Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Message From Rev. Ann
As we begin Phase 2 of the Governor’s plan to reopen the state, and consider our Bishop’s protocols in their “Living with Covid-19” document, we are seeing a wide range of responses from various denominations. While it is permissible, for us to “open” during Phase 2, with strict precautions, the Bishops have urged us to not feel compelled to do so until we are confidently ready. The Bishops have also stressed the need to provide online worship for those who chose not to attend in-person worship, and/of who are in a higher risk group. The protocols for in-person worship are very intensive involving precautions concerning wearing masks, distancing, tracing, group sizes and sanitation, and many other precautions. Even still, those age 65 and older are recommended to stay safe at home.

St. Mary’s has chosen to be cautious, viewing the physical health of our parishioners as our highest priority. Decisions around re-opening, in our denomination, are made by the local clergy in consultation with their bishops and vestries. There is a great deal of information to digest along with our individual “comfort levels” about reopening.

While Roman Catholic Churches in the Archdiocese of Hartford have reopened for communion services and the ELCA Lutherans have somewhat “liberal” flexibility, the Episcopal Church in Connecticut has not yet published protocols and directions for the possible distribution of holy communion in Phase 3 of our state’s reopening. 

Presently at St. Mary’s we are trying out recording and live-streaming from the sanctuary. We have been able to livestream Compline from the zoom platform on Wednesday and Fridays at 7:30pm. We have recorded Morning Devotions from the Nativity Chapel. We are learning about equipment, internet and WiFi capacity, the sound system, uploading issues, to name a few. This is new to all of us, and we appreciate your patience.

How might you get involved? As we tackle this new learning and try on new ways of worshipping, how are you participating? We hope you will try out the zoom worship, and step up if you would be willing to learn alongside us. We are optimistic as we learn how to do this, that we will be able to offer live-streaming from the sanctuary and outdoor worship later this summer, while also offering the Sunday zoom service. With more options, we hope to reach more of our St. Mary’s community.

Even still, with these options, we see coming together and staying connected as paramount in responding faithfully in this time of crisis. Our crisis with the pandemic has been further complicated by the murder of George Floyd and the urgent need for us to bring about police reform and end racist violence of all forms. We have so much work to do as God’s people and God’s mission to bring about justice is the calling in our present day.

May we boldly come together - stronger than ever - to put our faith into action in our lives for the sake of our redeemer, Jesus Christ, in whose name we gather, in whose name we minister.
Tech Team Update
The St Mary's Tech Team is made up of Rev. Ann along with vestry members, Sarah Tierinni, Mechelle Olortegui, Gene Marinelli and Beth Bickley. We have begun working on the basic needs of recording in the sanctuary, which include quality of lighting and sound, gathering the proper recording technology and investigating the best way to present the videos or live streams. Please be patient with the us as we dive into a brand new task for all of us.
Sarah Tierinni- Junior Warden
Pastor Barclay's Farewell

Plans are underway to say goodbye on July 11th with multiple outdoor services.
(in case of rain, Sunday, July 12)

2:00 p.m.- Eucharist in Worship and Memorial Garden
4:30 p.m.- Eucharist in Worship and Memorial Garden
7:00 p.m.- Interfaith Evening Prayer in Worship and Memorial Garden

CLICK HERE to read Mark Winzler's letter to St Mary's parishioners and obtain a copy of the RSVP form which must be mailed to Concordia by June 29th
CONNECTING with COFFEE

Vestry member Karen Armogida will host tomorrows visits as Ann takes this weekend off with her family.

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 new 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).
Christian Formation Summer Fun

Since we are unable to gather for the end of the year parish picnic the year we decided to deliver Summer Fun bags to our Godly Play and Youth Group families. We miss each one of them and hope they have a wonderful summer break from school (both online and in person!)













Sunday, June 21st at 10AM


  CLICK HERE for the bulletin



New Permanent Meeting Code

 Meeting ID: 823 2447 0555
Password: 0000
     
Join Zoom Meeting:

or
Dial
1 646 876 9923




COMPLINE at 7:30pm

Karen Armogida hosts this Friday
FRIDAY Compline
Meeting ID: 741 202 531  

CLICK HERE  or Dial:
1-929-205-6099


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WEDNESDAY Compline
Meeting ID: 173 966 797

CLICK HERE  or DIAL 
1-929-205-6099


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CLICK HERE   for the Compline bulletin



GREATER HARTFORD INTERFAITH ACTION ALLIANCE
Rally on June 12th

St Mary's is a proud founding member of GHIAA and was present at the clergy lead march in Hartford last week. CLICK HERE to view the NBC report and to hear some of the actionable reforms GHIAA is putting forward.


Join CT Episcopalians for a service of prayer to mark the day of the emancipation of the last enslaved African Americans on June 19, 1865. The service is led by St. Luke's Episcopal Church and Trinity on the Green, New Haven. CLICK HERE to head to St Luke's Facebook page to watch the event live on Friday at 5:30.

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Join PowerUp Manchester at the top of Main and Center Streets for the Juneteenth rally and celebration. There will be poets, a dancer, Zumba, food trucks, voter registration, and more! The event goes from 6-8pm on Friday.

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Daily rallies are held by PowerUp Manchester at the corner of Main and Center Street at 7pm. Stop by to listen to Keren Alexis Ka the woman who has become a powerful voice in the anti-racism intiatives right here in Manchester



















Take Time to Learn

While many may be "high risk" and thus not participating in large gatherings, we can all commit to be part of the rising movement to face the systemic racism in our country. This is a time of listening, learning and taking action.


CLICK HERE to view the award winning documentary "Emanuel." Yesterday was the 5th Anniversary of the Charleston church shooting  that killed nine Emanuel AME church members in an act of terror. Last night St Mary's and Concordia hosted a ZOOM discussion about the documentary.

CLICK HERE to view the Award winning documentary "13th" Director Ava DuVernay's examination of the U.S. prison system looks at how the country's history of racial inequality drives the high rate of incarceration in America.

CLICK HERE to find a channel to view "Just Mercy" a film based on the powerful and thought-provoking true story of young lawyer Bryan Stevenson (Jordan) and his history-making battle for justice.

Smiles during Phase 2
Have you and your family had events to celebrate lately? Graduations? End of the school year? New babies? Weddings? We’d like to feature a photo of your happy event in the July issue of St. Mary’s “Happenings” newsletter! (In case you’re concerned, we won’t identify children by name. We’ll only say “child/grandchild/great-grandchild of [parishioner so-and-so]. Please send your photo to Noreen Kirk at  nskirk50@gmail.com  no later than Thursday, June 25. This is one way our parish family can share joyful news!
Taking Care of Yourself & Others

Want to support MACC? CLICK HERE to purchase a t-shirt for $20

Silk City Coffee- 50% of all sales on June 19th will be donated to elevate the voices of youth on issues of racial justice. We are excited to partner with Manchester Public Schools Office of Equity & Partnership in this important work.  CLICK HERE to visit their online ordering site.

The Manchester Public Library will reopen to the public on Monday June 22nd, 2020 for grab and go library services. CLICK HERE to visit their website for new protocols.


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.


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. 

Way of Love Podcast with
Bishop Michael Curry
Beginning in May 2019 Bishop Curry has been recording podcasts with a host of various people. CLICK HERE to take a listen to the latest talk and see the over 30 archived podcasts.