Remember playing this time-honored game at youth group parties? During the past Spring and Summer, you may have felt like you were back in youth group days as seating at St. Pat’s was changed into a variety of arrangements by the worship group. After thoughtful consideration and planning, our traditional straight line stadium seating was rearranged into a couple of different configurations as an experiment to practice Frank Lloyd Wright’s famous motto, “Form follows function.”
We were asking the question, “How can our worship space encourage and foster a closer relationship with God and one another?” “How can our use of the space help us to grow in our interactions within the faith community?” “And how can our Celtic heritage which uses the Creation Circle symbol, help us reflect as we gather to form a spiritual community?”
Two listening sessions produced helpful feedback for the worship group to use as we plan for the future. Realizing everyone’s favorite seating plan cannot always exist, we are planning to design worship space seasonally. For instance, during Advent, a traditionally penitential-type season, the altar will be moved back into the chancel and Communion will be served at the altar rail. I ask everyone to be open and patient as we try to make our experience of worship as meaningful as possible.
The Worship Group: Maryann Perry, Rev. Peg Day, Jamie Beck, Lisa Chambers, and Rev. Rick Cross
FAITH LINKING IN ACTION
Transportation For All (TFA)
Transit Study Presentation on Monday, September 23rd. It will be held at 5:15 at Bangor City Hall in council chambers on the third floor (there is elevator access). It is Critical that we bring out a strong showing of support for this workshop! The City of Bangor needs to know that there are many people within our region who support a more robust and efficient bus system, and that we expect this study to get put to good use and not stuck on a shelf and forgotten.
I know many of you are actively involved with our Transportation For All team and other groups, and we greatly appreciate all that everyone does. I hope you’ll consider joining us- this is an exciting time for our transit team!
Regular TFA Meeting is 3rd Thursday of each month at Peace and Justice Center on Harlow St, Bangor (across the street from the Bangor Public Library). The meeting is from 9-11.
Contact: Darcy Cooke at firstname.lastname@example.org
Huge event this Wednesday, Sept. 25 beginning at 5:30-8:00 at the Bangor Public Library. The film “No Small Matter’ will be shown with a discussion after led by Tara Williams, Executive Director of the Maine Assoc. For the Ed. of Young Children.
St. Pat’s is providing cheese and crackers for refreshments. Mary Ann Perry is collecting donations for these refreshments. Thank you.
Regular monthly meetings are the 2nd Monday @ 6:30 at First United Methodist Church, Essex Street, Bangor. Contact: Roz at 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”.Sign up in the Common Room.
Contact: Josh email@example.com
Mary Ann Perry firstname.lastname@example.org
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!
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: email@example.com 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. 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.
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.