January 24, 2010

Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church

Haiti: earthquake relief: Thanks to all who were able to contribute last week. We raised over $500 which is already helping the Haitian people. This morning we will again take up a second collection for Haiti. We will send the contributions to Episcopal Relief and Develop-ment, an organization in Port au Prince involved in first response to the disaster. The Dio-cese of Haiti is the newest and largest diocese in the Episcopal Church.

New Lift Every Voice and Sing Hymnals: The Vestry authorized the purchase of 100 new “Lift Every Voice and Sing” Hymnals and 50 new “The Book of Common Prayer.” If you wish to defray the cost of a hymnal and dedicate it to someone special or simply in thanks to God, the cost is $13.00. Please see either Rev. Kooperkamp or Mr. Bill Smith, treasurer.

The Episcopal Church Women will meet today following the 10:00 am service. All women are invited. Please see Ms. Glenda White for more information.

Harlem African Burial Ground: Community Forum: Tuesday Jan. 26th, 6:30 – 8:00 pm at the Elmendorf Reformed Church, 171 E. 121st St., (between Third and Lexington Aves.) Please join us as we preserve the legacy of our ancestors and make history in Harlem!

Coalition to Preserve Community: “Rally Against Eminent Domain,” Thursday, January 28th 11:30 am – 1:00 pm at the office of the Empire State Development Corporation, 633 Third Ave., between 40th and 40st Streets. A free bus will be leaving from the neighborhood to provide transportation to this rally, so please call (212) 666-6426 or (646) 812-5188 to sign up for the bus.  Come support the effort to keep West Harlem open to all!!

Mariam, Mark and Marx: Thursday January 28th at 7:00 pm, our monthly Bible Study and current events discussion group. See Jim White for more information.

Men’s Monthly Prayer Group: Saturday, January 30th at 8:00 am. Come join us!!

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: Sundays at 2:00 pm. St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and third Sunday each month. Today we will need a few volunteers to help make bag lunches after the 10:00 am service.

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 & then go out on the streets from 2:00 pm until about 3:30 pm. If you can help, please speak to Glenda White, Janet Dorman or Lysander Puccio.

Church Basketball League and Tutoring Program: We are in the process of forming a Harlem based Episcopal Church sponsored league and educational program under the leadership of renown sports columnist Bill Rhoden of the New York Times and a member of the Church of the Intercession. Please see Ms. Gwen Walker (212) 864-4013 for more info.

Preaching Next Sunday: Jan. 31st: the Rev. Earl Kooperkamp. Sunday Feb. 7th: the Rev. Chloe A. Breyer.

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