Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Coming soon...
“GOD’S DOORS ARE OPEN TO ALL”

We are going to visibly show our support for the members of our community who are Black, Indigenous, and People of Color. With Episcopalians across the country and other people of faith, we stand with the Black Lives Matter movement and pledge to confront and overcome the sins of racism, white supremacy, and anti-Black bias.

Our visible public witness will look like “God’s doors are open to all” including “Black Lives Matter” (see picture). We are collecting the needed doors and other materials and then we will host a “paint party.” Most likely on a Saturday.

We are also gathering up scrap wood for yard signs, 18 x 24 inches. Those who wish to join in by making a sign with their own message - either for the church lawn or you’re own yard - are invited too. An example is this one pictured below.

Do you have scrap wood to contribute? Let Randy Brown know at  rbbrn51@aol.com . Would like to get in on the ground of this project coming to fruition? Let Rev Ann know at  revalovejoy@gmail.com . If this excites you, let us know and we will consider your schedule in our planning. Once a date is announced we will need RSVP’s to coordinate safety precautions, space and materials.

Come join this opportunity to “roll up your sleeves” by doing something creative as we stand up for justice in our community.
CLICK HERE to view the latest Morning Devotions from St. Mary's Nativity Chapel.

ZOOM WORSHIP June 28th

CLICK HERE to view last weeks worship service. This includes our graduate slideshow honoring Eva Hart and Anna Carlson both who graduated high school last month! The slideshow can be viewed at mintue 35:23.












Sunday, July 5th at 10AM


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New Permanent Meeting Code

 Meeting ID: 823 2447 0555
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Join Zoom Meeting:

or
Dial
1 646 876 9923


Join Ann for
COMPLINE at 7:30pm



FRIDAY Compline
Meeting ID: 741 202 531  

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1-929-205-6099


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WEDNESDAY Compline
Meeting ID: 173 966 797

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1-929-205-6099


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CLICK HERE   for the Compline bulletin















Anti Racism Work

Advocacy Tools for Loving Your Neighbor

Our thoughts and prayers inform our actions. Join us on Thursday, July 9 from 12:30-2:00p.m. ET for an online training event jointly hosted by  The Episcopal Church  and  Evangelical Lutheran Church in America . Both  Presiding Bishop Michael B. Curry  and  Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton , plus advocacy leaders from both denominations, will be part of this time of exploring the nature of faith-based advocacy, the issues to which we can speak, and the ways we can make our voices heard. Rostered ministers, Lutherans, Episcopalians and friends are welcome to the free webinar and will leave with tools and inspiration to make a difference.

Register from  https://bit.ly/advocacyforlove  and receive instructions for joining us Thursday, July 9.

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Gov. Lamont and other elected officials met in Manchester Wednesday to denounce racism and condem the hate crimes commited in Manchester last month. CLICK HERE to read the NBC report.



July 4th Concert at Washington National Cathedral
CLICK HERE to register for this free virtual event that takes place at 11AM. Today, is the last day to do so.
Taki ng Care of Yourself & Others

Manchester Farmer's Markets Open!
Social Distancing practices will be followed, and masks are required

The Spruce Street Market runs every Wednesday, July 1-August 19, from 4:30-7:30 at 153 & 163 Spruce Street. Come get your locally grown produce, farm raised eggs and meats, and fresh baked goods. The Spruce Street Market aims to provide the East Side community with an alternative place to source local, healthy foods.

Manchester Farmers Market opens July 11th – October 31st every Saturday rain or shine, 8:00am-12:30pm. Fresh local fruits, vegetables, flowers, herbs, honey etc. Location: Town parking lot at corner of Main St. and Forest St., Manchester

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2nd Diaper Drive
On Thursday, July 9th from 4-6pm, members of the community are encouraged to drop off diapers at Manchester High School's Summit Street parking lot. All sizes of diapers are needed, especially sizes 3, 4 and 5, along with baby wipes and training pants. All the diapers and wipes collected will be brought to ECHN’s Family Development Center, who will help distribute the diapers and wipes to families in need. CLICK HERE to visit Gentle Love Diaper Pantry of Manchester's Facebook page.

Downtown Manchester Special Services District
Order food from any listed downtown restaurant, submit a photo of the receipt to ndubaldo@manchesterct.gov and be entered to win $25 gift card to a restaurant of your choice. Let's support our Downtown buisnessess!

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 or if you have a desire to join a newly invigorated Prayer Team please contact Rev. Ann.


A Prayer for the Power of the Spirit Among the People of God

God of all power and love,
we give thanks for your unfailing presence
and the hope you provide in times of uncertainty and loss.
Send your Holy Spirit to enkindle in us your holy fire.
Revive us to live as Christ’s body in the world:
a people who pray, worship, learn,
break bread, share life, heal neighbors,
bear good news, seek justice, rest and grow in the Spirit.
Wherever and however we gather,
unite us in common prayer and send us in common mission,
that we and the whole creation might be restored and renewed,
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


NOTE: This new collect has been composed by a national team of Lutherans and Episcopalians. Written “to unite us in common prayer and revive us for common mission” during this crisis. In the spirit of Pentecost, Presiding Bishop Curry and his Lutheran counterpart, Presiding Bishop Elizabeth Eaton, invite congregations to pray the new collect from Pentecost through the first Sunday in September. In addition to expressing a shared desire for renewal in a troubling time, the collect also commemorates nearly 20 years of full communion between The Episcopal Church and the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America. 

A Piece of History
Deacon Mark Winzler from Concordia Lutheran emailed this photo that was found in their archives this week. It highlights the relationship between Episcopalians and Lutherans in CT from the early 90s! The Rt. Rev. Arthur Walmsley, Bishop of the Diocese of Connecticut (center) was the guest preacher at Concordia in 1993. Mark went on to mention that their Pastor Kim-Eric Williams (left) and Drew Smith had a fondness for one another and often would celebrate Eucharist at Concordia and St. Mary's together!