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

Announcements for July 15, 2018

We host the Columbia Street Luncheon TODAY.  The meal starts at Noon, so there is time to head over after church.  Come to eat and enjoy the company of our neighbors.  There are still many opportunities to help, such as set-up, greeting people, and helping to clean up afterwards!  

The loose plate offering today is designated for the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. This fund is used for various emergency outreach situations.

ALSO TODAY:   Come and support the Rev. Linette George, Pastor at the UCC churches of Dedham and Holden, for her ordination this afternoon!  Linette will be ordained into the UCC ministry at Hammond Street Congregational Church at 3 p.m.  The UCC Dedham and Holden churches are part of the Brewer Ecumenical Ministry Group.

We now have Coffee Hour coverage through August 12. Check the sign-up sheet in the Common Room for future dates.

COMING RIGHT UP : Worship on the Waterfront (“WOW”) Sunday 29July th at 10am at the Children’s Park on the shore of the Penobscot River. Help is needed setting up and cleaning up. Contact Tom Copeland or Pete Perry. Bring picnic food to share and a folding chair. We are hosting several local congregations.


Wednesday, July 18 @ 6:30 is our Meditation Service. Deacon Peggy Day will be our worship leader for this service of meditative prayer, scripture, and song . We will sing songs from Taize, France and Iona, Scotland in a relaxed atmosphere where the worshiper will easily become comfortable with the music, prayers, quiet reflection, and community.

A quote from Brother Roger, founder of Taize community:

 “From the depths of the human condition a secret aspiration rises up. Caught in the anonymous rhythms of schedules and timetables, men and women of today are implicitly thirsting for an essential reality, for an inner life. Nothing is more conducive to a communion with the living God than a meditative common prayer with, as its high point, singing that never ends and that continues in the silence of one’s heart when one is along again.”

 The HOLIDAY FAIR is scheduled for 17 NOVEMBER 2018, from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon, with breakfast available at the HOLY GRILL.   “ I have noticed that a few people have signed up, but I still do not have a Co-Chair!  Please consider this job, since I won’t be around after my surgery in July and we need to get a few things done, while I am at home recuperating”, says  Chairperson Cynthia Vaughan.

ALSO:  Items are now being collected for the Jewelry Table.  The next time you are looking in your jewelry box, please look for things that you no longer wear, that someone else might enjoy.  Vintage and costume jewelry sell items really well.  Jewelry need not be in perfect condition!  Put your treasures in a baggie bearing your name and give them to Rita Poirier.  In advance:  Thank you!   ( )

Faith Linking in Action: Faith Linking in Action board meeting was held last Friday. Mary Ann Perry will give a brief report at announcements today.

  •  Transportation for All meets the 2nd and 4th Thursday of each month at Hammond Street Congregational Church, Bangor,  9:00-11:00.
  •  Child Care/Jobs Team meets the 2nd Tuesday of each month at The First Methodist Church, Essex Street, Bangor from 6:00-7:30 p.m.  Speak with Peg Olson for more information
  •  Food Access Committee also meets the 2nd week of each month, from 11-1, including lunch and child care. They rotate meeting locations so those involved can visit participating gardens.  Next month’s meeting is 8 August,  at St. Patrick’s !


Do you have unwanted crayons at home? Outreach is collecting them now through  August 1st.  The crayons will be donated to the A.C. Moore/The Crayon Initiative. The donated crayons are then sorted, melted down and made into new crayons. The new crayons are donated to children’s hospitals across the country.  (

Holyoke Neighborhood Garden progress is slow in the raised beds. We are troubleshooting possible adjustments: watering, adding nutrients? The plants we have in our flower beds and the pumpkins planted in mounds are doing much better. See the “Gardening Crew” schedule on the window outside the Shamrock Room and in the Common Room. If you have questions or want to help please speak to Mary Ann Perry

Food Access Committee will meet here at St. Patrick’s on August 9th from 11-1. We usually have lunch. Mary Ann is looking for people to help host. The FAC is made up of all the area gardens that Faith Linking in Action and Food AND Medicine sponsor. Many wonderful ideas and much information are shared at these gatherings.

 SAVE THE DATE:  A sunset cruise to end domestic violence will be held on Saturday, 18 August 2018, at 5:30 p.m.  Dinner will be served and a cash bar will be available aboard the historic steamer Katahdin, on Moosehead Lake, at Greenville.  All proceeds benefit Partners for Peace – the Domestic Violence Project which serves Penobscot and Piscataquis counties. Learn more at .