News from
 St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church 
Blue Hill ~ Maine
January 19, 2018    

           Happy New Year, St. Francis by the Sea!                                                                  
"In the midst of the dawn of sunshine, armed with faith and hope, we enter the splendid and bright New Year." 
       -David B Zumbo

St. Francis By The Sea

T he Calendar 

Worship Service
10 AM
Wednesday Seekers
10:30 AM
5 PM Choir
All Church Gathering after Coffee Hour
February 4th
(see right)

We pray for
Edward Dufresne 
Brinley Hall
Dorine Harris
Jennifer Hulsey
Dorothy Noble 
Corinne Pert
Cal Peters
Chris Ramsay
John Remick
Diana Robson
Linda Slaven
Jane Story
Lauri Vainio
Galen Vainio

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

Those with January Birthdays

Anna Brown
Gwen Coolidge
Taggart Chung
Peter de Vries
Gene Grindle
Scott Grindle
Mary Hartley
Elizabeth LaStaiti
Agnes Love
Ethan Nesbitt
Cal Peters
Derek Rosborough
Cathy Thompson

We pray for the repose of the soul of Dot Campbell and for comfort for her family and friends

One of Dot's  beautiful Sunday morning arrangements

Enjoy this beautiful Winter Wonderland!

Smart Dog takes herself sledding!
(click below and enjoy the fun)

From Rev. Claudia-

"Have you ever wondered how help is coordinated when one of our members could use a bit of assistance? Whether it is with needs for driving to a doctor's appointment and shopping or the delivery of a home cooked meal after an illness or surgery, St Francis by the Sea has always tried to "be there" in times of crises.

The process of making all of that come together however, is itself in need of some attention if we are to be able to continue to minister to our members.  

On Sunday, February 4th,  I hope you will consider staying after coffee hour to take part in a meeting to discuss how best to reorganize this important  ministry of tending to the Parish Life of our congregation."
  St. Francis Outreach ended  2017 on a high note ...with support and dedication and gifting to many of our neighbors

Here are some highlights from Outreach Chair, Sue Grindle:

"I am thankful for all of you and the work that has been done this year in the name of St. Francis Outreach.

Just think of all we have done in 2017! We helped to heat two buildings at HOME with WD inserts, we provided Christmas presents for 72 children, we fed 10 families at Thanksgiving, we helped to feed hungry students at GSA and BHCS, we sent four Sunday School students to Camp Bishopswood, we provided  major funding for the expansion of the Magic Food Bus, and sent checks to Nichols Day Camp, the Hancock County Jail volunteers, Emmaus, HOME, and more."
The first Outreach Committee meeting of 2018 authorized funds for dozens of pairs of warm sox, thermal underwear, and warm shirts. These were purchased and delivered to  H.O.M.E. last week before another round of frigid weather hit our area.

Bring a box any Sunday
-the Blue Hill Food Pantry is very grateful-

Merry Christmas, St. Francis by the Sea!
During St. Francis' Christmas Eve Service, Ambrose Chung assisted Rev. Claudia with unwrapping a very special gift!

Thank you, Bob Publicover, for this wonderful video!

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!!!