St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
April 28, 2021

Spring at St. Francis by the Sea
Thank you to our organist, Lorna Russell, for photographing the first signs of our new spring!
“Spring makes its own statement, so loud and clear that the gardener seems to be only one of the instruments, not the composer.”
– Geoffrey B. Charlesworth
From Fr Brent
The daffodils are peaking. Direct sowed spinach has emerged in the garden. Lilacs are budding. We had our first conversation at Morning Prayer about black flies. It is spring in Maine.

The renewal of spring, even of the less edifying aspects like black flies and deer ticks, always inspires me. It is a new beginning, another chance. The missteps of last summer can be redeemed. The damage of winter can be repaired. New directions are a real possibility.

Our emergence this spring, as vaccinations relax the pandemic’s grip on the world, is even more dramatic than usual. So many possibilities. So many things feel new. So many chances to do things differently.

Your vestry and the reopening committee are busy, busy, busy making arrangements for our Pentecost regathering. We made a technological break-through this weekend which should allow at -home worship to work well even as people attend in person; and we figured out how to make glass communion cups work so we can stop using the plastic ones. Oh the things we all need to learn! 

Please join us on the 8th for a Spring clean-up to get the place ready for our return. We have indoor and outdoor jobs for every level of interest and mobility. Until then, enjoy the season! (And, according to the wisdom of Morning Prayer, olive oil works for black flies).

In Christ,

The Calendar

Sunday Worship Service
9 AM
Spring Clean-up
Saturday, May 8th
10 am-Noon
Zoom- plus!
In-person worship
Sunday, May 10
(see below)
Morning Prayer
 Wednesday - Saturday 
8:45 AM

From Judith Dullnig"Please join us for the 2nd Women’s Storybook Project Virtual Luncheon on April 29, 12pm (CST) and invite friends to watch with you. It could be a virtual “watching party” or a link could be sent to your friends. The program will be 30 minutes, and you don’t even need to get dressed up!

Happy Spring Everyone!

From our Senior Warden---

 "I hope this finds you with a positive outlook, a healthy body and renewed energy to do the things that are most important to you in your life.

The reopening committee is finalizing details for in-person worship and will send out a letter with procedures and protocols by May 10. 

I do want to share a few highlights:

May 23 at 10:00 will be our first in-person worship service; there will be space for about 30 people, and each person must be fully vaccinated in order to attend. It feels so good to even talk about gathering again!

Spring Clean-up is upon us and I am happy to report that we will gather for this fun, annual event on Saturday May 8 from 10:00 - 12:00. Please bring rags, rakes and muscles. We will celebrate the work day with a noon "bring your own picnic". Please bring your own food and drink just to keep things safe for all. The rain date is the following Saturday May 15. Anyone wishing to work alone at a different time, please call David Decrow at 348-6405.

Thank you, 
We Pray for:
Harry and Marie Bissell
Jim Casper
Russel Dischinger
Edward Dufresne
Brinley Hall
Katie Holland
JoAnn Krestan
Alix Kirkpatrick
Kira and John Klinger
Victor L Lopez
Fred Marston
Diana Robson
Dennis Robertson
Carla Rosenzweig
Mary Semler
Linda Slaven
Cathy Smith
Donny Smith
Marshall Smith
Peggy Smith
Terri Stephens Smith
Fred Stine
Janet and Julia Swayze
Lyn Swayze
Karen Swoboda
Judy Thomas
Gerald Wheeler
Holly Whelan
Persis Williams

Those with April Birthdays
Lucy Bowick
Jim Briggs
Richard Brown
Lee Buck
Lindsay Decrow
Tony Everdell
Maynard Getchell-Forbes
Heather Ford
Kathleen Hayward
Sue Grindle
Brenda Higgins
Jack Joyce
Merry Newton
Tony Newton
Nancy Peers
Mary Semler
Carolyn Van Cise
Persis Williams

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

We Pray for the Repose of the Soul of

The Rev. John Hedger, who was vicar of St. Francis in our mission days, from 1990 to 1992. The St. Francis Fair was begun during his brief tenure
Pam McDonald, a close friend of Cindy Garlick. Pam was formerly active in the Episcopal Church and a very special neighbor.

📍🌱Healthy Peninsula is growing our Magic Food Bus team!🌱📍
Love food and want to share it?!
Want to get involved in serving your community? 
Healthy Peninsula is looking for someone to work with the Magic Food Bus Coordinator on our Healthy Eating initiative, where we share fresh vegetables, healthy eating education, and community resource information to support and improve the health and well-being of residents in the nine towns across our Blue Hill Peninsula and Deer Isle service area.
If you are interested, please send a letter of interest, resume, and references to Anna Wind, Healthy Eating Program Coordinator, at or Healthy Peninsula, PO Box 945, Blue Hill, ME 04614.
For more information, call Anna at 542-2963.
Housing needed!
The real estate boom is causing challenges for members of our community, especially renters.  A local teacher and her teenage children are desperately in need of housing beginning in June.  The need is for two bedrooms and dogs are part of the equation.  Long-term is desired, but with the rental market so tight, she might need to consider shorter term arrangements.  If you have a lead, contact Fr. Brent (
A Gift for the children in our community!

St. Francis Church continues to have Summer Camperships Available for Community Children.

From Outreach Chair, Sue Grindle-

"If you know of a child in the community who would like to attend either Nichols Day Camp (ages 7 to 12) or Camp Bishopswood (ages 8 to 14), Outreach may be able to help with the tuition costs.

Thanks to the generous donors who contributed to the Deetjen Campership Scholarship we will be able to fund 5 weeks at Nichols Day Camps or 2 weeks at Camp Bishopswood.

This will be on a first come, first served basis. There are special requirements at both camps due to the pandemic, so I urge folks to peruse their websites:

Please be aware that spaces are filling up fast. Contact Barbara Brady at the church with your camper’s name. Parents must do their own registration. All requests are kept confidential."
(edited from"GSA Matters")

Individuals Make the Difference
It’s easy to think of George Stevens Academy as an institution with a long history of preparing young people on the Blue Hill Peninsula for purposeful lives in our communities. But when we reflect on our own educations, the individuals, not the institutions, stand out in our memories. Schools are really all about people.
Business Manager Fred Heilner, who recently retired, is one such individual. Fred carefully shepherded GSA through finan- cial challenges while ensuring that the student experience was never diminished if there was another way to make ends meet. Fred made sure all the cogs and wheels that support learning turned smoothly and quietly in the background so teachers could teach, coaches could coach, and students could learn.
Proving once again that life is just different!

Attached is a school video of innovated PE classes one of which includes Oliver, the older grandson of Angela and Ray Yardy. Enjoy!

A Message from our Flower Guild:
Flowers are back and Donations are Needed
"Father Brent had an overwhelming positive response to the flowers for the Easter service.
If you would like to honor family or friends or would like to honor your memories of loved ones, please consider a donation to the St. Francis Church with the notation: Flower Guild."

Many thanks to our Flower Guild: Nancy Peers, chair, Jane Heizmann, Mary Hartley, Angela Yardy, Kathy DeSilvey, and Marty Hamblen
Summer members include Julie Boardman, Libbie Cluett and Mary Gallant.

Below are flowers which have graced our altar in recent years.
Thank you all for contributing so much to our worship services!

Links to Websites of
 Special Interest: droppable-1619627234904 (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!!!

NAMI Maine
Spring Flowers and Grandchildren!
Thank you, Peter Smith, for sending this to us!
Who do you suppose this is?...speaking of flowers! Think Junque! At Joe's Garage!
Our rector has a couple of items for sale. He is reorganizing!  "The desk is L-shaped, in two pieces, and is in decent condition, maybe better suited for a craft table than a formal desk."
 If you are interested, email Brent.