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Announcements – February 9, 2020

NOTICE: Next week’s announcements will be prepared by Paula Baines. Please send your announcements directly to Paula. Thank you!–Christine

Columbia Street Lunch is March 1   The sign-up sheet is in the Common Room.

 Dignity First needs a grant. Please Vote! 

Our own Jamie Beck has started a non profit, Dignity First,  that will serve the homeless in our community.  Her non profit is eligible for a grant from Bangor Savings Bank, which is selected by the five organizations who get the top five most votes. And she  needs our vote for her non profit.  If you wish to support Jamie and Dignity First, Here’s how:

Online go to Bangor.com and follow the clicks to Community Matters Online Ballot. Under Southern Penobscot Region, in the “other” section, write in Dignity First . It’s easy and takes only a couple of minutes.

Wednesday evening Lenten services

 Once again, churches that are part of the community Lenten services  will be having Wednesday evening services. All services start at 6:30 PM, starting here at St. Pat’s.

 

February 26– Ash Wednesday. St. Patrick’s  Episcopal Church,

                       Pastor Gretchen Casey -preacher

March 4– Holden United Church of Christ-Church Road, Holden, ME

                 the Rev.  Peggy Day- preacher 

March 11–North Brewer Eddington United Methodist Church–31 Main Rd, Eddington

                   Pastor Jon Ouellette -preacher

March 18– East Orrington Congregational Church-38 Johnson Mill Rd, Orrington

                  the Rev. Linette George -preacher

March 25– Lighthouse Church of God–696 River Rd. Orrington

                     the Rev. Ron Chaffee preacher

April 1– Orrington United Methodist Church– 14 Center Drive, Orrington

              Pastor Jerrod Oltman preacher.

We at St. Pat’s are hosting the first of 6 Wednesday Evening Lenten services and will be providing refreshments.  If you would like to bring something to serve, please sign up in the Common Room .  This has been very well attended in the past, and it’s really nice to see so many folks from other churches in the area. Questions?  Jamie Beck is the in charge.

Become a volunteer with Street Pastors

The Street Pastors  will have an information/training session on Sunday, Feb. 16. To learn time and location please contact them at 207-619-0840 or bangor.maine@streetpastors.org  and please continue to pray for this ministry. 

  Faith Linking in Action

Transportation for All (TFA) has had quite a week after an 8 year struggle. Success at last with tremendous effort. The Community Bus Connector Hub will remain in Pickering Square. There is a grant to build a new hub which will include green space. Work can now continue with other pending improvements like better bus stops and schedules, extended hours, and much more. The monthly meetings are the 3rd Thursday 9-11 @ Peace and Justice Center, 96 Harlow Street, Bangor. (Across the street from the Bangor Public Library) Contact information: Darcy Cooke 989-5860 Darcy@foodandmedicine.org

Childcare/Jobs Team is getting into full gear. They are supporting a new bill in the Senate: LD 1760 an Act to Support Children’s Healthy Development and School Readiness. This bill created the First 4 ME Early Care and Education Program under the Department of Health and Human Services to provide comprehensive, high-quality early child care and education services for at-risk children under 6 years of age who have not entered kindergarten and the children’s parents by funding projects that integrate comprehensive resources and services with traditional center-based and family child care settings. The pilot projects will be a partnership between government agencies, businesses, and parents. The Child care team is right in the thick of this learning about the specifics of the bill and how families in the Bangor area will benefit. Awareness, education, implementation, evaluation are only some areas the team will be investigation. A copy of the full bill is in the Common Room.

 Child care is also working on the third annual Week of the Young Child event at the Discovery Museum in April. Join the Team which meets the 1st Wednesday of each month. Next meeting is February 5 6-7:30 at First United Methodist Church, Essex Street, Bangor. NOTE NEW MEETING DAY. Contact: Mary Ann Perry 570-3113 or Team Chair Roz Fisher: osurosalyn1960@gmail.com

The Food Access Committee (FAC) has been very busy planning the upcoming activities in February!  Everyone is invited to participate in the events!

1) A cranberry jelly-making workshop will begin at 11:00 am on SATURDAY, February 22 at the Miller Square kitchen (315 Harlow Street).  We are gratefully accepting any 4- or 8-ounce jelly jars, lids, and rings for this event!

2) The next regular FAC meeting will be at 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on THURSDAY, February 13 at FAM. During this meeting we will have a bat house building workshop!

Contact Peg Olson (ptpeg2014@gmail.com) with any questions. 

The Holyoke Street Neighborhood Garden meeting is TODAY at NOON! We have to decide what to plant, how much to plant, and ways to encourage neighbors to participate. Let Mary Ann Perry know if you plan to attend or if you are interested in the garden group this season. We will need organizers, planters, gardeners, distributors, and eaters. 

The Second Moveable Feast

Last year FLIA held a traveling dinner party as a fundraiser.  It was such a success that the fundraising committee has decided to do it again this year.

The date is Saturday,  April 18, 2020 .  It will be held in the Orono area this year.  The Islamic Center has agreed to serve the hors d’oeuvres.   We are being asked if St. Patrick’s would be willing to provide the main meal of lasagna.  This would be served out of the kitchen at the Keith Anderson building in Orono.  I am willing to make two vegetable lasagnas.  I am wondering if others would be willing to make lasagna as well.  We would need 6- more.  If you are willing to help,

Please let me know.  There is an oven there and we are planning to get warmers.

Thank you for considering this.  Peace, Peggy Day

What’s Happening at the Wilson Center

The Wilson Center invites you to an interfaith luncheon on Thursday, February 13, 11:30-1:00. The topic is “Heart to Hands: Young and Old Alike.”  We have rescheduled the January lunch that was postponed because of snow; it will be held Thursday, March 12, 11:30-1:00. The topic is “Feeding Our Community Through Service and Devotion.” Lunch is provided at no cost to attendees, thanks to our co-sponsors the Jewish Community Endowment Associates.

The Wilson Center is also hosting a Meditation Circle  on Tuesday evenings, 5:30-6:30. Our program director Anna Godsey says that everyone is welcome who would like to explore mindfulness.

Coffee Hour

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

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: bonniepuls@aol.com or 942-1321 .

Artful Spirit Connection welcomes back the artists from Citizens of Maine back for a spring exhibit from March 1 through April 12 (Easter). A reception and art activity will be held Monday, March 16 from 6 pm to 7 pm. The art activity will be St. Patrick’s Day oriented and opportunity for St. Patrick’s members and the Monday night Creative Crafts and Conversation group to meet and connect. Paula Baines will be volunteering at Citizens of Maine in Hampden in two weeks on Thursday, February 20 to show COM art class how to make mono prints. Some of these art prints may become part of the exhibit. Springreveal.3162020

Artful Spirit Connection is also hosting a table at the Annual Literacy Tea on Sunday, March 29.Tickets are $25 and support the work of Literacy Volunteers-Bangor.  If you are interested in helping designing the table, reach out to Paula Baines. This year’s table will be based on the children’s book Lighthouse Dog to the Rescue by Angeli Perrow, pictures by Emily Harris. The book is based on a true story that happened at a lighthouse in Maine. Angeli Perrow (friend of Maryann Perry) is a local Hampden resident, artist, and retired art educator that taught in the Hampden schools.