April 4, 2010

A Blessed Easter and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church!

A very blessed Easter Sunday to all our members and guests as we worship the Risen Christ this Easter morning. Special thanks to our guest musicians, Mr. Nabaté Isles on trumpet and our soloist, Ms. April Armstrong, Mr. Ishmael Wallace and to St. Mary’s Choir under the direction of Ms. Janet Dorman for spectacular music on this joyful day. The Altar Flowers are given to the glory of God on Easter Day and in memory of Janet Arrindell by her son Radford, who designed this beautiful arrangement.

May God bless always our newly baptized members: We give thanks this morning for the baptisms of Linda Struble (8:00 am) and Lillian Spann and Joshua Brown (10:00 am). May God help you to grow in faith and may your example inspire others to live in justice and peace through the love of God.

Ecclesia: Celebration of Easter in Marcus Garvey Park, 2:00 pm : Easter Day 2010 marks the first anniversary of this “homeless” Church. Come celebrate with as in all the beauty of God’s creation. Northeastern section of the park, in the “Drummers’ Circle” near Madison Avenue and East 124th Street entrance. Come and give God thanks for a year of ministry and service to our new friends in Christ.

Appreciative Inquiry “Envisioning Our Future”: Next Sunday, April 11th following the 10:00 am service, we will continue our Appreciative Inquiry process that we started the Sunday after Easter 2008. A light lunch will be served. This is a time to talk together and to discern where God is calling us in pursuit of God’s mission. All are invited & urged to attend.

Micah Institute: Educating for Justice The Micah Institute at New York Theological Seminary will celebrate its opening at St. Mary’s Church, Monday, April 12 at 7:00 pm. Come hear Rev. Ron Sider, President Dale Irwin of NYTS and President Serene Jones of Union Seminary and support St. Mary’s Choir as we kick off this important new ministry for New York and the world. For more information, call Peter Heltzel at (212) 870-1252.

Shakuhachi Flute Concert: Japanese bamboo flute music, Friday, April 16th at 7:00 pm. Ancient Temple music of Japan performed by Gary Yugetsu Sharp. Donation requested, proceeds to benefit St. Mary’s Church.

Spring concert: Music at St. Mary’s with guest harpist Brandee Younger. Sunday, April 25th at 3:00 pm. Music by DeBussy, Mozart and more. $15 general admission, $10 seniors/students. Come to support our talented Church members and neighborhood musicians.

Eastertide Tuesdays: Pray and Bible Study – During Eastertide we will gather on Tuesday evenings for prayer and Bible Study. We will begin with prayers for peace at 6:30 pm and follow with an “African Bible Study” All are invited as we seek to follow the new light in our lives given to us in our savior Jesus.

The Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer Committee will meet Sunday, April 18, following the 10:00 am service. (This is to accommodate the Appreciative Inquiry on April 11th; regular meetings are the second Sunday) All women are invited.

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