Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!
Join us for Worship

Join us this Sunday, March 7
The Third Sunday in Lent
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 on St. Paul’s Facebook live
11:30 a.m.  Explore the Sermon over Coffee Here is the Zoom link

 
If you didn’t get a Lenten Meditations Booklet yet, you may pick up a copy during Parish Office Hours.
If you’d like a book mailed or delivered, please email the church office.

A Prayer for Lent



from Common Prayer for Children and Families
 After he was baptized, Jesus returned from the Jordan River full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. There he was tempted for forty days by the devil.
-Luke 4:1-2 God of mercy and forgiveness, 
You made us to love you and your creation,
And to love our neighbors as ourselves,
But we fall into sin 
When we choose to do hurtful things; 
Guide us through the forty days of Lent, 
To come closer to you 
With prayer, fasting, and giving.
Amen. 

Fun Things For Families

 

Check out these Lenten Resources:  
Lenten Color by Number.
Check out these options for a creative daily moment with God through Lent. 
The Way of the Cross multimedia devotional. 

From tracking your carbon footprint, to Lenten Madness brackets visit the Diocese of Maine webpage for various ways to engage with Lent this year. 

 Here are some helpful resources to keep you and your family faithfully connecting.  
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. 
Faith at Home, lectionary based family devotions.
Enjoy some Bible Stories brought us by Godly Play. Well suited for the youngest among us.

 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. 
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!


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 Booklist
NEW CONTENT:
21 Anti-Racism Videos To Share With Kids: These helpful videos cover a variety of topics to help us talk together about race and racial justice.
They’re Not Too Young to Talk About Race: This helpful chart breaks down concepts of race that children can engage with based upon age. 

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.

Katie’s Corner



Stories from Katie’s Corner:
Advent 4: Joy
Advent 3: Love
Advent 2: Peace
Advent 1: Hope
Gratitude
Many Hands, A Penobscot Indian Story

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.
February/March theme is… The Lord’s Prayer and Lent!
A digital copy can be found here.
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.
We will be doing so through the 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. 

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!

Sunday Junior Paper – Click to Read!



Parish Office Hours

Precautions to Observe While you are in the building of St. Paul’s
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 Events

Saturday, March 13
A Quiet Morning in Lent—Program led by Rev. Mary Lee Wile
9:00 – 11:00  a.m. via Zoom

Easter Hymn 204 begins, “Now the green blade riseth from the buried grain…”  After a year of pandemic isolation and nearly a month of Lent, I find myself especially drawn to the hope and rebirth promised in that lovely opening line.  This Quiet Morning will offer a chance to acknowledge what feels “wintry, grieving, or in pain” in us, and to explore how God touches us in the midst of it, calling us in love to newness of life.
 
If you’d like to take part, please email the church office stpauls@stpaulsmaine.org or me maryleewile@gmail.com  and I will send along some preliminary handouts and a link to the Zoom gathering.
 
Sunday, March 14
9:30            Family Worship on Zoom
10:30          Pre-recorded 

Diocesan-Wide Youth Worship Service on St. Paul’s Facebook and YouTube featuring various members of the St. Paul’s parish  
 
Third Sundays from 4:00 -5:00 p.m. – Zoom
Soup and Scripture Chat
March 21, Mark 11:1-11
April 18, John 10:12-18

Holy Week at St. Paul’s



Saturday, March 27, 4:00 pm
Blessing of the palms to take home at St. Paul’s parking lot
 
Palm Sunday, March 28
9:30 Family Worship on Zoom
10:30 Spiritual Eucharist and Reading of St. Mark’s Passion on Facebook Live
 
Monday–Friday, 7:30 am
Holy Week Celtic Morning Prayer Facebook Live
 
Monday–Wednesday, 7:30 pm 
Celtic Evening Prayer Facebook Live
 
Maundy Thursday, April 1, 7:30 pm
Maundy Thursday liturgy  Facebook Live
 
Good Friday, April 2
7:30 am Celtic Morning Prayer Facebook Live
11:00 am Good Friday Stations of the Cross
In the St. Paul’s parking lot
12:00 pm Good Friday liturgy Facebook Live
7:30 pm Celtic Evening Prayer Facebook Live
 
Saturday, April 3
7:30 am Celtic Morning Prayer Facebook Live
7:00 pm Easter Vigil, Service of Light, lighting of Paschal candle and reading of salvation history  St. Paul’s parking lot
 
Easter Sunday, April 4
9:30 Family Worship on Zoom
10:30 The celebration of Easter Sunday pre-recorded service Facebook Live
11:30 Easter Sunday coffee hour conversation on Zoom

Easter Flowers
Easter Flower donations can be mailed to St. Paul’s or can be made online at St. Paul’s website http://stpaulsmaine.org/.  Please include the name(s) along with your donation.  Names received by March 30 will be printed in the Easter program booklet.

Help with St. Paul’s Research Project



Charla A. Spann is researching and documenting information on all the different types of Fiber/Fabric used at St. Paul’s.  Currently she is focusing on to the Altar Hangings and other Fabrics used at the services – Chasubles, Stoles, Banners, etc.  Anyone who can share information on the history of any of these items, please contact Charla at chaspann13@gmail.com.


Relief Programs Needing Support


Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
Last week I got my second shot of the Pfizer vaccine. I hope you have gotten your shots or are planning to get them. Even though there will be enough vaccines to give every adult protection, help end this pandemic, and help us get back to some normality, it will not solve the food insecurity problem that is facing the country and here in our area.
 
MCHPP still needs our help in combating this problem in Brunswick and surrounding towns. Your contribution in any amount will assist them in doing this. Please take a moment a write a check and send it to them at: MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011.  Thank you, Bill Edman.



Episcopal Relief & Development News
Episcopal Relief & Development is supporting the Episcopal dioceses of Dallas, Texas and West Texas as they provide emergency relief to individuals and families impacted by the unprecedented ice storm, low temperatures and power outages last week. To learn more or to contribute to their efforts see episcopalrelief.org  Contributions can also be sent by mail to  Episcopal Relief & Development PO Box 7058  Merrifield, VA 22116-7058



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