St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
February 26, 2019

A huge Snow Art by Simon Beck
-using only his "snowshoe footprints" and a compass-
(note the helicopter for perspective)
"Some people come into our lives, leave footprints in our hearts and minds and we are never the same again."
-Jared Leto
St. Francis Church
The Calendar

Sunday Services
10 am
Choir Practice

This Sunday, March 3
A Celebration of Rev. Claudia's Ministry at St. Francis by the Sea

Ash Wednesday
March 6
Services at
St. Francis by the Sea
Noon and 5 PM


Sunday, March 10, 2019
Daylight Savings Time
We Pray for

Ruth Allen
David Decrow
Edward Dufresne
Hèrve Galy  
Kira Hartley
Jennifer Hulsey
Sam Hulsey
Rayanne Kleiner
Sarah Mathews  
Steve Merek
Julie Nicholson
McKayla Peers
Corinne Pert
John Remick
Diana Robson
Carla Rosensweig
Ed Rosensweig
Donny Smith
Terri Stephens -Smith
Carolyn Taylor
Scott West
David Witter
and for the Swazey Family
(Michelle, Janet, Cheryl, Roxanne, Julia, and Lyn)

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

Those with February Birthdays

Pam Barry
Diana Brown
Cheryl Coffin
Mary Crawford
Mary Catherine Dunn
Giffy Full
Alexander Heilner
Joe Thompson
Peter Young
The Altar Guild Needs You!
Can you set a table?
Can you wash dishes?
Can you do laundry?
Can you iron?
Do you have a spare hour or two once a month?
Any and all interested people —men and/or women— can either email or call Prudy Heilner. Basic training is pretty straightforward and there is a wonderful guide with pictures to refer to!

Maurine and Bob Tobin
(Photo taken at the most recent General Convention)
From Maurine and Bob

Thank You, St. Francis!   Your purchases of excellent Palestinian Olive Oil have contributed $1350 to Ahli Episcopal Hospital, Gaza, during 2018. Since the profit per bottle is less than $5, that means you have generously purchased almost 300 bottles or equivalent tins over the past year! Ahli Hospital provides crucial medical services to Gazans, 80% of whom depend on food assistance to survive, who live with 4 hours of electricity each day, and who find 96% of their water unsafe to drink. Please continue to buy and enjoy this great olive oil and continue your support of this vital hospital. Oil is available most Sundays at coffee hour or by contacting Maurine Tobin,  or at 348-9976.
St. Francis' Outreach Committee continues to grow with new voices and great discussion! One new member, Marty Hamblen, missed the photo but contributed much!

( Lyn, Margaret, Kathy, Ray, Sue, Mary, Mary, Sarah, and Anne)
Book Collecting for the St. Francis Fair

If you have books to donate,  please give Marcia Fenn a call to arrange a drop off at her garage.  Thanks!  

Please remember: No moldy, wet, torn, dirty books, no 
encyclopedias, no library books, no magazines.
Coffee Hour is a meaningful ministry.
The sign up list is available!
Farewell and Thank You to Rev. Claudia Smith
From our Senior Warden, Bob Publicover:

"St. Francis is blessed to have had Claudia leading us, feeding us spiritually, walking with us and helping us spread the Good Word."

...and, if possible, please hold off on the snow, too!
We want to have a ....

Big Celebration
This Sunday!

Come for Rev. Claudia's final 10 am service as our rector -and a Celebration of her ministry
at St. Francis By The Sea
(Huge Coffee Hour!)

Everyone is welcome!
The Tenth Bishop of Maine has been elected.
The Rev. Thomas Brown
was elected to become the 10th Bishop of the Diocese of Maine at a Special Electing Convention in Bangor on February 9, 2019.

One of five nominees, Rev. Brown is currently serving as Rector of the Parish of the Epiphany in Winchester, MA.

He was elected on the 3rd ballot, receiving a majority of clergy and lay delegate votes representing 60 year-round congregations and 20 summer chapels.

Rev. Brown will succeed The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane who has served the diocese since 2008 and will retire in June.

We Got Soup!
If you or a neighbor or friend could use a quart of homemade soup, please call Judy Rountree (374-2636) or Chris Ramsay (812-1995). Fifteen people have it ready to be picked up and brought to you!

Notes from the recent Outreach Meeting

Magic Food Bus
St. Francis is a major donor and the decision was made to donate $3,000 now to support their coming season.

Ray Yardy reported that advertising for the 2019 build scheduled for the last week in September has begun for the Blue Hill Peninsula. The 2019 build will be a joint effort of the Blue Hill Peninsula and Ellsworth WindowDressers and will take place at St. Joseph Catholic Church, Ellsworth. The Project has received a grant from the New England Environmental Fund for $2,000.
Sarah Everdell distributed a summary of NAMI’s 2019 Policy Priorities. NAMI has produced a 26 page statement that is available online on what needs to be done in Maine for Mental Health and “members are visiting with newly sworn-in members of Congress to introduce them to NAMI and to share NAMI priorities.” Some needs are starting to be addressed, 4000 new people have signed up for MaineCare in the last month, and it is expected many more will be signing on. There is an ongoing need for people to be trained to run family and individual support groups, the current family group is in Belfast but rotates among communities. NAMI will be holding a fundraiser in Ellsworth this summer.
St. Francis Fair
SPCA has agreed to be the Fair partner for 2019. 

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