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

Announcements – November 25, 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”

For 8 days Solidarity Harvest was an amazing example of a community coming together to help each other. 400 volunteers in just last week plus hundred who helped make it happen by working all year. It costs about $55,000.00 to make it possible. There are 4 information packets in the Common Room that were placed in each basket. Please take a moment to read. 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. NO MEETING IN DECEMBER.
  •  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 FoodANDMedicine, 20 Ivers Street, Brewer. Contact Mary Ann Perry for more details.

 Ride the Bus Challenge is almost over. Fill out the challenge card and leave in the box in the Common Room. Even if you never ride the bus, try it. Help build awareness of the need for continued improvements to this service and to learn about some hardships that surround the need to use public transportation. This Campaign sponsored by FLIA Transportation for All Team ends Nov. 30th.

The New Prayer List will be published next Sunday, Advent I. Please add names to the list in the Common Room or email: by NOON Wednesday, Nov. 28. Remember you can make changes or additions to the list at any time.

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

There will be a Prayers of the People refresher and training next week on Sunday, December 2, at 11:30 am. Come to learn the “in’s and out’s” of Prayers of the People. No pressure, See Peg Olson for more information.

Look for the image on the left on our church website for the One stop news source for your Advent inquires. Anything and everything related to Advent 2018. will be posted to this page of our church website:  Look for this image on our home page (lower third). It will include special events like the Advent Retreat, Taize, seasonal posts of CrossWords and Peggy’s Ponderings. It also includes Advent resources from the Episcopal Church and Diocese.

The first Sunday of Advent will be upon us next Sunday, December 2. Are you looking for guidance and resources for the Advent Season?  You will have the opportunity next Sunday to pick up an Advent Calendar that practices the “Way of Love”. This is an invitation from Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry. He states, “By entering into reflection, discernment and commitment around the practices of Turn – Learn – Pray – Worship – Bless – Go – Rest, I pray we will grow as communities following the loving, liberating, life-giving way of Jesus. 

Under Advent 2018, St. Pat’s is providing resources for the Advent Season



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. Bring your own lunch. Snacks and Drinks will be provided. 

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.

 Setting the Table – During 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! We need families for Advent 2-December 9; Advent 3-December 16; and Advent 4-December 23. Please see Lisa Chambers if you are interested.  You will enjoy participating in this wonderful ministry!

Christmas Flowers-As we enter Advent and prepare for Christmas, envelopes are available at the back of the church for Christmas flower donations.  The list of memorials will be in the Christmas Eve and Christmas season bulletins.    


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by Paula Baines