What’s Happening at St. Paul’s 8-13

What’s Happening at St. Paul’s 

This Sunday following 10:30 worship, we will gather in the Memorial Garden for a Town Hall meeting. The purpose is to review updated guidelines for safe gathering, voice concerns we have about the COVID Delta variant surge in Maine and address questions about sabbatical. I invite you to please join this important conversation. 

I also want to give you an update on the work we are doing together in and around the church to the glory of God and our body of Christ! Earth Care members worked together to plan and create the rain garden shown below. Hugh Savage, Building and Grounds Chair, Jonathan Koehler from the youth group and members of the Earth Care ministry team, Deborah Goodwin, Nancy Whitehouse, Jeff DeBleu, Martha Burtt and Michael Anne and Tim Banks made this possible. Thank you. 

The second set of photos below show the progress of the flooring project which is going well thanks to the St. Paul’s team supervising the work: Peter McCracken, Chair, Hugh Savage, Paul Womer, Nancy Whitehouse and Dana Baer. Our staff worked from home and worked with patience and grace in the building of dismantled offices and equipment. Thank you, one and all and to our friend and donor, Caroline Russell.

In joy and hope,

Small photo above on the left side is the “before” shot with plantings shown in the photo on the right.  Nancy Whitehouse and Deborah Goodwin view the new rain garden planted with the help of several volunteers.

Installation of vinyl flooring in the kitchen and bathrooms is complete and carpet installation is moving along well!  The hallways and office area will be finished today and furniture will be moved back into the office on Monday. We’ll share more updates as the project moves forward…

Sunday, August 15th
The Twelfth 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

Readings1 Kings 2:10-12; 3:3-14
Psalm 111
Ephesians 5:15-20
John 6:51-58
Lectionary Page

11:30 (immediately following 10:30 a.m. worship) Town Hall Meeting in the Memorial Garden
The purpose is to review updated guidelines for safe gathering, voice concerns we have about the COVID Delta variant surge in Maine and address questions about sabbatical. (Rain date, August 22)

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


 The Annual St. Paul’s (Christmas) Harvest Fair will be Saturday, October 2nd, outside in the garden (rain date October 9th). Please volunteer to help with this yearly signature event! This is St. Paul’s biggest push. All proceeds will go into our Outreach Fund and be distributed to nonprofit organizations.

The Fair will feature:
· Jewelry and household Treasures
· Fiber Arts
· Country Store
· Baked Goods
· Silent Auction—back by popular demand!
We need volunteers to:
· Staff various tables
· Serve as ambassadors and greeters
· Cashier
· Set up for the fair and clean up afterwards
· Help create items for the Fiber Arts table. We have yarn and supplies available.
To volunteer, please contact Jeff DeBlieu at jeff.deblieu@icloud.com or 252-548-0001.
· Have some household items for our Treasures Table? Please contact Nancy Johnson at (978) 387-6058.
· Have an idea for a service or item for our Silent Auction? Please contact Nancy Whitehouse at nancyw797@gmail.com.
· Is your garden overflowing? Please save some of your canned creations for our Country Store. Contact Carol Martin at cmartin@northpark.edu
Many thanks!  Jan and Jeff DeBlieu

Parish Announcements

Town Hall meeting. This Sunday following 10:30 worship in the Memorial Garden.
Please join us! The purpose is to review updated guidelines for safe gathering, voice concerns we have about the COVID Delta variant surge in Maine and address questions about sabbatical. (Rain date, August 22)

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

Memorial services scheduled at St. Paul’s in September: Due to the surge of the COVID Delta variant in Maine, currently planned and future memorial services will be offered either in the memorial garden under the canopy (weather permitting), indoors in the nave with a limit of 25 family and friends, or postponed until criteria are met for safe indoor in-person gatherings. 

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 

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 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.

St. Paul’s Guidance for Outdoor and Indoor Gatherings
*These guidelines will be updated this week based on the current COVID
Delta variant surge in Maine. 

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.

Current 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
Wednesday: 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Carolyn Eklund, Karen Tucker
Thursday: 10 am – 2 pm The Rev. Katie Holicky, The Rev. Carolyn Eklund, Carolyn Farr
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. Ann’s, Windham and for St. Philip’s by the Sea, Fortunes Rocks.
Pray for the Maine Episcopal Public Policy Network.
Pray for Anderson, Andrew, Cedric, Jason, Michael, Richard, and all in the military.
Thanksgiving for the baptism this Sunday of Margaret Ross Mears-Snell.
Pray for those who have died remembering especially Sharon Crosbie, who died this week.
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., and Larry

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, Therese, Sally, Julie and her children

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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