BAR HARBOR, ME — The last few years Witham Hotels in Bar Harbor has organized a fundraiser to provide gifts for the Mission’s Christmas program. Isabelle at Witham Hotels, has reached out to me to let us know this amazing event will continue. The fundraiser is December 8th at the Atlantic Oceanside Hotel, Rt 3, Bar Harbor. // Terri W. Rodick, Scholarship Director, Maine Seacoast Mission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 26, 2018
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact: Scott K Fish, Marketing and Communications
207-458-7185 or <[email protected]>
BAR HARBOR, ME — Let the Holidays begin! The Maine Seacoast Mission’s Open House and Silent Wreath Auction is Friday, December 7, 2018, 5:30 – 7:30 pm at the Colket Center, 127 West Street, Bar Harbor, ME.
Please join us for an evening of refreshments, music, the chance to take home a beautiful holiday wreath, and see the historic Colket Center beautifully decorated by your neighbors for the holidays.
The Mission’s Christmas Program provides gifts for island and coastal children and the elderly. The signature white paper bundles with red string have brightened Christmas mornings for over 100 years.
Thank you to our generous community for contributing to this event and auction. Your donation and winning bids support the Mission’s Christmas Program. Victor Stanley’s “Christmas 1968” in the December 2018 Down East magazine shares his personal perspective on what Maine Seacoast Mission’s Christmas Program meant to his family fifty years ago, with a reminder that, “[The] Mission still…help[s] families through long and cold Maine winters.”
For more information call the Mission at 207-288-5097 or visit us on the web at seacoastmission.org
BAR HARBOR, ME — A big “Thank you” from the Mission to Down East magazine and Victor Stanley for the beautiful “Christmas 1968” essay, and for the many great memories Rev. Stanley includes about Maine Seacoast Mission.
We encourage you to pick up a copy of Down East magazine’s December 2018 issue for Rev. Stanley’s full piece. https://downeast.com/category/issues/
Downeast Magazine – December 2018
by Victor Stanley
The story of my childhood reads like the beginning of a Steinbeck novel, but it’s all true. Times were tough in the mid-1950s in Down East Maine. Jobs were scarce and people were desperate.
…I got off the school bus and walked into the kitchen. My mother grabbed me and gave me a big hug. “Your prayers were answered,” she proclaimed, waving a white envelope over her head. “The Maine Seacoast Mission sent us $50 for Christmas!”
On Christmas Eve, we…went to church… [E]ach of us…received a present…. Once again, the gifts were from the Maine Seacoast Mission.
Fifty years have passed since…. Scholarships from the Maine Seacoast Mission made it possible for me to go to college and seminary….
…[The] Mission still…help[s] families through long and cold Maine winters. It still provides scholarships for thousands of hard-working students and has expanded its ministry with after-school programs and medical care.
CHERRYFIELD, ME — Tuesday, November 20th, the Community Center is hosting a Free Cribbage Night from 6:00 pm until there’s a winner.
Downeast Campus Facilities Manager Scott Shaw described the event as “a night of neighborly cribbage competition,” that runs from 6:00 pm “until we have a winner.”
This Cribbage Night is the second new event for the Weald Bethel Community Center this November.
November 9th the Community Center kicked off new Friday Family Dinner and Movie Nights.
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 16, 2018
FOR MORE INFORMATION
Contact: Mandie Pepperman, Community Coordinator Washington County CAN Council
Cell: 263-5270, Office: 255-8273, Email: [email protected]
Wendy Harrington, Director Services Programs, Maine Seacoast Mission
Office: 546-5870, Cell: 610-9446, Email: [email protected]
Community Baby Shower Designed to Inform Families, Avoid Infant Abuse
CHERRYFIELD, ME — A Community Baby Shower? What’s that all about? The concept comes from the Washington County CAN Council based in Machias, ME. “The CAN Council goal,” said Community Coordinator Mandie Pepperman, “is to prevent child abuse and neglect” in Washington County.
“One way we do that is by providing information,” said Mandie Pepperman. Maine Seacoast Mission’s Service Program Director Wendy Harrington, and Community Resource Coordinator Megan Burgess, in a discussion with Ms. Pepperman, decided “one way to provide information” is through a Community Baby Shower at the Mission Downeast Campus.
According to Pepperman, “New babies are our highest abused population.” The Community Baby Shower aims to prevent or stem such abuse.
An ounce of prevention truly is worth a pound of cure. “We want to reach parents prenatally, offer a little bit of training, and make it fun with baby shower games and prizes,” Pepperman explained.
The Community Baby Shower welcomes expectant moms, but also their partners, and people within families serving as caregivers. The people, said Mandie Pepperman, “with the most impact on a newborn baby’s development.”
The CAN Council’s goal is to have quarterly Community Baby Showers throughout Washington County.
The Mission Downeast Campus Community Baby Shower is Thursday, December 13, 1:00 – 3:00 pm, 39 Weald Bethel Lane, Cherryfield, ME. The Shower hosts are asking people planning to attend to RSVP by calling or texting 263-5270.
For more information contact Mandie Pepperman at 255-8273, or Megan Burgess at 546-4466.