Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!
Join us for Worship
Family Ministries Sunday Schedule
November 7th, Twenty-Fourth Sunday
- 9 am Family Worship
- Worship Booklet here
- Family Group following worship, ending by 10:15
- 12-1 pm, 2nd & 4th Sundays Middle & High School Youth Group
St. Paul’s Guidance for Indoor, In-Person Worship and Gatherings
Indoor worship begins 11/14
Updated October 19, 2021
Guidelines subject to change as pandemic unfolds.
Regathering for indoor worship!
What to expect: Safety guidelines and more.
Please click on this LINK for important information
from the Wardens and The Rev. Katie on our regathering.
INDOOR IN-PERSON WORSHIP (Digital worship offered as well!)
Based on the most recent CDC instructions, please follow our guidelines for safer in-person indoor worship:
- We will require that you wear a mask. (sanitizer & masks will be at each entrance)
- We will require that you sign in for contact tracing purposes.
- We will encourage three feet of physical distancing. (Seating will be clearly marked and ushers will help us keep our distance. Please only pass the peace to those near you to limit movement around the Hall and Nave)
- We will say the responses, but no congregational singing. (The choir will sing)
- We will not come forward to receive the bread or wine; communion of one kind from pews.
- We will limit two people or family units in each restroom, masked.
- We will not require a limit on the number of people in attendance, and will use the Vestibule for overflow seating at 10:30.
- We will not offer in person fellowship after worship.
- Cumberland County has a high vaccination rate and lower cases than other parts of the state.
- St. Paul’s membership has a high vaccination rate, though we are not requiring proof.
- The Nave and the Hall are well ventilated. (*Bundled up!)
- There will be no congregational singing. (The choir will sing)
- There will be no coming forward to receive bread or wine. (Taken individually while seated in pew)
- We will continue our contact tracing sign-in upon entering.
- Masks are required for all people accessing the building.
- Sign-in for contact tracing is required.
- St. Paul’s fellowship and committee groups may meet in the building. (Please no food at this time. If you need to take a drink, please replace your mask quickly.)
- Outdoor receptions may not require masks, but masks are recommended. (We will NOT have indoor receptions at this time.)
- No limit on the number of people inside the building.
- Limit to two people or family groups in each restroom.
News from your Stewardship Committee
Dear St. Paul’s Family,
As of this writing, the response of our St. Paul’s family to the 2022 Stewardship campaign (“Regather, Rejoice, Give Thanks”) has been most promising. As an example, four of the nine vestry members and one of the two wardens have made their pledges to date. Their combined pledges are 19 percent higher than their pledges for 2021. Our leaders believe in.our mission and ministry, confident that we will emerge from the pandemic even stronger than before.
Thanks to all have demonstrated their support by making their pledges for 2022. We hope to maintain the momentum as more pledges come in during the weeks ahead. As a reminder, we ask that all parishioners complete pledge forms by November 7, even those who have automatic withdrawals. Whatever you can pledge during these uncertain times will be deeply appreciated as we walk each other home.
Please click here for a link to online giving.
Yours in love and with appreciation,
Bob Jackson and David Treadwell, Stewardship Committee Co-Chairs
Daylight Savings Time Ends Sunday, November 7th.
Don’t forget to turn your clocks back Saturday night, November 6th.
Mask up St. Paul’s!
9:30 am Sundays
Family Group follows 9am worship on Sundays.
Join as we pray, play, and spend time in story!
Our gathering will end at 10:15.
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.
Sunday Junior Paper – Click to Read!
When Jesus instructed his followers to love their neighbors as themselves, nobody was thinking of vaccines…. read more thoughtful words by Dr. Daniel Summers, M.D., F.A.A.P.
Dr. Summers is a pediatrician and regular contributing columnist at Arc Digital, and his writing has appeared in The Washington Post, the New Republic and Slate, among others. Dr. Summers is certified by the American Board of Pediatrics in both General Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine. Dr. Summers is on-staff at Children’s Hospital, and MassGeneral Hospital for Children. He lives in southern Maine with his husband and their four children.
Please follow this link to read more.
Yuletide Magic Marketplace
Yuletide Magic Marketplace
Please join us for the on the 2nd floor of St. Paul’s. The marketplace will be open to parishioners every Sunday through November 28th after both services and by appointment during the week. Find accessories and apparel, holiday and home decor, canned goods, tree decorations and much more! Make a huge dent in your holiday shopping while supporting St. Paul’s outreach program to local charities. You’ll find gifts for everyone from babies to grandparents! St. Paul’s crafters and fiber artists have been busy! We even have beautiful jewelry made with hard-to-find and soon to be fazed out Swarovski crystals (valued similarly to semi-precious jewels). Stop by, shop and support the many hours they have contributed to help make your holiday handmade! Note: Appropriate COVID precautions will be in place. All proceeds from the Fair go towards St. Paul’s Outreach ministries. For more information call Carol Martin (207-844-8133) or Charla Spann (207-844-8220).
An Update from The Sacred Ground Program Coordinator
The roll-out of the Sacred Ground program to the entire community is now underway! We will likely be launching several groups before the holidays and several more in the new year. If you have not yet participated in these powerful conversations about race, now is a great time to join. Please also consider inviting a friend or neighbor into this important inter-faith dialogue. Together we can start to turn the tide on the racial disparities that continue to plague our society.
Want to learn more or register for the program?
Contact our Sacred Ground Program Coordinator: Andrea.H.Lauerman@gmail.com
MCHPP Program Support
Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program
Each Thanksgiving, MCHPP, prepares a bag to distribute to needy families and seniors so that they can have a good Thanksgiving meal. In 2020, they distributed 655 bags. This year they expect the need will be greater. This is what is included in each bag: stuffing, canned vegetables, fresh carrots, potatoes and squash and a $10 gift card from Hannaford. They buy the canned vegetables from Good Shepard Food Bank. The fresh vegetables are donated from local farms. Please help support them is this effort so that those who are in need can enjoy a delicious meal on Thanksgiving. Their address is MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011.