Announcements Feb 8, 2009

Many thanks to our preacher this morning, Mr. Thomas Cahill, scholar, author and friend of the incarcerated. His forthcoming book, A Saint on Death Row, will go deeper into the experiences he relates to us this morning. The Third Sunday after the Epiphany was designated by the 2005 Convention of the Diocese of New York to be celebrated as “Prison Ministry Sunday.” As we remember those in prison today we must also renew our commitment to reforming our criminal justice system to be fair and serve the needs of all in our society. Our country has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world and currently over 2 million are in the U.S. prison population. In this season of Epiphany, as we celebrate the light of Christ come into the world, may the light of Christ shine in the prisons across our land.

The Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer committee will meet today following the 10:00 am service. All women are invited. The upcoming meetings of the ECW Prayer Committee will be held on Feb. 8th, March 8th, and April 5th.

April Armstrong in Concert – Today at 3:00 pm, spectacular soprano and great friend of St. Mary’s Church, Ms. April Armstrong will present a concert. A reception will follow.

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.

The Vestry will meet Wednesday, January 28th at 5:30 pm. All are invited.

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 are welcome!

NEXT WEEK: 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. Preacher: Mr. Benjamin Jealous, President, NAACP. All proceeds shall be donated to the NAACP. Please note: there will be NO 10:00 am service at St. Mary’s this day. Four members of St. Mary’s Church will be confirmed as well.

The Coalition to Preserve Community (CPC) will meet at 6:00 pm, January 29th (Thursday) here at St. Mary’s Church. There will be updates on the Columbia University expansion plans and how we can represent the interests of our neighborhood.

2009 Pledges Cards and Pledge Envelopes are available on the back table in the Church. Thank you for your past support of St. Mary’s Church. Please consider making a pledge to support the mission of St. Mary’s in 2009. Our Stewardship is an important past of our spiritual lives and our lives as a Christ centered community. Join in with us in this important work!

January 25, 2009

Many thanks to our preacher this morning, Mr. Thomas Cahill, scholar, author and friend of the incarcerated. His forthcoming book, A Saint on Death Row, will go deeper into the experiences he relates to us this morning. The Third Sunday after the Epiphany was designated by the 2005 Convention of the Diocese of New York to be celebrated as “Prison Ministry Sunday.” As we remember those in prison today we must also renew our commitment to reforming our criminal justice system to be fair and serve the needs of all in our society. Our country has some of the highest incarceration rates in the world and currently over 2 million are in the U.S. prison population. In this season of Epiphany, as we celebrate the light of Christ come into the world, may the light of Christ shine in the prisons across our land.

The Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer committee will meet today following the 10:00 am service. All women are invited. The upcoming meetings of the ECW Prayer Committee will be held on Feb. 8th, March 8th, and April 5th.

April Armstrong in Concert – Today at 3:00 pm, spectacular soprano and great friend of St. Mary’s Church, Ms. April Armstrong will present a concert. A reception will follow.

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.

The Vestry will meet Wednesday, January 28th at 5:30 pm. All are invited.

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 are welcome!

NEXT WEEK: 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. Preacher: Mr. Benjamin Jealous, President, NAACP. All proceeds shall be donated to the NAACP. Please note: there will be NO 10:00 am service at St. Mary’s this day. Four members of St. Mary’s Church will be confirmed as well.

The Coalition to Preserve Community (CPC) will meet at 6:00 pm, January 29th (Thursday) here at St. Mary’s Church. There will be updates on the Columbia University expansion plans and how we can represent the interests of our neighborhood.

2009 Pledges Cards and Pledge Envelopes are available on the back table in the Church. Thank you for your past support of St. Mary’s Church. Please consider making a pledge to support the mission of St. Mary’s in 2009. Our Stewardship is an important past of our spiritual lives and our lives as a Christ centered community. Join in with us in this important work!

January 18, 2009

The Episcopal Church Women will meet today: Sunday, January 18 following the 10:00 am service. All women are invited to come and join with us. We will be planning a service and meal for Black History Month and other projects for the coming months.

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.

Epiphany preachers:

Today: 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.

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 are welcome!

2009 Pledges Cards and Pledge Envelopes are available on the back table in the Church. Thank you for your past support of St. Mary’s Church. Please consider making a pledge to support the mission of St. Mary’s in 2009. Our Stewardship is an important past of our spiritual lives and our lives as a Christ centered community. Join in with us in this important work!

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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