NEWS FROM ST. MARY'S
 
A community of Christian worship, well-being, & service.

Weekend of December 21st & Dec. 22nd, and
December 24th & 25th, 2019

                               
 
A good friend of mine some years ago watched with surprise as the U.S. Olympic relay team was experiencing a serious competitive problem; frequent dropping of the baton. It is  a sporting act of total reliance that involves a let-go and a grasp with just the right timing for a successful transfer, and presents difficulty.  Often in life we need to let go of something in order to make a smooth transition.  To do it right, we need somehow to visualize it in slow motion. Then, more clearly seeing key action points of the task, we can move on with the help of others, to try with greater hope of success.
 
Just as a relay team cannot, neither can we act alone. We are utterly dependent upon others for precise help at the right time.  Having made a transition to this faith community, I find myself eager to grasp a baton and run with it.  In the process, the reality sets in that I am part of a great relay team, bigger than myself, and unable to do things alone.  As time and experience brings me to greater incorporation into community, I see myself more for what I am; a part of all of you, and in need of help. The more I observe St. Mary's in action, the more batons I see being gracefully passed from one group and person to another. This has been clearly visible during a  busy Advent in both ordinary and difficult circumstances. 
 
I n the ordinary, we have seen the wonderful  weaving of  cut greens into Advent wreaths with candlights to foreshadow the Light of Christ.  In facing difficulty, we have clearly seen the  light of loving community in honoring the lives of  Marshall Lundberg and  Wendy Marie Bridget Lord.  As Jennifer described it, not more than six hours passed between posting her Pastoral Message, and the completion of St. Mary's volunteer preparations for the service to honor the life of Wendy, and to comfort her family and loved ones. This Advent, love is working here  as Christ's one body  with its many members. Thanks be to God in this sacred place, and to all of you.
 
Ray Edler





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

 
Preparing for Worship This Weekend

T his Weekend's Collect 
Purify our conscience, Almighty God, by your daily visitation, that your Son Jesus Christ, at his coming, may find in us a mansion prepared for himself; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, 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:
                                                      Ed Gosling (1st)

LEM:
Carole Nicodemus

Greeters: 
                                                    Murry Edwards


 Sunday 9AM
Crucifer:  Paul Westrom
Acolytes:  Lauren Lema,  Andrew Silveria

Lectors: 
                                      Ray Edler  (1st),  Cindy Dube  (2nd)
Intercessor: Christian Myers
LEM:  Steve Bakios
Greeters:  David Brierley,  David Spengler
Preacher: The Rev.Jennifer Pedrick+

Counters
Karen Spohn   - Counter
          Jon Juhase  - Pledge clerk

Hospitality/Coffee Hour
    Jon Edwards,  Murry Edwards

Altar Guild
       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 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. Children are encouraged to wear Christmas costumes at this family friendly service. 
  • 6 p.m. Holy Eucharist with piano, cello and carols. 
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.
 
Christmas Liturgical Ministry Assignments

Christmas Eve 4 p.m.

COLLECT OF THE DAY: O God, You have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.  AMEN

MINISTERS IN THE LITURGY

The Reverend Jennifer Pedrick , Celebrant
Marilyn Hambly ,  Pianist

M arlo Pratt, Murry Edwards, Lauren Lima, Elise Garcia, Greeters
Paul Westrom, Crucifer
Owen Collins, Sean Collins, Qcolytes

Lauren Lima, Intercessor
Lauren Lima, David Brierley, Lectors
Miclelle Fretas, Claire Hebert, Paul Westrom, Chris Bartlett, Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Carol Brierley, Sheila Benevides, Altar Guild

Christmas Eve, 6 p.m.

COLLECT OF THE DAY: O God, You have caused this holy night to shine with the brightness of the true Light: Grant that we, who have known the mystery of that Light on earth, may also enjoy him perfectly in heaven; where with you and the Holy Spirit he lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting.  AMEN


MINISTERS IN THE LITURGY

The  Reverend  Jennifer Pedrick, Celebrant
Karen Larsen, Pianist
Benjamin Larsen, Cellist
David Spengler, Greeter
Steve  Bakios,  Crucifer
Sheila Benevides, Jennie Nestlerode, Acolytes
Trish Culver, Intercessor
Ted Bierman, Rene Bierman, Lectors
Steve  Bakios, Carol Nicodemus, Lay Eucharistic Ministers
Keri Reardon, Lauren Lema, Altar Guild

Christmas  Day, 9 a.m.

COLLECT OF THE DAY: God, you have given your only-begotten son to take our nature upon him, and to be born this day to a pure virgin: Grant that er, who have ben born again and made your children by adoption and grace, may daily be renewed by your Holy Spirit through our Lord Jesus Christ, to whom with you and the same Spirit be honor and glory, now and forever.  
AMEN

MINISTERS IN THE LITURGY

The  Reverend Jennifer Pedrick, Celebrant
Marilyn Hambly, Musician
Ann Gizzi, Lauren Lima, Greeters
Ann Gizzi, Ray Edler, Lectors
Stacey Mello, Intercessor
Carol Nicodemus, Lay Eucharistic Minister
Ann Gizzi, Carol Brierley, Altar Guild



FUM FUM FUM
Portland Choir & Orchestra
Portland, OR
Listen HERE

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


                      

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SACRED GROUND UPDATE
 
Sacred Ground is coming to St. Mary's in January!  Sacred Ground is a film- and readings-based dialogue series on race, grounded in faith.  Small groups are invited over 10 sessions to walk through chapters of America's history of race and racism, while weaving in threads of family story, economic class, and political and regional identity.   The mandatory kick-off will be on Saturday 1/25 from 9-1.  Subsequent meetings will be on Thursday nights from 6-8 pm on the following dates: 2/6, 2/20, 3/5, 3/19, 4/2, 4/16, 4/30, 5/7 and 5/21.  Please register for this program with Lynn Carlson ( lynncarlson96@gmail.com ) by January 10th.  
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Pledge Envelopes


If you requested pledge envelopes when you filled out your pledge card, 
they will be available in the entrance way to the parish house starting 
this weekend (12/21, 12/22). If you forgot to check off the box and you 
need pledge envelopes, there will be a signup sheet available. Please 
remember that if you give online or if you are comfortable just dropping 
a check in the collection plate you do not need envelopes and you can 
help save us a few dollars by foregoing the envelopes.
David H. Brierley
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 by the 11 th of Dec 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.
Respectfully,
Dave Ferkinhoff
Dave-fe@cox.net


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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

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Sunday Classes for children have resumed Sundays 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


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   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

Last week 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. 

 
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UPDATE: ST. MARY'S TREE OF LIGHT

St. Mary's Advent "Tree of Light" food drive for the MLK Center continues!  The MLK Center Food Pantry serves all those throughout Newport County in need.  Last year, the members and friends of St. Mary's donated a total of 3848 pounds of nourishing non-perishable food, 1030 pounds of which we gathered during Advent.  So far this year, we have donated 2787 pounds.  Please continue to generously bring food donations to add to our Tree of Light so we can again end our year of giving with the largest amount possible.  Non-perishable food most in need includes: canned protein (such as tuna, chicken, small hams, and beef stew); canned beans, vegetables, and tomatoes and sauces; gluten-free foods; juices; and grains.   5).  All are  welcome to keep the tote bags after Advent!


ALTER FLOWER REQUESTS
Many parishioners ask how to go about ordering altar flowers in memory of someone or to mark a certain occasion, etc.  If you are interested there are 3 dates open; January 18/19, March 14/15 & March 21/22  Please contact Ann Gizzi (401-846-6282), if interested in one or more of those dates. 
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-VESTRY & STAFF LEADERS-
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: Christine Winslow:      cwinslow@corriganfinancialinc.com
Member: David Brierley:             grampa@galaxia.com
Member: Peter Collins:               pcollins2ab@yahoo.com
Member: Trish Culver:                trishculver@cox.net
Member: Dave Ferkinhoff:          dave-fe@cox.net
Member: David Spengler            david.spengler@live.com
Member: Julie Zecher:                zecherjulie@gmail.com
Member: Michelle Freitas:         msfreitas1206@gmail.com
Rector: The Rev. Jennifer L. Pedrick  jennifer@smcportsmouth.org
Parish Administrator:Karen Laroche karen@smcportsmouth.org
Pastoral Musician: Michael Templeton michael@smcportsmouth.org
Property Manager: Jon Walker jon@smcportsmouth.org
 
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  (karen@smcportsmouth.org).