Approximately, two weeks ago, the residents of the Brunswick “Meath House” (part of the Oxford House network)occupying our property adjacent to St. Paul’s parking lot, announced that they did not have enough residents to sustain the cost of the house and would have to move out. Meath House has been struggling to have enough minimum number of residents to afford living in this group situation for a few months. The factors that have become difficult are the low numbers of available local jobs, insufficient mass transportation, an insufficiently vibrant recovery community in Brunswick and few links to long-term treatment programs in Brunswick. A week ago Thursday Myrna Koonce, Pat Ryan and I traveled to Portland to meet with the leaders of the men’s and women’s Oxford Houses to discuss the feasibility of organizing a Brunswick Oxford House for women. Unfortunately, during our meeting they shared that their organization voted to close the Brunswick Oxford House and open another women’s Oxford House in Portland. This decision closed the possibility for a women’s house in Brunswick.
While this is a deep disappointment for many of us who see the Brunswick Oxford (Meath) sober house as an important ministry and revenue stream, we understand that it has become unsustainable. We can give thanks that for the years it existed, it served to stabilize those residents who found Meath House and lived there. Some Meath House neighbors even came to worship with us.
Our deacon The Rev. Chick Carroll, Meath House coordinator Myrna Koonce, Pat Ryan, Paul Womer and I are engaged in several different avenues of exploration for a new ministry and new inhabitants of what is again called the Barnes Building. The building is in good shape and is located in a perfect location here in Brunswick for non-profit offices or a group home. My hope is that someday in the future, we might be able to return to the Oxford sober house model as opportunities for sustainable sober group living increase in Brunswick.
The Wardens and I have deepest admiration and gratitude for Myrna’s work as our St Paul’s liaison to Meath House and the Oxford House leadership in Portland. Please help us thank her. And thank you Chick Carroll, Paul Womer and our friends from The Gathering Place who helped us tidy up the Barnes Building to show to prospective organizations.
Yours in faith and hope,
Hymns this Sunday
Let the broken ones be healed Music by Heart 14
Heleluyan WLP 783
Eat this bread, drink this cup Taize
He’s got the whole world in His hand LEVAS 217
This Sunday, August 9 at 9:00 a.m.
We’ll worship outdoors and have a picnic following.
By unanimous vote at the July Vestry meeting, Dana Baer was appointed to serve the unexpired Vestry term of Cristle Judd who in April announced her departure for her move to a new post in New York City. Dana will serve until January 2017. Dana is a lifelong Episcopalian and has previously served on the St. Paul’s Vestry. Since his retirement last year he has worked with our St. Paul’s Habitat for Humanity builds and fund-raising walk. Coming up the end of September he will be the site coordinator for the St. Paul’s Window Dresser community window inserts build scheduled for the week of September 28, 2015. Dana’s spouse, Andree Appel is the convener for the St. Paul’s Frontline Ministry and is an active participant in our community to raise awareness for Restorative Justice.
Please join me in giving thanks for the work God has called Dana and Andree to at St. Paul’s and in Brunswick. And be sure to congratulate Dana on his Vestry appointment.
Yours in Christ,
Carolyn H. Eklund
TODAY, August 9
On the second Sunday of the month the plate offering is designated to the Rector’s Discretionary Fund.
The rector is away August 10 through August 24. If you have a pastoral emergency please contact one of the deacons.
Thank you to Susan Brown and Carol Bondy for playing the accordions today for our Outdoor Worship.
Friday, August 14, 3:00 p.m. Rejoicing Spirits will hold its next service at 3 p.m. Friday, August 14 at Pathway Vineyard Church, 94 Pleasant Street, Brunswick. Filled with music, joyous singing and a brief, meaningful message, it’s a great opportunity to share God’s message of love with friends, family and those with developmental and intellectual disabilities. Come…and see why Rejoicing Spirits is becoming one of Brunswick’s most vibrant new ministries. And, pass the word along to others who may also enjoy this opportunity.
FUTURE DATES. MARK YOUR CALENDARS!
Friday, August 21, 7:00 p.m. A showing of the movie Wall-E, outdoors weather permitting. WALL-E, short for Waste Allocation Load Lifter Earth-class, is the last robot left on Earth. He spends his days tidying up the planet, one piece of garbage at a time. But during 700 years, WALL-E has developed a personality, and he’s more than a little lonely. Then he spots EVE a probe sent back to Earth on a scanning mission. Smitten WALL-E embarks on his greatest adventure yet when he follows EVE across the galaxy. Please contact the parish office to help set up for the event.
Yard Sale The High School youth are having a yard sale August 29th. They are currently collecting items. Please call 721-3203. Nancy Johnson and Ally Collins will arrange a time to collect items from your house. It’s so easy, you don’t have to go outside! Items may also be brought and dropped off at St. Paul’s Church-just let them know with a call!
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Bath/Brunswick are actively recruiting adult mentors for at risk children in our communities. Contact Caroline Russell.
Hospitality. Recently, Pat Ryan wrote about the hospitality St. Paul’s shows as a parish to groups such as those at Meath House, or the many outside groups that use St. Paul’s as a meeting place. I tend to notice hospitality at St. Paul’s on a more personal level. It is so inspiring to me when at coffee hour a parishioner makes a special effort to include a visitor in the conversations. This is especially true when the visitor might, from his or her appearance, be a homeless person, or someone who seems ill at ease. As it says in Matthew 25,”when you did it to the least of these… you did it to me.” It seems to me that many at St. Paul’s are so much clearer about hospitality than the popular media conception of it would have us understand. We know that, in reality, hospitality is being with “the other” as another of God’s children. Author Sam Wells says “The first service one owes others in the community involves listening to them.” It seems to me that so many at St. Paul’s do that so very well.
Bins are now available in the Great Hall! Donations are being gathered for back to school backpacks for kids in Adoptive, Foster or Kinship Care. Their needs include; Personal care items, Socks, Underwear, Pens/pencils, and other school supplies.
Please submit your articles for the September issue of The Messenger to the Parish office by August 26th. Thank you.
Summer Sunday Worship
for August will beat 9:00 a.m.
August 16, 23, 30
Holy Eucharist in the nave with the singing of familiar hymns.
Outdoors in the style of Family Worship followed by picnic brunch.
Holy Eucharist in the nave with the singing of familiar hymns.