Wednesday, February 25, 2015

Eternal Rest grant unto her, O Lord

Our dear sister in Christ, Lorraine Nevers, died peacefully at 11:45 this morning.

Let us pray.
Eternal God, you gave Lorraine a new birth in baptism and entrusted her to us to know and to love. As we thank you for the life we shared, help us now to release her to your mighty keeping. Bring us all to that day when we shall stand in your presence with all your saints in light eternal; through Jesus Christ, our Savior and Lord.


Lorraine's favorite hymn was "Lift High the Cross!" As a tribute to her and a musical interlude in our time of loss, I am including a link to a lovely rendition of it below.

Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Lent is here!

We begin the solemn Season of Lent on Ash Wednesday, February 18th. 

There will be "Walk-In" ashes distributed from 12:00 noon to 1:00 p.m. 

At 7:00 p.m. on Ash Wednesday we will have a Holy Communion service with imposition of ashes. 

Our Lenten book study will begin on Sunday, Feb. 22nd at 4:00 p.m.  We will meet for five Sundays to discuss the book "Learning to Walk in the Dark" by Barbara Brown Taylor.  Our idea is that the book study will focus on the themes that emerge in a few chapters each week.  (See the schedule below.)  It is by no means a requirement to have read those chapters in order to participate in book study, but they will guide our discussion.

Feb. 22 - Introduction & Chapter 1
March 1 - Chapters 2 & 3
March 8 - Chapters 4 & 5
March 15 - Chapters 6 & 7
March 22 - Chapters 8 & 9

Books will be available to purchase at church on Sunday, but feel free to purchase one before then if you'd like to get a head start in reading!

Blessings to you as we begin this Lenten journey.  

Monday, January 12, 2015

Join us as we celebrate two amazing people!

This coming Sunday, January 18th, please join us at the 10:00 a.m. worship service as we celebrate the 99th birthday of Espen Christensen. It isn't every day that we get to mark the beginning of the 100th year of faithful service of an active church member. After our Sunday service, we will have cake and festivities in the church hall. Whether you've know Espen for a few decades or a few days, we are sure he and his family would love to see you there!

And then at 4:00 p.m. we will have a vespers service (Holden Evening Prayer) to celebrate the ministry and bid a fond farewell to Associate Pastor Ellen Schoepf. After two-and-a-half years of amazing pastoral service, she has accepted the call to be the new pastor of Faith Lutheran Church in Okemos, Michigan. The vespers will be followed by a soup supper and reception in the church hall.

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Solar open house!

Saturday, January 10th, 9-10:30 a.m.
515 Woodford St. Portland

Join us at the St. Ansgar Church in Portland to get answers to questions such as, how much do these systems cost, what can I expect for my return on investment, what are the available incentives for solar energy systems and how do they perform in our Northeast climate? See examples of homeowners in your community who are saving with solar and learn about our exclusive Own Your Power solar financing program! - See more at:

Sunday, December 28, 2014

Dedication of the new solar panels!

Come join us and be part of the move toward a healthier earth!

This coming Sunday, January 4, 2015, at 10:00 a.m., the people of St. Ansgar will officially dedicate the solar panels that now generate our electricity. We will welcome the Feast of Epiphany a couple of days early to remind ourselves that Christ is the light of the World. And just as that light empowers us all toward goodness, the light of the sun helps to free us from the entrapment of fossil fuels!

We are pleased to have taken this huge leap toward greatly reducing our carbon footprint. During the past seven years, we have made great strides in energy efficiency:
  • Super-insulated our vaulted ceiling and roof
  • Replaced aging converted furnaces with high-efficiency condensing gas furnaces
  • Installed a passive cooling system for summer months that runs on about $30 worth of electricity a month
  • Replaced aging and leaking windows
  • Replaced aging light fixtures with more efficient units, and have approved installation of LED lighting for 2015

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Join us for Lessons and Carols

This coming Sunday, December 28th, join us for a morning Holy Communion service with seasonal Lessons and Carols.

The Rev. Mia Dyson will preside, and Pastor Bill Barter will accompany on organ and piano, along with Trumpeter and Guitarist Jim McDonough.

The service is at our regular time of 10:00 a.m.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Christmas is here!

Christmas Eve service tonight with festive music and time for the children. 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Morning service at 9:00 a.m., a quieter service.

Both Christmas services include Holy Communion. We practice an "open" communion table at St. Ansgar, and we invite all to participate.

On Sunday, December 28th, there will be a Holy Communion service with Lessons and Carols. Please join us!