The St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard 7.2.20

Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation! 
Justice Resources 
Family Sermon by Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones about the sin of racism.

list of resources from some Episcopal friends in North Carolina.
short family guide to supporting racial justice now
Book Lists: (various social justice topics, including racial justice)
Social Justice Books; A Teaching for Change Project
Act for Social Justice
Embrace Race: “Diverse” Books for Children
NEWAnti-Racism Books for Elementary Students
COMING UP….. Justice Book Bags! 
In the next few weeks, there will be bags available for pick up with inclusive and justice-oriented books for various ages.  
Please let Rev. Katie know if your family would like to borrow from our new Family Justice Library.
All Things Youth
Hello St. Paul’s Middle and High School Youth!

Middle and High School Youth Gatherings
At 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, July 5th
Check in and Prayer 9 a.m. via Zoom
Youth Group 1-2 p.m. via Zoom 
Click Link to join Meeting ID: 966 1711 1762Password: church
High 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 
In addition, please check out the below info on an upcoming offering on Reimaging Policing brought to us by the  Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing in Atlanta.

You can click here to register
Thursday, July 2 at 6:30 p.m. – The Colors of COVID: The Media and Your News Feed
Join us for an honest conversation to explore the disparities in how the media portrays COVID-19 and police brutality, both of which disproportionately affect black and brown people.
Small Groups Forming
Small Groups for Families!

Are you interested in participating in a family small group?
Small groups have begun to gather outdoors at St. Paul’s.
Please reach out to Katie via email at so we can create groups!

Each group will follow safety protocols: keeping distance, masks when age-appropriate, etc.
Join Us for Worship
Join us this Sunday, July 5, the Fifth Sunday after Pentecost
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.

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.
Sunday Paper Junior
To read, print and color the Sunday Paper Junior, click here.
Fun Things for Families
Fun for Summer!  
NEW: Another great list of summer resources!
Summer Activity Pack is brought to you by Church Publishing and is a great free summer resource.
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! 
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!
The Episcopal Church, “Sacred Ground”
Sacred Ground Program on Race and Faith

As a parish we have registered for this 10 session film-based dialogue program on race and faith. 
The three groups are presently full.
Contact the Parish Office at if you’d like your name to be added to the list for the next group for later in the fall.
Podcast Series on Hope
Podcast Series

Faith 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.
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

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.
Spotlight on St. Paul’s Small Groups
Featured This Week: St. Paul’s Choir

One of the small group ministries that has been active at St. Paul’s for many decades has been that of choral leadership at St. Paul’s. Membership is open to all who have an interest in sharing the Word through singing. Experience and prior training is helpful, but are only two of the tools that enrich and ease any member’s offering toward the sharing of anthems, hymns, and service music on Sundays, special Feast Days, occasional Evensongs, and seasonal times such as Advent/Christmas and Holy Week. The 3-4 hours spent in rehearsal, prayer, and worship build a sense of community like no other. As a microcosm of the parish, St. Paul’s Choir seeks to model in rehearsal, worship, and our off-campus activities those attributes of the Spirit that exemplify healthy teamwork, the joy created by joint effort, and the support shown when members have needs far beyond musical ones. The bond brought on by the amount of time and energy shared lasts a lifetime. During this time of Covid-19 St. Paul’s Choir has had to re-vamp how we blend our voices. The learning curve has been a bit steep, and we have a way to go. However, we are moving forward with our virtual presence in worship and use of technology. If you are available on Wednesday nights and Sunday mornings, please know you are welcome to join those already singing in this special ministry. Contact Randy Day at
The Gathering Place
An Update on the Gathering Place

The Gathering Place has re-opened in a limited fashion Monday and Thursday mornings from 8:30 until 11:30.

A limit of 12 guests are permitted inside and masks are required.

Guests may remain for one hour, after which time new guests are allowed in.

Many infrastructure changes have been made to reduce the risk of spreading the coronavirus to guests and volunteers. 

Snacks and beverages are not allowed at this time.

Volunteers provide companionship and help with technology for accessing resources. For more information, please visit
Mid Coast Hunger Prevention
An Update on Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program

Our country is going through a very rough period now with the COVID-19 virus, high unemployment, and businesses not being able to operate at full capacity.

Mid Coast Hunger is also going through a rough period. Many organizations, clubs, and churches that support their effort to feed the hungry have not been able to donate non-perishable items.

They have had to use limited cash to purchase these items in order to meet the need.

School will soon be in session and MCHPP will be feeding students whether in school or at home. We can continue to support them with donations.

A check in any amount would be greatly appreciated.

Please mail your check directly to them at 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick.

Thank you for your continued support in this crucial time.
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 
St. Paul’s Online This Week
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Sunday 7/5
Zoom 9:30 am Family Story, Prayer & Sharing
Facebook 10:30 am Sunday Morning Prayer
Zoom 11:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour 
Zoom1:00 pm Middle & High Schoolers
Facebook 7:30 am Morning Prayer
Facebook 7:30 pm Compline
Tuesday 7/7
Zoom 9:30 am Holy Stitchers
Zoom12:30 pm Women’s Bible Study
Wednesday 7/8
Link to Meeting Format7:30 am Men’s Group – contact Al Niese at 406-2396 Rick Wile at 756-0095 or Paul Womer at 449-7425
Zoom7:00 pm Choir
Thursday 7/9
Zoom11:00 am Healing Prayer Service
Zoom Noon Prayer Group
Zoom 2:00 pm  Women’s Group