Deacon Moves Part-time. Deacon moves to half time- the Rev. Deacon Peggy Day is moving to half time and will be present for two Sundays out of the month. If there are five Sundays in a designated month, she will be present for three. She will also be present for all the major services, like Christmas, Ash Wednesday, Holy Week, and Easter. This decision was made in consultation with the bishop and approval from the vestry and the Rev. Rick Cross. Her Letter of Agreement will be updated to reflect these changes.
Living Local: Joining God. Summer is an excellent time to be out and about meeting and greeting our neighbors. Who are YOUR neighbors? Are they people who live near you; are they people you see regularly as you go about your daily routine; or are they sometimes strangers with whom you have a chance encounter? Take a few minutes to enjoy the experience of meeting them. What stories do they have? How did this enrich your day?
Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden plugs along. We will have our next Food Access Committee meeting at St. Pat’s August 9 from 11-1. There will be a Pot Luck and much discussion about harvesting and preserving techniques. There are 7 apartment gardens, 2 church/neighborhood gardens, 1 garden at Food AND Medicine, and the Brewer Community Garden involved in this group. The purpose is of course to provide access to quality food but also to build community involvement and connections as well as encourage environmental friendly habits. Each garden strives to include people in the decision-making process, tending of the garden, and distribution plan. Our Holyoke Street Neighborhood garden is having difficulty finding a good time to meet to make some of these decisions.
YOUR ASSISTANCE WOULD BE GREATLY APPRECIATED! Food Access Committee will meet here at St. Patrick’s on August 9th from 11-1. We have a semi-potluck lunch (not everyone needs to bring food). 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. Mary Ann needs help with set-up, clean-up and some of the food for our meeting of about 25 people.
The Transportation for All Team of Faith Linking in Action is most active this summer with meetings relating to the Transit Study for the public bus system. They have a member sitting on the Advisory Panel. There is a grant proposal to add 7 busses and to maintain the current depot hub at Pickering Square. You can become involved in the decision process by attending their regular meetings: 1st Thursday of each month (August 2 for 9-11) at Hammond St. Congregational Church and the 3rd Thursday of each month (August 16).
The Childcare/Jobs Team will host FLIA quarterly convening in October. They are working on ways to increase public awareness of the issues and needs surrounding affordable childcare and entry level jobs and what support is available in our area. They meet the 2nd Tuesday of each month. (August 14) 6-7:30 pm at First United Methodist Church on Essex Street, Bangor.
Coffee Hour Volunteer(s) are needed for August 12, 2018.
The Deacons are coming! The deacons are coming! The community of deacons of the diocese will be holding its annual meeting with the bishop on Saturday, August 18th at St. Patrick’s. Deacon Peggy is looking for people who might be interested and willing to help with serving lunch. If you are willing to help with set up and clean up, please contact Peggy at 745-0299.
Artful Spirit Connection is collecting items for art kits for kids. We are inviting donations of crayons, colored pencils, construction paper, washable markers, and more. Read more.
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 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! (http://www.stpatsbrewer.org/tag/holiday-fair-2018/).