July 9, 2020: St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard

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. A short family guide to supporting racial justice nowBook Lists: (various social justice topics, including racial justice)Social Justice Books; A Teaching for Change ProjectAct for Social JusticeEmbrace Race: “Diverse” Books for ChildrenAnti-Racism Books for Elementary StudentsCOMING 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 GatheringsAt 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 12thCheck in and Prayer 9 a.m. via ZoomYouth Group 1-2 p.m. via Zoom Click Link to joinMeeting ID: 966 1711 1762Password: churchPlease note that we will gather in person in the garden at least one Sunday afternoon this month. Please keep an eye out for details.

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
COMING UP…  Diocese of Maine Youth: 
A Conversation on Race Monday, July 20th Rev. Katie Holicky will help facilitate a group conversation on racial justice.
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 katieholicky@stpaulsmaine.org 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 12, the Sixth Sunday after Pentecost9:30 a.m. Rev. Katie Holicky and musician Susan Brown 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 feed11:30 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!  
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 stpauls@stpaulsmaine.org 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 http://faithinmaine.org/ or anywhere you download podcasts.
How St. Paul’s is Staying Connected
Parish Office Staff Hours for July and 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 except to Counters, twice monthly
Tuesday Noon – 4 pm Susan Tyler
Wednesday1 0 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.
Spotlight on St. Paul’s Small Groups
Featured This Week: 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, stpauls@stpaulsmaine.org.
The Gratitude Project
The Holy Stitchers are leading the Gratitude Project, collecting 175 items of warm clothing during our 175th Anniversary year. Here’s a progress update from 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. Charla, who is one of our knitters, has used this project to practice her newly-relearned knitting skills. 
She first learned to knit as a child, taught by her grandmother.  But she let the skills lapse and hadn’t picked up knitting needles in many years before this winter’s knitting workshops. 
Knitting for the anniversary gratitude project helped her to reinforce the skills she’d learned.
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 7/12
Zoom 9:30 am Family Story, Prayer & Sharing
Facebook 10:30 am Sunday 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 7/14
Zoom 9:30 am Holy Stitchers
Zoom 12:30 pm Women’s Bible Study
Wednesday 7/15
Link to Meeting Format 7:30 am Men’s Group – contact Al Niese at 406-2396 Rick Wile at 756-0095 or Paul Womer at 449-7425
Thursday 7/16
Zoom11:00 am Healing Prayer Service
Zoom Noon Prayer Group
Zoom 2:00 pm Women’s Group