Staying Connected as a Faith Community

TODAY is Ascension Day

We will host a special ZOOM Compline at 7:30 pm.

Meeting ID#: 857 4602 5019

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St. Mary's and Concordia will partner once agian to host a Drive-Thru Food Drive on Sat. May 30th from 9:30-11:30am. Donations will go to Second Congregational Church's Food Pantry on North Main Street. They have seen a drastic increase in people needing assistance over the last few weeks. We are asking once again to stay in your vehicles and place donations in your trunk. CLICK HERE for a list of their needs. Hope to see you there!

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Sunday, May 24th at 10AM


CLICK HERE for the BCP Morning Prayer bulletin


New Permanent Meeting Code

 Meeting ID: 823 2447 0555
Password: 0000
     
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1 646 876 9923
Join Ann for
COMPLINE at 7:30pm



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



Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach at an Ecumenical Memorial Service for COVID-19 victims on Sunday, May 24th at 6pm. CLICK HERE for the information from Episcopal News Service and CLICK HERE to register for the Free event.


REFELCTION FROM REV. ANN

Alleluia! Christ is Risen! God is giving us grateful and generous hearts as we continue living day by day with uncertainty and worries. We are finding ways to connect with each other, making new friends through our virtual worship, and reaching out to our community. God is not through with us; God's mission continues to unfold before us - and we are responding! 

The Vestry has begun reviewing the protocols for re-opening prepared by our Bishops. During this first phase we are abiding by the recommendation to continue virtual worship and postpone attempting in-person worship in our buildings. We would like, however, to begin exploring options for live streaming from within the building as something for the future. Are you interested in working on this? We imagine we will need a "tech team" to take this on and look into options. Who would have thought that what was once called a Worship Committee is now a  Technology Ministry Team

When the Vestry was all together on Tuesday, using the Zoom platform to hold our meeting online, we talked about how much we miss being together in person. We acknowledged how hard this is and how many losses we are feeling. We shared feedback from our check-in phone calls. For some of us, Zoom Church feels intimate, seeing each other's faces is uplifting, and collaboration is comfortable. For others, it's "not my thing" or other worship experiences, such as at the Washington National Cathedral, have felt like "home." 

As an opportunity to stay connected, and to replace our missed Fifth Sunday gatherings, we are going to offer some times to get together by Zoom. It wont exactly be a Town Hall like Channel 8 recently held, since we likely do not have answers to your questions. We do however, want to stay connected, hear how you are, and what's on your heart. We could call it  "Open Mic: We are Listening"  occasions to get together virtually. To make it convenient for as many people to participate as we can, we will offer three times to come together on Zoom for conversation. 

Saturday, June 6th from 9:30 to 11 am
AND
Tuesday June 9th from 7:30 to 9 pm
AND
Thursday, June 11th from 1:00 to 2:30 pm 


Also, would you just like to sit down and talk over coffee? I would! It's a new thing:  "Coffee on the Curb"  with appropriate social distancing (while social 'connecting' too). Call or email and we will find a good time to get together some sunny afternoon. I will gladly meet you on your sidewalk and I will bring my chair. You may reach me at 304-951-7122 and  revalovejoy@gmail.com . Do you just need to talk? Please call. I will be happy to hear from you.

May God bless you with hope and optimism as we continue to connect in new ways.

Taking Care of Yourself & Others

Our Assistant Treasurer Joy Dorin shares this volunteer opportunity with you:

Foodshare Distribution at St. George's Episcopal Church, Bolton

Where : St. George's is located on RT 44 just past Lower Bolton Lake on the left (if coming from Manchester).

What : Tasks assigned to volunteers include packing the food, placing the food in the cars of the guests, and parking/traffic control in the parking lot. A State Trooper is usually present to handle any traffic issues on RT 44. 

When : Distribution days are every other Tuesday - next distribution day is May 26. Volunteers are asked to arrive by 9:30 so that they can park, get set up, etc. Food is distributed rain, shine or snow or whatever the weather may be.

Volunteers are asked to wear a mask and gloves. Please call Bob Bagioni (860-324-9312) if coming as he coordinates with Foodshare to provide additional volunteers if needed.


Virtual Prayers of the People

Please 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.

For the Sick

Heavenly Father, giver of life and health: Comfort and
relieve your sick servants, and give your power of healing to
those who minister to their needs, that those (or N., or NN.)
for whom our prayers are offered may be strengthened in
their weakness and have confidence in your loving care;
through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with
you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.