Easter ‘Sunbeam’ at Isle au Haut: Feeding Body, Mind and Soul

Easter ‘Sunbeam’ at Isle au Haut: Feeding Body, Mind and Soul

ABOARD THE SUNBEAM — “Despite the high southerly winds, sea height and fog, the Sunbeam and crew made it to Isle au Haut on Saturday, April 20th to celebrate Easter.

We had a lively and festive church service on the boat, with Hunt and Allison Smith of Steuben providing music on fiddle and accordion.

Douglas’ Easter message focused on how we can better love one another as God commands us to love through the Gospel, even though doing so is one of our greatest challenges.

Sunbeam Steward Jillian served a delicious dinner of chicken and dumplings and blueberry pie.

It was a delightful evening where all were lovingly fed – body, mind & soul.”

Douglas Cornman, Maine Seacoast Mission Island Outreach Director

Wind, Rain, High Seas – Wednesday Spinners Greet Isle au Haut

Wind, Rain, High Seas – Wednesday Spinners Greet Isle au Haut

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — I met Gail Grandgent last year on Islesford and Great Cranberry. She is a Wednesday Spinner. Gail remembered a trip the Spinners took to IaH aboard Sunbeam IV in the 1980’s. She asked if we could work together to re-create the Sunbeam V trip. That’s what we did.

As I understand it, the Spinners have been meeting weekly, for over forty years, to share their craft, learn from one another, and spend a day together doing something they love. They meet every Wednesday during the Fall, Winter and Spring. In Summer they need the extra day to shear their flocks, card and dye the fleece and spin the wool for their own use or to sell.

The group proved to be hearty, enduring a rough ride to-and-from Isle au Haut (IaH). Once there, the Spinners quickly set-up their wheels in the main hall of IaH’s Town Hall.

Islanders were welcome throughout the day to watch, learn, or sit and spin/knit with the group. The immediate camaraderie and companionship between the Spinners and the islanders was lovely. You would have never guessed they were meeting for the first time. It was like watching old friends come together.

Sunbeam V steward Jillian brought lunch to the Town Hall; a feast of roasted butternut squash soup, scalloped potatoes, salad, and warm bread. Lisa Turner, a wonderful island baker and knitter made peanut butter cookies and chocolate cake for dessert.

Even with the rain, wind, and high seas, it was a perfect day.

Story and photos: Douglas Cornman, Maine Seacoast Mission Island Outreach Director

Ready by 21 Mentoring Teams with Sunbeam for Isle au Haut Community Service

Ready by 21 Mentoring Teams with Sunbeam for Isle au Haut Community Service

Photos courtesy Island Outreach director Douglas Cornman and Ready by 21 Mentoring

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — Outreach director Douglas Cornman reminds us that May 15th, the Sunbeam carried a group of 25 young men and women and their adult mentors from the Deer Isle/Stonington area to Isle au Haut.

Each May, as one of Ready by 21 Mentoring “Real World Trips,” a sophomore class travels with the Sunbeam for a day of community service. Once the group is on Isle au Haut, they will work with rangers from Acadia National Park to clean debris from the island coastline.

Ready by 21 Mentoring is a Maine based program. According to its web site it “seeks ways to create safe, quality opportunities for youth beginning at age 14 thru 21 to develop multi-generational relationships that allow them the opportunity for growth, self expression and views of their highest potential.”

“The Sunbeam has collaborated with Ready by 21 Mentoring each of the four years I’ve served as outreach Director,” said Douglas Cornman, who is “pretty certain” the Ready by 21 Mentoring and Sunbeam partnership precedes him.

Learn more about the Mission’s Island Outreach programs.