St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
August 28, 2019

Welcome Le Petits Chanteurs!
The Haitian Youth Choir of Holy Trinity Church in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, will begin a 24-city U.S. concert tour with a weekend at St. Francis by the Sea in Blue Hill on Saturday and Sunday, August 31-September 1.

The choir of 30 boys and girls ages 10 to 16, and an eight-piece chamber ensemble, will perform Haitian folk and sacred music concert at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church at 7 p.m this Saturday evening, August 31. A donation of $10 is requested.

Thank you to so many parishioners of St. Francis who will host, prepare meals, and be involved with making sure this is a wonderful trip for this special group of young people and their chaperones.

During their stay, they will have a fun Saturday afternoon at the Blue Hill Fair and a Sunday ferry ride from Rockland to Vinalhaven. Tickets for entrance to the Blue Hill Fair, the bus to transport all to and from Rockland, and the ferry tickets to and from Rockland to Vinalhaven have all been generously donated.

Please join us for the Saturday evening concert at St. Francis Church at 7 pm with a reception to follow. A special 'thank you' to Rev. Steve who has been involved with the myriad of details throughout!

Window Dressers Needs our help!

from Ray Yardy:

"Our orders for 2019 are for approximately 400 inserts,  the largest number of orders we have ever received.  Now- with help from all of you- we can get them made!

The work is not hard or difficult and full training will be provided. Don’t be concerned if you have a physical limitation as there are many different types of jobs and we can work around your special needs. I attach a web link that will take you to the calendar where you can choose which day and shift you wish to work which includes Saturday 21 Sept. Naturally we will supply lunch, drinks and snacks." 

Shift times are available from September 18-September 28 at St. Joseph's Church in Ellsworth.

You can sign up below or call Kit or Ray for further information.
Please consider this huge need... it is rewarding and fun! Many volunteers are needed...could you ask a friend or family member to come along? Every helping hand is needed!

Kit Lane and Ray Yardy
460 9113    664 4104
St. Francis Church

The Calendar

Saturday Evening
Le Petits Chanteurs
St Francis by the Sea
7 PM
Sunday Worship

8 am
10 am
Coffee Hour

September 8
Adult Forum:
Bob and Maurine Tobin discuss their trips to Gaza

September 18
New Wednesday Seekers
(see right)

We Pray for:

Edward Dufresne
Christy Olsen-Hall
Brinley Hall
Dorine Harris 
Dilys Hoyt
Jennifer Hulsey
Sam Hulsey
Rayanne Kleiner
Tyler Knowles
JoAnn Krestan
Linda Lesko 
Diana Robson
Dennis Robertson
Carla Rosensweig
Ed Rosensweig
Mary Kathryn Rountree
Sarah Semler
Donny Smith
Peter Smith
Gloria Smith
Marshall Smith

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
Ben Stubbs

Those with August Birthdays

Mary Boechat
Brook Dojny
Marcia Fenn
Ron Garlick
Melissa LaLonde
Christina McHenry
Judy Rountree
Pam Siewers
Marshall Smith
Marilyn Stewart
Fred Stine
Tim Thomas
Maurine Tobin
Families First Community Center (FFCC)  is dedicated to helping house the homeless who have children. FFCC is holding its third 
annual fund raising dinner on Sunday, September 8th at Big Cats Catering in Trenton.

We invite you to come and/or make a donation. For more information, please contact Julie Wang at  or call 917-974-4842.
No...we NOT getting old!
(thank you, Peter Smith, and others. Click below to watch this elegant 74 year-old dancer-

Jul 6, 2019
A former ballet  dancer  from  Shanghai  

Our Annual Meeting was full of optimism, good reports, and many "thank yous" to Sr. Warden, Bob Publicover and Jr Warden Ellie Neuhauser.

Both Bob and Ellie will remain on the vestry but will relinquish their roles as wardens.

Kevin Hunt gave an excellent Treasurers Report and Rev. Steve expressed his pleasure that St. Francis has not missed a beat during this "in-between time" in the life of St. Francis.

Melissa La Londe becomes St. Francis' new Sr. Warden. Melissa comes with great organizational skills, a love of St. Francis Church, and the willingness to listen to all. Welcome, Milissa!

Also voted and welcomed as new members of the vestry are Lynne Yurosko and Bill Gould. Sarah Everdell has accepted another term.

Delegates to Diocesan Convention are Katie Macleod, Kate Mulrenin, and Bob Publicover. Alternate delegates are Prudy Heilner and Judy Rountree.

Kevin Hunt and Mary Crawford will roll off the vestry. However, Kevin will remain as Treasurer and Mary will chair the 2020 Stewardship Campaign. Many thanks to both of them for accepting and continuing those important positions!

Also continuing in their current positions on the vestry are Prudy Heilner, Terri Stephens Smith, and Katie MacLeod.
Wednesday Seekers Returns with a wonderful Offering

Sowing Tears, Reaping Joy: The Bible and Brahm’s Requiem is a seven-week Bible study on the experience of grief. 

Participants will listen to “Ein Deutsches Requiem” (“A German Requiem”) composed by Johannes Brahms and discuss the biblical texts he chose for his composition.

Discussion will be facilitated by Rev. Tim Ensworth.   Sowing Tears, Reaping Joy  is about the intersection of music and faith. We will follow Brahm’s lead in a very personal and human (his words) journey “not ... from grief to hope, but through grief in hope” (the study author’s words). His requiem affirms that our very real experiences of grief need not diminish our hope, but that neither does the presence of genuine hope obviate our
need to live with our grief.

Participants will use the resource book, Sowing Tears, Reaping Joy:  The Bible and Brahm’s Requiem
written by Carol Bechtel Reynolds, published by the Kerygma Program.

The book costs $15 and will be made available at the first session. The Bible study will run seven consecutive 
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:30 am. 

To register, please sign-up down in the parish hall.  

From Julie Boardman-

Someone donated several guidebooks about Iceland to the fair and included this Icelandic money with them!

Perhaps someone from church is headed that way and would like the money. Please contact Julie at: .  
John Haley, checking in from Southern California!
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!!!

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