What’s Happening at St. Paul’s

Sunday, November 29
1-2 p.m. 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.4 p.m.

All-Parish Stewardship Dedication on Zoom consider recipes from St. Paul’s Cookbook for soup making!

Click here to join in. 4:00 pm Sunday

In lieu of potluck supper, consider recipes from St. Paul’s Cookbook
for soup making! Here are a few ideas…


ENTRY INTO ST. PAUL’S
Effective November 23, 2020
 We love you. We do not wish to spread the virus to those we love. That’s why… 
– Masks are required at all times. 
– Sign in for contact tracing 
– No more than six people at a time in the entire building. 
– Stay six feet or more apart.
– Only one person at a time in the parish office.
(Please make arrangements with staff if you need to meet one-on-one in person.)


First Sunday of Advent
Sunday, November 29, 2020
10:30 a.m. Spiritual Eucharist
Worship Booklet
 St. Paul’s Announcements

Readings
Isaiah 64:1-9              1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Mark 13:24-37           Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18
The Lectionary Page 


Family Worship


Sunday, November 29, 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

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. 

Wednesday, December 2—First Wednesday All-Parish Hymn Sing
You are invited to the first of what will become monthly St. Paul’s hymn sings. Send your hymn requests to Randy Day at randyday@stpaulsmaine.org or to the Parish office at stpauls@stpaulsmaine.org. Then join us on Zoom! (Meeting ID: 895 0389 3668, Passcode: 520194) 

Christmas Giving Tree
Look for the Giving tree today 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. You can also select a child to help by clicking here
Please purchase gift cards in smaller denominations of $15 & $25.. 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.

Advent Quiet Morning Saturday, December 12, 9-11 a.m. via Zoom
It’s hard not being together to share worship in our beautiful St. Paul’s. It’s our spiritual home. It’s a place of peace, of sacred beauty, of prayer — its very walls are steeped in 175 years of prayer. It’s a place, as T. S. Eliot wrote, “where prayer has been valid,” and sometimes just being there can take us into a deeper connection with God. But that’s not where we are during this pandemic. We’re home. The purpose of this Advent Quiet Morning is to figure out ways we might create sacred space in our homes so that we can experience “the beauty of holiness” right where we are. We will begin with prayer and a short teaching, then have some guided silence to ponder what helps us settle into prayer, what comes to mind when we think of “sacred space,” and where (besides St. Paul’s) we feel closest to God. We will finish with a time to share our ideas.
If you would like to take part in this Zoom Quiet Morning, please email the office stpauls@stpaulsmaine.org or the Rev. Mary Lee Wile at maryleewile@stpaulsmaine.org for the link and to receive some material ahead of time.

Christmas Flowers — If you would like to remember loved ones with a donation toward Christmas Decorations and Flowers for the chancel, please mail your contribution to St. Paul’s, PO Box 195, Brunswick, ME 04011 or go to stpaulsmaine.org and from the Home page click on “make donation” then select “Give to Flowers: Special Contribution” by December 14.
Please include the name of the person(s) when making your donation.

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
We all know about the terrible figures of deaths and contractions of Covid-19. What is not covered as much is the “collateral damage”. In war, collateral damage is about innocent victims who are killed or wounded. In our war on this virus, we forget about those who are left behind – an elderly person whose spouse had died, the main wage earner who has lost their job or small business, the parent who left their job to stay at home to help with their child do schoolwork. These people will have to make some difficult choices. Do they buy food, or pay the rent or mortgage, or buy needed medicine? Any one of these can greatly affect their physical health and mental health. This is the collateral damage.

We can help with the food portion of this problem. MCHPP is under increasing pressure in providing food to the people of this area. Though they get donations of produce, they are not getting non-perishable goods from churches and organizations in this area. We can help by writing a check in any amount so that they can buy the food they need to support their mission. Please send your check to Mid Coast Hunger Prevention, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Faith Filled Generosity — If you haven’t already made your pledge, there are two easy ways to complete the form. Just go to St. Paul’s website, there you can download and print out a form or chose a link below. Then just fill it out and mail it back to the church at St. Paul’s, 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. Thank you!
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. 

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!

Prayer Requests

Pray for The Episcopal Church of Saints Matthew and Barnabas in HallowellPray for all the children of the world

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

We pray for: Christy, Ryan & family, Ethel, Ray, John, David, Judi, Nick, Bob, Kathy, Skip, the Blackburn family, Willow, Tierra, Ann, Jim, Lollie, Steve, James, Nia, Linda, Dave, Caroline, Jeffrey, Arthur, Tracey, and CarolJennifer, John, Reeve, Victor, Travis & family, Ben, Diane, Nate, Elijah, Priscilla, Garrett, Elliot, Marcia, Lynn, Peter, Patricia, Patrick, Bill, Bob, Paul, Sue, Julie, Harlan, Nan, Clare, Cameron, Linton, and BarbaraMatthew, Herb, baby Savannah, Gair, baby Thomas, Jason, Annie, Carole, Arline, Franklin, Terry, Mark, Donelda, and Sudie, Pat, Marie, Michael, and Jim, Debbie, Carol, Robbie, and Ron

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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