Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Thursday, November 12, 2020
Update from the Vestry
As we continue to manuever through COVID and look ahead to 2021, our work at St. Mary's requires many hands so that we can continue God's work. Parish life has changed and so has our ability to reach current and potentially new members Moving forward we are committed to presenting both in-person worship AND a continued online presence to reach parishioners who may not be comfortable returning in person. The CAT survey has revealed that some parishioners have expressed a desire to become more involved. 
The vestry is almost ready to move forward with plans for live streaming, which includes the installation of a camera affixed to the balcony and the proper computer and software technology to run live broadcasts of our Sunday services from the worship space and now we need your help with it's successful launch.  
Are you interested in being part of this new Church Media Ministry?
Yes, I would love to get trained in our new livestream technology
No, I can't commit at this time
**NEW** Inside Worship Opportunity

Morning Devotions on Thursdays @ 9:30am

If you are interested in joining Morning Devotions next Thursday NOVEMBER 19th at 9:30AM please RSVP by calling Sandy in the office 860-649-4583. Reservations will be limited to the first 4 people who contact the office.

We are happy to welcome a small numbers of parishioners back inside the church following all safety precautions including limiting the group size to under 10 people. We can't wait to see you!

-Tech Team-

Click the link to today's Morning Devotions

Morning Devotions will also livestream on Facebook at 9:30AM

Thanksgiving Seasonal Sharing Continues through Nov. 18th
We are currently collecting non-perishable food items for MACC and $25 gift cards to Stop & Shop and Walmart for our Bennet families. Please drop them off at the office either in the mailbox or outside in the bin. Please help us support as many people this holiday season as possible, as the need is greater than ever!
“Therefore encourage one another and build up each other, as indeed you are doing.” – 1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Do or do not. There is no try,” said Star Wars character Yoda. Notice there is no “try” in Paul’s instructions either. We can act on our thankfulness to God by encouraging others and building one another up in Christ’s name. Who needs your encouragement this week? How will you act on that need?

Living into new ways of being Church
Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me. – Psalm 23

The comforting words of Psalm 23 have taken on new meaning as together we have walked through the “valley of the shadow of death” created by the worldwide COVID-19 pandemic.
It has not been an easy time, yet God’s “goodness and mercy” have been abundantly reflected as God’s people have faithfully cared for strangers and for one another. You have reached out to help bear the pain of those who have lost loved ones. Through simple acts of kindness — picking up groceries for elderly neighbors, regularly calling those who live alone in fearful isolation, sewing masks, serving in food pantries — God’s Holy Spirit has inspired you to be Christ’s daily loving, healing presence in the world. Our physical church doors may have necessarily been shuttered, but “the Church” has never been closed.
And God has never been absent. God has shepherded us, leading and guiding us along us pathways we could not have imagined a year ago. Perhaps it is in the hardest times when we most clearly recognize how God continues, always, always to sustain us.
Even when we could not gather together for Holy Communion, God continued to feed us — with God’s Holy Word, with live-streamed services and “virtual” coffee hours.
And now as some of us slowly, begin to consider gathering again inside our churches, we will learn new ways of including those who still need to “shelter in place” — and innovative ways of welcoming those who have never been “inside’ our church buildings, but joyfully discovered Church on the internet in a time of pandemic.
As we live into new, exciting (yes, exciting!) ways of being Church, God will continue to reveal opportunities for us to welcome everyone so that, together, we may “dwell in the house of the Lord our whole lives long.”
Melanie S. Donahoe is the rector of The Episcopal Church of the Epiphany in San Carlos, CA
Stewardship Reflections
        In this time of COVID-19, did you focus and mourn what you lost, or rather did you focus and rejoice on what you gave to others?
        How have you felt God’s sustaining presence during these past months?
        How is God calling you to lend comfort to others?
        When you have practiced growing your faith through prayer, service and generosity, did you experience an increase in joy and wealth; i.e., wealth as a quality of life measure: joy, peace, love, personal satisfaction, fulfillment and self-actualization?
Stewardship Events

THANK YOU TO THOSE WHO HAVE RETURNED THEIR FORMS TO THE OFFICE.

The Thanksgiving & Stewarshship service is THIS Sunday, Nov. 15th @ 2pm on the church lawn

  • Bring your chair and mask  
  • Bring your completed pledge form
  • Bring donations for Seasonal Sharing 

RSVP DEADLINE: Friday by 11am (Call Sandy at 860-649-4583 or use RSVP in Tuesdays e-vite)

 **In the event of bad weather, we will notify everyone on Saturday 11/14 and the service will be rescheduled for next Sunday 11/22 at 2 PM**
STEWARDSHIP COFFEE HOUR

Our virtual coffee hour last Sunday was a success and can be viewed by clicking the link. You will hear moving testimonies by Brittany Hall from Bennet Academy, Andrea Burr, Ralph Sullivan and Lanie Turner! All who attended were moved and inspired by their words.









Sunday, November 15th 10AM



CLICK HERE for the bulletin



Permanent Meeting Code

 Meeting ID: 823 2447 0555
Password: 0000


     
Join Zoom Meeting:

or
Dial
1 646 876 9923

WEEK NIGHT COMPLINE


Join fellow parishioners:

Monday: Karen A
Tuesday: Andrea (no service 11/17 for vestry meeting)
Wednesday: Deacon Karen
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 www.bcponline.org.



Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 856 0827 5573
Passcode: 41Park

To dial by telephone call +1 929 205 6099 

Meeting ID: 856 0827 5573
Passcode: 555650

November Baptisms!

St. Mary's welcomed new members of the household of God this past weekend. Rev. Ann, accompanied by parishioner Laura Hart celebrated two outside home baptisms. It was a gorgeous and warm weekend to celebrate new life in Christ!
Boy Scout Troop 27 completed their annual leaf clean-up this past weekend. They continue to support our parish in so many invaluable ways! Thanks to all who helped!
ANTI RACISM WORK
Take Time to Listen and Learn
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man: Episode 9

Emmanuel Acho sits down with police officers from the Petaluma Police Department in Petaluma, CA. They discuss polarizing topics like defunding the police, Black Lives Matter, and accountability in the police force surrounding the tragic deaths of black civilians.
Manchester Interfaith Thanksgiving Zoom Service
Sunday November 22nd @4pm
Everyone from all the congregations who would like to attend by zoom will need to register to get the link. This will make sure that the program is not interrupted.
Here is the registration link:   https://www.myshul.org/event/interfaith-service-2.html 
Support St. Mary's while you Shop

We are a registered charity on Amazon Smile. A portion of your purchases made through Amazon Smile (not regular Amazon) will go directly to our online fundrasier line item! So far we have recieved $330 through parishioner's purchases.
CLICK HERE to learn how to support St Mary's in this unique way!
Taking Care of Yourself & Others

Free COVID Testing Nov. 16, 23 and 30.
The Manchester Health Department, in partnership with First Choice Health Centers, will be offering a series of free mobile COVID testing events. For full details, please CLICK HERE


Ray Crothers Blood Drive
On Friday, November 27th from 8:30-4:30 at Manchester High School.The road race committee began conducting a blood drive as part of its race week activities in 1986 and continues this year as the need for blood is so great.
CLICK HERE for more info and to sign up!


Manchester Road Race
Registration for the Virtual Race is now open! The fee to register is $20. Registered runners will download a phone app with GPS capabilities to their smart phones. Participants can then run the 4.748-mile distance at any location of their choosing. For more info CLICK HERE
Ann's Zoom Coffee Shop on Fridays at 1pm

Join Zoom Meeting
or
Dial +1 929 205 6099
Meeting ID: 873 0224 9184
Password: 958202

“Coffee On The Curb” Continues
This 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).
Virtual Prayers of the People
CLCK 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.

We have a NEW address for SPC Darrium Bedell, a parishonier's co-worker who is currently deployed, He has given word that he is receiving them and is so appreciative! 
Darrium Bedell
168th ECC
Unit 61371
APO AE 09877