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The Devil is in the Details...

The Devil is in the Details

A most unwelcome guest is mentioned in the reading from the Hebrew scriptures and the Gospel reading this week: The Devil. In our modern times there are many ways to confront this figure. Some believe the devil to be an evil spirit, like a bad angel, other spiritual thinkers and teachers refer to the devil as utter absence-the lack of God's presence and love. Some chalk the devil up to the voice within or our own inner critic. Despite how seldom we talk about evil spiritual forces and what our relationship is to them as followers of Christ, and children of Eve, we don't talk about the devil much but we certainly know when the hand of evil is at work. That's a gift from God. We don't live in Eden anymore, but God blesses us with the ability to recognize evil and Jesus will give us authority over evil. Every act that Christians do, every choice we make, thought we dwell on, and word we say are opportunities to exercise combating evil as a spiritual practice. Decoding some scriptural details and biblical context, I will explore those from the pulpit this weekend. May the power of the scriptures and the power that comes from knowing we are given authority by Christ come alive for us this weekend and send us forth filling every void we face with God's love.

Peace to you all,

Rector's Gratitude...

This week I want to give thanks for the members of St. Mary's Executive Committee: Senior Warden Murry Edwards, Junior Warden Paul Westrom, Treasurer Chris Bartlett, Clerk Mattie Gustafson, and Peter Collins who is managing the capital funding process. Much of their ministry is unseen by most of the community, though they spend countless hours each month managing assets and supporting the ministry of our our church - everything from human resources, to the webpage, to the finances and bookkeeping, to the campus, land and buildings.  Each of them is a tremendous gift to me and to our church.  They do this as an offering of ministry, and each one gives generously of their time and skill.  Please join me in thanking them for their ministry

Midsummer Island Retreat...

Journey Dance...

Christian Formation...
Sunday, June 24th at 9AM: Labyrinth Walk
We will walk from the Gathering Space to the Labyrinth at 9AM. You'll learn a little about the history and use of labyrinths, how to use it for spiritual practice, and be given instructions and an opportunity to walk it! Weather Permitting. All ages. 

Sunday, June 24th at 7PM: Youth Group Gathering and Creative Project
Local potter Denise will join the youth of SMC for an evening of pottery and fun. Bring $15, old clothes, and your creativity! Frozen treats will be served. If you are interested, please email Marlo Pratt by June 17th to reserve your spot!

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.

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. 
Garden Thanks...

St. Mary's community garden is blessed and growing! Thank you to all who came our last Sunday to join in the garden blessing and support this important ministry.

Prepare Yourself for Worship...

This week's Collect
O  God, from whom all good proceeds: Grant that by your inspiration we may think those things that are right, and by your merciful guiding may do them; 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. 

Deanery Regatta...
Deanery Regatta - PUT IT ON YOUR CALENDAR!  

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!

SMC would like to get together a crew for this deanery regatta.  Mark your calendars! 
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
Ann Gizzi, Joanne Gracia, Kari Reardon, Ruth Siebens
Saturday at 5pm
Lector: Jennifer Vergnani
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Bob Vergnani
Greeter: Jean & Andre Wilson/Levesque

Sunday at 8 am
Crucifer: Carol Brierley
Lector: Marshall Lundberg
Intercessor: Trish Culver
Lay Eucharistic Minister: Steve Downing 
Greeter : Dave Brierley
Sunday at 10am
Crucifer: Paul Westrom
Acolytes: Cameron Boucher, Leigh Westrom
Lectors: Alice Clark-Smith, Kathryn Stamoulis
Intercessor: David Spengler
Lay Eucharistic Minister: 
Greeter: Rayna Lombardo, Chris Winslow

Coffee Hour Host
Joan Macomber, Jennie Nestlerode

The Counters
Counter: Chris Winslow
Pledge Clerk: Harry Gustafson

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: Steve Downing:
Member: Dave Ferkinhoff:
Member: Jenny Williams:
Member: Julie Zecher:

Staff News...
Jennifer will be on vacation from June 13th-19th. She will be traveling in the middle Atlantic states visiting colleges with Bella. If you need immediate pastoral care please dial her extension, 846-9700 extension 103 and you will get the phone number of the priest on call.

Gabe will be on vacation from June 13th-21st. 

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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 (