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Announcements – October 27, 2019

This Morning’s Prayer is led by Peg Olson. 

Garden clean up Day is Today at noon. The Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden Committee will have a brief meeting after the clean-up. All are welcome to help.

 

 

Columbia Street Lunch is NEXT SUNDAY!!! Still need a few food items and many volunteers. See sign-up in the Common Room.

 

 

St. Patrick’s Fall Food Fair: Breakfast and Beyond

Please save the date of Saturday, November 23 for the St Patrick’s Fall Food Fair: Breakfast and Beyond  The Christmas fair is not happening this year so your support of the breakfast by Mark’s Holy Grill and the Baked Goods and more will be much appreciated.  A sign up sheet will be in the Common Room. For more information,  please speak to Sandra Currier.

 

Build A Basket for Solidarity Harvest

Solidarity Harvest time is here. Food AND Medicine 17th Annual Thanksgiving Basket project is Nov. 19-26. Our Outreach Committee has donated $300 to this. St. Patrick’s logo will appear on the canvas bag given to recipients. Ellen Fisher is coordinating the breads, (see below)  and Mary Ann Perry is helping coordinate work captains and volunteers. Sign up for a shift during sort week is on the table in the Commons Room. We hope to see many St. Pat’s people volunteering during Sort Week.Here is how you can help:

  • * Work a shift packing the food for recipients during Sort Week   which is Tuesday Nov 19th through Tuesday, Nov 26th. Shifts are three hours in the morning, early  and late afternoon . Details are on the sign up sheet. 
  • * Sponsor-A-Meal for $40. Each Basket can feed 8-10 people and includes 28 lbs, of locally-grown produce, plus 1 turkey, 1 fresh pumpkin bread, 6 yeast  rolls, half pound butter, 1 box stuffing mix. (Details in Common Room)
  • * Bake pumpkin bread are due frozen by November 20th.

We are getting ready for the 13 hundred Solidarity Harvest Baskets again and we need your help. We hope to put a small loaf of pumpkin bread in each basket. At least 6 other local churches and Temple Bethel are offering to bake . If you can help, There is a  recipe in the Common Room along with tins, spices and canned pumpkin. You certainly can use your own recipe if you wish but we would really like for them to be frozen. You can put them in the freezer in the kitchen at any time. The due date is November 26 .. Many Thanks . Questions ? Call Ellen 207 944-7656. or ellenfisher@hotmail.com.

On Sunday, November 3, 2019, exactly one year before the national election, Christians from a wide range of theological and political views will take action to express their concern  about the polarization in our country and affirm the need to apply Christian principles to our political discussions. Congregations that participate in Golden Rule 2020: A Call for Dignity and Respect in Politics will reflect on Jesus’ teaching that we “do unto others as you would have them do unto you” and pray for our country.  Many other faith traditions also teach some form of “The Golden Rule,” and we welcome all who would like to join us in applying this principle to our politics. Participants will explore ways that they can apply the “Golden Rule” in their political activities between now and the 2020 election.  to indicate your support for Golden Rule 2020 and receive updates on its activities. For more information, refer to today’s handout and stay tuned as to how St. Patrick’s community responds to this important event.

 

FAITH LINKING IN ACTION

Faith Linking in Action just held its fall convening. The host was the Food Access Committee. It was a very well attended and meaningful gathering. Six people from St. Pat’s attended. Everyone was asked to pledge to do something further in regards to the topic of “Food is a Right”. All people should have access to nutritious food. The struggles are many and deep. One of the most moving moments was the telling of two stories from people who are experiencing food insecurity. Rev. Peggy Day shared one of these stories during her homily last Sunday. The other story was from a woman whose health has improved because of having access to the produce from one of the gardens the Food Access Committee sponsors.
            So what is next for St. Pat’s.? We agreed that our congregation should hear more stories from those impacted and from those working with people who are affected by food insecurity. We also discussed ways to help people learn how to stretch the food budget through coupons, meal planning and cooking techniques, canning etc. Stay tuned for more action at St. Pat’s.
To get involved contact Mary Ann Perry at maryann_perry@hotmail.com or Peggy Day at Peggy.day71@gmail.com.

The Taize/Iona Meditation Services have been very popular so we have decided to try to host one the first Thursday of EACH month beginning in November. So our next service will be Nov. 7th then Dec. 5. They will begin at 6:30 pm. These meditation services are simple with prayers, scripture, times of quiet meditation, and songs from Taize, France and the Iona Community of Scotland. We sing many of the songs during our regular Sunday morning services. They are short, simple, and intended to be repeated so a person can feel the rhythm and flow as the Holy Spirit moves them.

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: bonniepuls@aol.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.