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

Announcements for May 13, 2018

David Blethen

Let’s welcome the newest member of St. Patrick’s Lay Eucharistic Ministers (LEMs). David Blethen is newly-licensed but long-time Lay Reader, Worship Leader, and Senior Warden.  We wish him well in this new ministry!

Faithful Refreshment is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 at 9 am. Join us for a light breakfast, inspiring discussion about faith and spirituality.

 Pentecost is May 20. Artful Spirit Connection needs your ideas to create a colorful Sanctuary. We need ideas to make bright flames and doves that hang from a wire. You can take home craft materials and instructions after church on May 13 or you can join Paula Baines at Creative Crafts and Conversation on Monday, May 14 at 6 pm. Paula will provide the materials.

Saturday, June 2 is St. Pat’s indoor garage sale. We will need donations as well as help. Donations can be dropped off starting May 28. No sooner, please, as we have groups that use our facility during the week. We will be setting up on Friday, June 1. Time to be determined.

There could be puppets in our future. Monica Norris and her father will be joining us for a Sunday evening for a puppet show. Stay tuned.

 Summer Camp for Adults! Take a flyer from the Common Room to register for the Diocesan Adult Retreat at Camp Bishopswood June 15-17. This year Celtic and Ignatian resources will be used to help attendees connect with Christ in nature, scripture, community and depths of the heart. You will have the opportunity to seek a deeper awareness of Jesus and open yourself in generosity and compassion. Scholarships are available. Even if you can attend only part of the weekend, it is a wonderful experience. Talk to Mary Ann Perry for more information.

Faith Linking in Action:  As we heard last week, Faith Linking in Action is in a transition period. Martin Chartrand, the Community Organizer for us, has left after working 11 years to build our dream of inter-faith community action work. We need volunteers to step forward and be patient during this time. Because of the urgency of issues surrounding the Transportation for All, Food AND Medicine has hired Darcy Cooke on a short term basis. The search for a new permanent coordinator is beginning.

            Transportation for All: Next regular meeting will be Thursday, May 17 from 9-11 at Hammond Street Congregational Church, Bangor. The Bangor City Council is considering another study of the transit system which the TFA feels is redundant and evasive of the issues that have been presented already to the City Council. It will cost the City $100,000.

            Childcare/Jobs: Just had their monthly meeting. The Year of the Child event at the Children’s Museum was a huge success. Bill LD166 passed the Legislature which overrode the governor’s veto. This ensures that facilities will be reimbursed 75% for Child Care Services. It was sponsored by Senator Nathan Libby.  Many things were left on the table so much more work is ahead for child care and job mentorship issues. Their next meeting is June 7 from 6:30-8pm. Location to be determined. Speak to Peg Olson for details.

            Food Access: THIS IS THE BIG ONE FOR ST. PATRICK’S RIGHT NOW!!!         We are working to build our raised bed gardens to include the Holyoke Street neighborhood. There is an interest yet the neighbors are a little timid. Plans are going ahead to ensure a vegetable season and to encourage participation. A small crew will build the beds after church next Sunday. You can offer support and encouragement!

            Ways you can help throughout the season:

  1. Help add the soil and plant
  2. water and weed throughout the summer
  3. attend neighborhood meetings to coordinate our efforts
  4. harvest
  5. distribute produce
  6. chat to neighbors and show the progress

Talk to any of our Living Local: Joining God Team for more details: Pat Blethen, Jane Harburger, Peg Olson, and Mary Ann Perry.

FLIA Quarterly Convening: May 30 at St. Patrick’s.  All the teams will meet together to hear brief overviews of progress and future plans. The focus of this convening will be the Food Access Committee gardens. Yes, including St. Pat’s new adventure! A Pot Luck supper is from 5:30-6pm then the meeting is 6:15-8. Child care and transportation are provided. We want a good St. Patrick’s showing so a sign-up is in the Common Room. Talk to Mary Ann Perry for more details.

 For your information:

Sanctuary Lamp
. You might like to have a loved one remembered during our service by having their name listed with the Sanctuary Lamp memorials. Please sign-up on the list on the book case wall in the Common Room. You may want to make a memorial contribution to the Altar Guild for that date.

Loose Plate Offering. Loose offering is designated for Outreach on the 2nd Sunday of each month. The loose offering goes to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund on the 3rd Sunday of each month.

Nursery volunteers needed. Our roster of nursery volunteers is dwindling, requiring our volunteers to volunteer more frequent Sundays. Could you spare a Sunday and get to know our next generation of Episcopalians?  We have very simple lessons for our older children lasting 10-15 minutes. Men are most welcome!    It’s easy and fun! Please let Pat Blethen or Christine Talbott know if you are interested.

Prayer List:   You may make changes to the prayer list at any time. Please send your notice to .

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

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.