St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church

Blue Hill ~ Maine

June 5, 2024

(photo with thanks to Peter Ralston)

Those who bring sunshine into the lives of others cannot keep it from themselves.

-James M. Barrie

Dear People of God,

On my final day of vacation this past Sunday, I had the rare opportunity to attend church as a worshiper in a town that I had never been to before. I carefully checked the service times on the church website, of which there were two. I decided to enjoy sleeping a little later this particular Sunday (since it was vacation), still giving myself plenty of time to get to church. Entering ten minutes before the service, there were no greeters or ushers at the door. The church was completely empty except for two people I couldn't see but could clearly hear. I took a seat that I hoped would be inconspicuous to anyone. After all, I didn't want to sit in someone else's seat! As you can imagine, I don't often get to feel what visiting a new church for the first time as a visitor is like. I felt what it must be for a new person attending any church for the first time. My thoughts turned to you and us and our intention of welcoming all who come to St. Francis. Now I know what it is like to go to a new church in a new town for the first time and have no one speak to you. What if we all introduced ourselves to those we have yet to meet? A new friend will be found for you and St. Francis; they will know us and be welcomed with our love. You all know by now I don't claim to be an angel. Yet, the passage of scripture that comes to my heart when I think about hospitality at home and at church comes from the thirteenth chapter of the letter to the Hebrews. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it.

May we continue in our welcoming ways as St. Francis by the Sea.

In Christ,


We pray for our loved ones:

Mary Boyd, Bill Cary, Cynthia, Bill Casale, Cynthia, Kathy Caudill, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry+, David Decrow, Kelly Gilbert, Julia, David McBeth, Karlton, Lorelei McKinnon, Ronan, Dinny Robson, Ann Sexton, Claudia Smith, Donny Smith, Rod Smith, Peggy Smith, Rod Smith, Robert Tobin, Tracey Hair, and Persis Williams. 

For those with June Birthdays: Tom Avila Beck, Marie Bissell, Mark Boechat,Tim Boggs, Camdyn Chung, Betty Creighton, Judith Dullnig, Lois French, Mary Gallant, John Higgins, Mary Tyler Knowles, Bob Publicover, Miquel Reinoso, Susan Thomas, and Jean Wheeler

This Saturday, June 8th 9-Noon

From our Senior Warden-

Greetings All!

"It's been a busy Spring with lots of good events keeping us going in the right direction."

Could you give our beautiful church a couple of hours this coming Saturday morning?

There will be jobs for everyone, plenty of fun, conversation, and laughter, and lunch to follow. Fresh air, inside and's all good!

(rain date, Saturday, June 15)

A Very Special Concert


The Rev. Douglas Beck

Tuesday, June 18, 7 PM

St. Francis Church

All are invited, along with all of our neighbors and friends, to St. Francis Church on Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m. when The Rev. Douglas Beck will give an organ concert as a fundraiser for the programs of St. Francis Outreach. Rev. Beck is also amazing on the harp and has graciously inserted that into the program.

Light refreshments will follow in the undercroft. This will be a lovely summer evening concert and a gift to our community.

From our Chair, Sarah Everdell,

The Outreach Committee will be donating 120 Hannaford gift cards to H.O.M.E. again this year, sixty in August and sixty in December. This has become an important ministry of St. Francis Episcopal Church. To support this program, please come to the Organ Benefit Concert by Rev. Douglas Beck on Tuesday, June 18th at 7:00 p.m. followed by a friendly reception. Outreach will also have a coffee hour fundraiser on August 11th following the church service. There will be a wonderful variety of savories and sweets. Thank you to everyone involved in helping us support the people at H.O.M.E.

St. Francis News and Future Events
The Rector is available by appointment or by chance Monday through Thursday most weeks at church, your home or business. He is available for pastoral emergencies and hospital visits at any time. To arrange time with him contact him directly by leaving a message on x15 of the church voicemail system, by e-mail to, by text or call using his mobile number located in the St. Francis Members/Friends List.
Spring Clean-Up --Saturday, June 8th 9:00am - 12 noon. Please join us as we spruce up the church after a very long winter! Rain date, June 15th. Lunch will be provided.
Summer Sunday Schedule returns on June 16 until August 17 with the return of the early Rite I said service at 8:00 AM. 
Weekly Summer Bible Conversation begins on June 16 at 9:00 AM on the Gospel of Mark at 9:00 AM in the Rector’s Study.
Organ Benefit Concert for Outreach on Tuesday, June 18, at 7:00 PM. A free will offering will be received to assist in St. Francis’ community outreach. The Outreach Committee will be on hand to share about this work. A reception will follow. Bring a friend!
Potluck Dinner (5:30 PM) and Ceilidh on Tuesday, July 9 (7:00 PM). Bring your favorite casserole for dinner and/or your Celtic dancing feet for a fun midsummer gathering for the entire community.
St. Francis’ Annual Parish meeting will take place on Sunday, August 25 on immediately following the 10:00 AM service.

Blue Hill Bach seeks housing for visiting musicians during festival week, July 15-20. Potential hosts, reach out to to learn more.  

From Arthur Gregg-

There's a moose on the loose in the neighborhood!

(maybe not this particular moose?)

Arthur spotted it in S Blue Hill, near the residence of Judy Rountree

-presumably attracted to "collard greens and cornbread" and other good summer cookin'!

St. Francis Summer Parishioners and Friends!