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

Announcements-August 25, 2019

Columbia Street Lunch is NEXT SUNDAY, SEPT. 1. We have many opening for cooks. You can sign-up in the Common Room or email Ellen

Taize/Iona Meditation Service will be Thursday, September 12 @ 7PM Notice the later time. The theme will be creation and caring for the earth. The leader will be Peg Olson. Taizé and Iona Worship is an Ecumenical Service in which meditative prayer, scripture, and Songs of Taizé and Songs from Iona written by John L. Bell are used in a relaxed atmosphere where the worshiper will easily become comfortable with the music, prayers, quiet reflection, and community.

A quote from Brother Roger, founder of Taize community:

          “From the depths of the human condition a secret aspiration rises up. Caught in the anonymous rhythms of schedules and timetables, men and women of today are implicitly thirsting for an essential reality, for an inner life. Nothing is more conducive to a communion with the living God than a meditative common prayer with, as its high point, singing that never ends and that continues in the silence of one’s heart when one is along again.”



Transportation for All: You may have read that the Bangor Area Community Connector Bus Service has changed some of the routes. 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. (across the street from Bangor Public Library) Contact Darcy Cooke at for more information.

Childcare/Jobs Team: The 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 childcare. 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. The Child Care Team now meets on the 2nd MONDAY of each month.

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 among faith 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 neighborhood. Questions?  Contact

Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden:  Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden: PLEASE PICK PICK PICK!!! Some veggies are going by so maybe you can pick and give to someone else. The next Garden Meeting will be Sept. 8 at NOON. We will work out a schedule to close-up the garden, evaluate the experience, and talk a bit about “Food is a Right” in preparation for the FLIA fall convening which will be led by the Food Access Committee.

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

The SATT leaders are kicking off the fall A Seat at the Table groups. There will be three different groups and we will be inviting members from the Maine + Street church parishes to join us. Stay tuned.


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 may be 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’ 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: Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 7. Artful Spirit Connection is hosting a booth during the Children’s Fair at Brewer Auditorium. We will be decorating rocks and giving away mini-art kits. We are collecting flat rocks (about palm size) and art supplies now through August 31. We could use help with the craft. If you can donate your time for 30 minutes, one hour or two hours between 10 am to 2 pm, we would love to have you. Talk with Paula Baines. See below for art kit supplies.
  • Art N Play: Experiment in Watercolor is scheduled for September 28 from 10 am to 12 noon. For more information check out speak to Paula Baines.

Art Kit Supplies

We need your help creating art kits for kids in the Brewer area. We will be collecting items listed below now through August 31.

  • Scissors
  • Glue (school glue and glue sticks)
  • Crayons-preschool and regular *12 and 24-count
  • Colored pencils
  • Washable markers
  • Watercolor and Washable poster paints and brushes
  • Stickers, and glitter