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

Announcements – November 18, 2018

The Living Local team: Pat Blethen, Jane Harburger, Peg Olson, and Mary Ann Perry with our clergy: Rick Cross and Peggy Day and our Coach: Tom White-Hassler attended our “Graduation Ceremony” meeting in Waterville last week. 5 of the 7 participating congregations shared their experiences with this process and we thought about the future. The Diocese is starting another cohort in the spring and invited all of us to participate and help.

 As you know we at St. Patrick’s are “Under Construction”. The team will meet monthly in hopes of helping our congregation continue living our faith WITH those in our surrounding communities and neighborhoods. Keep the thought 2×2 in mind…hmm…something might come of this!?? In the meantime, as you continue to be aware of your community and your response please keep this prayer in your daily devotions. “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”

Solidarity Harvest is underway with just 2 1/2 days left. To no surprise St. Patrick’s certainly stepped up to the plate. It was announced last Sunday that they were short about 400 pumpkin breads. We had promised about 50. By Wednesday evening we delivered 254 loaves! This is the prep week for our Holiday Fair as well. THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! We are so blessed, and FAM is so very grateful for our generosity.

 Faith Linking in Action board is arranging to meet with member congregations, congregations that have expressed an interest in our organization, and congregations that have been active in the past to bring everyone up to date with our latest progress. We will ask someone to speak at St. Patrick’s sometime in the new year. All the Teams meet monthly, so you might like to attend a meeting to become more familiar their work and maybe become more involved.

    • Transportation for All: 2nd Thursday of each month from 9-11 @ Peace & Justice Center, 96 Harlow Street, Bangor. 
    • Childcare/Jobs: 2nd Tuesday of each month from 6-7:30pm @ First United Methodist Church, 703 Essex Street, Bangor. Contact Peg Olson for more details.
    • Food Access Committee: 2nd Thursday of each month from 11-1:00 location varies but the Dec. 13th meeting will be at Food and Medicine, 20 Ivers Street, Brewer. Contact Mary Ann Perry for more details.


Advent Season will be upon us soon.

Again, this Advent we are looking for families to set the Altar for communion. It’s not hard or complicated and the Altar Guild will help you!! Just like at home if you were having guests in for a meal, the table needs to be set. You only need to bring a tablecloth, a plate for the bread and a wine glass that all can drink out of. You can bring candles if you’d like.  The communion bread and wine are provided. Any of the other items can also be provided so, you only need to show up!  Advent starts December 2nd! Please see Lisa Chambers if you are interested.  Believe me, you will enjoy participating in this wonderful ministry! 

Choir Rehearsal is immediately after church this morning and each Sunday morning to prepare for Christmas Eve. There is still time to join even if you might have to miss a rehearsal or two.

Our next Taizé Service is on Thursday, December 6 @ 6:30 p.m. as we prepare for a Holy Advent with meditative prayer, scripture, and Songs of Taizé and Iona in a relaxed atmosphere where you will easily become comfortable with the music, scripture, prayers, quiet reflection, and community.

Mark your calendars for Saturday, December 1 for an Advent Retreat from 10 am to 2 pm. The Advent Retreat will be co-facilitated by Pat Blethen and Paula Baines. There will be time to reflect creatively about your current life. If you have any magazines that you would like to donate, you can drop them in the box in the Common Room.

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

It is time to prepare for our Updated Prayer List. Please either email Mary Ann Perry at or add name to the list in the Common Room. Deadline will be noon Wednesday, November 28th. The new Prayer List will be published December 2–Advent I. As always you can add or remove names at any time. 

The 2018 Holiday Fair and breakfast was held yesterday. Saturday, November 17th.  According to David Blethen, the church netted approximately $2,700. The fair is a lot of work and many thanks go out to Cynthia Vaughan and David Blethen for co-leading this annual event. Thank you to the many volunteers who headed up tables and volunteered to make this event a success.


Upcoming Event at The Wilson Center:  You are invited to the second Interfaith Luncheon of the 2018-2019 year.   “Happy Holidays,” A Multifaith Perspective. Presenters will speak about Kwanzaa, Hanukkah, Advent/Christmas, Winter Solstice/Yule, and growing up in America without a winter holiday.

  •      What is the “true meaning” of your tradition’s winter holiday?
    ·      How does that meaning get distorted or misunderstood?
    ·      What can people of other backgrounds learn from your holiday traditions?

    Please RSVP to wilsoncenterorono@gmail.comby November 20to reserve a space. Seating is limited to 45 people. The Wilson Center makes every effort to be sensitive to food considerations; please alert us when you RSVP.  The Wilson Center for Spiritual Exploration and Multifaith Dialogue. The Wilson Center is Serving the University of Maine, 67 College Avenue, Orono, ME 04473.



by Paula Baines