St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard 3-25-21

Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!
Join us for Worship
Join us this Sunday, March 28
Palm Sunday
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  St. Paul’s Facebook Live 
11:30 a.m.  Explore the Sermon over Coffee. Here is the Zoom link

Family Ministries Sunday Schedule
9:30-10:10 am: Family Worship via Zoom 
1:00-2:00 pm on 2nd & 4th Sundays: Middle & High School Youth Group in the Garden
2:30-3:30 pm: Family Group in the Garden

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.

All Things Youth

Hello St. Paul’s Middle & High School Youth!
NEW SCHEDULE2nd & 4th 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. Gather with Youth from Around the DioceseLet’s Talk About It: Compline + Conversation for 9th-12th graders
Fourth Sundays from 7:00-8:30 PM
Pray, Play, Connect: A Fun and Prayerful Space for 6th-12th graders
Third Mondays from 7:00-8:30 PM
Connect on Instagram Follow us @maineyouth_episcopals! 

Family Groups

Family Group continues to meet in the Garden at 2:30 – 3:30 pm each Sunday.
If you are interested in joining a Family Group please reach out to Rev. Katie.
Please note: Wear a mask and practice physical distance.

Faith at Home

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.
 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
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:
Lent 2021: Snacks and Naps!
Advent 4: Joy

Advent 3: Love
Advent 2: Peace
4dvent 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!
A digital copy can be found here.
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.

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

St. Paul’s Events – This Weekend

2-4:00 pm Food Drive for MCHPP.  Help fill the truck with non-perishable food such as pasta, cereal, beans and peanut butter! St. Paul’s parking lot

4:00 pm Blessing of the Palms to take home at St. Paul’s parking lot and streamed on Facebook Live

THIS SUNDAY, Palm Sunday, March 28

9:30 am  Family Worship on Zoom
10:30 am  Spiritual Eucharist and Reading of St. Mark’s Passion on Facebook Live

Sacred Ground Program Offered

Have you been wondering about how you might learn more about the history of racism in our nation and how you might consider your own call to anti-racism learning and formation? Have you been wondering about joining a Sacred Ground Circle? This Spring St. Paul’s will begin a second round of Sacred Ground Circles!
If you are interested in joining please email Rev. Katie Holicky.
For more information on Sacred Ground click here

Holy Week at St. Paul’s

Saturday, March 27
4:00 pm  Blessing of the palms to take home at St. Paul’s parking lot and streamed on Facebook Live

Palm Sunday, March 28
9:30 Family Worship on Zoom ID: 96617111762, Passcode: church
10:30 Spiritual Eucharist and Reading of St. Mark’s Passion on Facebook Live

Monday–Friday, 7:30 am
Holy Week Celtic Morning Prayer Facebook Live 

Monday–Wednesday, 7:30 pm 
Celtic Evening Prayer Facebook Live
Maundy Thursday, April 1
7:30 am Celtic Morning Prayer Facebook Live
11:00 am Maundy Thursday Healing Prayers  Zoom ID: 844 7491 3273, Passcode: 151904
7:30 pm Maundy Thursday Spiritual Eucharist, Sacramental Handwashing  Facebook Live
Good Friday, April 2
7:30 am Celtic Morning Prayer Facebook Live 
10:30 am Good Friday Stations of the Cross in the St. Paul’s parking lot & Facebook Live
12:00 pm Good Friday liturgy Facebook Live 
Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 3
7:30 am Celtic Morning Prayer Facebook Live  
7:00 pm Easter Vigil, Service of Light, lighting of Paschal candle and reading of salvation history  St. Paul’s parking lot and streamed on Facebook Live. Bring your bells to ring!  

Easter Sunday, April 4
9:30 Family Worship on Zoom   ID: 96617111762, Passcode: church
10:30 The celebration of Easter Sunday pre-recorded service Facebook and YouTube
11:30 Easter Sunday exploring the sermon coffee hour conversation on Zoom ID: 96617111762, Passcode: church

Easter Flowers

Easter Flower donations can be mailed to St. Paul’s or can be made online through your Breeze account or at St. Paul’s website  Please include the name(s) along with your donation.  Names received by March 30 will be printed in the Easter program booklet.

Help with St. Paul’s Research Project

Charla A. Spann is researching and documenting information on all the different types of Fiber/Fabric used at St. Paul’s.  Currently, she is focusing on to the Altar Hangings and other Fabrics used at the services – Chasubles, Stoles, Banners, etc.  Anyone who can share information on the history of any of these items, please contact Charla at

Relief Programs Needing Support

Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program

On March 27th we have organized a food drive at the Union St. parking lot from 2-4 pm. 
Please bring an item(s) of non-perishable food such as pasta, cereal, beans and peanut butter (always needed). A truck will be in the parking lot – let’s work together to fill it up! The Blessing of the Palms will began at 4 PM. I hope to see you there.  Thank you, Bill Edman.

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