St. Paul’s Family Worship Weekly Postcard 09-30-21

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

Family Ministries Sunday Schedule
October 3rd, Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost 
The Feast of Saint Francis
9 am Family Worship 
Worship Booklet here
Family Group following worship, ending by 10:1512-1 pm,
2nd & 4th Sundays Middle & High School Youth Group
The Feast of Saint Francis
This Sunday, October 3rd, St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals!

Blessing of the Animals
We will honor the beloved saint with prayers during worship and with a blessing of the animals in the Garden.  Please bring your pet leashed or in a carrier, a picture of your pet, or a stuffed animal.  Wear a mask and practice social distancing.
 9:30 a.m. (following 9:00 a.m. worship)
11:30 a.m. (following 10:30 a.m. worship)

Important Message from your Stewardship Committee

Dear St. Paul’s Family, 
During these uncertain times, the phrase, “walking each other home” comes to mind. When you think about it, that’s what we do at St. Paul’s, we try to walk each other home. We try to be there for each other during good times and bad. We dig — really dig — into the meanings of the gospels. We pass the peace and mean it. We meet in small groups to discuss deep issues. And, important, ours is not an insular community. Rather, we reach out to those around us who are in need by sharing our time and our treasure. We have heeded the words of poet John Donne: “No man is an island.”
The challenges of the pandemic have made for tough walking for every one of us. But we have done so by keeping our heads high and our mission firm. As noted in the Warden’s letter, “we have proved we are a church community that can pull together and provide for each other even under dire circumstances.”
The Stewardship Committee has established the theme “Regather, Rejoice, Give Thanks.” As we consider the meaning of those words, we can step back and reflect upon what this Church means to us. St. Paul’s is, for so many of us, our true north or, as T. S. Eliot wrote, “a still point in a turning world.”
To meet the challenges that lie before us, we are hopeful that the average annual pledge will increase by 3 to 5 percent for 2022. That is an ambitious goal, but ours is an ambitious parish: our faith inspires our confidence. Whatever you can do will be deeply appreciated as we continue, together, to walk each other home.  
Yours in love and with appreciation,
Bob Jackson and David Treadwell, Stewardship Committee Co-Chairs
The October issue of The Messenger is here with all the latest news of the parish.
Click here to read all the news of the parish. 

Mask up St. Paul’s!

Mask up St. Paul’s!
Please don’t forget to wear your mask while at church.
Let’s do all we can to keep one another safe!
Updated Gathering Guidelines here.

Family Groups

 Family Group following 9am worship on Sundays.
Join as we pray, play, and spend time in story! 

If you are interested in joining a Family Group please reach out to Rev. Katie.
Please wear a mask, practice physical distance

All Things Youth

Hello St. Paul’s Middle & High School Youth!
2nd & 4th Sundays
12-1pm in the Garden.

Please wear a mask, practice physical distance, and bring your own water and snack should you need them.

Faith at Home

Fun things for Families! 
Here is a list of some exciting resources to add to your at home collection!
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.

Sunday Junior Paper – Click to Read!

MCHPP Program Support
Brunswick schools are open for the 2021-2022 school year. The good news is that children are able to receive free lunches; however, it does not solve the entire problem of food insecurity. MCHPP is again running 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.

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