Nothing to Hear Here! July 15, 2018

The Rev. Steve Hayward


Because of technical problems are no audio recordings of the July 15, 2018 Service or Sermon by The Rev. Steve Hayward

Our sincere apologies.

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Sunday July 7th Sermon

July 8, 2018 The Seventh Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Virginia Peacock:

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Sunday July 1st Sermon

July 1, 2018 The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Hewes:

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Sunday June 24th Sermon

The Fifth Sunday After Pentecost June 24, 2018, 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling:

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Sunday June 17th Sermon

June 17, 2018 The Fourth Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Hewes:

 

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Sunday June 10th Sermon

June 10, 2018 The Third Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Virginia Peacock:

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Sunday June 3rd Sermon

June 3, 2018 The Second Sunday after Pentecost 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Elaine Hewes:

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Bishop Steve Calls For Support for the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza


Dear Friends,

As I’ve watched the tragedy in Gaza unfold over the past several days, my prayers have gone immediately to the ministry and care offered to all people by the Al Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza City. The doctors, nurses, and staff are truly on the front lines in meeting the need of those injured in the violence of recent days.

This ministry of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem and the Middle East holds its doors open to people of all faiths and ethnicities and operates under extreme circumstances and limited resources even in those times that pass for “normal” in occupied Palestine.

The Diocese of Maine, through its International Outreach budget line, has made donations to the the Al Ahli Hospital since 2012. Indeed, if you were at our Convention a few years ago, you’ll remember watching the video posted below that bears witness to the work of the hospital.

Last night I received an update from the American Friends of the Episcopal Diocese of Jerusalem (AFEDJ):

Suhaila Tarazi, the director of Ahli Arab Hospital in Gaza, reports that Ahli is implementing an emergency response to receive trauma cases and has configured an emergency wing with 24 additional beds. The staff is on extended shifts to treat the injured and wounded. Ahli surgeons are treating serious wounds and complex limb injuries.

Ahli Hospital needs immediate and substantial financial support to respond to the catastrophe in Gaza. They need to obtain emergency medicine and medical supplies and fuel for generators.

Suhaila wants you to know that while the resources of Ahli Hospital are stretched to the limit, the hospital staff is working around the clock, treating
and healing victims of the violence. This includes many children who have family members, friends and neighbors who are dead or injured. These children are suffering, and Ahli Hospital is providing them compassionate counseling and psycho-social therapy.

With your help, Ahli stands as a powerful example of Christian witness in this place of desperation and unimaginable horror. Thanks to you, Ahli Hospital sends a message of hope and love.

I encourage you to join me in support the ministry of Al Ahli Arab Hospital with your prayers, both your personal prayers and in your congregations, and, as you are able, with a donation.

You may donate through AFEDJ’s secure donation site.

Thank you for your generosity on behalf of our brothers and sisters in Gaza.

The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane
Bishop of Maine

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The Day of Pentecost Sermon

The Day of Pentecost May 20, 2018, 10 am Sermon by The Rev. Emily Blair Stribling:

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What’s Cookin’ at St. Francis???

The Kitchen Upgrade!!!!

On Tuesday morning, May 15, 2018 the physical work on the Kitchen Upgrade began after being delayed slightly by a back order over the new vent for the new stoves.

This project has been in planning stages since we learned, last year,  of a very generous $50,000 donation by anonymous parishioners to fix the deficiencies.  The most expensive and extensive work is creating a commercial grade vent duct system.

That vent has not only arrived but is already in place.

 

The work is being overseen by parishioner David Decrow, who oversaw the very successful work required to deal with our leaks and mold in the under-croft several years ago.

As for this project he says, “My best guess is that the kitchen will be out of service for a two-week interval including the week-end between the two weeks. We will try to keep with that schedule as much as possible.”

 

Decrow adds, “The two rear bathrooms will probably be out of service for about 3 weeks once the duct work starts but again will attempt to minimize that. Overall the project may take up to 6 weeks which includes work in the sacristy, the attic, and on the roof.”

 

While the kitchen is not in use, coffee hour will be limited to coffee and items that don’t need to be warmed or baked.

And because we won’t have access to the kitchen sinks we will use “paper” disposable cups and plates.

 

The refrigerator and water dispenser are just outside the kitchen during this stage of the process.

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