St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church
Blue Hill ~ Maine
January 13, 2021
"Those who keep speaking about the sun while walking under a cloudy sky are messengers of hope, the true saints of our day." -Henri Nouwen
Cheryl Coffin and her husband, Ralph Topham, live in Surry and are active parishioners of St. Francis Church. Cheryl is currently Professor Emerita of Pathology, Microbiology, and Immunology at Vanderbilt University. Her artwork concentrates on drawing, painting, and printmaking. She draws inspiration from the landscape and seascape, aerial topographic views, macroscopic biological images, and microscopic cellular images. Read more about Cheryl and see her stunning artwork at the below website.
Contact Cheryl about available artwork at (207) 664-7414
Last Sunday, St. Francis Church listened to a profound-and very current- sermon by The Most Reverend Bishop Michael Curry. Thank you, Fr. Brent, for bringing this forward to us.
Sunday Worship Service
Wednesday - Saturday
From Fr. Brent-
1/14 - Thursday, January 14 5:00 PM
Want to learn about the nuts and bolts of the Eucharist? The history and theology of why we do things like we do them? Join the Catechism class on Thursday @ 5:00 as we celebrate Mass together and discuss each element of the ritual. Meet on the same Zoom address as Sunday Morning.
Thursday, January 21st, 7 PM
Pick up a card if you need a new one at the church and join Lynne who continues to hang out in Florida!
One wonders if Lynne's neighbors in Boca hear her calling out Bingo!
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:
Merrill Slaven Brache
Justin and Jessica
Terri Stephens Smith
Those with January Birthdays
Those in the Armed Services
James Crowe III
Kyle Carino Mings
We pray for the repose of the soul of Patty Deetjen and for her family and friends
Please log on to our website to read tributes to Patty, one of our very long-time parishioners.
We pray for the soul of Bob Slaven, a great friend of St. Francis Church, and for our beloved Linda and for all of their family and friends
From our Senior Warden
What a powerful challenge from our Presiding Bishop this past Sunday: reach out to someone with whom we disagree. Not an easy task, but I am going to do my best to meet that challenge because I believe so strongly in the power of God's love when we listen and communicate with an open heart. It is difficult times such as these which present the greatest opportunities.
Huge thanks to Judy Rountree and Sarah Everdell for guiding our first annual Festival of Lights. It was wonderful. And even though Covid has prevented us from gathering for an Epiphany bonfire, we still have Bingo, many services, phone calls and a vaccine on its way. Stay tuned for a Mardi Gras surprise!
Hang in there, stay well and know that all will be OK.
Milissa LaLonde, Sr. Warden
From Tim Thomas-
A Message From The planned Giving Committee-
Looking for a New Year's resolution?
Have you been
thinking of providing for St. Francis in your will
(or other method taking effect at your death)? The
Committee invites you to do so and provide for St. Francis
and thereby share in the assurance of it future.
Using and 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! She can be reached at ( 617) 852-5765.
From Vesta Kowalski
"I left San Diego on March 4 for a seven-week visit to Japan and returned home six months later, on August 29. Being with my family was not a bad way to be "stuck." Restrictions were far lighter in Japan than at my residence, and it was a wonderful opportunity to watch Kento begin junior high school and Kei make the equally dramatic transition from four to five."
From Bill Petry
I’m well in Wilmington N.C., and David Witter is doing pretty well in Paris. It is so nice to see St. Francis grow and flourish and so many old and new faces. My house is very small and all on one floor with a wonderful front porch to watch the world go by, and that has been wonderful in this lock down period. (I did get hit by a hurricane!)
Thank you, Prudy Heilner
"On St. Francis' prayer list, I have realized for some time that no one in our community knows Kaylee Bland. She is the 7 1/2 year-old granddaughter of Fred's cousin, Jonathan Heilner. We never see them because they, along with their children & grandchildren, live in Arizona.
Kaylee's story is extremely sad and very unusual. I have attached a link here to the web page created by her mother, Tanya (Fred's first cousin once removed). It is touching and beautiful." Prudy
A Gift from Arthur Gregg
The children's choirs of The Chapel of the Cross sing "All Things Bright and Beautiful."
Thanks to one of you... Enjoy this light video!
And thanks for this one if you have ever one of those "I give up!" moments!