Greetings from St. Paul’s 6.12.20

The Second Sunday after Pentecost  

June 14, 2020
10:30 Morning Prayer, on Facebook Live 
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Sunday, at 11:30 am 
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Genesis 18:1-15, 21:1-7  Psalm 116:1, 10-17
Romans 5:1-8       Matthew 9:35-10:23

The Lectionary Page 
Family Worship Sunday, June 14, 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.

Parish Announcements
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.

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.

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. For more information please contact Patsy Oehl at 844-8332.
The Episcopal Church, “Sacred Ground.” This Sunday at 1:00 p.m. you are invited to a Zoom “Sneak Preview” of the Episcopal Church’s “Sacred Ground Dialogue Series” to learn about the 10 session film-based dialogue program on race and faith. Many parishioners have indicated interest in moving forward to learn more about racial justice and how we can help. “Sacred Ground” is designed to promote gentle and deep conversations for white parishioners to understand ourselves in the context of racial justice and inequality. The “Sneak Preview” will include video clips of some of the content and a syllabus that includes the outline of the 10 session course and the readings. If you are feeling called to this kind of conversation please join us. Contact the Parish Office or the Rector if you are interested: or

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).
DayTimeStaff memberMondayBuilding closed
TuesdayNoon – 4 pmSusan TylerWednesday10 am – 2 pmThe Rev. Carolyn EklundThursday10 am – 2 pmThe Rev. Katie HolickyFriday10  am- Noon
Noon – 2 pmCarolyn Farr
The Rev. Carolyn EklundSaturday & 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.Podcast Series on Hope starts Monday, June 15Faith in Maine begins an eight-week series of audio essays on the concept of hope by Rev. Martin Smith. The series runs Monday, June 15 until Monday, August 3. Find Faith in Maine at or anywhere you download podcasts.
Prayer RequestsPray for the congregations of St. Andrew’s in Millinocket and St. Thomas’ in Winn, and for the mission and ministry of Camp Bishopswood and its staff. 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, Ann, 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, Ronda, 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, Arline 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 ninth in the series:
Excerpted from The Story of the First Hundred Years of St. Paul’s Episcopal
Church: “In 1918 a Churchman’s Club was organized in the College, the same year that Dean Sills was inducted President. Incidentally the President has now been a member of the Vestry about 38 years; and while the law of averages is against him, we wish it could be doubled.”
Spotlight on St. Paul’s Small Groups 
This week’s feature: Holy Stitchers
     Holy Stitchers is a small group brought together through an appreciation of all types of needle work. Along with our own individual projects, the Holy Stitchers create prayer shawls for clergy and other ministries to give out and goods for the Fiber Arts Christmas Fair table. We make items collectively (such as Newly Ordained Priest’s stoles) and we make donation items for the Gathering Place and other non-profit settings. We also pro-mote needlecraft education both through formal sessions like the teen knitting classes, one-on-one within after school programs, and informally in the meetings. We maintain a large supply of yarn & supplies, this allows us to supplement every one’s project. If you need yarn for a project, let us know.
    Most importantly we talk, we share, and we listen to one another while we each work on our latest project. The comradery of this group is one of the highlights of my weeks in iso-lation. We invite you to join us. We meet Tuesday mornings from 9:30 – 12:00. Join us as your time allows. Contact St. Paul’s ( to receive a Zoom invitation or Charla Spann, chair, for more information.
Letter from Camp BishopswoodLocated in the beautiful woods of mid-coast Maine, Bishopswood is an Episcopal coed overnight camp affordable and open to all youths ages 6-16. The staff of Camp Bishopswood work year round to prepare the camp for the summer season. However, this summer, Camp Bishopswood will not be open to campers. Please consider making a contribution to help with costs of maintaining the camp and staff,
“Dear Friends,
We at Bishopswood have been following the developments of this pandemic over the last few months and working very closely with organizations such as Maine Summer Camps, the American Camping Association, the State of Maine, and the CDC. As our country continues to struggle with the containment of Covid-19, we feel it is time to make the responsible decision to cancel camp for the summer. This is one of the hardest decisions we have ever had to make, as we know how incredibly beneficial this experience is for everyone involved. At this moment, we feel we cannot balance the health and welfare of all campers and staff while maintaining a camp experience. A lot of investments and preparations are made in advance throughout the year, which cannot be recouped at this point…” This is a partial statement by Camp Executive Director, Michael Douglass which offers a full refund to campers who had already registered.
Community Information 
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St. Paul’s Online This Week
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Sunday 6/14
Zoom 9:00 am Youth Prayer
Zoom 9:30 am Family Worship
Facebook 10:30 am Morning Prayer
Zoom11:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
Zoom1:00 pm Middle & High Schoolers 

Facebook 7:30 am Morning Prayer
Facebook 7:30 pm Compline
Tuesday 6/16
Zoom 9:30 am Holy Stitchers
Zoom 12:30 pm Bible Study
Wednesday 6/17
See meeting format 7:30 am
Contact Al Niese 406-2396 Rick Wile 756-0095 Paul Womer 449-7425
Zoom 7:00 pm Choir
Thursday 6/18
Zoom 11:00 am Healing Prayer Service
Zoom Noon Prayer Group