November 1, 2009 All Saints’ Day

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

VOTE VOTE VOTE: Election Day is this Tuesday, November 4th. There are important elections for mayor, comptroller ans public advocate. Polls are open from 6:00 am until 9:00 pm. Please go vote!!

Restoration Projects: Next Sunday, November 1st, we will begin a special collection for a few desperately needed restoration projects, including fixing some leaking gutters and improving access with a new wheelchair ramp to the Sanctuary and a chair lift for the Undercroft. These are important projects identified by the Vestry and the Property Com-mittee as needing urgent attention. Please consider making a special gift to help these pro-jects become a reality.

Vestry Meeting: Next meeting, Wednesday Nov. 18th at 5:30 pm. All are invited.

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: Sundays at 2:00 pm. St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and third Sunday each month. Next week we need volunteers to help make bag lunches after the 10:00 am service. Many thanks to all helping to make this new Church a powerful witness to the love of Jesus in our city.

St. Mary’s Saturday Homeless Outreach: Our program to reach out to the homeless in Harlem needs more volunteers. We prepare about 60 bag lunches between 12 noon and 2:00 pm and then go out on the streets from 2:00 pm until about 3:30 pm. If you can help or know others who may volunteer, please speak to Glenda White, Janet Dorman or Lysander Puccio.

Harlem African Burial Ground: Progress continues  in commemorating the Harlem African Burial Ground, where at least a dozen early African American members of St. Mary’s are interred. We are working with the Elmendorf Reformed Church and the next meeting will take place there on Nov. 5th at 4:00 pm, 171 East 121st St. Come help to remember our ances-tors so that their legacy may live for future generations.

Fundraising concert for Street Outreach: Sunday, November 22, 2:00 pm until 5:00 pm we will have a concert of new musical groups to raise funds for St. Mary’s Street Outreach Project. Lorrel Manning, a member of St. Mary’s Church and a founder of La Res, invites one and all to an afternoon of great music for a great cause.

St. Mary’s Choir on the road: Next week St. Mary’s Choir will travel to Plainfield, NH for a special concert. We ask God’s travelling mercies on the choir as they go and share their gifts of song.

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