Our mission is to be a Christian community of all ages,

grounded in worship, well-being and service.

November 11 - November 17, 2023

From the Rector

Dear Friends,

We have a big weekend coming up! The theme is definitely oriented toward harvest and thanksgiving. The harvest supper Saturday evening is a fun opportunity to celebrate the ministry we have shared recently. Joining together in joyful table fellowship, we will reflect on what has been meaningful and fruitful in our church this year. We are also celebrating the ingathering of pledges. Thank you to all who have sent in your pledges and for the generous commitments you have made for the coming year. If you have not yet made your pledge, pledge cards will be available in the church and at the supper. Thank you again for sharing your abundance. Your stewardship team will gather on Sunday afternoon to record the financial promises and offer our thanks for each and every gift. 

On Sunday morning we will have a special address during worship from Ric Wild of Crossroads Rhode Island. We will send him off with the “welcome home baskets” gathered this fall. This is another harvest of sorts. The baskets are one of the fruits of the Community Outreach ministry as they are encouraging us to support our neighbors who experience food and housing insecurity. The baskets are for Rhode Islanders who are moving into homes after a time of being without one. Thank you for sharing these household items. 

Next weekend, please join me and your leaders on Sunday, November 19 for coffee and conversation at 10:15 in the chapel. As you know, we have been in a time of musical transition since last spring. While we have had a number of great music leaders, we are preparing for a new music ministry. The vestry and I will open a search and hope to call a permanent music director by early next year. The coffee and conversation is an opportunity for you to share your ideas and hopes for the music ministry as well as other topics.

This year has surely been abundant as we have grown our staff, added a service, welcomed new members and served our neighbors in need. I am thankful for all the ways God has blessed us at St. Mary’s. I look forward to celebrating the harvest with you! 

Gratefully, Jennifer

In Thanksgiving for Veterans

O Judge of the nations, we remember before you with grateful hearts the men and women of our country who in the day of decision ventured much for the liberties we now enjoy. Grant that we may not rest until all the people of this land share the benefits of true freedom and gladly accept its disciplines. This we ask in the Name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.


Dinner and Advent Wreath Making

Saturday, December 2nd


St George's Chapel

Join us for a simple meal after worship and make an Advent Wreath for your household.

A baked potato bar will be provided. If you are willing to bring a side or dessert indicate that when you sign up, but it is not necessary to bring anything but yourself! Wreath supplies will be provided. RSVP online!

Friday, 11.10 -- Evening Prayer will be on Facebook at 5:30

Saturday, 11.11 at 5:00 p.m. Sunday, 11.12 at 9:00 -- Worship in the historic church.

  • 11.11 -- 6:00 p.m. -- Harvest Dinner in St. George's Chapel

Friday, 11.17 -- Evening Prayer will be on Facebook at 5:30

Saturday, 11.18 at 5:00 p.m. -- Worship in the historic church.

Sunday, 11.19 at 9:00 -- Worship in the historic church. Coffee and Conversation in St. George's Chapel after worship.

Saturday, 11.25 at 5:00 p.m. and Sunday, 11.26 at 9:00 -- Worship in the historic church.

For a calendar of all of the activities visit the church's website.


Click on the image above for this week's 9:00 bulletin which includes the order of service, the collect, scripture readings, and liturgical ministers. We will be using the Book of Common Prayer at 5:00 on Saturdays and will not use a bulletin.

Worship on Sundays at 9:00  is live-streamed on Facebook. Use the comment section to say hello. We are trying to make better connections between those who are in person and those who are at home.

Lay leaders offer Evening Prayer Sunday through Friday at 5:30 p.m. online via Facebook Live. You do not need to have Facebook in order to participate. Please note: Evening Prayer will be held on Fridays, November 10 and 17. Thank you to Mary Weyhing for making this possible. If you cannot make it at 5:30, the service will be recorded and remain on the St. Mary's Facebook page until the next Evening Prayer.

Prayer requests for individuals can be added to the prayers of the people on Sunday mornings and in the daily evening prayers by contacting Parish Administrator, Karen Laroche. We typically keep people in the prayers for one month.

Liturgical Ministers for the 5:00 service on November 11

Altar Guild: Jennie Nestlerode, Ruth Siebens Greeters: Rita Verespy, Lori Rinkel Reader: Penny Pare LEM: Lauren Lema

Altar Flowers

The flowers which beautify our altar may be donated in memory of a loved one or in thanksgiving. We will be sure to include your remembrance or thanksgiving in the prayers of the people. To offer flowers, please be in touch with our parish administrator, Karen Laroche who will share information with you about available dates and donations. You may also call Karen at 401-846-9700 X100.


Supporting the MLK Community Center Santa’s Workshop is one of St. Mary’s signature community outreach programs. We realize that there are many families struggling financially, and we seek to bring the spirit of Christmas to them by helping provide gifts for their children. 

The Center is encouraging our community to give gift cards in $25.00 increments. Please consider purchasing gift cards to the following stores:Walmart, TJ Maxx/Marshalls, Old Navy, GameStop, Amazon 

The Center is also collecting gift cards in the amount of $10.00 to Stop and Shop and Shaw’s to help support families in need of holiday food. I hope the response from our community will be as overwhelming as it has been in the past. The deadline to donate gift cards is Sunday, December 10th. A member of the outreach committee will be at each service collecting gift cards starting Sunday, November 19th through Sunday, December 10th  

I thank you in advance for your love and generosity. If you have any questions, please reach out to me at 401-924-4252 or at email me.

With Gratitude,

Judy Hall

Through September, St. Mary's has donated 1764 pounds of nourishing food to the MLK Food Bank, which serves all of Newport County. Thank you so much to all of you who have left food donations in the wagon outside the historic church and the baskets in the entrance to the Parish House. Each week, a church member volunteer brings the donations to the Food Bank. Last year, St. Mary's donated 2653 pounds of food and personal items. Please consider helping us match or exceed that amount this year!

As Thanksgiving and Christmas are coming, please consider the following food items for the pantry --

  • canned cranberry sauce
  • pumpkin pie makings -- pumpkin pie spice, 1 can pumpkin puree, 12 oz. can of evaporated milk, graham cracker crust
  • green bean casserole ingredients -- 2 cans of green beans, 1 can of cream of mushroom soup, canister of fried onion rings

If you have questions or wish to help deliver food to the MLKCC, contact Jon Edwards.

Community Opportunities

Click on the image for details.

On Sunday, November 12, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. at St. George’s School Chapel,

the Choir School of Newport County, St. George’s School Advanced Vocal

Ensemble, members of Trinity Church Choir Newport with orchestra and

guest soloists present a Candlelight Concert of Remembrance.

Included are excerpts from the Requiems of Brahms, Duruflé, and Mozart,

with works by Bobby McFerrin, Peter Berton, Yves Castagnet, and J. S.

Bach; "The Navy Hymn" / "For the Fallen" / "Taps" and a world premiere of a text carved in the St. George’s Memorial Schoolhouse Hallway, which honors the memory of fifteen St. George’s students and a teacher killed in World War I.

The costs of the concert have been generously underwritten by an anonymous

individual, allowing all voluntary admission donations to directly benefit

international humanitarian aid (especially war relief) coordinated through

Episcopal Relief and Development.

A reception follows the concert in the Memorial Schoolhouse.

Ukraine: A Diplomatic Perspective

U.S. diplomat Walter Braunohler will talk about his experience posted to the U.S. Embassy in Ukraine until it was evacuated in early 2022, explain the run-up of diplomacy before the war, and why Ukraine is strategically important to the United States and the rest of the world. Mr. Braunohler is currently

detailed as a professor to the U.S. Naval War College in Newport.

All are invited to this FREE presentation on Thursday, November 16 at 7 pm at St. Peter's Lutheran Church, 525 Broadway, Newport. Discussion and refreshments to follow.

Communication & Other Announcements
Have an announcement?

Please use this form to digitally share information about your ministry. This enables those who are working on the eNews, website, and Facebook (and other social media) to have the information in one place and accessible to everyone who needs it. The deadline for publication in eNews is noon on Wednesday before publication on Friday. If you have questions, please contact website@smcportsmouth.org.
For all other types of communication:

Contact the rector if you'd like it verbally announced at worship. 
Contact parish administrator Karen Laroche to be included in writing in the weekly worship bulletin.

St. Mary's Staff

Rector: The Rev. Jennifer L. Pedrick, jennifer@smcportsmouth.org

Associate Rector: The Rev. Meaghan Brower, meaghan@smcportsmouth.org

Parish Administrator: Karen Laroche, karen@smcportsmouth.org

Property Manager: Jon Walker, jon@smcportsmouth.org

St. Mary's Officers

To contact an officer of the vestry, please see our website.

Image credits: Richard Grosvenor, Historic Church, watercolor, used with permission.

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