Memorial Day
(May 25, 2020)
This American Flag is 6.65 acres of flowers, located near Vandenberg Air Force Base
eClare

St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
May 21, 2020

From St. Francis Vestry Member, Bill Gould
I serve because it is my civic duty to live up to the title of public servant. I feel like there is no greater calling to be able to provide high quality services and support to our fellow citizens. The pledge of defending the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic is a sacred duty that we as public servants are privileged to take. I have been fortunate to take that pledge as a member of the Army Reserve and now as CMS employee. Both times I felt huge pride and respect to be able to uphold that pledge.
Bill Gould, Center for Program Integrity, CMS
St. Francis Church
Sunday Worship Service
Zoom, 10 AM

Wednesday Evening Prayers
Zoom, 6 PM
*Please continue updating the prayer list

Although eClare brings together a lot of the "lightness" of St Francis Church, the main reason for its existence is to communicate the life events of our church and parishioners. This especially includes the prayer list. Email our church administrator, Barbara Brady. She is now working remotely and she receives emails through the church web address.


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:

Art
Kaylee Bland
Craig
Holly Colt
Ellen Day
Edward Dufresne
Diane Dumond
Brinley Hall
Dorine Harris
Kira Hartley
Kaylie Holland
Jane Hooper
Keagan
Alix Kirkpatrick
JoAnn Krestan
Pam MacDonald
Sam and Jane Nesbitt
Diana Robson
Dennis Robertson
Ronan
Carla Rosenzweig
Sarah Semler
Scott
Ed Shoemaker
Sophie
Cathy Smith
Donny Smith
Marshall Smith
Peter Smith
Gloria Smith
Fred Stine
Brenda Swazey
Brad West
Martha York

Those with May Birthdays

Jim Caggaino
Dixie Chapman
Dennis DeSilvey
Sarah Everdell
John Haley
Marilyn Heinemann
John Paul LaLonde
Elaine MacLean
Jane Nesbitt
Carla Rosenzweig
Susan Schneider
Donny Smith
Mary Ann Taylor
Nell Whiting
Angela Yardy

Those in the Armed Services    
Abigail
James Crowe III
Andy Dittmer
Brian Haley
Sean Haley
Douglas Hamilton
Kyler Hall
Peter McGuyer
Kyle Carino Mings
Eric Partridge
Henry Shepley
From our Sr. Warden, Milissa LaLonde

Happy Spring to All,
We are happily welcoming "home" our summer friends. That, at least, feels normal and puts a smile on our faces.
- The lobster project came to a successful end after the sale of almost 2,000 lobsters in 6 weeks. The lobsterman is now selling out of his truck on Friday mornings at 8:00 AM across from the fairgrounds.
- I am happy to report that an anonymous couple has been working through St. Francis to "adopt" a family by offering $2,000 a month during this difficult time. This life-changing gift has been a joy to usher into reality. So many generous, loving people in our midst!
- Our phone callers are giving of their time and listening hearts as well. This simple act of friendship is worth a million dollars.
- Check out the church if/when you get a chance. Dan Bergin and co. are doing a wonderful job of painting. Thank you David Decrow, Ray Yardy and John Paul LaLonde for your expertise and oversight.
- Spring cleanup is coming along. When painting is complete, the outside windows will need some attention. Stay tuned!
- Enjoy the rest of May and stay well.
Milissa
Thank you, Connie Hegarty!








From Fr. Brent-

A word on Regathering…

Friends, as you know, the vestry and I have been working on a plan to regather for worship at the church come June. After research, prayer and discussion, we have decided that right now, knowing what we know, it is imprudent to gather for worship, even outside. 


I am convening a working group on worship for the Diocese and most congregations are coming to a similar conclusion. It might be safe enough, but the consequences of being wrong could be grave. (see "Churches that reopened are closing again as the virus spreads” here: 

https://www.nytimes.com/2020/05/19/us/coronavirus-usa-live.html )  We will revisit this conversation in mid-June.

In the mean time, keep coming to Zoom worship on Sunday, join us at Evening Prayer Wednesdays at 6. (If you can’t zoom in via computer, your will phone work. 

At 10 on Sunday or 6 on Wednesday, Call:   +1 301 715 8592 and enter  543 976 0613 when prompted. If you know someone who has computer issues, please pass this on to them).

In Christ,

Brent
From Outreach Chair, Sue Grindle

We have heard back from Jo Cooper of Friends in Action. She told me that they are very much in need of a donation to help their mission. She was grateful that St. Francis could help. The money will go towards the purchase of gas for the drivers. The amount the committee agreed upon at the meeting was $200.00 from the Emergency Fund.

We have received a nice thank you letter from Janet Lewis for our donation to The Magic Food Bus.

Tradewinds gift cards would be much appreciated by H.O.M.E
How would you like to homeschool four Chungs?
(Brighton, Camdyn, Taggart and Ambrose)
Charity writes:
Juggling us both working and the schooling of 4 kids is hard work!!!!! Lots of outdoor time!
From Andrew
Community Supported Lobsters Program Has Ended with St. Francis Church and friends purchasing 1922 lobsters and providing close to
$10,000 in funds
"Arron thanks St. Francis and the entire team for their assistance in moving the lobsters. He plans to continue to sell them himself locally, and wanted to pass along this information as we have an active contingent who have a taste for lobster.
Arron plans to sell his lobster for $8 apiece in Blue Hill on Friday morning at 8 o'clock. He will be at the Old Peddler's Wagon, the old florist/greenhouse, more or less across the street from the Blue Hill Fairgrounds. 
I don't believe that the lobstermen/fishermen are entirely out of the woods yet, but I think that we helped one family get through an especially tough and dire period. Blessings to all. Andrew
And Congrats to Camdyn Chung!

She graduates from 8th grade at Blue Hill Consolidated School June 12th! Graduation is to be determined for a later date, probably in August.   

"I THINK, AT A CHILD’S BIRTH, IF A MOTHER COULD ASK A FAIRY GODMOTHER TO ENDOW IT WITH THE MOST USEFUL GIFT, THAT GIFT WOULD BE CURIOSITY."
---Eleanor Roosevelt
Brigid with the new baby ducklings
Hannah Maeve and a big lobster!
Keagan, younger grandson of Sarah and Tony Everdell
(Who needs a coloring book anyway?)
Frances, granddaughter of Judy Rountree, turns 4 today -and had a pink cupcake in bed for breakfast!
Nora's assignment was to create art from every-day objects. So, the vase is a Kuerig coffee pod, the stem is a pencil, and the flower a tissue with a jingle bell center. She also makes a great chicken pie!
Quinn, playing "dress-up" with Treasures from the St. Francis Fair
Ozzie and Franklin
Grandchildren of Milissa and Jon Paul LaLonde
This just in from The Diocese:
Pentecost is almost here! The Episcopal Diocese of Maine is planning a diocese-wide online worship service and would love to include  your  Pentecost celebration video. If you'd like to participate, please record a video of you and your family wearing the color red, and celebrating or cheering. Please send your video to Director of Communications Katie Clark at  kclark@episcopalmaine.org  by Tuesday, May 26 at 3pm.
Links to Websites of
 Special Interest: 

St Francis by the Sea  (website)


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