Listening Session Today
The next Listening Session will be today, 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 and the recent changes in our worship. ! Your input is important to us!
The Worship Committee
The New CrossWords blog is out.
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.
Advent Mini-Quiet Day at St. James’
There will be an Advent Mini- Quiet Day on Sunday, December 8, 2019 from 4:00pm-6:00pm 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 is 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.
Rev. Peggy Day
Let the Bells Ring Out!
Matt Brown, pastor of the Brewer United Methodist Church, has a background in ringing bells. You know the type, where people line up with white gloves and jointly “ring” a song. The Brewer UCC Church owns a set of bells and is offering them to Matt to start an inner denominational Bell Choir between the three Main Street Churches. It’s too late to get anything together for Christmas and Christmastide but he is offering an evening for people to get acquainted with bell ringing, no experience necessary, all you need to be able to do to ring bells is to count to four, assures Pastor Brown. He is offering an evening to get acquainted with the bells that he is describing as a “petting zoo.” (Sounds like Pastor Brown has a great sense of humor!) This is a wonderful opportunity to get to know our neighbors and it sounds like fun!Here are the details:
When: December 12, 6:00 PM – Let the Bells Ring! All are invited to join our fellow “ding-a-lings” and learn all about the fun of ringing hand bells. No experience or musical experience required, but you must be able to count to 4. Where: First Congregational Church of Brewer
WOW! WOW! And WOW!
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!
Please sign up to host coffee hour. The sign-up sheet is on the Common Room table.
Faith Linking in Action
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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 email@example.com Contact Josh@foodandmedicine.org
In-gathering December 8th
By now you have received the annual stewardship letter. Our Ingathering 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.
An Important reminder for those making announcements
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 stpatsbrewer.org If you wish to have an announcement get to all parishioners, please send Christine an email by Thursday at firstname.lastname@example.org (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 verbally, 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, and also cut down on the time it’s taking to make announcements. 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: email@example.com or 942-1321 or find their contact information in the new green directory. A new prayer list has just been prepared for Advent, but the list can be added to at any time.