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


 






The
 Sixth 
 Sunday 
of Easter:

Rise and walk!











Dear Friends, 

In my teens and my twenties, I was involved in the Charismatic Renewal, an interdenominational movement that focuses on the gifts of the Holy Spirit and lively preaching, song, and prayer, to renew peoples' spiritual lives. In those circles, there is a lot of emphasis on healing prayer and the many ways God comes into our lives to do a work of healing whether we are talking about broken minds, hearts, or bodies. 

The other emphasis in Charismatic Renewal is on praying together in small groups, almost always with a lively singing component. Hands are either clapping, raised in praise, or outstretched asking for God's presence...and there is a song that you'd hear in these groups almost invariably, called "What A Mighty God We Serve".

Reading the gospel to prepare for this weekend, I just could not get that song out of my head and how mighty a God we have. This might is not the same as human might--this is God almighty who gets right in our face and asks us if we wish to be made well...What a mighty God indeed! What a mighty God whose power is exercised in healing, deliverance, love, and reconnecting the disconnected. 

This weekend we are reminded of how divine power--God's might-- is available to us, with God asking each of us if we really want to be made well. I have to admit to my own string of reasons that make it easier to stay stuck, to stay unwell, to languish rather than to get up and walk. 

If God asked, "Do you wish to be made well?" how would you respond? Maybe an encounter with God at church--through community, worship, or just being in this sacred place, you'll have the courage to say, 'YES!"

See you in church, 

Gabe

-W O R S H I P-
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness... - Psalm 96
 
Collect for The Sixth Sunday of Easter:  
O  God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

You can access the bible passages read at church this weekend, and for any day of the year. We typically follow  "Track 2" at St. Mary's. 
Here's the link:   lectionary 

This Weekend's Liturgical Ministry Assignments:   

5PM
Lector & Intercessor: Ed Gosling
LEM: Bob Vergnani
Greeter: Jean and Andre Wilson/Levesque

8AM
Crucifer: Steve Downing
Lector: Cindy Dube
Intercessor: Trish Culver
LEM: Hugh Hall
Greeter: Ann Gizzi

10AM
Crucifer: Dave Ferkinhoff
Acolyters: Sarah Freitas, Rayna Lombardo
Lectors: Michelle Freitas, Andrew Nash
Intercessor: Jason Kane
LEM: Claire Hebert
Greeters: Pauline Davis, Peter Landry

Counters
Karen Spohn, Jon Juhase

Coffee Hour Hosts
Mardi Sayer, Kathleen Geasey

Altar Guild
Carol Brierley, Sheila Benevides, Millie Cozzens, Peter Landry




On the first weekend of June, we transition to a new schedule:
Saturdays at 5 on the Bridal Path, weather permitting
Sundays at 9am in the chapel of the Parish House
Coffee Hour: Sundays at 10
Wine & Cheese: First Saturday of each month at 6pm
-W E L L - B E I N G-
Growing into the full stature of Christ... - Ephesians 4

Our next session is this Saturday at 10 in upstairs in Adult Ed. Room
Upcoming Walk In Love Sessions:
Baptism: Covenant & Practices  5/25, 10-11:30am
Holy Eucharist: Beliefs & Practices  6/19, 7-8:30pm or 6/22, 10-11:30am

 
 Final Bible Study this Sunday at 9...


Godly Play has ended for the school year...
If you are interested in sharing ideas for ministry to kids and parents, helping to teach, or offer your expertise pertaining to well-being or spiritual nourishment of children and families, please contact Gabe Giella  gabe@smcportsmouth.org


Continues this Wednesday night through June 5:

The next Invite, Welcome, Connect meeting will be 
Saturday June 15 at 10AM...







Next ECC open Houses: June 22, 3pm-5pm. 
Episcopal Conference Center has lively and enriching camp experiences of all kinds for kids, teens, families and more. You can pick up an info card in the Gathering Space or register and learn more at www.eccri.org

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


Fun? Friends? Community Service? You can do it all:
NOTE: Updated date for teen night...
Friday, June 14th at 6PM...

Youth and teens will gather in the kitchen to make a supply of meatloaves that will be served on the second Thursday of the month when St. Mary's members host the soup kitchen at St. Paul's in Newport. 

Hosted by Brian and Michelle Freitas, the goal is to make this a monthly youth & teen gathering.  Contact Michelle msfreitas1206@gmail.com to RSVP


Are you passionate about service and outreach? 

Would you be interested in gathering with other leaders and members of our church to name ways to spread God's love around our wider community? This is a major part of our call as Christians and as a community committed to service. Please contact Jennifer, our Rector, by June 15th to learn more or express interest. Her email address is 

Second Thursday of each month, 3:30 - 6:00ish  at St. Paul's Newport.  
We need: meatloaves cooked and wrapped in foil,  apple juice,  ragu,  finger desserts
 fruit: oranges, pears and bananas. 
Help setting up, serving and cleaning up is always needed too and greatly appreciated.

Looking to serve? 
contact David Brierley, dave@galaxia.com with any questions or to join us!

-COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS-


This Sunday at 11:45. Come bid farewell to Karin Larsen who has serves us well as Music Director and Interim Parish Administrator



This Sunday immediately following from the 10am service.
 If you have questions or would like a garden plot, 
Contact Elise LaParle Garcia at elise123@cox.net


Last Saturday we had our first monthly Wine & Cheese party after the 5PM service. We will gather for wine, cheese, and other beverages and snacks every first Saturday of the month after worship.  Come have fun with us! 
 




-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
Music Director& Interim Parish Administrator:Karin Larsen karin@smcportsmouth.org
Director of Christian Formation: Gabe Giella gabe@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 interim Parish Administrator, Karin Larsen (karin@smcportsmouth.org).