St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard 5-13-21

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

Join us this Sunday, May 16
Seventh Sunday of Easter
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.  View on St. Paul’s Facebook Live
 1:30 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 GardenOn Pentecost Sunday & Other Outdoor Eucharist Sundays Family Worship moves to 2:00 pm
Once a month Family Worship will move from 9:30 am to 2:00 pm and meet outdoors in the Memorial Garden. 

On these outdoor Sundays our schedule will be as shown below:
10:30   In-person Outdoor “Picnic” Eucharist under a canopy in the Memorial Garden and on Facebook Live
Following the service (may start later than 11:30)- Explore the Sermon over Coffee on Zoom

1:00     Middle and High Schoolers gathering
2:00    In-person Family “Picnic” Eucharist in the Garden
2:30     Family Group in the Garden 

Please bring your own bread for 10:30 and 2:00 outdoor “Picnic” Eucharist.

Graduates to be Celebrated!
Graduates to be Celebrated on June 20 at 10:30 and 2:00 In-person Outdoor  “Picnic” Eucharist!
Please email us ( with the name of a loved one who is graduating from high school, college or graduate school. It will be important for our parish to recognize them, particularly again this year as remote and hybrid schooling continues

A Prayer

“To build up spiritual resilience, we offer this series of prayers” from the Corrymeela Community 

God in our dearest friendships,
God in the first moments that create
lasting friendships:
each of the bonds we cherish most
began with newness
and unfamiliarity.
So may we approach
each new encounter with hope.
May we trust our ability
to overcome first impressions;
our power to lean in with curiosity;
and the sense that we can become
even more of ourselves
in friendships
we have yet to begin.


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.
Thanks to those who were able to help us paint our Coffee on the Corner
picnic table this past Sunday at Family Group!
Missed this service project gathering?
No worries!

Family Group will be finding other ways to connect with various ministries through projects over the spring and summer.


All Things Youth

Hello St. Paul’s Middle & High School Youth!
2nd & 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 Diocese
Let’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! 

Faith at Home

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

Advent 3: Love
Advent 2: Peace
Advent 1: Hope
Many Hands, A Penobscot Indian Story

Sunday Junior Paper – Click to Read!

Parish Office Hours

Precautions to Observe While you are in the building and on the grounds 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 – indoors and outdoors.
2. Sign in for contact tracing.
3. No more than six people at a time in entire building. To arrange a time, request this in advance through Susan Tyler at
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

Beware of Email Scams
Please note that neither the rector, any member of staff, or fellow parishioner will ask you for gift cards (or similar items), nor will we ask you if you’re ‘free now’ via email. Please don’t reply to these messages! If you want to check with the sender to confirm, contact them by phone or using an email address you know to be theirs. They are scams and these addresses should be reported to Google or your email provider.

To report to Google, you may visit
After reporting, block the sender from your account. 

Upcoming Events and Services

Sunday, May 23, Pentecost
 10:30   In-person Outdoor “Picnic” Eucharist under a canopy in the Memorial Garden and on Facebook Live
Following the service (may start later than 11:30)
            Explore the Sermon over Coffee on Zoom
1:00    Middle and High Schoolers gathering
2:00    In-person Family “Picnic” Eucharist in the Garden
2:30    Family Group in the Garden
Please bring your own bread for 10:30 and 2:00 outdoor “Picnic” Eucharist.

St. Paul’s Ministries – Moving Outside
As the weather improves, some St. Paul’s ministry meetings are starting up again in the Memorial Garden. Here are some upcoming dates to note:
· Wednesday 1:00 pm Bible Study is now meeting weekly in the Memorial Garden (on Zoom if it rains)
· Lay Pastoral Visitors will meet Wednesday, May 19 at 12:30 pm. 

Film Screenings in May

On Thursday, May 20, in partnership with Upstander Project, BTS (Bangor Theological Seminary Center) is offering
a public online film screening of the Emmy Award winning documentary Dawnland, followed by live Q&A. This event will spotlight the first government-sanctioned Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the United States, exposing the disturbing truth about the impact of Maine’s child welfare practices on Native American communities.

On Monday, May 24, in partnership with Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, BTS will feature Bill Middlecamp leading “Reimagining The Future: a Climate Reality Presentation and En-ROADS Interactive Solutions Simulation.” Here’s a unique opportunity to consider the environmental-destruction impacts we are experiencing today, how we got to this point, and what the future may hold.

World Too Beautiful

World Too Beautiful – An Online Contemplative GatheringFirst & Third Wednesdays of Each Month @ 5:45 pm 
World Too Beautiful, a collaboration between St. Luke’s Cathedral and the Diocese of Maine, is a twice-monthly musical and meditative gathering that focuses on beauty, interconnection, harmony, mutual encouragement, and healing. Bring a candle to light during our prayer time. For more information and the Zoom link visit

Camp Bishopswood

Located in the beautiful woods of mid-coast Maine, Bishopswood is an Episcopal coed overnight camp affordable and open to all youths ages 6-16. The camp is open again and accepting registrations now at
Scholorships are available through St. Paul’s. Please email the office if you are interested (

MCHPP Update

MCHPP received some good news recently – they received two generous grants to assist them in their mission. That is great; however, it will not solve the ongoing problem of food insecurity in our area. Even though the grants totaled $20,000, your donation in any amount you can spare will help them and will be greatly appreciated. Please direct your check to MCHPP: 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011

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