|Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!|
|Where have you noticed God this week?|
Introducing…God Sightings. The new “where have you seen/noticed God?” section of our weekly family postcard. You are invited to share the moments you notice God in your daily life. Snap a picture or create a piece of art, like a drawing, with a brief description and email it to Katie at firstname.lastname@example.org. Each week we will feature a God Sighting in the weekly postcard!
|This week I have been thinking a lot about nourishment. What are the different things that nourish my mind, body, and spirit? I noticed a sense of gratitude that God has given me so much to be nourished by… including these yummy veggies that became chili!– Rev. Katie Holicky|
|Congrats Class of 2020!|
|Join us on 5/31 as we honor our graduates during our 10:30 Pentecost service. We want to celebrate all of your hard work! |
In the meantime, check out this message from Presiding Bishop Michaell Curry here.
Blessings to our Graduates!
Isabella Banks, Trevor Brown, Pearl Gilbert, Corbin Karl Hampton, Genevieve Philbrook, Devonia Redlon, and Maddie Wayne who have completed their high school journey, and Rebecca White who has graduate from Middle School. Abigail Alcocer, Ally Collins, Nick Huston, Patrick Hutson, Hannah Kutschinski, Sara Anne Messler, Caroline Nickerson, and Corbin Savage who have completed their undergraduate work. And Paul Morris who has completed his Master’s degree.
|All Things Youth|
|Hello St. Paul’s Middle and High School Youth!|
Middle and High School Youth GatheringsAt the request of our youth we will be gathering twice on Sundays. Join us for prayers at 9 a.m. and stay for family worship. Youth group will be later in the afternoon. Please note we will use the same Zoom for both gatherings. This Sunday, May 31Morning Prayer 9 a.m. via ZoomYouth Group 1-2 p.m. via Zoom Click Link to joinMeeting ID: 966 1711 1762Password: churchHigh Schoolers: Don’t forget you are always invited to participate in the Diocese of Maine Youth weekly Compline. Fridays at 8 p.m. Click Link to join, or call (301) 715-8592Meeting ID: 912 2904 6535
|Spend some time with our new Assistant Rector|
I would love to invite each of you to reach out! Please contact me via email at email@example.com 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!
|Join Us for Worship|
|Join us this Sunday, May 31, the Day of Pentecost9:30 a.m. Rev. Katie Holicky will lead us in a time of song, prayer, story and sharing with our friends! Please have a candle ready to light as we recognize the flame of the Holy Spirit in each of us! Don’t forget to wear red! |
Here is the link for the Zoom gathering.10:30 a.m. Morning Prayer, on the Facebook live feed11:30 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|
|Parish Office Staff Hours for June and July:|
Beginning June 1 to end of July 2020 (Possibly August, provided no one tests positive and the outbreaks in our area reduce).
Day Time Staff Member
MondayBuilding Closed except to Counters, twice monthly
Tuesday Noon – 4 pm Susan Tyler
Wednesday 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund
Thursday 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Katie Holicky
Friday 10 am – Noon
Noon – 2 pm Carolyn Farr
The Rev. Carolyn Eklund
Saturday & Sunday Building Closed
Precautions to Observe While you are in the building of St. Paul’s
We want parishioners and guests to be able to contact staff members in person while at the same time we take the Maine CDC recommended precautions. The hallway off the Union Street parking lot to the office and the office itself are the only areas open. Call or email the staff member working that day to alert them you’ll be coming and use the intercom at the parking lot door to call them to open the door when you arrive. Wear a mouth and nose covering when in the building. We have a mask to give you. Use hand sanitizer to wash hands. (Restrooms and kitchen will be closed.) We will provide hand sanitizer stations along the hallway off the Union Street parking lot. Please be sure to sign in. Observe distancing precautions: 6 feet apart. No more than four will be in the building at a time.
|Future Planning Committee Update|
Each week the St. Paul’s Future Planning Committee meets and then provides an update to the Parish. Here is a link to the Parish letter.
Committee Members: Pat Ryan and Paul Womer, co-chairs; the Revs. Carolyn Eklund and Katie Holicky, Myrna Koonce, Cliff Ruprecht, Hugh Savage, Ralph Thivierge, Susan Tyler, and Nancy Whitehouse.
|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 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!
|Documenting the Stories|
Please be thinking now of what details you might include in an account of your experience of this difficult time. For now, please start thinking and jotting notes or sketches! The 175th-anniversary committee will provide details on how submissions will be collected and published at a later date.
|175 Warm Clothing Items Project|
Please continue to gather or join in the making items of warm clothing (hats, mittens, socks and others) to be donated to charities as needed. Need a basic pattern or a supply of sock or hat yarn? Contact Carol Martin (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Charla Spann (email@example.com); The sock patterns are for tube socks, so even beginning knitters among us would be able to complete them with ease!
|How to Help and Where to Find Help in Maine|
|Resources in Brunswick|
Link to Support Brunswick Facebook page
Link to Fred Horch’s Support Brunswick Resource Guide
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program – Many more people are turning to food banks for assistance as businesses close and government assistance falls short of covering expenses. Good Shepherd Food Bank has estimated that there is an increase of 39% in people needing assistance. With grocery store shelves short of product, MCHPP receives fewer food donations from stores and they must buy items directly to supply to their clients. The best way that the people of St. Paul’s can continue to support MCHPP is to write a check and send it to them. NO AMOUNT IS TOO SMALL. Their address is MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011. Thank you for your continued support!