eClare
St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
July 2, 2020
"Only in the darkness can you see the stars."
Martin Luther King Jr

‘Allagash Milkway’
-the amazing above photograph is with permission of
Dave Conley/ Canoe the Wild
(Canoeing Adventures for the First Timer and Seasoned Paddler
on Maine and Canadian Rivers)

~~~~~~
(and this)
"Sometimes in my tent, late at night, I think I can hear the stars scraping against the sky."
– Rick Yancey

The Calendar

Sunday Worship Service
Zoom

(Time Change)
9 AM
Beginning this Sunday
July 5

Two separate Wednesday Seekers
Zoom
(see right)

Morning Prayer with
Fr. Brent
Zoom 8:45 AM
Tuesday – Friday

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

Email our church Parish Administrator, Barbara Brady. She continues to work 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
Harry Bissell
Kaylee Bland
Julie Boardman
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 July Birthdays

Ruth Billings
Marinda Boechat
Charity Chung
Libbie Cluett
Patti Deetjen
Kathy DeSilvey
Lynne Ensworth
John Faulkner
Marty Hamblen
Jack Hooper
Jane Hooper
Brent Follweiler
Kevin Hunt
Ann Joyce
Alix Kirkpatrick
Fred Marston
Katie McCloud
Sam Nesbit
Chris Ramsay
Jane Reinoso
Elizabeth Richardson
Carlton Russell
Brenda Swayze

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
Camdyn Chung (original art)
Ambrose Chung, celebrating the beauty of a single flower
Brighton Chung--keeping spirits up with wonderful road signs!

From our Senior Warden, Milissa La Londe

July 2, 2020
Dear Friends,

I hope this finds you healthy and happy wherever you may be.
Just a few updates:
- The church looks beautiful as it shines with new paint thanks to Dan Bergin (painter) and David Decrow (overseer).
- We had a wonderful first session this week on a Wednesday Seekers curriculum called Sacred Ground. It is a film and discussion looking at racial justice, offered by the Episcopal Church.
- Plans are in the works for the annual report and a zoom-type annual meeting. 
- Please think about Emily Award nominations.
- Special thanks to Barbara Brady and all those committee chairs and volunteers who work behind the scenes to make St. Francis church so vibrant and welcoming.
Have a wonderful 4th of July weekend and God bless you.
Milissa LaLonde
Senior Warden
Wednesday Seekers
(1st and 3rd Wednesdays)

Having begun yesterday, July 1st, St Francis by the Sea is offering an excellent adult ed at 10 AM, first and third Wednesdays. The discussion yesterday was excellent and the format is inviting for anyone to join for the first time next week. We are coming from various points of view and everyone is welcome and encouraged to participate.

Good stuff! Good conversation!
 
The Episcopal Church’s Sacred Ground Anti-racism training is a film-based and dialogue series on Race and Faith.   ( https://episcopalchurch.org/sacred-ground )

Wednesday Seekers
(2nd and 4th Wednesdays)
 
F rom Fr. Brent-

Since we are also in the midst of a terrible pandemic and our souls need tending as much as they need challenging, we will on even (2 nd  and 4 th ) Wednesdays be reading Verna Dozier’s gem of Anglican theology  
The Dream of God .   I encourage you to buy it locally.
  
(Artwork by Brigid Was)
Zoom church welcomes everyone...and everything! Meet Templeton , himself, who finds a way to just show up!
From our Parish Administrator, Barbara Brady---

Pay Pal
You all have been wonderful in keeping up with pledges in this complicated time. Thank you! We now have PayPal to make it even easier to make one time and recurring payments. Check out  https://stfrancisbluehill.org/donations-pledges-paypal/

Emily Award
The Emily Award was established in 2009 in order to honor the many people who have 
engaged in a variety of church related activities over a long period of time that are critical
to the mission of the church. It was named after  Emily Chaney  who was the first recipient of the award.
To nominate someone please include your name as well as the person who is being nominated and a description of why this person would be a good candidate to receive an Emily Award
by describing in detail the activities he/she currently engage in at St. Francis, those he/she engaged in the past and how these contribute to the mission of the church.   
Please submit your nominations to Milissa LaLonde, Sr. Warden no later than July 30th.

  Friends List
Last chance to make any changes to your Friends listing information. If you have changes, please send to Barbara at  stfrancisbluehillme@gmail.com
Thank you!
"Real strength has to do with helping others."
-Mr. Rogers
Taggart Chung , upcoming fourth-grader, works with his Dad, fixing up bikes to give away. A wonderful story to come...
T he starry night photo at the top of this page was sent to eClare by Suzanne Decrow who received it from a friend who received it from another friend who helped us to find its origin...with the additional connection of FaceBook! All of which is to say how important it is for eClare to have both documentation and permission.

More importantly, this fun experience also speaks to new connections and new acquaintances at a time when all of us friends and parishioners of St. Francis by the Sea are experiencing a lot of isolation. If there is an upside to all of the bad news and fears being generated by COVID 19, it is that we are constantly being awakened by new understandings, new insights about our neighbors (both local and nationwide) and new opportunities such as "Canoe the Wild". ..an unexpected surprise like so many others!

Stay connected, everyone! eClare welcomes your input. We are surely separate- but together in so many ways. Thankfully St. Francis by the Sea has the simple but powerful connection of love for each other and those we have never met. Judy
July 4, 2020
Windy Was- flanked by Hannah Maeve and Brigid
-expressing their First Amendment Rights-
Links to Websites of
 Special Interest: 

bwas@riseup.net (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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