Christian Formation News
St. Paul’s Announces Appointment of Jane Burke to the Position of Christian Formation Director
“Let us go forth in the name of Christ, Alleluia!”
This Easter chant of joy resonates with me today as I announce the appointment of Jane Burke to be our Christian Formation Director beginning May 1, 2014. Jane is a native of Maine and has been a mural artist for over 20 years. She is an Episcopalian and served as Director of Christian Education/Formation for four years at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, Waterville, Maine.
Jane holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from Maine College of Art and is a certified teacher of “Godly Play.” She completed two levels of mentor training with the Maine Prison Chaplaincy Corps and is a member of the newly formed mentoring group based at St. Matthew’s in Hallowell. Jane is also pursuing clinical pastoral certification through Central Maine Medical Center.
Jane will be immediately engaged in assessing the needs for our Christian Formation programs and will help plan the 9:30am Sunday Eucharist held in the “Upper Room” at St. Paul’s. She will continue to plan to implement “Weaving God’s Promises” for the rest of the Church School year, the last Sunday of class being Pentecost Sunday, June 8. Her work will resume in August as we create the plans for the 2014/2015 Church School year. She will also be assessing the needs of our programs for youth.
Jane’s curiosity, spirituality, creativity and artistry are the gifts that she brings to St. Paul’s. I want to thank the many people who helped with the Christian Formation Director Search process and who helped me interview candidates: Caroline Nickerson, Ally Collins, Rebecca Schuman, Anne Sturm, Hugh Savage, Myrna Koonce, Linda Ashe-Ford and Pat Ryan. We are excited that Jane will be our next Christian Formation Director.
A welcoming Eucharist is planned for The Third Sunday of Easter, May 4 at 9:30am in the “Upper Room” at St. Paul’s. Please join us then to meet Jane as we worship joyfully!
A Great, Big “Thank you”
Goes to the Rev. Mary Ann Hoy!
This Easter Season I give thanks to God for the Rev. Mary Ann Hoy, St. Paul’s Interim Christian Formation Director. Mary Ann boldly and effectively stepped in to this position in December and has steered our Christian Formation program with care and competence. We are moving forward because of Mary Ann’s implementation of an Episcopal based curriculum called “Weaving God’s Promises” that our teachers have embraced. It is well-planned and follows the Episcopal lectionary. Mary Ann has been a person of calm, caring leadership for our Christian Formation program after the unexpected resignation of Emily Keniston in October. Her last day with us will be April 30 as we prepare to greet our new Christian Formation Director, Jane Burke on May 1.
With the assistance of the Venerable Mary Lee Wile, Mary Ann has produced fun and interesting weekly class content. And she has been a great help to me in planning the weekly liturgy and music, most notably, she helped plan for the All Parish Eucharist and the Communion bread-baking!
For me personally, Mary Ann has been a deeply supportive colleague and friend who has helped me transition to Maine and to St. Paul’s. As an aside, it was Mary Ann who introduced me to L. L. Bean’s Flagship retail store. She is the one who took me to find ice skates on two different excursions!
I want to thank others who have assisted, moving Christian Formation at St. Paul’s forward: Susan Tyler, Nancy Johnson, Susan Brown, Emily Levine, Jonathan Wayne, Steve Thomas, Nancy Pennell, Karen Dyer and Rodney Richard. You have been serving our Lambs, Lions and Eagles lovingly and joyfully.
My deepest gratitude goes to Mary Ann. Please help me thank her for her ministry with children at St. Paul’s.
Music at 10:30 on Sunday begins with a lovely melodic theme and variations by Mendelssohn (1809-47). Our first hymn is an ancient text, “The strife is o’er, the battle done,” set to Palestrina’s well known tune. It is a hymn of praise to God that celebrates freedom from the bondage of death that Jesus gave at the resurrection. At the gradual we sing “We walk by faith, and not by sight,” written by Henry Alford in 1844. This is a simple song written in response to the lesson of our gospel today (Thomas’s demand to see proof that Jesus is alive). At the offertory the choir sings the spiritual “O Mary, don’t you weep, don’t you mourn,” celebrating the resurrection and its parallels with the freedom of the Israelites (Ps. 114). At the communion we sing “My faith looks up to thee,” written by Ray Palmer in 1830. It is a gentle prayer for more faith, in keeping with today’s theme. (Palmer was a local: he served as the pastor of the Congregational church in Bath, Maine from 1835 to 1850.) The tune, by Lowell Mason, has been coupled with this text from the beginning. Our final hymn is “This joyful eastertide,” written by George Woodward in 1894 and set to a cheerful carol-like tune. Worship concludes with a spirited movement from one of Mendelssohn’s organ sonatas. –Bob Judd
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick
received April 15
Dear Rev. Eklund (Carolyn),
I write on behalf of the UU Church of Brunswick to express our deepest gratitude to you and your congregation for your warmth and generosity throughout our 3 years of “homelessness.” From the very beginning, you reached out to us – offering us a key to your lovely space and the commitment to find us room to gather whenever possible. You have responded graciously over and over again to our many inquires and requests. You have given us a great gift, and we hold you in our hearts.
We hope to deepen our growing relationship and look forward to being able to share our energy and new space with you in future events or in need.
Most immediately we hope most of you who can will join us on Saturday, April 26 from 1-3 p.m. for our Open House.
Our warmest thanks and appreciation,
for the UU Church of Brunswick
Unitarian Universalist Church of Brunswick
invites you to an Open House
Saturday, April 26, 2014 from 1:00-3:00 pm
to thank you for your support.
One Middle Street Brunswick, Maine
Pricing Climate Change
7:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 13. Frontier Café.
St Paul’s, First Parish, and UU earth care teams will co-host along with Maine Interfaith Power and Light
Dr. John Hagan, Pricing Climate Change,
Manomet Center for Conservation Sciences.
Advanced Registration Required, Seating is limited $5 admission fee (proceeds will be split among the 4 faith-based hosts)
We realized there is a conflict with the Celebration of New Ministry but this does not diminish St. Paul’s and the St. Paul’s Earthcare Com. support of this project.
See the StPaulsMaine.org for more information.
Celebration on New Ministry
6:00 p.m. Tuesday, May 13.
St. Paul’s will hold a Celebration of New Ministry on Tuesday, May 13th to formally welcome our new Rector, Carolyn Eklund. The Rt. Rev. Stephen T. Lane Bishop of the Diocese of Maine, will preside and Dr. Lucinda Mosher, Th.D. Hartford Seminary Faculty Associate in Interfaith Studies Director, Multifaith Chaplaincy Program will preach. The service begins at 6:00 p.m. with a Reception to follow in The Great Hall. There are many ways to take part in this event. Please consider volunteering to bring any of the following: Finger Food hearty appetizers, i.e., cheese and crackers, hummus and chips, nut, fruit or veggie trays, deviled eggs, or finger sandwiches. Also: cookies, bars, brownies or your favorite finger food family dessert! Cash donations are also appropriate. Clean-up volunteers are also needed. But most of all, we desire your presence at this Happy Event! Please contact Bonny LaBonte, 729-5226 or Carol Thomas, 666-8296 for more information.
See you there!
This Sunday’s Announcements
6:30-8 p.m. Wednesday, April 30. Curtis Memorial Library. Morrell Meeting Room. As a follow-up to the April 9 presentation based on Michelle Alexander’s book The New Jim Crow, a discussion of the book will be facilitated by Grainme Dunne of the ACLU-ME. If you were unable to attend the April 9 event, which included the viewing of Bill Moyer’s interview with Michelle Alexander and a panel discussion, you can find the interview on You Tube via the following link:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=om2hx6Xm2JE. The Frontline Committee is working on a forum on this subject at St. Paul’s; please stay tuned.
2:00 p.m. Sunday, May 4. Habitat for Humanity Annual Spring Walk. As part of the church covenant with Habitat for Humanity, 9 parishoners are walking in the annual spring walk on Sunday, May 4 at 2 p.m. You can support them with pledges online at: http://habitat7rivers.org/runwalk/sponsor.php?7HFH-7R9. If you are interested in participating in the spring walk, pledging on paper, or providing finger sandwiches for the hungry walkers, please contact Madeleine Msall (607-4049). More information about our covenant with Habitat is available on the Outreach Bulletin Board.
Please Note: On Sundays, the doors to the parking lot will be locked from the outside at approximately noon. As we have had too many instances when the doors remained unsecured all day, ushers will now lock the doors as a matter of routine. Exceptions of course will be made for events taking place on Sunday afternoons. And, nothing in this policy means anyone has to rush home – by all means, stay and enjoy the coffee and fellowship.
Please be sure to wear your nametag! If you need one, even if you are a guest or newcomer, please sign up in The Great Hall. Magnetic closure nametags are available.