A community of Christian worship, well-being and service

     Social Distancing ~ Spiritually Connecting

The week of October 10 - Oct. 16

From the Rector

Dear Friends and Members, 

This week we will celebrate the first baptism at St. Mary's since last January, welcoming Hudson Russell Palakiko into the Body of Christ. Whenever we celebrate a baptism, we renew our own Baptismal Covenant and recall that life in Christ is an ongoing commitment to God, to ourselves and to the church. Hudson's family is excited to celebrate tomorrow's event, but even more than this, they are making a commitment on his behalf to continue to support him in his Christian life, for life.

Whenever there is a baptism, the congregation promises, with God's help  to do all in our power to support the candidate in his or her life in Christ. I am struck by this as we think about all the ways our community has offered support to one another since the last time we gathered for a baptism. We have shown up online and in person for worship week after week. We have prayed for one another, offered meals, cards, prayer shawls, and phone calls. We have welcomed new members and many guests through our outdoor services. We have kept one another safe by wearing masks, social distancing and washing our hands. You have continued to support St. Mary's and all our members and friends with your time, your financial gifts and your prayers. This support has been crucial in keeping our community connected and strong. What a blessed community Hudson is joining. 

Our scriptures this week have a theme of God's provision for God's people especially in feasting. Our feasting has definitely changed in recent months, but as we look back at this unusual time, we can recognize how very real God has been, blessing whatever we have offered. Thank you for all you do to support one another. 

Blessings,  Jennifer+

Communication & Announcements
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I look forward to seeing you at worship or connecting with you online as we make our way into the next season. May God be with you and may we continue to love one another sharing what we have found in Jesus Christ.



From Sunday Service Oct. 4th

For the feast of St. Francis, we honored him by blessing many of God's creatures with whom we share our lives.


See the excellent East Bay Times Article HERE

    Worship Ministry Schedule
Sunday, Oct. 11th

Eucharistic Minister/Server
David Ferkinhoff

Anne Wood

Altar Guild
Sheila Benevides

Debby Timby

Livestream Videographer
Carol Brierley

David Brierley

The Rev'd Jennifer Pedrick+

Holy Baptism at Outdoor Worship

We will have a baptism as a part of our outdoor worship service this Sunday, October 11 at 10:30. 
Please pray for Hudson Palakiko and his parents, Emma and Brian, as they prepare for his new life in Christ. 

Worship Changes

Sunday Service Time -Knowing that many of us enjoy this brisk, colorful season, and that we do many other things outside in autumn, we will continue to gather outside Sundays at 10:30 until further notice.

Drive in and/or bundle up -  We want to encourage people to pack your cars with warm blankets, hats, gloves, and anything else that will increase your comfort and joy at worship. We will increase the amount of space for cars to drive-in for worship. Your leaders are always open to your feedback, so please let us know how to support you as the weather chills. 

Indoor Worship - We are taking seriously the guidelines and safety precautions necessary to restart indoor worship. As with our outdoor service, we will not launch this ministry until we have a complete plan for safe and reverent worship for all who wish to come inside. We are working on it every week -- professionaly testing and enhancing our ventilation system, assesing seating options, and lining up ministry leaders who are comfortable and willing to serve. 

Ministry leaders needed for indoor worship - As we prepare to return to indoor worship we need lectors/intercessors, Eucharistic ministers, altar guild, videographers, and sound system support.  If you would like to resume a ministry or begin for the first time, please contact the Rector
very soon. We can only resume indoor worship with the commitment of our members to serve in ministry. 

Online Worship will continueWe are now offering our Sunday worship in real time on Facebook live. In addition, we post the recording on our Youtube channel as soon as it is available. The links are below and in each newsletter. 

Daily Evening Prayer Online -
This is a wonderful new offering that can tether us to Christ and one another. We will begin offering Evening Prayer as soon as we have trained a sufficient number of leaders who can read and pray the office. Please contact Carol Brierley if you want to participate or lead in this ministry. Technical support is available!

Worship this week at St. Mary's

Outdoor Worship, Sunday (weather permitting) at 10:30 a.m. 

You may watch the service in real time, Sunday morning at 10:30 a.m. at https://www.facebook.com/smcportsmouth/
A recording will be available at this site soon after worship has finished on Sunday morning.

The link to this week's   Bulletin here.
Our weekly video worship services will be posted on our website by Monday morning at 9 a.m. at the latest.

The Collect for The Nineteenth Sunday After Pentecost

Lord, we pray that your grace may always precede and follow us, that we may continually be given to good works; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Old Testament

Click here for the   
           We are on Track 2.

To submit a prayer request to our parish prayer list email Karen Laroche, parish administrator.

Things to know as we gather safely.
  • Our welcome begins at 10 a.m.  If you arrive before 10 a.m.  please do not drive past the welcome table; remain in your car until you are checked in. We need to check in everyone.
  • Restrooms are available on the lower level of the parish house. An attendant will sanitize after each use. 
  • In order to keep our fellowship alive, please call on the phone, make plans for socially distanced walks and gatherings.
  • Please wear a mask or face covering and remain six feet away from everyone except those in your household. 
  • If you click on the link in this week's bulletin you will find instructions as well as our diocesan covenant for regathering. Reading this information now will help you prepare.  
  • If the weather is not suitable, or you prefer not to gather in person, please stay home and watch the service on the  St. Mary's Website or on Facebook where it will be posted by mid-day on Sunday.

Thank you to our Worship Coordinator,Marlo Pratt and the teams that make our outdoor worship possible.    

Safety and Parking Team
David Brierley, George LeBlanc, Steve Bakios, Lynn Carlson LeBlanc, Ray Edler, and Harry Gustafson

Welcome Team 
Murry Edwards, Judy and Bill Hall, Lee Ferriera, David Spengler, Jennie Nestlerode, Tara and Gretchen Alaniz.

Worship Team:
The Rev. Jennifer Pedrick,
Michael Templeton, 
The Rev. Laura Palmer,
Sheila Benevides, 
Lydia DeAngelo, Julie Zecher, PaulWestrom. 



Debby Timby

Set up/Break Down:
Jon Walker and Matt Spohn

Production Team:
David Brierley, Hailey Pratt, Rose Muller, Murry Edwards, Mattie Gustafson, Carol Brierley.

Do you need groceries, errands or help with something else? 

 If you need anything please contact the head of our Pastoral Care Team, Pauline Davis. There are many people who can help. 
Her email address is here
You may also phone her at 401-871-1453, 
but she would prefer an email if you are able.

Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat
St. Mary's is hosting a Drive-Thru Trick-or-Treat
on Saturday, October 31st!
To make this event a true success, we need at least 10 members to decorate a parking spot. This event will be for the kids and families of our community. Your parking spot can be decorated as simple or elaborate as you wish. We are also seeking candy donations. You can drop off bagged candy at the welcome desk when you come to Church on Sunday or at the office during business hours.  
Please contact Marlo Pratt marlompratt@gmail.com if you are able to decorate a parking spot. Marlo will provide all the details you will need at that time.
This promises to be a fun community event for all, but especially the kids!  Please be a part of the...
St. Mary's Greatest Drive-Thru
Trick-or-Treat Experience.

Saturday Oct 31 st 2020
St. Mary's Episcopal Church Campus
4:00 PM - 5:00 PM

A socially safe Halloween event for families, with something for

Kids can trick-or-treat safely from their car window. Families will
slowly drive through along a series of vignettes decorated by our

FREE to all guests

There will be comprehensive COVID-19 safety measures in place.
to ensure everyone's safety.

St. Mary's Church
324 East Main Rd.
Portsmouth, Rhode Island

Ministries Returning to St. Mary's Campus

St. Mary's ministry groups, if fewer than 15, are invited to return to meetings in the St. George's Chapel. Restrooms are available outside the chapel, but the rest of our buildings remain closed. We continue to offer beautiful space for you to gather outdoors. If you would like to schedule a one time or recurring meeting or ministry, please contact Karen Laroche, our parish administrator to learn about the guidelines and process.  

All meetings and ministries must be scheduled and approved in advance. 


Your generosity makes all the difference as we continue to share the love of God in Christ during this pandemic.

Here are ways people are giving:
  • On our our web page you can  Give Online
  • Mail in pledge payments or financial gifts to St. Mary's Church, 324 E. Main Rd., Portsmouth, RI 02871.
  • Set up online bill pay through your bank.
  • As we re-gather on the lawn and from our cars for worship, there will be big, blue buckets at the welcome station, as well as around our property.  They are marked offering and you can give in the buckets. 
Given the economic realities, we are sensitive to the potential financial changes our members may encounter. If, for any reason, you are not able to maintain your pledge, please contact the rector. This will enable us to adjust our income projections so that we can be good stewards of our resources. 

If you find yourself in financial need, please contact the rector. St. Mary's has a discretionary fund, which is used by the rector to offer support for the needs of our members. Members contribute to this fund anonymously, and members may receive support confidentially. 

Again, thank you for your generosity and commitment. Jennifer+

The Episcopal Chuch Encourages You to Vote Faithfully

"Cast your vote, not on a partisan basis, not based on your biases, but vote your values.  Vote the values of human dignity and equality. Vote the values of the rock on which this country was built. Vote." 

-Presiding Bishop Michael Curry
Voting Toolkit HERE

Prayer Shawl Ministry Knits for  MLKC 

The St. Mary's Episcopal Church Prayer Shawl Ministry members have been busy during this pandemic making baby sweaters, baby blankets, children's hats and mittens for the Santa's Workshop at the Dr. Martin Luther King Center.  We also make hat/scarf sets for The Seaman's Church Institute.  If you would like to make any of these items to be donated, we will supply the yarn. You can join us on Wednesdays in person as we gather safely in the Chapel, masked and distanced at 9:30. Please call either Jeanne Derrah at 847-5747 or Susan Kelchner at 683-9745 with any questions.  All donations will be needed by November 1st.

Thank You To All,
Susan Kelchner

Feeding our Neighbors in October

Hi All,   I hope you are well, safe and healthy. During the month of October we will be conducting a targeted food donation collection for the MLKC.   

Our target items are Gluten Free (GF) products. Suggested Gluten Free options include:

Bread/Muffin/Cake Mixes
Salad Dressings

Foods that are Gluten Free will say Gluten Free or have a designation on them that looks like this (GF). You can bring items to worship and leave them at the Welcome Table. Thanks as always for all you do. I am grateful.

Judy Hall

St. Mary's Leadership and Staff


Sr. Warden: Murry Edwards: srwarden@smcportsmouth.org
Jr. Warden: Paul Westrom:  jrwarden@smcportsmouth.org
Treasurer: Chris Bartlett:   treasurer@smcportsmouth.org 
Clerk: Mattie Gustafson:   vestry_clerk@smcportsmouth.org 


Rector: The Rev. Jennifer L. Pedrick jennifer@smcportsmouth.org
Parish Administrator:Karen Laroche karen@smcportsmouth.org
Pastoral Musician: Michael Templeton michael@smcportsmouth.org
Property Manager: Jon Walker jon@smcportsmouth.org

Our buildings are currently closed due to the Covid - 19 pandemic.
Our grounds, churchyard and outdoor labyrinth are open for walking and prayer - sun up to sundown. 
Watercolor of church

IMAGE CREDITS ~  Outdoor Worship: Raymond Edler and Murry Edwards

Sarah Gibbs with Mask: Murry Edwards
Watercolor: Richard Grosvenor.