Saturday, December 7
9 AM-Noon
A Message from our Christmas Fair Chair, Nancy Doane:
"Believe it or not Christmas is fast approaching. Our annual Christmas Fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 7th and we are collecting items already. 
If you have any new or like- new items that you would like to find a new home for please bring them in and leave them on the table downstairs. 
We will also be putting together gift baskets and will need “theme” items for them (kitchen, bathroom, toys, books, cat or dog items, candy, etc). You do not need to provide the baskets or wrappings...just the items.
We will be having delicious homemade baked goods and greens. The Christmas Fair Committee would like many more baked goods! Put your creative hats on! All baked goods are well-received!
Mark your calendars, for Saturday, December 7th! It will be a great time for you to buy some gifts and get your Christmas wreath and greens.
* This year there will be a new "Santa Claus" table. You are invited to donate toys, dolls, coloring books and crayons, games and stuffed animals which are new and suitable for "under-the-tree Santa gifts" - for any age child. We are hoping that many items will be available to Grandparents, Parents (and children!) for a low price. Let's fill up a table!

St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
November 19, 2019

"To give thanks is enough. Thanksgiving has wings and goes where it must go. Your prayer knows much more about it than you do." -Victor Hugo
St. Francis Church

A special message from Mary Crawford and the Stewardship Committee-

"As we enter the Thanksgiving season we are at 87% of our 2020 Annual Stewardship goal, leaving us short by 13%. We are confident that St. Francis will rise to the challenge.

Please watch your mailboxes this week for encouragement. 

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."

Matthew 6:19-21
The Calendar
Sunday Worship Service
10 am
Coffee Hour
This Thursday, November 21, at St. Francis Church
10:30 am
An informal discussion about the issues surrounding Suicide
(see NAMI right)

This Sunday, November 24

Please bring all items for the Thanksgiving Baskets which will be delivered to H.O.M.E. following the 10 AM service

Beginning December 1

A New Adult Forum
for Advent
Short readings for everyone
beginning Sunday, December 1st
(see below)


Sunday, December 1
Giving Tree tags will be available.

Saturday, December 7
St. Francis Christmas Fair
Friday, December 13

Fridays at St Francis
-a new mini-ministry-

"Coffee, Conversation, and Cards for our loved ones"

The next gathering will be Friday, December 13
9:30 am -10:30 am
(see right)

"The Giving Tree" tags will be available on the Sunday following Thanksgiving. Once again, there will be tags for all age groups of children. The gifts will be delivered to The Emmaus Shelter on Sunday, December 14.

This daily Advent reader incorporates meditations from  Weavings: A Journal of the Christian Spiritual Life . Writers include Barbara Brown Taylor, Henri J. M. Nouwen, Sue Monk Kidd, Wendell Berry, Wendy M. Wright, and other voices from Weavings, contained the teachings and perspectives of some of the finest theologians and teachers of Christian spiritual formation.
We Pray for:

Holly Colt
Edward Dufresne
Diane Dumond
Christy Olsen-Hall
Brinley Hall
Dorine Harris
Kira Hartley
Lee Holmes 
Dilys Hoyt
Jennifer Hulsey
Sam Hulsey
Catherine Husted
Alix Kirkpatrick
Tyler Knowles
JoAnn Krestan
Roseanna McFarland
Bill Petry
Bob Publicover
Susie Rackcliffe
Diana Robson
Dennis Robertson
Carla Rosensweig
Ed Rosensweig
Sarah Semler
Cathy Smith
Donny Smith
Peter Smith
Gloria Smith
Gavin Starr

Those in the Armed Services    
James Crowe III
Andy Dittmer
Brian Haley
Sean Haley
Douglas Hamilton
Kyler Hall
Peter McGuyer
Kyle Carino Mings
Eric Partridge
Henry Shepley

Those with November Birthdays

Sue Barton
Jon Barry
Terry Briggs
Michael Creighton
Laura Danielson
David Decrow
Arthur Gregg
Margaret Hannah
Aletha Langham
Meredith Penfield
Susan Reddy
Lorna Russell
Ann Sexton
Wesley Simon
Lyn Swazey
Judy Thomas
Ellen Young
On Sunday, November 24, St. Francis will deliver all of our Thanksgiving baskets to H.O.M.E. Please bring all perishables on that Sunday. Those include the Turkeys, Rolls, and Pies.

The sign-up sheets were available for two Sundays and because of your generosity the sheets are not only filled out but there will be enough of everything for an additional family's Thanksgiving dinner thanks to generous donations.

If our next priest asks us to define who we are, please put "giving" and generosity" at the top of the list! The impact of gifting seems so reflective of who St. Francis is-whether it is Thanksgiving or the larger issues of stewardship.

If you wish to contribute to any of the activities of Outreach and cannot get out in this chilly weather, call "St. Francis Shoppers" and they will be happy to pick up your items at Tradewinds and deliver them to the church.

"St. Francis Shoppers" is a new program at our church and is being headed up by Nancy Doane. A number of shoppers have signed up and are happy to deliver not only to the church but to your home for your personal needs. Call Nancy at 326-9140.

"The Giving Tree for the children of Emmaus is coming right up and our St. Francis Shoppers will be happy to grab tags off the tree and pick up gifts for you to contribute to the children. Winter seems to be approaching quickly.
Greg Marley, LCSW, Clinical Director & Senior Trainer, Suicide Prevention Team,  NAMI Maine ,

...will be holding an open conversation at  St Francis by the Sea this coming Thursday morning, November 21 at 10:30 am. Bring your friends and neighbors, your concerns and questions.

Anyone interested in sitting, listening, and/or participating in the conversation is welcome and encouraged to attend.
Who could think of Thanksgiving and not think of Maren and Will Rosborough?

We love you, Maren, and all the times you and Will pulled up to the church to deliver our Thanksgiving gifts to the community. What a lifetime of giving you have shown us!

Happy Thanksgiving, friend, from all of us at St. Francis!
Caring Cards

This new card-writing ministry had its first gathering last Friday and sent caring cards to eighteen parishioners and friends.

This group would love to grow and have not only your participation but your input for those who you feel would enjoy receiving some correspondence from St. Francis Church.

There will be a lot Christmas cards sent out during our next gathering at 9:30 am on Friday, December 13th for about an hour. Please come!
Sarah and Tony Everdell are shown receiving the Mal Wilson Award at the recent 2019 NAMI Convention in Augusta.

They are pictured with Jenna Mehnert, MSW, who is the chief executive officer at NAMI Maine .

The Mal Wilson Award is given to a family member who has made a major contribution to the field. Mal was someone who made things happen. He and his wife Barbara literally were part of NAMI’s beginning – they were in Chicago in 1979 when the national organization formed. Upon his return to Maine, he traveled the length and breadth of the state starting support groups, testifying at the legislature in Augusta as well as in Washington, and helped start the High Hopes Clubhouse in Waterville.

St. Francis Church and the community of Blue Hill have profited greatly from the work of Tony and Sarah. Thank you!
Gentle Crucifer
---- Competing fencer!

Congratulations, Nora! Look who took third place in a fencing competition...against all boys!
Christmas eClare
This is now that special "one time during the winter" when we hear from all of our away parishioners. And receive some beautiful photos from our local parishioners!

Please begin to send in your news, photos of you and your family (or whatever hits you!),
your greetings to all of St. Francis parishioners and friends. We want to catch up with our servicemen and women, too.

Last year's Christmas eClare had more than 600 readings for this special edition. We love knowing you haven't forgotten us!

Thank you! The Christmas eClare will go out on
December 15
Please send everything to:

Well done, David and Suzanne!

Portland, Maine,
Sunday, November 10, 2019

A Special Walk to---

From Suzanne-
"There were a total of 38 walkers in our group.

St. Francis was represented by the Decrows, Mary Hartley and Fred and Prudy Heilner.

After the walk everyone drove across the bridge to the Centerboard Yacht Club in South Portland where we had a birthday luncheon to celebrate David's 70th. There were 52 walkers and non-walkers at the luncheon- friends and family.

Everyone got a badge to hang around their neck that said "Crew Decrow" with the drawing of a merchant ship on it inside of a compass rose design.
Links to Websites of
 Special Interest: 

St Francis by the Sea  (website)

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

NAMI Maine