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



Where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. Jesus brings our attention to how vulnerable to change and even manipulation our hearts are in this weekend's gospel.

What we focus on, what we put our attention on, where we set our money, energy, thoughts, and efforts is where our heart will end up. We tend to think of it as the other way around: that if we could just set our hearts singly on one goal, things around us would fall into place. But it is true that our hearts have a restless tendency, and in fact our actions and habits not only factor into our physical
heart health, but also seem to determine the very purpose for which it beats. 

The treasure of time, money, attention, energy, and effort, all things so valuable to us and areas that cause many of us anxiety, may be throw in so many directions that our hearts feel scattered an our experiences un-integrated. Perhaps by changing some of our habits, really looking at where our energies and resources are going will tell us something about the state of our hearts. 

So, does our heart beat with love for God, self, and others? Does our heart beat with generosity, kindness, and openness? Or does it beat with fear, anxiety, weariness? 

In order to change a habit or a pattern, it takes practice, and luckily our minds are always at work, at that's one place we can begin to re-establish the flow of our energy, and hopefully re-set our hearts where needed. As individuals and as a nation, we need to take steps large and small, and any opportunity we have to make the circles  we live in more humane, more loving, more accepting, and more willing to grow and change. 

Perhaps we have a habit of using the treasure of our thoughts and energy on judging others and our hearts are heavy with the feeling of being judgmental. We can start to change the state of our hearts by making it a spiritual commitment to use the treasure of our thoughts to think and notice good things about others. This seems small, but re-allocating our investment will yield a harvest of holiness and goodness in our world. Let's look at all of the treasures we possess and at how altering our relationship with our treasures might give us the inner freedom and peace we are looking for. I hope we are all inspired when we come together this weekend to do just that. 

Peace,
Gabe


WORSHIP, BAPTISM, & POTLUCK PICNIC AT SANDY POINT AUG. 18, 9AM!
Be sure to bring a chair, blanket, sunscreen, swimsuit, food to share, and anything you need to enjoy the beach together once our service concludes. Bring a friend!


at both services: 5pm on September 7 and 9AM on September 8th
Bring your school bag or bags to be blessed as a reminder of God's goodness all year round!

-W O R S H I P-
Worship the Lord in the splendor of holiness... - Psalm 96
 
This Weekend's Collect 
G rant to us, Lord, we pray, the spirit to think and do always those things that are right, that we, who cannot exist without you, may by you be enabled to live according to your will; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, 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 Belong To You by Trevor Thomson
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: Carol Nicodemus
LEM: Bob Vergnani
Greeter: Jean and Andre Wilson/Levesque

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

Crucifer: Briana Boucher
Lectors: Alice Clark-Smith, Michelle Freitas
Acolytes: Andrew Silveria, Cameron Boucher
Intercessor: Mary Weyhing
LEM: Steve Bakios
Greeter: Chris Bartlett, Pauline Davis

Counters
Ted Bierman, Harry Gustafson

Coffee Hour Hosts
Karen Laroche

Altar Guild
Ann Gizzi
Joanne Gracia
Kari Reardon
Ruth Siebens


ATTENTION: All those involved in a worship ministry...
Lectors, Greeters, LEMs, Counters, Altar Guild, Crucifers, Acolytes, Intercessors...

Please sign in the the Ministry Scheduler Pro and update your time to reflect your availability at either 5PM on Saturday or 9AM on Sunday. 
If you do not update to reflect this worship schedule, you may be automatically scheduled incorrectly or not scheduled at all. 

Would you like to join a ministry and need help being scheduled? 
Contact karen@smcportsmouth.org and she will help you get on the list. 

To access the Ministry Scheduler click here:
  
http://www.rotundasoftware.com/ministry/StMarysEpiscopal

-W E L L - B E I N G-
Growing into the full stature of Christ... - Ephesians 4

Financial Peace University is coming to St. Mary's!
Financial professional and St. Mary's member Michelle Freitas will be leading this 9 week series beginning September 9 - Nov 4th, Monday evenings at 6PM

Details, sign up, schedule and more can be found HERE

This class will change your relationship with money and give you tools and a mindset for better saving and wiser spending, how to invest, and understanding credit and retirement. Perfect for all ages and great for students and parents dealing with college finances. 

We have begun our book study of Richard Rohr's Falling Upward! 
It's a great group and there is room for more folks. 
You do not have to be present for all four weeks to join this group.  
Please come as you can.  
 
For August 14, please read chapters 3,4 and 5.
For August 21, please read chapters 6-9
For August 28, please read chapters 10 - 13.
With Claire Hebert & Jennifer Pedrick -  Wednesdays in August, 12-1:30, in the Parish House
Bring your own lunch; beverages will be provided.

You may purchase Richard Rohr's book, Falling Upward, from the Center for Action and Contemplation. Copy this URL into your browser: 



Sunday School for children and adults will begin 
September 15th at 10:30 
following worship and fellowship.

Curriculum details and topics are coming soon and everyone is encouraged to register and get acquainted on 
Sunday September 9th at 10:30

Adult classes will be bible-based taught by Karen Laroche 
Children's lesson topics will include Episcopal practices, bible, and worship. 
A monthly weekend fellowship and service project for teens is also being planned.

Are you able to share the gift of your time?
Do you have a heart for children and youth? We need your help!

Please contact gabe@smcportsmouth.org if you can offer ministry teaching, or helping with children and youth classes and events. 


-S E R V I C E-
Let the greatest among you be the servant... - Matthew 23
Community Garden Updates and Information 


St. Mary's Community Garden is having a great season!  New gardeners and Searose Montessori School have made our garden a great place to be!  Come check it out.

Community support to local food pantries is well under way.  Donation areas in the church kitchen are well marked in the fridge and counter.  Home garden overflow is welcome!  Please donate!

Community Garden Need
The St. Mary's community garden is in need of a hose reel.  Gently used donation welcome.  Please contact Elise LaParle Garcia  i f you are able to help.  Thank you!  

This Month's Food Donations for the MLK Center

For the month of August, donations of non-perishable proteins are requested as our focus: canned meats and fish, beans, nut butters, etc. 

In the second quarter, St Mary's has donated 732 lbs. of food to the MLK center and to-date this year, 1371 lbs. Thanks to Jon Edwards for gathering this information!


Meatloaf preparation in the St Mary's Kitchen, Aug 29, 6PM 
We will prepare meatloaves for St Paul's soup kitchen. Dinner provided.


We are looking forward to an evening playing MANHUNT with dinner included and the upcoming schedule of service and fellowship opportunities for the fall semester. All youth--teens and tweens are invited

Saturday September 7th:
5PM Worship 6PM fellowship SUNSET: Manhunt Game begins
Contact Michelle Freitas or Jenny Williams to let us know you'll be coming! 
-COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS-



Millie Cozzens has served on the Altar Guild for 50 years! 
For 27 of those years she has been the leader of this ministry.  
She has decided it is time to retire.  

Join our community and Millie's friends and family as we give thanks for her ministry and service on Sunday August 25th. 

We will offer special prayers during worship at 9 a.m. and celebrate with her at a very special coffee hour.


If you have a submission for E-news:
If you have news or an announcement that you'd like to be added to this e-newsletter, please email gabe@smcportsmouth.org
Submissions should be sent by Wednesdays to be added to the weekend e-news. 



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).