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

Weekend of August 17 & 18, 2019


Dear Friends, 

Jesus's words in this weekend's gospel are confusing and maybe even upsetting if we only read them quickly or hear them briefly in church. He says he's come to cast fire on the earth, to bring a sword instead of peace, and he speaks of division and discord in families and relationships. 

It's confusing and troubling to hear because at some point, we believed that following the Jesus Way would somehow make life easy, or make sense, or that Jesus will make all of our problems and questions vanish. This is not so. It is not so for us and it was not so for Jesus. In fact, Jesus speaks so directly in these passages because he is bearing the depths of his soul to his disciples knowing the trials that he himself must endure...but there is good news here...

As Christians and an human beings we know that our faith does not supply us with easy answers but we are gathering on Sunday at the beach for worship and a baptism with members and friends and guests of the Duffy family. And why do we continue to baptize people into a faith that doesn't promise us easy answers? We do this because of our own baptismal promises, and the things they assure us of if we keep them by respecting the dignity of all people, gathering faithfully together, and practicing acts of selfless service. 

Jesus predicts that discord and division will persist but living our baptismal call is the key to being agents of healing, peace, and authentic Christian spirituality. As we gather at the sea on Sunday let us been deeply aware of the gift of our baptismal covenant which gives us no easy answers, but gives us to one another as strength and support in our own unique spiritual journeys. That's why we gather...and I hope you'll come, even if it's been a while. 

"Sea" you soon, 
Gabe


WORSHIP, BAPTISM, & POTLUCK  AT SANDY POINT THIS SUNDAY @  9AM!
Be sure to bring a chair, blanket, sunscreen, swimsuit, food to share, and anything you need to enjoy the beach together once our service concludes. Bring a friend!


at both services: 5pm on September 7 and 9AM on September 8th
Bring your school bag or bags to be blessed as a reminder of God's goodness all year round!

-W O R S H I P-
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness... - Psalm 96
 
This Weekend's Collect 
A lmighty God, you have given your only Son to be for us a sacrifice for sin, and also an example of godly life: Give us grace to receive thankfully the fruits of his redeeming work, and to follow daily in the blessed steps of his most holy life; through Jesus Christ your Son our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

You can access the bible passages read at church this weekend, and for any day of the year. We typically follow track 2  at St. Mary's. 
Here's the link:   lectionary 



Be Ready for Church: Learn New Service Music From Home!
With a blend of traditional and contemporary music at the 9AM service, there is something for everyone and we will discover new ways to praise God. 
When there is unfamiliar music planned, you can look here for a sound or video recording to listen to & learn at home or on the go!

Worship Note:
From September 8th - November 24th, Services will be held in the Historic Church
 

Weekly Services & Ministry Assignments

5PM
Outdoors on the bridal path, weather permitting
Wine & cheese reception to follow, first Saturday of each month. 

Lector & Intercessor: Joanne Gracia 
LEM: Bob Vergnani
Greeter: Murry Edwards

9AM
In St. George's Chapel inside the Parish House

Worship this Sunday will be at Sandy Point at 9AM. Bring a chair or blanket; potluck picnic to follow!

Lectors: Jason Kane; Ann Gizzi
Intercessor: Chris Barker
LEM: Claire Hebert; Gabe Giella
Greeter: Pauline Davis; Rayna Lombardo

Counters
Christine Winslow; David Spengler. 

Coffee Hour Hosts
Potluck picnic

Altar Guild
Lauren Lema; Stacy Mello


ATTENTION: All those involved in a worship ministry...
Lectors, Greeters, LEMs, Counters, Altar Guild, Crucifers, Acolytes, Intercessors...

Please sign in the the Ministry Scheduler Pro and update your time to reflect your availability at either 5PM on Saturday or 9AM on Sunday. 
If you do not update to reflect this worship schedule, you may be automatically scheduled incorrectly or not scheduled at all. 

Would you like to join a ministry and need help being scheduled? 
Contact karen@smcportsmouth.org and she will help you get on the list. 

To access the Ministry Scheduler click here:
  
http://www.rotundasoftware.com/ministry/StMarysEpiscopal

-W E L L - B E I N G-
Growing into the full stature of Christ... - Ephesians 4
Please keep watch for a separate email this coming week with further details and online registration for the following:

Sunday School for children and adults will begin 
September 15th at 10:30 
following worship and fellowship.

Registration deadline and meet & greet will be Sunday Sept. 8th. 

Adult classes will be bible-based taught by Karen Laroche 
Children's lesson topics will include Episcopal practices, bible, and worship. 
A monthly weekend fellowship and service project for teens is also being planned.

Are you able to share the gift of your time?
Do you have a heart for children and youth? We need your help!

Please contact  gabe@smcportsmouth.org if you can offer ministry teaching, or helping with children and youth classes and events. 



Financial Peace University is coming to St. Mary's!
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

This class will change your relationship with money and give you tools and a mindset for better saving and wiser spending, how to invest, and understanding credit and retirement. Perfect for all ages and great for students and parents dealing with college finances.

 
We have begun our book study of Richard Rohr's Falling Upward! 
It's a great group and there is room for more folks. 
You do not have to be present for all four weeks to join this group.  
Please come as you can.  

For August 21, please read chapters 6-9
For August 28, please read chapters 10 - 13.
With Claire Hebert & Jennifer Pedrick -  Wednesdays in August, 12-1:30, in the Parish House
Bring your own lunch; beverages will be provided.

You may purchase Richard Rohr's book, Falling Upward, from the Center for Action and Contemplation. Copy this URL into your browser: 

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

Service Guild Update
The newly formed Service Guild @ St Mary's is continuing to look for ways to deepen our commitment to serving others.  Part of this effort involves strengthening our relationship with the MLK Center in Newport to meet the needs of local families.  As September approaches, MLK would appreciate assistance in helping to provide back to school items for children with a focus on those in Grades K-5.  Teacher lists for students in these grades are available at Staples or see the list below for some suggestions.

We will collect items this weekend and for three additional weekends. You may leave items in the marked baskets in the entry to the parish house. 

Folders 
Glue Sticks (large and small)           
       Pencils            
         Notebooks            
Crayons (Box of 24)
Backpacks
Water Colors (Washable)
Dry Erase Markers
Hand Sanitizer
Tissues
Clorox Wipes
Ear buds or headphones

Community Garden Updates and Information 


St. Mary's Community Garden is having a great season!  New gardeners and Searose Montessori School have made our garden a great place to be!  Come check it out.

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 Garden Need
The St. Mary's community garden is in need of a hose reel.  Gently used donation welcome.  Please contact Elise LaParle Garcia  i f you are able to help.  Thank you!  

This Month's Food Donations for the MLK Center

For the month of August, donations of non-perishable proteins are requested as our focus: canned meats and fish, beans, nut butters, etc. 

In the second quarter, St Mary's has donated 732 lbs. of food to the MLK center and to-date this year, 1371 lbs. Thanks to Jon Edwards for gathering this information!


Meatloaf preparation in the St Mary's Kitchen, Aug 29, 6PM 
We will prepare meatloaves for St Paul's soup kitchen. Dinner provided.


We are looking forward to an evening playing MANHUNT with dinner included and the upcoming schedule of service and fellowship opportunities for the fall semester. All youth--teens and tweens are invited

Saturday September 7th:
5PM Worship 6PM fellowship SUNSET: Manhunt Game begins
Contact Michelle Freitas or Jenny Williams to let us know you'll be coming! 
-COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS-



Millie Cozzens has served on the Altar Guild for 50 years! 
For 27 of those years she has been the leader of this ministry.  
She has decided it is time to retire.  

Join our community and Millie's friends and family as we give thanks for her ministry and service on Sunday August 25th. 

We will offer special prayers during worship at 9 a.m. and celebrate with her at a very special coffee hour.



Jon Walker's Egg Casserole Preparation (by popular demand!)
  • 1 lb breakfast sausage (I used hot and spicy turkey)
  • ½ small red bell pepper
  • ⅓ white onion
  • ½ small green bell pepper
  • 1 lb frozen hash browns
  • ½ cup sour cream
  • ½-3/4 cup processed cheese, shredded
  • Garlic powder (I used a few dashes)
  • salt & pepper
  • 4 eggs
  • ¼ cup milk
  • 1 cup cheese, shredded (I used a mixture of cheeses)
INSTRUCTIONS
  1. Preheat oven to 375
  2. In a large skillet cook sausage until browned. Place the sausage on paper towels to drain. Leave the fat in the skillet. (You may need to pour some of it out if it's a lot)
  3. Dice up the onions, green bell pepper, and red bell pepper.
  4. Add to skillet and sauté until just tender. ( It won't take long so be careful not to overcook)
  5. Place the sautéed veggies on a plate and set aside.
  6. In a large bowl add the thawed, hash browns.
  7. Stir in the sour cream until it coats the hash browns
  8. Stir in the processed cheese.
  9. Season with salt, pepper and garlic powder. I used just a few dashes. (Taste the mixture to make sure the seasonings are just right. Be careful not to over-season, since we'll also be using sausage and cheese)
  10. Spray a 9 inch deep dish pie plate with cooking oil and press the hash brown mixture into the pie plate getting it as flat and even as possible.
  11. Cover the top with sausage, onions and peppers. Set aside.
  12. In a small bowl beat eggs with milk.
  13. Pour the egg mixture evenly over the top of the casserole. (sometimes I'll use a knife to poke holes in the casserole so that the eggs mixture goes down further)
  14. Top with shredded cheese.
  15. Cover with foil and bake for 45 minutes.
  16. Remove the foil and bake for another 10-15 minutes or until the casserole is fully set. (See note below on cooking times)
  17. Let cool for 10 minutes and enjoy!
NOTES
Cooking times: I baked this in a 9 inch deep dish pie plate for 45 minutes covered and 17 minutes uncovered. You may need to adjust the cooking time so check it after 45 minutes. The  casserole is done when it is completely set and edges are golden brown. It should not have any liquid from the egg present at all and it should be fluffy and creamy, not runny or wet. ~TIPS~ Feel free to add in more things like bacon, broccoli, etc. Using a variety of cheeses is best! Yum!  Casserole should be FULLY set & fluffy when done. Nothing jiggling, wet, or runny! 



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).