|Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!|
|Small Groups for Families!|
Are you interested in participating in a family small group? Small groups will begin to gather outdoors in the coming weeks. Please reach out to Katie via email at email@example.com so we can create groups!
Each group will follow safety protocols: keeping distance, masks when age appropriate, etc.
Following CDC guidelines, St. Paul’s will be offering small outdoor fellowship groups. The first groups will be Vestry sponsored Newcomers Gatherings June 21 and June 28. We invite St. Paul’s Newcomers to join us as you feel comfortable doing so. Details to follow in an email invitation.
|Tell Us What You Think|
|Please Respond to our Survey|
We recently held two Zoom Town Hall online sessions on Sunday, May 24, 2020. We promised to follow-up with a survey.
Though we might not now be able to act on all your responses, your feedback will guide us in our decision-making. Please keep in mind that daily electronic worship and Sunday electronic worship will continue to be built into the fabric of our life together for our future.
Click here to take the survey. Please submit your responses by June 9, 2020. If you wish to receive a written survey and deliver your replies in person to the Parish Office, please call first to make an appointment.
|All Things Youth|
|Hello St. Paul’s Middle and High School Youth!|
Middle and High School Youth GatheringsAt the request of our youth we will be gathering twice on Sundays. Join us for prayers at 9 a.m. and stay for family worship. Youth group will be later in the afternoon. Please note we will use the same Zoom for both gatherings. This Sunday, June 7Morning Prayer 9 a.m. via ZoomYouth Group 1-2 p.m. via Zoom Click Link to joinMeeting ID: 966 1711 1762Password: churchHigh Schoolers: Don’t forget you are always invited to participate in the Diocese of Maine Youth weekly Compline. Fridays at 8 p.m. Click Link to join, or call (301) 715-8592Meeting ID: 912 2904 6535
|Join Us for Worship|
|Join us this Sunday, June 7, the First Sunday after Pentecost|
9:30 a.m. Rev. Katie Holicky will lead us in a time of song, prayer, story and sharing with our friends! Here is the link for the Zoom gathering.
10:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, on the Facebook live feed
11:30 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom. Here is the Zoom link.
|Fun Things for Families|
|Here are some helpful resources to keep you and your family faithfully connecting during this season at home. |
Family Sunday School brought to you by SparkHouse! Enjoy some faith based family time. This resource includes a video with songs and stories, an info/ activity sheet and coloring page!
Building Faith Brick by Brick brings Legos and Bible stories together for this playful way to explore scripture. Parents, all questions/ prompts are included in each lesson!
Enjoy some Bible Stories brought us by Godly Play.
Well suited for the youngest among us.From paper print outs to how to make-your-own 3D labyrinths, use these ideas for finger labyrinths for a grounding moment.
Parents and teens, are you looking for a way to deepen your daily prayer practice?
Pray As You Go. Here is a helpful website, also available as an app for your smartphone or tablet, that offers you a daily practice of readings, prayers and even musically Psalms!Here are some helpful articles for talking with your children about COVID-19.*
Building Faith has a helpful article about how to talk about COVID-19 with your children.
The CDC has also provided some helpful information for supporting children during this time.
|How St. Paul’s is Staying Connected|
|Parish Office Staff Hours for June and July:|
Beginning June 1 to end of July 2020 (Possibly August, provided no one tests positive and the outbreaks in our area reduce).
Monday Building Closed – except to Counters, twice monthly
Tuesday Noon – 4 pm Susan Tyler
Wednesday 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund
Thursday 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Katie Holicky
Friday 10 am – Noon Carolyn Farr
Noon – 2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund
Saturday & Sunday Building Closed
Precautions to Observe
While you are in the building of St. Paul’s
We want parishioners and guests to be able to contact staff members in person while at the same time we take the Maine CDC recommended precautions.
The hallway off the Union Street parking lot to the office and the office itself are the only areas open.
Call or email the staff member working that day to alert them you’ll be coming and use the intercom at the parking lot door to call them to open the door when you arrive.
Wear a mouth and nose covering when in the building. We have a mask to give you.
Use hand sanitizer to wash hands. (Restrooms and kitchen will be closed.) We will provide hand sanitizer stations along the hallway off the Union Street parking lot.
Please be sure to sign in.
Observe distancing precautions: 6 feet apart.
No more than four will be in the building at a time.
|Thank You for Keeping up with Your Pledge|
Because we will be continuing to pay our bills, we are even more grateful for electronic giving. To make your electronic offering to St. Paul’s go to stpaulsmaine.org or text your gift amount to (207) 407-5069. And we will be receiving mail in our PO Box 195, so feel free to mail your check. Thank you!
|Documenting the Stories|
Please be thinking now of what details you might include in an account of your experience of this difficult time. For now, please start thinking and jotting notes or sketches!
The 175th anniversary committee will provide details on how submissions will be collected and published at a later date.
|175 Warm Clothing Items Project|
Please continue to gather or join in the making items of warm clothing (hats, mittens, socks and others) to be donated to charities as needed.
Need a basic pattern or a supply of sock or hat yarn? Contact Carol Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Charla Spann (email@example.com);
The sock patterns are for tube socks, so even beginning knitters among us would be able to complete them with ease!
|How to Help and Where to Find Help in Maine|
|Resources in Brunswick|
Link to Support Brunswick Facebook page
Link to Fred Horch’s Support Brunswick Resource Guide
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program – Many more people are turning to food banks for assistance as businesses close and government assistance falls short of covering expenses. Good Shepherd Food Bank has estimated that there is an increase of 39% in people needing assistance. With grocery store shelves short of product, MCHPP receives fewer food donations from stores and they must buy items directly to supply to their clients. The best way that the people of St. Paul’s can continue to support MCHPP is to write a check and send it to them. NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL. Their address is MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011. Thank you for your continued support!
|St. Paul’s Online This Week|
Click to Join
Zoom 9:30 am Family Story, Prayer & Sharing
Facebook 10:30 am Sunday Morning Prayer
Zoom 11:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
Zoom1:00 pm Middle & High Schoolers
Facebook 7:30 am Morning Prayer
Facebook 7:30 pm Compline
Zoom 9:30 am Holy Stitchers
Zoom 12:30 pm Bible Study
Link to Meeting Format 7:30 am Men’s Group – contact Al Niese at 406-2396 Rick Wile at 756-0095 or Paul Womer at 449-7425
Zoom7:00 pm Choir
Zoom11:00 am Healing Prayer Service
Zoom Noon Prayer Group