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"The Healing Power of God's Love"

Dear Friends, 

The Midsummer Island Retreat is under two weeks away. At our latest planning meeting we started with a prayer and then spoke of our deepest hopes for this event. Here is what the leaders are praying and working toward.

* "I am hoping for spiritual appointments, that I will meet people and have conversations about what they may find and experience in this community. I want to make personal connections with people who are seeking wholeness and wellbeing."

* "I hope that people will make a connection with our church and see what it has to offer. We have so much life to give."

* "I am hoping that we will fulfill our intention - #unplug - in other words we want people to come for fun activities and rest, for laughter and silliness, for freedom from distractions, to be present to themselves and each other, to play."

* "I hope that this day will sow seeds of faith for the future. I pray that it will create and deepen relationships that will connect people to God, each other and this special place."

* "I want people to come to St. Mary's and see that this might not be what they were expecting. There is room for everyone to be in this community, all kinds of people. It is a church for 2018, not 1918!"

From this sample, you can tell that we have hopes and prayers that this will be an event that shares God's love and healing presence while we are working and playing, touring and resting, singing and dancing, feasting and praying. If you have not yet made a commitment to be present, please do!

You can register online Click here or on paper (in the back of the church and in the gathering space of the parish hall.) Supper will be potluck, and we invite you to bring a lawn or beach chair if you can.

As I am preparing for worship this week, I notice that the gospel is a series of events showing Jesus at work, healing as he goes. He is surrounded by those who have faith and those who do not. The crowds are in need at every turn. They need healing and wholeness. It is not so different now. Let's get together at worship to experience the healing power of God's love for ourselves and then share it with those who need to know that this is real.

Faithfully, Jennifer

Midsummer Island Retreat...
We have been planning the retreat and it is going well.  We are reaching out to see if someone is able to donate firewood for our campfire (a pickup truck load).  

Please also feel free to deliver wood to the growing wood pile under the tarp in the back, top parking lot.

We are also seeking to borrow a couple popup canopies.  

Please contact the Parish Administrator if you are able to help.  
Thank you!

Christian Formation...

Sunday, July 1st 9AM "Signs of Growth"
Hands-on class to expose us to a number of scripture passages related to gardens and growth which we will put on signs and posts to be placed in the garden. Supplies will be provided as we bring God's word to life though creativity and make our garden even more beautiful and inspiring. This is an indoor project for all ages.

Sunday, July 15, 22, & 29, August 5 & 12, 9AM "Emmaus Walks" 
An opportunity to have precious time together & learn and reflect on a bible verse, all while taking an intentional walk on our serene and sacred grounds. We will gather at the bridal door of the church or in the Gathering Space (if raining) for a brief teaching, to receive scripture and instructions, and to regroup for prayer and sharing before the 10AM service begins. Perfect for all ages and abilities and families.

New Saturday Evening Contemplative Practice Offered
Beginning July 14th at 4PM, a contemplative prayer and scripture study will be held in the chapel. For the summer, new member Audrey Bennett will lead us through s special method of praying with scripture and learning contemplative prayer practices. This weekly offering is a perfect prelude to our contemplative service and will open new doors of prayer and discovery for anyone looking to go deeper in their life of faith. Please join us in the historic church.

Moving into the summer with our mission and ministry priorities newly refined, we commit to quality spiritual formation programs that reach all ages with specific attention to children, youth, and the families. We are also committed to a program which involves the gifts, expertise, and ideas of many people and keeping the faith and curiosity of all members burning brightly! To accomplish this, please respond thoughtfully to this survey by clicking the link, or copying and pasting it into your browser. Printed copies will be available as well. Your input is important and will be used along with the Renewal Works data to plan excellent programming into the next year:

ECC! The sun is out and registration is open for Episcopal Conference Center programming and summer camps. Please visit the link to check out their offerings. 
Tuck Scholarship Fund...

Tuck Fund Scholarship Deadline is 7/31/18. Please see Kim in the Parish Office to pick up an application or drop one off.

Any questions, email Linda Drummond at

Prepare Yourself for Worship...

This week's Collect
Almighty God, you have built your Church upon the foundation of the apostles and prophets, Jesus Christ himself being the chief cornerstone: Grant us so to be joined together in unity of spirit by their teaching, that we may be made a holy temple acceptable to you; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Looking to enhance your knowledge of the bible and your experience of worship? Believe it or not, there is an easy way to do both! The lectionary is the book that contains the Sunday readings. There are three year-long cycles of readings: A, B, and C. If you come to church each Sunday for three years, you will hear almost the entire bible. To find the readings, all you need to do is click on the link below! Reading and praying through these sacred texts before coming to church could be a game changer for your alertness in worship and your biblical knowledge. 

Community Garden...


Do you have a weed whacker and a little time to spare in support of the community garden? Looking for help to clear weeds from the garden paths and garden perimeter. Any and all help welcome! Please contact Elise LaParle Garcia

America in Song...
Deanery Regatta...
Deanery Regatta - Friday

It's June 29th at 4:00 pm 
Held at Sail Newport (Fort Adams).  There are 12 reserved J-22s, and there will be a "Set Boat" and a "Committee Boat" as well for those who want to help but don't wish to compete.  No experience needed, but those who wish to captain a boat will have to checked out ahead of time by the Sail Newport folks.  Each boat needs a crew of 3 or 4 people, and it is lots of fun!  If you'd like more details, please contact Jeff Poole at There is also a cook-out picnic dinner to follow, with St. Columba's supplying the grill, the hotdogs and hamburgers.  Let's fill the boats, and look forward to a great time of sailing and fellowship with our local Episcopalians and friends!

Come Experience Celtic Spirituality...

Come experience Celtic Spirituality with John Philip Newell

Saturday, July 7: 3 p.m.,
St. Thomas, Greenville, with worship at 5:30 p.m. -or- Sunday, July 8: 2:30 p.m., Emmanuel, Newport, with worship at 5 p.m.

Listening for the Heartbeat of God: a Celtic Spirituality

Join us for this unique and delightful opportunity to experience the wonderful teachings of John Philip Newell.

One of the most cherished images in the Celtic world is the memory of John the Beloved Disciple leaning against Jesus at the Last Supper. It was said of him that he therefore heard the heartbeat of God. He became a symbol of the practice of listening, listening for the beat of the sacred deep within ourselves, within one another, and within the body of the earth. This is the Christianity that emerged in the Celtic world in the earliest centuries. And it is a stream of Christian wisdom that is flowing again. It moves us to be aware of the sacred at the heart of every moment and it calls us back into true relationship with the earth, with one another, and with what is deepest in ourselves, all made of God. This is a vision that we need in our lives and world, urgently.

The ticket price for this event is $13, and registration information is below. Books and CDs will be available for purchase (by check or cash only, please), and the events will include an opportunity for the books and CDs to be signed by John Philip Newell.

This program is being offered twice.

The first event will be at St. Thomas Church in Greenville on Saturday, July 7, with the program at 3 p.m. followed by a Celtic worship service at 5:30 p.m. For tickets to the event at St. Thomas please Click Here.

The second offering of this same program will be at Emmanuel Church in Newport on Sunday, July 8, at 2:30 p.m., followed by a Celtic worship service at 5 p.m. For tickets to the Newport event, please Click Here.

This event is sponsored by Emmanuel, Newport, and St. Thomas, Greenville, and supported by a grant from the diocese's Congregational Development Commission.

Serving this week in worship...

Altar Guild
Joyce Ardito, Jennie Nestlerode
Saturday at 5pm
Lector: Allison Martin
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Carole Nicodemus
Greeter: Jean and Andre Levesque/Wilson

Sunday at 8 am
Crucifer: Lauren Lema
Lector: David Brierley
Intercessor: Trish Culver
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Steve Downing
Greeter : Ann Gizzi
Sunday at 10am
Crucifer: Dave Ferkinhoff
Acolytes: Sarah Freitas, Andrew Silveria
Lectors: Alice Clark-Smith,David Spengler
Intercessor: Christian Myers
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Steve Bakios
Greeter: Pauline Davis, Gladys Mae Walsh

Coffee Hour Host
Cindy Simmons, Leigh Westrom

The Counters
Counter: Alice Clark-Smith
Pledge Clerk: Lauren Lema

Your Vestry...

Sr. Warden: Murry Edwards:
Jr. Warden: Paul Westrom:
Treasurer: Chris Bartlett:
Clerk: Mattie Gustafson:
Member: Chris Barker:
Member: David Brierley:
Member: Peter Collins:
Member: Trish Culver:
Member: Dave Ferkinhoff:
Member: Jenny Williams:
Member: Julie Zecher:

Staff News...
Karin will be on vacation from June 20th-July 2nd. 

Get in touch with the Staff

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Music Director:
Director of Christian Formation:
Pastoral Musician:
The parish house is open 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, Kim Bakoledis (


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