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Announcements – Sunday, May 19, 2019

A word from the Bishop-elect

In the Letter to the Colossians we read, God chose to make known the riches of the glory of mystery, which is Christ in you, the hope of glory. It is he whom we proclaim…so then continue to live your lives in him, rooted and built up, and established in the faith, abounding in thanksgiving.

In these first days among you I’m discovering the timeless truth of St. Paul’s words. You are rooted and built up in Christ, and I see this in the welcome and the hope you are extending to me. Thank you!

Thanks to diocesan staff, I’m getting settled into Loring House, along with all the necessary tools: a computer with diocesan email, a mobile phone, and a staggering new definition of the word “calendar.” Mostly, I’m spending a great deal of time with Bishop Lane (we were at St. Margaret’s in Belfast last Sunday); his warmth and willingness to teach are great gifts. I’m thankful for the members of the diocesan staff, each of whom is working overtime to serve during this transition. It’s going very well!

As you know, it’s the Diocese of Maine’s tradition to ordain and consecrate our bishops at the Cathedral Church of Saint Luke. I embrace this tradition, even as I lament that it means requiring tickets in order to allow representatives of each faith community to attend the liturgy on 22 June. Although we’re unable to accommodate everyone at the Cathedral, thanks to our communications team, a professional live-stream has been arranged.  We encourage parish watch-parties to join us in prayer; next month we’ll make available additional worship resources for the day, including a link to the worship leaflet. If you wish to be added to a waitlist for tickets, sign up here on

With trust that we shall continue to live our lives in Christ, rooted and built up, I look forward to getting acquainted. In the meantime, I covet your prayers, and pledge that you are in mine.


Thomas J. Brown


Consecration ticket lottery 

 The consecration of the 10th Bishop of Maine, the Rev. Thomas Brown, will be held at St. Luke’s Cathedral at 11:00 AM on Saturday, June 22. Due to the limited number of seats at the cathedral, each church in the diocese will be awarded a certain number of tickets. Consequently the vestry has decided to have a lottery system for those who would like, and are committed to attending on that day. Seating is available in the nave, in the chapel (which is directly behind the nave), and video feed will be set up in the upper and lower halls in the cathedral. (Note, the consecration will also be streamed live online and you can view it on your personal computer or phone anywhere). A reception on the Cathedral grounds will follow the consecration. 

The rules of the lottery are as follows: 

Individuals, not couples, will each have a chance at the draw. This means that one of a couple may win a ticket and the other may not. 

We will also draw a number of alternates in the event anyone who gets a ticket cannot attend so that ticket is not wasted. 

If you wish to be in the lottery, you each have until Saturday, May 25 to let Christine know in any of three different ways: 

        email Christine at (see directions for emailing below) 

        call Christine  at 862 2431 (but be sure to include the choices below in that call) 

        fill out a chance in church this Sunday, May 19 which you can obtain from an usher.


Our Easter Season Taize/Iona meditation service will be on Thursday, June 6 at St.Patrick’s beginning at 6:30 pm.



Faith Linking in Action

  • Our Transportation for All group is bringing the voices of bus riders and drivers to be heard by the City of Bangor and Stantec as the transit study continues. For more info or to get involved, contact The regular meetings are the 2nd Thursday of each month at Peace and Justice Center, Harlow Street, Bangor. 
  • The childcare/Jobs Team meets the second Tuesdayof each month at 6pm at First United Methodist Church, Essex Street, Bangor. 
  • Our Food Access Committeeis busy planning this year’s gardens – we planted some seedlings this week, while others have been growing in the FAM/EMLC greenhouse. Garden builds are scheduled for the next few weeks. For more info, contact 
  • Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden is planning a fun neighborhood gathering “Plant Party” for June 1from noon – 2. We plan to start planting at this event at well. 
  • Faith Linking in Action (FLIA)held a convening on May 2nd focusing on Faith & Politics, and has met with two congregations who are considering joining FLIA. Four others will be visited in the fall. For more info, contact The Rev. Peggy Day will be one of the new co-chairs of the FLIA board. 

Coming soon! Food AND Medicine Solidarity Harvest Auction will be June 29 at 4:30 at FAM, 20 Ivers Street, Brewer. Already many amazing items up for bidding…local restaurant coupons and scenic airplane ride around MDI, performing arts tickets, hand made items and homemade foods, sports items, etc. All proceeds support the November Solidarity Harvest Thanksgiving Basket program.

Come to the Plant Day Party!

 The Holyoke Neighborhood Garden is having a Plant Day Party on June 1, 12-2 PM.  The Holyoke Neighborhood Garden is in our very own yard.  There will be gardening tips, and is kid friendly with snacks, rock painting and serious crawling through a  worm hole tunnel.  It’s a great opportunity to meet our neighbors and connect through gardening. Come and share in the fun or volunteer to help.



Artful Spirit Connection’s Art N Play: Experiment in Watercolor has been tentatively rescheduled for September 28 from 10 am to 12 noon. For more information check out  or speak to Paula Baines.


Coffee hour sign up.  Please consider volunteering to provide simple fare during coffee hour. There are dates open.

Prayer list updates: Larry and Bonnie Puls are the new contact people for creating the prayer list.  If you would like to add or delete someone from the prayer list you can add your request in the Common Room or contact the Puls’ at or 942-1321 or find their contact information in the new green directory.

How churches can respond to the overdose crisis in Maine
            More than one Mainer a day dies from an overdose-they are our children, our parents, our sisters and brothers, our friends, our co-workers, and our congregants. Read about how faith communities throughout the state are grappling with this epidemic here .  
            A day-long workshop sponsored by the Maine Council of Churches will take place May 21 where faith leaders will: learn about the science and the stories related to substance use disorder, harm reduction, compassionate care, overdose prevention, criminal justice and public policy; hear about churches in Maine already involved in responding at the local level; get trained in administering naloxone and receive free NARCAN to keep in an emergency kit at your house of worship.

Tuesday, May 21, 10am-3pm
First Universalist Church
169 Pleasant Street, Auburn, Maine

-Advance Registration is required-
You can register online at


Presiding Bishop Curry’s Revival, June 23rd

Presiding Bishop Curry will be  preaching at a revival the day after the consecration of our new bishop. This event takes place at the Temple in Old Orchard Beach, Sunday, June 23rd at 10:30 AM.  

If you plan to go, you must register.  Go to and follow the links to registration.   All are welcome and you, as registered, may bring up to 3 guests. Bishop Curry is an amazing and inspiring preacher and we are gifted to have him here in Maine for this event. There will be more information out at St. Patrick’s, including the possibility of ride share.

The second interdenominational potluck gathering of members of St Pat’s, Brewer Methodist and Congregational churches will be at the Brewer Methodist Church (just down the street from us) on May 31st.  The last meeting was very productive and we want to keep the energy going.  A sign up sheet is on the Common Room table.