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Eucharist with Music & Choir at 10 a.m.
In addition from: June 18 through August 20, 2017
Eucharist with no music at 8 a.m.
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
Or more accurately, Dogs going to St. Francis for the 2016 Blessing of the Animals on October 2nd right after the 10am service.
And then we moved outside for the Blessing of The Animals by our St. Francis by the Sea rector Rev. Claudia Wyatt Smith.
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:
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.
The 2016 St. Francis Fair was a super success! Thanks to all of the work by so many volunteers. So how did we do??
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.
On 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.
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.
The 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.