News from
 St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church 
Blue Hill ~ Maine
October 4, 2017   

(Autumn, Acadia National Park)

St Francis Stewardship  Campaign

St. Francis Church
St. Francis By The Sea

T he Calendar 

10:00 AM
5 pm

Saturday, October 7
 Lunch with friends from The Orono Mosque
 Sunday, October 8
Ingathering of Stewardship Pledges
Saturday, October 14
9 am-noon
Fall Cleanup and a delicious lunch!
Saturday, October 28
198th Annual Convention of the Diocese of Maine

We pray for
Denny Bacon
Robert Gallant
Dorene Harris
Jennifer Hulsey
Gretchen Lane
Susan Logan
Sidney Peck
Corinne Pert
Diana Robson
Linda Slaven
Peter Smith
Jane Story
Galen Vainio
Lauri Vainio

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

Those with October Birthdays
Bitsy Bacon
Andrew Connard
Andrew Chung
Brighton Chung
Jim Crawford
Edward Dufresne
Anne Follweiler
Nan Fowler
Robert Gallant
Dorothy Noble
Edward Rosenzweig
Nora Schroeder
Claudia Smith
Ralph Topham
Page Williamson

Those who have died
Andy Grindle, brother of Gene Grindle and comfort for his family and friends
For all those who have been effected by the recent violence in Las Vegas and those who are struggling to recover in Puerto Rico and The Virgin Islands
Thank you again to our amazing Fair Partner!

Fair Chair Mary Hartley expresses appreciation to The Hancock County SPCA - and a check for $8,400.


A Very well-received -

(and remarkably quiet!)

A large number of St Francis parishioners have participated in the building of hundreds of insulating windows in Brooksville.

Thank you, Ray Yardy and all!

A detailed report will follow soon in eClare and on our website.


A Special Ingathering
Coffee Hour

This Sunday, October 8th
- following the 10 am Service

In a chaotic world, does St. Francis by the Sea make a difference?
If you are wondering how much your  personal gifts really matter---
take a couple of minutes to read the following article which first appeared in the Huffington Post:

Here is an update from our Treasurer, Kevin Hunt, and a message from our Stewardship Chair, Sarah Everdell:

"Ingathering will occur this Sunday, and we have already had a wonderful response to our 2018 St. Francis Stewardship Campaign.

Approximately 60% of the congregation has returned pledge cards.This includes 22 increased pledges and 6 new pledges.

 Our ability to continue to respond to the needs of our church and our community depends on all of us. We are a church family for whom "strength and renewal" has significant meaning. We truly do make a difference in providing both a place of spiritual renewal and a mission of outreach to our neighbors. 

Thank you sincerely for giving with love and generosity." 
Following Coffee Hour...

Timothy J.
Seeley, Head of School at GSA will be joining us on Sunday. 

After coffee hour he will be sharing with us what he has discovered regarding the problem of food insecurity among the GSA students as well as the things GSA is doing to have an impact on the problem.

 It will be a very informal  presentation with the opportunity for us to ask questions and try to become informed regarding the problems of food insecurity in our community as a step in our figuring out how best to approach this hidden but pervasive problem.
Returning the favor...

Welcoming our guests from The Orono Mosque to St. Francis Church!
From the Mosque in Orono, Maine

St. Francis Church, along with The Congregational Church of Blue Hill, will host a gathering of our friends from The Orono Mosque this coming Saturday, October 7 from Noon to 2:30.

The event, including a good lunch, will be at St. Francis Church with fun for the children as well as congenial conversation with all. A number of children are expected (thank you, Andrew Chung and the children of St. Francis!)

Everyone is welcome to come (bring a dish if you can) and enjoy this special time with our neighbors.

From Junior Warden, Ellie Neuhauser---

Come one -Come all!

Fall Cleanup
Saturday, October 14
9 AM-Noon plus a hot  Lunch! 
Signup sheets are on the tables. Everyone's help will be much appreciated.

St. Francis is taking on a new
"all church" Outreach Project in conjunction with The Blue Hill Food Pantry. Everyone is invited to participate when you are out and about and can pick up a box of diapers.

Why a Diaper Bank?

Fast Facts from the National Diaper Bank:

  • 5.2 million  children in the U.S. aged three or
    younger live in poor or low-income families.
  • 1 in 3  American families reports experiencing diaper need.
  • Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps.

  • Disposable diapers cost $70 to $80 per month  per baby.
  • No state or federal child safety-net program allocates dollars specifically for the purchase of diapers.
  • Without transportation, buying diapers at a convenience store rather than a large "big box" store can significantly increase the monthly cost of diapers.
  • Infants require up to 12 diapers per day.
Diapers of all sizes  (cloth or disposable) are welcome any Sunday and will be delivered to the food pantry by members of the Outreach Committee. 

Thank you...the need is huge!

Links to Websites of
 Special Interest:

From our church office: W e now have a St. Francis Facebook Page!  Link below...   "LIKE" our page and keep up to date on all the news and happenings!!!