Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Thursday, November 5th, 2020
**NEW**Inside Worship Opportunity

Last Sunday, your Vestry approved the Tech Team's proposal to open the recording of Thursday's Morning Devotions up to the wider parish. After thoughtful consideration we will now be taking RSVPs for up to 4 parishioners to join the team inside St. Mary's on Thursday mornings at 9:30am.

We feel comfortable in this first step, as the service will be brief (15 minutes), all participants will be wearing masks and seated 6-10ft apart in the chapel. Each person will have their temperature screened and santize their hands before entering through the handicapped door next to the memorial garden.

If you are interested in joining on NOVEMBER 12th 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 hoping to vary the participation each week so please be aware and considerate of that when reserving your slot.

We are happy to welcome a small numbers of parishioners back inside the church and are aware of the desire of some to get back to worship in-person. This is a first step as we further explore how to go about this safely for our church family and our wider community.

God Bless

Gene, Sarah, Ann, Beth and Mechelle
The Tech Team

Click the link to today's Morning Devotions recorded in the Chapel.

Next week we will livestream on Facebook at 9:30AM as well

Contemplative Prayer Service

**NEW TIME** Sundays @ 2pm

Church Street lawn
Don't forget to bring your mask, chair and maintain social distance as we come together for a time of prayer and fellowship.
“But let justice roll down like waters, and righteousness like an ever-flowing stream.”–
Amos 5:24
Through the prophet Amos, God condemns hollow displays of religiosity. What God desires is action – justice and righteousness – ever-flowing from the hearts of those who love the Lord. Act on your thankfulness this week by working for justice in your community.

Give to God the things that are God’s

Once again in today’s gospel the Pharisees are trying to trip up Jesus. If Jesus supports the paying of the tax, his Jewish siblings who are rebelling against the Roman occupation will shun him. If Jesus says it’s unlawful to pay the tax, he’ll be in trouble with the Roman authorities. What does Jesus do? He asks them to look at the coin. It is a Roman coin. Pay the tax – meaning give the Emperor back his own coin!

Then Jesus adds that wonderful line — give to God the things that are God’s.
What exactly IS God’s? Well, we are! Our Christian faith in God points us always to live a life of gratitude and generosity. God showed us how we are to live and how to give to God the things that are God’s: God gave us God’s son, God’s first fruit, and we are asked to do the same, remembering that everything we have, everything we do, everything we are is a gift from God — and it is a gift that is meant to be shared. When we share from our first fruits, as God shared God’s first fruit with us, we are modeling the same generosity God has shown us.

Remember, we have two sets of three legged-stools in our Episcopal Branch of the Jesus Movement: scripture, reason and tradition, and time, talent and treasure. The first shapes our faith; the second is how we use the gifts we have been given to live out our faith.
The Rt. Rev. Diane M. Jardine Bruce is the Bishop Suffragan in the Diocese of Los Angeles. Her ministry focuses heavily on stewardship, financial sustainability and New Community development.
Stewardship Events
  • Join us for Coffee Hour at 11:30am this Sunday. Please use the Zoom link below. (Reminder - there will be no coffee hour at 9:30) 

  • Early Thanksgiving Outdoor service on 11/15 at 2pm. 
Bring your completed pledge certificate and stay for a short afternoon service. Bring your chair and mask. RSVP with Sandy in the office at 860-649-4583 or register with evite sent on Nov 2nd.  
For today, St. Mary’s & Concordia will each have a separate Virtual COFFEE HOUR at 11:30AM. See worship & St. Mary’s coffee hour links below. They are different!

Sunday, November 8th 10AM

CLICK HERE for the bulletin

Permanent Meeting Code

 Meeting ID: 823 2447 0555
Password: 0000

Join Zoom Meeting:

1 646 876 9923


Join fellow parishioners:

Monday: Karen A
Tuesday: Andrea (no service 11/10 and 11/17 for vestry meetings)
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

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

St. Mary's Zoom COFFEE HOUR @ 11:30AM
Meeting ID: 823 5739 4297     
Passcode: 564246
Join Coffee Hour:
    +1 929 205 6099

We will welcome Brittany Hall from Bennet's Family Resource Center and also hear reflections from 3 different parishioners.
Reflection from Rev. Ann

"We have made it through another week together" A short statement in the ABC News positive marketing piece repeated throughout the special coverage of election results. It is true. We have made it through many weeks, tough weeks with anxieties and uncertainties in many areas of life. We are making it through this time of tremendous change. With these uncertainties and changes comes a great deal of loss. And while for some people responding to the pandemic seems to be an inconvenience, for many others the inequities and hardships are overwhelming burdens. Perhaps our longing to 'return to normal' is being challenged. Across our country we are seeing that our previous picture of 'normal' has been damaging and unjust on multiple levels. Could it be that we are facing - or being compelled to face - changes and accepting losses that we have blocked out, ignored, or worse, inequities we have perpetuated because they have benefited us? We, in the church, like things to stay the same. We look for our church(es) to be a place of stability. For many, our stability has been shaken during this pandemic, and the need to refocus our priorities has become imperative. 

How do we actually get through tough times and grieve together? How do we pull ourselves together to say, we have made it through another week together? Acknowledging our losses is a starting place. Allowing ourselves to be with our feelings instead of pushing them aside. Placing our grief before God. Let us trust God to hold our grief. With God all things are possible. It is possible for us to be grateful, generous, and hopeful. It is possible for us to grieve and let go of the past. It is possible for us to turn again, day by day, to our God of love who gives us Jesus, who gives us the gifts of the Holy Spirit. Can we trust God to be our stability as we let go, as we grieve, as accept ourselves in our brokenness? We can, I trust, become healthy people and healthy communities as we follow the recommendations during this long recovery from the coronavirus pandemic. We can, I trust, become a community that is willing to change for the sake of others, for the sake of justice and equity. And we are becoming resilient and flexible, together. We have made it through another week together. May it be so today and in the days ahead.
CLICK HERE to read the NOVEMBER Happenings

Your vestry is now meeting by ZOOM 2x a month so we can be responsive and productive as we lead in these unprecedented times.



What is a microaggression? 14 things people think are fine to say at work — but are actually racist, sexist, or offensive CLICK HERE to read the Business Insider article.
Sacred Ground Program Registration Continues!

Join with members of the NE Region, for a 10-session course to continue our anti-racism work. We are asking that participants be intentional about committing to this program, so that we can journey over sacred ground together in dedicated small groups.

We will be meeting 10 times, roughly every two weeks, from 6:30pm-8pm on Thursdays, via ZOOM. Participants will be given the ZOOM links before each class. The dates are as follows: 11/19, 12/3, 12/17, 1/7, 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, and 4/8.

You can REGISTER HERE. If you have any questions, please contact Maggie Breen, NE Region Missionary, at

Take a moment to listen to Bishop Michael Curry's sermon from Sunday's: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness
Seasonal Sharing Ministry
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.
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: 
Taking Care of Yourself & Others

Free COVID Testing Nov. 11, 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

 COVID-19 Convalescent Plasma Shortage
Are you fully recovered from a verified COVID-19 diagnosis? If so, the plasma in your blood may contain COVID-19 antibodies that can attack the virus.. The Red Cross program will allow for efficient distribution of convalescent plasma to wherever it’s needed most across the country. Your plasma may be the key to saving lives.

Ways to Practice Thanks-giving
A gratitude practice for every day from Nov. 1 to Thanksgiving

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
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 and she will swing by your home and chat outside (at a safe distance).
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.

We have a NEW address for
SPC Darrium Bedell
168th ECC
Unit 61371
APO AE 09877
Please send your cards and correspondence to him using this address now.