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

Announcements-August 4, 2019

Welcome to our Guest celebrant: Rev. William Blaine-Wallace

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” next 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.



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.  Contact Darcy Cooke at 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.”

Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden Please see the sign-up in the Common Room to help weed and mow. Even if you are only available once, please let us know. Talk to Mary Ann Perry ,  Pete Perry or Tom Copeland for more information.



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’ or 942-1321 or find their contact information in the new green directory.

Artful Spirit Connection: 

  • 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 speak to Paula Baines.