Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Thursday, July 20, 2023
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**Livestream & In-Person**

Morning Prayer
9AM @ St. Mary's

Lay Worship Leader: Betsy Ibsen
Lay Preacher: Mary Covello
Coffee Hour Hosts: Betsy Ibsen, Margaret Wright and Louise Michael

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NOTE: The office will be closed July 14th - July 21.
St. Mary's Day August 13th: Volunteers needed

St. Mary's Day will be celebrated on Sunday, August 13th. This will be the traditional service honoring our patron saint and will include flowering the cross. Everyone is invited to bring a flower or two from their own gardens to add to the cross.

Our friends from St. John's will be joining us here in Manchester to share in worship and fellowship that day. Please mark your calendars and be sure to join in worship and a special coffee hour together.

We will need many hands to make light work, please use the buttons below or email Sandy at to share how you can help.
How can you help with Coffee Hour on August 13th?
Provide a food item
Help with clean up
Suggestion Box:
Please Share Your Ideas

As we think about our merger, we are considering which items we would like to discuss bringing from St. Mary’s to St. John’s. Several things have already been mentioned like the Altar Cross and the Tiffany stained-glass windows. We will consider the needs and space at St. John’s, as well as St. Mary’s connections to items.

We would like to get thoughts from both parishes. You may be aware of things that we could consider bringing or donating to another church. If there are things of historic significance, memorial gifts, or something of sentimental value as well as monetary value that we should be discussing, please let us know. If there are items that St. John’s needs or would benefit from, please let us know.

We have also heard that Shepherds Meadow is a place for church items waiting to be used by other churches in the Diocese.

Please let us know your thoughts. We can receive your responses in several ways: drop a note in the collection plate at church, you can mail your reply to Sandy Braman in the St. Mary’s Church office at 41 Park Street or email Sandy at, or email me, Loretta Symons, Vestry clerk at

We will be exploring options. Thank you for your thoughts.
St. John's Worship Opportunities
Sundays 8am & 10am
523 Hartford Turnpike
Vernon, CT
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Sunday Livestream at 10am on Facebook

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Building Relationships: Mark Your Calendars

St. Mary's Day Coffee Hour
Sunday, August 13th

Men's Group Breakfast @ St. Mary's
Saturday, August 19th
Brunch and Conversation with Fr. Marc Eames at St. Mary's, Anderson Hall 

Please mark your calendars and plan to visit with Fr. Marc on one of the following mornings:

Tuesday, July 25 @ 10am

Thursday, August 10 @ 10am

Please call Sandy Braman at 860-649-4583 to let her know which day you will be coming or use the RSVP buttons below.
Which brunch will you be attending this summer?
July 25
August 10
Monthly Joint Worship Reminder

Next Joint Worship: August 20 @ St. John's

The 3rd Sunday of every month will be joint worship at St John's as we build our relationship and strengthen our life in Christ together.
MACC is in need of egg cartons

The Community Emergency Food Pantry needs your help. We are running low on egg cartons. If you have any extra dozen egg cartons please bring them to 460 Main Street, Manchester. Our donation hours are:

Monday: 9:00 am – 3:00 pm
Tuesday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Wednesday: 9:00 am – 1:30 pm
Thursday: 9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Friday: 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Weeknight Compline on Zoom
@ 7:30pm

Monday: Carol
Wednesday: Andrea

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: 41Park

If you would like to make a 2023 pledge to support God’s work through St. Mary's Church CLICK HERE
Prayers of the People

Please take a moment to lift these names up in your prayers. Send any prayer requests to Andrea Burr at Andrea will relay the prayer need to the prayer team and will update the Prayers of the People list weekly.

Italicized names are newly added this week
All those suffering in mind, body, or spirit
Carol Mallett
Jennifer and Jerry Hrycyszyn
Hrycyszyn Family in Ukraine
Cliff Dubiel
Betty Keehner
Ellen Schmedding
Amber Mallett
Edna Hennessey
John Jr.
Shirley McGarry
Wayne Keith
Lois Johnson
Sylvia, Carlson, and Carlson Rogers, Jr.
Miriam Gustow
Pat Bourret
Denise Donze
Beth Lavalette
Mechelle Olórtegui
Kris Armogida
Lanie Turner
DJ Wagner
Jessica Gustow
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry

Those who have died
Sonia Grosvenor
Bryan Teti
Rev. Deacon Dianne Worley 
Richard Bohadik
Janet Miner
Nancy Mann
George Evans

Comfort for their families and for all who mourn

Thanksgiving for

The Rev. Joan Phelps

Our Former Priest in Charge, Fr. Shaw Mudge

Our Wardens, Officers & Vestry leadership

For our partner school, Bennet Academy

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

For our friends at Concordia, Emanuel and Saint John’s, Vernon

For the Ordination of The Rev. Dylan Mello to the Transitional Diaconate
Sunday Altar Flower Donations 

Altar flower donations may be made as a memorial or a thank offering for a family member, friend or event. Please send donations to Sandy in the office marked with the desired month and name of the loved one. All floral arrangements are purchased from Brown's Flowers.