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

Announcements – July 21, 2019

Worship on the waterfront is next Sunday, July 28 at 10 am. We have a new location at Eastern Park, 401 South Main Street (next to St. Theresa’s Catholic Church) in Brewer. Please do not park in parking lot next to the church. They hold service at 10 am as well. Folks need to bring their own chair . There will be a potluck picnic lunch after the service.  Please bring your lunch and if you can, something to share . Don’t forget water ! We will be outside in Maine in July- it will be hot! 

Interfaith Prayer Vigil “Justice for Refugees Seeking Asylum” July 28 at 4 pm, Redeemer Lutheran Church, 540 Essex St., Bangor. Childcare provided. 

The Main Street + Church, Collaboration of First Congregational, First United Methodist, and St. Patrick’s next gathering at First Congregational Sunday, August 18th at 12 Noon. The group is growing in numbers and so is the energy. Join us!

The Worship Group will hold a “Listening Session” Sunday August 11th immediately after the service. Coffee Hour will be punch served in the Common Room to encourage members to get a drink and return to the sanctuary for the session.

FAITH LINKING IN ACTION

Food access Committee (FAC): St. Patrick’s participates in the FAC through FLIA  (Faith Linking in Action) and FAM (Food AND Medicine) through our own Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden. The FAC is ready to reach beyond our personal involvement with access to quality food. It is working on “Food is a Right” Project. They want more congregations to participate in the discussion about how to spread awareness of food insecurity/hunger. They want to address ways to make access to healthy food a priority in our communities as a first step in making real change for those who struggle in the Bangor area.

Come to the FAC (Food Access Committee) special gathering Wednesday, July 24 from 5:30-7 pm at Food AND Medicine, Ivers St., Brewer to discuss how we can participate and what skills the group will need to move forward. This is truly Living Local and Joining God WITH our neighbors. Please let Mary Ann Perry or Peg Olson know if you can attend this meeting.

Join TRANSPORTATION FOR ALL Monday, July 22 @ 1:30 at Pickering Square in Bangor. The group will be distributing “Bus Rider Safety Tips” and chatting with riders. Music, laughter, and some easy summer fun!

Child Care Team meets the 2nd MONDAY of each month. Notice this is a new day. Their next meeting is August 12@ 6pm at The First Methodist Church, Bangor. Essex Street. Notice they are taking a break in July. The August meeting will focus on new legislation.

On the Gardening note, you will notice a sign-up in the Common Room for helpers for both our vegetable gardens and our flower beds. They need to be weeded regularly. We also need help with mowing and weed-whacking the tough grassy areas. Get details for Pete Perry or Tom Copeland. On the Gardening note, you will notice a sign-up in the Common Room for helpers for both our vegetable gardens and our flower beds. They need to be weeded regularly. We also need help with mowing and weed-whacking the tough grassy areas. Get details for Pete Perry or Tom Copeland.

The Outreach committee meeting will be rescheduled. 

Photo credit Deb Nystrom

A Seat at the Table

The SATT leaders will use the summer months to discern and decide 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.

 

Calling Book Lovers…We need your books (please no Reader’s digest books or magazines). Pat Blethen is organizing a book sale for the  end of next month or beginning of September. Weather permitting, the book sale will be held outside. Pat could use assistance. She has left two boxes for books. Attendees will be surveyed to see if there is interest in a little library box at St. Pat’s for the Holyoke neighborhood. If yes, the funds will be used to buy materials to build the library. If not, funds from the book sale could be donated to Literacy Volunteers-Bangor.

Where does the loose offering in the plate go?  The Outreach Committee would like to remind folks that 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.

 

Coffee hour sign up.  Please consider volunteering to provide simple fare during coffee hour. There are dates open.  If you have signed up, check the freezer, there maybe goodies in there that need to be used up.

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’ atbonniepuls@aol.com or 942-1321 or find their contact information in the new green directory.

Artful Spirit Connection: 

  • Kelly Neptune exhibit: We would like to extend a big thank you to Kelly Neptune for sharing her stunning nature images. 
  • A Upcoming Art exhibit in August-Citizens of Maine is a local organization serving individuals with developmental disabilities. Members of this organization show and sell their artwork. Sixty percent goes to the artist and forty percent goes back the organization to support its programs. A reception will be scheduled to welcome Citizens of Maine staff, members, family, and guests. More information to follow.
  • Brewer Days-Art Kits for Kids: We are collecting art supplies for the art kits. Kids at Brewer Days can select from art supplies for their own kits. As the stores gear up for the back to school sales, this is a great time to pick up art supplies for the art kits: crayons, colored pencils, markers, construction paper, chalk, paint (craft and water color), paint brushes, drawing pads. Look for a display on the back wall of the Sanctuary next week.
  • Art N Play: Experiment in Watercolor is scheduled for September 28 from 10 am to 12 noon. For more information check out https://www.facebook.com/events/2330166030589182/or speak to Paula Baines.