NEWS FROM ST. MARY'S
 
A community of Christian worship, well-being, & service.

Weekend of October 12 & 13, 2019




Dear Friends, 

The bible is full of stories of miracles and specifically miracles that happen to people both spiritually and physically. These stories almost always involve being healed of a physical disease or delivered from some other evil. Both the Hebrew scripture and the gospel this weekend involve the healing of people suffering from leprosy. 

These healings don't end with the person receiving them nor do they only affect the persons afflicted. In fact, stories of healing in the bible are always stories of the healing of an entire community, or the means by which that community may be healed. They always tell us something more about God and how God sees us. Any time we can get an insight into that, we gain more tools for being better Christians, we gain more tools to heal the world.

In God's sight, there is nothing that makes us "other" or "separate" from God. In fact all suffering has its deepest roots in not recognizing just how united we are to God in love. As humans, we can default to any difference in order to separate and divide. Even our own sense of unworthiness can do this. But this is not how God sees. This is such good news. It was good news for Naaman that to be seen as God sees him only required seven dips in the river. 

Physical disease or social dis-ease can leave us desperate. Walls of fear, shame, or condemnation can appear in the face of these trials. Where the healing seems to lie, Jesus actually says in the gospel, is in our faith. Sometimes facing our suffering or our sin is the holy ground where God wants to meet us, to show ourselves, disease and dis-ease included, and be seen by God whose lens is love, patience, wholeness, and full acceptance.

So this weekend, come as you are. It's a real gift to have a place where no matter how you feel or what you are going through, you can be seen and accepted. You really do matter to God and you matter here. See you at church!

In God's healing love, 
Gabe



-W O R S H I P-
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness... - Psalm 96
 
Preparing for Worship This Weekend

T his Weekend's Collect 
L ord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Learn new music for this Sunday  HERE

Access the readings (track 2) HERE

Past sermons can be listened to HERE


Liturgical Ministry Assignments:

 Saturday 5PM
Lector & Intercessor: Jennifer Vergnani
LEM: Bob Vergnani
Greeters: Jean & Andre Wilson/Levesque

 Sunday 9AM
Crucifer: Jennie Nestlerode
Acolytes: Cameron Boucher, Andrew Silveria
Lectors: Carol McOsker, Cindy Dube
Intercessor: David Spengler
LEM: Briana Boucher
Greeter: Pauline Davis, Dave Ferkinhoff
Preacher: Gabriel Giella
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Counters
Ted Bierman, Harry Gustafson

Hospitality/Coffee Hour
Jon Walker, Karl Nestlerode

Altar Guild
Ann Gizzi, Joanne Gracia, Kari Reardon, Ruth Siebens



If you are seeking Holy Baptism for yourself or a child, the next available dates are November 2 & 3 or January 11 & 12. Please email jennifer@smcportsmouth.org to begin planning and preparation. 
-W E L L - B E I N G-
Growing into the full stature of Christ... - Ephesians 4

Stewardship season is here! This year's theme is "Shining Our Light"
You'll receive print and email resources for this year's campaign very soon. As always, we will celebrate with a Harvest Dinner taking place on Saturday November 16th after the 5PM Service. Please sign up for the dinner below:

Sign up HERE
for the Harvest Dinner

Classes for adults and kids continue this weekend:
10:20 coffee hour bell alerts us for class
10:30 Acts of the Apostles Bible Study with Karen: Adult Ed Room, upstairs
Previous & Upcoming passages for study:
October 6th: Exodus 19:1-6,   Leviticus 11,  Acts 10
October 13th: Acts 11:1-18,  Acts 15:1-35 


This week's 10:30 Children's class, "God Made the Fish and the Birds" 
Co-led by Gabe Giella and Caitlin Duffy
downstairs in the children's ministry room. 
 
 
Financial professional and St. Mary's member Michelle Freitas is leading this series each Monday through early November. Check out the schedule below and drop in for a class topic that may interest you...

Details, sign up, schedule and more can be found  HERE 

THIS WEEK 
with The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick:
Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life: The Burial Office & Planning Your Funeral
What do the prayers of the Episcopal Church at the time of death and burial teach us about our beliefs? Our hope? Our lives in Christ?
Come and find out. 

We will also have the opportunity to start planning 
our own funeral - more spiritual fun than you might imagine.

Wednesday, 10/16, 7-8:30PM   or  Saturday 10/19, 10-11:30AM

Full fall schedule and sign-up can be found  HERE

   

Sunday November 3rd:
Assembling dessert kits for the MLK Center, 10:30 AM in the Gathering Space 



St. Mary's is hosting Trunk or Treat on Saturday, October 26th!
We need members to decorate their trunks and bring candy to welcome kids and families from our community and beyond. 

The evening begins with 5pm worship, 6:15 Trunk or Treat in the back parking lot followed by supper and spooky kid-friendly stories told by Cindy Killavey
Your trunk may be as simple or elaborate as you want. 
For examples & ideas, click HERE
You may contact Marlo Pratt or Regina Slezak with questions or to help. There will be a sign up sheet & instructions in church. 

-S E R V I C E-
Let the greatest among you be the servant... - Matthew 23

Donations this month for the MLK Center
  
Our current donation focus for the MLK Center is on breakfast cereals. 

We are also collecting canned pumpkin, sweetened condensed milk, and graham crackers crusts to assemble dessert kits for MLK guests. 
Donation baskets are in the entry to the church and parish house. 
Your generosity blesses many people.


St. Mary's youth spent last week's Sunday School hour in service to God's creation and removed over ten pounds of plastic and litter from Sandy Point!
Thank you to them and to the adults who helped to coordinate.

Community Garden Updates and Information 
 
Community support to local food pantries is well under way.  Donation areas in the church kitchen are well marked in the fridge and counter.  Home garden overflow is welcome!  Please donate!
-COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS-


Senior Service Expo Sponsored by Episcopal Charities
Saturday, Oct 19th, 8:30-12 at St. Luke's East Greenwich
This event links senior citizens with resources, support, and services. 
You can learn more or register 


If you have a submission for E-news:
If you have news or an announcement that you'd like to be added to this e-newsletter, please email gabe@smcportsmouth.org
Submissions should be sent by Wednesdays to be added to the weekend e-news. 



Recently, many, many organizations, especially churches have been the targets of fraudulent emails. 

They often appear to be from the rector or a staff member. They usually ask for money or personal information. 

If an email looks suspicious before you open it, trust your instinct and DO NOT open it. 

If you are unsure, DO NOT open it. 

If you do open an email and it appears to be asking for money or personal information, DO NOT REPLY and DO NOT send money. 

Jennifer and the SMC staff and leaders will NEVER ask you for money directly via email. 

You can always call or send an email to us if you are not sure. We are aware of the problem and this is part of the technology age in which we live and there is very little that can be done to stop this annoyance, but we should be mindful when opening and replying to emails always. 

-VESTRY & STAFF LEADERS-
Sr. Warden: Murry Edwards:       muedwards@cox.net
Jr. Warden: Paul Westrom:        pwestromjwtb@gmail.com
Treasurer: Chris Bartlett:            titustrading@yahoo.com
Clerk: Mattie Gustafson:             melianmeg@gmail.com
Member: Christine Winslow:      cwinslow@corriganfinancialinc.com
Member: David Brierley:             grampa@galaxia.com
Member: Peter Collins:               pcollins2ab@yahoo.com
Member: Trish Culver:                trishculver@cox.net
Member: Dave Ferkinhoff:          dave-fe@cox.net
Member: David Spengler            david.spengler@live.com
Member: Julie Zecher:                zecherjulie@gmail.com
Member: Michelle Freitas:         msfreitas1206@gmail.com
Rector: The Rev. Jennifer L. Pedrick  jennifer@smcportsmouth.org
Parish Administrator:Karen Laroche karen@smcportsmouth.org
Director of Christian Formation: Gabe Giella gabe@smcportsmouth.org
Pastoral Musician: Michael Templeton michael@smcportsmouth.org
Property Manager: Jon Walker jon@smcportsmouth.org
 
Parish House Hours:
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, Karen Laroche  (karen@smcportsmouth.org).