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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You can listen to Sunday’s St. Francis Sermon

August 2, 2015, Sermon by Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith

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Your Junque Someone Else’s Treasure

The St. Francis Fair (25 Years & counting )Saturday August 8th at the Blue Hill Fairgrounds is visible proof of community outreach.  As Fair Chair Sarah Everdell has said, “Over the past 25 years, St. Francis has donated more than $100,000 to local organizations that have partnered with us including Tree of Life, Habitat for Humanity, CFO, THAW, Peninsula Ambulance Corp, H.O.M.E, And more Nichols Day Camp who is our partner again for the 2015 Fair.”

Before anything can be sold at the Fair everything must be inspected, dusted and PRICED!  It takes a multitude of volunteers to help make the fair super successful and that process for our “Junque for Jesus” crew began in Sedgwick on Tuesday July 28th where the donated items have been stored in Joe’s Barn for months.

The dismembered doll was quite the find!!

The dismembered doll was quite the find!!

But as Junque Chair Suzanne Decrow says, “We don’t just price we ALSO dine well!!!”

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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 peek 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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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 organizations 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.
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

 
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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 www.windowdressersusa.com   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.” Was performed by The Rev. Angus Stuart an Anglican Priest at St. Francis-in-the-Wood, West Vancouver, Canada. And “Mark”  at three events at St. Francis by the Sea the weekend of June 12, 13, and 14.

The first event was 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.

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!” Continue reading

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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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