St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
June 27, 2019
The Right Reverend Thomas James Brown, the 10th Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine
The Ordination and Consecration of the Tenth Bishop of Maine
- A weekend of prayerful celebration -
Sunday July 7
(no 8 am service)
Welcome back Rev. Claudia!
The "Summer Send-off" for Rev. Claudia Smith following the 10 am service
Here are some wonderful Adult Forum opportunities through the summer!
June 30th, July 14th & July 21st
- 5 week series on Civil Discourse facilitated by The Rev. Steven Hayward
- The Rev. Bob Tobin and Maureen talking about their most recent trip to Gaza
-Summer parishioner, Judith Dullnig, will speak about her remarkable prison ministry connecting mothers with children in Texas
(more about this later)
*St. Francis Church will be closed on Thursday July 4th in observance of the holiday.
August 10, 2019
We Pray for:
Those in the Armed Services
James Crowe III
Kyle Carino Mings
Those with June Birthdays
Carmen Di Landro
Mary Tyler Knowles
Lucy Byrd Pegau
Our Children are growing up!
(That's Nora hiding back there)
Bishop Chilton Knudsen with Bishop Thomas Brown and Bishop Stephen lane
It was a spectacular day!
The Rt. Rev. Thomas James Brown
was ordained and consecrated the tenth bishop of the
Episcopal Diocese of Maine
on June 22 in a ceremony witnessed by more than
900 people at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland.
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
was the chief consecrator, along with six other bishops from across the church, as well as Jim Hazelwood, bishop of the New England Synod of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America.
27 Episcopal bishops, and more than 100 clergy
from Maine, participated in the two-hour service.
St. Francis was represented by
The Rev. Steve Hayward,
The Rev. Bob Tobin and Maurine,
Sr Warden Bob Publicover, Marcia Fenn and Judy Rountree.
Rev. Steve, who attended a luncheon the day before the ordination, commented,
"Bishop Curry's primary message was his theme of "reclaiming Jesus". He said where we get entangled in the Christian world is when we try to define ourselves beyond the Gospel story. In particular, he referred to a study he did on the Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5) saying that if our choices don't align pretty closely to those basic tenets, then it's likely we've gotten off the track."
Bishop Thomas Brown
traveled to Waterville on Sunday, his first full day on the job. He celebrated the Eucharist with the people of St. Mark’s.
Maine’s eighth bishop, Chilton Knudsen
, preached Sunday at St. Lukes Cathedral.
Presiding Bishop,The Rt Rev. Bishop Michael Curry,
preached at an ecumenical service at the Temple in Ocean Park.
You don't want to miss this! He preaches with such a strong message but with fun and energy, even referring to to
"that wedding last spring"!
Access that service here, Bishop Curry's sermon begins at about the 1:57 mark when he acknowledges the presence of Senator Angus King.
AN ADULT FORUM AT SAINT FRANCIS
Join this program any week!
This excellent program for St Francis is on 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.
You are invited to a learning process (it will not be about debating issues!)
Farewell to two very special parishioners!
Emma and her mom, Anna, are heading off to Bangor where both will be found at John Bapst School any weekday morning.
Emma will finish up her high school days and Anna will be teaching history.
Mother and daughter have been such dedicated parishioners who have served the church at the altar in several capacities. We expect to keep up with them as their future looks very bright and wonderful. They will be missed!
From our Interim Rector:
Summer has finally begun to show itself with longer and warmer days. It has also given us the pleasure of welcoming home those of you who spend your winters “away”. It’s nice to see the church nearly full at ten o’clock, and it reminds us how much we miss your presence during the winter.
With July just around the corner, the Discernment Committee is in the throws of finishing up the profile to go out on the internet. We all gratefully applaud their hard work on our behalf and hope they can catch a breath over the next few weeks. Thank you to everyone who shared their sense of St Francis and its future. The more complete the profile, the easier and better it is for prospective applicants to consider joining the ministry at St Francis.
Finally, as Independence Day sneaks up on us, let us pray that our nation may find its common voice. As we appreciate the great diversity within our country, let us never forget to respect each individual voice. God has given each of us an individual Spirit, and it is only in hearing each voice that we get the full rendition of the orchestral score God is singing. Steve+
Newness, not just down in Portland! Look who is resting quietly at the home of Diana and Richard Brown in Stockton Springs! Thank you for permission to print this.
Bring it on!
FAIR DONATION REQUEST...
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 235 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.
In our links below, there is a new one which is temporarily marked in red. Many parishioners have been concerned and wondering how to help with the influx of migrants coming to Portland and to Maine in general. The Diocesan office has sent eClare this link to what is happening and what we can do to help.