There’s nothing Ordinary about Ordinary Time

Dear Friends,
Welcome to the Season after Pentecost which stretches from the day after Pentecost at the end of May until the First Sunday of Advent at the end of November. It is the longest season in the church calendar and is often referred to as “ordinary time.”

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

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

I love what that says about the church and our spiritual journeys. You see even though there are moments of high drama and deeply moving events in our liturgical life together such as the birth of God in human form at Christmas or the end of that very special life on Good Friday and then his being resurrected back into the world at Easter – the bulk of our time together is spent in “ordinary time,” just getting about our life and trying to figure out what that means in terms of our faith.

We live in ordinary time. This period of approximately 5 months, therefore, is the fertile ground of our everyday lives into which we are being called to sow and cultivate the seeds of our faith. The liturgical color for this season is even green, which speaks to this as a season of greening and growth. Continue reading

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A Sneak Peak at St. Francis Fair Goodies

The weather was wet, but the enthusiasm was not damped by the showers as a couple dozen volunteers gathered around a half-dozen trucks for the 1st ever St. Francis Fair Pick-up day.  Designed to help people who had so much to donate that they could not move it all themselves.   Those items were picked up and delivered to Bill’s Boatyard in Sedgwick. All kinds of goodies including the kitchen sink!  Seriously!

Seriously  a kitchen sink!

Seriously a donated kitchen sink!

Here is a chance for you to get a sneak peak of a small amount of what will be for sale at the  St. Francis Fair (25 Years & counting )Saturday August 8th at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds.






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You can listen to Sunday’s St. Francis Sermon

July 19, 2015, Sermon by Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith

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25 Years and Counting

By Sarah Everdell, Fair Chair

Plans are well underway for the 26th St. Francis Fair held this year on August 8th at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds. DSCN8868-150x150Over the past 25 years, St. Francis has donated more than $100,000 to local organization that have partnered with us including Tree of Life, Habitat for Humanity, CFO, THAW, Peninsula Ambulance Corp, H.O.M.E, and Nichols Day Camp who is our partner again for the 2015 Fair.

Suzanne Decrow has been a part of the Fair longer than anyone else, from its inception when Junque was called the White Elephant Table.DSCN8679Once again she and her very loyal crew are handling this gigantic yard sale, and Joe Thompson graciously, once again, has offered his barn for storage. He also heads up the Tool Booth.

David Decrow will be in charge of the beverage booth again but what he does behind the scenes is really his gift to the FairEaster2015_019, while Ray Yardy does all the set-up and take-down chores in addition to solving last minute problems. Both could use a lot of help from volunteers.

The Grillers have become an institution led by Brinley Hall DSCN8754and few can pass up the sausage or hamburger offerings, or the aromas.

Nor can many pass up the delicious offerings at the food table chaired by Chris Ramsay and Judy Rountree. DSCN8472Almost everything sold out last year quite quickly.

MaryBoyd1And, of course, next to the food is the ever popular Strawberry Shack chaired by Mary Boyd which also will sell out on a hot day.



Hundreds (if not thousands) of books are for sale by a committee headed by Julie Boardman and Robert Publicover.  Bob and Pam Siewers among others spent the early spring sorting books in Pam’s basement.  The sorting process has now moved to Tom & Julie’s Barn in Sargentville.  Volunteers are needed.

DSCN8478The other very popular booth, of course, is jewelry and scarves chaired by Sandy Snow who always does a wonderful job of organization and presentation. Granny’s Attic is back again led by Angela Yardy and Judy Rountree offering new and slightly used toys and books and will DSCN8602again be located in the same tent as Children’s Games chaired by Katie MacLeod. Face painting and crafts are free as is the horse-drawn wagon ride.

Treasure Chest, with new chairs Cathy Thompson and Milissa LeLonde, StFrancisFair2010_webwill have wonderful antiques and modern discoveries, and there will also be a small silent auction as part of the overall booth. Donations have been coming in already.

New this year is The Garden Shed, chaired by Sue and Pudge Grindle. This will offer all things gardening including plants, herbs, arrangements, tools, books, vases, and even free advice from master gardeners.

There is a lot that goes on behind the scenes including the coffee cart with Fred and Prudy Heilner which starts early on DSCN8640Saturday morning providing coffee and donuts to not only everyone setting up, but also to the many who are lined up waiting to get in.

DSCN8822Page Williamson and Jack Joyce have agreed to be masters of ceremony again coordinating music and important announcements, and Tim Thomas has once again agreed to be treasurer, in charge of all the money, a most important role. Joe Lendvai has agreed to photograph the whole event as he has been doing for over 15 years. Anne and Brent Follweiller always take care of any signs that need to be put up or taken down, and Judy Rountree does an exceptional job of publicity. Elaine MacLean will handle the Package Check, a very necessary addition to the Fair, and unseen by almost everyone, Jon Dullnig is our security force on Friday evening throughout the night. He is our Wyatt Earp.
DSCN8693Nancy Doane, as a past chair is every present, from helping to count the money, to working at the Treasure Chest, to making sure the chair is organized.The Fair could not happen without her gentle and gracious support.

Your Help is needed
We’re still in need of a chair to organize the trucks, but otherwise the Fair is moving towards another success in August. Each of the booths will need volunteers, and sign-ups will go up in July. We will need cakes, cookies, and sweets for the food table, and, of course, all of your junque and treasures, jewelry and books to ensure a successful day. We’re presently organizing a “pick up day” for Saturday, July 18th to pick up larger, heavier items.

So plan on August 8th – bring your friends, relatives, and houseguests and sign up to help. This is a truly wonderful afFAIR.

Drop offs:
Junque – Joe’s barn, 13 Hales Hill Road, Sedgwick
Jewelry and Scarves – at the church or to Nancy Doane
Granny’s Attic – church
Books – church or if it is a large donation of books Julie and Tom Boardman’s Barn in Sargentville. But it is very important that you call Julie ahead of time (359-2501) as the barn is not always unlocked.
Tools – Joe’s barn
Treasure Chest – storage bin in Ellsworth; the church office has a key, or
call Sarah Everdell, 359-8562, who also has a key.

And Thank You!!!

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Fighting Next Winter’s Cold Now!

As we celebrate the warmth of summer we need to remember the winter cold and know that no matter what we do, it will come back. But you can do something to make your home more comfortable in the winter – by installing what some call, “indoor storm windows” built by “The Window Dressers organization”. WindowDressersLogo

This all volunteer-run non-profit organization manufactures and distributes these thermal window inserts at very low cost and this spring St. Francis by the Sea has been working with others to set up a local outlet for these inserts. These nearly invisible inserts reduce heat loss by blocking the air leaks from around your windows and thus the ensuing cold drafts. This results in more comfort for you while saving you money on your heating bills.

The parent ‘Windows Dressers’ organization reports heating bill savings of up to 25% and yet the inserts cost only approx. $25 per window and will, with care, last 10 years.


These inserts have pine frames with both sides wrapped with crystal-clear polyolefin film, creating a dead-air space between the two layers. A foam weather strip around the edge completes the seal. A white-painted frame is also available at slightly higher cost.



Each insert is built to fit precisely into individual windows in your home. Each is easily installed into the window frame from the inside of the house, no need to climb ladders etc.
And these inserts reusable year after year.


For the last few months, the St Francis measuring team of Ray Yardy and Bob Publicover have used a WindowDressers supplied laser device to accurately measure dozens of windows in the homes of clients. The team immediately enters the dimensions into a computer for transmission to the manufacturing plant in Rockland.

When all the data are entered, the computer will show you the total bill. If the client cannot afford to pay for the inserts Window-Dressers supplies approximately 22% of the inserts for a nominal donation of $10 per home.


During during the summer the Rockland plant cuts and assemble the frames. Then in October local volunteers (including you if at all possible) will add the covering and seals to the frames and call you to arrange for delivery.


This may all seem complicated but it is not.
To see a detailed description of the window inserts click here to visit   or check out this  22 minute video which does show how it all works.

As they say at WindowDressers “There are 557,000 homes in Maine, and over 90 percent of them need weatherization. We’re here to help.”

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Testament of a Naked Man

A headline that is not designed to be provocative. Or is it?

“Testament of a Naked Man: A Contemporary Dramatization of the Gospel of Mark.” is performed by The Rev. Angus Stuart an Anglican Priest at St. Francis-in-the-Wood, West Vancouver, Canada. And “Mark” will be brought to life at three events at St. Francis by the Sea the weekend of June 12, 13, and 14.

The first event is a one-man (fully clothed by the way) performance of the full Gospel.

Sound II – a sculpture by Antony Gormley; Winchester Cathedral.Photograph by Roger Twigg used with kind permission.

Sound II – a sculpture by Antony Gormley; Winchester Cathedral.Photograph by Roger Twigg used with kind permission.

Friday, June 12, 2015. 7-9 p.m. at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church, 330 Hinkley Ridge Road (Rte. 177) in Blue Hill.

Tickets are $15, $12 for seniors 65 and over and students. Tickets will be available at the door.

According to his bio Fr. Stuart “began by telling the story of Christ’s arrest, trial and crucifixion from memory on Palm Sunday in 2007. Then he was inspired to memorize the whole of Mark’s Gospel. The effect is dramatic!”

So, where does the title come from?  The Gospel according to Mark, of course:5732.angus-photo-new

“A certain young man was following him wearing nothing but a linen cloth. They caught hold of him, but he left the linen cloth and ran off naked.”  Mark 14:51-52

“We are excited to be bringing Rev. Stuart to Blue Hill,” said Rev. Claudia Smith, rector of St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church. “The Gospel of Mark is perfectly written to be acted. This one-man show is an ideal vehicle to communicate the Gospel’s true essence.”

By the time Fr. Stuart arrives here in Blue Hill he will have presented this powerful performance more than 50 times across Canada and the US.
You can get a video taste by clicking here.

The performance lasts approximately two hours. There is no intermission, but there will be two short musical interludes.

ACT I – Beginning of the Good News (Mark 1:1 – 6:29)

ACT II – Visions of Jesus (Mark 6:30 – 10:31)

ACT III – On the Road (Mark 10:32 – 16:8)


Saturday June 13: For those who wish to go deeper into the Gospel of Mark, Rev. Stuart will facilitate a “quiet day.” “Through hearing portions of the Gospel told as a story, through times of silence and times of conversation we will explore both the challenges and the invitations it has for us, said Rev. Stuart. “No prior knowledge of the Gospel is required – come as you are; come prepared to receive.”  from 9am to 3pm  at the church.

There is no fee for this event.

A buffet lunch will be available at the church for $8 or individuals can bring their own lunch. Those wishing to purchase lunch should call the church at 374-5200 to make reservations. All proceeds from the lunch will go to Episcopal Relief and Development, which works to end human, suffering around the world.

Sunday June 14: Rev. Stuart will present the sermon at both the 8 a.m. (without music) and 10 a.m. (Rite II with music) Sunday morning services at St. Francis. Everyone is invited to coffee hour after services.

These events are sponsored by the Spiritual Life and Learning Center at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church in Blue Hill. For more information on the Center and its mission, call Rev. Smith at 374-5200.

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Remembering a founding St. Francis Member

Ellen Anthony

As remembered by Emily Chaney:

They didn’t stand Ellen Anthony on the corner and build a church around her, but almost.  Ellen AnthonyShe and her husband, The Rev. Kenneth Anthony, were living on Main Street in Blue Hill when Ken was approached to conduct an Episcopal service in the village.  That was in June.  Soon, Ken was priest-in-charge on a preaching station called St. Francis by the Sea.  By December, the original congregation of ten had grown and they borrowed the Congregational Church for a 5:00 service on Christmas Eve.  Seventy people attended the service and sang to the organ music provided by Ellen Anthony. Later, Ellen served as organist and choir director for many years.  She introduced the very popular Lessons and Carols which is still enjoyed annually. Continue reading

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Holy Week at St. Francis

St. Francis by the Sea held four services during Holy Week, commemorating Jesus’ finals days before his death, and resurrection. These services are: Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, an Easter Vigil, and an Easter Sunday Celebration. DSC_0492DSC_0378Click on “Continue reading” to see photos, videos and hear sermons and the special  Stations of the Cross!

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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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