God Loves a Cheerful Giver

This week I had the pleasure of hand-delivering St. Margaret’s contributions to several community organizations, including the Restorative Justice Project of the Midcoast, the Interfaith Fuel Fund, the Food Cupboard, Broadreach Family and Community Services, and the Belfast Soup Kitchen. In addition, checks were mailed to Episcopal Relief and Development and the Soap Closet.
Several people contributed caps and gloves to twenty-six men at the Re-Entry Center.   Thank you, Deacon Tom, for leading this outreach.   Our parishioner, a Re-Entry Center resident, spoke on behalf of all the men, saying that this meant a lot to them and expressed their gratitude to the parish.
Thank you for all of your generosity.   A sign once hung above the door of the church facing Court Street, reading, “You are now entering the mission field.”   The sign disappeared but the spirit of the words is alive and well at St. Margaret’s.
I also want to thank the choir and organist, altar guild, readers and liturgy participants, ushers, and everyone who made the Christmas Eve liturgies so meaningful.   Special thanks are also due to our Parish Assistant, Elizabeth Moore, who created four liturgy bulletins in three days prior to Christmas.   110 people attended the two services, including a number of local people here for the first time.
The Connector continues to be an inspiring space.   Betsey Feeley and Elaine Bielenberg’s photos were displayed this summer and fall, followed by Elaine’s current fabric art creation of Victorian Christmas Stockings.
We have some additional needs. Please contact the office if you have the following skills, education, or desire to serve:
  • Ashes to Go – sharing with people on Ash Wednesday at the hospital and in other public places. This is a significant way to share God’s grace in our community.
  • Disposing of old furniture – we have a couple of pieces that need to be taken away.
  • Labyrinth – speak with Jesse Paquin if you want to be involved
  • Building repair and stewardship – speak with Don Cox
  • Grounds – speak with Margie Spencer-Smith
  • Pastoral Care (both the committee to expand what we offer and direct care)
  • Eucharistic Visitation (requires Safe Church training on the diocesan website – speak with Susan Sullivan for details)
  • Occasional office support and data entry
  • Mailing list removals – Calls to companies to remove names of past rectors and unnecessary parish mailings
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 
~ 2 Corinthians 9:6-7
Blessings upon this New Year, everyone!
With gratitude,
Christopher+