Greetings from St. Paul’s 8.7.20

The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost      
August 9, 2020
10:30 Morning Prayer
Click to link to Worship Booklet 
NEW Click to Worship summary sheet
(An easy to print outline of worship for those with their own Book of Common Prayer and Hymnal) 
Click to link to Announcements

Click here to join the St. Paul’s Zoom Coffee Hour 
Sunday, at 11:30 am 
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Genesis 32:22-31         Psalm 17:1-7,16
Romans 9:1-5        Matthew 14:13-21

The Lectionary Page 
Family Worship Sunday, August 9, 9:30 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.
Click here for the 9:30 Family Worship Booklet
Small Group Spotlight
For over thirty years, the Women’s Prayer Group at St. Paul’s has gathered together on Thursday to pray for each other, the concerns of our Faith Community, our families, friends as well as the issues facing our country and the world. 
As we light our centering candle and raise our hearts and minds toward God, we remember Jesus’s word from Matthew 18:20 “for where two or more are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them”. 
If you have a heart for prayer and would like to know more about this group, please contact Nancy Hawkins at 844-8657 or e-mail at  
Newcomers are always welcomed.

Parish Announcements
The rector will be away through August 18. For any pastoral emergencies during this time, please contact The Rev. Katie Holicky, at and at (804)839-2833.

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. 

Other Online Summer Worship Offerings from Maine
World Too Beautiful – World Too Beautiful has returned for the summer! This special earth conscious service celebrating the beauty of creation, hosted by St. Luke’s Cathedral and funded in part by the diocesan New Initiative Fund, will be adapted to an online version. The good news about having to migrate online is that now people from all over can join in this musical and meditative gathering! Everyone is most welcome to participate at 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, August 5, and Wednesday, August 19.
Zoom Link to join by computer:
Meeting ID: 821 7619 2486
Phone: 1-301-715-8592

 Parish Office Staff Hours for August:
(*with the exception of 8/12 for Rev. Carolyn Rev. Carolyn during her vacation when the office will be 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 All Saints by-the-Sea on Bailey Island and All Saints on Orr’s Island, and for seafarers and those who make their living from the earth and from the sea.  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, Jessica, Jim, Lollie, Steve and JamesReeve, Victor, Travis & family, Ben, Diane, Nate, Elijah, Priscilla, Rick R., Alison, Garrett, Elliot, Marcia, Hannah, Lynn, Peter, Carolyn, Patricia, Patrick, Bill, Bob, Paul, Sue, Julie, Herb and MatthewMelissa & family, the Hawkes family, Marnie, Gair, Sharon and family, baby Thomas, Jason, Peg & family, Annie, Sarah, Carole, Patrick, Liam, Arline, Franklin, Terry, Mark, Alan, Ronda and Donelda.
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 Goodness! 

We’ve absolutely blown past our original goal of 175 items of warm clothing.  

As of this week’s count, we’re at 209 items!  86 items came in this week, 10 homemade, 76 lightly used donated items.  

Thank you so much for everyone’s generosity!  Some donations came from Holy Stitchers and their friends and neighbors, some from general members of the congregation and their friends and neighbors.  One large donation of cold-weather clothing came from a neighbor who’s moving to Florida, another from people beginning to sort out their winter clothing.  

If you’ve got items you had intended to donate, please don’t hesitate–still bring or send them in! 

Our present array consists of everything from coats and jackets and sweaters to socks and hats and headbands, not to mention scarves and gloves and flannel shirts, and even boots!   We could make our new goal 175 items in a week . . . 

If you need someone to pick up your items, please let Carol Martin know (  It looks like our exercise in gratitude is . . . spilling into generosity.  

Thanks so very much.

Christmas Fair (Socially Distanced)  Update from Jan DeBlieu, Chairperson
Because the fair is a major source of funding for our Outreach efforts, we are making plans to continue this tradition in a modified, safe format. To decrease crowding, we are planning two separate events and possibly some online events. Rest assured that if the incidence of Covid-19 in Maine increases, or if events conspire to make it unwise to hold the fair events, they will be canceled or perhaps moved entirely online.

Saturday, September 19 Outdoors (rain date Saturday, September 26), featuring our famous Treasures Table. We are working to establish drop-off times when one of us can meet you and receive the items you’d like to donate. Please look for future announcements about this, and please contact Nancy Johnson (chair of this event) or Jan DeBlieu if you would like assistance transporting your items. Nancy – text or call (978) 387-6058, Jan – email

Also, we are planning a second in-person event for late November or early December. This will be a simplified version of our famous Christmas Fair, with limited access to the church and controlled numbers of shoppers allowed inside at once. More details will follow!

What can you contribute to this major annual effort to help people in need? Please write to Jan at if you can help.

There are lots of tasks, for instance:
Help photograph items for a possible online sale, and for advance publicity.
Help build plastic shields to be used between shoppers and customers
Donate to help offset expenses for safety supplies and face shields (mail checks to church with memo “Christmas Fair”)
Help with set up, clean up, and staffing tables.
Please volunteer!

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 Program
Last Sunday, Rev. Katie preached on the feeding of five thousand with only five loaves and two fishes on hand. Jesus was able to share this with everyone there. Those of us who do not to have to worry about where our next meal is coming from are called to share with many in our area who are not so lucky. MCHPP has had their budget stretched because we and many other donors are not able to contribute physical goods to their pantry. The way we can help and share our blessings is to write a check in ANY AMOUNT to help them purchase supplies to alleviate those who have lost their jobs and financial aid from the government. In our own way, we can emulate Jesus and share our values like Jesus did with the 5,000.

Please mail your check to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011. Thank you!

Local Brunswick Support

St. Paul’s Online This Week
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Sunday 8/9 Zoom 9:00 am Youth Prayer
Zoom 9:30 am Family Worship
Facebook 10:30 am Facebook Live
Zoom 11:30 am Virtual Coffee Hour
In person at St. Paul’s Memorial Garden Zoom
(in case of rain) 1:00 pm Middle & High Schoolers 
Facebook 7:30 am Morning Prayer
Facebook 7:30 pm Compline
Tuesday 8/11 Zoom 9:30 am Holy Stitchers
Zoom 12:30 pm Bible Study
Wednesday 8/12
See meeting format
8:15 am Contact Al Niese 406-2396 Rick Wile 756-0095 Paul Womer 449-7425
Contact leaders to receive updates each week
time and location dependent on weather. 
Contact Julia Walkling, 725-6353 or Pam Nugent, 737-2369
Wednesday Afternoon Bible Study
Thursday 8/13 Zoom 11:00 am Healing Prayer Service
Zoom Noon Prayer Group