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American Folk Festival
Tom Archambault 

Thanks to all those who've signed up to help with the "We're All Ears Booth" at the upcoming American Folk Festival.  We still needs lots of volunteers to work at the booth, especially during the set up on Friday morning (August 25th) and with tear down when the Festival is over on Sunday the 27th.  All who participated last year enjoyed the comradery , and the Folk festival.  We will be selling corn on the cob, popcorn, cakes and pies, so it will be even more fun this year.  
We are also looking for an enthusiastic volunteer who's organized and would be interested in helping with the scheduling.    Thanks so much for all of your help!
Corn Booth 2016
Youth Sunday/Sunday School
Patricia Sprague
 
Youth Sunday/Sunday School Registration on September 10th:
We begin our Sunday School year on September 10th with a Youth Sunday.  If you plan on enrolling your child(ren) in one of our three classes (see below), please have them gather in the chapel by 9:15 am to practice their song and to prepare to join the procession for the 10 o'clock service.  As this is a Youth Sunday, parents are responsible for coffee hour, so please bring something to share.

Registration for Sunday School and the Junior and Senior Youth groups will be in the Undercroft following the 10 o'clock service.  Sunday School classes are: Wigglers (age 3 - kindergarten); Grades 1-3; and Grades 4-6. 

JR YES is intended for students in Grades 6-8.  Older teens enroll in the SR YES group.  Students in both groups explore the meaning of Christian discipleship.  The SR's also focus on preparation for the sacrament of Confirmation.  As in past years, on the fourth Sunday of each month (SEP-MAY) the JR YES group serves at the Bangor Humane Society and the SR's at the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.  Classes are held on the 2nd Sunday of each month (SEP-JUN) in the Parish office building following the 10 o'clock service.

Sunday School begins on Sunday on September 17th!  Sunday School classes meet at 9:45 on Sunday mornings.  The Wigglers class is located next to the nursery in the Undercroft of the church.  Grades 1-3 and 4-6 meet on the second floor of the Parish Building, across from the church.
Fall Music at St. John's
Robert Ludwig
 
St. John's Choirs for September - Please consider being a part of our music program this coming year. Returning and prospective members (adults and younger singers with parents) are invited to attend an opening BBQ at Mo. Rita's house, 21 Grove Street, on Wednesday, September 6 at 5:30 pm. Regular rehearsals begin the following week. The St. Nicholas Choir welcomes children in grades 2-6 and rehearses on Wednesday afternoons from 4:45-6:00, beginning on September 14. Grades 7-12 and adults rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30. The adult section of the choir is comprised of volunteers, and membership is by a simple audition with the Choirmaster. The coming year's schedule includes a liturgical performance of Brahms' German Requiem on November 2. While trained singers are welcome, the most essential skills are a good ear to match pitch and a commitment to blended choral singing. Email choirmaster@stjohnsbangor.org for more information about any of the choirs.
St. John's Stained Glass Windows
Sheila Stratton
 
Between services or before lemonade on the lawn, please take a few minutes to look at the charming Connick and Company stained glass windows in the chapel. The six windows, all in proportion to the size of the chapel, depict Jesus' life from birth until crucifixion.
 
The windows to the left and right of the alter are dedicated:
(L) "To the Glory of God in loving memory"
(R) "of Katharine Reynolds Nye, 1888-1941."

Both are of the Christ Child as an infant being held by his mother. In the window on the left mother and child have their arms crossed over their breasts with, Joseph, a cow, a donkey and an angel in attendance. Below the Holy Family is inscribed,  "One of thee shall come a governor that shall rule my people, Israel."

The window on the right features a slightly older looking infant Jesus giving his blessing to the magi who are presenting gifts. Note the three crowns laid beneath them.  
 
To the far right of the alter, on the south wall, a beautiful Jesus, at twelve, is in the temple with the elders. There is a lamp at his right and to his left Mary and Joseph appear in the distance, searching for him. The inscription, written on an open book, says,  "And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding .Luke 2:47".

There is no date, but the window was given  "To the glory of God Given by the young people of the parish."
 
The next window on the south, beside the lectern, tells the story of Jesus finding Simon, called Peter, and Andrew, his brother, casting their fishing net. Jesus and Simon Peter are standing on dry land while Andrew is in their boat on the lake. This window is dedicated to and give  "To the glory of God and in loving memory of Bliss Harold Colpitts and David Harold Colpitts."
Again, written on an open book is the passage,  "Follow me and I will make you fishers of men. Matt. 4:19"
 
Next month we will look at the two remaining chapel windows and the two on either side of the entry.
STREAMS
Inez Toothaker

The path of water flowing in the streams
Is never smooth and even as it seems.
It rolls in lapping waves which build to crest
And reaching peaks it falls again to rest.

The flow continues at a steady pace
Until it hits a bend or dropping place
And never seems to pause to be afraid
To tumble in a bubbly froth cascade.

We cling to level places close to shore
Not daring to let go and reach for more.
How much we miss until we start to see
That waterfalls in life are meant to be.
All Parish Picnic & Food Drive

Please join us for the Parish Picnic on September 17th, following the 10 am service here at the church. Come for fun, fellowship and great food, including pulled pork donated by Moe's Original BBQ! Also joining us this year is the Darling's Ice Cream Truck. The last two years' "Red Truck Challenge" were such a big success, we're bringing it back for a third year. Please bring some non-perishable food items to church with you and let's see if we can fill up Jim Blanchette's truck bed for the third year in a row to benefit the Bangor Area Homeless Shelter.
Cambridge Youth Mission Trip

Thank you to all who supported our youth for their June Mission Trip. Here are a few photos of our youth serving and exploring on their Mission Trip to Cambridge, Massachusetts.
Serving at Common Care Meal

Boxing take away meals at Thursday Supper
The Outdoor Church at Porter Square
Visiting Old North Church
Announcements & Looking Ahead
Upcoming
If you would like to Sponsor Altar Flowers in memory of a loved one or in honor of a special event during the month of August or September, please locate the sign-up sheet in our Narthex.

St. John's Choirs for September - Please consider being a part of our music program this coming year. Returning and prospective members are invited to attend an opening BBQ at Mo. Rita's house, 21 Grove Street, on Wednesday, September 6 at 5:30 pm. Regular rehearsals begin the following week. The St. Nicholas Choir welcomes children in grades 2-6 and rehearses on Wednesday afternoons from 4:45-6:00, beginning on September 14. Grades 7-12 and adults rehearse on Wednesday evenings from 5:30-7:30. The adult section of the choir is comprised of skilled volunteers, and membership is by audition with the Choirmaster. The coming year's schedule includes a liturgical performance of Brahms' German Requiem on November 2. While trained singers are welcome, the most essential skills are a good ear to match pitch and a commitment to blended choral singing. Email Robert  for more information about any of the choirs.

Our next Youth Sunday is on September 10th, with Sunday School beginning the following Sunday. Wigglers, ages 3 through kindergarten, meet in the Crane Room, located in the basement of the church.  Grades 1-3 and 4-6 meet in classrooms across the street at 234 French Street. Classes begin promptly at 9:45 am.

IN SEARCH OF BOARD GAMES : Game Night Out for teens and young adults with social anxiety. Friday, September 8th  at 5:30 pm in the Bangor Room (church office, 234 French St.). Please contact Nyree O'Donald if you would like to donate a game to this event.

The new issue of  "Forward Day by Day"   for this quarter are now available  (a regular as well as large-print version) and they offer a brief meditation on a verse from the scripture readings for the day. What a great way to start the day with a brief Bible Study and prayer!  Copies are available in the Narthex, at coffee hour and in the office.
 
Please join us for the next meeting of the Women's Book Group will be  Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017, 7 pm   at home of Jane Zenk, 20 Poplar Court, Orono (Dirigo Pines). Our book is  A Dog Walks into a Nursing Home  by Sue Halpern, available in paperback, on Kindle, and at libraries. For more information about the group, please call Marisue Pickering (866-2606) or Cass Wright (866-1060).
 
Fall Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, October 21st!!
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