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

Announcements – Sunday, June 9, 2019

Today is Pentecost.




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 this coming Saturday, June 22. All congregations are asked to pray for the 9th Bishop of Maine, Steven Lane and wife, Gretchen, and for the 10th Bishop of Maine, Thomas Brown in The Octave of Prayer which can be found at June 9th -16th.  The consecration is being live streamed via Youtube  and can be accessed on your computer or phone by going to  starting at 10:30 AM, June 22.


On June 23, 2019, our celebration of Eucharist will begin at 9:30 am and the live stream of Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Revivial will follow in the Shamrock Room at 10:30.  The Revival is expected to last 90 minutes.  We will have Coffee Hour during the Revival. 

                  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 Bishop Curry’s Revival 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. If you plan to go, check the list of people who are going and are willing to ride share on the Common Room table.  As mentioned above, the Revival will also be live streamed at St. Patrick’s next Sunday as part of our morning worship which starts at 9:30 AM.        


During the time leading to the season of Pentecost, the St. Patrick’s Living Local: Joining God Guiding Team asked everyone to think about their answer to this question: “How are you engaging WITH others in the world?”  This Sunday we want you to write the ways you as a person of faith are being WITH others on the sticky notes provided and place them in the collection plate. You can use as many sticky notes as you have ways you engage with others!! We will have the sticky notes available for the next few Sundays.



Members and clergy of St. Patrick’s,the Brewer United Methodist and the Brewer Congregational Churches have met twice over the past two months to put their heads together and see how we can support one another and expand our outreach to the community. These meetings have been very productive and the following organizing principles have been proposed:

A meeting of two lay leaders and clergy from each congregation will meet to develop specific proposals for future collaboration of:  

  •     Outreach / Community Ministry groups
  •     Administrative / Office organization, space, staff, equipment and  supplies
  •    Creation of a combined “Main + Street Church”  that include a Directory of Names, Contact information and ministry interests                                 and involvements.

The organization will keep their congregations informed through their communications to their congregations.


Photo credit Deb Nystrom

OUTCOME OF A Seat at the Table SURVEY


There were 19 poll ballots returned with six people indicating they could be available for a summer session beginning Mid- June.  Three people stated they would not be interested in joining a small group but gave suggestions for other ways to learn about the topics listed in the poll.  The remaining 10 people indicated September through mid-October was better for small group sessions.  The SATT leaders decided there would not be a summer session because the majority of the people indicating availability were current leaders.  Instead the summer will have ongoing meetings of the leaders and the four people who indicated they would like to join the group of leaders.  The leaders will be discerning the curricula for the chosen topics.  The leaders will be keeping the congregation informed, with plenty of lead time, about the beginning of the next round of sessions and the topics so they can choose the one they want to investigate within a small group.  We will also be inviting members of the Brewer Methodist and  Congregational Churches to join us in our journey along the Way of Love.


Where does the loose offering in the plate go?  The Outreach Committee would like to remind folks that the  the  loose plate offering on the second Sunday of the month goes into the  Outreach fund.   On the  third Sunday  of the month it goes to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund. On other Sundays it goes into the general fund.



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 Tuesday of each month at 6 pm at First United Methodist Church, Essex Street, Bangor. 
  • Our Food Access Committee is busy planning this year’s gardens – we planted some seedlings last week, while others have been growing in the FAM/EMLC greenhouse. Garden builds are scheduled for the next few weeks. For more info, contact 

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.



Check out the  Kelly A. Neptune Photography exhibit in the Shamrock Room.  Now showing 14 exquisite digital photographic images by Kelly A. Neptune now through July 15, 2019.

“Time is so swift we barely sense it…photography has taught me to realize and appreciate the impermanence of everything in life,” wrote Neptune.



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.