Category: Island Outreach

‘Moonbeam’ Safe Undercover, Undergoing Maintenance

BAR HARBOR, ME — May 23, 2019 the Mission christened their new boat Moonbeam, an interim wood boat to be used while the Sunbeam V was out of the water having its routine major refit. Sunbeam Captain Mike Johnson is overseeing the Sunbeam refit. Sunbeam Engineer Storey King, a licensed boat captain, switched hats and…

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In Memory of Merrill Raymond Webber

capenews.net Merrill Raymond Webber Jan 9, 2020 In Loving Memory Merrill Raymond Webber left on his hunting and fishing trip on November 24, 2019. He was born in Portland, Maine on June 13, 1955 to Kenneth and Barbara (Merrill) Webber. He grew up in Hatchville, Massachusetts on Cape Cod. After graduating Lawrence High School in…

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What to Expect When ‘Sunbeam V’ Returns to Service

BAR HARBOR, ME — Here are some of the highlights of what we expect when our mighty vessel, Sunbeam V, is back in service: Modernized navigational suite including automatic identification (tracking) system (AIS), a more powerful radar, and better chart plotter functions. Quieter and more fuel-efficient generators. Sound attenuation technologies on engine room bulkhead to…

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‘Sunbeam V’ Refit Coming Along Nicely

Thank you, Front Street Shipyard, for this 12/23 photo captioned, “Progress on the lower deck in SUNBEAM.” The refitting of the Mission’s boat is looking very good. Learn all about the Sunbeam V crew’s work among communities on Maine unbridged islands.

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Frenchboro Christmas Service – Carols, Pageant, Chaos, and Joy

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — On Friday, December 20th, The Moonbeam, crew (Storey, Jillian, & Douglas), and two special guests – Mission President John Zavodny and Communications Associate Hunter Billings – traveled to Frenchboro through some rough seas and cold to offer a Christmas service, including a Nativity pageant. All of the Frenchboro children and almost…

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Isle au Haut – Mission Christmas Service and Island Holiday Spectacular

ISLE AU HAUT, ME — On December 19th, Isle au Haut children put on their annual Holiday Spectacular; Mission Island Outreach Director Douglas Cornman led the community in the annual Christmas service. A community potluck prior to the program turned out approximately 100 islanders and guests. The Christmas service included Douglas reading the account of…

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‘Sunbeam V’ Day Ends 22-Miles at Sea on a Fun Bingo Night

MATINICUS ISLAND, ME — Sunbeam V Steward Jillian took these photos recently while on a Mission trip to Matinicus, which is 22 miles at sea from the mainland. Jillian writes, “Boy, was it a fun night on Matinicus playing bingo together after taco feast. In one photo, Josh takes a turn at calling out bingo…

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‘Moonbeam’ Brings Crew Home Safe After ‘Lovely’ Work Day on Frenchboro

FRENCHBORO, ME — Island Health Services Director Sharon Daley, RN sends this photo of “Captain Storey [King] and Rosie picking up Sharon Daley, Steward Jillian, and [Island Outreach Director] Douglas Cornman after a lovely night on Frenchboro.” Moonbeam, shown here, is the Mission’s temporary replacement boat while the Sunbeam V is out of the water…

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Recovery Off the Mainland’s a Little Different

November 2019 Recovery off the mainland’s a little different By Courtney Naliboff While life on one of Maine’s 15 unbridged islands can seem idyllic, the reality in geographic isolation, with a finite number of fellow islanders, can lead some residents to seek out drinking or drug use as a “common denominator.” [S]everal organizations exist to…

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‘Moonbeam’ Crew Outpaces Gale Force Winds on GCI Trip

NORTHEAST HARBOR, ME — Moonbeam Captain Storey King and Mission Outreach Director/Chaplain Douglas Cornman cruised to Great Cranberry Island, prior to a November 24 afternoon storm. Douglas led Sunday worship and helped islanders pack shoe box gifts for Operation Christmas Child. The theme for the day’s service was “Finding Gratitude within Surprise.”

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