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The week of Nov. 20 - Nov. 27

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From the Rector

Dear friends,

Tomorrow is Christ the King Sunday - among many other things - the last Sunday of the liturgical year, the end of the year focused on the Gospel of Mark, the church's New Year's Eve, and the Sunday before Thanksgiving.

A lot is going on here at St. Mary's as we prepare for Advent and Christmas, while also putting together a plan and budget for next year. Our campus last Sunday was full of people at worship and then sprucing up, hanging lights, printing music, planning worship, cleaning out, and painting. The community was generous and faithful in submitting pledges and the stewardship team processed this information with gratitude. Thank you for your consideration and the joy with which you promised your financial gifts for 2022.

If you have not yet made your pledge, and you are planning to,
I ask you to please turn it in this week.
Your vestry will be making calls and will appreciate making fewer of them. There are extra pledge cards in the gathering space.

Finally friends, as we prepare for worship tomorrow, I know there is also a lot happening for many of you, personally and spiritually as you prepare for the holidays, digest the news, and take care of yourselves and your responsibilities. I hope that in worship tomorrow you will have a sense of God's abundant peace in your hearts, minds, and maybe even on your to do lists.

We will hear Jesus before Pilate, clearly and calmly say, "My kindgom is not of this world." It is a timely reminder of God's realm of truth, justice, and peace. God's kingdom is coming, and if we continue to walk in the light of Christ, we will transform the world that is anxiously waiting.

Faithfully, Jennifer+
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Sunday, November 21: Christ The King Sunday
Sunday, November 28: First Sunday of Advent
Holy Eucharist at 9 a.m., Bible Study 10:15
4 p.m. Advent service of Light, Lessons and Carols for Advent 4 p.m.
This will include tree lighting inside and out.
Deadline for toys and gifts cards.

Saturday, December 4: Memorial Service for Priscilla Wimpress
11 am in the Historic Church
Priscilla and Dick Wimpress were faithful members of St. Mary's for decades.
and their family, including members, Kathleen and Bill Geasey,
invite you to share in giving thanks for her life and commending her to God.

Sunday, December 5: Second Sunday of Advent
St. Nicholas will make a special appearance,
A great day for kid's who can leave their shoes under the tree before worship and find a special treat following the service.

Sunday, December 12: Third Sunday of Advent
Deadline for Christmas memorials and thanksgivings

Friday, December 24: Christmas Eve
Celebrate the Nativity with Holy Eucharist 4 or 6 p.m. in St. George's Chapel.
Reservations are required and will open at the beginning of Advent.
Both services will have festive music including additional choir and instrumentalists joining our fabulous, faithful regulars.

Collect For The Week
Almighty and everlasting God, whose will it is to restore all things in your well-beloved Son, the King of kings and Lord of lords: Mercifully grant that the peoples of the earth, divided and enslaved by sin, may be freed and brought together under his most gracious rule; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Christ The King, Last Sunday After Pentecost

Nov. 21, 9 a.m.

We will worship inside in St. George's Chapel.

We are no longer offering drive through Holy Communion.

Sunday Worship Links

This Week's Leaders:

Liturgical Ministries

Bill & Judy Hall

Jennifer Vergnani

Lay Eucharistic Minister
   Carole Nicodemus

Sheila Benevides

Altar Guild
Ann Gizzi, Ruth Siebens

Celebrant and Preacher
The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick +

Michael Templeton, Julie Zecher
& St. Mary’s Choir

Livestream Videographer
Dave Cozzens

Brian McOsker, Jon Edwards

Gathering for Coffee
Harry & Mattie Gustafson

Safety and Community Care
  • All participants over the age of 2 are required to wear a mask indoors during worship, fellowship and programs.
  • Masks can be removed while eating or drinking, as a reader, teacher, soloist, or preacher/presider - distance maintained.
  • Meetings are up to the agreed upon discretion of the small group.
  • Seating will be spaced and flexible for social distancing between households.
  • Reserved seating is available.
  • We encourage all members and guests to get the COVID - 19 vaccine and boosters as available.
  • Please stay home if you do not feel well or have any known exposure to someone who is sick.
  • We will offer all worship, meetings and programs online as well as in person.
  • Our HVAC system and filters are highly effective and we will keep windows open for optimal ventilation.
  • If you would like communion at home, please contact the rector and I will arrange for this.

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.
Christmas Thanksgivings and Memorials
As we continue to restart our worship traditions, we also invite you to contribute to St. Mary's worship experience during the Christmas season.
For details on how to give to give a special thanksgiving or memorial, please visit our website. The deadline for donations is Sunday, December 12.

Well Being

"Many Hands Making Light Work"
Stick & branch removal, Touch-up paint, Stone cleaning,
Garden sprucing, Lighting up crew . . .
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Bible Study - Sundays 10:15
St. George's Chapel

The topic for this season's study is Jesus and the sermon on the Mount. All are welcome. BYOB - bring your own Bible.

The Scriptures we will be focusing on this Sunday- Matthew 5:1-2 and Exodus 19:1-21

Contact Karen Laroche, our instructor, with any questions.
401-846-9700 X100

Gathering for coffee is held immediately following the Sunday service. Please contact Terry Viera to volunteer for this important ministry.


"Ride On King Jesus" is a lively African American spiritual written down for the Feast of Christ the King at St. Joseph’s Church in Greenwich Village, NY. It expresses powerful, loving faith in a powerful, loving Jesus. This most spirited, and greatly harmonic rendition is something you don't want to miss, sung by the Acapella group, Sounds of Adonai. Bet you can't listen just once!

To share your special piece, simply send the music's title or YouTube link to rayjedler@gmail.com.

The Newport Navy Choristers Presents
Vestry Nominations
The vestry nominating committee is looking for individuals who are interested in serving St. Mary's with their time and talent. At our February 6, 2022 annual meeting, we will be electing 3 new members to serve 3-year terms and 1 new member to serve a 2-year term on the vestry. We also are seeking Diocesan Convention delegates and alternates for 2022. If you are interested in running for any of these positions, please contact either Murry Edwards or Christine Winslow, committee co-chairs. They will be more than happy to tell you about the vestry and expectations for vestry members as well as Diocesan Convention delegates. We hope to hear from interested members by December 2nd.

The Christmas Giving Tree

The Christmas Giving Tree is one of St. Mary’s signature community outreach programs. This year, especially during the pandemic, we realize there are families struggling, and will we seek to bring the spirit of Christmas to them by providing gifts for their children. The Christmas Giving Tree recipients will again be the children from the Dr. Martin Luther King Community Center, Newport http://www.mlkccenter.org  We will be conducting a toy and gift card drive at St. Mary's starting November 7th. I hope the response from our community will be as overwhelming as it has been in the past. The deadline to donate toys and gift cards is November 28th. We will have a basket at the Welcome Table starting November 7th for collecting items. Attached at bottom is a Toy List from the MLK Center if you are looking for ideas. 

I thank you in advance for your love and generosity. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at 401-924-4252 or at woofer64@yahoo.com

With Gratitude,
Judy Hall

News From St. Mary's Very Productive Prayer Shawl Ministry
Items made for The Martin Luther King Jr. Community Center include: 4 Baby Blankets, 95 children & adult hats, 26 scarf's, 61 pairs of mittens, 1 pair of booties, and 1 baby sweater. 

The Seamen's Church Institute in Newport will receive 2 bags of 17 hat/scarf sets as shown above.
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
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.