What’s Happening at St. Paul’s 5-28

What’s Happening at St. Paul’s 

What a glorious Pentecost Sunday “picnic Eucharist” we shared outdoors under the canopy on Sunday! I was moved by the joy and spirit that flowed throughout the gathering! More than 70 souls were present. And others joined us on Facebook Live. Thank you all for the music, the set-up, hospitality, altar beauty and the wonderful readers. The canopy was an even better addition than I expected. Thank you, Jan DeBlieu and our St. Paul’s leadership for making the canopy happen!

One important note about the canopy:
This Sunday, May 30 at 10:30 a.m. and Sunday, June 6, 10:30 a.m. we return to “Spiritual Eucharist” Facebook Live from the nave. Sunday, June 13 at 10:30 a.m. we offer “Spiritual Eucharist” from the pre-recording of the Diocese of Maine.

The canopy has been removed temporarily for other events for which it had been reserved by the vendor at the end of May and the first of June. Fear not my friends! It will return for the next five months for Sunday, June 20 “picnic Eucharist” when we return to in-person outdoor worship. Mark your calendars for Sunday, June 20 at 10:30 a.m. for in-person outdoor “picnic Eucharist” and GRADUATE SUNDAY when we recognize our St. Paul’s graduates who have made this achievement under the most challenging pandemic circumstances.
I am sharing below the new, relaxed guidelines for outdoor and indoor gatherings this summer at St. Paul’s. Greater Brunswick has one of the highest rates of fully vaccinated people in the state, and so does the membership of St. Paul’s. Still, we are cautious around our children who are not eligible for the vaccine and immunocompromised members of our beloved community. That’s why we still recommend, but not require mask wearing. Please take time to read the guidelines. You will also want to give thanks for the flooring and painting project gifted to St. Paul’s by Caroline Russell.

With joy and love,

Sunday, May 30
The First Sunday after Pentecost
Trinity Sunday

9:30 Family Worship
Rev. Katie Holicky and musician Susan Brown will lead us in a time of song, prayer, story, and sharing with our friends! 
Click here to link to the Zoom gathering

Click here for the  Family Worship Booklet

10:30 a.m.  Spiritual Eucharist 
Click on the links below:
To watch 
for the Worship Booklet
for the St. Paul’s Announcements

Isaiah 6:1-8     Romans 8:12-17
John 3:1-17      Psalm 29
Lectionary Page

Explore the Sermon over coffee on Zoom
Sunday, 11:30 am
Join in for a facilitated virtual gathering to check in with each other and explore the morning’s sermon.
Click here to join.

Parish Announcements

Daily Morning Prayer and Compline — Join us every morning and evening on St. Paul’s Facebook Live for Morning Prayer and Compline, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 30 Trinity Sunday
9:30 Family Worship on Zoom
10:30 Spiritual Eucharist on Facebook Live
11:30 Explore the Sermon over Coffee on Zoom
1:00 NO Middle and High Schoolers gathering (Now meeting on 2nd and 4th Sundays)
2:30 Family Group in the Garden

Sunday, May 30, 4:00 p.m. Good-bye Reception for Susan Tyler. You are invited to join Susan and John Tyler to say “thank you” and “good bye” at a farewell reception in the Memorial Garden.

On June 13 and July 8, St. Paul’s will offer Diocese of Maine pre-recorded Spiritual Eucharist. There will be no outdoor “picnic Eucharist” on these Sundays. 

Summer Sunday outdoor “picnic Eucharist” will be in-person in the Memorial Garden at 10:30 a.m. and Family “picnic Eucharist” at 2:00 p.m. beginning June 20. (see following guidelines for outdoor gatherings).

Graduates to be Celebrated on June 20 at 10:30 and 2:00 In-person Outdoor “Picnic” Eucharist!  Please email us (katieholicky@stpaulsmaine.org or stpauls@stpaulsmaine.org) 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.

Tuesdays at 9:30 am—Holy Stitchers will begin meeting in the Memorial Garden, but will also connect through Zoom with those not able to meet in person.

Wednesday, June 2, 11:00 a.m. Sharing and Caring Support Group, which offers support to caregivers and those living with grief, will meet outside in the St. Paul’s Memorial Garden. Please join us as we take time to share stories and conversation with each other. Looking forward to seeing you there. Susan McCracken and Sandy Meyer

World Too Beautiful – An Online Contemplative Gathering First & 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 https://www.episcopalmaine.org/ministry/world-too-beautiful

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 https://www.bishopswood.org/. Scholarships are available through St. Paul’s. Please email the office if you are interested (stpauls@stpaulsmaine.org).

Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program
With the warm weather we have been having, people are starting to move around. They will be going to the beach, visiting friends, or going to events. Unfortunately, many will not be able to do these things. They will be trying to pay for rent or mortgage, doctor bills, and food. The warm weather does not take the need away. MCHPP still has a high rate of people that need help. They will also be providing lunches for children at various locations. If you can spare a few dollars (or more) this will enable them to purchase the food they provide for their clients. Please direct your check to MCHPP at 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011

St. Paul’s Guidance for Outdoor and Indoor Gatherings*

Masks are not required for fully vaccinated people, but they are recommended for the sake of children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine and those who are immunocompromised.
Physical distancing is not required.
There is no limit to the number of people gathered.
Masks are not required for congregational or choir singing.
for contact tracing is required.
Community groups such as the 12-step groups may meet outdoors.
If possible, it is recommended to bring a chair to use.
Limited entry to the closed building for restroom use one at a time.
Food and drink are served by servers who are masked. Food is served on individual plates.
Due to work on the building, the building will remain closed until mid-August. Please note advisory below regarding restrooms.
Masks are not required for fully vaccinated people, but they are recommended for the sake of children who are not yet eligible for the vaccine and those who are immunocompromised.
The building will remain closed with the posted office hours schedule.
There is no limit to the number of people in the building or parish office.
There is no physical distancing required.

Sign-in for contact tracing is required.WORSHIPSummer Sunday outdoor “picnic Eucharist” will be in-person in the memorial garden at 10:30 a.m. and Family “picnic Eucharist” at 2:00 p.m. beginning June 20. (see above guidelines for outdoor gatherings)

On June 13 and July 8, St. Paul’s will offer Diocese of Maine pre-recorded Spiritual Eucharist. There will be no outdoor “picnic Eucharist” on these Sundays.

When heavy rain is forecast, Spiritual Eucharist from the Nave at 10:30 a.m. will be offered on Facebook Live instead of outdoor in-person Eucharist. The Saturday email and a Facebook announcement will be the vehicles to inform the parish of this change.

In-person indoor gatherings including Sunday worship will begin mid-August depending on the flooring installation in the building. New guidelines will be introduced at that time.*See guidance by the governor of Maine as of May 24th, 2021 located on the website of the Episcopal Diocese of Maine.  https://www.episcopalmaine.org/resource/forcongregations/maine-guidelines 

**Thanks to a generous gift given by Caroline Russell, contractors will be painting and replacing flooring in the restrooms, kitchen, Great Hall, sacristy, hallways, and parish office during July and the first weeks of August. The building will not be open until mid-August. Because of June-July renovations, downstairs restrooms will either have a reduced number of toilets or even none. Upstairs restrooms will be unaffected.

Parish Office Hours
Monday: Building Closed except to Counters
Tuesday: 9 am — 1:00 pm, Carolyn Farr
Wednesday: 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund
Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Katie Holicky
Friday: 10 am – Noon Carolyn Farr      Noon -2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund
Saturday & Sunday: Building Closed (ministers of the liturgy only)

Prayer Requests

Pray for St. Andrew & St. John in Southwest Harbor and Trinity Chapel in Kennebunk Beach.
For the mission and ministry of Camp Bishopswood.
Pray for Memorial Day as we remember all who have died in the service of their country.

Pray for Anderson, Andrew, Cedric, Jason, Michael, Richard, and all in the military.

Pray for those who died, especially for Judy Montgomery, Paul D’Alessandro and their dog, Sparrow who died this week, and also for Don and Peggy Cheetham, who died in December.

We pray for:
Christy, Ryan & family, Ray, John, David, Judi, Nick, Bob, Kathy, Skip, the Blackburn family, Willow, Ann, Jim, Lollie, James, Dave, Caroline, Jeffrey, Carol, Roger W, Harlan, Shirley, Rob, Rick+,  Elizabeth, Courtenay, Larry,  and Courtenay

Jennifer, John, Reeve, Victor, Travis & family, Ben, Diane, Nate, Priscilla, Garrett, Elliot, Marcia, Lynn, Bill, Bob, Paul, Sue, Nan, Clare, Cameron, Barbara, Christy, Michael, Ryan, and Jacob, Jen, all essential workers and Sandy

Matthew, Herb, Gair, baby Thomas, Jason, Annie, Terry, Mark, Donelda, Sudie, Pat, Marie, Michael, Debbie, Carol, Ron, Hope, Therese, Lois, Bob, Virginia, Sally, Steve, Luke, Catarina, Richelle, Darah, Chick, Linda, and Barbara

Call or email the parish office if you would like a name to be placed on the prayer list. The names will be removed after three months unless otherwise notified.

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