St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard 2-4-21

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

Join us this Sunday, February 7
The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany

9:30 a.m. Join 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 on St. Paul’s Facebook live
11:30 a.m.  Explore the Sermon over Coffee 
Here is the Zoom link.
While Rev. Katie is Away
Rev. Katie Holicky is on vacation from January 31—February 10
During that time please contact Rev. Carolyn Eklund for pastoral needs.

A Prayer

From the Corrymeela Community, a community of peace and reconciliation in Northern Ireland 
God in a stranger’s hello,
God in a raised hand of greeting:
those simple gestures,
be it a glance toward a passer-by
who looks back with a nod
or the friendly question about
what breed of dog you’ve got there,
give us moments of connection
and remind us of days to come
when instead of passing by
or getting only as far as small talk,
we will be able to draw close
and learn more from each other.
Until then, we give thanks
for that stranger’s hello
and the greeting we offer in kind.

Justice Resources

Did you fall in love with the work of poet Amanda Gorman who shared her profound work “The Hill We Climb” at the inauguration?

Learn more about her and her work here

“The Hill We Climb” can be viewed here.
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.
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.

Ice Fishing Postponed – New Date

Click Here for Waiver Form
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.
We will fish Pleasant Pond, a half-hour drive from St. Paul’s.
We’ll park here:
and fish about here:
BASIC INFO: Date: February 20 (backup date February 21)
Time: Drop in from 11am – 3 pm
Tackle provided! If you are age 16 and up you will need a fishing license, which can be purchased here. 
How will I find you on the ice?  We’ll fish about here: 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
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.
February’s theme is… The Lord’s Prayer!
 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 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


Loving Action in Response to 1/6
Here’s a really easy way to send some positive energy to the U.S. Capitol, which could sure use it. A former government-studies teacher (Sharon McMahon, @sharonsayso on Instagram) is organizing a letter-writing campaign to thank the custodial staff workers who cleaned up the Capitol grounds last Wednesday so that the country could get back to the business of democracy. If you or your family would like to send your thanks, send physical letters to them care of their union:
AFSCME Local 626
Ford House Office Building
2nd Street Southwest
Washington, DC 20024
Resources for Discussing the Attack on the Capital on 1/6
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.

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!

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