Blessings to St. Paul’s Beloved Family Eucharist Congregation!
Join us for Worship
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.
There will be no Exploring the Sermon after worship this week.
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
Dear St. Paul’s Parishioners,
What a joy it has been to be back in the Church for the Sunday service! Thanks to Rev. Katie Holicky and the Wardens for helping us take the next step towards normality.
Speaking of “normality,” the members of the Finance Committee are in the annual process of developing budgets for 2022. To that end, they need a good sense of where pledges stand for the next year.
To all of you have submitted your pledge for 2022 we offer a heartfelt, “Thank you!”
If you have not you pledged for 2022, we encourage you to do so. Every pledge in any amount will help us continue to fulfill our mission.
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).
Blessings to all,
David Treadwell and Bob Jackson
Stewardship Committee, Co-Chairs
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.
Mask up St. Paul’s!
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.
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.
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
The word for this week is UP. The economy is up, employment is up, and shopping is up. Unfortunately the price of gas is up, food is up and heating oil is up. The latest report says that 1 in 9 Mainers face food insecurity. You have seen many ads on TV and newspapers asking for coats and toys for children. MCHPP will help fill the need for a Christmas dinner for food insecure families and seniors in our area. Despite our growing economy, the need to support our neighbors is greater than before. Your donation in any amount will help insure that no one who needs assistance goes hungry. Each dollar you give is multiplied 4 times by the buying power of MCHPP. Please send your check to MCHPP, 12 Tenney Way, Brunswick, ME 04011. Thank you for your continued support for our friends and neighbors in the Brunswick area.