St Paul’s Family Worship Postcard: April 30, 2020

Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation! 
Spend some time with our new Assistant Rector for Children and Youth

I would love to invite each of you to reach out! Please contact me via email at katieholicky@stpaulsmaine.org and we will find some time to connect for coffee via Zoom or over the phone. I would love to hear more about your journeys of faith and all that you love about and hope for St. Paul’s. I am so excited to spend time getting to know you all! 
With Peace,Katie
Join Us for Worship
Join us this Sunday, May 3, the 4th Sunday of Easter
9:30 – 10:10 a.m. Rev. Katie Holicky will lead us in a time of story, prayer, and sharing with our friends! 
Here is the link for the Zoom gathering.
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.
Fun Things for Families
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! 

-Enjoy some Bible Stories brought us by Godly Play. Well suited for the youngest among us.

-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? 
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!

Here are some helpful articles for talking with your children about COVID-19.

-*Building Faith has a helpful article about how to talk about COVID-19 with your children.

The CDC has also provided some helpful information for supporting children during this time.
To read the Sunday Paper Junior Click Here.
How St. Paul’s is Staying Connected
Connecting by Phone
A team led by Hugh Savage and Cliff Ruprecht are standing by to join our Lay Pastoral Visitors to deliver meals to any parishioner in need. They also will connect by phone with parishioners who might feel more isolated by our closing.  If you or someone you know would benefit from a call please let us know. Volunteers are also welcome. Please email the Parish Office or call and leave a message on the phone 207-725-5342.  Also the Vestry and volunteers will be making phone calls over the next few weeks to parishioners for conversation and pastoral care.

The Work of the Church / Meetings
We are working to find alternate ways to connect digitally in small groups and for meetings. Regularly meeting small groups are starting to meet virtually using the internet and phones if video is not available.  Watch your email for more information from your group leaders.  Any group leader interested in having your group meet virtually please be in contact with the parish office by email at stpauls@stpaulsmaine.org. We have instructions and can walk you through the process. 

Zoom (video calls) already happening include:
Holy Stitchers, Men’s Group, Women’s Group, Prayer Group, Healing Prayer Team, Thursday Healing Prayer Service, Women’s Bible Study, Finance Committee, Vestry, Rectors and Warden’s meetings, Staff meetings, Choir, Church School, and Sunday Morning Bible Story Time. 

The Parish Office 
We have invested in the capability to work digitally as an administrative staff from our homes. The Parish Office will be utilized only by the limited few (entering one at a time) who need to keep us updated financially and check the mail. Those who have emergency financial needs may come to St. Paul’s on Wednesday between 10:00 am-Noon to meet with the Rector. When you arrive at the entrance off the parking lot, please use the intercom-the small black box to the right of the door-to let us know you’re there.
Thank You for Keeping up with Your Pledge
Because we will be continuing to pay our bills, we are even more grateful for electronic giving. To make your electronic offering to St. Paul’s go to to stpaulsmaine.org or text your gift amount to (207) 407-5069. And we will be receiving mail in our PO Box 195, so feel free to mail your check. Thank you!

Do you have at home records of any St. Paul’s organization? 
If so, the archivist and the history sub-committee would love to see them.  We are trying to build as complete a picture of church life as we can, including details of parish activities.  It would be great if you felt you could donate any records; please give them to Charlie Priest (cpriest1@comcast.net) and if you want the records back for some reason, please talk let him know.  Thank you!
How to Help and Where to Find Help in Maine
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Resources in Brunswick

Link to Support Brunswick Facebook page 
Link to Fred Horch’s Support Brunswick Resource Guide 
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program – Please consider donating extra food items so that all of our friends and neighbors can have food during this challenging time. MCHPP will see a sharp increase for their services as this crisis deepens. Please bring your food directly to MCHPP, not to St. Paul’s. They will continue to accept drop off food donations but ask that donations be brought between 8 a.m. and 10 a.m. or between 2 p.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Saturday to minimize the impact to their operations and help reduce the number of people on their campus at any given time. Checks are also needed. Please send checks directly to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention at 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011.  Thank you!
St. Paul’s Online This Week
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Sunday 5/3
Zoom 9:30 am Family Story, Prayer & Sharing
Facebook 10:30 am Morning Prayer
Zoom11:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
Facebook 7:30 am Morning Prayer
Facebook 7:30 pm Compline
Tuesday 5/5
Zoom 9:30 am Holy Stitchers
Zoom 12:30 pm Bible Study
Wednesday 5/6 Link to Meeting Format
7:30 am Men’s Group – contact Al Niese at 406-2396 or Rick Wile at 756-0095
Zoom 7:00 pm Choir
Thursday 5/7 Zoom
11:00 am Healing Prayer Service
Zoom Noon Prayer Group