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Announcements- November 24, 2019


St. Patrick’s was a busy place yesterday morning when we had a good response and steady flow of folks who came for breakfast and took home some homemade baked and canned goods. We await the final tally of our efforts.

A tremendous THANK YOU goes out to Sandra Currier for chairing this event,  and Mark Spahr for his delicious breakfast renditions,  and to all those who baked, and canned,  helped with set up,  table decorations, clean up, supervising tables and assisting in the kitchen.


The Worship Committee invites you to the next Listening Session on December 1st after the service. We will have our coffee upstairs and meet in the Sanctuary. Please plan to join us as we talk about our journey of faith  together ! Your input is important to us!


An Advent Quiet Day at St. James’ in Old Town  

There will be an Advent Mini- Quiet Day on

 Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 4:00 pm-6:00 pm at St. James in Old Town.  This will be hosted by the area Episcopal Clergy, who will provide a light supper of soup,  salad, and bread. It will be similar to the Quiet time we have held in Lent.  Please mark your calendars now and plan to join us as we come together as a wider Episcopal community to recognize this Advent season. 


We all enjoy having get togethers  with families and friends, especially this time of year ! Those get-togethers  almost always revolve around a special meal !

Each Sunday during Advent* we invite a family/friends to help set the table for  communion, for our special meal. Just bring in a plate for the bread and a goblet/ glass for the wine, a small tablecloth or placemat  and maybe  candles if you’d like. It doesn’t  have to be fancy like Grandmother’s best china- unless that’s what you want! It can be something you use at home or something that may have special meaning to you. The families will assist our Deacon Peggy set the altar for communion.  Don’t  worry, we’ll give you directions  ahead of time and will be in the wings to help if needed. 

Please let Lisa Chambers know if you are interested. See Lisa at church or  email or 207-745-0726. Lisa hopes you will consider “setting the table”. One year her then 89 year old Dad and Lisa did it together and she felt it was a  wonderful , memorable experience.

 *Advent starts December 1st and the Last Sunday in Advent is December 22.


Please join us for our next Service of Prayer, Meditation, and Song in the style of Taizé on Thursday, December 5 @ 6:30 p.m. as we prepare for a Holy Advent.

 “What came to be through God was life, and this life was the light of the human race; the light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.” John 1:4-5

Taizé Worship is a Non-denominational Service in which meditative prayer, scripture, and songs are used in a relaxed atmosphere where the worshiper will easily become comfortable with the music, scripture, prayers, quiet reflection, and community.  The songs are short chants that are repeated several times so one can feel the inner movement of the music and allow themselves to settle into a contemplative worship experience. There is time for silence with meditation and prayer. The service is patterned after worship in the ecumenical Community of Taizé, France. We will also use music from the Iona Community in Scotland and other meditative music.



The Solidarity Harvest sponsored by Food AND Medicine is almost over this year. The St. Patrick’s community has certainly stepped up to the plate in the following ways:

  • The Outreach Committee donated $300 for this effort.
  • Our St. Patrick’s logo appears on the canvas bag given to the recipients.
  • Some parishioners donated $40 for Sponsor a Meal.
  • This week we have seen 9 parishioners participate at the sort week.
  • Parishioners baked about 170 loaves of pumpkin bread.
  • Ellen Fisher is the coordinator for the breads. She had to arrange for 1300 loaves of pumpkin bread and packages of dinner rolls. She had to deliver many of these.
  • Peg Olson has spent every day at Sort Week serving as Welcome
  • Mary Ann Perry is serving as Floor Captain and is also on The Solidarity Harvest Committee which meets all year.
  • Patrick’s will distribute 9 Thanksgiving Baskets.

            What a wonderful example of Living Local/Joining God as we meet our neighbors.


Faith Linking in Action

            November focus is “Ride the Bus Month”. If you have never ridden the bus or rarely ride, try it this month. Transportation for All would love to hear your feedback. Contact

 Child Care Team will meet on Dec. 10 from 6-7:30 at First United Methodist Church, Essex St., Bangor. They will study the up coming legislation and start planning the April Week of the Young Child.  Looking for some participants from St. Pat’s on this team. Speak to Mary Ann Perry for more details.”  Contact Roz Fisher

             Food Access Committee. Though gardens have been prepared for winter, activities continue. It is evaluation time so they are working on a survey to be distributed to all who participated this year or who had intended to participate. Notice the Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden is ready for winter too. FAC plans to hold cooking events and workshops to help people learn to stretch the food dollar. Any ideas??? Contact Peg Olson 356-9615  Contact


 By now you have received the annual stewardship letter.  Our In-gathering of pledge cards is December 8th but you are welcome to return your card at any time prior to that date. If you have never pledged,  but have given to the church as a loose offering, please consider pledging as it is extremely helpful to the vestry as the vestry shapes the annual budget which is presented at the annual meeting in January. 


 The vestry recently decided that we would include the announcement sheet on Sundays with the bulletin for all parishioners. The announcements are also published on our website at   If you wish to have an announcement get to all parishioners,  please send Christine an email by Thursday at (put “announcement” in the subject line) so that your announcement appears in print and also online. Keep in mind that if you only announce it in church,  you are only sharing your announcement with those attending that particular Sunday. We want to reach all our parishioners as a way of improving our communication in this very busy parish. If you need to be contacted,  include your contact information and whether or not you wish to have that published online. Christine forwards the completed announcements to Paula who then posts them on our website.

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

Coffee Hour: Please sign up to host coffee hour. The sign-up sheet is on the Common Room table.