Island Outreach Director Leads Christmas Services on Islands

Frenchboro carolers aboard the Sunbeam. (Photo by Scott Planting)
Island Outeach Director Cornman leading Christmas service on Matinicus. (Photo by Sharon Daley)

BAR HARBOR, ME — Island Outreach Director Douglas Cornman presides over Christmas services on some of the unbridged islands without year-round pastors. Here are photos taken this week of the Frenchboro service aboard the Sunbeam, and Director Cornman leading the service at Matinicus.

Mission’s Downeast Table of Plenty: Free Community Supper, Sun., Dec 24

Please join us, Sunday, December 24, for our Downeast Table of Plenty.
Would you like to host a DETOP meal? Thank you. Please go to the calendar website (SignUp), and schedule your Sunday, or email Wendy Harrington.

CHERRYFIELD, ME — Each Sunday afternoon, 3:30-5:00 pm, at the Mission’s Downeast Table of Plenty, everyone is welcome to share satisfying, home-cooked meals.

People age two to ninety, from every segment of the community attend. Music, conversation, and laughter preside. Hunger and loneliness are nowhere in sight.

The Table of Plenty takes place in the EdGE building on our Downeast Campus every Sunday, 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. Meals are provided by volunteers.

If you would like to host a meal, please go to the calendar website Sign Up and schedule your Sunday or email Wendy Harrington.

Thank You for a Successful Christmas Open House and Wreath Auction

BAR HARBOR, Me — The Mission’s Christmas Open House and Wreath Auction is a key event in support of our Christmas Program. Organizations and individuals who decorated the Colket Center and created unique wreaths for 2017’s event are listed here so you can visit them online.

The Open House receives donations in two ways: donations visitors put in a large jar on the staffed welcome table at the entrance, and payments of winning bids on the silent auction for wreaths. Approximately 350-400 people attended this year’s event.

The 2017 Open House received $924.00 in donations and $2,702.00 in auction payments for a total of $3,626.00.

Wreath and Centerpieces

Bar Harbor Congregational Church (BHUCC) – Karen McFarland and Christy Benson
Bar Harbor Garden Club – Sherri Alley
Lori Bartlett
Ruth Brunetti and Bill Fernald
The Bud Connection
Judith Burger-Gossart
Cottage Flowers
Jenny J. Denegre, BH Food Pantry
Chelcey Dunham
Sue Ferrante-Collier
Frost Farms
Harbor House Children’s Center
Jesup Memorial Library
Kids’ Corner
Kimball Shop & Boutique
Kvetina Gardens
Susan Lerner
MDI Hospital
Carla Minctons
Katherine Moore-Testa
Deborah Page
Snugglemagic Farm
Spruce and Gussy
Terri Rodick
Linda Rowell-Kelly
Melita Westerlund
Westside Florist

‘Alice’s Restaurant’ Group Enjoys Christmas at Downeast Campus

“Alice’s Restaurant” regulars celebrate Christmas at the Cherryfield Downeast Campus.

This group comes on a regular basis, each Wednesday, to play Bingo, and Mahjong, and celebrate birthdays and holidays. Today, December 6, was their Christmas party.

I love calling this weekly event Alice’s Restaurant. Alice Duston was the inspiration for this weekly gathering.

Wendy Harrington
Maine Seacoast Mission
Service Program Director
Cherryfield, ME 04622

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Help With Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Program

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees (left to right, standing) Pam Farnsworth, Emily Johnson and Natalie Wray, (and below) Kara Churchill and Monica Soper collect new items donated by fellow employees and provided to the Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Program. For almost two decades Bank employees have assisted generously with the Mission’s Christmas Program making Christmas morning a little more special for those in need in our community.


CONTACT: Cathy Planchart, VP
Corporate Communications & Community Relations
Bar Harbor Bank & Trust
P.O. Box 1089, Ellsworth, ME  04605
207-667-0660 x14655 / [email protected]

DATE: December 5, 2017

Bar Harbor Bank & Trust Employees Help With Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Program

Bar Harbor, Maine – For almost two decades, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust employees have been donating gifts to the Maine Seacoast Mission Christmas Program and this year is no exception. The Bank’s involvement has been spearheaded all these years by Pam Farnsworth, Loan Specialist, who contacts the Mission, organizes the collection, and delivers all of the gifts to the Mission for distribution. This year the Bank asked for a list of 150 people needing gifts, rather than the usual 100. A list of individuals was provided referencing age, gender and wish; the majority of which were seniors. Half of the names were claimed within a day, by Bank employees at all locations from Lubec to Topsham. With money donated, a group of employees had fun shopping for the final names on the list.

“My co-workers at Bar Harbor Bank & Trust are so generous; it makes it a pleasure to participate in this program. It will be well over $4,000 worth of gifts collected this year. I find coordinating this program to be one of the most inspirational events in which I am involved.” says Pam. “The enthusiastic response to my request each year from co-workers shows me just how much the Bank cares about the community.”

Each year the Mission distributes about 10,000 holiday gifts to more than 3,200 children, families, nursing home residents, and prisoners at Christmas time. The tradition of Mission Christmas presents began more tha100 years ago when the Mission brought gifts to island residents and lighthouse keepers. Now, generous donors bring new items to the Mission throughout the year to be distributed on the islands and in Hancock and Washington Counties over the holidays. Many people who are now adults and supporters of the Mission say how important the presents they received from the Mission were. They restored hope that may have been lost and showed that people did, indeed, care about them.

For more information, please contact the Maine Seacoast Mission at 207-288-5097 or online at

Bar Harbor Bankshares (NYSE MKT: BHB) is the parent of Bar Harbor Bank & Trust with more than $3 billion in assets. Founded in 1887, Bar Harbor Bank & Trust is a true community bank serving the financial needs of its customers for 130 years. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust provides a full range of financial services through its 49 branch locations in all three Northern New England states of Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Bar Harbor Bank & Trust was named one of the 2017 Top 200 Publicly Traded Community Banks in the nation by American Banker magazine. For more information call 1-888-853-7100 or go to  Member FDIC.


A Welcome Visit from Pilgrim Daughters of Lincoln Congregational Church

Pilgrim Daughters Lincoln Congregational Church

Bar Harbor, ME — “We had a great visit today from some of the “Pilgrim Daughters” of the Lincoln Congregational Church. Donna R. Hanscom presented part of their annual donation of gift items for our Christmas Program. Donna is on the right and Pastor Josh is in the back.  (From David Snyder, Mission reception/clerical associate)

First Congregational Church of Lincoln, 19 School St, Lincoln, ME. “We have been right here at the center of the community since 1831.”

Sunbeam V Christmas Cruise 2016: A Beautiful, Life-Affirming Whirlwind

Director of Island Outreach Douglas Cornman sent this report and photos from the Sunbeam V‘s Christmas Cruise 2016:

The Sunbeam V and crew cruised to three islands in just over twenty four hours this week, to offer Christmas Services to the islands’ year-round communities. The communities of Frenchboro and Isle au Haut were visited on Tuesday, and the island of Matinicus was visited on Wednesday.

Residents gathered, either in their island’s church or aboard the Sunbeam, to listen to St. Luke’s account of the Christmas story, sing their favorite hymns and carols, and watch a nativity play performed by the island’s children and a few lobstermen and women.

Frenchboro’s nativity even had a living baby Jesus, played by the island’s newest addition. In his sermon, Director of Island Outreach and Sunbeam chaplain Douglas Cornman, asked the children if anyone knew what Christmas was all about (a line borrowed from one of his favorite Peanuts characters).

Love, taking care of one another, taking care of our planet, and compassion towards others are just a sample of the answers he heard. The Sunbeam’s 2016 Christmas cruise truly was a beautiful and life affirming whirlwind that is not to be soon forgotten.

Merry Christmas from the Sunbeam V and her crew!!