St. Paul’s was host to a wonderful community event last Saturday, our Second Annual celebration of Juneteenth, the historical event of the Emancipation Proclamation. It took three years from Abraham Lincoln’s order of the Emancipation Proclamation of January 1862- to reach Texas on June 19th, 1865. St. Paul’s has partnered with Portland’s historical Abyssinian Meeting House to offer this important community celebration of freedom. Portland’s Abyssinian Meeting House is the third oldest African Meeting House in the country.
We discovered our own Linda Ashe-Ford’s exceptional acting talents last week when she introduced the history of June
teenth using a song she wrote. We learned it and sang with her. Then she became a Jamaican woman who told a story to our children seated on blankets in the Memorial Garden. It was a story that invited everyone to participate. Linda held young and old rapt as we watched this amazing one-woman performance. Over 75 people attended and enjoyed the good spirit of the day. Our goal was to emphasize community, getting to know each other and learn a bit of our history that many people don’t know much about. At the conclusion of the celebration, we formed a circle in the Great Hall and sang two favorites of the Civil Rights era, “This Little Light of Mine” and “We Shall Overcome.” My two neighbors had so much fun that they are already asking if there will be a Third Annual Juneteenth celebration. I am eager to begin the planning! Thank you to the planning committee: James Ford, Linda Ashe-Ford, Sherrie Holbrook, Betsey Bailey, Tracey Peck-Moad, Jane Burke and Pamela Cummings who is the President of the Board for the Abyssinian Meeting House.
Yours in hope, Carolyn+
2nd Sunday After Pentecost
Worship at 8:00, 9:30 & 10:30
Today, June 18
We give thanks for all the men in our lives. Happy Father’s Day.
Healing Prayer is offered today after the 8:00 and 10:30 services. If you wish to receive a prayer on your own behalf or on behalf of another, proceed to the chancel after the dismissal. This morning members of the Healing Prayer Team will be offering anointing prior to offering prayer with you.
2nd Annual Summer Music @St. Paul’s;
Summer Worship, 9:00 am, July 2-Sept. 3
To all available singers who attend St. Paul’s in the summer – members, visitors, family, friends, or company who are here from out-of-town:
Come to church for a brief 20-30 minute rehearsal at 8:15; then sing the Offertory Anthem together.
Dates for singing together are:
July 16 – Vestry and Friends
July 30 – Men of St. Paul’s
August 20 – Women of St. Paul’s
August 27 – Intergenerational Family Choir (bring another relative or friend from a different age group: grandparents and grandkids, uncles and aunts with nieces and nephews, etc.)
September 3 – All Call Choir (Everyone who participated in any of the previous four Sundays plus regular choir members – and those who want to explore being a part of this ministry)
Located in the beautiful woods of mid-coast Maine, Bishopswood is an Episcopal coed overnight camp affordable and open to all youths ages 6-16. Some openings remain for children, and even “mini-camps” open to ages 6-8 year olds to learn about being a camper, only spending two nights away from home.
New this year: Summer Finale Week (August 21-27th) – stay with your family in a cabin or a tent for a half-week or full- week for the Camp Bishopswood experience. Relax and play in God’s Creation! Scholarships are available; see Carolyn, the Rector.
Did you know that many visitors to St. Paul’s mention the hospitality we show them? Comments such as “we feel at home here” are not unusual. Please help us continue this positive feedback by hosting a coffee hour! More information: call Nancy Keating at 729-7187.
Alert to all Crisis/Emergency cooks:
It would be so helpful to have some casseroles or meals ready in the church freezer over the summer for quick delivery. If you do cook a meal for us ahead, please label it with the date, the name of the entrée, and its ingredients. Thank you. Blessings, Donna Thivierge and Joan Reynolds
Wednesday, June 21, 5:00-6:30 pm St. Paul’s Café cookout (end of year until fall), especially for families with small children.
Thursday, July 13, 6pm. Curtis Contemporaries.
Curtis Library, Morrell Meeting Room. Film Screening and 94th birthday celebration! “I know a Man . . . Ashley Bryan” Changing the conversation about Art and Race. A film by Richard Kane and Robert Shetterly. While Mr. Bryan is not able to be at Curtis that day, we will celebrate his incredible life and contributions to literature, art and humanity with flare! For more information
The Women’s Group of St. Paul’s has planted a weeping Japanese maple in the Memorial Garden in loving memory of our members who have died.
Ernestine King’s Committal will be in the Memorial Garden after the 10:30 service on June 25th.