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. 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.
|Particular needs include:
- 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
The Living Local team: We are in a transition period with our Living Local: Joining God. The Guiding Team is encouraging you to remember our Advent practices and stay alert, notice your neighbors and those you meet during your busy days. Several days on the Advent Calendar suggest ways to connect with those in your community. How can you continue to engage? “The Way of Love: Practices for Jesus Centered Life” process through the National Church is an excellent way to keep moving forward. We ask you also to continue the prayer “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 meet Wednesday, Dec. 12 @ 49 Courtland Circle, Bangor at the home of member, Rosalind Fisher from 6-7:30. With a new legislative season upon us the 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.
- Food Access Committee will meet on Thursday, Dec. 13 from 11-1 at the Solidarity Center, Ivers Street, Brewer. (At Food AND Medicine). Yes gardening decisions have to be made in the winter!!! Mary Ann Perry is unable to attend this meeting so she would love to have a representative from the Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden. Please speak to her. Most of our gardeners work during the day.
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 online 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 Dio Log, Bishopquest.
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 Cross Words and Deacon Ponderings. It also includes Advent resources from the Episcopal Church and Diocese.
Mark your calendars for Sunday, December 16, at 4 pm for Caroling in the Neighborhood. Caroling has become annual event for St. Patrick’s. Dress warmly, meet us at church by 4 pm. As a group we sing carols up and down Holyoke Street then return to church by 5 pm for a delicious soup supper. To learn more, chat with Mary Ann Perry.
A Christmas Eve service will be held on 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.
Setting the Table – During, Advent families will be setting the table for Communion. They will be bringing in their own table cloth, wine glass or goblet, and candles. The communion bread and wine are provided. Please see Lisa Chambers if you are interested. You will enjoy participating in this wonderful ministry!
Treasurer’s Tidbits Thank you for supporting St. Patrick’s in 2018. Last Sunday, 11-month pledge reports were handed out to people who made a pledge in 2018. There are 4 more Sundays to fulfill your pledge for 2018. The last Sunday is December 30, 2018. If you think there is a mistake on your report, please contact me (landline 884-8898) and I will look into it. I do not carry pledge amounts in my head, they are in the computer. Ten pledges have been paid in full or excess, but we are still down nearly $7000 in pledge payments for the year. As for 2019, I have only received 25 pledge cards and we usually have 32 or more pledging units. Your attention to these details will help as the Vestry ends 2018 and figures out the budget for 2019. Thank you, Cynthia Vaughan, Treasurer of St. Patrick’s