Greetings from St. Paul’s 6.19.20

The Third Sunday after Pentecost  June 21, 2020
10:30 Morning Prayer, on Facebook Live 
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Click here to join the Zoom Coffee Hour 
Sunday, at 11:30 am 

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Genesis 21:8-21    Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
Romans 6:1b-11    Matthew 10:24-39

The Lectionary Page 
Family Worship 
Sunday, June 21, 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 give thanks for all the many ways men parent us in our lives. Happy Father’s Day!  

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 today and June 28.
It’s not too late to RSVP for the second Newcomer’s Small Group happening on June 28.  Please contact Patsy Oehl at 844-8332.
The Episcopal Church, “Sacred Ground.
” As a parish we have registered for this 10 session film-based dialogue program on race and faith. “Sacred Ground” is designed to promote gentle and deep conversations for white parishioners to understand ourselves in the context of racial justice and inequality. If you’d like to participate, please email or

Podcast Series on Hope 
Faith in Maine offers a 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. 

Parish Office Staff Hours for June and July:

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.

Prayer Requests
Pray for the congregations of St. Matthew’s in Lisbon and Good Shepherd in Rangeley, and for students and faculty as summer vacation begins. Pray for Anderson, Andrew, Cedric, Jason, Michael, Richard, and all in the military. Thanksgivings for June and Alan, now recovering from coronavirus.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, Jessica, Jim, and Patrick Reeve, Victor, Travis & family, Ben, Diane, Nate, Elijah, Priscilla, Rick R., Alison, Garrett, Elliot, Marcia, Hannah, Lynn, Caroline, Cokey B. and husband Jo, Robbie, Ronda and Peter Melissa & family, the Hawkes family, Marnie, Juliette, baby Thomas, Gair, Sharon and family, Jason, Peg & family, Annie, Sarah, Carole, Patrick, Liam, Arline, Franklin, and Terry
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 tenth in the series:
From The Story of the First Hundred Years of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church: “In 1919, a Parish Intelligence Service was organized with Mrs. Woodard as Secretary. By means of it, parish announcements were quickly communicated by telephone; certain persons noti?ed, notifying other groups in town, so that practically the whole parish could be reached immediately, with only slight additional use of the mails. This parochial grapevine was apparently given up,…” This successful 1919 phone tree has evolved into the Internet, Facebook, church website and Zoom meetings!

Spotlight on St. Paul’s Small Groups 
This week’s feature: Women’s Bible Study

The Women’s Bible Study group has provided a safe and welcoming environment where women can not only explore the stories that form the basis for our faith, but also how we turn to Scripture for strength, guidance and comfort through the joyful and difficult times of our lives. Through listening and sharing our faith journeys with each other, we have deepened our understanding of how very special we are to God and how much we are loved.

Currently we are studying the Gospel of Matthew. We meet from 12:30 to 1:30 on Tuesdays using Zoom. The meeting is open to women of the Parish, and newcomers are always welcomed. We have chosen to continue meeting throughout the summer. When the Church is once again open, we will resume meeting in the Library. If you have any questions, please call Terry Howell at 729-9306 or e-mail at: jth1 (at)

Letter from Camp Bishopswood
Located 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 works 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 
Local Brunswick Support Resources:

St. Paul’s Online This Week
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Sunday 6/21
Zoom 9:00 am Youth Prayer
Zoom 9:30 am Family Worship
Facebook 10:30 am Morning Prayer
Zoom 11:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
Zoom 1:00 pm Middle & High Schoolers 
Facebook 7:30 am Morning Prayer
Facebook 7:30 pm Compline
Tuesday 6/23
Zoom 9:30 am Holy Stitchers
Zoom 12:30 pm Bible Study
Wednesday 6/24
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 6/25
Zoom 11:00 am Healing Prayer Service
Zoom Noon Prayer Group