What’s Happening at St. Paul’s 8.21.20

What’s Happening at St. Paul’s

On August 18, “USA Today” released a list of influential women for each state in honor of the 100th anniversary of the 19th Amendment to the Constitution that gave women the right to vote. These “Women of the Century” were chosen for their leadership, achievement, and activism in the areas of arts and literature; business; civil rights; education; entertainment; law; media; nonprofits and philanthropy; politics; science and medicine; sports. Our own St. Paul’s leader and member Pat Ryan was named for Maine as a Woman of the Century as well as Janet Mills, Frances Perkins, and Margaret Chase Smith, among others. (article link)  Pat founded the Maine Women’s Lobby in 1978 and served as the Executive Director of the Maine Human Rights Commission for decades.
Her work has led to the successful enactment of anti-discrimination legislation in Maine. Pat has received other awards including in 2014 the Roger Baldwin Award from the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine. That same year she was inducted into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame. I was present to witness Pat’s induction into the Maine Women’s Hall of Fame and hear her excellent speech. I share the link from the Maine Women’s Lobby with you in this email.

Pat currently serves on the diocese of Maine Standing Committee, and at St. Paul’s has been active as a Vestry member, Junior and Senior Warden, currently serves on the Finance Committee and chairs the Outreach Committee which has the responsibility of giving grants to our nonprofit partners from the proceeds of the Christmas Fair. She is also frequently called upon to mediate civil rights disputes.  

Please help me congratulate Pat on this wonderful honor. 

In joy and thanksgiving,
 The Thirteenth Sunday after Pentecost
August 30, 2020
10:30 Morning Prayer

To view please click on the links below. 
Worship Booklet
Worship summary sheet
(one page for easy printing)

Click here to join the St. Paul’s Zoom Coffee Hour 
Sunday, at 11:30 am 

Exodus 3:1-15         Psalm 105:1-6, 23-26, 45c
Romans 12:9-21         Matthew 16:21-28
The Lectionary Page
Family Worship
Sunday, August 30, 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

Our Attic Treasures Sale Saturday
September 19 Outdoors

Our Attic Treasures Sale Needs Your Gently Used Goods—
Proceeds Support Outreach
Saturday, September 19 Outdoors (rain date Saturday, September 26)

This is the first event in our modified, Covid-19 year Christmas Fair and it’s a major fundraiser for our Outreach Fund. All proceeds will go to non-profit organizations. Please look around for items you could donate to our September 19 sale.

To donate items, contact Nancy Johnson at (978) 387-6058 or write Jan DeBlieu at jdeblieu@mindspring.com to arrange drop off or pick up of items.

Volunteers are needed too. Please help as much as you can, and thanks!

Other Christmas Fair EventsFollowing up on the Attic Treasures sale in September, 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! 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.

What can you contribute to this major annual effort to help people in need? Please write to Jan at jdeblieu@mindspring.com 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!

Worship Spotlight
Lay Pastoral Visitors  Update from Susan McCrackenPastoral care has always been a strong and important ministry for St. Paul’s. Twenty plus years ago a small group was formed to administer to the needs of church members who are unable to attend church because of physical limitations, temporarily going through a difficult time, or living alone. Our mission is to bring their church family to them so that they feel loved and connected. This is done through visits, phone calls, cards, notes, and flowers and meals as needed.

This is a very difficult time we are experiencing and we are saddened to not be able to make the human connection, sharing a prayer, a laugh, a warm smile, or a warm touch. These gestures mean so much to all of us. We are trying to be vigilant by reaching out with notes, cards, and phone calls but it isn’t the same. Our church family has been doing pastoral care quietly by all of you. Small groups have been looking after one another. We have come together in the spirit of love — doing small things for one another with great love. We are blessed to live in the beautiful state of Maine!
We welcome you to join us in this rewarding ministry.

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.  

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.
Click here to see St. Paul’s office hours.

Outdoor Fellowship Gatherings — You are cordially invited to an Outdoor Fellowship Gathering. St. Paul’s is hosting this chance to get together for fellowship. Following CDC guidelines, the groups will be small and outdoors, so we have multiple dates & times available.

We will provide the seating, six feet apart, and great conversation. You provide your presence and a snack and beverage not to share (to keep the risk low but against our St. Paul’s love for hospitality!) Each gathering will be for one hour.  We invite you to join us as you feel comfortable doing so.

· Saturday, September 5: Nancy Pennell at 5:00 in the Memorial Garden
· Sunday, September 13: Patsy & Phil Studwell at 2:00
RSVPs are required, please contact Patsy Oehl poehl56@yahoo.com or Charla Spann chaspann13@gmail.com  with your first and second choice.

 Prayer Requests
Pray for the summer chapel congregations of Church of the Redeemer in Sorrento and St. Christopher’s By-the-Sea in Winter Harbor and for all who labor and work, for parents who labor to care for their families, and for all who seek the dignity of meaningful employment.

Pray for Anderson, Andrew, Cedric, Jason, Michael, Richard, and all in the military.

Thanksgivings for the birth of Stellan Manny Kumar, grandson of Abigail & Bob Patterson, and also for the birth of Isla, granddaughter of Susan and Bill Martens.

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, James, Jennifer, and JohnReeve, 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, Matthew, Herb, Marijka and baby Savannah Melissa & family, the Hawkes family, Marnie, Gair, Sharon and family, baby Thomas, Jason, Peg & family, Annie, Sarah, Carole, Patrick, Liam, Arline, Franklin, Terry, Mark, Ronda. Donelda and Tess

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 Gratitude Project Update: 175th Anniversary Committee. 

We surpassed our goal of 175 items of warm clothing, but 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!  If you need someone to pick up your items, please let Carol Martin know (cmartin@northpark.edu).  

The Rector shared with us the story and details of how a family of asylum seekers, having moved from Brunswick Landing, came to live in our building called “the Barnes Building. This is the invitation to our parish for their housewarming.Being that Arlindo Missioni and Milagre Christina Joao and their seven children are soon to take up residence in our Barnes Building, some of us thought it might be nice to welcome them to our neighborhood and community with a “staples shower,” greeting them with a supply of food and cleaning supplies.  (We’ve checked to be sure we are providing things they actually use.)  If you would like to participate in our small-scale welcome wagon, please bring your contributions to the church this week and let Carol Martin know when you expect to be there; she’ll collect items and put them inside the church.  You can reach her either by phone (844-8133) or e-mail (cmartin@northpark.edu).  Thank you in advance for your St. Paul’s generosity!

Foods our family eats:  Rice, beans (the one dry), pasta – all kinds, flour, sugar, salt, canola or soy oil, tomato sauce (can), olives, corn (in the can), chickpeas (can or dry),  green peas (can or dry).  I’m told they use a lot of oil.

Household and cleaning items they can use:  Toilet paper, paper towels, napkins, laundry detergent, dish detergent, toilet cleaner, all-purpose cleaner.
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