St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard 2-18-21

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

Join us this Sunday, February 21
The First Sunday in Lent
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 on St. Paul’s Facebook live
11:30 a.m.  Explore the Sermon over Coffee 
Here is the Zoom link.
4:00 p.m.  Soup and Scripture Chat on Zoom 
Here is the Zoom link.
(We’ll discuss Mark 8:31-38 and have a conversation about what Peter was up to…)


If you didn’t get a Lenten Meditations Booklet yet, you may pick up a copy during Parish Office Hours.

If you’d like a book mailed or delivered, please email the church office.

A Prayer for Lent

from Common Prayer for Children and Families
 After he was baptized, Jesus returned from the Jordan River full of the Holy Spirit, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness. There he was tempted for forty days by the devil.
-Luke 4:1-2 God of mercy and forgiveness, 
You made us to love you and your creation,
And to love our neighbors as ourselves,
But we fall into sin 
When we choose to do hurtful things; 
Guide us through the forty days of Lent, 
To come closer to you 
With prayer, fasting, and giving.

Ice Fishing Outing

Click Here for Waiver Form
A call about weather will be made on Friday. Keep an eye out on your email for any updates or changes to the ice fishing plan.

Email Rev. Katie with questions and if you are interested in joining us!
(it helps to have a head count so we know how many holes we need in the ice)

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:
and fish about here:
BASIC INFO: Date: Saturday, February 20 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.  (This week is free license week! Register and fish for free!)

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. : )

Fun Things For Families


Check out these Lenten Resources:  
Lenten Color by Number. Check out these options for a creative daily moment with God through Lent. 
The Way of the Cross multimedia devotional. 
From tracking your carbon footprint, to Lenten Madness brackets visit the Diocese of Maine webpage for various ways to engage with Lent this year. 

Here are some helpful resources to keep you and your family faithfully connecting. 

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. 

Faith at Home, lectionary based family devotions.
Enjoy some Bible Stories brought us by Godly Play. Well suited for the youngest among us.

 Parents and teens, are you looking for a way to deepen your daily prayer practice?

Order of Saint Helena offers a free Daily Office “App” for smartphones and tablets. Check out these inclusive language daily office prayers. Visit their website by clicking the link above to learn more about this community of women in the Episcopal Church. 

Pray As You Go. Here is a helpful website, also available as an app for your smartphone or tablet, that offers you a daily practice of readings, prayers and even musically Psalms!

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.

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

21 Anti-Racism Videos To Share With Kids: These helpful videos cover a variety of topics to help us talk together about race and racial justice.
They’re Not Too Young to Talk About Race: This helpful chart breaks down concepts of race that children can engage with based upon age. 

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.

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/March theme is… The Lord’s Prayer and Lent!
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 Maine

Third 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!

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 Coming Up
 Third Sundays from 4:00 -5:00 p.m. – Zoom Soup and Scripture Chat
February 21, Mark 8:31-38
March 21, Mark 11:1-11
April 18, John 10:12-18
First Wednesdays at 7:00 p.m. – Zoom Hymn Sings
March 3

Support MHPP

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program
 Last week I received a thank you letter from Karen Parker, Executive Director of MCHPP, thanking me for my contribution. I hope many of you received the same letter. If you didn’t, here is some information on why you should contribute.
MCHPP was started thirty-five years ago at St. Paul’s. They provide food for food insecure families in our region. Last year 1 in every 8 people in Maine faced hunger. One Friday in November their food pantry served ninety-four families, the largest in their history. The need will likely increase throughout the winter.
Your donation, in any amount, will go a long way to assist them in providing nutritious food for those in need. This includes children going to school in a hybrid situation and senior citizens struggling to pay for heat, medicine, and food. Their mailing address is MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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