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

Weekend of Feb. 8th & Feb. 9th, 2020

Dear Fellow Parishioners,

"Blessed is the one who is kind to the needy".  Proverbs 14:21

There is a place very near and dear to me located in Newport. It is a place where one can go when hungry for a hot meal, to meet a friend, to take a cooking class, to visit the food pantry, or to drop off a child at school. A place where I experience God's grace each and every time I walk through its doors. This place is the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center.  
How I came to find the MLKC is through my involvement here at  St. Mary's. St. Mary's ha s been an incredibly generous supporter of the mission  and philosophy of the MLKC for years.  We have had a long-standing relationship with the Center throug h our monthly food drives, the  Food Trees of Light at Christmas and the Giving tree, along with prior parishioners who established a relationship years ago.   We are true 
partner s. We support the Center in a loving and intentional way, and one
in which we live the  very teachings of Christ through our compassion in action. Our St. Mary's community suppo rts the programming at the MLKC like no other church  on Aquidneck Island, and for that I am proud to be a member of this faith family.  I am filled with God's deepest love and grace when I am in the Center, working with my fel low parishioner Jenny Williams, teaching the children in the Lighthouse Preschool and in the after-school program.

While there we have the opportunity to read, sing, stretch, cook, listen and share.  The children come to us often thirsting...thirsting for food and for adults  who help  them to feel safe and loved. Children wonder at the world,  and teachers like us wonder as our students w onder. We wonder what these called  beautiful chi ldren will ha ve for dinner, or if breakfast is their next meal. We wonder wheth er they hav e f amilies, and where  they call home. For Jenny and I, our time together in the Center is our time to give, and in return  we are filled with warmth, laughter and hope as we see the face of God in many of the children we serve.   

I became a Board member at the MLKC a few years ago, because of my close relationship with the Executive Director, Heather Strout. It was our former teaching experience that connected us. I felt comfortable in agreeing to join this Board because of my belief in their mission and ministry. A mission that fights hunger, promotes health, educates young and school-aged kids, supports families, and engages seniors across Newport County.  This is a place where I can try to make a difference in the lives of others, as someone who has been blessed with so very much. In July, I will embark on a new opportunity. I will join the MLKC as an employee. I will be the Director of the Imagination Library Foundation where I will promote literacy and a love of books and reading.  My job will be to encourage families to take part in a program that enables their young children to have access to new, free books each month. In addition, I intend to continue to offer light and bring hope to these people; especially the children we serve at the Center. This is the best reason of all for me to be a part of this incredible place. 

In Christ's Love,
Judy Hall

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


Fifth Sunday After The Epiphany        

Set us free, O God, from the bondage of our sins, and give us the liberty of that abundant life which you have made known to us in your Son our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

"You are the light of the world . . .let your light shine 
  before others".  Matthew 5

Liturgical Ministry Assignments:   
Access the readings (track 2) HERE

 Saturday 5PM

  Jennifer Vergnani

Bob Vergnani

  Murry Edwards

Sunday 9AM

Crucifer:  Steve Downing

        Acolytes:  Sheila Benevides, Jennie Nestlerode

Trish Culver (1st), Christian Myers (2nd)
Intercessor: Lauren Lima

LEM: Judy Hall

       Greeters: Chris Bartlett, Dave Ferkinhoff

  Ted Bierman, Harry Gustafson

    Coffee Hour Hosts:
     Ann Gizzi
      Ruth  Siemens

Altar Guild
Ann Gizzi
Joanne Garcia
Kari Reardon
Ruth Siebens

If you're  serving in ministry and want to check your schedule, you can see it on  Ministry Scheduler online

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 2 dates open; March 14/15 & March 21/22  Please contact Ann Gizzi (401-846-6282), if interested in one or more of those dates. 

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

St. Mary's Annual Meeting 2020
Held Sunday, Feb. 2nd
Opening The Meeting After Prayer


Talk of Ministry
                                 Discussing Ministries & Growth
Annual Report Summary With Q&A 
Buildings Progress
                                                     Buildings Progress Review

**Annual Reports are available to pick up in the Gathering Space.     


Bishop's Visit

Our bishop will be visiting St. Mary's on February 22nd @ 5 pm, Feb. 23rd @ 9 am, and will offer the rites of Confirmation, and Reception for those who wish. Rehearsal for Confirmation and Reception candidates is 8:15 am on Feb. 23rd.
To express interest & learn about preparation, contact The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick

Special Coffee Hour Celebrating Confirmation and Reception:
A special coffee hour is being planned for February 23 to celebrate the Confirmation and Receptions taking place that day when the Bishop visits.  We expect a larger number of attendees than usual as family members will be joining those being confirmed and received.  If you would like to contribute food for this coffee hour we would love your help with a savory casserole, finger sandwiches, cheese and crackers, or deviled eggs.  Please let Invite, Welcome, Connect know by contacting 


Kingdom of God Study Continues Sunday 
10:30 -11:15 in the Adult Education Room
Our Theme for our Winter-Spring Journey~The Kingdom of God.
Throughout the gospels Jesus is found preaching and teaching about the Kingdom of God. He compares it to so many things; a tiny seed, a hidden treasure, even a bit of leaven.  He also invites us to seek the Kingdom of God, to live in it and surprisingly, to find it nestled in the human heart.
You are invited to come when you can and hopefully, you can come often!
Karen Laroche will once again be our leader and guide.  

January 26th,  Scriptures, "A farmer went out . . ."  Luke 8:1-15,  Mark 4:1-20 and Matthew 13:1-23.   Isaiah 55
Feb. 9th Scriptures, Mark 4: 26-29, Luke 1, 26-38, 1 Corinthians 3: 4-9


Children's Classes Following the 9 am Service 

Community Garden Meeting Thursday Feb. 13th, 3:30 pm
We will meet in the Gathering Space to discuss Garden plans for this season.  RSVP: Elise LaParle Garcia,

Hearing assistance technology available at St. Mary's Services

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

St. Mary's Teens, Part of The Big Blue Picture

Cleanup at Gull Cove Last Saturday
Last Saturday St. Mary's teens and adults, along with others, participated in a beach cleanup at Gull Cove in Portsmouth.  Litter removal by St. Mary's volunteers is shown below.  Jenny Williams described the success of the event, including an important metric.  

"Thank you for volunteering with us at our beach cleanup at Gull Cove on Saturday! With your help, we were able to work towards our goals of eliminating marine debris (629 lbs!), improving coastal water quality, and protecting and preserving shoreline access. Your time and hard work is extremely valuable to us.  Clean Ocean Access is always in need of volunteers. Click the link below for future opportunities!"


Sign up this weekend to be a Coffee Hour Host
You will find in our gathering space a sign up sheet  for March, April & May Coffee Hours.   Please check it out and see what Sunday works best for you and your family.  Sign up and take your reminder note home with you. Thank you for supporting this important ministry.


Soup Kitchen February 13th  
It's that time again, our next soup kitchen is Thursday, February 13th 3:30 - 6:00ish at St. Paul's Newport.  As always we need meatloaves cooked and wrapped in foil, finger desserts, and fruit - oranges, pears and bananas.

Please note that for the next few months we do not need apple juice or Ragu. We have about a four to six month supply built up and we don't want to get too far ahead because we don't want things to go past their expiration dates.

The last couple of months we have a bit short on fruit and dessert items so those would be especially appreciated.

Help setting up, serving and cleaning up is always needed too and greatly appreciated.

If you are willing and able  to help out at this months soup kitchen, or if you have any questions about soup kitchen, please send email to Dave Brierley ( ) so that we can be assured that we have enough volunteers.

Blessings for all you do!

Free Fitness Bike:
Bob Vergnani has recently joined a gym, and no longer uses the fitness bike pictured here.  Excellent condition with deluxe tracking screen, was $1100 at retail, and is free; 1st come 1st serve.
St. Mary's Website News

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1. Home Page - Under My St. Mary's, click on ENEWS.  Here you will find...
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**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.  


Recently, many, many organizations, especially churches have been the targets of fraudulent emails. 

They often appear to be from the rector or a staff member. They usually ask for money or personal information. 

If an email looks suspicious before you open it, trust your instinct and DO NOT open it. 

If you are unsure, DO NOT open it. 

If you do open an email and it appears to be asking for money or personal information, DO NOT REPLY and DO NOT send money. 

Jennifer and the SMC staff and leaders will NEVER ask you for money directly via email. 

You can always call or send an email to us if you are not sure. We are aware of the problem and this is part of the technology age in which we live and there is very little that can be done to stop this annoyance, but we should be mindful when opening and replying to emails always. 


Sr. Warden: Murry Edwards:
Jr. Warden: Paul Westrom:
Treasurer: Chris Bartlett:        
Clerk: Mattie Gustafson:

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  (