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

Announcements – November 3, 2019

Columbia Street Lunch is TODAY!!  Join us at the Columbia Street Baptist Church to help greet and serve this community meal.

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

Saturday, November 23 is our  Fall Food Fair & Breakfast

One more volunteer is needed in the kitchen to help Mark and Christine. Mary Ann Perry is tending the cookie table for cookies by choice. Bags, containers and stickers will be in the Common Room for items to be prepackaged.  Sign up sheets are also there for table volunteers and food. ‘Tis the season to bake, bake & bake! See Sandra  Currier if you have any questions.


The Taize/Iona Meditation Services  will be this Thursday Nov. 7th  beginning at 6:30 pm. The theme is dignity and hope. This is a simple service 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.




Build A Basket for Solidarity Harvest
olidarity Harvest time is here. Food AND Medicine 17th Annual Thanksgiving Basket project is Nov. 19-26. Here is how you can help:

                   * Work a shift packing the food for recipients during Sort Week  which is Saturday, Nov 19h through Tuesday, Nov 26th. Shifts are three hours in the  morning, early and late afternoon . Details are on the sign up sheet. 

                        * Bake pumpkin bread (freeze and deliver to church by Nov. 20) Details below

                    * 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)

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.

Pumpkin Bread volunteers needed

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

Lighting the Pascal Candles

Today,  November 3, 2019, is 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. Today in your bulletin is an outline of 10 Elements of Dignity which Fr. Rick will preach on today. For more information on how to have dialogue with someone you may disagree with, see Donna Hick’s  books Dignity and Dignity for Leaders and her website which is at



 Transportation for All has been gearing up for election day. ALL BUSSES ARE FREE ON ELECTION DAY, Nov. 5. Anyone  who is a Bangor Voter can go to Pickering Square and catch a free shuttle, The Trolley, to the Cross Center to vote. It will run every 30 minutes. There is no excuse so take a few minutes and go vote.  November focus is “Ride the Bus Month”. If you have never ridden the bus or rarely ride, try it this month. TFA would love to hear your feedback.  Next meeting is Thursday, Nov. 20  from 9-11 at the Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow Street, Bangor. (across the street from the Bangor Public Library).  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

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: 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.

The flowers today  are given in memory of the Rev. Richard Johnson Sr.