St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard 12-3-20

Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!
Join us for Worship

Join us this Sunday, December 6
The Second Sunday of Advent
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 from the Nave. 
View on St. Paul’s Facebook
11:30 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom  
Here is the Zoom link.

Pageant Pictures

Are you interested in being in this year’s St. Paul’s Christmas video pageant? 
Well this is how to do it: Email 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

Christmas Giving Tree
This year our Giving Tree requests are for gift cards that families can use for not only small gifts but also for essentials. We would like all gift cards sent to the church by December 13th.
You are invited to participate in this year’s Giving Tree digitally by signing up here.

Katie’s CornerJoin Katie as she kicks off the Advent season and wonders about ‘hope’.

More from Katie’s Corner:
Many Hands, A Penobscot Indian Story
Take-Home BagsThis 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.
December’s theme is… Advent!
 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

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, from 7-8:30 pm. Youth play silly games, connect with one another and end with prayer and song. 
 Second and Fourth Sundays: High School Compline
Join in a time of check in and prayer.
Compline runs from 7-8:30 pm.
Connect on Instagram
Follow us @maineyouth_episcopals!

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 w
ho 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
New Message Effective November 23, 2020
We love you. We do not wish to spread the virus to those we love.
That’s why…

1. Masks are required at all times.
2. Sign in for contact tracing.
3. No more than six people at a time in entire building.
4. Stay six feet or more apart.
5. Only one person at a time in parish office. (Please make arrangements with staff if you need to meet one-on-one in person.)

 Click for Parish Office Hours

Christmas Flowers and Ornaments

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 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.
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!

Advent Quiet Morning

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 or the Rev. Mary Lee Wile at for the link and to receive some material ahead of time. 

Support MHPP

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.

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