Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Please take the St. Mary’s CAT!
By now you should have received the Church Assessment Tool (CAT). If you received it by email sent on Friday September 18th, simply click the link to complete the questionnaire as soon as possible and before the window closes October 6. If you received a paper copy 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 help leaders gauge the strength, vitality, and trends in our church. The information you provide 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. If for any reason you prefer taking the CAT using the paper copy, please call the office and we will be sure to send you a copy.

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

Thank you!
The CAT Team
Jo-Ann Swanson, Joy Dorin, Andrea Burr
FYI: If you are recieving this e-newsletter as a friend of St. Mary's but are not a member please do not complete the CAT.
St Mary's Day Celebration
On Sunday, October 4th @ 4PM we will gather for the celebration of St Mary's Day (rescheduled from August) on the church lawn. Please bring your own chair and mask to wear during the service. We will have a santizing station and will mind social distancing requirements. During the service we will remember our friend Dotti Cannon who passed away this summer. We are excited to gather together. Please RSVP by calling the church office or using this poll.
Will you be attending the St Mary's Day outside celebration on Oct 4th?
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ECCT's Stories
Beth Lavalette submitted a blog post to ECCT's storytellers section after being inspired by these weeds! CLICK HERE to read Beth's Blog. CLICK HERE to read other stories from around CT.
Contemplative Prayer Service

Sundays @ 4 pm

Church Street lawn
Don't forget to bring your chair and maintain social distance as we come together for a time of prayer and fellowship.

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











Sunday, September 27th at 10AM




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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 www.bcponline.org.


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CLICK HERE for last Sunday's worship service.
Province I Synod (Conference) 2020
The Episcopal Province of New England will host its Fall Synod (Conference) online September 26th. We will gather via Zoom from 9 am - 2 pm for our first-ever online Synod (Conference). This event is open to all Episcopalians in New England. Together we will worship, welcome Emily Keniston as our new Province Coordinator, explore ministry networks and their work in our province, and review the budget and ordinances that guide our ways of being together. CLICK HERE to register.
ANTI RACISM WORK


TAKE TIME TO LISTEN AND LEARN

Here are some educational resources provided by The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival. In 2018, the Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival released its Poor People's Moral Agenda & Declaration of Fundamental Rights. Its demands address systemic racism, poverty, ecological devastation, militarism, and a distorted moral narrative that keeps these systemic injustices intact. The connections between these 5 themes are why we must continue to build power among the 140 million poor & dispossessed of this nation. Fight poverty, not the poor!

CLICK HERE to view the YouTube video: Wealth Inequality in America

CLICK HERE to view a PDF of Connecticut's Fact sheet


Uncomfortable Conversations with a Black Man Episode 8:
National Anthem Protests Pt.1 featuring Roger Goodell
We do not live to ourselves, and we do not die to ourselves. If we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord; so then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s. – Romans 14:26-27

What is the common good? For Christians, it is expressed in the reign, or way, of Christ. We are accountable to God for how we treat one another; how we reflect the love of Christ through both our words and our actions.


Stewarding the Common Good
Jesus taught, “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” –Matthew 22:38
In Genesis 4, God asks Cain the whereabouts of Abel, his little brother whom Cain has just murdered in a jealous fit. Answering God’s question, Cain snarkily retorts, “Am I my brother’s keeper?” The correct answer for Cain is, “Yes, you are your brother’s keeper.” And the principle applies to us, too.

Woven through Scripture is God’s clear priority that we love and care for one another. The imperative finds clearest expression in the life and words of Jesus, who repeatedly teaches us to love everyone – friend, family, neighbor – even enemy. No exceptions.

Love for neighbor is a stewardship issue because we are responsible to care for all that God has entrusted to us, including community, relationships, and the welfare of others. Stewarding the common good is an essential component.

As North Americans, we haven’t done a very good job of stewarding the common good because our culture teaches us to “look out for number one,” as opposed to looking out for everyone. Consider how much of our political division and brokenness in criminal justice, education, healthcare, economics and government results from our thinking “what’s good for me,” rather than “what’s good for everybody.”

Stewarding the common good often involves giving up some measure of what would be good just for us. We sacrifice out of love to provide what is good for our neighbor. Is anything more Christian?

This year, especially as politics and division has embroiled and divided our country, study how the theme of loving our neighbor and stewarding the common good is woven through Scripture. What does it mean for you and the church? Think. Pray. Act.

--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 www.stewardshipoflife.org. He blogs at www.thestewardshipguy.com

If you are interested in reading more about Living In the Spirit and In the Body for The Common Good CLICK HERE 
Taking Care of Yourself & Others

CLICK HERE to read about Art Installation in Brussels!

CLICK HERE to visit Midtown Scholar Bookstore in Harrisburg, PA and check out their Live Stream Events with authors that you can register for free!

Water Conservation ADVISORY
The Town of Manchester Water Department is issuing a Water Conservation Advisory to all citizens, businesses, institutions, and users of the potable water supply because the levels of the Town’s reservoirs have dropped to 66.9% percent of capacity due to the lack of precipitation. 

Manchester Senior Center
Meal services are continuing under a delivery/pick up model. Senior Center staff will work with participants to ensure that people are signed up for the appropriate service. For details call the Senior Center at 860-647-3211.




Connecting with Coffee




Ann's Zoom Coffee Shop on Fridays at 1pm

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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 revalovejoy@gmail.com 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.

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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

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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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