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

Weekend of December 14th & Dec. 15th, 2019

Dear friends, 

This weekend I will be traveling to Cincinnati to sit with my dear friends, the Rev. Scott Gunn and his spouse, the Rev. Sherilyn Pearce. More than a decade ago, Scott was ordained and served as my assisting priest at Church of the Epiphany in Rumford. Now Scott has been nominated to become the bishop of Oklahoma and the election will be Saturday morning. Whenever we discern a call for ministry it is a holy offering of time, gifts, and personal commitment. This is certainly true as our brothers and sisters offer their lives and those of their families in an episcopal discernment and election process. I am taking this time away from our community to offer supportive ministry to my friends. You will be in very good hands as always with the strong leaders in our church and the priests who will offer supply, the Rev. Michael Pearson on Saturday and the Rev. Anne Bolles-Beaven on Sunday. 

I will have you in my prayers. I leave you with this poem from Madeline L'Engle for your Advent contemplation and preparation.

Hopefully and in Christ, Jennifer+

The Risk of Birth

by Madeleine L'Engle

This is no time for a child to be born,
With the earth betrayed by war & hate
And a comet slashing the sky to warn
That time runs out & the sun burns late.

That was no time for a child to be born,
In a land in the crushing grip of Rome;
Honour & truth were trampled by scorn-
Yet here did the Saviour make his home.

When is the time for love to be born?
The inn is full on the planet earth,
And by a comet the sky is torn-
Yet Love still takes the risk of birth.

The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick
Rector, St. Mary's Episcopal Church
A community of Christian Worship, Well-being and Service

-W O R S H I P-
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness... - Psalm 96
"Gaudete Sunday"

Preparing for Worship This Weekend

This Weekend's Collect 
S tir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.

Access the readings (track 2) HERE

Past sermons can be listened to HERE

Liturgical Ministry Assignments:

 Saturday 5PM
Lector & Intercessor:
                                               Carole Nicodemus   (1st)
Bob Vergnani
          Jean & Andre Wilson / Levesque

 Sunday 9AM
Crucifer:  Jennie Nestlerode
Acolytes: Steve Downing, Rayna Lombardo
Lauren Lema, Bill Geasey 
Intercessor: Trish Culver
LEM: Judy Hall
Greeters: Dave & Marilyn Ferkinhoff
Preacher: The Rev. Anne Bolles-Beaven+

David Spengler, Counter
Chris Winslow, Pledge Clerk

Hospitality/Coffee Hour
Harry & Mattie Gustafson

Altar Guild
Lauren Lima  Stacy Mello, Sheila Benevides, Carol Brierley,  

 Advent and Christmas Worship

All Advent and Christmas Worship services will be offered  in the St. George's Chapel. This is a wonderful opportunity to share the love of God and our community with friends and family who may be visiting or live locally. 

Advent III
  • Gaudete - weekend of rejoicing and Christ is coming near.  Wear pink or rose.
  • Learn more about Gaudete Sunday  HERE
  • Get your flower memorial and thanksgiving donations in. Deadline is this week.
  • Christmas costume shop for children will be open
        'Gaudete', Medieval Hymn, Chorus of Clare College, Cambridge
         Listen  HERE

Advent IV
  • Come to worship this weekend as we make the final preparations in our hearts and in the chapel.  We will be welcoming many at Christmas and your service of hospitality and worship presence are very important.
  • Final Sunday for Christmas costume shop 
Christmas Eve
  • 4 p.m. Holy Eucharist with piano and carols. Well suited for families with young children. 
  • 6 p.m. Holy Eucharist with piano, cello and carols.
  • Children are encouraged to wear Christmas costumes at this family friendly service 
Christmas Day
  • 9 a.m. Holy Eucharist with piano and carols. 
First weekend of Christmas - December 28-29
  • Both services will have Christmas Lessons and Carols.
Feast of the Epiphany - January 5-6 
  • 5 p.m. worship followed by wine and cheese reception.
  • 9 a.m. worship followed by community potluck.

-W E L L - B E I N G-
Growing into the full stature of Christ... - Ephesians 4

   Winter 2019/2020

St. Mary's wishes to do our very best at caring for the property and safety of all people when there is a weather event. 

Closings and delays at St. Mary's will follow the Portsmouth School system. If Portsmouth Schools are closed, St. Mary's will be closed. If Portsmouth Schools are delayed, St. Mary's will be delayed at least as long as Portsmouth Schools are delayed.  It is possible that St. Mary's may require more time than the schools to clear our property. If this is the case, we will initiate an email as soon as possible, by 7:00 am at the latest. 

If a winter storm falls on a non-school day. St. Mary's will determine if it is necessary to close or delay opening. St. Mary's will initiate an email and a posting on our website as soon as possible.

If we are closed for the day we will also be closed for the evening. 

No one but authorized staff, contractors or leaders of St. Mary's should be on the property until it is opened. Parked cars prevent the plows from completing their work of clearing, salting and sanding. 

St. Mary's will send an email to all members/friends and outside groups communicating a delay or closing. We will also post the weather delay or closing on our website. 

Each entry of the Parish House will have a bucket of salt and a shovel so that anyone can support the effort to keep our walkways safe and free of ice and snow.  

Please report major issues related to ice or snow to our Parish Administrator or in her absence, the Rector who will contact the Property Manager. 

If anyone has an incident such as a fall, please see the Parish Administrator as soon as possible to complete an incident report.
Revised 12.12.19



Sometimes wisdom's light comes in small doses,
as in poems, excerpts, or in sayings as below.
   Read  HERE


A film-based dialog on race and faith.  January - June, 2020
Pray about how matters of race impact your own faith and step onto Sacred Ground for the well-being of yourself and the world...
Discover more about Sacred Ground HERE and the Way of Love HERE
To express interest, ask questions, or take part, contact Lynn Carlson-Leblanc


Bylaw updates

If you were at the last two Coffee and Conversations you were told that the bylaws are being updated, and have received a copy of the proposed updates. The process has taken several years and the proposed changes have been voted on by the vestry. Most of the changes are minor and are simply to be in conformance with changes to Canon law (the diocesan level bylaws that we are bound to follow). If you did not get a copy, and would like one, they are available in the office. Just stop by and grab one.

If you have any comments or questions please let me know so the vestry has time to consider any issues brought up with the proposed changes. The changes will be voted on at the annual meeting in Feb.
Dave Ferkinhoff


Our bishop will be visiting St. Mary's on February 23rd and will offer the rites of Confirmation, Reception, and Re-Affirmation for those who wish.
To express interest & learn about preparation, contact The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick


Sunday Classes for children will resume Sun. Dec. 8 at 10:30.
Adult classes resume on January 12

-S E R V I C E-
Let the greatest among you be the servant... - Matthew 23
Prayer Shawl Ministry

The St. Mary's Prayer Shawl Ministry delivered their annual hand made donations to the Martin Luther King Center for Santa's Workshop:   
 70 pairs mittens        11 baby blankets     54 adult & children's hats   
 1 children's hat/scarf set      2 scarves


   November and December donation focus is dental hygiene: tooth brushes, tooth paste, dental floss and mouth wash; Re. food items. stuffing/gravy/cranberry would be great as well.  MLKC is trying to focus on providing fresh produce over canned as often as possible. 

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The Giving Tree
Judy Hall and Harry Gustafson delivered over 110 toys, wrapping paper, bows and tape to the Dr. Martin Luther King Center in Newport on Monday afternoon. The Center was grateful for the outpouring of love and support once again from our St. Marys community. Thank you to all who donated. 
MLKC Advent "Trees of Light"
Non-perishable Food Drive
St. Mary's will again be collecting non-perishable food donations for the Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center Food Pantry over the Advent Season.  Most needed items include canned protein--(tuna, chicken, hams, peanut butter), cereals, and vegetables. The pantry serves all in need all across Newport County.  This food drive begins at services during the 1st Sunday of Advent (November 30 / December 1). Members and friends of St. Mary's are asked to take a reusable St. Mary's tote bag with them after the services on November 30th and December 1st to bring food donations in to church during the Advent Season.  The donations will be placed on two "Trees of Light" (built by Dave Ferkinhoff's skillful hands) that will be placed in St. George's Chapel.  The food drive will end on the weekend before Epiphany (January 4 & 5).  All are  welcome to keep the tote bags after Advent!

If you would like to give Christmas Flowers in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving for a blessing, please pick up a Christmas Flower envelope, available in the Gathering Space. Return it to the office by Sunday Dec. 15th. Please feel free to put them in the collection plate.
" Tuck Fund applicants for next semester must be received by Dec. 31st. Applications are available in the Parish office. Please leave them with Karen. Any questions, send me an email at  "

Thank you.
*Note:   Did you take a table cloth home to wash and iron it after using it for a Church event?  Please return any table cloths as soon as possible. Thank you.

New by-laws: 

Copies of the updated by-laws are available in the Parish House

If you have news or an announcement that you'd like to be added to this e-newsletter, please email
Submissions needed by Wednesdays to be added to the weekend e- news.

**Please Note:  As we are entering the season when common illnesses are more prevalent, if you are not feeling well, it may be helpful to abstain from the Cup during Holy Communion.

Sr. Warden: Murry Edwards:
Jr. Warden: Paul Westrom:
Treasurer: Chris Bartlett:  
Clerk: Mattie Gustafson:   
Member: Christine Winslow:
Member: David Brierley:   
Member: Peter Collins:     
Member: Trish Culver:      
Member: Dave Ferkinhoff:
Member: David Spengler  
Member: Julie Zecher:      
Member: Michelle Freitas:
Rector: The Rev. Jennifer L. Pedrick
Parish Administrator:Karen Laroche
Pastoral Musician: Michael Templeton
Property Manager: Jon Walker
Parish House Hours:
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, Karen Laroche  (