Ninth Sunday after Pentecost
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” today 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.
There will be a Meditation Service at St. Patrick’s, Tuesday, August 13th for victims of gun violence. Our church will be open 6-9pm with a gathering circle at 7pm. Come be still and listen to the Spirit. Be open to hearing God’s voice in this time of trouble. See the flyer on the table in the Commons Room or speak to Jamie Beck for more information.
FAITH LINKING IN ACTION
FLIA is very busy this summer. Many ways you can participate:
Transportation for All: You may have read that the Bangor Area Community Connector Bus Service has changed some of the routes. TFA is working to help everyone learn the new routes and to be comfortable riding the bus. You could help by meeting at Pickering Square any Friday afternoon from 2-4 to chat with riders and distribute updated information about the Bus. The extensive report of the system which was conducted by the Bangor City Council should be published very soon. Remember TFA meets the first Thursday of each month from 9-11 am at Peace and Justice Center, Harlow Street, Bangor. So next meeting will be August. 1. (across the street from Bangor Public Library) Contact Darcy Cooke at email@example.com for more information.
Childcare/Jobs Team: The next meeting will be Monday, August 12 @ 6pm at First United Methodist Church, Bangor. Essex Street. This team is planning to host the showing of a nationally acclaimed film and presentation “About No Small Matter” which talks about the impact and importance of early learning and safe and quality early child care. This film has been shown to national legislators, educators, parents, among others. All have agreed that early learning is vital to not only our children’s futures but to our very own futures. The Team needs help with childcare during the presentation, coordinating publicity and refreshments. It will be shown Sept. 25 from 5-8pm at the Bangor Public Library. Talk to Mary Ann Perry for more information.Child Care Team meets the 2nd MONDAY of each month. Notice this is a new day.
Food Access Committee: “Food Is A Right: is a campaign of the Food Access Committee (FAC) which empowers directly-affected people to organize their communities to address food insecurity through gardening and education and Faith Linking In Action (FLIA) We’re looking to spur conversation and action amongsfaith groups this September to engage their congregations on this issue. This will all lead up to FLIA’s convening on October 3rd on Food Justice and a multi-faith press event in the days following to bring moral clarity to this issue and encourage those working on it now with a hope of promoting positive community/policy action going forward.”We’ve renamed our gardens as “collective gardens” to differentiate from “community gardens”. A person does not have to pay for a share in the gardening experience and to receive some of the produce. It is open to those in that particular neighborhood. Questions? Contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden: You will notice our large sandwich sign out front asking for neighbors to participate in our garden. Some have come to pick. We received a very warm thank you note from one neighbor who has been experiencing difficult times and this was just what she needed. She used to garden and loves green beans. Others have said they will also pick. Now to find a way to actually meet together to share our experiences and to share ideas to improve our methods.
Our flower beds still need regular weeding and mowing. Sign-up in the Common Room even if you know you can help only once. Talk to Pete Perry, Tom Copeland, or Ellen Fisher.
Photo credit Deb Nystrom
A Seat at the Table (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 at the end 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’ email@example.com or 942-1321 or find their contact information in the new green directory.
Artful Spirit Connection:
- “New Connections” exhibit in August-Citizens of Maine is a local organization serving individuals with intellectual differences. 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 is scheduled for Friday, September 27 from 5 pm to 7 pm. If you are interested in making goodies for the reception speak with Paula Baines.
- 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, chalk, paint and paint brushes, small drawing pads. We are also collecting flat rocks for painting and drawing. No bigger than the size of your palm. Donate art supplies and rocks until August 31st. We are also looking for volunteers to help with Brewer Days children’s fair on Saturday, September 7 for set up, event coverage, and take down. Set up is at 9 am, Fair from 10 am to 2 pm (or until supplies run out), then take down.
- 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.