July 12,2009

Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church!

Today we welcome our guest preacher, The Rev. Max Surjadinata. Max has long experience as a dedicated pastor and peace activist (you can read his biography on page 5).
He is about to embark on a six month mission to lead a congregation in his native Indonesia. May God bless you, Max, on this next stage in your ministry and thank you for gracing our pulpit this morning!

Today we formally say good-bye to our interns, Brian Merrill, Alexis Ellington, Patrick Fennig and Alyssa Floyd of the New York Intern Program. May God bless them on the next stage of their journeys and thank you so much for your service to St. Mary’s Church and our larger community. Servants, well done!

St. Mary’s Summer Camp: Get St. Mary’s Summer Camp begun this past week. Please see Ms. Pearl Harris or call the Church office for more information (212) 864-4013.

Music at St. Mary’s Returns! Don’t miss this great music and bring your friends and neighbors. There will two more concerts, this summer as well: Today at 6:30 pm, West Harlem Winds will present a program of wind classics; August 2nd at 6:30 pm, a program of Handel, Mozart and Dvorak. Don’t miss this critically acclaimed music series! Also: July 19, Sunday at 3:00 pm, Harlem Opera Theater will present a vocal recital by the recent winners of their annual vocal competition. All are invited.

New Life in Harlem: We have started a new Church, Thanks be to God!!: This afternoon at 2:00 pm Ecclesia Ministries of New York will continue a new, outdoor church in Marcus Garvey Park, 2:00 pm every Sunday. St. Mary’s Church is taking responsibility for the
first and third Sunday each month. We provide the lunch for the “Second Meal.” If you are interested in helping out, please call the church office. For more information about Ecclesia and the Marcus Garvey Park Church, please call Father David Madsen, (646) 753-1771.

Stewardship: Please keep your pledge up to date during the summer if you are planing to be out of town. Also, if you have not yet made a pledge to St. Mary’s Church, please prayerfully consider doing so. By our pledges and participation in our common worship together, we support each other and the entire ministry of our parish, serving Christ together as the body of the Faithful. Thank you for your past support of St. Mary’s Church and please keep your support constant in these difficult times.

Teach-In for Troy Davis, Wednesday, July 15, 7:00 – 9:00 pm at St. Mary’s, an expose of the racist and unjust use of the death penalty in the United States. Speakers will include Amy Goodman of Democracy Now!, Lawrence Hayes, former Black Panther and death row prisoner, Michael Letwin, legal activist and others. Sponsored by Amnesty International, Campaign to End the Death Penalty, Correctional Association, Drop the Rock, International Socialist Organization.

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