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

Announcements –August 19, 2018

A 2019 calendar planning meeting is scheduled Sunday, Sept 9th after church.  Those involved with scheduling events next year please attend or let Rick know what dates your event will be. 

A FALL RETREAT is being planned for OCTOBER 13-14 from Saturday noon until Sunday afternoon at Father Rick’s cottage in Bar Harbor.  There are plenty of beds for those staying overnight. A church retreat is a lot of fun!  We will have a guest leader, William Blaine-Wallace.  The vestry needs to know how many people to expect so please sign up in the common room.  At this point we ask that you check coming, probably coming or possibly coming.  We need to get an estimated number for planning.  We also need help with the food planning, communication and registration. A small fee will be charged to cover the cost of food.  Christine Talbott is heading up the food committee and is looking for helpers.   Join us!  A church retreat in a beautiful location can be a memorable and relaxing event.

Outreach Committee Meeting:  There will be an Outreach Committee meeting on Sunday, August 26, following the service.  At that time, we will be selecting a new chair.  If you have any agenda items, please forward to

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?

The Coffee Hour Host calendar is ready for you to sign up in the Common Room.

Holyoke Street Neighborhood Gardeners joined the Food Access Committee meeting that was held at St. Patrick’s on August 9. 10 area gardens were represented and we all shared the good, the bad, and the ugly of our gardening process. Some gardens have too much produce and others, like ours, are struggling. We are working on an arrangement to receive some of the excess. What a wonderful cooperative community. The guest speaker was Professor John Jemison from the University of Maine. He talked a great deal about compost and preparing our beds for winter. He also fielded many specific questions. 

Canning Workshops Date and time to be decided but if this interests you please speak to Mary Ann Perry or email

Mark your calendars for a Harvest Party on  September 18 from 5:30-7 pm at Food AND Medicine 20 Ivers Street in Brewer.  A planning meeting was held last week at Food AND Medicine)

The next regular FAC Meeting will be Sept. 13 from 11-1 at Food AND Medicine.

Artful Spirit Connection is still collecting items for the art kits for kids. We  are in need of: tape, bags of pom-poms, stickers, pencil sharpeners, and paint (poster paint or watercolor palettes). We will complete the art kit bags on Monday, August 27. The art kit bags will be given out at Brewer Days on September 8th. 



The HOLIDAY FAIR is scheduled for 17 NOVEMBER 2018, from 8 a.m. to 12 Noon, with breakfast available at the HOLY GRILL.     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!    (


by Paula Baines