Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Thursday, January 14, 2021
Final Envelope Pick Up Sunday

There are 43 boxes of offeratory envelopes still needing to be picked up. They will be available on the office porch from 9am-12pm January 20th. Thanks to all who have already picked up and begun their 2021 offering.

 If you are in need of a 2021 pledge form CLICK HERE. Pledge envelopes can be mailed to the office or dropped in the mailbox outside the office weekly,

Next Steps: Planning Our Future Together - Church Assessment Tool (CAT)

The Vestry had a meeting in December to initially review the results and, hopefully each of you has received a copy of the executive summary that was mailed the middle of last month. Had it not been for the pandemic, we would have had a special parish meeting in the church to discuss the results and the actions we can take together. Instead, we have scheduled a Zoom listening session for Sunday, February 21 - we encourage you to attend. Your voice matters! Please look for additional details in The Happenings and the weekly e-newsletter.
Tech Team Update

Check out that view!!! Our compter and camera have been installed in the balcony and the training of the new software has begun. We have installed a secure hardwired internet line and our audio is linked. We are progressing nicely and are exicted to begin experimenting with the technology in the weeks ahead.
Morning Devotions

Today's Morning Devotions was led by Sr. Warden Mechelle as Rev. Ann is on off this week.

If you would like to join the Tech Team during the recording of Morning Devotions on Thursday, Jan 21st at 9:30 am please email or call Sandy. Enter through the handicapped doors by the Memorial Garden.
Annual Reports are due TODAY

Please email Treasurer Gene Marinelli genemar13@cox.net so he can compile the report in time for printing and distribution. While we realize that many reports may be shorter than in years past we are commited to putting together a full report.










Sunday, Januray 17th 10AM


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WEEK NIGHT COMPLINE


Join fellow parishioners:

Monday: Karen A
Tuesday: Andrea
Wednesday: Deacon Karen
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 www.bcponline.org.


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Annual Meeting January 31st 11:00-12:30

A seperate Zoom link will be sent out that morning. Please make every effort to attend as we gather together as the body of St. Mary's. If you would like to practice "zooming" please contact Rev. Ann and she would gladly walk you through the steps.

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We need to fill the following Vestry positions:
Vestry member 2 year term
Vestry member 3 year term

Please contact Sarah Tierinni (sarah.i.brown23@gmail.com) if you feel so called to fill one of these roles or have any questions
Anti Racism Opportunities
Have you been watching the Meditations on Racial Healing, Justice, and Reconciliation? Catch up now on YouTube!

The Racial Healing, Justice and Reconciliation (RHJR) Ministry Network is offering a series of meditations focused on Racial Justice as an effort to raise awareness and provide ECCT with a meaningful space to spark transformative conversations in parochial settings. Our hope is that these meditations will provide a framework for dismantling racism in our midst as well as encouragement to work towards racial healing and reconciliation in our state and in the world. Check out the mediations, including this week's from the Rev. Ranjit Mathews, on ECCT's YouTube channel and watch for new ones to be posted regularly.

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Join the CT Council for Interreligious Understanding for a live virtual discussion about White Christian Privilege. This event is free, open to the public, and offered via Zoom, but space is limited. For more infomation https://ccfiu.org/white-christian-privilege. Register no later than February 19th to receive the link and password necessary to join the event.
Let's Take a Winter Walk! 
Rev. Ann has been busy connecting with parishioners as they take a stroll! Email Ann to find a time to share a Winter Walk: revalovejoy@gmail.com
“But to all who received him, who believed in his name, he gave power to become children of God, who were born, not of blood or of the will of the flesh or of the will of man, but of God.” -John 1:12-13

We begin 2021 with the sure and certain knowledge that the Christ has given us power and new birth as children of God. Our world is still filled with uncertainty, suffering, and fear, but none of these things can undo the hope and promise we have in Christ.
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, which you have from God, and that you are not your own? --1 Corinthians 6:19
Like elite athletes in training, we who follow Christ give up certain “freedoms” in this life in order to faithfully respond to God’s gracious gift of salvation. We choose to love God and our neighbors fully, choosing a path of wellness and good stewardship of all God’s abundance.
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What is Stewardship? Managing and utilizing intelligently the gifts that God has given with our Time, Talents and Treasures. God created Earth for mankind and we are now stewards of His creation. This means it is our responsibility to look after and take care of this world. Our stewardship of creation involves the caretaking of the environment and animals as well as our families and communities. Being a good steward in this world is one way of expressing our love for God and our gratitude to Him. Our works continues beyond the Stewardship campaign.

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TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS

Covid-19 Vaccine Info
CLICK HERE to access the State of Connecticut's website with up to date information as we move into Phase 1b

Vaccine Appointments 75+
CLICK HERE to visit Uconn Health Center's website and make an appointment (click schedule appointment in upper right hand corner)

CLICK HERE to visit Hartford Healthcare's website (click learn more on lower left hand side)

Daily Prayer Service
In the two weeks leading up to the presidential inauguration, the Washington National Cathedral will offer brief online prayers for our nation, together with our interfaith and ecumenical colleagues, each day at 5 p.m. We invite you to spend five minutes in prayers for safety, solace and national unity. CLICK HERE to access WNC's Facebook page.
Ann's Zoom Coffee Shop on Fridays 1-2pm

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Virtual Prayers of the People
Please take a moment to lift these names up in your prayers. Contact Rev. Ann revalovejoy@gmail.com 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
Dawn Murphy
John Wagner
Matthew
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
Jill
Karen Armogida
Sharon and Cornelius
Garvin
Jack Cianfaglione
Dick Falcone
Tricia
Linda and Michael
Kiki Eglinton
Dean Fedorchak
 
FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED
Ruth Clement
Dotti Canon
Eleanor Hunte 
Jean Cabana
Kathy Anderson
Bob Reault (pronounced “row”)
Geoff 
Jeanette Waytashak
Murial Ritchie
Michelle Darrell
Gloria Edwards
Suzanna

For comfort for their families and for all who mourn especially:
Cabana family, Norman, Denise
George
Reault Family (pronounced “row”)
Alon
LouAnn, Ellie and family
George, Darrell family

Thanksgiving for
For our parish leadership

FOR THOSE SERVING IN THE MILITARY
Darriun Bedell, Kuwait