Are You Prepared??

Dear friends,

We are entering a season in the church that we call Advent.advent-1 At no time in the entire year is the counter-cultural nature of the church made clearer than during Advent. You see, now that we have checked Thanksgiving off the calendar, it seems the entire world is focused on Christmas.

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

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

Beginning with all the marketing hype about making advent2sure we buy the “perfect” gift so we can have the “perfect” holiday surrounded by our loving circle of “perfect” family and friends. Even if you don’t buy-into that sort of rampant commercial nonsense, there’s no escaping the endless round of Christmas carols on the radio or the plethora of nativity scenes that start popping up all over. Now don’t get me wrong, I love the beauty of the sights and sounds of Christmas, but the church in her wisdom, stands firm on the fact that it’s too soon – we’re jumping ahead of ourselves. We’re not ready for the baby Jesus to be born. We have to prepare.  Continue reading

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This Sunday’s Sermon as well as the Full Service for You!

The Saint Francis by the Sea 2nd Sunday in Advent Sermon by St. Francis Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith on December 4th, 2016: 

The Saint Francis by the Sea 2nd Sunday in Advent, 10 am full service on December 4th, 2016:  

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T’is The Season


Carols, Candlelight, and Communion. Christmas Eve Service will be held at St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church in Blue Hill on Saturday, December 24 at 5:00 p.m. Please join us as we celebrate the birth of Jesus. Our Adult Choir plus children from our Sunday School will be singing special music for this most festive occasion. After the service, we will have a potluck dinner in the lower level.

If you don’t have other plans, we would love for you to join us. If you would like to attend the potluck dinner, please let the church know how many will attend and what you plan to bring by calling 207-374-5200. The church is located at 330 Hinckley Ridge Rd in Blue Hill. Or look on right side of this web page for directions.

Our Christmas Day service on Sunday, December 25, will be a quiet, meditative Christmas Holy Eucharist service at 10:00 a.m.


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Bishop Lane’s Post Election Message

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The Elevator has been FIXED!

The long parish nightmare is over. Our elevator repairman, Luke, installed the specially manufactured part and tested it fully. I even tested it.
He was part of the team when the elevator was first installed. He thinks it was the fall of 1999. They also put in the same elevator in an Orono church right after this one. It too had to have the same part replaced not too long ago.  Please remember that  holding the elevator door open is not a good idea. Cost $5,000+

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A St. Francis Splash for Young Swimmers

The 2016 St. Francis Fair was a super success!  Thanks to all the hard work by so many volunteers especially our Fair Partner Nichol’s Day Camps and received a sizable portion of the net income to help fund scholarships to the camp.

Here you can hear Fair Co-Chairs Sarah Everdell and Ray Yardy present the check to Nichols’ Day Camps Executive Director Nan Fowler

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St. Francis Going To The Dogs

Or more accurately, Dogs going to St. Francis for the 2016 Blessing of the Animals on October 2nd right after the 10am service.

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And then we moved outside for the Blessing of The Animals by our St. Francis by the Sea rector Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith.

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If They Build It.. You Will Be Warmer

During the last week of September St. Francis by the Sea took part in this year’s Window Dresser’s “build”.  Volunteers from around the Blue Hill Peninsula put the finishing touches on the window inserts, or “inside storm windows” as some call them, that were ordered several months ago.  The finished products were delivered to the clients by week’s end.

Monday morning the build site in the Brooksville Community Center was visited by WABI-TV 5 news reporter Brenna Kelly.
Click here for the video of her report

Here is a slide show of volunteers:

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A Sunday Brunch Bunch

The St. Francis by the Sea Outreach Committee reached out itself by serving a delicious fundraising brunch Sunday September 11, 2016.  Here are some pictures of the fun.

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All Was Much Better than Fair!!!!

The 2016 St. Francis Fair was a super success!  Thanks to all of the work by so many volunteers.  So how did we do??

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Our Fair Partner this year was Nichol’s Day Camps and will receive a sizable portion of the net income to help fund scholarships to the camp.



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This Bud’s For You!!

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Have you ever wondered what it takes to make the flowers on the Altar look so lovely? Each week a group of dedicated and talented women who make up the Flower Guild take a turn arranging flowers for the altar, narthex and on occasion downstairs in the Parish Hall.

When you ask a member of the Flower Guild what attracts them to this ministry they will easily tell you it’s a combination of their love of flowers and joy that comes from beautifying the Altar. “The flowers represent a visual feeling of beauty and cheerfulness which is a great accompaniment to the spiritual experience,” states Flower Guild Chair, Patty Deetjen. If you love flowers and would like to participate in this ministry, please let the church office know 374-5200.

Flower Guild members are responsible for creating the flower arrangements that grace the front of the church sanctuary each Sunday. Members share responsibility for flowers on a rotating basis throughout the year. During Advent, unadorned greens are used, and for Lent, bare branches signify the austerity of the season. In the spring and summer, guild members often bring flowers or greens from their own gardens and the variety and creativity make for bright bursts of color. The Flower Guild is also responsible for dressing the church for Christmas and Easter.

Funding for flowers comes from donations. The guild often receives requests for flowers in memory of loved ones and will honor these requests. At the end of the service, flower arrangements are distributed to members of the parish family who are ill or celebrating milestone events or anniversaries. 

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Art for Peace

EPFOn Friday evening July 22, 2016 St. Francis was the scene of a special program sponsored by the Episcopal Peace Fellowship with a repeat of the program they did the night before at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Brunswick.Three artists/activists  provided first-hand accounts of their experiences of living with Palestinians in the West Bank. Lily Yeh (of Barefoot Artists), Robert Shetterly (Americans Who Tell the Truth), and Dudley Hendrick of Deer Isle shared their stories and pictures of their work and projects over several stays in the Nablus area.  You are able to hear the full presentation by clicking on this link:  The views and opinions expressed are those of the presenters and not necessarily those of St. Francis by the Sea

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In Case You Missed The Day AFTER the Downeast Spiritual Life Conference

The Saint Francis by the Sea sermon for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 17, 2016, by guest speaker Robert J. Miller, Rosenberger Chair of Christian and Religious Studies at Juniata College in Pennsylvania.

The Saint Francis by the Sea full 10 am service for the Ninth Sunday after Pentecost, July 17, 2016, celebrated by St. Francis Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

Please forgive us for some audio interference during this recording.


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Who Was This 1st-Century Peasant Called Jesus?

  • What was at the heart of his teachings?
  • Why did some gospel writers put words in Jesus’ mouth that he never said?
  • Is there some way to determine what he actually did say?
  • How does Jesus’ wisdom compare with that of non-Christian wisdom teachers?

DESL_logo-1-197x300As intelligent seekers who would like to know more about the true teachings of Jesus, how can we find reliable answers to these questions?

JSOR_logo2The 2016 Downeast Spiritual Life Conference —“Jesus and the Heart of Wisdom”— July 15 & 16th helped us do just that in Ellsworth, Maine. This year we partnered with the Jesus Seminar on the Road to bring you ways of thinking about Jesus that are the result of more than 10 years of extensive research by the fellows of the Jesus Seminar. These have included leading theologians, philosophers, Old Testament and New Testament biblical scholars as well as anthropologists and archeologists. The goal of the Jesus Seminar was to renew the quest for the historical Jesus and his authentic spoken words and then to report the results of this research to the general public.

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Presiding Bishop asks for prayers following shootings

In Dallas 12 law enforcement officers were shot and five died. This was after the consecutive fatal shootings of black men by police officers in Louisiana and Minnesota. imageEpiscopal Church Presiding Bishop and Primate Michael Curry has recorded a video asking every Episcopalian to share in deep prayer following the shootings. Click here to see the video, it may take a minute or so to play.

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The PB on PBS

The Presiding Bishop of the Episcopal Church The Rt. Rev.Michael Curry was interviewed about his first six months on the job by Judy Woodruff of  the PBS News Hour and certainly worth watching.

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Spring Clean Up at St. Francis!

It was a beautiful day for the Spring Clean Up!  A dedicated group of parishioners turned out as did the ”black flies”.  But everyone was itching to get as much done as possible before we had a super lunch!  Thank you to everyone involved.  Check out the slide show:

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Holy Week at Saint Francis by the Sea

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The whole week before and including Easter is the holiest time of the Christian calendar. A time of spiritual excitement, spiritual dread, spiritual shock, then a renewed spirituality and joy. It is a week of roller coaster emotions and we invite you to hear and see what has happened at St. Francis. Adding to this was a special visit by the Bishop of Maine, Rt. Rev. Stephen Lane for much of the week. You are invited to enjoy magnificent moving moments Holy Week through videos, photos, and audio recordings.  Just click on “continue reading”.

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