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

Announcements -December 30, 2018, First Sunday after Christmas

The Gifts of the Magi and Blessing Bags

The Outreach Committee will hold a brief meeting today after church then will assemble the Blessing Bags. The bags will then be delivered to area police stations during Epiphany. Local police have indicated that people are in greater need of socks, winter gear, and personal care items. Thank you for your contributions.

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 maryann_perry@hotmail.com to make additions or changes at anytime.

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

Pete and Maryann Perry cordially invite us to their farm for their annual Epiphany party on Saturday, January 5, 2019 at 6 pm.  Please bring a snack or dessert to share. The address for the Perrys’ is 440 Clewleyville Road, Holden, Maine.

 

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/