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

The week of July 24 - July 31

From The Rector

Home vegetable gardeners in New England have started to collect our produce, often with amazement at how much has happened since we put those tiny seeds and seedlings in the ground. I thought I was getting a late start when I planted my garden at Memorial Day. Last night I looked at my colander harvest: cucumbers, zucchini, kale, eggplant, cherry tomatoes, and fresh herbs. I prepared my dinner from this abundance and finished the leftovers at lunch today. Though I plant a garden each year, somehow the results never cease to amaze me. It always reminds me that God's provision is always more abundant than I could ask or imagine.

Our Scriptures from the Hebrew Bible and the Gospel of John will highlight this theme of God's abundance. Both are about feeding multitudes with what seems like an impossibly small supply.

Weather permitting, tomorrow morning at the end of our worship we will head to the Community Garden and offer a blessing for the abundance that is growing there. It has never been tended by more gardeners, some from St. Mary's and some from the wider community. We will give thanks for the garden, the community, the beauty, and all that grows there. There will be lemonade!

As we ask God's blessing on the garden we may reflect on our own blessings. There is so much for which we can give thanks.

The weather forecast has a strong potential for rain so we will be inside. We have adjusted the seating for more space beween households. You may move seats. Please join us.

Faithfully, Jennifer

Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
July 25

Sunday worship is at 9 a.m. and will be celebrated outdoors, weather permitting.

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

Sunday Worship Links

This Week's Leaders:

Welcome Team
Chris Cotsoridis
Chris Winslow

Eucharistic Minister
Carole Nicodemus

Lector/ Intercessor
Anne Wood

Altar Guild
Ann Gizzi & Ruth Siebens

Livestream Videographer:
Marlo Pratt

David Brierley

Julie Zecher
Michael Templeton

Celebrant & Preacher
The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick+

Collect For The Week
O God, the protector of all who trust in you, without whom nothing is strong, nothing is holy: Increase and multiply upon us your mercy; that, with you as our ruler and guide, we may so pass through things temporal, that we lose not the things eternal; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

“There is a boy here who has five barley loaves and two fish. But what are they among so many people?” John 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.
  • We have place chairs in clusters with spaces between. Keeping a center aisle, you may move the chairs to a number and place that meets your needs.
  • 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
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 Members
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
Well Being
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.
Tuck Fund Scholarship
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.
Forward Day By Day

The Forward Day by Day books will be available at the Welcome Table Sunday Mornings. Please pick one up!
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 pastoral care ministry, the Sea Rose school plots, and our community plots bursting with beauty.  We will soon be donating excess vegetables to our local food pantries. We will bless the garden tomorrow after worship and there will be lemonade.
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.