Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Thursday, April 8, 2021
Thank You, Thank You

Alleluia. Christ is Risen! 
The Lord is Risen, indeed! Alleluia!

As we begin our celebration of Easter, and immerse ourselves in this season of hope and new life, we pause to give thanks for all who make our Lent and Holy Week services special and meaningful. For our worship partners: Concordia, Emanuel and Faith Lutheran Churches for continuing our tradition of sharing Holy Week together. While there were many adjustments, we were blessed with beautiful music featuring Dr. Jun Lee of Emanuel, John Anderson, organist with Concordia, Rob McCrann, minister of music with Faith, our pianist Kelly Sharp, plus the combined choir directed by Dr. Lee and the many cantors. Thank you to Pastor Marschhausen, Pastor Kershner, Mark Winzler, Deacon Fedorchak, and Ms. Beth Allen, lay leader with Faith. Our music and lay preachers, from three of the four congregations, during Wednesdays in Lent were wonderful. Thank you to everyone who submitted photos of servant ministry for Maundy Thursday, and of your crosses at home and locally for Good Friday. There were close to 150 cross photos in the "veneration of the cross" presentation!

In addition to our shared services on zoom, we also live-streamed the Blessing of the Palms, recorded the Easter Vigil service of light, and recorded our Holy Eucharist (spiritual communion) service that premieres Sundays at 7:30 am. Thank you to our tech team, readers, those who prepared the Altar and the flowers, and tended the fire. We were delighted to record live music offered by Rob McCrann and Kelly Sharp for the Easter Day service. Thank you to Kelly Sharp, Wendy Donagher, and Nancy Lynn Knauff for recording Easter hymns. We will be blessed by this gift of music throughout the Easter season. Thank you for those assisting with the distribution of Communion, the "Communion Cups" consecrated at the Altar at St. Mary's and shared in a "to-go" fashion in the parking lot, beginning Easter Sunday. 

Thank you to the wardens, officers, and vestry for leading the parish through this time of turmoil. Covid has brought upon its own challenges, on top of many anxieties we already had and the injustices that we are turning to face in this time. Thank you to all the prayer warriors who have supported the parish leadership and all who have been willing to "try on" new things. Thank you for sharing disappointments, like the new fire recording I could not get into the zoom service! Thank you for having patience when technology isn't working the way we thought it could or would, like on zoom Easter morning. 

My personal motto and mantra has been "staying safe, keeping connected" and this Easter season I have charged myself with "seeing new life". It is there for us to see when we open our eyes. When we let go of how we wish things to go. When we accept realities and ask what God is inviting us to notice. I am thankful we have eyes to see, collectively, what we cannot see alone. I am thankful for our ever-expanding circle of community. I can even say I am thankful for the surprises and I expect God has more surprises in store for us, when we have our eyes wide open. 

Thank you for all the blessings of this season and for all the gifts you have shared: your humor, generosity, kindness, and love; for your prayers, for "showing up", and for your willingness to make room for God in this holy and blessed season of new birth and new hope.

May we live into our calling to be Easter people, filled with hope and joy,
Easter Sunday Inside St. Mary's

CLICK HERE to view pictures of the sanctuary from Easter Sunday. The video link shares Robert McCrann our guest organist playing a portion of #207 Jesus Christ is Risen Today.
Lenten Outreach Campaign Success
Thanks to all who donated to our Undie Sunday, Wall Out Hunger and Gift Card collection over these past weeks. We collected 41 gift cards totalling $1,075 for Bennet Academy and 4 car loads of undies, food and toiletries which went to MACC! Both organizations were extremely grateful and appreciative of our donation!
Re-Opening Task Force Begins

The Wardens are pleased to announce that the St. Mary's Re-Opening Task Force will be chaired by Megan Sargent Dubois. Thank you to those who have volunteered to serve on this task force. A group of eight parishioners will begin meeting next week. When they are ready, they will make recommendations to the vestry and propose a plan for the re-opening St. Mary's for in-person worship and for use by other groups. Please keep this task force and their work in your prayers. 

Zoom Worship

April 11th @ 10AM

CLICK HERE for the bulletin
Join Zoom Meeting
1 646 876 9923

Meeting ID: 823 2447 0555
Password: 0000
@ 7:30pm

Monday: Karen A
Wednesday: Andrea
Friday: Sharon

This short service from The Book of Common Prayer can be found in the BCP on page 127 or you may access the prayer book online at

Join Zoom Meeting
1 929 205 6099 

Meeting ID: 856 0827 5573
Passcode: 555650
YouTube Worship
@ 7:30AM or later

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Communion Cups
@ 8:45-9:15AM

Note: weather dependent; notification of cancellation will occur by 6pm on Saturday

Please follow the signage and after receiving the blessed sacrament drive around the office building, park, pray and consume the Holy Eucharist. Then upon exiting the lot dispose of the communion wrappings in the bin. We are looking forward to seeing you!
Bishop Douglas to Retire

Click the video link to hear from Bishop Douglas.

CLICK HERE to see the bishops' letter to ECCT.

CLICK HERE to read the Standing Committee's notice.
"Staying Safe, Keeping Connected" 
Rev. Ann is always ready for coffee on the curb. The week before HW she made many visits! People may get in touch to schedule a good time to connect!
CT's COVID-19 Vaccine Information
As of April 5th all residents 16+ are eligible
State of Connecticut
CLICK HERE to access the website with current vaccine information

CT's Vaccine Administration Managment System (VAMS)
CLICK HERE to enter to create a profile and find a time slot

Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line
UCONN Health Center
CLICK HERE to visit the website

Hartford Healthcare
CLICK HERE to visit the website

Yale New Haven Health
CLICK HERE to visit the website

CLICK HERE to visit the website

CLICK HERE to visit the website

Art on Main Street 
The Galleries @ WORK_SPACE gave out free canvases for their ‘fresh stART’ exhibit which celebrates new beginnings, positive change and the possibilities of a fresh start, and runs from April 9-May 28, 2021. Gallery is open on weekdays from 10a-4p and on the 2nd Saturday from 10a-2p.

Get Outside!
The third edition of the East Coast Greenway multi-use trail showing Manchester and the region is now available at Manchester Town Hall, Mary Cheney Library, Bolton Post Office, and many area businesses. (Please call for current COVID procedures at these offices and businesses before visiting.)Here is the link to the map -

Fishing with DEEP
Wednesday, May 26, 2021 from 4-8pm at Center Springs Park Pond.
Come fish with DEEP Fisheries! The Fisheries Division will provide all the gear, bait and expert help for FREE! For more information and to register visit the "Special Fishing Events" page at
To make a 2021 pledge to St. Mary's CLICK HERE for the form
Ann's Zoom Coffee Shop on Fridays @ 1-2pm

Join Zoom Meeting
Dial +1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 873 0224 9184
Password: 958202
Virtual Prayers of the People
Please take a moment to lift these names up in your prayers. Contact Rev. Ann if you would like to add a loved one.
Mary Rolfe
Lynette Wilson
Beth Lavalette
Jenn Reguin
Donny Ballsieper
Margaret Burke
Bernie VonHone
Matt Briggs
Lea Dubiel
Gary Jensen
Mechelle Olórtegui
Thea Michailides
Carolyn Stone
Deborah Kocsis
Alexander Tovar Olórtegui
Sylvia Rogers
Carlson Rogers
Torshia Anderson
Carlson Rogers, Jr
Llonia Jackson and family
Kelvin Rogers
Michelle Legister
Talitha Coggins
Aleesha Rogers
Walker-Young Family: Carmen, Courtnee, Emory, Morgan and Chelsea, Emrys and Erymi, 
Meg Wagner
Karen Armogida
Sharon and Cornelius
Dick Falcone
Linda and Michael
Kiki Eglinton
Dean Fedorchak
Summer M.
Arlyne Alexander
Ellise & Ralph Sullivan
Joseph Bennett
Mary Barber
Stella Rose, Jess, Bill & Elsa
Amber Mallett
Rita and Joe Faucher
Gary & Linda Brown
Cory, Tom
Vickie Glorioso
Elsie Urgo
Jack Cianfaglione
Penny, Tim and Jess
Ruth Clement
Dotti Canon
Eleanor Hunte 
Jean Cabana
Kathy Anderson
Bob Reault (pronounced “row”)
Jeanette Waytashak
Murial Ritchie
Michelle Darrell
Gloria Edwards
Paul Pedersen
Fred Winzler
Gail Wolcott
Dolores Jones
Victor Binks
Helen Sisco
Dorothy White
Sarah’s father
Asher Lane
Pam & Pam Sharma
For comfort for their families and for all who mourn especially:
Cabana family, Norman, Denise
Reault Family (pronounced “row”)
Alon White
LouAnn, Ellie and family
George, Darrell family
Pedersen family
Mark Winzler
Wolcott family, Jesse and Jamie
Kelly Sharp
Binks Family
Sisco Family
Kari & Troy Lane
Jon and Monica McKnight McKnight Family
Michelle Legister & Family
Thanksgiving for
Our Wardens, Officers & Vestry leadership

St. Mary’s Re-Opening Task Force (beginning their work April 13)
Darriun Bedell, Kuwait