Staying Connected as a Faith Community

Click the link to today's Morning Devotions recorded in the Chapel
Final Days to Complete the St. Mary’s CAT!

The Church Assessment Tool (CAT) is an important opportunity to let leadership know what matters to you and what your hopes are for the future of St. Mary’s. If you received the CAT invitation by email on September 18, simply click the link to complete the questionnaire before the window closes October 6. If you received a paper copy of the CAT in the mail, please complete the questionnaire and return it by October 2 using the envelope provided—drop it in the mail or in the mailbox outside the church office.

Your honest answers will guide our leadership as they set priorities for the months ahead and develop a strategic plan for the future.

The CAT is completely anonymous! When you click the link in the email, you will be re-directed to the site of the CAT administrator.

We urge everyone to complete the questionnaire—our future together depends on your participation.

Many thanks to those who have already completed the CAT!

The CAT Team
Jo-Ann Swanson, Joy Dorin, Andrea Burr

St. Mary's Day Celebration this SUNDAY!
We will gather on Sunday @4pm on the church lawn to celebrate St. Mary's Day and remember our friend Dotti Cannon. If you are planning on attending and have not RSVP'd yet please do so by 3pm on Friday using this poll or call the office by 11am on Friday. Remember you mask and chair!
Will you be attending the St Mary's Day outside celebration on Oct 4th?

Virtual COFFEE HOUR begins at 9:30AM- join with the regular worship Zoom link below.

Sunday, October 4th at 10AM

CLICK HERE for the bulletin

Permanent Meeting Code

 Meeting ID: 823 2447 0555
Password: 0000

Join Zoom Meeting:

1 646 876 9923

WEEK NIGHT COMPLINE continues this Fall....

Join fellow parishioners:

Monday: Karen A
Tuesday: Andrea
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

The Doors Project was completed on Saturday. Thank you to all who participated by donating materials, painting, lettering and installing this welcoming piece of art! See the article in the Happenings for more info and pictures. We will be holding a blessing and dedication in mid-October. Stay tuned.
CLICK HERE to read the October Happenings
CLICK HERE to listen to Brene Brown's Podcast with Bishop Curry


CLICK HERE to visit the national church's website with numerous videos posted regarding racial reconciliation

CLICK HERE to visit the Absalom Jones Center for Racial Healing and explore their good and hard work.
Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man Episode 8:
National Anthem Protests Pt.2 featuring Roger Goodell
“Therefore I tell you, the kingdom of God will be taken away from you and given to a people that produces the fruits of the kingdom.”  Matthew 21:43

Ouch! Jesus’ words, directed at the Pharisees who constantly test him, point to the importance of bearing fruit. God promises an abundant harvest with more than enough to share, but we must do our part to cultivate, nurture, and bring to fullness all the bountiful gifts of God, both in our own lives and in the Body of Christ.

Share your harvest, if you are able  
John the Baptist went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins…. And the crowds asked him, “What then should we do?” In reply he said to them, “Whoever has two coats must share with anyone who has none; and whoever has food must do likewise.” – Luke 3:4, 10-11

God’s people have traditionally given thanks and celebrated God’s abundance at harvest time, when farmers close out their growing season. In 2020, North Americans once again rejoice that our land has produced plenty of food. And many Americans, blessed with stable jobs and rebounding investments, can give thanks for a harvest of financial and personal blessings as well.

But millions of us and our neighbors are struggling. Covid-19 has caused massive joblessness, pushing countless families into poverty. Hunger and homelessness are skyrocketing. Federal, state and local safety-net programs are breaking, and food banks, shelters and other charities are overwhelmed.

The rising need presents an opportunity for God’s people who are blessed with more than enough to help siblings in need. This year, consider celebrating your harvest of blessings not only by giving thanks but also by donating generously – of your time, talent, money or goods – to a local food bank, homeless shelter, soup kitchen or charity. Our congregations could lead this effort with a campaign, “Harvest of Giving.”

Our hurting, struggling neighbors need to know not only that Covid-related misfortune is not their fault, but also that God and God’s people are standing with them, supporting them with love and help. The best way is for those who are blessed with an abundant harvest to share it with those whose harvests are lean.

–Rob Blezard
Copyright © 2020, Rev. Robert Blezard. Pastor Blezard serves as an assistant to the bishop of the Lower Susquehanna Synod, ELCA, and works as content editor for

Taking Care of Yourself & Others

Free COVID Testing
On Sept. 28, Oct. 8, Oct. 22 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 CLICK HERE

Flu Shot Clinic
Saturday, Oct. 3 at 10 a.m at ConnectiCare Center - Manchester, 1487 Pleasant Valley Road. CLICK HERE to register

Rotary in Motion
On Saturday, October 3, 2020 the Manchester Rotary Club will be hosting Rotary in Motion, a community outing for people of all abilities. Join the Manchester Rotary Club for this free event: Bikes, Wheelchairs, Golf Carts, Walkers, Joggers, Rickshaws, Adaptive Trikes, Pet Walkers! Time: Rotary Pavilion Dedication-9 am. Registration @ 9:30 am, Remarks @10 am and Bike Send-Off @ 10:30 am
CLICK HERE to visit the Rotary website

Connecting with Coffee

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”

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.


Calling all Letter Writers
A request from parishioner Lanie Turner whose son Dave Dickson in Georgia has an employee who has just been deployed. His Army Reserve unit has been called up and sent to Kuwait. Dave reached out to Lanie asking if we - the church folks - could send him letters and cards. (It’s an American address taking regular postage). Imagine being away from home right now and all the uncertainties of serving overseas. When writing, reference who you are, so you won’t be a stranger. There are no strangers in God’s eyes. May we see like God... and write a letter!

SPC Darriun Bedell
168th ECC
APO, AE 09330


Our Prayer for St Mary’s

Ever-present God, we thank you for the gift of the Holy Spirit as it moves and guides us here at St. Mary’s. We pray that you will reveal and help us to understand your mission. Inspire us in our love for each other and direct our actions as we move into relationships within our community. In Jesus’s name, we pray. Amen

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