Announcements January 11, 2009

January 11, 2009

Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church

Today we welcome our newly baptized sister in Christ Serena Amelia McKnight and her sponsors Sharon McKnight and Robert D. Jones. May God bless you in your life in Christ from this day forward.

Epiphany Tuesdays: Prayer, Soup and Bible Study – During Epiphany we will gather on Tuesday evenings for prayer, soup and fellowship and Bible Study. We will begin with Holy Communion at 5:30 pm, have some soup together about 6:00 pm and undertake an “African Bible Study” from 6:30 – 7:30 pm. All are invited as we seek to follow the new light in our lives given to us in our savior Jesus. During Lent, we will join with the Harlem Episcopal parishes in Evening Prayer on Wednesday evenings.

The Episcopal Church Women meet next Sunday, January 18 following the 10:00 am service. All women are invited to come and join with us.

Epiphany preachers:

Next Sunday, January 18: The Rev. Chloe A. Breyer

Prison Ministry Sunday: January 25: Mr. Thomas Cahill, acclaimed author of How the Irish Saved Civilization and Mysteries of the Middle Ages, will preach for us and recount his relationship with an inmate on death row in Texas.

Inauguration Eve Community Celebration: January 19, 3:00 pm at the Church of the Intercession, Broadway and 155th Street. Celebrate both Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and the inauguration of President Barack Obama with historical readings and special music. All are most welcome! For more information, please call (212) 283-6200.

Mariam, Mark and Marx: Thursday, January 29th at 7:00 pm. A monthly bible study and current events study group. Call Jim White at (201) 956-5356 for more information.

Men’s Monthly Prayer Group: Saturday, January 31st at 8:00 am. All men welcome!

Community Events:
Please read the Ecumenical Christian letter
to President-elect Barack Obama calling for increased U.S. efforts for peacemaking in the Holy Land, and sign it if you agree with this call.

End Attacks on Immigrants!! Sunday, January 18th march with us on Long Island in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters. Please call Jim White at (201) 956-5356 for more information. Shalom.

All Harlem Episcopal Black History Month Celebration: Sunday, February 1, 2009 11:00 a.m. St. Martin’s Episcopal Church 230 Lenox Avenue (at 122nd Street) Harlem celebration in honor of the ministry of Bishop Don Taylor, Vicar Bishop of New York (1994 – 2009) Featured speaker: Mr. Benjamin Jealous, President, National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP). All proceeds shall be donated to the NAACP.

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January 4, 2009

A very Blessed and Joyous New Year to all from the wardens, Vestry, staff and clergy of St. Mary’s Church. May God grant us all peace and goodwill throughout all the earth in this new year.

Many thanks to all who helped with the Sunday School Holiday Pageant today. This is always a true holiday treat as the next generation interprets God’s Word for us here today as we seek to be peacemakers and justice seekers in the light of the incarnate Christ. Special thanks to Jim White for his inspired work with our young people, and thanks to Jacob and Eileen White for their special performance in the pageant today.

St. Mary’s Calendars are available to all members. Please take a calendar (one per person) as a gift for the New Year. May the coming year be a year filled with faith and the presence of God’s love, peace and justice in your lives!!

The Vestry will meet this Wednesday, January 7th at 5:30 pm. All are invited.

The Property Committee will meet this Friday, January 9th at 5:00 pm. All are invited as we begin a new year to take care of our facilities. Please see Liz Mellen or Dorothy Ross, the committee co-chairs for more information.

Holy Baptism will take place on the next Sunday, the Sunday after the Epiphany, January 11. If you are interested in being baptized, or know someone else to be baptized, please tell Rev. Kooperkamp.

Community Events:

The Redeemers’ Coalition will meet this Thursday, January 8th at 11:30 am, “The Other Place” basement of St. Ignatius’ Church, 552 West End Avenue (corner of 87th).

End Attacks on Immigrants!! Sunday, January 18th march with us on Long Island in solidarity with our immigrant brothers and sisters. Please call Jim White at (201) 956-5356 for more information. Shalom.

Emergency Speak Out: Stop the Israeli massacre in Gaza. This afternoon at

3:00 pm, here at St. Mary’s Church. Speakers include: Nellie Hester Bailey, Black Anti-War Coalition; Carl Dix, Revolutionary Communist Party, USA; Fr. Lawrence Lucas, Activist Catholic Priest, Sponsored by: Revolution Newspaper

January 1, 2009

Happy New Year and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church

A very Blessed and Joyous New Year to all from the wardens, Vestry, staff and clergy of St. Mary’s Church. May God grant us all peace and goodwill thoughout all the earth.

Many thanks to our musicians today, Liz Player, Christa Somers, Deborah Cardona and Megan Shumate for sharing your great gifts here on this special day. Also, as always, thanks for the dedicate members of St. Mary’s Choir. May God grant that beautiful music accompanies our worship here at St. Mary’s Church for the next century!!

St. Mary’s Calendars are available to all members. Please take a calendar (one per person) as a gift for the New Year. May the coming year be a year filled with faith and the presence of God’s love, peace and justice in your lives!!

The Sunday School Holiday Pageant will take place today Sunday, January 4th at the 10:00 am service. This is always a true holiday treat as the next generation interprets God’s Word for us here today as we seeking to be peacemakers and justice seekers in the light of the incarnate Christ. Please see Jim White if you want to help out.

Holy Baptism will take place on the Sunday after the Epiphany, January 11. If you are interested in being baptized, or know someone else to be baptized, please tell Rev. Kooperkamp.

Community Events:

The Redeemers’ Coalition will meet Thursday, January 8th at 11:30 am, “The Other Place” basement of St. Ignatius’ Church, 552 West End Avenue (corner of 87th).

Centennial Celebration of St. Mary’s Sanctuary, January 1, 2009

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church was founded in the first half of the nineteenth century, but the beginnings of the twentieth century brought many changes to the Manhattanville community. The extension of the Broadway subway line to this area in 1906 meant that the community ceased to be a separate town and become part of New York City. In keeping with these changes, St. Mary’s Church changed, too. The original wood framed church, started in 1824 and completed for worship in 1825, was razed and a new sanctuary was designed by T. E. Blake of the architectural firm of Carrere & Hastings (this firm also designed the New York Public Library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street). The first service to consecrate the new sanctuary was held on January 1, 1909 at 11:00 am. The Right Reverend David H. Greer, bishop of New York, conducted the service, assisted by Bishop Olmstead from Central New York. The Rev. Dr. W.M. Grosvenor of the Church of the Incarnation preached the sermon. The rector at the time, the Reverend Hiram R. Hulse, later went on to serve the missionary Diocese of Cuba as the bishop.

Although many things have changed in the past 100 years, many things remain surprisingly constant. The address of the church was 100 Lawrence Street. Of course, the address is now 521 West 126th Street. However, 100 years ago the church sent out word to the neighborhood, “St. Mary’s Church: All seats are free; The church is for all people; Everybody is cordially welcome.”

New York World (morning) New York, Sun (evening)

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