St. Mary’s News for December 15!

December 17, coffee hour: Congregational Potluck
Bring a dish to share—main, side or dessert, homemade or bought, it’s all good! Every 4th Sunday.

Sunday, December 24, 5 pm: Christmas Eve Service
Holy Eucharist and candlelight service.

Sunday, December 24, afternoon: Christmas Eve Potluck
Join us for a new tradition at St. Mary’s! After the 10:30 am service. Sign-up sheet for items to bring in the parish office.

Wednesdays in December, 7 pm: Blue Eucharist
Holiday blues? Come for a service of comfort and support each Wednesday in December. All are welcome, especially for people experiencing grief, loneliness, or for whom getting through the holidays can be a struggle.

Saturday, January 6, 3 pm: Three Kings Kids’ Party!
Sign up in the parish office to save a spot and reserve toys for children. Volunteers needed to wrap gifts at 2 pm.

NY Cares Coat Drive
The annual NY CARES Coat Drive has begun. The donation period runs from Nov 14 – Dec 29, 2017. Donations of clean used warm coats are accepted at most police precincts, including our own 26th precinct, across the street. For a list of more donation drop off sites, and how to volunteer, go to  https://www.newyorkcares.org/coat-drive. Information as to where and when individuals can get coats is available in the parish office and the Food Pantry.

Wisdom Circle Forming
Seniors are a vital, integral part of the spiritual life and longevity of St. Mary’s and our communities. This Circle is an opportunity for elders of the community to share life stories, wisdom and presence with one another. It will include sacred dialogue, varying topics, Bible study- according to the desires of the group. First topic: The Wisdom of My Life. For more information, call the parish office 212.864.4013, parishoffice.stmarysharlem@gmail.com or talk to Atticus Zavaletta.

Recycling for a Good Cause
The drive this fall to collect used inkjet cartridges raised $120.10 for St. Mary’s. Thank you to everyone who participated! We will have another drive in the spring. If you want to donate any type of inkjet cartridges before the next drive, there is a collection box in the vestibule, next to the door to the Rectory. Your donations help the environment and St. Mary’s!

 

Pray for:
Partners: Harlem Insight, Unity Fellowship Church, NYC; NYC Adventist Forum; Pamsula Zen; Alanon; Alcoholics Anonymous; Columbia Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP); Narcotics Anonymous; Network Support; Urban Qi
Neighbors: 26th Precinct, Eglise de Dieu, Emergency Services, Manhattan North Task Force, Manhattanville Health Center, Old Broadway Family Residence, Old Broadway Synagogue, Templo Biblico;
  Everyone who comes to St. Mary’s throughout the week,
and anyone who is not able to be with us.

 X Prayer Requests for Health & Healing X
Ozier Muhammad and Lisa Redd, Radford Arrindell, Joel Kovel, Jorge Blanco, Aiden Smith, Queen Esther Hall, Martha Elizabeth Smith, Saban Carter Hooks, Arthur Williams III, Denise Stokes, Carol White, Professor Bradley,  Philindia Smith, Julian Pentopoulos, Sebastian and Darley Gurski-Corniel, Evie Fortna, Alfred Slocum, Rodney Simmons, Maggie, Hershell & Ola Bullard, Lane family, Effie Scott, Gloria Ellis Smith, Shirrell & Tyrone Felder, the Crawford family, Harding family, April & Barbara Jackson, Marion Smith, Doris Rodriquez, Bonnie Phelps & family, Lois Coe, Mary Kelly Brown, Marvin Jones, Betty Littlefield, Heather Jean Balsdom, Eva Greene & family, Patterson Family, Shirley Hilliard, Matthew Jones, Stephanie Miranda, David Wreck, Liya Pagani, Camilo Lopez, Tonya Yates, Wilfredo Perata, Pearl Harris, Lisa Slocum, Inez Alexander, Carmen Antoniella Torre, James Allen, Anthony Howell, Asha Taylor, Harriet Wyatt, Zachary and Arin Mazza, Carmen Cabrera, Rachel Furer and family, Raheem Harris, Stephanie Lane, Mary Wilder, Marvin W. Jones, Gertrude Ellis,  James Leung, Michelle & Devante, Margaret Bell, Andrea Polanco, John McNeil, Alton Davis, Barry Harris, Kafka family.

X  Regular Happenings at St. Mary’s Church! X

Ecclesia, every 1st Sunday at 2:00 p.m. in Marcus Garvey Park: St. Mary’s is the lead congregation on the first Sunday of each month.
We always need some volunteers to help prepare and serve the “Second Meal” following the service.

Harlem Insight
Meditation for all levels.
By donation.  All are welcome. No experience is necessary.

 Saturdays 10am-12pm in the Rectory

Unity Fellowship Church of New York
Led by Sr. Bishop Zachary Jones.
Unity worships on Sundays at 2:00pm

Metro New York Adventist Forum
Led by Ms. Janet Schultz
Adventist Forum gathers on the second Saturday of the month (please check for specific dates).

Pamsula Zen Meditation
Teacher Daiken Nelson
Every Monday evening at 6:00 pm in the Rectory
(6:00 Beginning Instruction, 6:30 Meditation, 7:00 Meditation, 7:30 Talk, Discussion Q&A)

Birthdays and Baptismal Blessings first Sunday of each month.

Spirit and Strife Peer Support Group the first Sunday of each month at 12:30pm in the rectory – Come share your burdens and joys in this prayerful circle of support. New members always welcome.

Dorcas Arts Hemming pants, skirts and dresses. Sew on buttons and small repairs. Contact: Sandra-May Flowers 646-856-2912 or Sandra.Flowers90@myhunter.cuny.edu.

Healing Prayer third Sunday of each month.

Women’s Prayer Group All women are invited to this discussion and prayer time, second  Sunday of the month.

4th Sunday Potluck: Bring a dish to share following 10:30am worship.

The Vestry meets on the fourth Sunday of every month at 1 p.m.  All are invited. Next meeting: December 17th!

Tuesday Writing Group – 1st and 3rd Tuesday at 7pm in the Parish Hall. Bring your work, your journal, or just come ready to write something… creative, factual, non-sensical. All are welcome.

Miriam, Mark and Marx: Our interfaith Justice and Peace Activism Community meets the last Thursday of each month. We gather at 6:00PM to share food, experiences, and feelings. We then plan how to advance in the struggle against racism, sexism, and expanding war in these very troubling times.  For information or Pastoral Care call Jim White at 201-956-5356, or leave him a message in the parish office.  Next meeting: October 26.

Free Movie! Every Friday Night at St. Mary’s Church at 6:00 pm… St. Mary’s Movies! Dec. 22 Amazing Grace (2006, pg) William Wilberforce maneuvers his way through Parliament, trying to end the British Transatlantic slace trade. Come for the fellowship, the movie, the popcorn, dinner and the fun…  as always, volunteers are needed.  

Saturday Mobile Soup Kitchen: Help prepare sandwiches and lunch bags and then distribute them to our neighbors on the street. Every Saturday at 12 noon.

Urban Qi (free Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes for St. Mary’s members) every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 am at St. Nicholas Park @135th Street. Inclement weather–meet in the Undercroft.

Thrift.StMarys@gmail.com • 212-864-4013•Closed until April  All proceeds support St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and its mission to serve homeless and hungry people. Los ingress apoyan la Iglesia Episcopal de Santa Maria y su misión de servir a las personas sin hogar  y hambrientos de Harlem.     

If you have any information to share with St Mary’s church, please send it to parishoffice.stmarysharlem@gmail.com.
by Wednesday at 5 pm of each week to be placed in the weekly bulletin.
To reach the Rector: please call 929-266-6279 or email:
mlf.stmarysharlem@gmail.com.

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