St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
October 24, 2018

“Anyone who thinks fallen leaves are dead has never watched them dancing on a windy day.” – Shira Tamir

St. Francis Church
The Calendar

Sunday Services
10 am
Choir Practice

5 pm

Saturday, October 27

The 199th Convention of the Diocese of Maine: Saturday, October 27th at USM in Portland
Thank you to our Delegates:
Kathy DeSilvey, Heather Ford, Bob Publicover
Sunday, October 28
Thanksgiving Basket Signup Sheets Available
Sunday, November 4

All Saints Day
Bishop Stephen Lane
(final visit to St. Francis Church prior to his retirement)
Stewardship Ingathering

Sunday, November 4
We Pray for
Jackie Allen
Ruth Allen
Mary Blanchard
Jim Denny
Joe Devine
Virginia Drewry
Edward Dufresne
Hèrve Galy  
Kira Hartley
Dorrine Harris
Jennifer Hulsey
Sam Hulsey
Steve Merek
Julie Nicholson
Corinne Pert
John Remick
Diana Robson
Carla Rosensweig
Ed Rosensweig
Carolyn Taylor
Scott West
Persis Williams
David Witter

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 October Birthdays

Bitsy Bacon
Andrew Chung
Brighton Chung
Mark Cluett
Andrew Connard
Jim Crawford
Edward Dufresne
Anne Follweiler
Robert Gallant
Edward Rosensweig
Nora Schroeder
Claudia Smith
Ralph Topham
Page Williamson

We pray for the Soul of
The Rev. David VanDusen
and for his ministry, family, and many friends
St. Francis Outreach Committee has directed $500 of Outreach funds to NAMI Maine in honor of Sarah and Tony Everdell for the extraordinary work they continue to do for this excellent organization.
There is an opportunity to join Rev. Claudia on a very special journey this spring.
If you are interested, please contact her right away as only a couple of places remain available.
Blessing of the Animals
Lovely photos during church and the Blessings of the Animals...animal crackers were on hand!
St. Francis

2018 Stewardship Campaign
Ingathering will be: Sunday
November 4
10 am Service
From Stewardship Chair, Sarah Everdell

"Although November 4th is a 'fall-back' day with our clocks, it seems much more like a 'move forward' day for St. Francis by the Sea.

Without you, Outreach could not donate to the Rosborough Scholarship at Tree of Life, or to Nichols Day Camp, or to the Peninsula Ambulance Corp.

You make it possible to have lovely music on Sundays.

Thanksgiving turkeys, and Christmas gifts to The Emmaeus Center and H.O.M.E. are on our radar. Your Stewardship pledge commits to a spiritual community based on acceptance and love for so many community needs...our friends and neighbors.

To those of you who have moved back to warmer climes for the winter, we will miss you, we look forward to your return, and we are grateful for your pledges.

 If you have lost the letter and card, we will be happy to send you another one. Just call St. Francis."

Thank you,

And an added note from Sr. Warden Bob Publicover last Sunday:

"The Stewardship Campaign is the only way that the Finance Committee and Vestry can create a budget for next year. 

Just as important is that your pledge shows a commitment to St Francis and the many areas we are involved with- spreading the good word about our love of Jesus. Outreach is one very important part of all we can be."
November 4th
A Special Visitor!
(Bishop Steve with Rev. Claudia during an earlier visit to St. Francis by the Sea)
Bishop Stephen Lane will visit St. Francis on Sunday, November 4th for the final time before his retirement in 2019.

Bishop Steve, the ninth Bishop of Maine, was consecrated on May 3, 2008; his ministry and passion for social justice, poverty, and many other current issues has had a profound and broad impact throughout Maine.

Please come to hear Bishop Steve preach and be part of a service that includes confirming and accepting several members and friends of St. Francis Church.
Remembering Loved Ones
November 4th
From Barbara in the church office-

Sunday, November 4

As an observance of All Saints Day (just past on Nov. 1st) we will remember our family and friends who have died by printing there names on an insert in the bulletin. It is a time to remember our family and friends who have died.

If you would like to remember loved ones, please write their names clearly on the insert (provided in this Sunday's bulletin) and place it in the collection plate along with today's offering and their names will be included in next week's Bulletin.

The DEADLINE for submissions is the close of church office (noon) on Wednesday, Oct. 31st. 
Thank you.

Thanksgiving Baskets will be put together early this year!

St. Francis has been asked to bring our annual Thanksgiving Baskets to the Emmaus Shelter and H.O.M.E. on Sunday, November 11.

Signup sheets will be available as of this coming Sunday. If you are away or unable to be at church the next two Sundays (and want to contribute) please contact Prudy Heilner or Judy Rountree and they will be happy to purchase anything for you...turkeys to stuffing to pumpkin pies and all the rest.

Thank you, everyone!
Planning ahead!
St. Francis Christmas Marketplace
Saturday, December 1
St. Francis Outreach Funds have sent $100 (each) of dental supplies and diapers to The Blue Hill Food Pantry. Th ank you, everyone!
Links to Websites of
 Special Interest: 

St Francis by the Sea  (website)

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

NAMI Maine
There was a very special Blessing of the Animals during the worship service when 2018 St. Francis Fair Chair, Mary Hartley, presented the Hancock County SPCA with a check for $11,000...and a very big "thank you"!