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

Weekend of October 5 & 6, 2019




Dear Friends, 

This weekend we will remember St. Francis as we gather in worship.  One way we join with churches around the world, recalling St. Francis' connection to creatures and the created world is to bless animals.

It is always a worship experience full of surprises as the four leggeds and those that fly join us in the pews. It is also a good symbolic reminder of God's love for all creatures and the presence of the Holy One in our relationships with each other, with our animals and with the natural world. As the climate change is a crisis of utmost importance for people the world over, we gather as people of faith and hope. We bless animals as a sign of our love for God and our intention to be good stewards of the creatures and creation with which God has entrusted us. 

Our gospel will remind us that faith the size of a mustard seed will be enough. We have what we need.  We are the ones God needs. 

On Sunday our teens will head out for a beach clean up as another sign of caring for the creation.  Please join us in worship, well-being and service this weekend.  You matter here. 

Faithfully, 
Jennifer+

-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 
A lmighty and everlasting God, you are always more ready to hear than we to pray, and to give more than we either desire or deserve: Pour upon us the abundance of your mercy, forgiving us those things of which our conscience is afraid, and giving us those good things for which we are not worthy to ask, except through the merits and mediation of Jesus Christ our Savior; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Prepare yourself for worship by accessing the readings (track 2) HERE


Liturgical Ministry Assignments:

 Saturday 5PM
Lector & Intercessor: Joanne Gracia
LEM: Carole Nicodemus

 Sunday 9AM
Crucifer: Steve Bakios
Acolytes: Sheila Benevides
Lectors: Michelle Freitas, Lauren Lema
Intercessor: Stacy Mello
LEM: Elaine Bakios, Michelle Freitas
Greeter: Rayna Lombardo, David Spengler
Preacher: The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick

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Counters
Rita Versepy, David Brierley

Hospitality/Coffee Hour
Ruth Siebens, Chris Winslow

Altar Guild
Joyce Ardito, Jennie Nestlerode

At all services this weekend!
Bring your animals and pets, appropriately contained for comfort & safety. You may also bring a photo or stuffed animals. Join us for this joyful celebration of St. Francis!



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

This week's 10:30 Children's class, "God Made Sun, Moon, and Stars" 
Co-led by Tonya Douce and Beth Werner
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 

Upcoming session with The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick:
Jesus, the Resurrection and the Life: The Burial Office & Planning Your Funeral
Wednesday, 10/16, 7-8:30PM or Saturday 10/19, 10-11:30AM

Full fall schedule and sign-up can be found  HERE

   

Meet in the gathering space this Sunday at 10:20
Carpool rides will be available. 
Teens and adults will head out for a beach cleanup. 



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.

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-



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).