Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!
Join us for Worship
Join us this Sunday, January 17
The Second Sunday after the Epiphany
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. Diocesan Spiritual Eucharist on St. Paul’s Facebook
11:30 a.m. Virtual Coffee Hour on Zoom  
Here is the Zoom link.

A Prayer in Times of Violence


A Prayer in Times of Violence
From the Corrymeela Community 
God of all humanity,
In times of violence
We see how inhuman we can be.
We pray for those who, today, are weighed down by grief.
We pray for those who, yesterday, were weighed down by grief.
And the day before,
And all the days before the day before.
We pray, too, for those who help us turn towards justice and peace.
Turn us all towards justice and peace
Because we need it. Amen.

Resources for Discussing the Attack on the Capitol Jan. 6, 2021
Please feel free to reach out to your clergy should you need any support. Rev. Katie is here praying for and with you! 
10 tips for talking to your kids about the attack on the US Capitol
How we talk to children about the attack on Capitol Hill matters
Resources for teachers on the days after the attack on the U.S. Capitol.

Ice Fishing Postponed – New Date


Click Here for Waiver Form
UPDATE: Due to ice conditions we are postponing parish ice fishing until 2/20 with a back up date of 2/21.

Email Rev. Katie with questions and if you are interested in joining us!

Please complete the waiver form.
All minors must be accompanied by an adult.
 LOCATION: 
We will fish Pleasant Pond, a half-hour drive from St. Paul’s.
We’ll park here: https://goo.gl/maps/mtyMyqWEPaM8hAHXA
and fish about here:  https://goo.gl/maps/KZeP2ogW6B9abP337
 
BASIC INFO: Time: Drop in from 11am – 3 pmTackle provided! If you are age 16 and up you will need a fishing license, which can be purchased here. 
FAQ:
How will I find you on the ice?  We’ll fish about here: https://goo.gl/maps/f5hkmANztTM2And we’ll have a big red shelter pitched: Because of COVID, we cannot use it as a warming hut. And we’ll have Macy the dog with us. 
Will I fall through the ice? No. The ice is so thick that you might see trucks on it. If you’re nervous about this, walk in the snowmobile tracks. Assuming there’s snow, you’ll see many.
What about  hypothermia? Just bring extra clothes in a backpack. Wear only synthetics or wool. (Cotton is cold.)  Wind/rain/ski garments are great as an outer layer. Wear a warm hat.
What should I bring in addition to clothes? Something warm to drink. 
What species might I catch? Crappie, perch, pickerel, pike, bass, sunfish. 
What will we do with the fish we catch? I will release my fish. If you want to eat a fish or two, know that there is a consumption advisory.
May I play with Macy the dog?  It is the price of admission. : )


Katie’s Corner



Stories from Katie’s Corner:
Advent 4: Joy
Advent 3: Love
Advent 2: Peace
Advent 1: Hope
Gratitude
Many Hands, A Penobscot Indian Story

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.

January’s theme is… The Baptism of Jesus!
 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



Family Group continues to meet in the Garden at 2:30 pm on Sundays.
We will be doing so through the 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. 

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 ComplineJoin 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 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 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

Looking Ahead

Events in January
Sunday, January 17
4:00 p.m. – Zoom Small Group Soup and Scripture chat. Join us to eat your warm soup and to chat over the Scripture passage: Mark 1:14-20, the call of Simon and Andrew.

Monday, January 18—Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Noon—1:00 p.m.  — Pray on MLK hosted by Civil Righteousness-Maine on the Brunswick Town Mall. FMI, http://tiny.cc/ryt7tz
 
9:00 a.m.— 7:00 p.m. 40th Anniversary Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Observance: A virtual teach-in and call to action honoring Dr. King’s memory. To register and FMI:
https://www.facebook.com/pg/maineinitiatives/events/
 
Sunday, January 24
12:00 p.m.—Zoom all-parish Annual Meeting: Presentation of Ministry Reports, Pledging and Financial Reports, 2021 Budget and Parish Election.
 
Sunday, January 31
3:30 pm – St. Paul’s parking lot in-person gathering outdoors, candle lighting vigil to renew our baptismal covenant and pray for peace. Annual Elections & MeetingThe Vestry has accepted with thanks to the Nominating Committee the following slate for annual elections to be held in a Zoom Annual Meeting, January 24, 2021, at Noon.
Junior Warden (two-year term), Jan DeBlieu
Vestry (three-year term), Deborah Goodwin, Ellen Hall, Ellen Ranen
Diocesan Delegates: Andree Appel, Charlie Priest, Pat Ryan, Charla Spann
Alternates to Diocesan Convention: John Ott, Lili Ott, Susan Brown

We thank the Nominating Committee:  Johanna Wigg, Chair, Bill Edman, Susan Martens, Abigail Manny Patterson.

Support MHPP

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
 The holidays are past and high Covid-19 cases and deaths continue. I am a soccer fan and Liverpool is my favorite team. They have an anthem called “You’ll Never Walk Alone”. One of the lines is “Walk on with hope in your heart”.  As we go through the winter months, we need to have this in mind. Our hope is that we can return to a more normal life sometime this year. We need to work to make it happen.
 
Unfortunately, many millions of people will face hardship even if they never contract his virus. Many are facing the loss of their housing, the ability to pay bills and to put food on their table. Our community is not immune from these realities. We at St Paul’s had supported MCHPP throughout the past several years by donating non-perishable food, but the way we can help now is financially. Any amount will help them serve those in need as that number grows. Whether it is $5.00 or $50.00 it will go a long way.  Please mail your contribution to: Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Project, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011.  Thank you, Bill Edman.