Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!
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Family Ministries Sunday Schedule
November 28th, The First Sunday Of Advent
(ID: 96617111762, Passcode: church)
Worship Booklet here
Advent 1 is this week! On 11/28 we will enjoy making advent wreaths after worship!
Diocese of Maine Hymn Advent Calendar
We are delighted to share this Advent resource with you. Follow along each Advent day in December as we share favorite Advent (and Christmas) hymns and songs, submitted by members, youth, clergy, and staff from all around the diocese!
The link to the Advent calendar is here.
First Sunday Life Together December 5th: All are welcome to worship and enjoy fellowship together on Sunday December 5th! We will hold one service at 10:30am followed by parking lot fellowship with bonfires and smores! We look forward to coming back together in this beloved intergenerational way!
Please know the vestibule will be open for seating and we will live stream the service to the Hall if that feels like a safer option for you.
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.
Stewardship End Gathering Celebration
This coming Sunday, on Advent 1, we will celebrate our Stewardship End Gathering. As we look to the future and forecast next year’s budget, and continue to dream about the mission that God so clearly calls us to, we invite you to discern how you are being called to support the beauty of the work we do as a church family at St. Paul’s.
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, all of the nine vestry members and wardens have made their pledges to date. Their combined pledges are 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 who have demonstrated their support by making their pledges for 2022. As a reminder, we ask that all parishioners complete pledge forms by the end of November, even those who have automatic withdrawals.
Safe and secure online Giving is available on the Saint Paul’s website.
Click here to fill in an electronic 2022 Pledge Card and for an online giving link.
Click here to download a pdf of the 2022 Pledge Card, which you can print and deliver or mail to St. Paul’s (P.O. Box 195, Brunswick, ME 04011).
Whatever you can pledge during these uncertain times will be deeply appreciated as we walk each other home.
Yours in love and with appreciation,
Bob Jackson and David Treadwell, Stewardship Committee Co-Chairs
Mask up St. Paul’s!
9:30 am Sundays
Family Group follows 9am worship on Sundays
in the Great Hall and on Zoom.
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.
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
We invite you to visit this festive market filled with beautiful handmade items from the crafters and fiber artists of St. Paul’s. This is the last Sunday to shop and support this worthy endeavor! All proceeds go through St. Paul’s outreach to local charities.
• Need a beautiful hand knit shawl, sweater, scarf, hat or gloves/mittens for that special person on your list?
• How about a beautiful piece of jewelry made with hard to find and soon to be phased out Swarovski crystals?
• Or how about dressing up your Christmas dinner table with beautiful quilted table runners or placemats and matching napkin sets?
• You’ll also find a nice selection of delicious pickles, honey, pickled beets and spiced apple rings.
• Christmas tree decorations are also available.
• Perhaps a unique needle felted gnome would be perfect for that hard to buy for, “has everything” person.
The items are too numerous to include everything here so come see for yourself the next 3 Sundays after each service. To schedule an appointment to shop other than Sunday morning call Charla Spann (844-8220) or Carol Martin (844-8133). And, remember that new items are added every week! Note: Appropriate Covid-19 precautions will be in place!
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
Winter is almost here with its snow, sleet, and freezing temperatures. Pick 2 of the foll0wing: heat, food, or medicine. Families and seniors will have to make that choice. Those who are living paycheck to paycheck will find that their check does not go as far these days with inflation, rising oil prices, and food prices all contributing to their situation. Those factors also hurt MCHPP as they work to assist those in need. A check in any amount will help them in their efforts. Mail it to 12 Tenny Way, Brunswick, ME 04011. Thank you for your support.