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

Announcements August 26, 2018

Calendar Scheduling Meeting is on Sunday, September 9, at 11:30am, following Coffee Hour.  Everyone is invited to attend with proposals for dates, times and events for this year’s parish calendar. (Sept. 2018 – Sept. 2019). We will pencil in your activity, coordinating efforts and avoiding as many conflicts as possible. What might the year ahead look like on one master calendar?

A FALL RETREAT IS BEING PLANNED 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 over night. 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 definitely 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!  Church retreats in a beautiful location can be a memorable and relaxing event.

Please congregate near the organ immediately after church this morning to learn a new hymn that we will be using soon. It will only take a few minutes so you will then have time to go to Coffee Hour and to the Outreach Committee Meeting.

Outreach Committee Meeting :  There will be an Outreach Committee meeting  today,  following the service. We will be selecting a new chair. 

NEXT SUNDAY IS COLUMBIA STREET LUNCH! The date has snuck up on us so please sign-up today to bake, and help at the lunch.

Coffee Hour volunteers needed  beginning Sept. 9

Living Local: Joining God.   The Guiding Team is sponsoring a Harvest Gathering Lunch on Sunday, Sept. 30. Mark your calendars to stay after church to enjoy lunch, fellowship, and sharing with others here at St. Patrick’s. You may be surprised what you learn from those you see every week. Take this opportunity to get to know others a little better.

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. 

Food Access Committee Garden Harvest Party will be September 18 from 5:30-7pm at Food AND Medicine, 20 Ivers St., Brewer. Rides will be provided. Each garden will provide a dish from some of their produce. Gardeners will share experiences this year and hopes for next year’s gardens. Talk to Mary Ann Perry if you might like to attend.

Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden struggled this year. We did not have good soil plus it was just a difficult growing year. We plan to improve our soil and continue to network with neighbors for next year. We must keep in mind to be patient. You might like to become involved. Come to the Food Access Committee Harvest Party or speak to Mary Ann Perry.

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

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

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