Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Thursday, October 7, 2021
CLICK HERE to read the October edition of the Happenings
Holy Eucharist
St. Mary's Sanctuary
Sunday, October 10th
@ 9am

Maggie Breen our Regional Missionary will be making her annual visit to St. Mary's this Sunday. Maggie will also be our guest preacher that morning!


***Covid-19 Protocols***
Please remember that we will enter through the front doors or handicapped doors only. Masks are required to be worn inside the buildings and we will sit only in marked pews (on a green dot) to allow for social distance between households.
You are welcome to join us virtually each week for our 9AM worship service! Please CLICK HERE to get to our YouTube page: St. Mary's Manchester

Pledge envelopes can be dropped in the offertory plate in the center aisle on Sunday or in the office mailbox for those who are unable to meet in-person. Thank you for continuing to support God's mission here in Manchester.
CLICK HERE to register for the GHIAA Assembly
Seasonal Sharing Outreach 2021

We are currently reimagining our Thanksgiving and Christmas Seasonal Sharing programming after last years contactless food drives and gift cards/toy drive-thru events. We are pondering ways to bring back Seasonal Sharing Outreach in a safe and more familiar way to St. Mary's while also listening to the needs of the community at large. Bennet Academy is working to share their thoughts and insights on how best we can serve the school families and we are working with MACC to see how St. Mary's can assist with their Joy of Sharing program. We will share with you soon on the exact form Seasonal Sharing will take. In the mean time look for those sales at the grocery stores and stock up as we continue to serve our neighbors in 2021.
ECCT's Annual Convention Moves Online
Saturday, Oct. 23 from 9 a.m.–3 p.m.
 
After much prayer, research, thought, and discussion, your Convention Planning Team has made the difficult decision to move our Annual Convention to an online format this year due to COVID-19 Delta variant surges. Given the rigors of the past year and a half and the fatigue many in our community are experiencing with online events, we are condensing the schedule to one day, Saturday, October 23, focusing on the essentials. Read more.
Reflections from Rev. Ann

Perhaps you missed Rev. Ann's article in the Happenings? We are sharing it in it's entirety for you convivence below. Many have shared they found it honest and comforting.

Embracing optimism. This has been my mantra for some time now. I’ve even been asked, are you really that optimistic? Aren’t things still unsettled at St. Mary’s? “Unsettled” is putting it mildly. We have many challenges among us, from financial to lack of engagement, from gossip to conflicts. We have disappointments and strained relationships. We have many struggles that we have avoided naming and would prefer to avoid confronting.

And we have tremendous growth! We are meeting challenges, and relationships are deepening. We are successfully learning our way with new technology. We are adapting to the COVID restrictions. We are trying on the changes in worship that will become part of St. Mary’s future. We are celebrating the gifts and talents among us, such as our licensed worship leaders’, and commissioning our lay preachers. We are stretching our muscles of flexibility. We are discovering God in our midst in ways we did not imagine.

While we too often wish the future was like a “brighter yesterday,” God invites us to experience a future that shines with transformation. We often wish others would change, and then we would feel better. Or things could go back to an earlier time, and that would fix everything. That’s not the mature, long-lasting change and new life that God desires. God desires the change of heart that allows us to get out of our own way, live boldly, accept God’s grace and see beyond ourselves.

I am often asked, what is the future of the church? Is it children, evangelism programs, small-group ministry, traditional music and choirs? We have many ideas. And we wonder why it seems like nothing works. This may pull us back to those desired brighter yesterdays.

As I continue to practice embracing optimism and listen for God’s Word in our midst, I offer you these words of Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German pastor and theologian: “The person who loves their dream of community will destroy community, but the person who loves those around them will create community.”

May these words speak to your heart as you strive to embrace optimism. May we build a new community of love at St. Mary’s, one that openly welcomes our uncertain future in the name of all that is holy and life-giving.
Friday Fellowship

October 8th
1pm-2pm

Come enjoy fellowship and conversation with one another. This is a relaxed opportunity to gather safely outside. Bring a chair and meet on the lawn right off the parking lot!

If you prefer a private conversation with Rev Ann, reach out to schedule a time (revalovejoy@gmail.com or cell 304-951-7122). While we still find our way during fluctuations in COVID-19 rates, we continue to stay connected as best we can. If you’re comfortable please join us. We are always grateful to be together!
WEEK NIGHT COMPLINE CONTINUES THIS FALL
@ 7:30pm

Monday: Karen A
Wednesday: Andrea
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.

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Manchester Road Race Committee To Sponsor Two Covid-19 Vaccination Clinics

Race organizers are collaborating with the Connecticut Department of Public Health and the Griffin Hospital Community Outreach Mobile Vaccination Team to offer the vaccines.

The clinics will be held at the Manchester High School cafeteria (134 East Middle Turnpike in Manchester) from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, October 16th, and Saturday, November 6th. The clinics are free, open to everyone, and will offer the Pfizer, Moderna and Johnson & Johnson vaccines.

First and second vaccinations, and Pfizer booster shots for those who qualify under current guidelines to receive them, will be available at the clinics. Full details online at:
To make a 2021 pledge to St. Mary's CLICK HERE for the form
Prayers of the People
Please take a moment to lift these names up in your prayers. Contact Rev. Ann revalovejoy@gmail.com if you would like to add a loved one or if a name may be removed after the need has been fulfilled.

Mary Rolfe
Lynette Wilson
Beth Lavalette
Matthew
Lea Dubiel
Hedda
Arlyne Alexander
Ann Pean
Carolyn Stone
Sylvia & Carlson Rogers
Torshia Anderson
Mechelle Olortegui, Kelvin, Aleesha & Carlson Rogers, Jr
Llonia Jackson and family
Talitha Coggins
Walker-Young Family: Carmen, Courtnee, Emory, Morgan and Chelsea, Emrys and Erymi,
Meg Wagner
Dean Fedorchak
Lynda Jones
Lulu
Bob Taylor
Asche-Ren Reguin
Matt Clement
Carlo Santi
Linda Feltcher
Elizabeth
Ollie K.
Bernie
Alec
Jessica Gustow
Denise Donez
Laura and Naomi
Pat G
Geoff Olivier
C.C.
Mike Melaniphy
Frankie Abetz
Marisa M.
Rev. Ann
Pam Sargent

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED
Andy Taylor
Paul Potenziani
John Kunz
Jane Pastel
Dr. Brad Cohen & Dr. Gary Cohn
Roger Russell
Abbott Butler
Garvan Cavanaugh
Tony Krawczyk
Marion Flynn
Matt Briggs
Pellegrino Mancini
John T. Reaves, Jr.

For comfort for their families and for all who mourn

For the people of Haiti and Afghanistan, for all affected by wildfires and Hurricane Ida

Thanksgiving for:
Our Wardens, Officers & Vestry leadership

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

For our friends at Concordia & Emanuel Churches