February 28, 2010

Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church

Special Thanks today to Ms. Bonnie Phelps for coordinating our Annual Poetry Sunday and to Ms. Liz Mellen for sharing her musical gifts with us while Janet Dorman is away. Thank you very much!

Thanks to all who helped with the Annual Meeting last week: Thank you to Ms. Delores Jones for her service as Warden for the past four years and many thanks to Radford Arrindel, Patrick Harding and Bill Smith for their dedicated service on the Vestry. We also welcome our new Warden, Dr. Dorothy Ross, and new Vestry Members Celia Braxton, Gary Sharp and Lisa Slocum. Also, thanks to Miguel Escobar who will serve as the Diocesan Convention delegate and Allen Mellen who will be the Alternate. We will be represented at the Manhattan North Interparish Council by Linda Burton, Edna Estime and Gloria Smith and thank them for their willingness to serve.  Special thanks to Gloria Smith for preparing a delicious lunch for us. Also: copies of reports are by the baptismal font.

TODAY: What a Neighborhood! Come celebrate the Creative Spirit in our neighborhood with a concert including new love songs by Ishmael Wallace and a piece by Aleksandra Vrebalov inspired by a chapel at the Cathedral. The concert is at 1:30 and is free to all with donations gratefully accepted. It will be short, with no intermission. Come early, at 12:40, to enjoy relaxing meditative movement in the Sanctuary!

TODAY: “Sweet Spirit” A Dance, Drama and Song Performance: Sunday, Feb. 28th at 3:30 pm at the Elmendorf Reformed Church, 171 E. 121st St. featuring a dramatic interpretation of the life of Lucy Nichols, an early member of St. Mary’s, by Christine Campbell and Janet Dorman. Sponsored by the Harlem African Burial Ground Task Force.

Haiti: earthquake relief: Thanks to all who contributed to special collection. We raised $1000 which is already helping the Haitian people. Keep the Haitian people in your prayers.

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: Sundays at 2:00 pm. St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and third Sunday each month. We will need a few volunteers to help make bag lunches after the 10:00 am service on Sunday, March 7th.

St. Mary’s Homeless Street Outreach: Every Saturday, 12 noon preparation and 2:00 pm street outreach. Come by if you can help. Please see Janet Dorman or Lysander Puccio if you can help. Please keep the Homeless Street Outreach in your prayers. Thank you!!

Upcoming Events:

Episcopal Church Women: Meeting today: Feb. 28th following the 10:00 am service.

Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer Committee next meeting: Sunday, March. 14th following the 10:00 am service. All women are invited.

Preaching next Sunday: Mar. 7: he Rev. Chris Furguson, World Council of Churches Liaison to the United Nations. We will also host a group of students from Wake Forest Divinity School led on an Urban Pilgrimage by the Rev. Douglas Bailey.

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