What’s Happening at St Paul’s 9-25-20

What’s Happening at St. Paul’s
The mission of St. Paul’s includes sharing the healing power of Jesus through prayer, pastoral presence, worship and the offering of the Laying on of Hands for Healing. The late Rev. Cn. Dick Hall discerned this gift in the people of St. Paul’s years ago and organized the Healing Prayer Ministry Team. This group of lay people, nominated by others because they were observed to have particular gifts of empathy, faith as demonstrated by prayer and a feeling of being called to a healing ministry, is currently led and convened by Pam Nugent. I give thanks to God for the ministry of this team.

            Over the years, the Healing Prayer Ministry Team has offered the Laying on of Hands for Healing and the anointing with oil after Sunday worship on the first and third Sundays. Now, during the pandemic and our need to take precautions by not gathering in-person, the voice and prayers of the Healing Prayer Ministry Team are needed all the more.

            Our faith community has a strong call to healing prayer at St. Paul’s even now in these uncertain times. For example, on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. St. Paul’s offers Zoom healing prayer worship and the Healing Prayer Ministry Team meets on Zoom to pray. To my delight, members of the team will now offer the Healing Litany the first Sunday of each month at the 10:30 a.m. Sunday Spiritual Eucharist Prayers of the People.

            If you observe a parishioner you think might have a gift for healing ministry, I invite you to share their name with me and I will reach out to them to help them discern a call. Just because we are practicing “distancing” precautions during the pandemic doesn’t mean God is not active and calling the faithful to ministry!

I sense a lively, generous and faithful St. Paul’s community even now. I thank God for you and for calling our community to partnering with Christ to heal a broken world.


In the News TodayIn the Times Record Opinion section today:
Read the guest column: Brunswick, and Maine, must resist hatred

The Seventeenth Sunday after Pentecost
September 27, 2020
10:30 a.m. Diocesan “Spiritual Eucharist”, offered by the Diocese of Maine

To view please click on the links below. 
Worship Booklet

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

Genesis 28:10-17        Psalm 103:19-22
Revelation 12:7-12        John 1:47-51
The Lectionary Page 

Family Worship

Sunday, September 27, 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

Parish Announcements
Sunday, September 27 at 10:30 —- The pre-recorded “Spiritual Eucharist” will be our St. Paul’s worship, offered by the Diocese of Maine. It will feature members of St. Paul’s and our clergy. This worship service will be viewable on St. Paul’s Facebook page.

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.

Attic Treasures—A Big Success!
Deep thanks to the many folks who helped put on the Attic Treasures Sale last week–most especially Nancy Johnson, with whom it quite literally would not have happened. We raised an astounding $5,000, plus a bit more for Outreach! Jan DeBlieu.

Coming Up
 Invitation to St. Paul’s Outdoor Fellowship Gathering – St. Paul’s is hosting a second round of get-togethers 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.

· Sunday, September 27th, 12:30 at Bob & Abigail Patterson’s yard
· Friday, October 2nd,  2:00 on Caroline Russell’s deck
· Saturday, October 3,  2:00 at Patsy Oehl & Phil Studwell’s yard
RSVPs are required, please contact Patsy Oehl poehl56@yahoo.com or Charla Spann chaspann13@gmail.com.

Sunday, October 4  at 10:30, Blessing of the Animals —- Join us as we celebrate St. Francis on Sunday, October 4th!  We will honor the beloved saint with prayers during worship and with a blessing of the animals at 12:30 p.m. in the Garden. Please bring your pet leashed or in a carrier, a picture of your pet, or a stuffed animal.  Wear a mask and practice social distancing. 

The St. Paul’s Stewardship campaign has begun with the theme Faith Filled Generosity. On Sunday, October 11, join us in the Memorial Garden after digital worship for in-person small “distanced” circles to hear about our Stewardship program and enjoy a conversation. Look for more information on making your reservation and the digital Zoom alternative sign up!

Indigenous Peoples’ Day
On Sunday, October 11, there will be a Celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day. In 2019 the state of Maine enacted legislation to replace Columbus Day with a celebration of Indigenous People. This year our diocesan Racial Justice Commission is pleased to offer a Diocesan-wide worship service for October 11th, in celebration of Indigenous Peoples’ Day.
St. Paul’s will be incorporating some of the content into our own worship on October 11 and will also share a link to the pre-recorded worship service (and service bulletin) created by the Racial Justice Council in collaboration with the Committee on Indian Relations.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
School has finally started, though in a hybrid model. This, along with the end to support from a relief bill, is putting more stress on MCHPP to support its mission to feed those who are struggling to put food on their table. Since we can’t donate food items, we can support them by writing a check. For each dollar donated they can supply four meals. A check in any amount will help them. Send your check directly to them at 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011. Thank you!

Christmas Fair Events

Following 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 volunteers 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!

Prayer Requests

Pray for the Trustees, Standing Committee, Diocesan Council and other decision-making bodies of the Diocese of Maine 

Pray for those who have died remembering especially Emily Snyder, granddaughter of Marcia Clayton and daughter of Sally Caras. “Rest eternal, grant to her, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon her.” We ask God’s consolation on the family. 

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

We pray for:
Christy, Ryan & family, Ethel, Ray, John, David, Judi, Carolyn B., Nick, Bob, Linda, Kathy, Skip, the Blackburn family, Willow, Tierra, Ann, Jim, Lollie, Steve, James, Nia, and LindaJennifer, John, Reeve, Victor, Travis & family, Ben, Diane, Nate, Elijah, Priscilla, Garrett, Elliot, Marcia, Lynn, Peter, Patricia, Patrick, Bill, Bob, Paul, Sue, and JulieMatthew, Herb, Marijka and baby Savannah, Gair, baby Thomas, Jason, Annie, Carole,  Arline, Franklin, Terry, Mark, Ronda, Donelda, Sudie, Marie, Michael, and Pat

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.

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