Greetings from St. Paul’s 7.10.20

The Sixth Sunday after Pentecost  July 12, 2020
10:30 Morning Prayer, on Facebook Live 
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Sunday, at 11:30 am 
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Genesis 25:19-34     Psalm 119:105-112
Romans 8:1-11       Matthew 13:1-9,18-23

The Lectionary Page 
Family Worship Sunday, July 12, 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
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.

The Episcopal Church, “Sacred Ground Dialogue Series.” As a parish we have registered for this 10 session film-based dialogue program on race and faith. The three groups are presently full. Please contact the Parish Office at stpauls@stpaulsmaine.orgif you’d like your name added to the list for the next group for later in the fall.

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 July & August:
(*with the exception of 7/22, 7/29, 8/5 & 8/12 for Rev. Carolyn during her vacation)

Day Time Staff member
Monday Building 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
*Friday10  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.
Prayer Requests
Pray for the summer chapel congregations of Trinity in York Harbor and St. Peter’s-by-the-Sea in Cape Neddick, and for those who suffer persecution, oppression and denial of human rights.Pray for Anderson, Andrew, Cedric, Jason, Michael, Richard, and all in the military.Pray for those who have died remembering especially Susan Marten’s friend, Colleen (Cokey) Brower, Myrna Koonce’s cousin and cousin’s spouse, Julie and Randy Barella, and Caroline Russell’s father Davy Kneessy.
 We pray for:
Christy, Mathew, Ryan & fami-ly, Ethel, Ray, John, David, Judi, Carolyn B., Nick, Bob, Linda, Kathy, Skip, the Black-burn family, Willow, Tierra, Bill, Ann, Susan, Jessica, Jim, Patrick, Bill, Herb and BobChristy, 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, Lollie, and SteveReeve, Victor, Travis & family, Ben, Diane, Nate, Elijah, Priscilla, Rick R., Alison, Garrett, Elliot, Marcia, Hannah, Lynn, Peter, Carolyn, Patricia, Patrick, Bill, Bob, and Paul Melissa & family, the Hawkes family, Marnie, Gair, Sharon and family, baby Thomas, Jason, Peg & family, Annie, Sarah, Carole, Patrick, Liam, Arline, Franklin, Terry, Mark, Alan, and RondaCall 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 Gratitude Project: Collecting 175 items of warm clothing during our 175th Anniversary year. Here’s a progress update from project organizer, Carol Martin:

For those following progress on our Gratitude Project for the 175th anniversary:  At last count, we have collected upwards of 48 items towards our goal of 175 warm items to give to our neighbors in October (counting pairs–socks, gloves, mittens–as one item). We had 22 items 10 days ago. People are still working industriously, but there’s still plenty of room for people who haven’t yet participated in the project to join in, especially since our usual complement of knitters and crocheters will need to begin knitting for the Christmas Fair (and for family Christmas gifts) very soon. If you have already begun work on hats, scarves, mittens, socks, etc. but haven’t let anyone know, please inform either Charla Spann or Carol Martin.

Spotlight on St. Paul’s Small Groups 
This week’s feature: Thursday Healing Prayer Service

The hallmark of St. Paul’s Mid-Week worship is healing prayer. Our community of faith has a clear call to Christ’s ministry of healing and one of the ways we participate in that calling is by offering a weekly service of healing prayer on Thursdays at 11:00 a.m. Every Thursday the faith community of St. Paul’s gathers for the reading of Scripture, the Litany of Healing, the saying of healing prayers, preaching followed by thoughtful conversation and, on some days, celebrating the Feast Day of a remarkable Christian from our history. During our time of “distancing” in this pandemic, we gather on Zoom when members of the congregation join the Officiant in reading lessons and praying.

Please send your email address to our parish administrator in order to receive the Zoom link,

Community Information 
Contribute to the Diocese-Wide Anti-Hunger Initiative
Join congregations and individuals in the diocese to help feed those in need and assist Maine farmers. This spring, the diocese and several parish partners purchased many pounds of Aroostook County potatoes. These were bought from farmers whose crops would have otherwise spoiled because they were unable to get them to market in the pandemic. They were driven by donated trucks to food pantries throughout the state.

The diocese is now expanding their response to local food insecurity beginning with a second purchase of 30,000 pounds or more of potatoes through the Maine Farmers Exchange. Their immediate goal is to raise $5,000 to purchase the next truckload and make shipping arrangements. Please consider making a contribution. You can donate by check made out to Episcopal Diocese of Maine with subject line “Food Insecurity Fund” mailed to:
Attn: John Hennessy
Episcopal Diocese of Maine
PO Box 4036
Portland, ME 04101

They also have set up some ways for you to give electronically:
Mobile app – Download the GivePlus mobile app on the App Store or on Google Play, enter our zip code “04101”, select “Episcopal Diocese of Maine” and give. 
Visit – Easily enter your donation from our website. Click on the “donate” button on the top of the home page. 

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention ProgramOur 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.

St. Paul’s Online This Week

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Sunday 7/12Zoom9:00 amYouth Prayer

Zoom9:30 amFamily Worship

Facebook10:30 amMorning Prayer

Zoom11:30 amVirtual Coffee Hour

Zoom1:00 pmMiddle & High Schoolers 
Monday-SaturdayFacebook7:30 amMorning Prayer

Facebook7:30 pmCompline
Tuesday 7/14Zoom9:30 amHoly Stitchers

Zoom12:30 pmBible Study
Wednesday 7/15See meeting format7:30 amContactAl Niese 406-2396Rick Wile 756-0095 Paul Womer 449-7425
Thursday 7/16Zoom11:00 amHealing Prayer Service

ZoomNoonPrayer Group

2:00 pm
Women’s Group