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

Announcements -All Saint’s Day November 4, 2018

We are under construction!!! Watch for what will happen next. In  Continue to be aware of your community and your response to it. You might like to take home the Prayers of the People and add this prayer to your daily prayers and devotion: “We pray the Holy Spirit leads us each day, to grow in openness with the people we encounter, to hear and connect with them. Amen”

 

 

16th ANNUAL SOLIDARITY HARVEST is coming. So many ways to participate. 

  1. Sponsor a meal for $40. Each basket contains fresh locally grown food plus a turkey to feed a family of 8-10. Donate on line at foodandmedicine.org or contact Adam@foodandmedicine.org 
  2. Volunteer during sort week to November 13 – November 20 (including weekends) 6-9am, 9-12pm, 12pm-3pm, 3pm-6pm. Breakfast and lunch will be provided to volunteers. All ages, all abilities welcome. Contact Adam@foodandmedicine.org or maryann perry@hotmail.com to volunteer. 
  3. Pumpkin Breads for Solidarity Harvest: If you plan to bake pumpkin breads please leave them at church by WEDNESDAY 4 p.m. November 14. They can be frozen. Mary Ann will take them to FAM.

 Last year 1,320 baskets were delivered to families experiencing hard times in all 16 Maine counties. This means about 13,000 people were able to connect to their communities, become empowered with the opportunity to cook and share a meal for their family/friends–a truly profound thing for some. This effort also supports dozens of local farmers as well as churches and community organizations. Sponsored by Food AND Medicine. We still need sponsorship for about 150 baskets.  

Faith Linking in Action board has finalized  by-laws and continues to support the Transportation for All and Childcare/Jobs Teams as they tackle very important issues. 

  • Since the quarterly convening last month the Childcare/Jobs Team are preparing to contact legislators regarding concerns raised. Once these are formulated they will be asking you to connect with legislators during the next session. They are also looking at Maine Equal Justice Partners initiative called “Invest in Tomorrow” that they are working on to put before the Legislature. Join the team for their next meeting: Nov. 13, 6-7:30 at First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex Street, Bangor. Contact Peg Olson for more details. 
  •  It is November and time to take the Ride the Bus Month Challenge. Transportation for All is asking folks to ride the Community Connector Bus one more time than they normally ride (for many of us that means for the first time). There are pledge cards in the Common Room to sign and leave. We already have two people but wouldn’t it be great to double our pledge number! Remember you can ride anywhere for free on Tuesday, Nov. 6, Election Day. Help build awareness of the need for continued improvements to this service and to learn some hardships that surround the need to use public transportation.

We will serve at the Columbia Street Luncheon  today. Consider attending and helping. We begin serving at 12:30.

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From our Deacon

Last evening I attended the presentation of the film Dawnland by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.  This documentary about the Native American child welfare history is worth while seeing.  It is very moving and thought provoking.  I highly recommend watching it.  The documentary will be shown on PBS on Monday, November 5th at 10:00PM.  I know it is late, but it is worth watching.

Peace,

Peggy

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Our first Christmas Choir rehearsal is TODAY, Nov. 4 immediately after the service. Even if you can’t attend this very brief meeting or you might have to miss some rehearsals, you can still join. Let Mary Ann Perry know you are interested.

The Second Interfaith Dinner was last Monday and was a huge success. About 300 attended.  Members of St. Patrick’s congregation spread out and sat at tables with others from different faith traditions and the recovering community.  This is becoming an annual event and it is a great way to connect with others in the community so consider attending next October. 

There are many opportunities to host Coffee Hour. Ask a friend to help you. See the sign-up in the Common Room.

The #MaineMigra2018 is a diocesan-wide public proclamation of scripture.  This program is looking for individuals, groups and congregations to sign up and to read the complete Bible either at church,  out loud at home by yourself for 20-30 minutes or with a group. Is there someone in the congregation who would like to volunteer to lead this effort at St. Patrick’s?  It would involve opening and closing the church and monitoring a sign up sheet. 

The Holiday Fair is coming soon on Saturday, November 17th.  Fair notes which cover the names of the co-chairs, table heads,  volunteers etc and basic information on set up can be found on the table in the Common Room.  Would like to volunteer?  Let Cynthia Vaughan or David Blethen know.

Upcoming Event at The Wilson Center. Second Inter-faith Luncheon on Monday, November 26 at 11:30 am. Learn more.