What’s Happening at St. Paul’s 

The July issue of The Messenger is here! 
Click here to read all the news of the parish.
The Messenger can also be seen on St. Paul’s website stpaulsmaine.org and will be mailed to parishioners without an email address

Sunday, July 4
The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost



10:30 a.m. Outdoor Picnic Eucharist in the Memorial Garden
Please bring your own bread and chair for picnic Eucharist.
Ushers will provide both a wafer and chair if it’s not possible for you to bring these.

Or click on the link below to view from home:
To watch on Facebook
for the Worship Booklet
for the St. Paul’s Announcements

Readings
2 Samuel 5:1-5, 9-10
Psalm 48
2 Corinthians 12:2-10
Mark 6:1-13
Lectionary Page

Sunday “Zoom Exploring the Sermon” at 11:30 a.m. will not meet over the summer.

There is no Outdoor Family Picnic Eucharist this Sunday.Parish

Announcements

St. Paul’s Summer Schedule Changes

Sunday “Picnic Eucharist” 10:30 a.m.; Family “Picnic Eucharist” 2:00 p.m. in the Memorial Garden. Bring your own bread and chairs if able.  If storms predicted, Facebook Live. 

Sunday “Zoom Exploring the Sermon” at 11:30 a.m. will not meet over the summer.

Summer Choir Schedule—In July and August a member or members of the choir will lead the hymns at outdoor worship, sometimes as a solo cantor, other times as a quartet.

Daily Morning Prayer and Compline starting July 6:
             Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Facebook Live.

Wednesday afternoon Bible Study, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. will not meet over the summer. It will resume in September. Those interested in joining in the fall please contact Pam Nugent.

Wednesday, July 7, 11:00 a.m. Sharing and Caring Support Group, which offers support to caregivers and those living with grief, will meet outside in the St. Paul’s Memorial Garden. Please join us as we take time to share stories and conversation with each other. Looking forward to seeing you there. 
Susan McCracken and Sandy Meyer

July 8 at 2:30 p.m. Memorial Service for Mary F. Bangs at Orr’s Island Chapel.

Newcomers Brunch—Saturday, July 10th at 10:00 a.m.
Announcing St. Paul’s Newcomers Brunch, Saturday July 10 at 10:00 a.m. in the Memorial Garden to meet the Vestry. All newcomers, even if you’ve been with us for a couple of years are invited!
 
On July 11, St. Paul’s will offer Diocese of Maine pre-recorded Spiritual Eucharist. There will be no outdoor “picnic Eucharist” on these Sundays. 

Reserving the Memorial Garden: 
Please contact the church office if you’d like to schedule a meeting in the Memorial Garden to ensure you’re on our calendar and we avoid double-booking. Thank you!

Camp Bishopswood –
Summer Finale is a program for whole households. Households can gather at Camp Bishopswood for free diocese-wide programming during the day on Sunday, August 29, and optional camping is available on both Friday and Saturday nights.  Swim, boat, hike, rest, lunch and worship on scenic Lake Megunticook.

We will gather on August 29 in the morning and late afternoon for worship, and in the afternoon for a free Bishopswood lunch. Stations will be set up across camp throughout the day, where individuals and households can experience the liturgy on their own terms, at their own pace. Youth completing grades 5-12 will have Pray, Play, Connect LIVE programming available in the afternoon.  Want to camp overnight? Come up on Friday or Saturday, and enjoy Camp Bishopswood’s lodging, food and hospitality. Diocesan programming is only provided on Sunday, but everything Camp has to offer is available all weekend long.
 
Scholarships are available – we want this to be accessible to all families. To register visit https://episcopalmaine.formstack.com/forms/summer_finale.
Questions? Contact Cn. Sara D’Angio White, sdangiowhite@episcopalmaine.org, or The Rev. Katie Holicky, kholicky@gmail.com.
 
Rev. Al Niese’s New Book Now at Gulf of Maine Bookshop
Soren’s Story: A Parable About Bullying and the Peaceable Kingdom (Maine Authors Publishing, Thomaston, 2021) written by St. Paul’s member Al Niese and illustrated by Amy Gagnon, is now at Gulf of Maine (reopened) and other Maine bookshops. 
 
The children’s story is told by Soren, a city park pigeon, who fledged from a nest under a highway bridge. The parable is about bullies and the dove of peace — the same avian species as the city pigeon, the rock dove, Columbia Livia, of ancient history, art and the world’s sacred literature (including Genesis and the Gospels). 
The narrative (with teacher’s guide) addresses arrogant, destructive human behavior with ancient wisdom, offering children (and adults, too) hope and “a better way to be,” the Peaceable Kingdom. 18 paintings and drawings by Amy Gagnon accompany story excerpts available on the website: alfredniese.com
 
Al raised and flew high-flying tippler pigeons as rector of Atonement, Fair Lawn, NJ. (’67-’76). He is a member of Rick Wile’s spiritual writers group. Soren’s Story is mentioned by Francis Fennell, Jr. in the official website of the Jesuit English poet Gerard Manley Hopkins. 

Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program
Jesus said that we are to love our neighbors as ourselves. When we have what we need – food, shelter, and health, we thank God for these. When we see our neighbors without these, what should we do? To help those who are food insecure, we can contribute to MCHPP. They can help alleviate the hunger problem that affects the greater Brunswick community. A $25 donation can provide up to 100 meals. If you can contribute more that is great. If you can’t afford that amount, any amount is always appreciated. Mail your check to MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011.
 
St. Paul’s Guidance for Outdoor and Indoor Gatherings*
OUTDOOR
Masks are not required for fully vaccinated people, but they are recommended for the sake of children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine and those who are immunocompromised.
Physical distancing is not required.
There is no limit to the number of people gathered.
Masks are not required for congregational or choir singing.
Sign-in for contact tracing is required.
Community groups such as the 12-step groups may meet outdoors.If possible, it is recommended to bring a chair to use.
Limited entry to the closed building for restroom use one at a time.
Food and drink are served by servers who are masked. Food is served on individual plates.
INDOOR**
Due to work on the building, the building will remain closed until mid-August. Please note advisory below regarding restrooms.
Masks are not required for fully vaccinated people, but they are recommended for the sake of children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine and those who are immunocompromised.
The building will remain closed with the posted office hours schedule.
There is no limit to the number of people in the building or parish office.
There is no physical distancing required.
Sign-in for contact tracing is required.
WORSHIP
Summer Sunday outdoor “picnic Eucharist” will be in-person in the memorial garden at 10:30 a.m. and Family “picnic Eucharist” at 2:00 p.m. beginning June 20. (see above guidelines for outdoor gatherings)
On June 13 and July 8, St. Paul’s will offer Diocese of Maine pre-recorded Spiritual Eucharist. There will be no outdoor “picnic Eucharist” on these Sundays.
When heavy rain is forecast, Spiritual Eucharist from the Nave at 10:30 a.m. will be offered on Facebook Live instead of outdoor in-person Eucharist. The Saturday email and a Facebook announcement will be the vehicles to inform the parish of this change.
In-person indoor gatherings including Sunday worship will begin mid-August depending on the flooring installation in the building. New guidelines will be introduced at that time.
*See guidance by the governor of Maine as of May 24th, 2021 located on the website of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine. https://www.episcopalmaine.org/resource/forcongregations/maine-guidelines 
**Thanks to a generous gift given by Caroline Russell, contractors will be painting and replacing flooring in the restrooms, kitchen, Great Hall, sacristy, hallways, and parish office during July and the first weeks of August. The building will not be open until mid-August. Because of June-July renovations, downstairs restrooms will either have a reduced number of toilets or even none. Upstairs restrooms will be unaffected.

Parish Office Hours
Monday: Building Closed except to Counters
Tuesday: 9 am — 1:00 pm Carolyn Farr & Nancy Whitehouse
Wednesday: 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund & Nancy Whitehouse
Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Katie Holicky, The Rev. Carolyn Eklund & Nancy Whitehouse
Friday: 10 am – Noon Carolyn Farr      Noon -2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund
Saturday & Sunday: Building Closed (ministers of the liturgy only)

Prayer Requests
Pray for St. Savior’s in Bar Harbor and St. Cuthbert’s on MacMahan Island.
Pray for our nation on Independence Day.
Pray for Anderson, Andrew, Cedric, Jason, Michael, Richard, and all in the military.
Pray for those who have died remembering especially Elizabeth Grasmuck who died last week. 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, Harlan, Shirley, Rob, Rick+,  Elizabeth, Courtenay, Larry,  Courtenay, Patsy, Ward, Mary Ann, Steve, and the grandson of Greg and Linda Millert

Jennifer, John, Reeve, Victor, Travis & family, Ben, Diane, Nate, Priscilla, Garrett, Elliot, Marcia, Lynn, Bill, Bob, Paul, Sue, Nan, Clare, Cameron, Barbara, Christy, Michael, Ryan, and Jacob, Jen, all essential workers, Sandy, Carolyn D., Jennifer, Thelma, Joann and Bob

Matthew, Herb, Gair, baby Thomas, Jason, Annie, Terry, Mark, Donelda, Sudie, Pat, Marie, Michael, Debbie, Carol, Ron, Hope, Therese, Lois, Bob, Virginia, Sally, Steve, Luke, Catarina, Richelle, Darah, Chick, Linda, Barbara, Ronald, Ray, Philip, and Patricia

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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