NEWS FROM ST. MARY'S

A community of Christian worship, well-being and service.

Those who will believe...

  
 

Dear Friends in Christ,

This Saturday evening our community will gather after the 5 p.m. Holy Eucharist, to kick off the Campaign for Renewal, our effort to restore the Historic Church. This will be primarily a social time to connect with each other over festive food and drink. We will give thanks for our present community as well as offering a toast of gratitude for the past. Certainly we are thankful to Ms. Sarah Gibbs, pictured above for her vision and generosity in founding St. Mary's Church for the spread of the Gospel.

It is so important to realize that we are a part of her vision and hope. St. Mary's community continues to spread the good news of Jesus Christ in this place through our worship, programs, and ministry. We continue to welcome people of all ages to come to this campus to be formed in community. Sarah's vision did not begin with her, just as our mission does not begin with us. Rather we are simply the latest community of followers who display the life of Jesus in our time.

The gospel we will explore this week in worship is the priestly prayer of Jesus --  for his disciples, and not only the ones in his earthly company, but those who would believe because they had God's word and life passed along to them through the generations.
As we begin this effort to renew the Historic Church, let us also renew our commitment to this sacred community and the trust Jesus has in us as he prays for us to pass along the faith that we have been given.

I look forward to celebrating with you this weekend. 

In Christ, Jennifer+
Journey Dance...




Celebration!!!

A special thank you to Greenvale Vineyards of Portsmouth for donating 3 cases of wine for our Capital Campaign Kick Off Wine and Cheese Celebration!

Mark your calendars...

Good Book Club & Bible Study: Wednesdays at noon now to Pentecost. We're exploring and praying our way through Luke's gospel and the Acts of the Apostles. If you don't have materials already, we can provide them. Bring your lunch and a friend. Reading these two books as a unified text will shed a new light on your experience of being part of this community. 




May is a Spirit-Filled Month!
On Pentecost, we will recall the coming of the Holy Spirit with accompanying gifts-signs and wonders and miracles. This Sunday during Sunday School, we will explore the extraordinary gifts of the Holy Spirit, the role they played in early Christian communities and their role even today. Tongues, prophecy, healing, wisdom, miracles, administration, knowledge, etc...by these, the church was born and grew. Might they have a place in our own lives? Join us at 9 in the Adult Ed. Room as we de-mystify the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Wednesday, May 16, at 6PM: there will be a follow up scripture study and prayer meeting with the laying-on-of-hands available for those who wish to open themselves up to these gifts and discover their use for personal spiritual growth and perhaps receive new gifts for the growth of the community. Please avail yourself to this experience as we ready ourselves to celebrate the mystery of Pentecost on May 20!

Sunday May 20th - Pentecost: Gathering for worship and fellowship as always with an experience of prayer and celebration following the 10AM service. 

Attention youth and parents! There will be a meeting of youth and parents on Sunday June 3rd at 4:30PM. This is a chance to bring your calendars, phones, ideas and dreams for how youth/teens and parents can both serve and be served in this community. Ideas have been brewing so topics will include when to hold regular teen meetings, availability and time commitment, mission trip, service opportunities, and retreats.

ECC! The sun is out and registration is open for Episcopal Conference Center programming and summer camps. Please visit the link to check out their offerings.
http://www.eccri.org/campprograms/


Here's what's happening this week...

This week's Collect
O  God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.


Looking to enhance your knowledge of the bible and your experience of worship? Believe it or not, there is an easy way to do both! The lectionary is the book that contains the Sunday readings. There are three year-long cycles of readings: A, B, and C. If you come to church each Sunday for three years, you will hear almost the entire bible. To find the readings, all you need to do is click on the link below! Reading and praying through these sacred texts before coming to church could be a game changer for your alertness in worship and your biblical knowledge. 

Programs...

Sunday School & Formation Opportunities for All Ages:

 
Godly Play for children takes place during the Sunday School hour, downstairs in the Parish House in classroom 1.  
 
Men's Bible Study: Men's Bible study rotates every other week. For the schedule and to get the lessons ahead of time, and if you have any questions, contact Paul Westrom: pwestrom@neit.edu.

Coffee and Conversation...


Coffee and Conversation: Thank you for a great turn out for coffee and conversation last week.  Notes on the bulletin board.  Next coffee and conversation will be June 3rd in gathering space in lieu of Sunday School but there will be Godly Play for children.

Community Garden...


Garden Plots Available
The garden is tilled, plots are marked and ready for planting! Come grow with us! Contact Elise for details elise123@cox.net

Thank you ANDREW GUSTAFSON and LINCOLN LANDSCAPING! 
The earth angel that has tilled the garden for for us again this year - we could not do it without you! Thank you!

WANTED: 
Gently used garden bench or chair(s) donation for community garden. Please contact Elise LaParle Garcia elise123@cox.net.


Happening on the island and beyond...
Deanery Regatta - PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR!  

It's June 29th at 4:00 pm 
Held at Sail Newport (Fort Adams).  There are 12 reserved J-22s, and there will be a "Set Boat" and a "Committee Boat" as well for those who want to help but don't wish to compete.  No experience needed, but those who wish to captain a boat will have to checked out ahead of time by the Sail Newport folks.  Each boat needs a crew of 3 or 4 people, and it is lots of fun!  If you'd like more details, please contact Jeff Poole at jpoole@tidepool.com. There is also a cook-out picnic dinner to follow, with St. Columba's supplying the grill, the hotdogs and hamburgers.  Let's fill the boats, and look forward to a great time of sailing and fellowship with our local Episcopalians and friends!

SMC would like to get together a crew for this deanery regatta.  Mark your calendars!!! 
Indoor plants...

The plant container in the upper foyer of the Parish House by the elevator needs to be replaced.  There are two plants in it that need to be separated into two containers; the current one is also rotting.  If you are interested in this project, please contact the Parish Administrator  kim@smcportsmouth.org. Thank you :)

Serving this week in worship...

Altar Guild
Ann Gizzi, Joanne Gracia, Kari Reardon, Ruth Siebens
 
Saturday at 5pm
Lector: Jennifer Vergnani
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Bob Vergnani
Greeter: Jean & Andre Wilson/Levesque

Sunday at 8 am
Crucifer: Steve Dowing
Lector:Trish Culver
Intercessor: Cindy Dube
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Judy Hall 
Greeter : Lauren Lema
 
Sunday at 10am
Crucifer: Briana Boucher
Acolytes: Andrew Silveria
Lectors: Chris Barker
Intercessor: Christian Myers
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Chris Bartlett
Greeter: Pauline Davis, Gladys Mae Walsh

Coffee Hour Host
Ann Gizzi, Ed Gosling

The Counters
Counter: Chris Winslow
Pledge Clerk: Harry Gustafson

Your Vestry...

Sr. Warden: Murry Edwards: muedwards@cox.net
Jr. Warden: Paul Westrom: pwestromjwtb@gmail.com
Treasurer: Chris Bartlett: titustrading@yahoo.com
Clerk: Mattie Gustafson: melianmeg@gmail.com
Member: Chris Barker: chris@floortimestudios.com
Member: David Brierley: grampa@galaxia.com
Member: Peter Collins: pcollins2ab@yahoo.com
Member: Trish Culver: trishculver@cox.net
Member: Steve Downing: steven.downing@cox.net
Member: Dave Ferkinhoff: dave-fe@cox.net
Member: Jenny Williams: jenny@happyplanetyoga.com
Member: Julie Zecher: zecherjulie@gmail.com


Staff News...

Get in touch with the Staff

Parish Administrator: kim@smcportsmouth.org
Music Director: karin@smcportsmouth.org
Director of Christian Formation: gabe@smcportsmouth.org
Pastoral Musician:  michael@smcportsmouth.org
 
The parish house is open Sunday 7 am to 12 pm; closed on Monday, Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm; and by special arrangement with the Parish Administrator, Kim Bakoledis ( kim@smcportsmouth.org).