Welcome! Summer is Here!

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

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

With all this renewal of life everywhere we turn from daffodils, forsythia, tulips, apple blossoms and more to full blossomed sumertime gardens, here at St. Francis by the Sea we are celebrating some new ways of growing into God’s Kingdom.

That said, there are some dark clouds such as the national dialogue being focused on fear and separatism. So, it seems more important than ever that as Followers of Jesus’ Way, we ground ourselves in his teaching about the alternative social vision he referred to as the Kingdom of God.  St. Francis by the Sea will be offering a number of varied programs that will each be looking at this idea from a slightly different perspective. Continue reading

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In Case You Missed It! Find it here

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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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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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_logo2 The 2016 Downeast Spiritual Life Conference —“Jesus and the Heart of Wisdom”— July 15 & 16th will help us do just that in Ellsworth, Maine. This year we are partnering 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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Looking Ahead

St. Francis Fair 2016

Saturday, August 13save-this-date

Blue Hill Fairgrounds

Our Fair Partner again this year is Nichols Day Camp! It’s Mission: To instill in our peninsula area youth a lifelong passion for outdoor recreational and educational experiences.”

This year’s Round-Up will be Saturday, June 25th.  Rain or Shine we will collect anything that anyone wants to donate to the Fair.  Please keep it under 60 pounds and in an easy and available location.  And please spread the word to neighbors.  Simply call Sarah at 359-8562 to be on the list.

And if you can volunteer to lift items to the U-Haul truck, we are renting for the occasion, please contact Ray at 664-4101.

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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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Fighting Next Winter’s Chill Now!

With Spring in the air 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. Continue reading

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Remember Who You Are!

imageThat is core of the Lenten video from the Episcopal Bishop of Maine. You can easily watch Bishop Stephen Lane’s Lenten message:Simply click here.

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Ash Wednesday ICYMI (In case you missed it)

Here is the Ash Wednesday sermon, February 10, 2016, from the St. Francis Rector, The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith:

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Pictures from the Baptism of Sadie Annaliese Weed

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Lessons and Carols and Photos

Here is Lessons & Carols December 27, 2015, from St. Francis by the Sea Continue reading

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Christmas at St. Francis In Case You Missed It (ICYMI)

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Christmas Day Photos 2015 at St. Francis by the Sea

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Christmas Eve Photos

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T’is Better To Give

And the members of St. Francis by the Sea proved it once again!  The Outreach Committee set up the “Giving Tree” right after Thanksgiving.  The ornaments were colorful cards with only the age of a child and whether a boy or a girl’s gift was wished for.  Anyone could pick any one or more of the cards.    The Reverend Claudia Wyatt Smith invited Committee chair Sue Grindle so speak after the second week.

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Sue Grindle and Nancy Doane took this beautiful bounty to Emmaus, as Sue said, “My large Taurus SUV was packed! I think we had 8 huge bags plus a bag just full of wrapping paper. Continue reading

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All’s Fair in the spirit of Christmas!

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Once again it was a super success  filled with lots of goodies from a hand-made Adirondack Chair to a healthy way to make your own popcorn and a whole lot more…   Proceeds will be used to help others in our community this winter.

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A Celebration of Life and Laughter

On Saturday, November 21, 2015, St. Francis by the Sea said a fond final farewell to one of its most dedicated founders Emily Chaney.

As our rector The Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith wrote on Nov. 6th: “Many of you knew Emily for years as the stalwart head of communications at St. Francis by the Sea.
As the editor of The Franciscan, she shareIMG_1097d the news of the parish with professionalism and humor as only Emily could. Her work in so many areas of parish life, in fact, became the model of what it meant to be engaged in the life of the parish and community, making her the first recipient of the award that was named in her honor. She moved to a senior community in Topsham to be closer to her daughter and it was there that she lost her battle with cancer on Tuesday evening.”

By clicking below you will be able to hear the Homily by the Rev. Vesta Kowalski:

Click on “Continue Reading” to see the photo gallery from the Celebration of Life of Emily Chaney.

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Twitter All a-Twitter: Passing of the Pastoral Staff

A magical day in DC as Michael Bruce Curry became the 27th Presiding Bishop of The Episcopal Church!

The 2nd Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Eastern Michigan,
Todd Ousley ‏@ToddOusley tweeted during the installation inside the Washington National Cathedral:

“Wading in the Water at Installation of Michael Curry as Presiding Bishop”

And our own 9th Bishop of Maine— Stephen Lane (@bishop_maine)  ‘waded’  in on twitter, too!:


“Michael is preaching the Word! What God has done before, God can do among us.” Continue reading

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