Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!
Join us for Worship
Join us this Sunday, December 20
The Fourth Sunday of Advent
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
Click here for the 9:30 Family Worship Booklet 
10:30 a.m. Spiritual Eucharist from the Nave. View on St. Paul’s Facebook
11:30 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom  Here is the Zoom link.

Christmas Eve Schedule
Join Us on Christmas Eve
Thursday, December 24
 4:00 – 4:45 p.m.
Family Service Live with Nativity Video of St. Paul’s people in Costume on Zoom
Click here to join.
5:30 – 5:50 p.m.
Come to Union Street Parking lot for Christmas Eve Candle Lighting
7:30 p.m.
Christmas Eve Spiritual Eucharist on St. Paul’s Facebook

Katie’s CornerJoin Katie as she continues her Advent journey wondering about ‘love’.

More from Katie’s Corner:
Advent 2: Peace
Advent 1: Hope
Gratitude
Many Hands, A Penobscot Indian Story


Ice Fishing – Save the Date!
Email Rev. Katie with questions and if you are interested in joining us! LOCATION: 
We will fish Pleasant Pond, a half-hour drive from St. Paul’s. We’ll park here: https://goo.gl/maps/mtyMyqWEPaM8hAHXA and fish about here:  https://goo.gl/maps/KZeP2ogW6B9abP337
 
BASIC INFO: Time: Drop in from TBA-4pm
Tackle provided! If you are age 16 and up you will need a fishing license, which can be purchased here. 
FAQ: How will I find you on the ice?  We’ll fish about here: https://goo.gl/maps/f5hkmANztTM2
And we’ll have a big red shelter pitched: Because of COVID, we cannot use it as a warming hut. And we’ll have Macy the dog with us. 
Will I fall through the ice? No. The ice is so thick that you might see trucks on it. If you’re nervous about this, walk in the snowmobile tracks. Assuming there’s snow, you’ll see many.
What about  hypothermia? Just bring extra clothes in a backpack. Wear only synthetics or wool. (Cotton is cold.)  Wind/rain/ski garments are great as an outer layer. Wear a warm hat.
What should I bring in addition to clothes? Something warm to drink. 
What species might I catch? Crappie, perch, pickerel, pike, bass, sunfish. 
What will we do with the fish we catch? I will release my fish. If you want to eat a fish or two, know that there is a consumption advisory.
May I play with Macy the dog?  It is the price of admission. : )

Take-Home Bags
This school year, in addition to other offerings, we will try on “take home formation”. Stop by church and grab your family’s monthly bag with simple activities.

December’s theme is… Advent!
Contact Katie to schedule a time to pick up your bag or let her know if you’d like it dropped off at your home.

Family Groups



Family Group continues to meet in the Garden at 2:30 pm on Sundays.
Please Note: There will be no Family Group on 12/27 and 1/3.
We will be doing so through the fall and winter!
If you are interested in joining a Family Group please reach out to Rev. Katie.
If you can, please let Katie know you plan on attending so we can account for numbers as we set up the space. 
Please note: Wear a mask and practice physical distance. 

All Things Youth


Hello St. Paul’s Middle & High School Youth!
Youth Group gathers on Sundays 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. 
See you this week!
Please Note: We will not meet on 12/27 and 1/3


Episcopal Youth MaineThird Mondays: Pray, Play, Connect
This 6th-12th grade gathering continues the third Monday of each month, from 7-8:30 pm. Youth play silly games, connect with one another, and end with prayer and song. 
 Second and Fourth Sundays: High School Compline
Join in a time of check-in and prayer. Compline runs from 7-8:30 pm.
Connect on Instagram Follow us @maineyouth_episcopals!

Fun Things For Families

 

Here is a list of some exciting resources to add to your at home collection! 
Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints.
An illustrated children’s storybook about people of diverse faiths who rocked the religious boat on behalf of love and justice.
Common Prayer for Children and Families.
Whimsical, simple illustrations and prayers drawn from Episcopal prayer resources Common Prayer for Children and Families is a collection of prayers and liturgies written for kids and the adults or communities who pray with them. 
Celebrate Wonder Bible Storybook.
A colorfully illustrated children’s Bible storybook that will engage the children through simple storytelling and open-ended questions that encourage the children to wonder about the Bible story and make connections between the Bible and their lives. Includes 150 stories!

Parents and teens, are you looking for a way to deepen your daily prayer practice? 
365 Daily Devotions Enjoy this thoughtful daily practice that invites a moment of pause to be steeped in prayer.
Mission of Saint Clare Daily Office Another great daily office offering!

Justice Resources



Check out the new children’s book Netflix show: 
Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

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.
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 Justice
Embrace Race: “Diverse” Books for Children
Anti-Racism Books for Elementary Students
Indigo Arts Alliance Book list

Justice Book Bags! 

We 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.

Sunday Junior Paper – Click to Read!


Parish Office Hours

Precautions to Observe While you are in the building of St. Paul’s
New Message Effective November 23, 2020
We love you. We do not wish to spread the virus to those we love. That’s why…
1. Masks are required at all times.
2. Sign in for contact tracing.
3. No more than six people at a time in entire building.
4. Stay six feet or more apart.
5. Only one person at a time in parish office. (Please make arrangements with staff if you need to meet one-on-one in person.)
 Click for Parish Office Hours

St. Paul’s Ornaments 

Anniversary Christmas Ornaments
In this time apart, wouldn’t you like to be reminded of the 175th anniversary of our church?

We have a perfect reminder for you: a lovely anniversary ornament to hang throughout the holiday season.  $20 apiece.  Please let Carol Martin, Nancy Whitehouse, or Anne Banks know if you would like us to get one to you.  Payment can be sent to the church, earmarked for the 175th anniversary committee.

Thank you!


Tedford Homeless Memorial Service
at St. Paul’s, Monday, December 21, 5 pm
Join to remember those who are homeless and who have died in the past year. The outdoor Memorial Service is a Brunswick Community service.   Dress warmly and gather in the circle drive on Pleasant Street. We will hear from the new Executive Director of Tedford Housing, Rota Knott, say a prayer, read a special reading and name those who have died in 2020. We will observe CDC precautions. Please wear a mask, but we will provide one if you don’t have one.

Looking Ahead

St. Paul’s Events in January

 Wednesday, January 6
7pm – Feast of the Epiphany All-Parish Hymn Sing – Zoom       
       
Friday, January 8 – Annual Reports due

Saturday, January 9 (or January 10 if weather is bad)
Ice Fishing at Pleasant Pond 

Sunday, January 17
4:00 p.m. – Zoom Small Group Soup and Scripture chat. Join us to eat your warm soup and to chat over the Scripture passage: Mark 1:14-20, the call of Simon and Andrew.
 
Sunday, January 24
12:00 p.m.—Zoom all-parish Annual Meeting: Presentation of Ministry Reports, Pledging and Financial Reports, 2021 Budget and Parish Election.
 
Sunday, January 31
3:30pm – St. Paul’s parking lot in-person gathering outdoors, candle lighting vigil to renew our baptismal covenant and pray for peace.

Support MHPP

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
 Maine has not escaped the latest surge of the COVID-19 virus. We pray for those who have lost loved ones and for those who have family members in the hospital. We also pray for those struggling to pay for housing, medicine and to put food on their tables, even more so as government aid has lapsed. The last is something we can help with. MCHPP has to buy some of their food to support their mission. Please send a check in any amount to help them feed those who face a situation they have no control over. Make your check out to MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011

St. Paul’s Weekly Calendar