Greetings from St. Paul’s 6.5.20

In this week’s Friday Email
Sunday Morning Prayer
Family Worship
Future Planning Team Update
Parish Announcements
Prayer Requests
175th Anniversary Celebration News
Community Information
Links to St. Paul’s online offerings this coming week.
The First Sunday after Pentecost
Trinity Sunday,  June 7, 2020
10:30 Morning Prayer, on Facebook Live 
Click to link to Worship Booklet
Click to link to Announcements

Click here to join the Zoom Coffee Hour 
Sunday, at 11:30 am 
Click here for a Zoom meeting How-To & Tips

Readings Genesis 1:1-2:4a      2 Corinthians 13:11-13Matthew 28:16-20      Psalm 8The Lectionary Page 
Links to St. Paul’s online offerings are at the end of this email.
Family Worship Sunday, June 7, 9:30 a.m. Rev. Katie Holicky will lead us in a time of song, prayer, story and sharing with our friends! 
Here is the link for the Zoom gathering.

Future Planning Team update
We wanted to provide a brief update this week following our regular Future Planning Committee meeting. We’ll have a lot more to say next week, following review of your responses to the survey you received on June 3rd. If two people share the same email address and wish to respond individually, here is a direct link to the survey https://bit.ly/STPaulsFuture, or you can access it directly from the website stpaulsmaine.org. As noted elsewhere in this bulletin, it’s important for us to hear from you. PLEASE fill out your survey and send it back before June 9th. And, THANK YOU!

We also want to let you know that we are moving ahead with small group gatherings – again, more on this in other places in the bulletin. And, we are moving ahead with the involvement of more lay readers and worship leaders in the services offered. Look for enhanced music from our choir in the weeks to come as well.

Parish AnnouncementsWe are moving ahead with the involvement of more lay readers and worship leaders in the services offered. Look for enhanced music from our choir in the weeks to come as well.

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.

Please respond to the St. Paul’s Future Planning Team survey, sent by email, by Tuesday, June 9th. If two people share the same email address and wish to respond individually, here is a direct link to the survey https://bit.ly/STPaulsFuture, or you can access it at stpaulsmaine.org. If you wish to receive a written survey and deliver your replies in person to the Parish Office, please call first to make an appointment.

Following CDC guidelines, St. Paul’s will be offering small outdoor fellowship groups.

The first groups will be Vestry-sponsored Newcomers Gatherings June 21 and June 28.

We invite St. Paul’s Newcomers to join us as you feel comfortable doing so. Details to follow in an email invitation.

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
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 Carolyn Farr
Noon – 2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund
Saturday & SundayBuilding 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.

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 https://stpaulsmaine.breezechms.com/give/online 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!
Prayer Requests
Pray for the congregations of St. Alban’s in Cape Elizabeth and St. Nicholas’ in Scarborough, and for students who are graduating.

We give thanks to God and celebrate with Leslie Brancart the graduation from Colorado State of her granddaughter Elisabeth Erin Richardson with a degree in Music Education. Elisabeth heads up her parish, (St. Luke’s Episcopal Church), Sunday school and Youth Group. We apologize for the omission of her name from the list of graduates last week.

We give thanks to God and celebrate with the Kalajainens on the graduation of their granddaughter, Grace Casey, from Brunswick High School. She will attend the Naval Academy.

Pray for The Vicarage, families and staff.

Pray for Anderson, Andrew, Cedric, Jason, Michael, Richard, and all in the military.
We pray for: Christy, Mathew, Ryan & family, Ethel, Ray, John, David, Judi, Carolyn B., Nick, Bob, Linda, Kathy, Skip, the Blackburn family, Willow, Tierra, Bill, Susan, and Jessica Reeve, Victor, Travis & family, Ben, Diane, Nate, Elijah, Priscilla, Rick R., Alison, Garrett, Elliot, Marcia, Hannah, Lynn, Caroline, Cokey B. and husband Jo, and Robbie Melissa & family, the Hawkes family, Marnie, Juliette, baby Thomas, Gair, Sharon and family, June and Alan, Jason, Peg & family, Annie, Sarah, Carole, Patrick, and Liam

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.
St. Paul’s Celebrates 175 Years of Our Body of Christ The History Committee of the 175th Anniversary is including weekly excerpts describing our church’s growth. Here’s the eighth in the series:
From The Story of the First Hundred Years of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: “In April, 1917, the United States became engaged in World War I. Soon twenty-four men of the Parish, including 4 of the 7 vestrymen, were in uniform. Of that number only George Bamforth, Charles Erswell, Harold Laws, Don Potter and Elmer Potter are still on the Parish Roll. The record at that time was held by the Bamforth and Lowery families, with three sons in the war; and the Lowery’s a few in-laws for good measure. Lance Corp. George Lowery, of the famous Scottish “Black Watch” regiment was killed in action in 1918. Another one boy, Lt. Forbes Rickard, Bowdoin ’17, was killed on the ?rst day of the allied offensive, July 19.
175 Warm Clothing Items ProjectPlease 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 (cmartin@northpark.edu) or Charla Spann (chaspann13@gmail.com); The sock patterns are for tube socks, so even beginning knitters among us would be able to complete them with ease!

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.