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

Announcements for May 20, 2018

Welcome to our guest soloist, Kelly Neptune.  Kelly writes the Native American style flute is primarily a western instrument which comes in every key and is available in many types of woods.  In many cultures across that section of the country the flute’s original purpose was not so much for entertainment but for something far more valuable – a wife.  Men would pursue the woman they desired to have as a wife by sitting outside her home and playing his flute.  If she liked what she heard she would step outside to see who was playing and this was also her agreement to marry him.  Once married the flute would be put away forever.  It was believed that if it was played again it would cause discord in the marriage.  Of course we have come a long way since this tradition and now native flute is used in all genres of music.  

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!


FLIA Quarterly Convening is May 30 @ St. Pat’s.  A Pot Luck Supper is from 5:30-6:15 and the meeting is 6:15-8:00. Please sign-up in the Common Room. Bring a dish if you choose. The focus for this meeting will be Food Access. We will learn more about the community gardens and about the issues surrounding Food insecurity in our region and the SNAP program.

Holyoke Street Community Garden. And the building began May 20, 2018 at noon. You will see lumber ready to rebuild our two beds and build a third. Very soon we will have a soil delivery. So many ways to help, yes another sign-up. Maybe come early to church or stay a little later to volunteer once or on a regular basis.

  • Help add soil (date to be decided today)
  • Help plant soon
  • Water
  • Weed
  • Harvest
  • Distribute and take produce home
  • Chat with neighbors
  • Attend neighborhood monthly gardening meetings

Talk to anyone on the Living Local Guiding Team for more information: Pat Blethen, Jane Harburger, Peg Olson and Mary Ann Perry.

FLIA Team updates

  • Transportation for All This is a critical time for the future of our bus system. A proposal to fund a 4th study for $100,000 is before the Bangor City Council. TLA feels this will be redundant and evasive of issues already evaluated. Now Hampden City Council wants to consider suspending bus service completely. This is a severe blow to many residents. Join TFA supporters at council meetings, watch for details. The next regular meeting will be June 21 @ Hammond St. Congregational Church 9-11am.
  • Childcare Jobs Team will have their next meeting at Redeemer Lutheran, Essex St., Bangor on June 7 at 6:30 pm.

Peggy Day, Peg Olson and Mary Ann Perry can give you more details of all that is happening at FLIA.

St. Pat’s indoor garage sale is Saturday, June 2.  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 are puppets in our future. Monica Norris and her father will be joining us for Sunday, June 24th  at 5 pm. There will be a puppet show, meet and greet with the puppets, and a brief presentation on a puppet ministry. Fun for all ages.

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.

Artful Spirit Connection of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church announces Discovering Your Inner Wisdom: a SoulCollage ® Workshop on Saturday, June 16 from 12 noon to 3 pm. The co-presenters are Christine Talbott and Lisa Cohn.

Civil Discourse: The Outward and Inward Work of Bridging Divides and Finding Peace in the Face of Differences”  32nd Annual Thomas Nevola MD Symposium Tuesday, June 19, 2018 at Colby College, Waterville.  Presented by the Maine-Dartmouth Family Medicine Residency and Maine Medical Center in partnership with the National Institute for Civil Discourse. See Rick for more information.

 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

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