May 27, 2012

 

                                                  Welcome to St. Mary’s Church!

 Transition News: The Rev. Deacon Christine Lee started this past week to serve as the transitional clergy person through the summer. She will be responsible for leading worship, coordinating parish activities and meeting pastoral needs.

Pledge statements are now available on the back table. Please make sure to pick yours up!

Time to collect your recipes for the St. Mary’s Cookbook! Fill out a recipe card and turn it in to Lisa Slocum by June 20.

 Movies at St. Mary’s: 6:00 pm on Fridays. Come for fellowship, popcorn and FUN!!  Also, we need volunteers to help. June 1: Rio (2011, comedy, G), an animated bird steps way out of his comfort zone. hilarious for adults & kids alike. With Academy award nominated music, including voices of Jamie Foxx & will.i.am.

Cars needed for Saturday Outreach: We are in need of people willing to lend their cars for 2 hours to help transport food and volunteers to our neighbors in need around the city. If you are not available to drive, we have an experienced and trusted driver available! Please contact Christine at the church office or cleestmarys@gmail.com if you can help.

Family and Faith Re-entry Events: Join us in supporting individuals returning home from incarnation with events sponsored by the Interfaith Center of New York.  June 7th: Reentry Court Graduation and Reception/Dinner, 6-8 pm at the Harlem Community Justice Center. June 23rd: Welcome Home Banquet, a free day of food and fun with games, prizes, jewelry making, free kids haircuts, face painting and more! For more info, contact Rev. Darren Ferguson at 212.870.3513 or Darren@interfaithcenter.org.

Manhattan North Interparish Council: Annual Dinner honoring Father Earl and Eucharist; June 8th at 6:30 pm at St. Philips’ Church, 204 West 134th Street. Tickets: $40. Please see Janet Dorman.

Ecclesia on June 3 at 2 pm in Marcus Garvey Park:  St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and fifth Sunday each month. We always need some volunteers to help prepare the “Second Meal” following the service.

St. Mary’s Homeless Street Outreach: Saturdays, 12:00 noon preparation and 2:00 pm Street Outreach. Please let Lisa Slocum know if you can help and keep the Homeless Street Outreach in your prayers.

Reflections on Today’s Scripture Lessons by Arthur Cash:

First Reading: Acts 2: 1 – 21

We celebrate the Pentecostal experience as the event that led to the formation of the Church. The Apostles are gathered in Jerusalem to observe the Jewish feast of the Pentecost. It is about a month since the risen Christ appeared to them. They are seized by a mystical experience:  tongues of fire convey to them the Holy Spirit and lead them to speak in various languages. This is not “speaking in tongues,” but speaking in established national languages recognized by the crowd. The curse of the Tower of Babel is reversed—a symbolic vision of the unity of humankind. When onlookers decide the apostles are drunk, Peter rises to explain. He quotes Joel 2:28-32 on the anticipated parusia, the day of Judgment.  I like the part Peter quotes about old men who shall dream dreams. I once had a dream of God. I had sat up most of the night with my cat, which was dying of an incurable disease. He was in pain, poor creature. Anyway, I fell asleep with the cat on my lap, and I dreamed that God appeared. He turned around a chair, threw his leg over it, sat backwards, and addressed me. “Did you ask for something?” “Yes, Lord,” I answered, “won’t you take my cat? He has suffered enough.”  “Oh, I can do that, but aren’t you forgetting something?” I said,   “For thine is the is the kingdom, and the glory.” I woke up. My cat was dead.

 

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