee. This is the newest exciting news for St. Pats. We have received a grant from the Diocese to help FLIA expand the gardening program. As part of that we will expand our little raised bed garden. Because of all our work with Living Local and the mandate for the congregation to “let’s get moving and actually do something!” we are ready to roll. We have neighbors interested in this garden project. Lots of planning and hard work ahead. WHO IS IN? One immediate need is for people to help build more raised beds at various locations in the Bangor/Brewer area…including here. This will happen within the next few weeks. We have a bonus today…Adam Theisen is with us and can answer any questions. Let him know if you want to help construct the raised beds.

A service of meditation, scripture, and prayer with music from Taizé and the Iona Community will be Thursday, May 3 @ 6:30 pm. This service will offer an opportunity to reflect on concerns of domestic violence, child abuse, and gun violence of recent weeks. Come to experience hope and heeling in this season of the Resurrection.


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.

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.

Needed: Volunteers to cover nursery duty. Many of our nursery volunteers wear other hats as well (ushering, reading, serving on the altar).  We are having difficulty covering every Sunday so please consider volunteering.  Our nursery is growing, and these little ones need your help.

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

Vestry meets this Thursday at 6:30 PM.  Members of St. Patrick’s are always welcome at vestry. Come see and how your keeps ahead of the action. 

Other Events:

Partners for Peace is focusing on our amazing volunteers this year.  If you’d like to help, we begin trainings for new hotline workers in July, September, and next January. Visit their website to find out more about all kinds of volunteer opportunities; call (207) 945-5102.

 

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.