Staying Connected as a Faith Community
As we continue to discern St Mary's way forward during this unprecedented time we are looking to hear from you. We have upgraded our email system to include a polling feature and would like to try it out over the next few weeks. Please take the survey below and look for more in the upcoming e-newsletters.
Mechelle and Sarah
Would you feel comfortable attending an outside service?
Yes, I would attend and follow the safety protocols
No, I still don't feel comfortable gathering in groups
Click the video link to todays Morning Devotions from St. Mary's.

The doors are coming!


Our visible sign of allyship to the Manchester community is coming together nicely. Paint and supplies are on route and we have located all the doors needed for this project to begin. Be on the look out for a start date in the next e-newsletter.

FAREWELL Pastor Barclay

Below is an excerpt from Mark Winzler's thank you email to those who attended Pastor Barclay's farewell services last Saturday. If you would like to take a glimpse as some of the photos taken from the 2pm service CLICK HERE . Sunday's Zoom service featured Pastor Barclay's farewell sermon, a song lovingly written and performed by Karen Armogida and a surprise slideshow at the conclusion of the service. CLICK HERE to watch.

"Dear Sisters and Brothers of St. Mary's,
A heartfelt note of sincere thanks to each of you for braving the heat and extreme humidity yesterday to attend Douglas' last liturgies. 
The strong turnout from from St. Mary's was a testament to Douglas personally, but also a testament to the relationship that Concordia and St. Mary's have forged/rekindled especially over the past few years.  All of us are grateful for your presence!..."


ZOOM Coffee Hour!
On Sunday Mornings, before our 10 am Zoom Worship Service, we will offer a "coffee hour" at 9:30 am. St. Mary's and Concordia will take turns "hosting". It's easy to be the host - there's no coffee pots or clean up or baking or cream that's gone sour! The host signs on to zoom at 9:30 am and greets people. This Sunday, July 19th, Rev. Ann and Deacon Mark will host coffee hour. See you there!














Sunday, July 19th at 10AM




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New Permanent Meeting Code

 Meeting ID: 823 2447 0555
Password: 0000



     
Join Zoom Meeting:

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NEW
SUMMER COMPLINE

Compline/Night Prayer is now offered FIVE nights a week at 7:30 pm, on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday.

Thank you to those who are willing to join Rev. Ann in hosting this simple service as a way to connect in prayer together.


Compline is found in the BCP on page 127 or you may access the prayer book online at  www.bcponline.org .


To Join Compline Zoom Meeting


or

By phone call +13126266799

enter  Meeting ID
856 0827 5573  


Anti-Racism Work

Our Northeast Regional Missionary, Maggie Breen shares these opportunites to learn and listen:

I would invite you to listen to  THIS PODCAST   between Brene Brown and Austin Channing Brown about racial justice. Then go read Austin Channing Browns' book  I'm Still Here  - it's a really excellant book.

THIS ARTICLE  came out of The Episcopal News Service the week of July 1, and is a good resource for learning more about the Poor People's Campaign and how TEC is committed working for justice.

The Episcopal Church Foundation  sends out regular articles that are worth reading.  THIS ONE   is particularly important, as we move deeper into Becoming Beloved Community.

Rev. Stacey Kohl from Christ Church, Norwich (SE Region) has been making videos on YouTube. She has been running a weekly series on  LAMENT  that you should check out. A total of 5 moving videos, the last one will be available on Sunday, 12 July, and will include a contribution by me.

The Episcopal Church published  THIS VIDEO/ARTICLE  on the 4th of July, published and created by the Revs. Kelly Brown Douglas, Stephanie Spellers, and Winnie Varghese. It's worth the listen. More information about this open letter can be found   HERE .

Musicians regularly come together in times of crisis, and pandemic won't stop us!  HERE  is a YouTube concert that was recorded by Irish and Irish-American musicians and dancers as a response to the explosion of injustice and violence against people of color in America.


Will it happen?
Questions have been coming in about whether we are doing our annual drive. We are currently in discussion with our partners at the Family Resource Centers in town to see how we can still support the students and teachers of Manchester. We are thinking that our drive may shift to collecting hand sanitizer, tissues, disinfecting wipes and masks. We will inform everyone as soon as we know.
This Saturday, Troop 27's Bottle and Can Drive will take place in the St. Mary's parking lot. All scouts and volunteers will practice social distancing and wear masks. It will be a contactless drop-off so place your donations in the trunk!
Taking Care of Yourself & Others


   Beller's Music presents Concerts in Center Memorial Park

Concerts begin tonight and run every Thursday through August 13 from 6-8pm. For full concert schedule CLICK HERE


Free Concerts At the Rotary Pavilion in Charter Oak Park

This Saturday, July 18, 4:00-6:00. The Dukes of Bourbon Street, Dixieland jazz. Wednesday, July 22, 6:00-7:00. Cello Ensemble of Manchester Symphony and MHS students. Saturday, July 25, 4:00-6:00. The Saxophone Masters quartet. Bring lawn chair or blanket, face mask, and social distance. 


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Connecting with Coffee




Ann's Zoom Coffee Shop on Fridays at 1pm

Join Zoom Meeting
or Dial +1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 873 0224 9184
Password: 958202

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Coffee On The Curb”

This way of connecting has been fun and you don't even have to tidy the house! Feel free to call Rev Ann at 304-951-7122 or email her at  revalovejoy@gmail.com and she will swing by your home and chat outside (at a safe distance).

Virtual Prayers of the People

CLICK HERE   to view the list and to take a moment to lift these names up in your prayers. If you have people you wish to add please contact Rev. Ann.


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Almighty God, who created us in your image: Grant us
grace fearlessly to contend against evil and to make no peace
with oppression; and, that we may reverently use our freedom,
help us to employ it in the maintenance of justice in our
communities and among the nations, to the glory of your holy
Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.