St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard 11-12-20

Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!
Join us for WorshipJoin us this Sunday, November 15th
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 
10:30 a.m. “Spiritual Eucharist” live-streamed from the Nave. 
View on St. Paul’s Facebook
11:30 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom  
Here is the Zoom link.

Faith-Filled Generosity
Join us as we discern how to share our time, talents, and treasures with one another. 

For more on giving and to fill out your pledge card please go to St. Paul’s website  

There you can download and print out a form, then just fill it out and mail it back to the church at St. Paul’s Church,  PO Box 195, Brunswick, ME 04011. If you prefer you can fill out the online form also found on the Giving page of our website. 

Advent Drive-Through

Materials for Wreath making & additional take-home activities for a fun and formative Advent season. 
The Giving Tree will also be available!

Pageant Pictures

Are you interested in being in this year’s St. Paul’s Christmas video pageant? 
Well, here are your options: Get your pageant picture taken from 3:30-4pm on 11/22 in the Garden Get your pageant picture taken during Advent Drive-through on 11/29, 1-2pmEmail Rev. Katie a picture of yourself / family as…. Animals, the Holy Family (Mary, Joseph and Jesus), Shepherds (with or without sheep), Magi (The Kings/Queens/ Wise People), or Angels.
Please send pictures by 12/7

Take-Home Bags
This school year, in addition to other offerings, we will try on “take home formation”. Stop by church and grab your family’s monthly bag with simple activities.
November’s theme is… Gratitude!
Contact Katie to schedule a time to pick up your bag or let her know if you’d like it dropped off at your home.

Family Groups

11/15 Special Guests!
Come spend some time with folks from the Lay Pastoral Visitor team. We will learn more about caring for one another in community and will be making cards for our community members who are sick or healing and those in need of some thoughtful connection.
Family Group continues to meet in the Garden at 2:30 pm on Sundays.
We will be doing so through the fall and winter!
If you are interested in joining a Family Group please reach out to Rev. Katie.
If you can, please let Katie know you plan on attending so we can account for numbers as we set up the space. 
Please note: Wear a mask and practice physical distance. 

All Things Youth

Hello St. Paul’s Middle & High School Youth!
Youth Group gathers on Sundays from 1-2 p.m. in the Garden. 
Please wear a mask, practice physical distance, and bring your own water and snack should you need them. 
See you this week!

Episcopal Youth MaineThird Mondays: Pray, Play, Connect
This 6th-12th grade gathering continues the third Monday of each month, with November 16 from 7-8:30 being the next meeting.  Youth play silly games, connect with one another despite the limitations of Zoom, and end with prayer and song.  All ages are welcome, but this group has a giddy vibe, and skews younger.  Any adult youth workers/volunteers are welcome to join, as well!  Need images to help advertise? Find those in our shared Google folder.

Second and Fourth Sundays: High School Compline
The Youth Leadership Team has been meeting, and decided that they’d like to reinstitute a high school only, conversation and prayer focused gathering.  This begins on Sunday, November 8, and runs from 7-8:30. The group has a defined leadership team of adults – so please let me know if you’d like to join a meeting.  Advertising images in our shared Google folder.

Connect on Instagram
Follow us @maineyouth_episcopals, where I post reminders of youth meetings, as well as the occasional prayer.  And if you’re more knowledgeable about this platform than I, please feel free to send any helpful feedback my way.

Katie’s Corner

Introducing Katie’s Corner! 
Check in periodically for children’s books read by our own Rev. Katie!Enjoy Many Hands, a Penobscot Indian Story here.

Fun Things For Families


Here is a list of some exciting resources to add to your at home collection! 
Holy Troublemakers and Unconventional Saints.
An illustrated children’s storybook about people of diverse faiths who rocked the religious boat on behalf of love and justice.
Common Prayer for Children and Families.
Whimsical, simple illustrations and prayers drawn from Episcopal prayer resources Common Prayer for Children and Families is a collection of prayers and liturgies written for kids and the adults or communities who pray with them. 
Celebrate Wonder Bible Storybook.
A colorfully illustrated children’s Bible storybook that will engage the children through simple storytelling and open-ended questions that encourage the children to wonder about the Bible story and make connections between the Bible and their lives. Includes 150 stories!
Parents and teens, are you looking for a way to deepen your daily prayer practice? 
365 Daily Devotions 
Enjoy this thoughtful daily practice that invites a moment of pause to be steeped in prayer.
Mission of Saint Clare Daily Office 
Another great daily office offering!

Justice Resources

Check out the new children’s book Netflix show: 
Bookmarks: Celebrating Black Voices

The Center for Racial Justice in Education has some great resources to help families in the work of racial justice.
 Family Sermon by Rev. Dr. Mark Bozzuti-Jones about the sin of racism.
 A list of resources from some Episcopal friends in North Carolina.
short family guide to supporting racial justice now.
Book Lists: (various social justice topics, including racial justice)
Social Justice Books; A Teaching for Change Project
Act for Social Justice
Embrace Race: “Diverse” Books for Children
Anti-Racism Books for Elementary Students
Indigo Arts Alliance Book list
Justice Book Bags! 
We have a beautiful collection of justice-oriented and inclusive books for children. If you would like to borrow a justice book bag, please reach out to Rev. Katie Holicky to schedule a time to pick up books.

Sunday Junior Paper – Click to Read!

Parish Office Hours

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 for Parish Office Hours

Harvest / Christmas Fair Orders

While our Fair is over, it’s not too late to give.
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.

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.

Thank you!

Support MHPP

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
 Where does MCHPP get their food from? The two big supermarkets donate a lot of their produce that they deem not “pretty” enough to put on display, but still good to eat. They also get much of their non-perishable food from the Good Shephard Food Bank in Lewiston. This food is not donated—they buy it. The final source is from cash donations from members of the community and organizations.
During this pandemic, they have unfortunately incurred a greater demand for their services. They would be thankful for any donations that we can make. A check-in any amount will help them provide their clients of all ages with food that will help sustain them during these perilous times.  To contribute please send your check to MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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