Staying Connected as a Faith Community

St Mary's Episcopal Church March 20, 2020
UPDATE: Per recommendations from the CDC to not gather in groups of 50 or more for the next 6 - 8 weeks, we must share that St. Mary's will be closed at least through Easter, April 12th. We will reassess going foward and are brainstorming ways to connect during the holiest week of the year.

Worship Opportunities


We will plan to join the Washington National Cathedral's live stream service for the 4th Sunday of Lent on March 22nd at 11:15AM. Many found this service uplifting and connecting last Sunday.


Here are the Readings for this Sunday

If you wish to access the Book of Common Prayer for moments of prayer during your week.


Concordia Lutheran Church will hold a "home" service this Sunday at 10 AM ( click here for the bulletin) and have invited us to participate. Pastor Barclay invitation reads: " Please make time at 10 a.m. on Sunday or at another time that is best for you to pray through this worship service at your home. Find a comfortable place, perhaps light a candle and place a cross nearby."


Techonology Update

We will be testing out different media options for broadcasting a Friday Evening Compline at 9 or other services in the near future.

Your vestry will be using Zoom video conferencing for the their meeting on the 24th and will communicate how that goes!

Feel free to explore Zoom on your own; it has an app to download or a phone number to call into when a meeting is scheduled.




Taking Care of Yourself & Others

This article was recommended by our assistant treasurer Joy Dorin.
If you’re not feeling 100% like yourself these days, that’s 100% normal. By Hildy Gottlieb, Published on March 18, 2020 



We have spoken to Beth Stafford at MACC and found that they are continuing the mission to provide food and are being socially responsible for the health of all our guests, volunteers and staff. St. Mary's will be sending over the Wall Out Hunger and Undie Sunday before Palm Sunday and will let you know the plans in Tuesdays e-newsletter.


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Please continue, as you are able, to send in offerings to the church office. They will be counted and deposited weekly to keep our operations going and our financial commitments strong. You may mail envelopes to the office or drop in the secure mailbox outside the office.



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Reflection from Rev. Ann


None of us knew how much we would have to give up this particular Lent. How could we have known? Right now every day feels like an entirely new reality and not one we invited; not one we are welcoming with a warm embrace. Instead we are learning how to practice ‘social distancing.’ A phrase that has invaded our daily vocabulary. No, this is not the season we hoped for; and, in these uncertain times, we will have to dig a little deeper and lean on the faith God gives us.

The late Bishop Barbara Harris, the first female bishop consecrated in the Anglican Communion, once said, “We are an Easter people living in a Good Friday world.” Given our present global pandemic, these are profoundly inspiring words. We are an Easter people in the midst of uncertainty and chaos. We are discovering how to draw closer to one another while keeping ourselves physically separated. This is a peculiar challenge to our social nature and our embodied faith. While this is not the Lent/Easter we hoped for, or planned for, it is nonetheless the season in which we find ourselves. Accepting this season will indeed make room for the transforming grace of God, the peace of Christ, and the power of the Holy Spirit always calling us to an Easter people. Always.


Rev. Ann is available by email at revalovejoy@gmail.com or by phone at (304) 951-7122


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FYI: Your prayer team, under the leadership of Deacon Emeritus Karen Fedorchak has created a new prayer for this time of uncertainty.

Also, take a moment to watch this Godly Play story that our children were listening to before the closing: Godly Play "The Faces of Easter"