If you missed church this Sunday, you can be sure we missed you even more. If you were here, but couldn’t hear an announcement, you will find it right here. If you have an announcement that needs to be made, email us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and it will be posted here. If you want more information about any of the announcements, check in with a vestry member!
March 28, 2021
Palm Sunday! We followed Jesus as He entered into Jerusalem to sounds of “Hosanna!” upon a road spread with palms and cloaks. We then forged on to the reading of the passion and the story of the crucifixion of Jesus.
Announcements that you missed:
Stay tuned to your email for news about how we will celebrate Easter Sunday next week. Don’t forget to complete the survey regarding the parish perspective on in-person worship, so that the vestry can use the data to make informed decisions.
Sr. Warden’s announcements:
– Thank you to those who assisted with delivery of the palms.
-There will be an in-person worship committee meeting after the service today.
March 21, 2021
Last week, St. Giles’ joined the Diocesan Youth Service, which was fantastic. This week, we joined together again on ZOOM. Rev. Dana Stivers preached a sermon on the Gospel of John, tuning us all in to what it really means to “want to see Jesus.”
Announcements that you missed:
-Vestry meeting this Tuesday at 7pm via zoom, link will come from Tom Eichler.
-Palm Sunday is March 28, next Sunday. Dana will set up a day for people to stop in at the church to pick up their palms. Dotti already received the palms, so please contact Dotti or Dana if you are not able to get to the church and need a palm-delivery service!
Vestry will be discussing when and how to start in person services at the next vestry meeting. Our expectation is that when we resume in person worship, we will ALSO have ZOOM participation available to anyone who lives too far from the church to join, or would like to join remotely for any reason. Our goal is to make everyone continue to feel like part of a family, and for our services to feel like coming home, no matter where we are!
Check your email for updates from Rev. Dana. See you next week!
March 7 2021
The Rev. Dana Stivers’ sermon focused us on kindness, and reminded us that one of our goals should always be that the adversities we face result in our increased kindness in our world.
The Rev. Dana Stivers’ Announcements:
This Tuesday at noon, bible study will be conducted via ZOOM. The zoom link will be emailed to you!
Next Sunday March 14th, we will join the Diocese of Maine with an online worships service led by Maine youth. Information about how to connect will be coming to you soon. We will not have a St. Giles’ morning worship next Sunday.
Our next worship service will be Sunday, March 21 at 9:30 via zoom.
Sr. Warden Dotti Meyer’s announcements:
We should be getting updated information from the Diocese soon about when we may begin to worship in person again. Stay tuned!
Treasurer Tom Eichler reminded us that daylight savings time begins next weekend, at 2am on March 14th.
February 28, 2021
The Rev. Dana Stivers update:
Continuing with Lenten Bible study, Tuesday at noon. Last week: discerned ways to interact in the area around Jefferson after discussing the bible reading. Look to your email for the link.
Sr. Warden update:
Next Vestry meeting is Tuesday March 23, at 7pm
Town Hall again on Tuesday meeting, let Dotti know if you’d like to participate
This forum also updates us weekly regarding reopening churches
Vestry is getting ready to set up various committees, give Dotti a shout if you have any interest in serving in any capacity.
February 21, 2021
We have entered the season of Lent, and the Rev. Dana Stivers will be hosting a weekly Lenten Bible study group every Tuesday at noon through Lent. The sessions are independent of each other, so please join when you can, without worrying that you missed a session. The study group will be held via zoom, and the links and readings will be sent via email. Please email us at email@example.com if you would like the link.
Update from the Sr. Warden:
Dotti Meyer updated us regarding our preparation for the grant we have received to make our services and activities more available online, even after we have joined each other for in-person worship again. The vestry has, for many months, been working on getting access to the internet available at St. Giles’, and the church’s setup is complete. More to come on how to access the internet when you are at church.
Dotti has been attending the Town Hall meetings on alternate Tuesday evenings. These meetings are well organized, brief, and very valuable. They are geared toward Sr. Wardens and clergy, but if the link is available to all, Dotti or Dana+ will send it out via email. This past week, the featured speaker was the president of UTO Maine – and the ECW will be supporting the UTO effort this year. More to come on this.
Vestry meets TODAY.
Next morning worship service: February 28, 2021. See you then!
February 14, 2021
The Rev. Dana Stivers announced that Lent will begin with an ONLINE Ash Wednesday service at noon on Wednesday February 17. She will also send around a link to local churches which are administering ashes “drive through” style.
St. Giles’ is a recipient of a digital onboarding grant which will help us to stream our services, among other exciting things. Spectrum is connecting our church to the internet on Monday, Feb 15. After we are connected, we will use the grant money to purchase the equipment necessary to livestream, record, and work on more projects that utilize social media and the web.
Sr. Warden announcement: Vestry meets next Sunday after church.