Musical Notes from Mary Ann Perry.
Ephesians 5:19 “Speaking to one another with psalms, hymns, and songs from the Spirit. Sing and make music from your heart to the Lord.”
I recently read an article about singing in church and the struggles some experience when it’s time for the hymns. My response, “Erase that thought. Everyone can use their voice to pray, praise, worship, and sing.”
Of course I think music is important to enhance worship. I believe we are called to sing to the Lord with our own voice. Somewhere along the line some people decided only certain individuals should sing, that only some voices are to be heard. I challenge that notion.
St. Patrick’s usually doesn’t have a formal choir. Why? Because EVERYONE is the choir! And a good choir, too. Each of us has the opportunity to reach into our soul and let the music flow. Let your voice add richness to your worship. God is listening. God cares. God is not judging. I believe God wants us to express ourselves fully. May I presume to add: and GOD LOVES IT!
Main + Street Church’s Fellowship meal will be this coming Tuesday, September 17th at 5:30 at St. Patrick’s! It will be a great chance for us to get to know our neighbors from First Methodist and First Congregational Church! St. Patrick’s will provide appetizers and beverages, First United Methodist Church will provide the main course and First Congregational Church will provide the dessert. We would love help setting up and cleaning up ! We also need folks to bring appetizers and beverages to share. There is no sign up list due to the short time frame .Please join us!
Calling Book Lovers…book sale Today September 15th 1200 noon to 3:00 PM.
The next Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden meeting will be Oct. 27 at NOON. By then produce will be finished and it will be time to prepare the garden for winter. In the meantime PICK PICK PICK!
Faith Linking in Action (FLIA)Coming Events
Transportation for All (TFA)
The regular bus schedule has changed. TFA members are helping riders access and understand the new schedule. They continue to work with the Bangor City Council to implement policy to improve the system for riders, drivers, and all area residents.
Meeting: 1st Thursday of each month 11-1 and the Peace and Justice Center on Harlow St., Bangor. Across the street from the Bangor Public Library
Contact: Darcy firstname.lastname@example.org
Huge event for all interested in early childhood development. The film “No Small Matter” will be presented Sept. 25 beginning at 5:30 at the Bangor Public Library. See flyer for details
Meeting: 2nd Monday of each month 6:30 pm @ First United Methodist Church, Essex Street, Bangor
Contact: Roz email@example.com
Food Access Committee
Meeting: 2nd Thursday of each month, 11-1pm at Food AND Medicine, 21 Ivers St, Brewer. (Behind St. Teresa’s Catholic Church)
Sponsoring “Food is a Right” campaign for month of September
They are asking congregations to discuss how they participate in helping people access nutritious food. Offer opportunities for congregation members to learn more about this issue:
Visit local food banks, or Good Shepherd Warehouse
Hear stories from folks who have had to rely on food banks, SNAP, church assistance, etc.
Try to live for one week within the budget of a person needing assistance.
Contact: Josh firstname.lastname@example.org
Faith Linking in Action Convening
The next quarterly gathering of all groups from FLIA and visitors will be Oct. 3 @ Redeemer Lutheran Church, Essex St., Bangor.
Potluck supper begins at 5:30. Meeting is 6:15-8:00. The Food Access Committee will facilitate this gathering and help us learn more about the concept “Food is a Right”.
Contact: Josh email@example.com
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.
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: firstname.lastname@example.org or 942-1321 or find their contact information in the new green directory.
Coffee Hour: Please sign up to host coffee hour. There are a few spots open this fall. The sign-up sheet is on the Common Room table.
“New Connections” exhibit through September-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. Please join us for 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 at 944-0838.
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.