Important and Timely

1.  The study of Luke/Acts began this last Wednesday, Feb. 21, at 5 p.m.  The schedule of reading is included in the current Forward Day by Day.  Bring a brown bag supper.  The discussion guide has already been sent around by email, but please contact Jackie or Lynn+ if you need to have it sent again.  We ask that you print your own copy if at all possible.  The group will dismiss by 6:30 to be ready for:

2.  The Wednesday night Ecumenical Lenten service. These services begin at 7 p.m.

​​3.  As many of you know, Bishop Stephen Lane is retiring in 2019. The Discernment Committee is beginning the work of asking questions about our congregations, our relationship to the diocese and the qualities we are hoping for in a bishop.  The Committee has asked that we have a parish conversation about these questions this month, so next Sunday, February 25, at Coffee Hour we’ll spend some time considering the questions.  The questions are below:


Open Ended Questions for Parish Congregations

  1. Who are you as a parish?

What do you value and how do you demonstrate that?

What stories/foundational events have shaped you?

What do you want the new bishop to know about you?

  1. Where do you want to go as a parish?

How close are you to getting there?

What gifts do you have that will help you get there?

What challenges lie in your path?

  1. How would you describe your parish’s relationship with the


What would you like your relationship to be in the future?

What qualities in a bishop would facilitate this



Editor for Web Page

I have taken over the St. Aidan’s web page.   My hope is that it can be a tool for both visitors and a form of newsletter for parishioners.
Please contact me at with any submissions,  ideas, corrections, or  requests.  Thank you,  Eric Schnaufer

“Living Local Joining God”

The Episcopal Diocese of Maine as well as the Connecticut, Southwest Virginia, and East Tennessee Dioceses are currently enrolled in a national program called Living Local: Joining God.  Its emphasis is on listening to God and to each other beyond the walls of our church.  It is not another layer of theological programs for the church to enact.  It is about getting out of our own building and meeting our neighbors in the fullest sense of that word.  God is everywhere.  We are learning to look and listen for God and learn more about ourselves and our communities. To learn more details about this project please contact us.

IMG_6668Members of our “Living Local Joining God” Team are Karen Varian, Steve Colhoun, Dale Miller and Gale Peters

Volunteerism – Gail Peters

Volunteerism is alive and well among the members of St. Aidan’s congregation. Since our members come from many different towns surrounding Machias we often are not aware of their efforts in their local communities. I’d like to begin a series of blog posts to share some of the wonderful work our members are doing.

Gail Peters is a very active member of St. Aidan’s and involved in so many community activities in the area that it will take many posts to cover them all!  To choose just one of her roles, Gail is on the board of the community chapel in her beautiful town of Roque Bluffs, just down the road from Machias. I’ll let her tell you about the chapel:

roque bluffs chapel“Sunday morning is always the right time to be at a worship service. But if you find yourself traveling or newly arrived in town and don’t make it to St. Aidan’s in the morning, you might want to visit the Roque Bluffs Community Chapel at the crossroads on the way to the Roque Bluffs State Park.   The chapel holds worship services on Sunday evenings at 6:30 P.M.  The services are held from the middle of June to the end of October.  There are afternoon services for Thanksgiving and Christmas.   The chapel is non-denominational  hosting a variety of Christian clergy to conduct a service each week.  The Reverend David Gardner has been called by the members of the chapel to be our spiritual leader and administrator.  The services focus on singing, praying and always a thought provoking sermon from the perspective of each spiritual tradition represented by the full spectrum of clergy who grace the chapel.  There are many social activities and a weekly Bible study in conjunction with the Union Church in Jonesboro.  You are always invited to St. Aidan’s, but if you find yourself at the park on a late Sunday afternoon and want a unique spiritual opportunity then, come to the chapel where you will be greeted like family.”

If you would like a schedule of services, or more information about the chapel,  you can contact Gail.