Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Thursday, March 4, 2021
CLICK HERE for the March edition of the Happenings
Your Photos needed for Holy Week!

Presentation on "service and servanthood" for the Maundy Thursday service. Where have you seen the hands and feet of Christ in our local community? Try going out on a mission with your camera to discover servants ministering to others. Your digital photos may be submitted to Stephanie Kershner at

Good Friday presentation on the cross of Christ. Send your digital photos of crosses from your homes, around the community, in the church for this presentation to Ann Lovejoy Johnson at The photo submissions due by March 18
Thank You to Anonymous Donor
The Tech Team recently recieved a generous offer to fund the purchase of a new portable sound system to utilize this Spring as we hope to add an outside in-person worship opportunity. We worked with our tech consultant, Rich Gaudette and last Thursday were trained in the new system. We look forward to warmer weather so we can put the microphones and speakers to use!
Lenten Outreach Initiatives
*All 3 collections will take place NOW through Palm Sunday*
You may drop off donations on the office porch
Undie Sunday
March 7th through Palm Sunday
We are seeking new: socks, underwear, bras, undershirts for all ages and in all sizes.
Wall Out Hunger
We are seeking: non-perishable food, toiletries, personal care items, feminine hygiene products, cleaning products & paper goods

Gift Cards
Those who would like to donate to our partner school, Bennet Academy can purchase $25 gift cards to either Stop & Shop or Walmart and drop them at the office.
St. Mary's Lenten Ponderings:
“For those who want to save their life will lose it, and those who lose their life for my sake, and for the sake of the gospel, will save it.” – Mark 8:35
Jesus is pretty clear that we are not to spend our time on earth amassing stuff and seeking to extend our lives and capital but rather to give ourselves away in grateful response to the gospel. Saving one’s life is about loving and giving instead of fortifying one’s own status and economic condition.
As we continue to discern our mission and seek out what God is calling us to do, a good question to ask ourselves is Who Is Our Church Open To?

Read full article here: Who Is Your Church Open To.docx
YouTube Worship

Sunday @ 7:30AM or later

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Coffee Hour
Join using the Sunday Service link below anytime between 9:30 & 10:00am

March 7th @ 10AM

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Join Zoom Meeting
1 646 876 9923

Meeting ID: 823 2447 0555
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Join fellow parishioners:

Monday: Karen A
Wednesday: paused during Lent
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

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Meeting ID: 856 0827 5573
Passcode: 41Park

To dial by telephone call +1 929 205 6099 
Passcode: 555650
Midweek Lenten Worship

Wednesdays: 10th, 17th, 24th @ 7:00 pm

During Lent we are joining our friends from Concordia, Emanuel and Faith Lutheran churches and offering a brief Zoom worship service reflecting the Way of the Cross, with music and lay preaching from each church.

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Join Zoom Meeting
1 646 876 9923

Meeting ID: 885 7741 5152
Passcode: 038227
New Book Study Begins in April

St. Mary’s parishioner and gifted lay preacher Mary Covello will lead a sixweek book discussion on Presiding Bishop Michael Curry’s book, Love Is the Way: Holding onto Hope in Troubled Times.

Meetings will be held on Zoom on six Sundays at 1 pm beginning on April 11. Interested in taking part in this series? Just email Mary at
Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow's cause. Isaiah 1:17 
Our call to action against Racism is not political but a call for humanity to come together as one, a call to love our neighbors. It is about life and death and goes far beyond a mandate from the Episcopal Church. It is what we are called to do as Christians. What would Jesus say about injustice and our response to it in 2021?

Evaluating the Response of Our Hearts to Racial Injustice
Injustice is the violation of the right or rights of another (Merriam Webster’s Dictionary). The deaths of George Floyd and Ahmaud Arbery sparked protests again gun and police violence against the African American community. The cries against injustice have been many and vocal across America. Many Christians remain divided as to when and how to stand regarding the issue of racial injustice. The Bible speaks clearly about how to respond to injustice, intolerance, and favoritism.
To read the full article on God's Word on Injustice: Evaluating the Response of Our Hearts to Racial Injustice.docx
Listen and Learn: More articles to inform your heart

Letter from a Birmingham Jail - Martin Luther King Jr.

Take a Moment to listen to MLK Jr. read this letter. Martin Luther King Jr died almost 53 years ago. What would he think about 2021?
CT's Age-based Eligibility Chart

March 1, 2021: Expands to age group 55 to 64 and educators
March 22, 2021: Expands to age group 45 to 54
April 12, 2021: Expands to age group 35 to 44
May 3, 2021: Expands to age group 16 to 34

State of Connecticut
CLICK HERE to access the website with current vaccine information

CT's Vaccine Administration Managment System (VAMS)
CLICK HERE to enter to create a profile and find a time slot

Connecticut’s Vaccine Appointment Assist Line
UCONN Health Center
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Hartford Healthcare
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Yale New Haven Health
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Free walk at Lombardo Farm
The Manchester Land Conservation Trust is raising funds to buy this 102-acre former farmland in Manchester. The public is invited to a free informational walk on Saturday, March 6 at 1:00 p.m. Info: CLICK HERE

Critical Need
Upcoming Manchester blood drives include:
March 5 from 11:00am-4:00pm at Buckland Hills Mall, 194 Buckland Hills Dr.
March 11 from 11:00am-4:00pm at Buckland Hills Mall, 194 Buckland Hills Dr.
March 17 from 9:00am-2:00pm at Ambulance Service of Manchester, 275 New State Road.
For more info and to schedule your appointment, call 1-800-RED CROSS or CLICK HERE
Northeast Region Missive

CLICK HERE for the March Issue which is packed full of great information and opportunities!
Manchester Seeks Community Input on RiseUP’s Next Civil Rights Legends Project

Which Civil Rights Legends would you like to see on the walls of Mahoney Center? This upcoming project will include three new murals at Mahoney Center, ultimately transforming the building’s exterior into a large-scale gallery space that all members of the public can enjoy.

CLICK HERE to read about the full project and vote on who you would like to see in the mural
Click on the image above to view a brief video that shares the progression of the mural that took place over MLK weekend in January.

CLICK HERE to help fund the project
To make a 2021 pledge to St. Mary's CLICK HERE for the form
Ann's Zoom Coffee Shop on Fridays 1-2pm
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Meeting ID: 873 0224 9184
Password: 958202
Virtual Prayers of the People
Please take a moment to lift these names up in your prayers. Contact Rev. Ann if you would like to add a loved one.
If you put a name on the list and their need has resolved, let us know and we'll remove them.
Mary Rolfe
Lynette Wilson
Beth Lavalette
Jenn Reguin
Donny Ballsieper
Margaret Burke
Bernie VonHone
Matt Briggs
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
Karen Armogida
Sharon and Cornelius
Jack Cianfaglione 
Dick Falcone 
Linda and Michael
Kiki Eglinton
Dean Fedorchak
Summer M.
Arlyne Alexander
Ellise & Ralph Sullivan
Joseph Bennett
Mary Barber

For Those Who Have Died
Ruth Clement
Dotti Canon
Eleanor Hunte 
Jean Cabana
Kathy Anderson
Bob Reault (pronounced “row”)
Jeanette Waytashak
Murial Ritchie
Michelle Darrell
Gloria Edwards
Paul Pedersen
Fred Winzler
Gail Wolcott
Dolores Jones
For comfort for their families and for all who mourn especially
Cabana family, Norman, Denise
Reault Family (pronounced “row”)
LouAnn, Ellie and family
George, Darrell family
Pedersen family
Mark Winzler
Wolcott family, Jesse and Jamie
Kelly Sharp
Thanksgiving for
Our Vestry leadership;
For our “Tech Team” – Gene, Sarah, Beth, Mechelle, Rev Ann
For Those Serving In The Military
Darriun Bedell, Kuwait