St. Francis by the Sea Episcopal Church

Blue Hill ~ Maine

April 23, 2024

We Celebrated Earth Day

 "Creation, Christ, and Spirit"

The following is from Kathy DeSilvey

St. Francis' "Earthkeeper" for the Diocesan Climate Justice Council

"In conjunction with Earth Day and the long-awaited advent of Spring, we are invited to read "Church of the Wild" by Victoria Loorze, recommended by Fr. Douglas. I have not been able to put it down. Everyone is welcome to find out why it is so engrossing; frankly it's a surprising thoughtful 

theological delight! We will resume our discussion in earnest on Sunday three weeks later, Sunday the 31st, when we begin together and ultimately finish the book. The question for all of is and will be: What is the role of St. Francis as we face the numerous challenges now facing the Earth?"

 A message from The Rev. Douglas Beck

April 22,2024

It is time to remind us of opportunities for baptism, confirmation, and reception of membership into the St. Francis by the Sea community. There is no age limit to being a Christian and part of the Church. The Acts of the Apostles speaks of multiple generations becoming baptized and joining the early church, even whole families at one time.

The Great Fifty Days' Feast of Easter concludes on the Day of Pentecost this year, May 19. The Day of Pentecost is one of the traditional days of the church year when baptisms are celebrated (baptisms can be celebrated at other times, too). If you have not received the sacrament of baptism and desire to do so, don't hesitate to contact me, and we'll begin preparations together. Baptism in the Name of the Triune God celebrates our adoption by God as God's children. Baptism makes us members of Christ's Body, the Church today.

There are two ways to become a St. Francis by the Sea member. The first is by confirmation. If you have yet to go through the rite of confirmation and desire to do so, please indicate your interest to me. Confirmation "confirms" your baptism, whether recently or years ago. Bishops preside over confirmation rites. Candidates are prepared by the priest in their local parish. I'd love to prepare you for confirmation and will find a mutual time for this to happen. I will arrange for the rite with Bishop Brown here as part of a regional gathering or join others elsewhere in the Diocese according to the bishop’s availability.

If you have already been confirmed, reception is the second way to become a member of St. Francis by the Sea. Anyone confirmed in another church regardless of denomination, may be received as a member of St. Francis. Please let me know if you want to be accepted into St. Francis' membership. I will need to collect additional information from you, and we will plan preparation opportunities. After some preparation, we will schedule a Sunday to celebrate the reception of new members into St. Francis.

2013 was the last time new members were received at St. Francis. Even over the years, many of us who call St. Francis our spiritual home have yet to officially become members. I hope this message will come as a gentle seed, an invitation to take full advantage of what it means for all of us to participate most fully in the life of this fantastic church.

Faithfully yours,


We pray for our loved ones:

Mary Boyd, Bill Cary, Cynthia, Bill Casale, Cynthia, Kathy Caudill, Presiding Bishop Michael Curry+, Julia, Chris Koch, David McBeth, Lorelei McKinnon, Ronan, Dinny Robson, Donny Smith, Rod Smith, Peggy Smith, Robert Tobin, Tracey Hair, and Persis Williams. 

For those with April Birthdays: Fr. Douglas Beck, Lucy Bowick, Jim Briggs. Richard Brown, Lee Buck, Lindsay Decrow, Tony Everdell, Heather Ford, Maynard Gretchell- Forbes, Sue Grindle, Kathleen Hayward, Brenda Higgins, Jack Joyce, Nancy Peers, Persis Williams

There will be a Memorial Service for Susan Reddy, Saturday, May 11 at 11:00 am

This coming Sunday, April 28m 10 AM Service

Guest Preacher and Adult Forum Speaker, The Rev. Dr. Patricia Lyons

“Tricia” currently teaches evangelism, works with the Lifelong Learning team, and serves as the Senior Advisor to the Dean for Evangelism Initiatives at Virginia Theological Seminary. Tricia is a member of the Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s Strategic Cabinet on Evangelism and one of the original writers of the “Way of Love.” Tricia is an honors graduate from Harvard College, the Harvard Divinity School, and received her doctorate from the Virginia Theological Seminary. She is the author of four books on faith formation, The Soul of AdolescenceTeaching Faith with Harry PotterWhat is Evangelism? and her most recent, The Evangelist’s Breviary.


-from Kate Mulrenin

Adult Forum

The God of the Garden: Thoughts on Creation, Culture, and the Kingdom

An order has been placed for our next book, God of the Garden by Andrew Petersen. The Blue Hill Bookstore will have copies in by April 26th. We are due to start up on Sunday, May 5th.

The Schedule of Current Events

This excellent book discussion will resume on Wednesday, April 30

From a reviewer:

"A readable, upbeat discourse on the power of redemptive love. A book I read, loved, gave as a gift, and a book that I will re-read again. An enjoyable and hopeful message! So well written!"

Future Events

Evensong with guest choir Euphony under the direction of Francis Vogt, accompanied by Dr. Laura Artesani will take place Thursday, May 2 at 7:30 PM. Douglas, our rector, will be the Officiant. The service is a form of sung Evening Prayer from The Book of Common Prayer. This will be a beautiful evening of prayers chanted, sung, and spoken and an excellent opportunity to bring a friend who may have yet to enter our beautiful church.

Sunday, May 12 At the service we will hear about Frances Perkins’ inspiring life story as an Episcopalian, Maine resident, and first female cabinet seat as FDR’s Secretary of Labor. We’ve arranged for the traveling display from the Frances Perkins Center in Damariscotta (a National Historic Landmark) to come to St. Francis on this day for viewing in the undercroft at coffee hour. Francis Perkins is on the annual Holy Women and Holy Men Episcopal Church calendar for May 13. We thank Perkins Center Board of Directors member and Blue Hill resident Susan Kirk for obtaining the Center’s display for St. Francis on the day closes to Frances Perkins’ commemoration in our church.

Sunday, June 16 8:00 AM Liturgy of Holy Eucharist Rite I

summer schedule resumes and continues through August 18.

Sundays June 16 through August 18, 9:00-9:40 AM 

The Gospel of Mark: Coffee, Tea and Conversation (Rector’s study)

Tuesday, June 18 at 7:00 pm. A Benefit Organ Concert with Fr. Douglas A. Beck All proceeds will benefit St. Francis Outreach programs.

From Milissa, our Senior Warden

As Spring emerges, we have many fun events on the calendar! Please take note.

1) A Mothers Day pancake breakfast is in the works and donations of food will be greatly appreciated. Please sign up to bring fruit salad, sausage or other items on the sheet outside the kitchen. Any men willing to assist with this effort are asked to gather in the vesting room after church Sunday April 28 for a brief organizational meeting with Milissa.

2) A birthday celebration for all will be held during coffee hour on Pentecost Sunday, May 19.

Instead of our usual coffee hour fair, we will have a number of birthday cakes (hopefully 12) to celebrate each of our special days in addition to the birth of the church. If you enjoy baking please sign up to bring your favorite: Milissa will be making a carrot cake. A sign up sheet is posted outside the kitchen.

The Gifting and Blessings

of our

Joe Thompson

Boat Builder, Table Maker, Member of St. Francis Choir

Joe with a group of choir friends and the gorgeous maple table Joe created for so many library meetings

Joe also carved out our boat in the Narthex, and here he is with his Mom, Ginny, much loved and missed by all

From Joe-

"I came to Maine the first time in 1996 to do a Wooden Boat show. I was living in the Florida Panhandle. I fell in love with Maine and particularly Blue Hill peninsula. It took 4 years to sell my property in Florida and find my home in Sedgwick. My parents came to visit just after I moved and also fell in love with Maine and moved here a year later. The first Sunday here I went to St Francis. Ellen Anthony was playing organ, Gerald was away that week. It felt like a new home. The second week Gerald was back at the organ and the choir was great and I decided to join the choir and the church. St Francis has been my home and family ever since."

Last Sunday, we had a wonderful celebration of new ministry with our Rev. Douglas Beck. It was a beautiful service with a full church and a time of welcoming back many friends.

- and we were in good behavior (more or less!)