What’s Happening at St. Paul’s 

I am honored to share this wonderful article that appeared in the Portland Press Herald about our beloved Al Niese introducing his children’s book about bullying, “Soren’s Story.”  It’s available at Gulf of Maine’s books. Al is a true lover of peace and champion of racial justice.

Click here to read the article.

In joy and hope,
Carolyn+




The August issue of The Messenger is here!
Click here to read all the news of the parish.
The Messenger can also be seen on St. Paul’s website stpaulsmaine.org and will be mailed to parishioners without an email address




Sunday, August 1
The Tenth Sunday after Pentecost

10:30 a.m. Outdoor Picnic Eucharist in the Memorial Garden & on Facebook
Click on the link below to view from home:
To watch on Facebook
for the Worship Booklet
for the St. Paul’s Announcements

Readings
2 Samuel 11:26-12:13a
Psalm 51:1-13
Ephesians 4:1-16
John 6:24-35
Lectionary Page


No other services or groups meeting this Sunday.
We will resume our full Sunday schedule next week.

 Parish Announcements

Thank you to Sunday’s musician, Coleman Brockmeier, who graduated this year from Bowdoin College.  He lives in Portland.
 
Rev. Katie Holicky is away July 25 —August 2.  For pastoral emergencies, please contact Rev. Carolyn Eklund.

Parish Office volunteers needed: If you’d like to help with reception / answering phones on Wednesday or Fridays from 10-12, please contact the Rector.

New Faces at St. Paul’s: We welcome our new part-time Parish Administrator, Karen Tucker, and our new Sacred Ground Coordinator, Andrea Lauerman, both joining us on August 3rd. 

Wednesday, August 4, 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
 
Saturday, August 7, at 10 a.m. a memorial for Hildegard Bird will be held at Grace Episcopal church in Bath with a reception to follow. All are welcome to attend.
 
St. Paul’s Summer Schedule ChangesSunday “Picnic Eucharist” 10:30 a.m.; Family “Picnic Eucharist” 2:00 p.m. in the Memorial Garden. Bring your own bread and chairs if able.  If storms predicted, Facebook Live.  

Sunday “Zoom Exploring the Sermon” at 11:30 a.m. will not meet over the summer.

Summer Choir Schedule—In July and August a member or members of the choir will lead the hymns at outdoor worship, sometimes as a solo cantor, other times as a quartet.

Daily Morning Prayer and Compline starting July 6:
             Tuesday, Wednesday Thursday, 7:30 a.m. and 7:30 p.m. Facebook Live.

Wednesday afternoon Bible Study, 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. will not meet over the summer. It will resume in September. Those interested in joining in the fall please contact Pam Nugent.

Reserving the Memorial Garden: Please contact the church office if you’d like to schedule a meeting in the Memorial Garden to ensure you’re on our calendar and we avoid double-booking. Thank you!

Camp Bishopswood -Summer Finale is a program for whole households. Households can gather at Camp Bishopswood for free diocese-wide programming during the day on Sunday, August 29, and optional camping is available on both Friday and Saturday nights.  Swim, boat, hike, rest, lunch and worship on scenic Lake Megunticook.

We will gather on August 29 in the morning and late afternoon for worship, and in the afternoon for a free Bishopswood lunch. Stations will be set up across camp throughout the day, where individuals and households can experience the liturgy on their own terms, at their own pace. Youth completing grades 5-12 will have Pray, Play, Connect LIVE programming available in the afternoon.  Want to camp overnight? Come up on Friday or Saturday, and enjoy Camp Bishopswood’s lodging, food and hospitality. Diocesan programming is only provided on Sunday, but everything Camp has to offer is available all weekend long.
 
To register visit https://episcopalmaine.formstack.com/forms/summer_finale.
Questions? Contact Cn. Sara D’Angio White, sdangiowhite@episcopalmaine.org, or The Rev. Katie Holicky, kholicky@gmail.com.
 
Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program
If you’ve been grocery shopping recently, you have seen the increase in prices of many food items. It impacts our food budget and it also impacts MCHPP in their ability to provide food to their clients. MCHPP is providing lunches in Brunswick and surrounding towns for children who are food insecure. Anyone in need can walk up and get a lunch, no questions asked. MCHPP needs our support to carry out the important mission and any amount you can spare will go a long way in helping them. Their address is: MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011
 
St. Paul’s Guidance for Outdoor and Indoor Gatherings*
OUTDOOR
-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.
-Sign-in 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.

INDOOR
** 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.

WORSHIP
-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 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 The Rev. Katie Holicky, Carolyn Farr & Nancy Whitehouse
Wednesday: 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund & Nancy Whitehouse
Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Katie Holicky, The Rev. Carolyn Eklund & Nancy Whitehouse
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. Brendan the Navigator, Deer Isle and for North Haven Summer Services.
Pray for aspirants, postulants and candidates for holy orders in the Diocese of Maine, including Andree Appel and Myrna Koonce.
Pray for Anderson, Andrew, Cedric, Jason, Michael, Richard, and all in the military.
Pray for those who have died remembering especially Bob Frasch, who died earlier this month, and Keith Peckham, spouse of the Rev. Laura Peckham, who died last week. ‘Rest eternal, grant to him, O Lord, and let light perpetual shine upon him.’ 

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, Harlan, Shirley, Rick+,  Elizabeth, Courtenay, Larry,  Courtenay, Patsy, Ward, Mary Ann, Steve, Nancy, and Joe

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, Sandy, Carolyn D., Jennifer, Thelma, Caroline, and Carol

Matthew, Herb, Jason, Annie, Terry, Mark, Donelda, Sudie, Pat, Marie, Michael, Debbie, Carol, Ron, Hope, Therese, Lois, Bob, Virginia, Sally, Steve, Luke, Catarina, Darah, Linda, Barbara, Ronald, Ray, Philip, Patricia, and Steven F.

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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