What’s Happening at St. Paul’s 8-6

What’s Happening at St. Paul’s 
The staff and leadership at St. Paul’s are in process of reassessing our “Guidance for Outdoor and Indoor Gatherings”.  Next Friday we will share updated guidelines and they will appear in the August 13 weekly email.

In joy and hope,

Greetings! I’m Andrea Lauerman and I’m thrilled to be joining the St. Paul’s community as the coordinator for the Sacred Ground program. Up until the pandemic began, I spent 15 years as a high school science teacher in New Jersey, Boston, and Maine. During the course of my career, I have had the opportunity to explore issues of racial justice from many angles. This has been a profoundly uncomfortable process, but one that has given me a new perspective on American society, my role in that society, and the responsibility that I have to participate in the work of creating a more just future. At my most recent position, I worked with several colleagues to launch a school-wide program to teach students how to have productive dialogue about difficult topics. This program has much in common with the structure of the Sacred Ground program and it has the potential to be similarly transformative for the participants. I believe that engaging in challenging conversations about race in a supportive environment is an essential way for us to move forward, and I am so grateful to be in a position where I can help to facilitate that process. In my life outside of work, I live with my husband, our two daughters (ages 5 and 7) and our shepherd-lab mutt in Cumberland. I am originally from Maryland, but I have truly found my place here in Maine. I love to run the local trails, cross country ski, and spend time outdoors with my kiddos. I also love to play the piano, read, cook, and bake – especially that pandemic sourdough! I have already received an incredibly warm welcome at St. Paul’s, and feel so fortunate to be working here. I look forward to meeting each of you and to learning more about the community over the coming weeks.

Andrea Lauerman
Sacred Ground Coordinator

Sunday, August 8
The Eleventh 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

2 Samuel 18:5-9, 15, 31-33
Psalm 130
Ephesians 4:25-5:2
John 6:35, 41-51
Lectionary Page

2:00 p.m. Outdoor Family Picnic Eucharist in the Memorial Garden
Rev. Katie Holicky and musician Susan Brown will lead us in a time of song, prayer, story, and sharing with our friends! 
Click here for the Family Worship Booklet

 Parish Announcements

Come Plant a Rain Garden!
This Sunday, August 8 after worship
 (around noontime) join members of the Earth Care Ministry and help add plants to the new St. Paul’s rain garden.  If able, bring any 5 gallon buckets you might have, and a shovel. 

Email Deborah Goodwin with any questions.

Parish Office volunteers needed: If you’d like to help with reception / answering phones on Wednesdays 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. 

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.

Memorial services scheduled at St. Paul’s in September:
Sunday, September 5 at 2:00 p.m. service for Ritalee Doty
Friday, September 10 at 11:00 a.m. service for Cam Smith
Saturday, September 25 at 2:00 p.m. service for Jo Belknap 

St. Paul’s Summer Schedule Changes
Sunday “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
On August 30th Brunswick schools will open for the 2021-2022 school year. The good news is that children will be able to receive free lunches; however, it does not solve the entire problem of food insecurity. MCHPP will again start up their Backpack Program. providing nutritious food to the children to help them get through the weekend when school is not in session. The children can pick up a bag of food anonymously. The food is the type that will not spoil. MCHPP will have to purchase most of the food used in this program. Please consider writing a check in any amount to MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011. Put Backpack Program on the memo line.

St. Paul’s Guidance for Outdoor and Indoor Gatherings*
*updated guidelines will appear in the August 13 weekly email
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.
for contact tracing is required.

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. Carolyn Eklund, The Rev. Katie Holicky, Carolyn Farr, Karen Tucker, Andrea Lauerman & Nancy Whitehouse
Wednesday: 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund, Karen Tucker & Nancy Whitehouse
Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Katie Holicky, The Rev. Carolyn Eklund, Carolyn Farr & Nancy Whitehouse
Friday: 10 am – 1 pm Carolyn Farr      Noon -2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund
Saturday & Sunday: Building Closed (ministers of the liturgy only)

Prayer Requests

Pray for St. Nicholas’, Scarborough and for Holy Trinity Chapel, Peaks Island.
Pray for all victims of war.
Pray for Anderson, Andrew, Cedric, Jason, Michael, Richard, and all in the military.
Thanksgiving for the baptism of Margaret Ross Mears-Snell.
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, Joe, and Robert G.

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, Steven F, Bill, Dave, Diane, and Therese

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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