What’s Happening at St. Paul’s

Our Stewardship Campaign for 2021 (theme” “Faith-filled Generosity”) is proceeding along very well. Thanks to those of you who have already made your pledge. We are so grateful for the outstanding response and genuinely humbled by your generosity, especially given these uncertain times.  
 
We encourage those of you who have not yet pledged to get your pledge in by Sunday, November 8. Every pledge counts; every pledge helps us fulfill our collective mission.
 
Thank you so much!
 Bob Jackson and David Treadwell
Co-Chairs 2021 Stewardship Campaign

Find a pledge form here:
Online pledge form here.
Click here to download and print a pledge form, then complete and mail to St. Paul’s PO Box 195 Brunswick, ME 04011.

Twenty-third Sunday after Pentecost
November 8, 2020
10:30 a.m. Spiritual Eucharist
Facebook Live
To view please click on the links below. 
Worship Booklet
Summary Worship Sheet
 Announcements

Readings
Joshua 24:1-3a, 14-25            Psalm 78:1-7
1 Thessalonians 4:13-18          Matthew 25:1-13 
The Lectionary Page 

Family Worship

Sunday, November 8, 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

Sunday Parish Fellowship Time
Click here to join the Sunday Parish Fellowship Time
Sunday, 11:30 am
Join in for a facilitated virtual gathering to check in with each other and explore the morning’s sermon. 


Parish Announcements

Faith-Filled Generosity
Rev. Katie will be the stewardship speaker at 9:30 today and David Treadwell will be the speaker at 10:30.
November 29 at 4pm—All-Parish Stewardship Dedication on Zoom In lieu of potluck supper, consider recipes from St. Paul’s Cookbook for soup making!

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.

Bake/Candy Table Thank you!  Dear fellow parishioners—I wish to thank all of you who contributed to our bake/candy table at the Harvest Fair. What a wonderful, delicious assortment of goodies we had to sell! Thank you, Donna Thivierge.

 Harvest / Christmas Fair Order Forms
It’s not too late to place orders for greens and ornaments…Wreaths & Sprays
 are available for preorder through Nov. 13 with pickup on Dec. 5th. Wreaths may be ordered plain, bow only, decorated only, or with bow and decorations. Each wreath is unique; our wreath decorators are artists and bring their own creative talents to the task. See your St. Paul’s Fair email for an order form or order online at https://st-pauls-episcopal-church-104807.square.site/

Note: Freezer Gourmet meals are sold out.

Anniversary Christmas Ornaments  
In this time apart, wouldn’t you like to be reminded of the 175th anniversary of our church? We have a perfect reminder for you: a lovely anniversary ornament to hang throughout the holiday season. $20 apiece. Please let Carol Martin, Nancy Whitehouse, or Anne Banks know if you would like us to get one to you. Payment can be sent to the church, earmarked for the 175th-anniversary committee. Enjoy!

Please also consider a donation to the Outreach Fund to help offset a potential decrease in fair profits because of Covid-19 restrictions. Donations can be sent to the church office or made online at https://stpaulsmaine.breezechms.com/give/online

Upcoming Sunday, November 22 at 10:30 a.m. The pre-recorded “Spiritual Eucharist” will be our St. Paul’s worship, offered by the Diocese of Maine. This worship service will be viewable on St. Paul’s Facebook page.

Join us Sunday, November 29, 1-2 pm for this year’s Advent Drive-Through! Stop by the Union Street parking lot for St. Paul’s Advent Drive-Through. Come collect your materials for Advent wreath making and at-home learning and fun, and make a stop by the Giving Tree. Come by and make it home in time for our 4pm Stewardship Pledge Dedication gathering via Zoom.

Christmas Giving Tree 
Look for the Giving tree starting November 29 at the Advent Drive-Through. This year our Giving Tree will ask for gift cards that families can use for not only small gifts but also for essentials. We will have tags with a name and type of gift card that will help fulfill a child, teen, or family’s wish. We will sort the cards and make sure that every child, teen, and family on our list receives something. This year we are adding gift cards to area food stores as well as gas cards to be given to many of the kinship families that are in the most need. We would like all gift cards sent to the church by December 13th.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
In 1937, President Roosevelt spoke about “freedom from want”. In 2020 were are facing freedom from want peril. With millions of Americans out of work and no relief in sight, many families are facing a situation where they are wondering how to feed their families.
The COVID-19 virus looks as if it will continue well into 2021. MCHPP is faced with an increasing demand for its services and it will continue to increase the longer this persists.
We can help our friends and neighbors in need by sending a check in any amount to MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011.
One dollar will provide four meals to a family. It will also help provide food to children who are only able to go to school two days a week.


Prayer Requests

Pray for the congregations of St. Andrew and St. John in Southwest Harbor; St. Saviour’s in Bar Harbor; and Church of Our Father in Hulls Cove.

Pray for all who serve and have served in the armed forces of our country as we honor them on Veteran’s DayPray for Anderson, Andrew, Cedric, Jason, Richard, and all in the military.

Pray for Michael Schuman who leaves for his first deployment as a Navy pilot in El Salvador.

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


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.

A Message from our Bishop


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Dear Friends in Christ,
If nothing else, this coronavirus pandemic has taught us to be flexible and adapt with grace to changing circumstances. The St. Paul’s Future Planning Committee sent a survey to you not too long ago when we were considering options for possible in-person fellowship and worship during the winter months. Over 60 of you responded. Thank you.

In the meantime, the Maine CDC has reported an alarming spike in the spread of cases. In addition, Dr. Shah, the director of the Maine CDC, reports that the coronavirus is now everywhere in the state of Maine and is spreading in all ages of people.

This recent alarming report prompted Bishop Brown to send the parishes in the Diocese of Maine his direction for worship and in-person meetings during the winter months. I invite you to view the attached video Bishop Brown sent out on Monday.

The Future Planning Committee will be communicating with the parish not only in summarizing the survey responses but for our way forward to be a safe  Body of Christ this winter.

In peace,  Carolyn+


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