The News at Saint Mary's
The baton pass in Clergy leadership
Sunday, November 7 will be Fr Nathan's last Sunday with us as he deploys as a Navy Chaplain to Bahrain until the end of August 2020. Our prayers are with him and his family.
Reverend Jane Milliken Hague begins her 10-month time with us at Saint Mary's on Monday, Nov 8, and has that week with Fr Father to help make it a seamless transition. Her first Sunday leading worship will be November 14. We will all have time to greet and welcome her at Coffee Hour after each Sunday Eucharist. Please come and say hello.
Stewardship 2022 Thank you to everyone who has already turned in their pledge intentions for 2022. We have a long way to go but we are confident that better days are ahead because God's breath continues to give us life. Thank you for supporting Saint Mary's. CLICK HERE FOR PLEDGE FORM
With any questions, contact Janet Bowne, firstname.lastname@example.org
All young people are invited to gather at 9:30 downstairs in the Parish House. Masks are required for all in Guiding RAY, except for those in the Nursery. Class time will begin at 10 AM, and children will be brought over for Communion with their families around 11 AM.
As we prepare for the Advent and Christmas season, we are starting to plan for the annual Christmas Pageant! Andrea Myles-Hunkin is directing the pageant and EVERYONE is welcome to participate during the 10:15am church service on Dec. 19. The time commitment is low (only one rehearsal Dec 5 and a dress rehearsal on Dec 12 - both right after church), but the experience will be rich both for the kids who participate and the attendees during the church service on December 19th. Please stay tuned for more information on how to sign up! On Dec. 19th, there will be no Guiding RAY due to the Christmas pageant. We hope to see you all there!
CDC Guideline updated
Cumberland County COVID situation continues to be in the Substantial Category, so the State recommends residents to voluntarily mask while indoors. For the safety of all, we will also use every other row in the sanctuary to enable physical distancing.
Advent Quiet Morning on Saturday, December 11, 9 – 12:30
Mary Sings Her Heart Out: "My soul magnifies the Lord" sings young Mary after she's given Gabriel her "yes." It's an old song, we'll find, and a new one too. What is she remembering as she sings? What future is she imagining? Join Saint Marians in person or on zoom as we experience the Magnificat in all is glory and history.
We'll gather about 9 a.m. for coffee and snacks and begin the program at 9:30. We'll spend time as a group, and we'll spend time in guided meditation.
We'll send out a zoom link and written materials via e-mail closer to the date. If you are planning to attend in person, please contact Merle Marie Troeger (email@example.com) so we know how to set up the chapel for in-person attendees.
Thanksgiving Eve Wednesday, November 24, 6pm
Thankful Family Eucharist and Celebratory Tree Lighting
The Holy Eucharist with favorite Thanksgiving hymns will be celebrated the night before Thanksgiving. All ages are welcome, and bring your guests! What more fitting way to prepare for Thanksgiving Day than to feast here together at the Lord's Table on Thanksgiving Eve?
And then we go outside to celebrate the people for whom we are most thankful, both living and deceased, with the Lighting of the Kyros Memorial and Celebration Tree. Drop or send your names in
to the parish office by Monday, November 22
SACRED GROUND - Exciting Hybrid Program Begins January 2022
In the Sacred Ground program we will discuss the history of various races and how their stories are intertwined with our own, with the intent of becoming more self-aware of racial disparity and how we can repair the breach. We will meet in small groups for 90 minutes once each month, beginning in January with a break during the summer. Groups will meet at separate times depending on interest and will be facilitated by Jennifer Gregg, Becky Pride, Bonny Rodden and Merle Marie Troeger.
To learn more about the experience of participating in Sacred Ground, click here to watch a 3-minute video about the program at St. Paul's Church in Brunswick. For details about Saint Mary's version of Sacred Ground, chat with one of the facilitators.
Circle sizes are limited, so please consider joining and reserve your spot now! A Sign-Up Sheet is in the Guild Room Foyer, or contact Bonny Rodden: firstname.lastname@example.org
St Elizabeth's Jubilee Center:
Let's Keep Going! Winter Boots this month!
Saint Mary's is committed to serving at this vital ministry on the third Tuesday of each month from 8:30 to 11 in the morning. St. E's is accepting non-food essentials: blankets, towels, sheets, bedspreads, kitchen utensils, pots & pans, baby diapers and wipes, feminine needs. FMI and to find out how you can participate, please contact Stan Eaton at email@example.com
Red Cross Blood Drives: December 9 & 30
The great need for live-saving blood continues, so if you are able, please schedule an appointment at redcrossblood.org. Use sponsor code StMary to sign up for our drives
Souper Supper To-Go: November 12 & 26, 5 – 6 pm
Every month on the second and fourth Fridays. Delicious homemade soup, bread and a sweet treat is Curbside To Go and available to everyone, no questions asked. Stop by between 5 to 6 PM to get some for yourself. Try it!
With the evolving virus, Curbside delivery will continue through October; we will review any in-person possibilities on a month-by-month basis. Stay tuned!
S. Mary's Angel Giving Tree is Coming
Saint Mary's Angel Giving Tree is happening again this year partnering with the local Salvation Army! Soon the tree will be outside the auditorium and you can stop by on a Sunday morning or on a weekday (with your child/children) to choose a tag with a single gift listed for a deserving, needy, young, and local child. Other unsolicited gifts are certainly welcome too! Once you've shopped, bring your unwrapped gift (with the Angel tag attached) and place under the Angel Tree by Monday, December 13. Thank you so much for caring for others. FMI, contact Betsy Stoddard 809-9777 or firstname.lastname@example.org
S. Mary's Sparkles Fair! December 4, 9am - 12noon
- Gently used JEWELRY: fine, costume, new or vintage
- Gently-used TOYS
- Dried BEANS (for Friendship Soup)
- China, Crystal, Silver, serving & decorative pieces
- Kitchen & Household wares
- Small Furniture
Annual Fall Clean-Up Saturday, November 20, 8am-12 noon
Grab your rakes and gloves! And mark your calendars for the Annual Fall Cleanup. We need "all hands on deck" to work together to clean up our campus before winter. Coffee, drinks and snacks provided. Questions? Contact Jim Stoddard, email@example.com
The Sunday morning schedule
8:00 Holy Eucharist – followed by Coffee in the Auditorium
9:30 Formation – for youth, adults, and choir
10:00 Guiding RAY classes begin
10:15 Choral Eucharist – followed by Coffee in the Auditorium
Feel free to contact Jane at any time if you need advice, guidance or prayer. You can e-mail her directly at RevJane@smary.org or call or text her cell at (301)-508-8610. Emails work great for non-emergent communications. Cindy Horton; Anne Jorgensen; Brent Scott; Marti Galli