Our mission is to be a community of Christian
worship, well-being and service

The week of July 18 - July 24
He makes me lie down in green pastures
and leads me beside still waters.
He revives my soul
and guides me along right pathways for his Name's sake.
from Psalm 23

From The Rector

Hello friends,

This week we will be worshiping in the chapel and our scriptures will offer us rich images of God's care for us. There will be plenty of references to God as shepherd. In addition to the familiar 23rd psalm quoted in part above, we will also hear of Jesus's compassion for the crowds, whom he likened to sheep without a shepherd.

Phrases and images that stand out in the scriptures you will hear tomorrow include "come away to a deserted place all by yourselves and rest awhile" -
still waters, a table set in the presence of enemies, an overflowing cup, an anointed head, getting into a boat, balm, goodness and mercy, compassion, healing touch and dwelling with God for a whole life long.

From these beautiful scriptures we will hear that God's care for us is not only about keeping us safe, but about coming close to us, nourishing us, sustaining us, restoring our souls.

As we preapare for worship, you might spend a few moments in prayer and ask yourself: How has God cared for you recently? Does God seem close? What kind of care would you like to ask God for right now?

I look forward to worshiping with you tomorrow, either inside or online. May God be with you and may you know the depth of God's goodness and mercy today and always.

Faithfully, Jennifer

Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
July 18

Sunday worship is at 9 a.m. and will be celebrated indoors, in the St. George's chapel in the parish house.

Drive through Holy Communion will be outside the main doors of the Parish House, from 10:30 - 10:45.

Sunday Worship Links

A very special thank you to Marilyn Hambly who will be playing the piano as Michael Templeton is enjoying some well-deserved time off.
This Week's Leaders:

Welcome Team
Judy and Bill Hall

Eucharistic Minister
Jennie Nestlerode

Lector/ Intercessor
Laura Palmer

Altar Guild
Jennie Nestlerode & Sheila Benevides

Livestream Videographer:
Marlo Pratt

David Brierley

Julie Zecher
Marilyn Hambly

Celebrant & Preacher
The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick+

Collect For The Week
Almighty God, the fountain of all wisdom, you know our necessities before we ask and our ignorance in asking: Have compassion on our weakness, and mercifully give us those things which for our unworthiness we dare not, and for our blindness we cannot ask; through the worthiness of your Son Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

"... to touch even the fringe of his cloak; and all who touched it were healed." Mark 6
Summer Worship Notes
  • Worship will be outside, weather permitting, Sundays at 9:00 a.m.
  • If the weather is not suitable for outdoor worship, we will gather in the chapel with anyone who is comfortable doing so.
  • We will maintain 3 feet of social distancing between households.
  • Those who are not vaccinated will please wear masks.
  • There is reserved seating with extra space at the back of the chapel.
  • If we worship inside the chapel, drive - through Holy Communion will be offered outside the main entrance of the parish house from 10:30 - 10:45 for those who are unable to be inside.
  • We will continue to offer a livestream of worship on Facebook live whether we are inside or out.
  • Children may join the pray and play ministry, a supervised gathering of children in the playground or gathering space in the parish house depending on weather.
Memorial Service for Regina Slezak

Join us on Saturday, July 31, 11:00 a.m. for a Requiem Eucharist followed by a collation.

We will gather as a community to remember and give thanks for our sister in Christ, Regina on her birthday. Regina served our community and the wider community offering many of the gifts God had given her. Please join us in offering this celebration of her life in worship and fellowship.

To help with the collation, including serving or bringing food, please be in touch with Judy Hall or call her at 401-924-4252.
Plans for Worship and Gathering
Well Being

Exciting News
The choir is back! Anyone willing to sing is encouraged, invited and urged to join the St. Mary's choir which will help lead Sunday worship beginning on July 25th. We'll meet in the Choir Room (basement of the Parish House) at 8:15 a.m. each Sunday morning to warm-up and review music for the service. No prior experience or training necessary at all. Just come and help our community amplify their prayer through music-- all ages (and even families!) welcomed to join! Any questions feel free to e-mail Michael Templeton, St. Mary's Pastoral Musician, at michael@smcportsmouth.org
Daily Evening Prayer on Facebook live

Lay leaders are praying the evening office at 5:30 p.m. daily online via Facebook Live. You do not need to have Facebook in order to participate in these daily prayers. If you can not make it at 5:30, the service will be recorded and remain on the St. Mary's Facebook page.
Please join us as you may at //www.facebook.com/smcportsmouth/.

Prayer Requests
If you would like to add someone to the prayers of the people, to be included in the Sunday morning prayers and in the daily evening prayers, please contact Parish Administrator, Karen Laroche. We typically keep people in the prayers for one month.

We need your help!!

Calling all Teens, College Students
and Parishioners 

We are looking for some volunteers to help with filming our Church services on Sunday mornings. If you can volunteer in the months of June, July, and August, please contact Marlo Pratt. You will be trained and supported. Your help would be greatly appreciated. 

or text @ 813-957-1511

Plan Your Vaccination

The more people who are fully vaccinated the sooner the pandemic will end. Our commitment to vaccination is not only for ourselves and our loved ones, it is for the greater good. Getting vaccinated is a way of loving your neighbor as yourself.

The CDC has clearly outlined how much more is possible and safe when we are vaccinated. Please take a look at this guidance which is so encouraging as we seek to regather with fewer restrictions.

St. Mary's members and children of members who are pursuing undergraduate or graduate degrees as well as technical or professional certifications are invited to apply for the Tuck Fund Scholarship. The scholarship is for $2000 per semester, and the fall semester deadline is July 31st. To apply, complete the online form and submit necessary documents. If you have any questions, please contact Murry Edwards at muedwards@gmail.com.
St. Mary’s Community Garden

The community garden looks robust and beautiful right now. Come take a stroll to check out the beautiful flowers for our perpetual care ministry, the Sea Rose school plots, and our community plots busting with beauty.  We will soon be donating excess vegetables to our local food pantries.

Thank you to everyone that has participated and supported the garden this year!

Forward Day By Day

The Forward Day by Day books are in and will be available at the Welcome Table Sunday Mornings. Please pick one up!
Update Message From The Soup Kitchen
Soup Kitchen News Update

Hello fellow Soup Kitchen volunteers. Just a note that we will only be doing one distribution day in July. St. Paul’s is not allowing use of their building to outside groups until at least Sept. so we are in bagged meal mode at least through Aug. But change is coming so please be prepared to jump in to help when we get back into full hot meal mode. I’ll let you know when that is as soon as I hear we can.

If you have any other thoughts or concerns, please email me at SK@smcportsmouth.org.
Here is the link to sign up genius link to volunteer:

In peace and with love for all you do,
Dave Ferkinhoff
MLK Food Collections
Results and Looking Forward Announcement

Thanks to the generous food donations left at our services and at the Parish House, St. Mary's has contributed 914 pounds of nourishing food and sundries to the Martin Luther King Center Food Pantry from January through May of this year. Donations for May increased by a third over those the previous month! Please continue to generously bring non-perishable foods to donate as you come for Sunday worship, or leave them in the baskets in the entry to the Parish House. Salt-free or low salt canned goods are especially needed, but all foods are both much needed and welcome! A team of St. Mary's member volunteers continues to make weekly deliveries of donations collected to the food pantry.
Thank you for all your generous contributions.

Jonathan Edwards 

Do you need groceries, errands or help with something else? 

Contact the head of our Pastoral Care Team, Pauline Davis. There are many people who can help.  Her email address is here. You may also phone her at 401-871-1453, but she would prefer an email if you are able.

Communication & Other Announcements

If you lead a ministry and wish to share information, please send the content (which should include relevant information, time, date, place, and contact person with email) to:
Ray Edler for eNews, 
The Rector  if you'd like it verbally announced at worship, 
Parish Administrator Karen Laroche to be included in writing in
the weekly worship bulletin
Mattie Gustafson if you want it on our webpage. 
Your copy should address 3 key questions: Who am I writing for? (Audience) Why should they care? (Benefit) What do I want them to do here? (Call-to-Action) If you have a photo or image that is always welcome.
St. Mary's Leadership and Staff
Sr. Warden: Marlo Pratt: srwarden@smcportsmouth.org
Jr. Warden: George LeBlanc: jrwarden@smcportsmouth.org
Treasurer: David Brierley:  treasurer@smcportsmouth.org 
Clerk: Mattie Gustafson:  vestry_clerk@smcportsmouth.org 

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
Watercolor: Richard Grosvenor.