|Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!|
|Justice Resources |
|NEW: The Center for Racial Justice in Education has some great resources to help families in the work of racial justice.|
Family Sermon by Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones about the sin of racism.
A list of resources from some Episcopal friends in North Carolina.
A short family guide to supporting racial justice now.
Book Lists: (various social justice topics, including racial justice)
Social Justice Books; A Teaching for Change Project
Act for Social JusticeEmbrace Race: “Diverse” Books for Children
Anti-Racism Books for Elementary Students
Indigo Arts Alliance Book list
They’re here….. Justice Book Bags!
We now have a beautiful collection of justice-oriented and inclusive books for children. If you would like to borrow a justice book bag, please reach out to Rev. Katie Holicky to schedule a time to pick up books.
|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.
While the weather is in our favor, the youth have decided to gather forweekly Youth Group from 1-2 p.m. in the Garden. Please wear a mask, practice physical distance, and bring your own water and snack should you need them. This Sunday, August 99:00 a.m. Check in and Prayer via ZoomClick Link to joinMeeting ID: 966 1711 1762Password: church1-2 p.m. Youth Group in the GardenHigh Schoolers: Don’t forget you are always invited to participate in the Diocese of Maine Youth weekly Compline. Fridays at 8 p.m.
|Join Us for Worship|
|Join us this Sunday, August 9, the Tenth Sunday after Pentecost|
9:30 a.m. Rev. Katie Holicky and musician Susan Brown will lead us in a time of song, prayer, story and sharing with our friends!
Here is the link for the Zoom gathering.
NEW: Click here for the 9:30 Family Worship Booklet
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.
|Sunday Paper Junior|
|To read, print and color the Sunday Paper Junior, click here.|
|Fun Things for Families|
|Fun for Summer! |
The Way of Love For Families.
Check out this resource brought to us by the wider church.
Faith at Home, lectionary-based family devotions.
Another great list of summer resources!
Summer Activity Pack is brought to you by Church Publishing and is a great free summer resource.
|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!
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?
Order of Saint Helena offers a free Daily Office “App” for smartphones and tablets. Check out these inclusive language daily office prayers.
Visit their website by clicking the link above to learn more about this community of women in the Episcopal Church!
|World Too Beautiful|
|Earth-Conscious Service |
World Too Beautiful has returned for the summer! This special earth-conscious service celebrating the beauty of creation, hosted by St. Luke’s Cathedral and funded in part by the diocesan New Initiative Fund, will be adapted to an online version. The good news about having to migrate online is that now people from all over can join in this musical and meditative gathering! Everyone is most welcome to participate at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, August 19.
See website for link: stlukesportland.org
|How St. Paul’s is Staying Connected|
|Parish Office Staff Hours for August:(*with the exception of 8/5 & 8/12 for Rev. Carolyn during her vacation when the office will be 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.
|The Gratitude Project|
|The Gratitude Project Update: 175th Anniversary Committee|
The St. Paul’s Gratitude Project of making and collecting 175 items of warm clothing is making continuous gradual progress.
OUR NEW COUNT – 123 items have been collected – but we could use your help to move us forward.
The Holy Stitchers are industriously working on projects, many hats, scarves, mittens, and socks. Anyone in the congregation is welcome to join in, both in making items or in donating. Anyone who would like to use some of our “stash” of donated yarn should contact either Charla Spann or Carol Martin. (We have tubs of donated yarn in the attic.
Fortunately, a good number of our items for the Gratitude Project are helping to use up at least a little of our collective stash.) At least part of the point of the Gratitude Project is to give us a concrete focus for the gratitude we feel for 175 years of congregational flourishing.
At points, our existence may have seemed more a matter of survival, but survive we did, and we’re still here to worship in and serve our community.
|Mid Coast Hunger Prevention|
|An Update on Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program|
Last Sunday, Rev. Katie preached on the feeding of five thousand with only five loaves and two fishes on hand. Jesus was able to share this with everyone there. Those of us who do not to have to worry about where our next meal is coming from are called to share with many in our area who are not so lucky. MCHPP has had their budget stretched because we and many other donors are not able to contribute physical goods to their pantry. The way we can help and share our blessings is to write a check in ANY AMOUNT to help them purchase supplies to alleviate those who have lost their jobs and financial aid from the government. In our own way, we can emulate Jesus and share our values like Jesus did with the 5,000. Please mail your check to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011. Thank you!
|Diocesan Anti-Hunger Campaign|
Join congregations and individuals in the diocese to help feed those in need and assist Maine farmers. This spring, the diocese and several parish partners purchased many pounds of Aroostook County potatoes. These were bought from farmers whose crops would have otherwise spoiled because they were unable to get them to market in the pandemic. They were driven by donated trucks to food pantries throughout the state.
The diocese is now expanding their response to local food insecurity beginning with a second purchase of 30,000 pounds or more of potatoes through the Maine Farmers Exchange. Their immediate goal is to raise $5,000 to purchase the next truckload and make shipping arrangements. Please consider making a contribution.
You can donate by check made out to Episcopal Diocese of Maine with subject line “Food Insecurity Fund” mailed to:
Attn: John HennessyEpiscopal Diocese of MainePO Box 4036Portland, ME 04101
They also have set up some ways for you to give electronically:
Mobile app – Download the GivePlus mobile app on the App Store or on Google Play, enter our zip code “04101”, select “Episcopal Diocese of Maine” and give. [Find more instructions for the app here.]
Visit episcopalmaine.org – Easily enter your donation from the website. Click on the “donate” button on the top of the home page.
|Working with neighbors in Biddeford, Old Orchard, and Saco, Bishop Thomas James Brown with a dozen other volunteers, including our own Rev. Katie Holicky, and legislators from York County delivered over 25,000 lbs. of free Maine sourced food at the Biddeford Middle School on July 21.|
|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
|St. Paul’s Online This Week|
Click to Join
Zoom 9:30 am Family Story, Prayer & Sharing
Facebook 10:30 am Morning Prayer
Zoom 11:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
In the Garden 1:00 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 Women’s 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
In the Garden 11:00 am Lay Pastoral Visitors
Garden or Zoom*3:30 pm
Wednesday Bible Study (*time and location dependent on weather. Contact leaders to receive updates each week)
Contact Julia Walkling, 725-6353 or Pam Nugent, 737-2369
Zoom 11:00 am Healing Prayer Service
Zoom Noon Prayer Group