St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
June 5, 2019

The Rev. Carlton Russell's anthem was sung last Sunday at the Duke University Chapel.
The conductor is Dr. Philip Cave, a former member of the well-known early music chamber choir, The Tallis Scholars. He is Associate Conductor of Chapel Music at Duke.
There will be a link to this service in our website to hear this beautiful hymn. Congratulations, Carlton!
St. Francis Church

The Calendar

This Friday, June 7
5:30 PM
Pizza Party
(see right-
no cost)

Sunday Worship
8 am
10 am
Coffee Hour
Fair Chairs Meeting
This Sunday, June 9
Here are some wonderful Adult Forum opportunities through the summer!

June 16th, June 23rd, June 30th, July 14th & July 21st  

- 5 week series on Civil Discourse facilitated by The Rev. Steven Hayward 
(see right)
July 28th  - The Rev. Bob Tobin and Maureen talking about their most recent trip to Gaza
August 4th -Summer parishioner, Judith Dullnig, will speak about her remarkable prison ministry connecting mothers with children in Texas
(more about this later)

St. Francis by the Sea
August 10, 2019
30th Anniversary
(see below)
*An Update to a request for help
From Suzanne Decrow

We extend a warm welcome to the 4 new St. Francis Altar Guild members in-training:
Anne Gilchrist
Sue Grindle
Katie MacLeod 
Maurine Tobin (on call)

They join:
Anna Brown
Charity Chung
Suzanne Decrow 
Sarah Everdell
Prudy Heilner
Nancy Stine (summer)
Carolyn Van Cise
We Pray for

Mary Allen
David Decrow
Edward Dufresne
Heather Ford
Dorine Harris 
Kira Hartley
Brenda Sue Hawkins
Dilys Hoyt
Jennifer Hulsey
Sam Hulsey
Rayanne Kleiner
John Klinger
Tyler Knowles
JoAnn Krestan 
Diana Robson
Carla Rosensweig
Ed Rosensweig
Donny Smith
Gloria Smith
Marshall Smith
Peggy Vanderhoff
Scott West

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 June Birthdays

Marie Bissell
Tim Boggs
Mark Boechat
Camdyn Chung
Betty Creighton
Carmrn Di Landro
Lois French
Mary Gallant
Brinley Hall
Maddie Heilner
John Higgins
BJ Miller
Lucy Byrd Pegau
Bob Publicover
Miguel Reinoso
Ralph Siewers
Terri Stephens-Smith
Jean Wheeler
Lyn Wilson
Ray Yardy

Sadly, we are bidding 'farewell' to John Haley who is moving to California to be with his family. John made the announcement in church last Sunday.
It is hard to imagine the choir without John's voice and presence. He has promised to stay in touch with us!

Want to hear a terrific sermon? Or, hear it again?

Link to the St. Francis Website and enjoy last Sunday's sermon
(June 2) by the The Rev, Steve Hayward. Much conversation after church! We are grateful to Steve for sharing this time with us.
Click here-go to Sermons
St Francis by the Sea  (website)

From Steve:



For Lent, 2019, The Episcopal Church’s Office of Governmental Relations developed a five week study entitled “Civil discourse”. Because their task is primarily to interact with elected officials in government, they had a very specific agenda – to explain how they go about sharing ideas and points-of view with people who sometimes hold very different perspectives. Through their work, they have attempted to create common ground and to have meaningful and civil conversations with those who have the authority to make policy decisions.

It is our hope to bring that program to St Francis on a more personal, community level. The central theme of the course is that we all have things we can learn from those who have different opinions, and we all need to better understand the under-lying values and concerns of those who see things differently than we do.

To that end, Doug Worthington, an upcoming senior seminarian at Virginia Theological Seminary, and I will present a five work program to challenge us all to be more civil in our daily interactions with each other. I, for one, have lots to learn. I invite you to a learning process (it will not be about debating issues!) Steve
From Sarah and the Discernment Committee:  

"The first two gatherings to discuss the questionnaire went really well, and we are having the third one this Friday, June 7th at 5:30 p.m . This will be a pizza party with a salad bar - all the fixings, and a movie for the kids. We hope you will come to go over the questionnaire and discuss what values and strengths we want in a new priest.

Come for the pizza and a casual evening- even if you’ve been to one or both of the first gatherings. We look forward to seeing you there."

Our Junior Warden, Ellie Neuhauser , has been meeting with the St. Francis by the Sea Security Task Force for several months. They have been very involved with updating security at all levels.

There will be a congregational informational meeting regarding these issues in the near future. In the meantime, if you have questions, Ellie is available for questions or please talk with any of her committee members.

They are: Tony Everdell, Bill Gould, Brinley Hall, Fred Heilner, Katie MacLeod, Matt Murphy, Chris Ramsay, and Bob Tobin.
We welcome a new minister to the Peninsula!

On Sunday, May 26, we met The Rev. Donna Downs , who preached at our 10 am service. Among our worshipers were a number of visitors from Trinity Episcopal Church in Castine.

Rev. Downs has since been named Priest-in Charge of Trinity Episcopal Church . She is delightful and we hope she and Trinity Church will join with St. Francis as various opportunities present themselves.

eClare gets "fussed at" when you are not sufficiently entertained!

This has been received from Peter Smith-and several more

Fr. Jerome is the senior pastor of two churches in Joliet, Illinois, with more than 1700 families. He tells eClare that he has loved card tricks since he was a boy. Enjoy!
A new 2019 Fair Booth being chaired by Sue Grindle! All things pets!
A Note from Kevin Hunt

"As Fair Chair, I want to announce that this year’s fair “Chair Emeritus” is Suzanne Decrow. After 29 years of Junque for Jesus, Suzanne’s commitment to the the St. Francis Fair is unsurpassed; and with that her unselfish gift to our peninsula has been shared year in and year out by so many.

Once again folks are stepping up for the St. Francis Fair which will celebrate it 30th year this August 10, 2019. While Booth Chairs have stepped up, there are many more volunteers needed to make the fair happen and given this is our 30th year, we want it to be a roaring success for the greater peninsula, and for St. Francis."  

Ready, Steady, Go! Thanks!" 
The booth chairs include: 

Tools - Joe Thompson 
Treasures - Lynne Yurosko and Katie Macleod
Junque - Suzanne Decrow, Fair Chair Emeritus 
Granny’s Attic - Judy Rountree and Sarah Everdell
Set-Up/Down - Kevin Hunt and John Chapel
Books - Marcia Fenn and Julie Boardman
Food to Go-Chris Ramsay
Strawberry Shortcake-Mary Boyd
Gardening - Sue Grindle
Packages - Elaine MacLain
Coffee Cart - Prudy and Fred Heilner
Jewelry - Donna Scheutzow
Fair Central - Page Williamson
Master of Music-Scott Grindle 
Treasurer - Nancy Doane
Publicity - Judy Rountree 
Signs - Anne Follweiler
SPCA liaison - Carol Calder
...and a note from Suzanne, herself!

Please be aware that various items you may have to donate to the Fair are collected at the following different locations:

JUNQUE, PERFECT PET and GARDENING items at Joe Thompson's garage at 13 Hale's Hill Road, Sedgwick.

TOOLS on Joe's side porch.

GRANNIES' ATTIC kids' related items at the Everdell's garage at 272 Carter Point Road, Sedgwick.

TREASURES at Lynne Yurosko's barn at 747 Morgan Bay Road, Surry.

At the church: BOOKS in the book box in the back hall upstairs.

JEWELRY in the Sacristy on the back shelf.
If you have any questions as to where your item(s) should go, please call one of the Booth Chairs.
As always, the Fair Booth Chairs thank you for your donations and appreciate you following the above instructions.
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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