Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Thursday, January 6, 2021
CLICK HERE for the January Happenings

Please note the following changes:

All Sunday worship services in January will be livestreamed ONLY due to the rapid surge of COVID-19 infections.

The 2022 Annual Meeting has been moved to February 6th in hopes of gathering in-person

Holy Eucharist
January 9th @ 9AM

YouTube Channel: St. Mary's Manchester

Lay Preacher Beth Lavalette will join us today
Listening To You

Over this past week we have heard from parishioners sharing their desire to connect during this most recent COVID surge. We have brought back a virtual Friday Fellowship on Zoom beginning tomorrow (info below). We are also diving into our technological capabilities, to see if it is possible to share a Zoom Worship service over our YouTube channel which would give a choice in how you would like to worship at 9AM and for those who like to connect that option. In the meantime your voice in this decision matters so please let us know by taking the poll below...
How would you prefer we worship for the rest of January?
Zoom Only
YouTube Livestream Only
Pledge Envelopes

2022 pledge envelopes are available for pick up on the office porch from 9am-12pm today (Thursday). Due to the predicted snow storm we will not put them out on Friday. You may also pick them up on Sunday between 8:30am-5pm.

Please continue to drop your weekly pledge in the office mailbox.
Vestry Members Needed

As we transition into a pivotal year for St. Mary's sustainability we are seeking various leadership positions on the vestry including executive positions of clerk and assistant treasurer, as well as four at-large vestry members.

Due to the fact that we have such a large slate to fill this year, the current vestry has rethought the commitment levels of vestry members and are hoping that the shortening of the at-large vestry terms will make this leadership role more 'doable' for parishioners. At the Annual Meeting there will be a proposed change to the by-laws to reduce the terms of all newly elected vestry members from 3 year terms to 1 year terms. That proposal will be voted on by the parish. We are seeking to create a more sustainable leadership team with those who are willing to help being able to serve for a shorter time period.

Is God calling you to help guide St. Mary's into the future? Please use Mary Covello's ministry reflection from the Fall as a tool to help guide your thoughts and prayerfully consider joining the vestry!

“Since serving on the vestry since January of this year, I can tell you that serving has offered unexpected blessings. Each member of the vestry brings rich experience and varied talents to the table. Each member loves our parish and has history with our parish, and surprisingly we are mostly all on the same page. Our goal is twofold: (1) to responsibly manage the church as an economic and religious entity and (2) To continually discern where God is calling us as a Christian community.

If you have any questions please contact Rev. Ann, Mechelle or Sarah
TODAY Thursday, Jan. 6, at 12 p.m.

Join Episcopal Church Presiding Bishop Michael Curry, Washington Bishop Mariann Budde, the Rev. Glenna Huber, and other local and national leaders for a livestreamed celebration of Epiphany, the season of light, from the Church of the Epiphany in Washington, D.C.

This Epiphany, we will proclaim that we recognize Christ alive and moving wherever people are looking, acting, and loving like Jesus. Bishop Curry will invite Episcopalians to commit afresh to becoming vibrant, loving, healing, truth-telling embodiments of Jesus and his light—in our communities and in our nation.  

The worship service will feature the witness and voice of a diversity of people who are the face of Christ—from ordained Episcopal ministers to unhoused people who are also leading the church. Artists will include Kory Caudill, composer and musical director for Concert for the Human Family, and Chanda Leigh Adeogba, lead musician for Imagine Church-Atlanta.

Click the link below to join the livestream.
Bishop Curry also will offer a videotaped address to the nation later that day.
Stewardship Update

The finance committee met last night to finalize the 2022 budget and pass it on the vestry for their January 18th meeting. Below is the breakdown of pledging trends:

Total pledging units- 101
Average yearly pledge- $1,967

Total pledging units- 77
Average yearly pledge- $2,251

We would like to thank all who committed a pledge to St. Mary's this year. If you are still prayerfully considering your commitment level or would like to make a pledge please CLICK HERE for the form and return it to the office.
COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics in Manchester

Saturday, January 8th: 8am-12pm Manchester Community College located at 60 Bidwell Street for ages 12+

Saturday, January 8th: 1pm-5pm Bangaladesh Bahaban located at 9 Delmont Street for ages 5+

CLICK HERE to view the full schedule of DPH Van Clinics
Dangerously Low Blood Supply! Don’t Wait! DONATE!

Since blood can't be manufactured, there are no substitutes for donors. Give blood Jan.1-31 and you’ll be entered for a chance to win an exciting Super Bowl LVI getaway in LA for you and a guest! Upcoming Manchester blood drives include:

Jan. 13 & 27 from 1:30pm -6:30pm at North United Methodist Church, 300 Parker St

Jan. 28 from 11:00am -4pm at Buckland Hills Mall, 194 Buckland Hills Dr.

For more info and to schedule your appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or visit us online to find drives in nearby towns: 
@ 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
Critical Race Theory: What It Is and What It Isn't
Jan. 31, 12 noon

To kick off the month-long celebration of Black History Month 2022, the University of Hartford, in collaboration with Wesleyan University, will host a conversation on the topic of Critical Race Theory, with guest presenter Dr. Gloria Ladson-Billings. This program will be held virtually on Monday, January 31, 2022 at noon; Zoom access information below. Dr. Ladson-Billings will explain the origins of Critical Race Theory and why it’s become such a political and cultural flashpoint. At its core, the current national uproar signals the imperative for institutions of higher education to examine and unearth the many ways race impacts society.

To join us on Zoom CLICK HERE

More about our guest speaker:

Gloria Ladson-Billings is the former Kellner Distinguished Chair of Urban Education at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts & Sciences, a Fellow of the American Educational Research Association, a Fellow of the Hagler Institute of Texas A&M University, and a member of the National Academy of Education, where she served as President 2017-2021. Her area of expertise is culturally relevant pedagogy and equity-focused instruction. She is author
of the critically acclaimed book, “The Dreamkeepers: Successful Teachers of African American Children” as well as two other single-authored books, ten edited books, and more than 100 journal articles and book chapters. She is the recipient of nine honorary degrees from US and international universities.

Questions? Contact the Office of Diversity and Community Engagement at
Daring to Think Forward in a Time of Accelerating Change

By Dwight J. Friesen And Ann A. Michel On August 31, 2021

How can churches get ahead of the curve by learning to anticipate change rather than always responding to change after the fact?
Ann Michel interviews Dwight Friesen about how to cultivate the imagination and skill set needed to think forward.

Use the YouTube video link to listen to the interview or CLICK HERE to read the transcript.
Virtual Friday Fellowship

Join Rev. Ann and fellow parishioners on Zoom tomorrow from 1pm-2pm to connect and chat.

Dial +1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 873 0224 9184
Password: 958202
Prayers of the People
Please take a moment to lift these names up in your prayers.
Mary Rolfe
Lynette Wilson
Beth Lavalette
Dean Fedorchak
Linda Feltcher
Denise Donez
Laura and Naomi
Geoff Olivier
Mike Melaniphy
Frankie Abetz
Rev Ann
Pam Sargent
Jane Bensche
Ellen Schmedding
Jessica Gustow
Joan Stauch
Shirley McGarry
Erick Kromfinger
Peg McCoan
Tom and Nancy Mann
Kristen Bourque Knox 
Manchester High School community on the recent unexpected death of a student 
Lanie Turner
Sylvia, Carlson and Carlson, Jr.
Meg Warner
Deb K.
Pat G.

Anna Robillard
Elza Ozols Bailey
Des O’Neill
Eric (Ric) Sawyer
Bruce Sheftel
Woody Lopes
Janice Roman Clack
Barbara Skoog
Jack Cianfaglione
For comfort for their families and for all who mourn
In Thanksgiving for:

Our Wardens, Officers & Vestry leadership

Our partner school, Bennet Academy

The work of the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA)

All who share their time, talents, and treasures with us.

Our friends at Concordia & Emanuel
NOTE: Going forward please send any prayer requests to Pat Georgeady either at or via phone 860-432-0098. Pat will relay the prayer need to the prayer team and will update the Prayers of the People list weekly. Thank you to Pat for taking on this important task!
O God, by the leading of a star you manifested your only Son to the peoples of the earth: Lead us, who know you now by faith, to your presence, where we may see your glory face to face; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.