Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Thursday, January 7, 2021
Call to Prayer by the Bishops of the Episcopal Church in Connecticut

We write amidst the turmoil and violence in Washington D.C. as supporters of President Trump have breached the security of the United States Capitol interrupting the process to certify the results of the 2020 Presidential Election. The images coming from the Capitol are both horrifying and deplorable. The violent attempted take-over of the seat of government of the United States is incongruous with our nation’s tradition of law and order. As Americans and as Christians we must denounce these illegal and seditious acts that threaten our democracy. The soul of our country is at stake.

We call all Episcopalians in Connecticut to pray for peace both in Washington D.C. and across our nation. Let us pray for safety for those in harm’s way, and especially for the protection of law-enforcement professionals called to guard the people and places of our government. Let us pray that our nation’s leaders will exercise appropriate authority to de-escalate the violence in Washington D.C. And let us pray that peace will prevail so the joint session of Congress may reconvene in order to ensure a peaceful transition of power in our nation.

O God, you have bound us together in a common life. Help us in the midst of our struggles for justice and truth, to confront one another without hatred and bitterness, and to work together with mutual forbearance and respect; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (Book of Common Prayer, page 824.)

The Rt. Rev. Ian T. Douglas
Bishop Diocesan
The Rt. Rev. Laura J. Ahrens
Bishop Suffragan

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Call to Prayer for the Nation
After violent protestors overtook the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2020, Dean Randy Hollerith and Bishop Mariann Edgar Budde spoke from the Cathedral, calling on President Trump to end the mob violence.
Morning Devotions

If you would like to join the Tech Team during the recording of Morning Devotions on Thursday, Jan 14 at 9:30 am please email or call Sandy. Enter through the handicapped doors by the Memorial Garden.

Annual Reports are due by Januray 14th. 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.

Compassion Clothesline Continues

For the past few winters the youth group has filled the clothelines outside with scarves and mittens for our neighbors. Over the summer it was filled with masks. St Mary's knitters continue this outreach by sharing hats and scarves that they made over the past few months. So far over 90 items have been taken by those needing warmth!










Sunday, Januray 10th 10AM


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WEEK NIGHT COMPLINE


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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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Mark Your Calendars

Our annual meeting will be held on January 31st after the 10am service on Zoom.

We are currently looking 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
TELL ME SOMETHING GOOD

Welcome to Tell Me Something Good, a show that seeks, names and celebrates Jesus’ loving presence in the stories of people from all over The Episcopal Church, and invites everyone to MORE!

In this fifth episode of Tell Me Something Good, hosts Marcus and Jerusalem chat with Dylan C. Mello, who serves as the Northwest Connecticut Region Missionary for the Episcopal Church in Connecticut about the Make a Meal, Make a Difference ministry.

CLICK HERE to view the all the episodes
2021 Offering Envelopes Available Sunday

Offeratory envelopes will be available for pickup TODAY until 12 noon and Sunday between 9:30 and 11:30am on the office porch. Thanks to all who have picked up already, it will save us on the cost of mailing!

Thank you for your continued support of St. Mary's. 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.

Stewarding Grief with Courage
Our Advent season was trimmed slightly this year by the arrival of what we have been waiting for—Christmas. This year is unlike any other, as it always is, but this year that is especially true. Our faith communities have been dancing through COVID restrictions for months now. What was unthinkable in March will be true. For many of us, we did not gather to light candles on Christmas Eve, sing carols in harmony, and join with family and friends to mark the season together. And for those of us who did physically gather, worship is constrained and distanced.

As stewardship leaders we have, by now, built a budget for 2021, and tallied the
losses and gains of our faith communities’ fiscal lives over 2020. Because this
financial part is just a portion of our calling, we now look into 2021 wondering how
we might nurture cultures of generosity and identities of stewards among those we
lead. This remains the other side of our portfolio of responsibilities.

Ironically, given how profound our losses have been in 2020, this is a good time for
these aspirations. We all have lost so much and so many since COVID arrived in
early 2020. But isn’t it true that we humans tend to be most open to reflection and
growth when the rug has been pulled out from under us and we are, in grief, trying
to find our footing again?

Perhaps one of the gifts we can give each other is to honor our losses and lament,
openly and without sugar coating. Of course we want to be positive, to help people
feel better. But maybe our public voice in these days is best given over to the pain
and loss that surrounds us. There are few other places where this can or will
happen. Think of the lives lost, whether to the virus, or to other causes, most not
yet publicly acknowledged, and often lost during times of isolation and
excruciating separation. How might we, as stewardship leaders in faith
communities, be stewards of this grief, to help honor and mark these losses?

Might we include in our weekly prayers an intercession for those lost to COVID,
known and unknown, in the past week? Might we offer periodic memorial services,
even online, where all are welcomed, and grief is blessed and held sacred? Might
we convene grief groups, even if online, for community members as well as for
those in our faith communities? Might we drive by and deliver with food or flowers
to those in our communities who have lost someone in the past week? Might we
tend, with cards or brief notes, to anniversaries of loss, even those that precede
COVID?

And how might our faith communities be supporters of those who wait longer to be
vaccinated, and be stewards in the public chatter about fairness and patience and
the social norms that will guide us as we transition into a post-vaccination world?
How might we, as faith communities, work toward a healthier, more common-good
focused conversation?

In so many ways, we can be buoyed by the same promise Gabriel brought to Mary.
“Do not be afraid, for you have found favor with God.” (Lk 1:30) Given Mary’s
cultural context and the nature of the work set before her, she could have easily
declined for fear of lost public acceptability and the strength of her witness.
However, she found the courage to take it on, and even sang with hope of the
future that lay before her and her son (Lk 1:46ff). We confess that this baby we
anticipate is the one who redeems, bringing life out of all the deaths that beset us
in life, including the final death that tears the veil between this world and the next.
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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
TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS

COVID-19 testing site- Xfinity Theatre in Hartford
Walk up to the testing site from 8 a.m. to 7:45 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 12 p.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends

How can we connect with God in our daily lives? When we’re rushing through the stress of everyday life, it can be hard to recognize God’s presence. Christian mindfulness can help us become aware of God in our daily lives.
CLICK HERE for more info  

 Free drive-through food distribution at Rentschler Field
For families in Hartford and Tolland counties: WINTER SCHEDULE Beginning Jan. 12, 2021, we will be distributing food on Tuesdays from 9:30 am – 1:00 pm. 615 Silver Lane, East Hartford, CT 06118 CLICK HERE for more info

Martin Luther King Celebration 
The 36th Annual Martin Luther King Celebration will be held virtually on Tuesday, January 12, 2021 from 6:00-7:30pm. This program is to honor students and small groups who are promoting positive change in their school or community.” For more information and invitation to access the program, please contact Kellie Gauvin at ksheridan@manchesterct.gov.
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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 Keenher
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
 
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