NEWS FROM ST. MARY'S
 
A community of Christian worship, well-being, and service.



Dear St. Mary's Family,

Last week's Pentecost feast revealed to us that the coming of the Holy Spirit opened up channels of grace, inclusion in God's family, and membership in Christian community to all people without limits. 

This weekend we celebrate the full mystery of who God is. We don't pretend to be able to fully understand or explain it, but that does not change the fact that we are called to live it. This weekend is the Feast of the Holy Trinity - a day when we acknowledge that our families, friendships, and relationships with people and all of creation are a mirror of who God is: a community of persons bound by the power of love. 

This must mean that we aren't so unlike God after all. It also must mean that we can grow to become more like God: more loving, more inclusive, more peaceful in the midst of trial, more bold in our efforts to do good and stand against oppression. 

If you're wondering how or where to start or pick up growing in your spiritual life, community is the place to do it. If the unity and love shared by the Trinity happens in community, then community is where we will practice growing in unity and love as well. 

Let's see our church and the people we see week after week as our source of nourishment and recharging. Here in community we plug in to the love of the Trinity just by being together. During the week, we bring the overflow of that love to the people in our lives. This is what the Trinity does in our own lives 24/7. 

Jennifer and I put our ideas together for this reflection in the spirit of that unity. We hope you'll come and drink deeply of the life of God and the life of St. Mary's which both have their source in community. 

We will be blessing fathers and father figures and so we hope to see you this weekend!

In Peace, 

Jennifer & Gabe


A Note From the Rector...

Dear Friends,

You may have noticed there is a rainbow flag flying near the entrance of St. Mary's. Last October the vestry had a conversation  about how we welcome people from the LGBTQ community to our church. It came to the vestry as a  member suggested that St Mary's should display a Rainbow Flag as a sign that we are a welcoming and inclusive community. The flying of a rainbow flag demonstrates to all that we have the courage to proclaim our inclusiveness, and gives witness to our commitment to transforming lives and our church. 

Our first priority as a church this year is to begin the Invite, Welcome, Connect ministry. The vestry believes that while many people who already belong to St. Mary's or who wish to belong can assume that they are welcome, while many members of the LGBTQ community would never assume that they are welcome. We wanted to be clear that we are open to welcoming all people.

We will host two initial conversations to discuss how we welcome LGBTQ and others to St. Mary's. Please see below.

As with any issue in a community, we may find that not everyone is comfortable or supportive of the latest changes. Please know that being in Christian community doesn't mean that we all need to agree or be without discomfort. It does mean that we work and worship together in ways that are respectful and loving. This is what sets us apart as Christians from the ways of the world.

Your vestry, the staff and I are open to listening to your feedback. We are also open to the movement of the Holy Spirit and to all those who come seeking to a part of this church.

Faithfully,
Jennifer+





-W O R S H I P-
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness... - Psalm 96
 
Collect for Trinity Sunday
Almighty and everlasting God, you have given to us your servants grace, by the confession of a true faith, to acknowledge the glory of the eternal Trinity, and in the power of your divine Majesty to worship the Unity: Keep us steadfast in this faith and worship, and bring us at last to see you in your one and eternal glory, O Father; who with the Son and the Holy Spirit live and reign, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

You can access the bible passages read at church this weekend, and for any day of the year. We typically follow track 2  at St. Mary's. 
Here's the link:   lectionary 



Be Ready for Church: Learn New Service Music From Home!
With a blend of traditional and contemporary music at the 9AM service, there is something for everyone and we will discover new ways to praise God. 
When there is unfamiliar music planned, you can look here for a sound or video recording each week.
 
This week, we will sing Curtis Stephan's Go Miracle of Grace
Listen and learn the song by clicking HERE



Weekly Services & Ministry Assignments

5PM
Outdoors on the bridal path, weather permitting
Wine & cheese reception to follow, first Saturday of each month. 

Lector & Intercessor: Carole Nicodemus
LEM: Bob Vergnani
Greeter: Murry Edwards


9AM
In St. George's Chapel inside the Parish House

Crucifer:  Steve Bakios
Lectors: Christian Myers, Jason Kane
Acolytes: Andrew Silveria, Sarah Freitas
Intercessor: Rene Bierman
LEM:  Elaine Bakios
Greeter:  Ted Bierman

Counters
David Spengler, Christine Winslow

Coffee Hour Hosts
Peter Collins

Altar Guild
Lauren Lema, Stacy Mello



Weekends in June include special blessings at all services:
Upcoming:
15th & 16th: Blessing of Fathers & Father Figures
22nd & 23rd: Blessing of New Members


-W E L L - B E I N G-
Growing into the full stature of Christ... - Ephesians 4
Upcoming Classes with Jennifer:
Holy Eucharist: Beliefs & Practices  6/19, 7-8:30pm or 6/22, 10-11:30am

A new schedule of classes on Episcopal Beliefs will be announced in the fall!




Forums on Inclusion & Welcome of LGBTQ+ Friends

These session are being offered to increase our knowledge and practice of including and welcoming all people. Both sessions will include the same information.

Saturday, June 15th, 10AM
or
Wednesday, June 19th, 6PM



with Singer/Songwriter Fran McKendree!
Saturday July 6th
5PM Outdoor Worship; 6PM Barbecue; 7:15PM Concert

Tickets on sale after all services beginning June 15th
$20 each includes food, beverage & music. 18 and under: Free
A perfect opportunity to invite friends and neighbors!



Next ECC open Houses: June 22, 3pm-5pm. 
Episcopal Conference Center has lively and enriching camp experiences of all kinds for kids, teens, families and more. You can pick up an info card in the Gathering Space or register and learn more at  www.eccri.org

-S E R V I C E-
Let the greatest among you be the servant... - Matthew 23

Second Thursday of each month, 3:30-6PM, St. Paul's Newport.  
We need:  meatloaves cooked and wrapped in foil,  apple juice,  ragu,  finger desserts,  oranges, pears and bananas. 
Help setting up, serving and cleaning up is always needed too and greatly appreciated.
Looking to serve? 
contact David Brierley, dave@galaxia.com with any questions or to join us!

-COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS-


For those who feel ready and called to formal membership
Saturday, June 22, 7pm at the Rectory

Unsure? Need more information on joining St. Mary's?
Please contact Jennifer, our rector, at jennifer@smcportsmouth.org or call her at 401-846-9700x 103. Please RSVP to Jennifer by June 19th. 

New Members will be blessed at services the weekend of June 22nd & 23rd. 




Recently, many, many organizations, especially churches have been the targets of fraudulent emails. 

They often appear to be from the rector or a staff member. They usually ask for money or personal information. 

If an email looks suspicious before you open it, trust your instinct and DO NOT open it. 

If you are unsure, DO NOT open it. 

If you do open an email and it appears to be asking for money or personal information, DO NOT REPLY and DO NOT send money. 

Jennifer and the SMC staff and leaders will NEVER ask you for money directly via email. 

You can always call or send an email to us if you are not sure. We are aware of the problem and this is part of the technology age in which we live and there is very little that can be done to stop this annoyance, but we should be mindful when opening and replying to emails always. 

-VESTRY & STAFF LEADERS-
Sr. Warden: Murry Edwards:       muedwards@cox.net
Jr. Warden: Paul Westrom:        pwestromjwtb@gmail.com
Treasurer: Chris Bartlett:            titustrading@yahoo.com
Clerk: Mattie Gustafson:             melianmeg@gmail.com
Member: Christine Winslow:      cwinslow@corriganfinancialinc.com
Member: David Brierley:             grampa@galaxia.com
Member: Peter Collins:               pcollins2ab@yahoo.com
Member: Trish Culver:                trishculver@cox.net
Member: Dave Ferkinhoff:          dave-fe@cox.net
Member: David Spengler            david.spengler@live.com
Member: Julie Zecher:                zecherjulie@gmail.com
Member: Michelle Freitas:         msfreitas1206@gmail.com
Rector: The Rev. Jennifer L. Pedrick  jennifer@smcportsmouth.org
Parish Administrator:Karen Laroche karen@smcportsmouth.org
Director of Christian Formation: Gabe Giella gabe@smcportsmouth.org
Pastoral Musician: Michael Templeton michael@smcportsmouth.org
Property Manager: Jon Walker jon@smcportsmouth.org
 
Parish House Hours:
Sunday 7 am to 12 pm; closed on Monday
Tuesday through Friday, 9 am to 3 pm; and by special arrangement with the  Parish Administrator, Karen Laroche  (karen@smcportsmouth.org).