St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
March 9, 2021

(photo by Susannah Warner, with permission)

Not knowing when the dawn will come I open every door.
---Emily Dickinson
The Season of Lent and Easter

Sunday, March 14, 9:00 am     4th Sunday in Lent  

Thursday, March 18 5:30 "Traces of the Trade" film and dinner.  (See below right)

Holy Week

Sunday, March 28, Palm Sunday/Sunday of the Passion
9:00 Mass...11:00 Drive Thru Palms and Communion

Thursday, April 1- Maundy Thursday 
at Home Agape Feast... resources to follow

Friday, April 2 –  Good Friday
Noon – Stations of the Cross with First Congregational online and (hopefully) outside in person.  Location TBD
5:00 – Good Friday Liturgy with the Episcopal Churches in Downeast Maine

Saturday, April 3 – Holy Saturday
5:00  Easter Vigil w/Trinity Castine & St. Brendan’s – Deer Isle

Sunday April 4  Easter: The Sunday of the Resurrection
9:00 – Mass
Drive Thru Communion w/Easter hat parade and Hot Cross Buns

From our Senior Warden

Dear Friends,
Vaccinations are ramping up as Covid numbers are going down, there is increasingly more warmth in the sunshine, days are getting longer and Easter is on the horizon...hope is in the air!!
I trust that you share some of these hopeful feelings and that each and every one of you is healthy and doing well. We have so much to be thankful for.
The vestry continues to meet twice a month and is beginning to talk about what summer may bring. We so look forward to being together in person and hope that it will not be too much longer.
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:
Harry Bissell
Merrill Slaven Brache
Merrin Brache
Gerry Brache
Don Bucchan
Jim Casper
Harry Bissell
Ellen Day
Russel Dischinger
Edward Dufresne
Diane Dumond
Frank Griffith
Doreen Harris
Brinley Hall
Katie Holland
Kathryn Hubner
Alix Kirkpatrick
Kira and John Klinger
Jo-Ann Krestan
Carolyn Leary
Victor L Lopez
Pam MacDonald
Ray Mathewson
Earl Richardson
Diana Robson
Dennis Robertson
Carla Rosenzweig
Mary Semler
Linda Slaven
Cathy Smith
Claudia Smith
Donny Smith
Marshall Smith
Peggy Smith
Terri Stephens Smith
Fred Stine
Marilyn Stewart
Lyn Swayze
Karen Swoboda
Judy Thomas
Holly Whelan
Persis Williams
Earl Young

Those with March Birthdays
Julie Boardman
Mary Boyd
Libby Buck
Ambrose Chung
Suzanne Decrow
David Falck
Steve Hayward
Fred Heilner
Prudy Heilner
Ed Manuel
Pam Peters
Maren Rosborough
Peter Smith
Colleen Spangler
Hannah Maeve Was
Jillian Weed
Gerald Wheeler

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

From Milissa LaLonde....

Winter Squash & Black Bean Casserole
(serves 4-6)

1 large onion, chopped
3 cloves garlic, minced
3-4 C roasted butternut squash (or other winter squash)
1 can black beans
Chili powder, cumin, salt & pepper to taste
2 C salsa
10-12 corn tortillas
Cheddar or jack cheese

Preheat oven to 350 degrees
Saute onion in oil till soft, add garlic, squash, beans, spices and set aside.
Spread thin layer of salsa on bottom of 9”X13” pan and lay half the tortillas on top (cut some in half to fit against sides of pan)
Spread half squash mixture over tortillas.
Layer salsa then tortillas, then squash and a final layer of salsa.
Shred cheese and layer on top.
Bake about 30 minutes
An Invitation for an evening with Trinity Episcopal Church, Castine

Thursday, March 18 at 7 PM
Constance and Dain Perry have screened the film and facilitated public conversations on race more than 300 times in the United States as well as Australia and West Africa
Dain worked in the financial industry for 30 years, as well as serving with non-profit organizations which promoted reform in the criminal justice system. Constance specialized in training, facilitation and consulting for non-profit organizations, with a focus on programs for at-risk youth and adults. They are an interracial couple that recognizes that Dain is a decendent of slave traders and slave owners and Constance is a decendent of slaves. Based on both their personal and family histories, they have embarked on a journey of racial reconciliation and healing, and invite others to their own journeys.
To receive the Zoom link, contact
Questions, contact The Rev. Donna Downs at:
Staying within the grant guidelines of health, warmth, and food, the committee decided to make its first donation ($500) from the grant to the Wardwell Oil for Needy Families program.

...and a Budget Update: The committee voted to send $500.00 to Friends in Action to aid the Vaccine Buddies program.
Diapers are much needed at the Tree of Life!

Please pick up a box or two and bring them to Tree of Life on Thursdays between 9:00 and 1:00. Once the church reopens, we will get the Diaper Bank going again on a more consistent basis. Many baby bottoms thank you!!

Is St. Francis turning into a bunch of "foodies"???

eClare is receiving recipes, new discoveries at the Co-op, hearing about strange new eating habits, and some of us are retreating back to our childhood favorites!

Chime in are you doing with all that? We are inundated with recipes online, and some of them are really good!

Send along a recipe "reference" since eClare does not have space for lengthy recipes.

Better yet, a cell phone photo would be great! Below are some good ones!
The best dill pickles..ever!
(The Blue Hill Co-op)
Great Jam! Like tiny cranberries but sweeter...perfect with morning toast!
(Rooster Bros. and Amazon)
(Left) Thank you, Connie, for bringing this amazing young woman to us!

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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