St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
December 3, 2020

St. Francis, you are magnificent!
Not only did the church provide all of the needs for fifteen family dinners, you did it safely -here and from far away. It was a really successful effort by everyone.
Thank you for the dollars you sent, for your safe shopping, for great pricing at Tradewinds, for homemade pies, for Dick Doane's delivery to H.O.M.E and for Barbara shuffling donations into the church at the end of many days. We also received home-baked goods from community friends who just knew about our traditional Thanksgiving Baskets. Many thanks for everything!
-Prudy and Judy
From Tracey Hair-
"The boxes are incredible and stand out among the rest! Thank you for all of the effort you put in to doing this in a safe way. We reached more than 60 families from the Orland site and 110 families from our Ellsworth site."
Thank you !
The Season of Giving continues...
From Sue Grindle-

"The Giving Tree this year truly shines. The heart messages of positivity and encouragement during this Covid nightmare are simply amazing. The artwork and creativity just boggles my mind. Our St. Francis children outdid all expectations. Here are a few of the words on the hearts: Brighten, Dream, Endure, Wish, Inspire, Be Kind, Smile, Strength, Faith. There are also some hearts that simply portray nature. I particularly liked the small heart with soaring ducks. I wish you all could see it in person and read the hearts. Hopefully we will have more pictures to share. This year, it's not The Giving Tree, it's The Living Tree. Thank you to Camdyn, Brighton, Taggert, Ambrose, Bridget, Hannah Maeve, and Nora."

The Calendar

Sunday Worship Service
9 AM
Morning Prayer
 Wednesday - Saturday 
8:45 AM
Wednesday Seekers
10 AM
Join us as we read 
The First Christmas  
by JD Crossan and Marcus Borg.
December 18th Christmas gifts for children will be delivered to the Emmaus Shelter

The Festival of Lights
St. Francis by the Sea
Sunday, December 20th
4 PM

A Christmas Carol,  Dramatically Read
                7:00 PM
     Tuesday, December 1
     Tuesday, December 8
     Monday, December 14
     Tuesday, December 22

A wonderful time was had on Tuesday. If you missed it, watch here:

To join us on Tuesday, 12/1 @ 7:00, register on the Library events page:
From Lynne Yurosko...
Please continue updating the prayer list

Email our church Parish Administrator, Barbara Brady.

As always, if you wish to add another person's name to the prayer list, please be sure you have that person's permission.
We Pray for:

Stella Akscin
Ruth Billings
Harry Bissell
Kaylee Bland
Bob Boyd
Don Bucchan
Kathy Caudill
Stacy Clausen
Holly Colt
Ellen Day
Edward Dufresne
Diane Dumond
Frank Griffith
Tracey Hair
Brinley Hall
Doreen Harris
Justin and Jessica
Alix Kirkpatrick
Jo-Ann Krestan
Pam MacDonald
Virginia Peacock
Earl Richardson
Diana Robson
Dennis Robertson
Carla Rosenzweig
Mary Semler
Cathy Smith
Claudia Smith
Gloria Smith
Marshall Smith
Terri Stephens Smith
Fred Stine
Marilyn Stewart
Brenda Swazey
Judy Thomas
Brad West
Persis Williams

Those with December Birthdays
Harry Bissell
Tom Boardman
Jon Dullnig
Bill Gouls
Caroline Herrick
Ray Mathewson

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

Bombas, the sock and apparel maker, has given over 41 million sock and t-shirt donations to 3000 organizations that serve the homeless and other people -in -need.   Mary Hartley’s daughter, Kira Hartley Klinger, represents two missions for her church in Ohio, and has been a Bombas recipient for three years. This year she tagged us as a sock-elf, shipping 75 pairs to St. Francis. Mary, aka, sock-elf, will happily transport them to Tracy Hair, Director of our local homeless shelters, HOME and Emmaus .
Thank you, Connie Hegarty!
for some crazy fun!
Sunday, December 20th
St. Francis Church
is about to light up the church -and the driveway- and the whole parking lot! It will be a drive-through experience like nothing else!

Come, have fun, decorate a tree! This is guaranteed to be chaos-- a disorganized "do what you want to do"! And what's worse, it will be advertised to the community.

We will probably have a bunch of folks driving through to see what we are up to now!

It is also about being safely distanced outside while, having a good time, and laughing a lot!

FYI: The lighting of the four trees in the median has been funded by Peter and Donny Smith, and they will (hopefully) look decent. After that, all bets are off!
The pressure is on for our rector to come up with a donkey! If you want to light up a lobster boat or a tractor (or your bike!) feel free!

Many thanks to Ray Yardy who is making every effort to keep us "lit" and out of trouble!

We will be safe, not gathering in the church or side-by-side.

Call Sarah Everdell and "own" your own tree for the night. Or, just come and help put it all together!
(set-up will be on Saturday, Dec.19)
Peter and Donny Smith having way too much fun at a recent Veterans Day dinner!

Thank you, Lynne!

From Stewardship Chair,
Lynne Yurosko-

"WE DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!

YOU DID IT!!!!!!!!!!

Our stewardship campaign reached its goal just before Thanksgiving!!! 

We are thankful for your generosity and commitment. To be completely honest when we arrived at this year’s goal of $235,000 it seemed totally out of reach especially this year. Our highest pledge amount in the past had barely broken $200,000 so this year’s goal seemed like an unbelievable stretch. The soul and spirit of St. Francis by the Sea was not to be underestimated. We have proven that even if we cannot gather we are still connected by our faith, commitment and love for each other and the needs of our church and community. We are truly blessed. We ARE St Francis.

 Please know that you are loved and appreciated.  

We thank you with ever grateful hearts."
Christmas Gifting at its best!
Many of have been gifting this wonderful olive oil to family and friends for years. It is the best!
Tyler has a whole new shipment and will deliver right to your door!
Jigsaw for Christmas?

Ray and Angela Yardy have 7 or 8 adult level Jigsaws (2000 piece) to give away for those who do puzzles during these cold wet days when we are all shut-in. They have pictures of the completed puzzles which they will gladly send you to help you choose, and all puzzles are resealed in their original boxes. If you are interested in getting one of these please contact Ray at or 664-4104 and he will deliver one to you. It will be on a 'first come first served’ basis.
Covid-19 Hits Home
We join the community in praying for the residents and staff at the Island Nursing Home on Deer Isle. Our much loved,The Rev. Persis Williams is among those who have tested positive for Covid-19. Persis, always out-going, is naturally feeling the effects of having to be isolated in her room. She loves cards! At this writing, Persis is doing well.

What are possibilities of every one of us sending her a card between now and Christmas? She would be thrilled!

Her address is:
Persis Williams
587 N Deer Isle Rd,
Deer Isle, ME 04627
A letter from St Francis Outreach Committee

In these difficult times with the rising cases of COVID-19 the needs of the peninsular community are ever expanding. The St. Francis Outreach Committee has decided to try and help others in need, not just with our traditional gifts of toys and books for the children at Emmaus. In addition, we will provide support to the H.O.M.E. shelter program and also reach a hand of friendship to the residents at Harbor View, and the staff and residents at the Island Nursing Home. This is all made possible by the very generous donations we received from both our parish community and several local businesses. These include Hammond Lumber, Out on a Whimsey toy store, Blue Hill Books, The Spa and Salon, and The Lioness Club in Ellsworth. The toys and books were all purchased at local specialty stores, who helped by making age sensitive selections. 

While the outreach committee acknowledges that this is beyond what we traditionally have done in the holiday season, and beyond what we asked your help with, we are sure you will indulge our efforts to help the wider community. 
Sue Grindle, for St Francis Outreach Committee

(Thank you, Lorna Russell, for the cartoon, right)

Links to Websites of
 Special Interest: (Fr. Brent Was)

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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