CYF’s eccumenical middle school meet up went wonderfully! Youth from YOUMC and First Parish joined St. George’s students to paint small pots that will be delivered to residents of Sentry Hill.
Rev. Jim Gambril Provides Luncheon Lecture on Flashpoints between Science and Christianity.
Rev. Jim Gambril presented his 21st lecture to the St. George’s community on March 24. He explored the formal church’s clash with the heliocentric teaching of Galileo Galilei and recounted the longstanding battles regarding the age of the planet and the evolution/creation of humans. With reference to the famous Scopes Trial, he reminded those gathered that the battles pitting Darwin’s theory of Natural Selection against Creationism and Intelligent design still rage.
As we explored the advance and expansion of science, Rev. Gambril asked how faith remained relevant and meaningful. He proposed ways Christianity embraces scientific discovery and celebrates God’s role in human advancement.
For over 32 years, the Ecumenical Meal has been an early spring event In York–on the first Saturday in March, this spring was no exception. The community gathered for a common meal–turkey with all the trimmings–and entertainment. Between those sitting down for dinner in St. Christopher’s parish hall, meals delivered to the homebound and “meals-to-go” taken home by attendees, roughly 500 people were served. Nearly all of the churches in town contributed turkeys, pies and volunteers–St George’s responded to an annual request for 6 turkeys, cooked and sliced, 10 home baked pies and willing volunteers to fill roles on the day of the event! Others who helped make this wonderful even possible at York Schools, York Hospital and our local Boy Scouts.
An energetic and positive annual meeting was held at St. George’s on January 27. It was well attended and followed by a customarily delicious pot luck lunch.
Highlights of the meeting included:
The meeting was graciously and good-humoredly presided over by Rev. Fred Reynolds.
We’re now just a couple of weeks from the Electing Convention for the Tenth Bishop of Maine. January 18-20, there were walkabouts held to meet all 5 candidate.
Videos from those meetings are now online at youtube.com/episcopalmaine.
These are professional videos intended for maximum clarity. You may also find written responses to questions and other information on our Bishopquest website. St. Georges will be represented by Aaron Perkins, Sudie Blanchard, Karen Cashen, Julie Littlefield, Jenn Davidson and Janie Sweeney at the electing convention on February 9th. Let your preferences be known.
The Rev. Frederic Reynolds has taken up the position of Interim Rector of St. George’s. Fred recently retired from a 40-year career that included service as the rector of parishes from Kennebunk, Maine, to Rochester, New York.
He is a skilled teacher and pastoral caregiver with extensive experience in shepherding congregations in transition. Perhaps most importantly, he and his wife, Jane, are members of St. George’s. After extensive church shopping several years ago, they decided to make St. George’s their church home due to its loving community and its commitment to service. Fred began his ministry with us on December 2 and will be with us roughly half-time until we call a new Rector.
A Celebration of Calvin’s service was held on Sunday, October 28. Music, memories, gratitude and grace were shared by a large gathering from the parish and across York. YCSA Executive Director, Michelle Surdival, Trinity Trustee Carol Donnelly, Pastor Effie McAvoy from the YOUMC and Cantor Ellen Farber From Temple Israel were among those who thanked Calvin for his extraordinary service to the community. Young representatives of the Time of Wonder Early Learning Center, a seminal piece of Calvin’s legacy, capped the celebration with a wonderful gift of a star, named in Calvin’s honor.
Rev. Calvin Sanborn formally ended his service as Rector of St. George’s on Sunday, October 28. Citing his love for the St. George’s community and his sense of privilege at having served during this transformative period in the parish’s history. Calvin played an essential role in the establishment of the Time of Wonder Early Learning Center, the execution of a successful capital campaign and building renovation, and the expansion of St. George’s service to the community. His infectious enthusiasm, authentic faith, and warm inclusive spirit have been blessings to St. George’s and will have a lasting impact on the parish.
The 199th Convention of the Diocese of Maine was held on October 27 at USM in Portland, Maine. This gathering of representatives from the Diocese’s 60 parishes and missions was Bishop Lane’s final convention. St. George’s was represented by Rev. Calvin Sanborn, Rev. Aaron Perkins, Rev. Sudie Blanchard, Holly Sargent, Jenn Davidson, JB Marchessault and Karen Cashen. The Convention for the election of the 10th Bishop of Maine is scheduled for February 4, 2019.
Mega Choir, a St. George’s tradition, returned on September 29-30.
On Sunday, the core choir was amplified by almost 50% with the addition of four tenors and two sopranos for the singing of Moses Hogan’s, Lord, Hear My Prayer. The extra singers agreed to join the choir for this one weekend, turning our core choir into a “Mega Choir.”
The group of veterans and ringers had gathered the night before at Holly Sargent and Robert Palmer’s home for food, fellowship and fun as Ivan led the group through the process of learning notes, improving vocal production, and interpreting the music. The singers then gathered to polish the performance on Sunday morning before the 10:30 service. “Ivan is such an incredible teacher, it was a great experience for all, ” tenor and Treasurer Fred Lynk reflected. “Now everyone can see how much fun we have every week, ” contributed long-time bass, George Wilson. Stay tuned for word of the next Mega Choir opportunity!