Staying Connected as a Faith Community

Thursday, November 17, 2022

CLICK HERE for the November edition of the Happenings

If you have any information for the December edition please send it to editor Noreen Kirk, by Friday November 25th

Click the picture link above to view Sunday's service on YouTube

**In-person and livestreamed**

Morning Prayer

St. Mary's @ 9AM

Lay Worship Leader: Betsy Ibsen

Lay Preacher: Maggie Breen

Coffee Hour Hosts: Mary Covello

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Guest Preacher this Sunday

Be sure to join us to welcome Maggie Breen as our guest preacher this week. Maggie is ECCT's Northeast Regional Missionary and also plays a vital role in our merger process. We are excited to have her join us.

Seasonal Sharing: Packing and Delivery THIS weekend

Saturday Packing: November 19 - 8:30-9:30am ALL are welcome to help pack food baskets in Neill Hall. It will be a quick task so stop by to help for an hour or so.

Delivery Sunday: November 20 - Volunteers are welcome to head downstairs after the 9 am service of Morning Prayer for delivery to our 14 families in located in Manchester.


St. Mary’s and St. John’s Vestry officers and clergy met last Thursday night,

November 10, to continue moving the merger process forward. We discussed the

positive results of the October all parish meeting and the fact that is was

energizing to find so many similarities between the two parishes.

We discussed next steps in the ECCT merger process including forming four

review teams with a few members from each parish to conduct reviews of both in

the areas of Mission, Property, Financial and Canonical.

As we understand the process, each team will each be guided by an ECCT member

as we move through this process. Reports will be written by the ECCT member

from each team and presented to the ECCT Standing Committee. These reports

will provide the diocese and our parish members with a profile of each parish and

the possibilities that can be realized when forming a new faith community

through a merger.

We are hoping to have this work completed by June 30, 2023, including the

required votes from both our parishes. This work and timeline will position us for

ratification of the merger with St. John’s at the ECCT Annual Convention in the


There will be another joint meeting of officers and clergy in January and monthly

meetings thereafter to update our progress. The full Vestries from St. Mary’s and

St. John’s will meet again in February. In the meantime, we will continue to keep

you abreast of what is happening.

We also want to mention the activities and services that we’ve been invited to at

St. John’s. These include: their Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 19, their

Wednesday Advent series (details to come), their Christmas Eve Service at 10 p.m.

and their Christmas Day service at 9 a.m.

Beyond Blessed

2023 Stewardship

We are nearly through the 4th week of our Stewardship Campaign for 2023. Pledge forms continue to be

received in the Church Office and that is good news. Thank you! Pledge forms have been received from

about 39% of those who were mailed the original letter about the 2023 Campaign.

Hopefully, many more pledge forms will be received over the next couple of weeks.

Have you ever noticed the fine print on the bottom of a pledge envelope? It’s a reminder about the need to support our church even if we are absent, for as the message says: “…church expenses go on just the same.” Even in these changing times, God is with us and St. Mary’s is here for all of us, too. Your pledges ensure that we can meet the financial obligations of the coming year and that God’s work in the world can continue through this faithful community in this special place.

If you haven’t done so already, please prayerfully consider offering your thanks to God through a pledge to His work through St. Mary’s. If you have misplaced your Stewardship packet or did not receive one and would like to have one, there are extra packets in the back of the church to pick-up or you may call Sandy and she will mail a packet to you. You may also CLICK HERE to access the form, print and return to the office by Dec. 4th.

Beth Bickley

Stewardship Chairperson

Weeknight Compline on Zoom

@ 7:30pm

Monday: Karen A

Wednesday: Andrea

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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Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Sunday, November 20th at 4:00pm 

All are welcome to come to Beth Sholom B'nai Israel located at 400 Middle Turnpike East, Manchester where clergy from all over Manchester will join together for a service celebrating the many faiths throughout our community and the many Thanksgiving blessings that surround us. This event is also a food drive, so please bring a nonperishable donation for those in need in our community. 

Please Note: 

St. Mary's Prayer list will be updated for November 27, the first Sunday in Advent. Please make sure any names of those with continued needs are passed along to Andrea Burr by Nov 22.

Prayers of the People

Please take a moment to lift these names up in your prayers. Send any prayer requests to Andrea Burr at Andrea will relay the prayer need to the prayer team and will update the Prayers of the People list weekly.

Italicized names are those who were newly added this week

All those suffering in mind, body, or spirit

Lynette Wilson

Denise Donez

Geoff Olivier

Pam Sargent

Jane Bensche

Tom and Nancy Mann

Pat Georgeady

Karen Armogida

Carol Mallett

Linda Hollingsworth

Rick & Sylvia Armogida

Jennifer and Jerry Hrycyszyn

Hrycyszyn Family in Ukraine

Lea & Cliff Dubiel

Joseph Longo

Marsha Coombs

Lincoln Specht

Baby Drue-Anne Stanley’s preemie granddaughter

Laurice Hartzell

Betty Keehner

Ellen Schmedding

Amber Mallett

Ingeborg -Wife of former parishioner Harry Packman

Sharon, Michael & John

Edna Hennessey

John Jr.

Shirley McGarry

Lynn Stevenson

Stephanie Kwasnicki

Wayne Keith

DJ Wagner

Sylvia and Carlson Rogers

Katie Herschel

The Jones Family in FL

Veronica Feragne

Deacon Karen Fedorchak

Marjorie Perham

Tom, Corie, and the Domenico Family

Mark Linton

Sonia Grosvenor

Meg Wagner

Lanie Turner

Mary Monty


Lois Johnson

Mikie Cook


Those who have died

Desmond O’Neill


Roberta Bryce

John Poggi

Kevin Kingsbury

Edith Dubiel

Joan Stauch

Lawrence Cassells

Marv Thon

Rev. Joseph Bourret

Allen Piper, Jr.

Christopher Marvin

Veronica Feragne


Comfort for their families and for all who mourn

Thanksgiving for

Our Priest in Charge, Fr. Shaw Mudge

Our Wardens, Officers & Vestry leadership

For our partner school, Bennet Academy

For the work of the Greater Hartford Interfaith Action Alliance (GHIAA)

For our friends at Concordia, Emanuel and Saint John’s, Vernon

Donations for Altar Flowers

Donations may be made as a memorial or a thank offering for a family member, friend or event. Please place your donation in the offertory plate or send it to Sandy in the office with a designated month you would like (we no longer will do specific Sundays) A suggested donation is between $50-$75.