November 20, 2011

             

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

 New Furnace for St. Mary’s: Thanks be to God we have heat 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.

Stewardship Campaign, 2012:  Today, Linda Struble (8:00 am) and Elizabeth Kooperkamp (10:00 am) will speak on the theme, “What St. Mary’s Means to Me.” 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. Today  is Amazing Grace Sunday , a final day to turn in your Pledge Card. Also,  in thanksgiving for all our blessings from God, we are collecting a pack of new socks which we will distribute to our friends living on the streets: Sock It To Me Sunday!!

“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 Holiday Craft Fair will take place on Dec. 3 and 4. Mark your calendars and come out to help.

Episcopal Church Women: The Episcopal Church Women will meet today following the 10:00 am service.

 TOMORROW:  “Many Voices, One Goal” November 21st at Riverside Church, 6:00 pm, a mass rally for the Living Wage Bill. Speakers include St. Mary’s own Ben Jealous, President of the National NAACP. We need to turn out strong for this important economic justice action for all New Yorkers.

Thanksgiving Service: November 24th at 10:00 am, Morning Prayer led by Ms. Christine Lee, the General theological Seminary and music by Ms. Janet Dorman.

 Occupy St. Mary’s: We have opened the doors of St. Mary’s to shelter members of Occupy Wall Street after Mayor Bloomberg’s attack on the movement last Tuesday. If you would like to help, please see Rev. Kooperkamp. Also, thanks be to Frederica Brown Carter and her son Dallas for a strong witness during the attack. Both Freddi and Dallas were arrested but later released later on Tuesday, thanks be to God!

Preaching schedule: Nov. 27th, the First Sunday of Advent: the Rev. Chloe Breyer; Dec. 4th, the Second Sunday of Advent: Rev. Kooperkamp; Dec. 11th, the Third Sunday of Advent: Rev. Kooperkamp; Dec. 18th, the Fourth Sunday of Advent: Service of Lessons and Carols.

 Additional Announcements:

*HOLIDAY*  * CRAFT*  *FAIR*: December 3 and 4, an extravaganza of incredible crafts on display and for sale as gifts. Tell your friends, family and neighbors and come to one of the premier crafts fairs in New York!! More details to come, but to volunteer, please see Lisa Slocum.

 Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first and fifth Sunday each month. We need volunteers on the first Sunday of the month 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. 25, the station agent (2003 fantastic oddball drama/comedy, R, loner with dwarfism resists a new community, w/ peter dinklage. A must see); Dec. 2, the green lantern (2011 action/adventure, PG-13, aliens create an earth superhero w/ ryan reynolds)

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

 

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