The charge of the Episcopal Church to Deacons: serve all, especially the poor, the weak, the sick, and the lonely. Mary Lee Wile and Chick Carroll, “our” deacons, serve faithfully among all of us at St. Paul’s and among those in our communities in need of help, of whatever variety. I say “our” deacons because they are only partly ours at St. Paul’s. Chick is a chaplain at Parkview, spends much quality time at The Gathering Place, and works with all who are homeless. Mary Lee works in prisons and in the Diocesan office. 

Mary Lee, an Archdeacon and therefore Venerable, is the coordinator of deacons in formation in the Diocese and is in charge of continuing education for ordained Episcopal deacons in Maine. Chick Carroll will receive the triennial award for exceptional service from the Association of Episcopal Deacons, recognizing his remarkable effort to establish The Gathering Place, the day shelter in Brunswick which has had over 25,000 visits in the last 2.5 years.

Chick and Mary Lee will each bow their head and smile quietly when they read this–they are exceptional people. By word and example, they seek to see the face of Christ in everyone, particularly the least of them who are in need and whom they serve.

In peace,

Terry
Terry Leitzell, Senior Warden
This Sunday’s Music
Our first hymn is “Earth and all stars,” written by Herbert Brokering in 1964. It celebrates God’s creation with unusual images as we “sing a new song to the Lord.” At the gradual we sing “Thine arm, O Lord, in days of old,” a hymn focused on healing, one of the themes of our lessons. It was written by E. H. Plumptre in 1865 for use in hospital services. During communion we sing another song about soul-healing, the Spiritual “There is a balm in Gilead.” (It was featured in one of the movies we showed in Lent, “Spitfire Grill.”) The text refers to Jeremiah 8:22: “Is there no balm in Gilead; is there no physician there? why then is not the health of the daughter of my people recovered?” We conclude with the mission-oriented hymn “Lord, you give the great commission,” written by Jeffrey Rowthorn in 1978. Its emphasis on mission, healing, witness touches on important themes in the lessons as well as sending us out with our minds on God’s plan for our lives.
The choir sings “Lord, for thy tender mercy’s sake,” by English sixteenth-century composer Richard Farrant. Its focus is to help us receive forgiveness so that we may move forward unhindered.
Organ music today is from seventeenth-century France: anonymous music and a fugue by Couperin.
Church Improvements
With the assistance of some recent donations, the Vestry is pleased to announce the following improvements to the chancel:

1. The ceiling fans will be replaced by state-of-the-art thermal air equalizers known as “Air Pears.” These units are EPA and LEED recommended, and will improve our heating efficiency by up to 50% while using the power of only a 35W light bulb. Please see the bulletin in the hallway or www.theairpear.com for further information.

2. A computer-enhanced Bose sound system will replace our current system. Besides new speakers, the new system will include several enhancements, including: automatic volume control that compensates for factors like the size of the congregation, season, external noise factors (e.g., passing motorcycles on a summer morning), and for clergy or lay readers who speak too softly or too loudly; clergy will have upgraded beltpacks with new over-the-ear microphones; and there will be improved acoustics in the Great Hall. The system will also allow us to record sermons and/or services that will be accessible on our web site and available for uploading by LPVs to bring to shut-in members of the St. Paul’s family.

This Sunday’s Announcements

We welcome The Rev. John Van Siclen as our celebrant this morning.

Healing Prayer is offered this Sunday at the 8:00 and 10:30 services. If you wish to receive a prayer on your own behalf or for another, proceed to the vestibule following communion.

Small group ministry is very strong here in St. Paul’s. The Vestry would like to celebrate these vital ministries. At the time of the Birthday Prayer, members of one of the small groups will be asked to come forward. This Sunday we celebrate the Ministry of the Flower Committee. All who are a part of this Ministry, please come forward along with those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries.

For Families: Church school, Rite 13, and J2A are off for the summer and will start up again in September. Family worship at 9:30 a.m. continues all through the summer without break.

Summer Sundays Worship Schedule. The current three services (8:00, 9:30, and 10:30) will continue at those times through Sunday, June 30. For July, August, and the first Sunday in September (9/1), the 9:30 Family Service will continue, and the 8:00 and 10:30 services will be combined at 9:00. We will have two supply priests, one for the 9:30 Family Service and one for the 9:00 service. Kris Agudelo will be at the Family Service through June 23.

Exploring the Word of the Lord: All are invited to explore the Gospel reading (and occasionally one of the other readings) each Sunday in the Library, 9:30-10:15. If you are an 8 o’clocker, stay a little after coffee hour; if you attend the 10:30 service, come a little early. No preparation, no homework, no long-term commitment, no Bible 
experience necessary, all comments are honored and accepted, and the Bible readings will be provided. Discussions have been animated, and the fellowship has been great. Try it out one Sunday to see whether it’s for you. Questions? Contact Pam Nugent
(737-2269 or momperson458@roadrunner.com).

Sharing and Caring Support Group Due to Memorial Day, Caring and Sharing will meet on Monday, June 3 at 2:30 p.m. in St. Paul’s library. There will be lots of catch up with stories to welcome spring outside our homes. Since June is the month of awareness for Elder Abuse, we will have an informal discussion to better understand this problem in our community. All are welcome to join us. Looking forward to our meeting.-Barbara Blanchard, Sandy Meyer and Susan McCracken

How important are the personal relationships we have with other believers? Why is it that doing good works is important for believers? What’s the connection between God’s grace and our doing good works? Come discuss these questions and more in the context of Titus chapter 3: Wednesday, 5:30 to 6:30, in the library. FMI: Pam Nugent, 737-2369.

God’s Trombones – Worship and Conversation in Tribute to Poet and Early Civil Rights Leader James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938). Saturday, June 15 at 5 p.m., Trinity Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland. Dramatic renderings of the poet’s sermons from God’s Trombones. Linda Ashe-Ford will deliver “Listen, Lord, A Prayer”. Spirituals/hymns by Green Memorial Choir with sermon poems to be delivered by Bishop Steve Coleman, the Rev. Kenneth Lewis, and the Rev. Dr. H. Roy Partridge, Jr. Dialogue with the preachers follows on the meaning of Johnson’s sermons for today. Free and open to the public. (Offerings to benefit the Abyssinian Meeting House Restoration Project.)

Mid-Coast Hunger Prevention Program in collaboration with St. Paul’s and First Parish is pleased to announce the continuation of Saturday meals. Lunches are scheduled for the 3rd Saturday of the month through September, with the hope to expand to more Saturdays after that. We will need volunteers for June, July, August, and September. Please sign up on the bulletin board in the hall, or contact James Ford at jef54@comcast.net or 841-9377.

We need church school teachers! Please sign up! Our church school depends on the adults who lead it. We currently have many slots to fill for the fall. We make it easy for you to teach–pre-made lesson plans and crafts, a team of co-teachers, and a curriculum that has built-in support for those of us who are a bit rusty on our Bible basics. Grab a friend and sign up as a team to teach one trimester! For more info, please see Kristin or Terry. Sign-up sheets are in the hallway.

Coffee hour hosts needed! Thanks to those who signed up for 10:30 coffee hour. Two slots are still open in June. The church buys crackers and juice to supplement your offerings, and if you need an intro to working the coffee machines, you can call the office and ask for a tutorial. Please sign up on the bulletin board next to the coffee “window” in the Great Hall.

Do you love flowers? The Flower Committee is ready to welcome you. Members, working in pairs, arrange flowers for the altar and are generally scheduled for one Sunday a month. Unsure about the task, Abigail Manny, chairperson, would be happy to help you explore this wonderful ministry that enriches our worship. She may be reached at 725-9062.

A Bill Recognizing Elder Abuse as a Felony: This week L.D. 527, sponsored by Rep. Mark Dion, D-Portland, was passed by the House. As of this writing, it was awaiting an up or down vote in the Senate. The bill states that people with dementia and other
cognitive impairments cannot consent to financially abusive conduct by caregivers. If the perpetrator is prosecuted, the bill would make their crime a felony.

Why is this bill important? Sadly, far too many perpetrators go unpunished because their victim is unable to tell someone what is happening to them. A recent article in the Portland Press Herald refers to a 2009 report that states, “84 percent of elder-abuse
cases go unreported, because victims either can’t report crimes, can’t keep themselves safe or are too afraid to tell someone.” As a parish, we need to look out for each other. Any adult-and not just people with dementia or other cognitive impairments-can be
a potential victim of elder abuse. Don’t be afraid to tell clergy if you suspect something is amiss with a friend or loved one. If you want to remain anonymous, please call DHHS Adult protective services (APS) 1-800-624-8404 and ask that your call remain confidential. (Link to full article: http://www.pressherald.com/news/financial-protection-for-maines-elderly-advances_2013-05-28.html)