Staying Connected as a Faith Community
Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Epiphany House Blessing
Starting today you can pick up your blessed chalk from the blue bin on the office porch for our Jan. 3 Epiphany celebration. We will use it to bless our homes for the New Year (everything you need is in the bag- one per household please)
This short liturgy is a way of marking our homes, at the front or main entrance, with sacred signs and symbols as we ask God's blessing upon those who live, work, or visit throughout the coming year. In Exodus, the Israelites marked their doors with blood so that the Lord would pass over their homes; in this service, we mark our doors with chalk as a sign that we have invited God's presence and blessing into our homes.
The initials of the legendary names of the Magi - Caspar, Melchior and Balthasar - are framed by the numbers of the New Year in this way: 20 + C M B + 21. Tradition also says the initials CMB stand for the Latin for Christie, Mansionem Benedica, which means “Christ, bless this house.”
Morning Devotions Continue in the New Year

Morning devotions resumes Thursday, Jan 7 at 9:30 am in the Chapel. We welcome a congregation of four individuals to RSVP to join us. Please enter through the handicapped doors in the memorial garden. Either call or email Sandy (sandy@stmarysct.org) to reserve your space.

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Holy Eucharist with Spiritual Communion

Click the video to watch our first recording at the main altar of Holy Eucharist with Spiritual Communion. We are looking forward to using the permanent camera that is being installed in the new year.




Send your nativity photos by Friday to Rev. Ann (revalovejoy@gmail.com) for a fun slide show we’ll share during worship.
LET'S GET FANCY!

Ladies & Gents wear your best, brightest, most fashionable scala, fascinator, fedora, cloche, Homburg to our first service of the New Year, January 3rd

Look your best as we welcome the new year with our best wishes and God’s blessings.










Sunday, Januray 3rd 10AM


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WEEK NIGHT COMPLINE


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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Passcode: 41Park

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Mark Your Calendars

Our annual meeting will be held on January 31st after the 10am service on Zoom.

We are currently looking to fill the following Vestry positions:
Vestry member 2 year term
Vestry member 3 year term

Please contact Sarah Tierinni (sarah.i.brown23@gmail.com) if you feel so called to fill one of these roles or have any questions
2021 Offering Envelopes

Offeratory envelopes will be available for pickup Tuesday 1/5, Wednesday 1/6, and Thursday 1/7 between 9 am and 12 noon. 
The envelopes will be labeled in bin outside office for your convenience. This will allow us to avoid the cost of mailing enveleopes home to each household. Thank you for your continued support of St. Mary's. If you are in need of a 2021 pledge form CLICK HERE.

Let's Take a Winter Walk! 

Rev. Ann has been busy connecting with parishioners as they take a stroll! Email Ann to find a time to share a Winter Walk: revalovejoy@gmail.com
TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF AND OTHERS

COVID-19 Testing
ECHN testing services in Manchester CLICK HERE
Hartford Healthcare testing services CLICK HERE

Downtown Improvements Survey
This year, the Town and Downtown Special Services District implemented a number of changes in Manchester's downtown central business district, both long-planned and in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. This survey is intended to help us learn more about what the community thought. To complete this very short (5 minute) survey CLICK HERE

 Senior Center Newsletter
Our newsletter for Jan. 2021 is now available online

Ann's Zoom Coffee Shop on Fridays at 1pm

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Meeting ID: 873 0224 9184
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While we miss gathering in-person at Silk City Coffee, we do love seeing each other and connecting on zoom. You can still "pop in" as if you're strolling on Main Street and stay as long or short as you want. We're on zoom from 1-2 pm- call in from home or use a smart device to 'swing by'.
Virtual 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.
Mary Rolfe
Lynette Wilson
Beth Lavalette
Jenn Reguin
Donny Ballsieper
Margaret Burke
Bernie Keenher
Matt Briggs
Dawn Murphy
John Wagner
Matthew
Lea Dubiel
Gary Jensen
Mechelle Olórtegui
Thea Michailides
Carolyn Stone
Deborah Kocsis
Alexander Tovar Olórtegui
Sylvia Rogers
Carlson Rogers
Torshia Anderson
Carlson Rogers, Jr
Llonia Jackson and family
Kelvin Rogers
Michelle Legister
Talitha Coggins
Aleesha Rogers
Walker-Young Family: Carmen, Courtnee, Emory, Morgan and Chelsea, Emrys and Erymi,
Meg Wagner
Jill
Karen Armogida
Sharon and Cornelius
Garvin

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE DIED
Ruth Clement
Dotti Canon
Eleanor Hunte 
Jean Cabana
Kathy Anderson
Bob Reault (pronounced “row”)
Geoff 
Jeanette Waytashak
Murial Ritchie 
Michelle Darrell

For comfort for their families and for all who mourn especially: 
Cabana family, Norman, Denise
George
Reault Family (pronounced “row”)
Alon
LouAnn, Ellie and family
George, Darrell family

Thanksgiving for 
For our parish leadership

FOR THOSE SERVING IN THE MILITARY
Darriun Bedell, Kuwait 

Inspired by our Stewardship logo, a new banner has been installed on our "doors project" frame for the winter months!
MERRY CHRISTMAS