Staying Connected
Please join us this weekend for worship in person (church)
Saturday at 5:30 pm or Sunday at 9:00 am.
Rector's Corner
June 11, 2021

Dear Family in Christ,

It has certainly been a busy week filled with both joy and sorrow. From services to pastoral care, from in-reach to outreach, from action and activity to stillness and prayer. Through it all God's grace and the presence of the Holy Spirit have united many of us, comforting us as we mourn, leading us forward to assist others, and strengthening us in our own journey together.
The readings this week show that what is small, hard to see, and even invisible can have vast importance. Whether it’s the tender shoot of the cedar tree or the tiny seed of the mustard plant, what seems slight now will become something mighty. “We walk by faith, not by sight,” the Second Letter to the Corinthians says; we hope in that what is unseen and in the future will come to pass. The important thing, though, is to realize how the present still matters.

I spent quite a bit of time this week at The Branches and assisting in matters where I could. As a matter of fact, I was sitting in a meeting at The Branches when I received word of Tim's passing. As I drove from Rio Grand to Tim's home, I thought about the gifts of his ministry. I thought about the concept of starting something new and what it must have been like for him and all of you in the early days of figuring and configuring new ministry. I thought about what it has all become; how many lives have been positively affected, how many have been clothed, fed, sheltered, employed, counseled, pastored, and assisted in so many ways. I thought about, how much it has grown, changed, and continues to evolve as we tend to it.

How you tend that invisible seed makes a difference; what you do “at home in the body” now has consequences for when you are at home in the Lord, so “aspire to please him” at all times and think of the little seeds, shoots, and easy-to-miss places in our lives where more attention and cultivation “shall bear fruit,” as the psalmist says, in the kingdom of God.

Oh', how a sweet simple seed, a concept, a dream, a hope, can be planted in the dark soil, nurtured, and bloom. Both legacy and possibility as we walk by faith.


Mo. Allison+


If you would like a pastoral visit or a visit from one of our
Eucharistic Ministers, please contact Mo. Allison.
It's good to be open again!

Coffee Hour has returned!

Come and enjoy coffee and fellowship on Sunday mornings after the 9 am service.
A sign-up sheet is posted on the kitchen door.

Alanon has resumed meeting in the parish hall Friday mornings at 10 AM.

Vestry will meet Sunday following the 9 AM service. (For this month it will be in Mo. Allison's office.)

SUNDAY PARKING: Sturdy Bank lot and Fred's Tavern lot may be used.
Please remove your car from Fred's before 12 noon. (The meters are off until 10 AM.)

SATURDAY PARKING: Sturdy Bank lot is available.


Lochlainne Charlotte and her mother, Elizabeth, will be baptized on the beach on the 101st St. Pavilion on Sunday, June 20th at 11 AM.


A memorial service for Lisa Simmons Minakowski will take place on Saturday, June 19th at 11 am. Lisa was a member of St. Mary's when she resided in Avalon.

The memorial service for Barbara Eckhardt will take place on Monday,
June 21st at 11 AM. Barbara was a long-time member of St. Mary's
and will be missed.

For a list of all upcoming events and meetings, please see the calendar on our website at

Mo. Allison's
Official Installation as our Rector will take place on
July 25th at 12:00 pm.
More details of the installation and the Bishop's visitation will soon follow.
Important Communication Reminders

Mother Allison may be reached on her mobile phone at 551-697-6133.

Morning Prayer is Tuesday-Friday via Zoom. Mother is available immediately following morning prayer to those who join to answer any questions, hear your concerns, or for pastoral care.

If you are in need of a home visit or wish to receive the Eucharist, please call Mother directly.

The Vestry is once again meeting in person in the Hall. All vestry meetings are posted to the calendar on our website. Anyone may attend vestry meetings.

With the building now open all vestry meeting minutes will once again be posted on the bulletin board as they are available.

Our newsletter is distributed via email every Friday morning. If you would like to add to the newsletter, please email the office with your entry.

CHECK OUT OUR CALENDAR on our website for all activities taking place throughout the week.
A Church that Prays Together Stays Together!
God the King of Glory, in whose hands are the living and the dead: We give you thanks for all those who have laid down their lives in the service of our country. Grant them your mercy and the light of your presence; give us a sense of your will and purpose, that we may understand that the work you have begun in them will be perfected through Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, in whom all strife is resolved. Amen. 

In addition to our regular prayer list, we are introducing a new, easy accessible way to add you or a loved one to our daily prayers. You may access this link at any time for prayers or additions.

We're Looking Forward to ...
Worship at the Beach, our "Come as you are" service on the 101st St. Beach Pavilion returns July 10th!
We're moving the Saturday service from the church to the beach for the summer months. Plan to join us for a relaxed worship service in a glorious setting!

Our Thursdays on the Lawn concerts are set for Summer 2021 with a terrific line up! We'll get off to a great start with the super popular group Three and One on July 8th. One of our favorites, The Snake Brothers, continues our summer concert series on July 15th, followed by The Quietmen on July 22nd,
Marnie and Nate on July 29th, and C. Lynne Smith on August 5th. We'll wrap up on August 12th with Three and One. Bring some friends and
plan to join us on the front lawn this summer!
Coming to St. Mary's this summer...
Summertime will be exploding with fun, fun fun!
July 6 - July 30th
Download the flyer here!
Altar Flowers
Altar flowers are a great way to celebrate a birthday, anniversary or special occasion, and they are a wonderful memorial in honor of a loved one. The flowers may be removed from the altar and taken home with you after the service. If you would like to remember someone, please sign up on the chart in the narthex, and send a note with details and a donation to the church office. Many spots are open in the upcoming months.
Happy Birthday to
William Haines and David Condo on June 12th, Stephen Markle on June 15th, Joan Langston on June 17th, and Elizabeth Mihalek on June 18th!
Happy Anniversary to

Fred & Ruth Maiden on June 17th!
Lectionary Text for the Third Sunday after Pentecost: Proper 6
Worship Services
Saturday 5:30 pm in person (church)

Sunday 9:00 AM in person (church) and

Service will be posted by 11:00 AM on St. Mary's website
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Daily Office and Study Links
Tuesday - Friday