October 30, 2011

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

 New Furnace for St. Mary’s: The new furnace arrived last week and is being put online. Sorry for the chill, but soon and very soon it will be warmer at St. Mary’s!! Please pardon the mess! but it is for a very good cause. The new furnace will be more energy efficient and do a better job at heating the Sanctuary and Parish Hall. We will be able to save money on fuel cost (one of our larger expenses) and lessen the “carbon footprint” of the parish. Your support remains critical and deeply appreciated for this new venture.

Coffee Hour today following the 8:00 am service, hosted by Cynthia Pong. Thanks!!

 Episcopal Church Women: Halloween Party today at 4:00 pm! We will provide our annual party for the children of our Church and community. Lots of fun and lots to do! Please come help! Please see Celia Braxton for more information. The Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer committee will meet on Nov. 13th following the 10:00 am service.

Stewardship Campaign, 2012: Today we distribute Pledge Cards for the 2012 Steward-ship campaign.  Today Mr. Arthur Williams (8:00 am) and Ms. Harriet Wyatt  (10:00 am) will speak on the theme, “What St. Mary’s Means to Me.” Also, this year the Vestry and Stewardship Committee have a new plan: we will collect pledges for 1) Operations, 2) Building Fund, and 3). Mission. Our thought is that these are the three important activities that make us “St. Mary’s Church,” and we need to reflect this in our overall Stewardship. We will collect the Pledge Cards at our Harvest Service on Nov. 13th. Please pray during this period and ask God to direct you in your Stewardship response.

“Harlem Secrets: Recipes from St. Mary’s” The Fundraising committee is putting together a cookbook, with its own special St. Mary’s flavor: there will be stories, wit and some great cooking tips. Sign up on the back table to help! Thanks!!  Also, the Fundraising Committee will meet on Tuesday, Nov. 1st at 7:00 pm to plan the Holiday Craft Fair for Dec. 3 and 4. Mark your calendars and come out to help.

The Finance Committee will meet Thursday, Nov. 3rd at 6:00 pm.

Fashion Show: Dwayne Lavender Presents “the Second War and You” Saturday, November 5th at 7:00 pm. Contact: dlavender_72@yahoo.com.

“Reflexion Biblico” en Espanol, Saturdays at 6:00 pm, led by the Rev. Dr. Luis Barrios. More information to come. Mark your calendars!

 Preaching schedule: Nov. 6th, Ms. Christine Lee, General Theological Seminary; Nov. 13th

 Additional Announcements:

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and fifth Sunday each month. We need volunteers today to help with the preparation of the “Second Meal.” Also: St. Mary’s Homeless Street Outreach: Saturdays, 12:00 noon preparation and 2:00 pm Street Outreach. Please let us know if you can help and keep the Homeless Street Outreach in your prayers.

Spirit and Strife Peer Trauma Support Group. If you are a trauma survivor, please join St. Mary’s in a new ministry to co-create a safe, loving, faith-inspired space in which to develop strategies for resilience and recovery. Meeting: Saturday, 11:00 am – 12:00 pm. See Lysander Puccio for more information.

Movies at St. Mary’s: 6:00 pm on Fridays. Come for the fellowship, the popcorn and the FUN!!  Also, we need volunteers to help. Nov. 4, the seventh seal (1957 classic drama in Swedish, NR, medieval knight confronts death in a game of chess, Ingmar berman directs, visually stunning); Nov. 11, fast five (2011 action/adventure, PG-13, racing team stands up to a drug dealer, w/ vin diesel; considered by many to be the best of the fat & furious movies); Nov. 18, dreamgirls (2006 musical drama, PG-13, singers seek fame & lose each other, w/ beyoncé); Nov. 25, the station agent (2003 fantastic oddball drama/comedy, R, loner with dwarfism resists a new community, w/ peter dinklage. A must see).

 

 

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