Happy New Year and New Look!

Dear friends,

Welcome to 2015 and the new look for the St. Francis by the Sea website. This new form and format gives us the opportunity to get more news out to you in a timely fashion.  It will enable us to tell our stories more deeply than we are able to do in the wonderful eClare email newsletters that you have come to love so much. In a very real sense this new website is a 21st Century Franciscan (our former print newsletter).

The Rev. Claudia Smith Rector St. Francis by the Sea

The Rev. Claudia Smith
Rector St. Francis by the Sea

In these days after having celebrated the birth of Christ, spiritually we are on a journey to discover what it means that God took on human flesh to be one with us. We are on no less of a journey as we live into a new way of telling the story of St. Francis by the Sea and it’s people. Please check back often to see what is happening.  If you would like to be notified when a new article is posted we soon will have a way to do that too. In other words there will be a way for any newly added website content to automatically show up in your email inbox.

Communications have come a long way from Jesus traveling around with his small band of followers, Continue reading

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You can listen to Sunday’s Sermon

Click on the link and listen:
February 22, 2015 Sermon by Rev. Claudia Smith

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A Beautiful Church – A Wonderfully Dry Building!

2014 St. Francis by the Sea Building Construction Project, Phase I Summary Report

-Submitted by David Decrow-

North Wall – BEFORE

Construction Contract – Planning and Work Scope

On June 13, 2014, a construction contract agreement was signed by St. Francis by the Sea and general contractor E.L. Shea, Ellsworth, Maine. The contract work scope was based upon architectural plans and specifications prepared by Lewis & Malm Architecture, Bucksport, Maine. The contract sum was structured as “cost of the work plus contractor’s fee” with a guaranteed maximum price (GMP) not to exceed $ 394,003.00 with a substantial completion date of September 26, 2014. Construction work commenced on June 16, 2014.

North Wall AFTER!

North Wall AFTER!

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Outreach at St. Francis by the Sea…is this our identity?

by Judy Rountree

Picture any parishioner of St Francis by the Sea…year-round or summer…and you will see someone who is involved with “reaching out” in love and kindness to each other, to the needs of our community, and well beyond.

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“Reaching Out” ranges from our largest ongoing project, The St. Francis Fair,







to telephone calls and brief notes of support. Continue reading

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