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

Weekend of September 14 & 15, 2019

Painting by Gary Roulette. Parables of the Lost Coin and the Lost Sheep. 2013

Dear Friends, 

Last weekend we experienced lively and joyous table fellowship both around God's table in the historic church and around the tables in our gathering space as we enjoyed the hospitality of Christian friends old and new.  It made my heart glad to have so many people together over the course of Saturday evening and Sunday morning. Our attendance and participation were strong and prayerful.  Both of our services were wonderfully fuller than usual. I want to give thanks to everyone who offered leadership and ministry that contributed to this "kick-off", especially the staff, hospitality and worship leaders. Since we moved to from the chapel to the church for Sunday worship, there were changes and new learning for some. The changes were felt differently by members of our community. Some welcomed the return to the church, the vested choir and sound of the organ, while others were not used to the new space, traditional language, and distance from the altar. I wish everyone could always feel like they are getting exactly what they want, but of course that would be unrealistic. Honestly, that would also not be spiritually meaningful or nourishing over time. What is healthy and what I believe will continue to grow us and create our spiritual health and well-being as a community is that we continue to show up and participate prayerfully, thoughtfully and sacrificially.  We are, as Gabe powerfully reminded us in his sermon, called to be on the way of love, followers of Jesus.  Showing up is not always what we want to do. Yet we do this not only for ourselves, but for the sake of others, and for God's sake.  

This week we will have a chance to consider and worship our God who is relentless in searching for us when we are lost. We will connect to music and scriptures that remind us of God's grace in seeking us out in all the places we hide. I look forward to being with you in community, and at the tables where we will come face to face with each other and the living God in Christ. Ready or not, here God comes.  

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 
O  God, because without you we are not able to please you, mercifully grant that your Holy Spirit may in all things direct and rule our hearts; 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 Sunday HERE

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


Liturgical Ministry Assignments:

 Saturday 5PM
Lector & Intercessor: Carol Brierley
LEM: Carol Brierley
Greeter:  Murry Edwards

 Sunday 9AM
Crucifer: Jennie Nestlerode
Acolytes: Cameron Boucher, Sarah Freitas
Lectors: Carol McOsker; Regina Slezak
Intercessor: Trish Culver
LEM: Briana Boucher
Greeter: Ann Gizzi, Rayna Lombardo
Preacher: The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick

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Counters
David Spenger, Christine Winslow

Hospitality/Coffee Hour
Mary Kay Lundberg, Cindy Simmons

Altar Guild
Lauren Lema, Stacy Mello


At Saturday and Sunday Worship, October 5 & 6
Bring your animals and pets, appropriately contained for comfort & safety. You may also bring a photo. Join us for this joyful celebration of St. Francis of Assisi!



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
Classes begin 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

10:30 Children's class, "God Made Light and Darkness" 
Co-led by Gabe Giella and Beth Werner

To sign up for any of the fall programs, you may still  register    HERE  

 
 
Financial professional and St. Mary's member Michelle Freitas will be leading this 9 week series beginning September 9 - Nov 4th, Monday evenings at 6PM

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

With The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick
The first session, Growing in Grace through the Years: Confirmation, Marriage, Confession & Healing, Ordination: Wed. 9/18, 7-8:30 or Sat. 9/21, 10-11:30

Full fall schedule and sign-up can be found  HERE

   

Monthly Teen Service Sundays: October 6
Carpool to Sandy Point for a Beach Cleanup after church. 
Look for a text-message and RSVP information this coming week!


Invite Welcome Connect Ministry needs your help planning upcoming events serving our parish and the wider community. To plan for the October 26 Trunk or Treat, and learn how you can help with this fun and festive evening, meet with us
Saturday, September 21, at 9AM in the parish house. 
You may contact Marlo Pratt or Regina Slezak with questions.

-S E R V I C E-
Let the greatest among you be the servant... - Matthew 23
Service Guild Update
Thank you to all who generously donated classroom and school supplies. The MLK Center and those it serves will be blessed  by this tangible expression of sharing God's love. 


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-


Roof replacement continues through December on our historic church.  You will notice scaffolding around the outside of the church and while there will still be access during the week, construction noise may make prayerful use of the space difficult. We will have full use of the church for weekend worship. Thank you for your generosity and patience which enable this wonderful work of renewal to happen and for your prayers for the generations to come who'll worship God in this holy place. 


October 5 & 6: Blessing of Animals at all services
October 26: Trunk or Treat, supper, and spooky stories (kid friendly)



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).