St. Mary’s Calendar for the Week of October 21

Sunday, October 21
No Sunday School
8:00am Holy Eucharist
9:45am Childcare
10:00am Holy Eucharist
11:00am Coffee & Ministry Fair
4:00pm Christ the King
Monday, October 22
8:30am Yoga 7:30pm AA (6:15 p.m. new)
Tuesday, October 23
12:00pm Staff Meeting
7:30pm Search Committee Meeting
Wednesday, October 24
7:00pm Stitch’n Chat
Thursday, October 25
9:30am CTK – Chapter Room
6:30pm Junior Choir
7:30pm Adult Choir

Sunday, October 28
8:00am Holy Eucharist
9:45am Childcare
10:00am  Sunday School
10:00am Holy Eucharist
11:00am Coffee Hours & Search Committee Forum
4:00pm Christ the King

St. Mary’s Calendar for Week of October 14

Sunday, October 14
8:00am Holy Eucharist
9:45am Childcare
10:00am Sunday School
10:00am Holy Eucharist
11:00am Coffee & Search Committee Forum
4:00pm Christ the King
Monday, October 15
8:30am Yoga
7:30pm AA (6:15 p.m. new)
Tuesday, October 16
Parish Hall Reserved during day
12:00pm Staff Meeting
7:30pm Vestry Meeting
Thursday, October 18
9:30am CTK – Chapter Room
6:30pm Junior Choir
7:30pm Adult Choir
Saturday, October 20
9:00am Hills & Falls Open House
6:00pm AA – Special Meeting
Sunday, October 21
No Sunday School
8:00am Holy Eucharist
9:45am Childcare
10:00am Holy Eucharist
11:00am Coffee Hour & Ministry Fair
4:00pm Christ the King

Rector Search: Survey of Parish Members

In order to obtain the broadest input into the search for our new rector we are asking these questions of all parish members. These questions will also be discussed after church on October 14 and 28. Please provide your input to the rector search by taking this survey. Your answers will help the search committee write a parish profile that accurately describes who we are and what we seek in a new rector. There are no right or wrong answers to these questions. Your responses can be as long as you like or as short as a single word. The final demographic questions are optional but are to help us understand how priorities vary among different segments of the parish.

You can access the survey here:

http://st-marys-episcopal.org/rector-search/

 

St Mary’s Ministry Fair: Sunday October 21st

More people than you might suspect make our Sundays possible by sharing their particular gifts and talents. Have you ever wanted to usher but you’re not sure how to count the plate? Considered coffee hour but live in fear of making the coffee?  Wanted to be an acolyte but are nervous about lighting the candles? Or thought about being one of our readers of scripture?
If so, don’t miss St. Mary’s first Ministry Fair on Sunday October 21st after the 10:00 a.m. service. There will be simultaneous trainings for ushers & greeters, coffee hour hosts, acolytes, Altar Guild members, and lay readers. Pick one and find out how you can get involved in an important support ministry at St. Mary’s. There is something for everyone! It will be up to you how frequently you lend a hand in your particular ministry here and you will never be on your own because we do this together.

A Note from Bruce and Gayle Jacobson

My Dear Friends,

Our time together began when George Stevens, your former Rector, invited me to be with you, as he was granted a sabbatical from his labors by the Diocese and the Parish. During three summer months, I came to be very much a part of the life of a unique Parish in The Diocese of Massachusetts. The time to be with you came to end, and I found myself beginning conversation with George about coming, and being with you, as an associate to George. What began, as an invitation, came to last for two years. These years have brought a richness to Gayle and my life. As your Bridge Priest, I spent the last four months, as I began, being responsible for the parish without the expertise of our friend and Rector, George.

Last Sunday brought an end to a wonderful period in my life. The Eucharist, The Word, The Sacrament, and The Reception after the service was a culmination of two years of ministry. During this time. I was amongst you as priest and shepherd, but more importantly; we became friends. Being able to visit in your homes and hospital, and at George’s invitation working with the staff, preaching, celebrating at the Lord’s Table, and conducting Lenten Programs, I rediscovered the times of joy and sorrow that are the life of a priest in the midst of God’s people.

The Ambry that will be in the Sacristy, and offer our Priests and Eucharist Ministers the means for distributing the Consecrated Bread and Wine to the sick and suffering. It is given in thanksgiving to God for Gayle and my presence among you. A beautiful miniature of the Church encased in a frame from Mexico will grace our home to remind us of St. Mary’s and her people.

Gayle and I are grateful for the love and friendship that you offered us, and we pray for the future of St. Mary’s. We know that Paul Kolbet will be with you, as a faithful Interim Rector. We believe that your Wardens, Vestry and Search Committee will call a faithful man or woman to be amongst you, as your next Rector. The parish built upon over two hundred years of life will build upon a rich past in order to create a future that will nurture generations; yet to come.

With prayers and much affection, Bruce and Gayle (Jacobson)

Blessing of the Animals and Dedication of New Statue of St. Francis

To celebrate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi and to honor the life and memory of our own Jane Sabin who worked on the altar guild garden and loved animals, please join us for the “blessing of the animals” on Sunday October 7th at 11:30 a.m. in the church courtyard.

Animals of all kinds are welcome (including the stuffed variety or photographs). At that time we will also dedicate the new statue of St. Francis that will adorn our garden for years to come!

Calendar for Week of September 30

Sunday, September 30
8:00am  Holy Eucharist
9:45am  Childcare
10:00am Sunday School
10:00am Holy Eucharist
10:00am  Commissioning of Search Committee
11:00am  Coffee Hour
4:00pm   Christ the King
Monday, October 1
8:30am Yoga
7:30pm AA (6:15 p.m. new)
Thursday, October 4
9:30am CTK – Chapter Room
6:30pm Junior Choir
7:30pm Adult Choir
Sunday, October 7
No Childcare & No Sunday School
8:00am Holy Eucharist
10:00am Holy Eucharist
11:00am Coffee Hour
4:00pm Christ the King

United Way Café Outreach

Last December the Salvation Army, Framingham sold its building and the Miracle Kitchen closed. There is still a need for meals in Framingham. As a result, the Salvation Army and the United Way have combined their programs and formed a café that serves meals five nights per week. The Café requires 21 volunteers per night. We are working with other groups to meet this important need. We need 4 people each month to serve the meal on the first Thursday of the month at the United Way Café, 46 Park Street, Framingham. The hours are from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. I hope you will consider volunteering. Without your help, St. Mary’s would not be able to do this much-needed service in the community. Please contact Denise in the office (617-527-4769 or denise@st-marys-episcopal.org)  if you would like to volunteer.

Calling All Singers!  New Singers Welcome!

The fall season has begun and the St. Mary’s Choirs have returned to lead our worship.  Their joyful mission is to proclaim God’s Word through hymns, psalms, anthems and spiritual songs from a variety of musical traditions.  New members are welcome in both the Junior and Adult Choirs!

The Adult Choir rehearses on Thursday evenings in the choir room from 7:30 – 9:00 p.m. and sings most Sundays at the 10:00 a.m. service and at special musical services throughout the year.All young people age 5 and above are invited to join the Junior Choir.  Rehearsals are on Thursdays from 6:30 – 7:15 p.m. in the choir room.   The Junior Choir sings at the 10:00 a.m. worship service once a month during the school year, and at special services for Christmas and Easter.

If you are interested in lending your voice to the music ministry at St. Mary’s, please join us at rehearsal, or contact Kirsten Johnson (music@st-marys-episcopal.org).