What’s Happening at St. Paul’s

The February Messenger is here!
Click here to read.
It can also be found on the St. Paul’s website:
www.stpaulsmaine.org

Sunday, February 7
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany


9:30 a.m.  Family Worship
Rev. Carolyn Eklund, Rev. Mary Lee Wile, 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. St. Paul’s Spiritual Eucharist
Click on the links below:
To watch on Facebook Live
for the Worship Booklet
for the St. Paul’s Announcements

Readings
Isaiah 40:21-31       1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39           Psalm 147:1-12, 21c
Lectionary Page



Explore the Sermon over coffee on Zoom
Sunday, 11:30 am

Join in for a facilitated virtual gathering to check in with each other and explore the morning’s sermon. 
Click here to join.
 


Parish Announcements


Lenten Meditation Booklets are now available!
You may pick up a copy during Parish Office Hours or on
Ash Wednesday at the Parking Lot Liturgy (10 am—11:30 am)

Upcoming Worship & Activities
Rev. Katie Holicky is on vacation from January 31—February 10. During that time please contact Rev. Carolyn Eklund for pastoral needs.

The Vestry has approved the 2021 budget totaling $508,602.24 which includes a 3% increase in pledges. Thank you for your pledge. If you haven’t submitted your pledge we eagerly will accept it! Even if you give automatically through electronic giving, we still need your 2021 pledge for our records.
Please contact Susan Tyler to make your pledge for 2021.
Parishioners who would like giving envelopes please contact the church office to arrange delivery or pick up.

Daily Morning Prayer and Compline — Join us every morning and evening on St. Paul’s Facebook Live for Morning Prayer and Compline, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.
Wednesday, February 3 at 7:00 p.m.

Looking Ahead

February 17, Ash Wednesday

10:00 a.m.—Parking Lot Liturgy

Blessing of the ashes after which we will be present until 11:30 to distribute your own ashes and the St. Paul’s Lenten Daily Meditations booklet written by St. Paul’s parishioners.

Noon – Ash Wednesday Spiritual Eucharist with music on Facebook

February 21, First Sunday of Lent   
10:30 Spiritual Eucharist, The Great Litany

February 20 (back-up date February 21) – Ice Fishing
Drop-in 11:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.—Ice Fishing Outing at Pleasant Pond. Contact katieholicky@stpaulsmaine.org for information and to sign up.

Third Sundays from 4:00 -5:00 p.m. – Zoom Soup and Scripture Chat
February 21, Mark 8:31-38
March 21, Mark 11:1-11
April 18, John 10:12-18

First Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. – Zoom Hymn Sings
March 3

Special Recognition for Carol Kalajainen
On Monday, February 1, 2021 the Rotary Club of Brunswick recognized Carol Kalajainen and three others with the prestigious Paul Harris Fellow Award for their work with The Emergency Action Network (TEAN) and Mid Coast New Mainers Support Group, supporting asylum seekers.
They were proposed for recognition by their peers for their outstanding service to our community.
Last year this award was given to Dr. Nirav Shah the head of the Maine CDC.
We offer prayers of thanksgiving for Carol and congratulate her.

Zoom Lenten Program Offered by the Society of Saint John the Evangelist
Believed to be the last Gospel written (by whom is a bit of a question, although many believe that John is John the son of Zebedee), the Gospel of John is beloved by many. Because it is not one of the Synoptic Gospels, which tell what Jesus did, John’s Gospel dwells more on who Jesus is, most obviously in his “I am” statements.

The author’s self-proclaimed purpose in writing this Gospel is explained in John 20:30-31: “Jesus did many other miraculous signs in the presence of his disciples, which are not recorded in this book. But these are written that you may believe that Jesus is the Christ, the Son of God, and that by believing you may have life in his name.”

Many people love John’s Gospel for its beautiful poetic language, its “spirituality of love and intimacy,” and its frequent use of symbolic language and metaphors, but those very things that are unique about the Gospel also can make it difficult to understand.

The Society of Saint John the Evangelist (SSJE), an Episcopal monastery in Massachusetts, is offering a Zoom “eight-week retreat and course of study” that “will provide an overview of the Gospel of John and introduce participants to its major themes.” Br. David Vryhof is the presenter. Here are all the details you need to know to sign up.

Registrationhttps://www.ssje.org/prayingjohn/
Dates: Tuesdays—February 9, 16, 23, March 2 (not March 9), 16, 23, 30, April 6
Time: 7:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m.
This is such a special opportunity, and it’s free. I hope many of you will participate.
Pam Nugent
Adult Formation

Participate in an Upcoming Dio-Wide Online Service
The Diocese is looking for volunteer readers for the upcoming diocesan-wide online worship services! If you would like to share your gifts with the diocese in this way, please contact Director of Communications Katie Clark at kclark@episcopalmaine.org.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
When you went to Sunday School. if you did, you probably learned the song. “Jesus loves the little children”. With the Covid-19 virus and its variations infecting many Americans and causing economic hardship, those affected need assistance putting food on the table.
Children suffer the most because they do not understand why they are not getting nutritious meals all the time and they rely on others to help them.
With the hybrid education program, children only go to school two days a week. School is where many of them get nutritious meals they need to enable them to learn. Their families have to rely even more on food banks to feed their families at home.
MCHPP only provides non-perishable food. They still have to go to a supermarket to buy meat, produce, and other necessities. Any unforeseen expense can cause havoc with the amount of money families have to spend on food, sending more and more to MCHPP for assistance.
Your donation, in any amount, will help those in need.
If you can, please make a pledge of a weekly or monthly amount to MCHPP. They are very appreciative of any amount that you can give. Their address is MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Prayer Requests

Pray for St. Luke’s in Wilton

Pray for our Presiding Bishop Michael Curry and for the spread of the Gospel to all the world

Pray for Anderson, Andrew, Cedric, Jason, Michael, Richard, and all in the military

We pray for:
Christy, Ryan & family, Ray, John, David, Judi, Nick, Bob, Kathy, Skip, the Blackburn family, Willow, Ann, Jim, Lollie, James, Dave, Caroline, Jeffrey, Carol, Roger W, Harlan, and Shirley

Jennifer, John, Reeve, Victor, Travis & family, Ben, Diane, Nate, Priscilla, Garrett, Elliot, Marcia, Lynn, Bill, Bob, Paul, Sue, Nan, Clare, Cameron, Barbara, Carol, Chris+, Christy, Michael, Ryan, and Jacob

Matthew, Herb, Gair, baby Thomas, Jason, Annie, Terry, Mark, Donelda, Sudie, Pat, Marie, Michael, Debbie, Carol, Robbie, Ron, Hope, Therese, Lois, Bob, Sally, Virginia, Steve, and Luke

Call or email the parish office if you would like a name to be placed on the prayer list. The names will be removed after three months unless otherwise notified.

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