News from
 St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church 
Blue Hill ~ Maine
December 7, 2017   

Exchanging Greetings!
If our "Away" parishioners would like to send Christmas Greetings...a word or two, a photo, or just a "Merry Christmas" from wherever you might be...we would love to hear from you! 

 That "Touch of Christmas" eClare will be published on December 21. Be in touch! Our year-round parishioners are very welcome to send greetings, too.

Please reply to this eClare or email Judy Rountree. Thank you!
Advent into Christmas Adult Forum

St. Francis Church
St. Francis By The Sea

T he Calendar 

Worship Service

The second Sunday of Advent
10:00 AM
  choir practice
St. Francis Giving Tree for Emmaus Center

  The Giving Tree is up again this year, adorned with gift tags noting the age for either a boy or girl.  Please take as many as you can, purchase the appropriate gifts, and return to the church no later than 
Sunday, Dec. 17th  

Please  Do Not  Wrap gifts, place each one in a bag with the appropriate tag, some wrapping paper and ribbon if you have it.  All gifts will go to the Emmaus Center.
November 29
New Wednesday Seekers Study
10:30 am
Sunday,  Dec. 24
10 am
Fourth Sunday in Advent Service
 Sunday, Dec. 24
5 pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, followed by Christmas Eve Dinner
(The sign-up sheet is available)
Monday, Dec. 25
10 am
Christmas Service

We pray for
Edward Dufresne
Brinley Hall
Dorene Harris
Jennifer Hulsey
Steve Marek
Sidney Peck
Corinne Pert
Cal Peters
John Remick
Diana Robson
Art Ryan
Linda Slaven
Jane Story
Lauri Vainio
Galen Vainio

We pray for the repose of the soul  of 

Abby Ryan and comfort for her family and friends

Leigh Drewry and comfort for his family and friends.

Those in the Armed Services   
Andy Ditmer
Kyle Carino Mings
Brian Haley
Sean Haley
Peter McGuyer
Eric Partridge

Those with December Birthdays
Harry Bissell
Tom Boardman
Max Coolidge
Priscilla Denny
Nancy Doane
Jon Dullnig
Caroline Herrick
Will Rosborough

Christmas Altar Flowers 

If you would like to remember loved ones with flowers on the altar this Christmas, 
either as memorials or as thanksgivings, kindly use the insert form in Sunday's bulletin.

Write your check to St. Francis for any donation you may wish (flowers are quite costly, so your generosity is appreciated) and place it with the completed form in the offering on Sunday, leave in the office, or mail to: 

St. Francis, PO Box 76, Blue Hill, ME  04614.  Extra flower forms are 
available in the Narthex or downstairs in the parish hall.

Thank you.

Thank you, Mary Hartley!
Mary has offered her considerable talents to chair the 2018 St. Francis Fair once again!


Looking for an enthusiastic, team player with a wonderful sense of humor to apply for the position of 
VICE FAIR CHAIR  for the 28th Annual St. Francis Fair. 

The hours are long, the pay is nil, but the reward is YUGE!  Promotion opportunity as well. To be considered for this exciting and critical position, please contact the church office at  374-5200  or 

 From Maurine and Bob Tobin

Maurine and Bob with The Rev. Canon Michael Ambler

"Thanks to all who have enabled us to send $1000 to Al Ahli Hospital in Gaza from sales over the past year.  Your purchases of this excellent oil support the hospital's remarkable ministry to the people of Gaza via both in-patient and out- patient services, especially the mobile clinic that reaches hundreds who would otherwise have no medical care."

A new supply of bottles ($20) will be available on Sundays during coffee hour for your holiday gift giving and personal use.

For more information, contact Maurine Tobin at or 348-9976.

From Carlton Russell

Handel's  Messiah  in Blue Hill

On Saturday, December 16, at 7pm, Blue Hill Bach will again present Handel's 
Messiah  at the First Congregational Church of Blue Hill.  Tickets are $25 general and $10 for students, with free admission for those under 18. For more information, see poster on bulletin board; to reserve tickets, go to  or call (207) 613-5454.

Any day now!

Advent into Christmas Adult Forum

A Thrill of Hope DVD

The Christmas Story in Word and Art

John August Swanson

Everyone is invited to come for a fascinating Adult Forum program produced by The Candler School of Theology at Emory University. The program is titled: 
A Thrill of Hope: The Christmas Story in Word and Art and  is based on a series of artworks 
created by John August Swanson depicting significant scenes in the Christmas story. Each session we will view a brief video which includes a reading of the appropriate text from scripture, interviews with the artist and various theologians as they 
reflect on the meaning of the artwork. A lively discussion is sure to follow, so plan on joining us on the following Sundays after coffee hour:  Dec. 10, 17, 31 and Jan 7, 14, 21.

Thank you Nancy Doane and everyone who contributed! The new gift baskets were creative and a big hit. The greens with bows, wreathes, and arrangements were stunning!

The total amount received for Claudia's discretionary fund is $2,330.


"Mice on the Move"
-along with St. Francis!

with  Kahlil Gibran
 In Search Of A Prophet: A Spiritual Journey 
(Paul-Gordon Chandler) 

Chandler (himself an Episcopal priest who has worked in the Middle East)  takes us on a fascinating journey through the spiritual life of Kahlil Gibran, author of the bestselling book The Prophet.  

The next meeting will be  on December 13  (10:30-11:45) am, (Chapter #3)

Please use your favorite book seller to purchase the book. 

This Seekers study will then resume after Christmas on the following dates:

January 10 (Chapters 4 & 5)
January 17 (Chapters 6 & 7)
January 24 (Chapters 8 & 9)

* The book and opening discussion was terrific and parts of "The Prophet" are included. Everyone is welcome to come for the first time next week.

A "Thank You" 
-from our rector

St. Francis by the Sea Celebrates!

  Dear Friends, 
As you are aware, I am rarely lacking words and yet that is what happened to me during a recent service. Not only did you totally surprise me with your amazing gifts, but also I was so deeply touched by your love, that it was beyond my ability to find the words to express my thanks at the time. That said, I hope you will now accept my thanks and appreciation for all that was done to celebrate my tenure here. In truth any celebration is one that needs to be shared among you all since all of the good things that have happened at St Francis have very much been a combined effort.   So thank you...thank you...thank you for the amazing party AND thank you... thank you...thank you for the past 10 + years together. May God continue to bless our work in the days to come.
With love and thankfulness for the people of St. Francis,

We welcomed The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith in August, 2007, and she has been busy ever since! Thank you, Claudia, for so much!

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