St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
May 1, 2019

(Orchids grafted onto a tree by Colleen Spangler's son at his home in Naples, Florida)
“Still, what I want in my life is to be willing
to be dazzled—
to cast aside the weight of facts-and maybe even to float a little above this difficult world.” 
― Mary Oliver
St. Francis Church
The Calendar

Sunday Services
10 AM
(This Sunday)
Adult Forum
Friends in Action with Jo Cooper
Bring your coffee to this really interesting and informative program about this very effective regional and local organization. Jo will inform us of current dire needs on the Blue Hill Peninsula
Choir Practice
5 pm
Friday May 10
at 5:30 pm
The Rev. Canon Michael Ambler will be joining us to begin the first of three discussions of the discernment questions as St. Francis moves forward.
(See right for more explanation)
Sunday, May 12 ,
Mothers Day Brunch Brunch
(See below)
Saturday May 18
Spring Clean-Up
9:00 am—Noon

RAIN DATE:  Saturday, May 25th
Volunteers are Needed! Please sign-up downstairs in the Parish Hall
Sunday, May 19, beginning of two services
8 am & 10 am
(see below)

Sunday, May 19 after the 10 am Coffee Hour, Discernment Questions Discussions

Friday, June 7
Pizza Party
6 pm
Discernment Questions Discussions
(movies for the kids)

Sunday, May 12 , f ollowing the 10 am service

- to assist the children of St Francis who wish to attend Camp Bishopswood this coming summer-
(Suggested donation $7)

Do feel comfortable with bringing family and friends.

No reservations are needed .
Beginning May 19th and continuing through Sept. 15th, there will be two services (8 am and 10 am)
We are in need of Altar Guild, Lectors and Ushers for the 8:00 am Rite I service which begins May 19th and runs through September 15th. If you are available and interested please contact Katie MacLeod or Anne Follweiler.
Thank you!
We Pray for

Ruth Allen
David Decrow
Edward Dufresne
Heather Ford
Dorine Harris 
Kira Hartley
Dilys Hoyt
Jennifer Hulsey
Sam Hulsey
Rayanne Kleiner
John Klinger
Sarah Mathews  
Steve Merek
McKayla Peers
Corinne Pert
Diana Robson
Carla Rosensweig
Ed Rosensweig
Donny Smith
Gloria Smith
Marshall Smith
Peggy Vanderhoff
Scott West
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 May Birthdays

Jim Caggiano
Dixie Chapman
Dennis DeSilvey
Sarah Everdell
John Haley
Marilyn Heinemann
John Paul LaLonde
Elaine MacLean
Jane Nesbitt
John Nesbitt
Elizabeth Prince
Carla Rosenzweig
Donny Smith
Mary Ann Taylor
Angela Yardy
Nell Whiting
In addition to wonderful services Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday, St. Francis Church was sparkling clean and gifted with many hours of setting up by our Altar Guild and our Alter Servers. Thank you, ushers, each and everyone.
We were greeted on Easter morning by stunning flower arrangements. Thank you so much for your talent and dedication, Flower Guild!
A very relaxed Easter at the home of the Haywards? Ha!
Thank you, Kathleen!
Thinking about the future of St. Francis by the Sea

Thank you to our hardworking Discernment Committee. They have put together the questions for all of us to consider and answer as we can. There will be three occasions coming up in the next few weeks to gather and talk with them and each other as we enter the process.

The discernment questions to be considered by all of us were mailed out yesterday from the church.

From Sarah:

"The Discernment Committee will be holding three gatherings to go over the questions which can seem a bit obscure and difficult, and the purpose of the gatherings is to discuss them together.

They are:

Friday, May 10 th at 5:30 . This will be a potluck and The Rev. Canon Michael Ambler will be joining us. (This date is a correction from a previous letter.)
There will be a sign-up sheet downstairs this coming Sunday so that we don't all bring the same chicken casserole! Please take a moment to sign up (including the numbers who will attend).

Sunday, May 19 th after church.

Friday, June 7 th at 6:00 . This will be a pizza party, with movies for the kids.

We hope you will join us for at least one if not all three events. I’m sure we will have a few laughs as we enjoy each other’s company before tackling the questionnaire.

We welcome all questions, comments, and suggestions and encourage everyone to participate. Thank you for your involvement and support.

Sarah Everdell, Chair

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Warming Homes – Helping the Environment - Building Community

Les Petites Chanteurs

Good News!

The following is from a recent letter from our interim rector, Rev Steve Hayward, and a follow-up!

Dear Friends of Saint Francis-by-the Sea,
We have been invited to host a concert by Les Petites Chanteurs, 30 young people ages 7-16, on August 31 this summer. They are members of Holy Trinity Music School in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, and include a musical ensemble of 7 musicians and 3 chaperones. They begin a concert trek here in Maine before heading south and west to Washington, DC, Louisville, and Chicago.
Hope you all had a wonderful Eastertide.
Steve Hayward
Interim Rector
Since that time, many parishioners and friends have stepped up and there is good news! Almost all of the accommodations have been met.

Rev. Steve reports:
"I'm going to proceed to tell Stephen Davenport that we will host Les Petites Chanteurs Aug 31-Sept 1.

* A Couple of more beds are needed for the night...can you help?
One of several Easter Bunnies created by Chris Ramsay for St. Francis' Easter!
The "Children's Table" at the Easter Coffee
Thank you for the Easter Tree, Sue Grindle!
The Rev. Steven Hayward preaching on Easter morning
The St. Francis Children's Choir sang on Easter Morning!
Palm Sunday and The Easter Vigil
Emma assists Rev. Steve with lighting the fire for the Easter Vigil
Thank you for sharing your Easter with us!
Twins, Luke and Jasper (6) with big brother, Oliver (8)
Grandsons of Ray and Angela Yardy
From a Blue Hill parishioner who is having fun but has asked to remain anonymous!
Peter G (5) and Naomi (3), great- grandchildren of Peter and Donny Smith
Keagan (2, and obviously thrilled!) with Rowan (4)
-grandsons of Sarah and Tony Everdell
Spring in Tucson-flowers that bloom for only one day.
Thank you Margie Matter!
Parker (3) and his "Easter Worm!"
nephew of Chris Ramsay
Andrew and Charity Chung with Camdyn, Taggart, Ambrose, and Brighton
Easter Dinner with Colleen Spangler's Family
Frances (almost 3) granddaughter of Judy Rountree
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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