The Gifts of the Magi and Blessing Bags
Jesus said that what we do for others, we do for him. This year, Outreach will be collecting materials to make Blessing Bags for homeless people in the greater Bangor/ Brewer area, as well as collecting $5 gift cards to local hot beverage establishments.
Please help fill the camel’s pack basket with personal care items that can fit in a coat pocket. Much like the Maji delivered gifts to Baby Jesus during Epiphany. We have one more week to donate for The Blessing Bags will be assembled on December 30th and delivered to area police stations during Epiphany. Local police have asked that we do not include a lot of food that is hard to store. They have indicated that people are in greater need of socks, winter gear, and personal care items.
- Warm Winter Hats
- Warm/ Insulated Mittens or Gloves
- Wool or Thick Warm Socks
- Hot Hands & Body Warmers
- Hand Cream (travel size or small)
- Rolls of Life Savers or Cough Drops
- Packaged Toothbrush
- Toothpaste (travel size or small)
- Box of Band-aids
- Individually packaged Ibuprofen
- Small Space Blankets/ Reflective Blankets
- Chapstick/ Carmex
- Wet Wipes (small packages)
- Shampoo/ Conditioner (travel size)
- Tampax/ Cotex
- Freedent Gum
Living Local: We have been concentrating on meeting people in our neighborhoods and in our communities. This Advent Season encourages us to stay alert, notice our neighbors and those we meet during our busy days. Several days on the Advent Calendar suggest ways to connect with those in our community. How are you continuing to engage with others? “The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus Centered Life” process through he National Church is an excellent way to keep moving forward. As you do all this continue to pray “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”
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 will NOT meet in December. They are speaking with the Maine DOT regarding long range transportation plans and continue to meet regularly with Bangor City Council.
- Childcare/Jobs Team With a new legislative season upon us the team will discuss plans to review new legislation and contact legislators as well as address ways to help home childcare providers in the Bangor area. They will decide about participation in the Week of the Young Child again. Local access to jobs with livable wages will also be discussed. So much happening. Speak to Peg Olson for specific details. The next meeting is Jan. 9 @ First Methodist Church, Essex St., Bangor. Talk to Peg Olson for more information.
- Food Access Committee met Thursday, Dec. 13 the Solidarity Center, Ivers Street, Brewer. (At Food AND Medicine). Yes, gardening decisions have to be made in the winter!!! The first cooking class was held on Thursday, Dec. 20 at Solidarity Center, Food AND Medicine. They made apple turnovers. More classing is coming in January and February. Contact Adam 989-5830. The next monthly meeting will be Jan. 10, 11-1 @ Food AND Medicine.
- Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden group will meet in January. On the agenda will be a fun game night then make plans for other gatherings during the winter months. They will discuss details about the coming gardening season. Date TBA
The Columbia Street Lunch sign-up is in the Common Room. We serve on January 6, 2019.
You will notice the Newly updated Prayer List in the bulletin. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to make additions or changes at anytime.
Paula Baines, our webmaster who beautifully manages our website and Facebook Pages, has made some new additions: From the home page, you will see three new images on the bottom third of the page”
- The Magi (learn about Outreach project)
- Advent 2018-anything to do with Advent
- Episcopal Diocese of Maine -includes link to DioLog, Bishopquest.
Look for the image on the left on our church website. 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: it will include special events like the Advent Retreat, Taizé, seasonal posts of Cross Words and Deacon Ponderings. It also includes Advent resources from the Episcopal Church and Diocese.
Join us tomorrow night for our Christmas Eve service (Monday, December 24). Please join us at 5 pm for the Carol Sing. The service itself starts at 5:30 pm. The evening will conclude with a Christmas Eve potluck supper. Soups will be provided. We invite you to join us and bring a dish to share. Peg Olson and Kate Petrie will be coordinating the potluck.
Take the time to observe the Advent exhibit in the Art in the Sacred Space gallery:
Dark to Light: Story of Advent in art and verse. Collaborators: Paula Baines, Jaimie Beck and Lee White.
There are many opportunities to host Coffee Hour. Ask a friend to help you. See the sign-up in the Common Room.
Treasurer’s Tidbits Thank you to all the people who have completed their 2018 pledges. We are still down around $4800 in pledges for 2018. There is today and December 30, 2018 to complete your 2018 pledge. Your attention to this matter is greatly appreciated.
God of Grace, we give you thanks for all the blessings of our common life and ministries as the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. We thank you for the faithful work of the Discernment Committee and for all who have offered themselves to your service in this season of change. May the Holy Spirit continue to bless the Transition Committee, and to infuse this process with the gifts of faith, hope and love. We give thanks and pray for Anne, Janet, Ken, Rachel, and Thomas. May they be filled with vision, courage, patience and hope as our work of discernment continues. In Christ’s name we pray, Amen.
The Walkabout schedule has been announced by Episcopal Diocese of Maine. Walkabouts will take place across Maine and will be held the weekend of January 18-20, 2019. It is a chance to meet the Bishop nominees. The Electing convention on February 9, 2019 at the Cross Center in Bangor. Check out the website: http://bishopquest.episcopalmaine.org/