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

Weekend of October 19 & 20, 2019




Dear Friends, 

The coffee mug on my desk, which was a Christmas gift from my parents, says on one side, "Pray without ceasing." It's a quote from St. Paul's letter to the first Christians in Thessaloniki, two millennia ago. No doubt, this three-word sentence may have been inspired by the parable Jesus tells in the gospel this weekend and surely Jesus' own parable was inspired by stories like we hear all the way from the book of Genesis. 

So across millennia, transcending time and culture, and even religion, God's people have known the value of persistence and have learned that persistence most certainly has a spiritual value. 

Jacob wrestles through the night, the widow persists against the corrupt judge, and St. Paul boldly tells us we simply must not stop proclaiming God's love to the world no matter the obstacle. The call to justice rings as loudly today as ever. Persistence is a hallmark of a life with God. 

But God intends to be part of every aspect of our life--not just that which pertains to Sundays, or allotted prayer time, or churchy things. Many of us do well in those areas to connect with God. In all relationships, work, money, school, health, and various responsibilities where might we need more of God's presence, wisdom, and assistance? I challenge us not only to persist in prayer, but to persist in inviting God into all aspects of our life and to consider how that might change us and how our lives might form a more seamless witness to God's love in all places we go, to all people we deal with, in all decisions we make. 

Persist in your faith by coming to church this weekend. We will worship together in the chapel while the church dries after the storm - a sign of our own persistence - wind and water will not hold us back! For a woman 175 years ago, persistence was key, and Ms. Gibbs' therefore was able to give us, almost two centuries later, a community of friends, a beautiful campus, final resting places, and eventually two houses of worship and prayer. We gather week after week to keep her momentum, be inspired by her persistence and by inviting God into every part of our lives we will surely be surprised by what can be accomplished through us. In moments of doubt or difficulty, invite God in--persist--and return again and again for rest and nourishment in this holy place. See you here this weekend.

Persist!
Gabe


-W O R S H I P-
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness... - Psalm 96
 
Due to water intrusion during this week's storm, all services this weekend will be held in St. George's Chapel while the historic church is dried and cared for.  Your flexibility is appreciated and your presence in community is important as we worship God together in this place.    

Preparing for Worship This Weekend

T his Weekend's Collect 
A lmighty and everlasting God, in Christ you have revealed your glory among the nations: Preserve the works of your mercy, that your Church throughout the world may persevere with steadfast faith in the confession of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and 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: Carole Nicodemus
LEM: Alexandra Allardt
Greeters: Jean & Andre Wilson/Levesque

 Sunday 9AM
Crucifer: Steve Downing
Acolytes: Rayna Lombardo
Lectors: Marshall Lundberg, Bill Geasey
Intercessor: Christine Myers
LEM: Jennie Nestlerode
Greeter: Mary Kay Lundberg, Pauline Davis
Preacher: Gabriel Giella
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Counters
David Spengler, Christine Winslow

Hospitality/Coffee Hour
Regina Slezak, Christine Cotsorodis

Altar Guild
Lauren Lema, Stacy Mello



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. 


Use the work of your hands to help us feast at God's table!
Communion Bread Baking Workshop
Saturday, November 9th at 9AM in the Parish House kitchen
You're invited as Joan Macomber and Cindy Jilling will walk us through the process of making and storing altar bread in hopes of growing this very important ministry.

-W E L L - B E I N G-
Growing into the full stature of Christ... - Ephesians 4


January - June, 2020
This series, vital to our well-being, invites our members and the wider community into a film-based dialog on race and faith. This is program offered by the Episcopal Church is an important step on the Way of Love.

Pray about how matters of race impact your own faith and step onto Sacred Ground for the well-being of yourself and the world...
Discover more about Sacred Ground HERE and the Way of Love HERE
To express interest, ask questions, or take part, contact Lynn Carlson-Leblanc




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


Our bishop will be visiting St. Mary's on February 23rd and will offer the rites of Confirmation, Reception, and Re-Affirmation for those who wish.
To express interest & learn about preparation, contact The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick

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:
From October 13th: Acts 11:1-18; 12:1-19; 15:1-11, 28 & 29
For October 20th: Acts 6:1-15; 7: 54-8:3; 9:1-2; 18: 1-4; 22:1-5, 23:6 


This week's 10:30 Children's class, "God Made All The Other Animals" 
Co-led by Gabe Giella and Tonya Douce
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.

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. 


Recovery is often essential for physical and spiritual well-being. Al-Anon, recently celebrating 30 years of meetings here, has supported the well-being of countless people, known and unknown. We honor their anniversary by reminding you to avail yourself or someone you love to this and similar support opportunities hosted at St. Mary's. You can find a list of them HERE


-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.




  

-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).