St. Mary’s Announcements for March 9!

Sunday, March 11: Poetry Sunday
This year we will celebrate Poetry Sunday on March 11! The theme is “Do What is True and Come to the Light” in remembrance of the Anniversary of Death of Harriet Tubman on March 10. Poets reading: Frederica Brown-Carter, Darin Burton, Sr. (tentative), Hilda Cabrera-Jordon, Christine Campbell, Carolyn Eubanks, Rachel Furer, Patrick Harding, Stephanie Harewood, Camilo Lopez, Liz Mellen, Bonnie Phelps, Lysander Puccio, Lisa Slocum, Gloria Ellis-Smith, Jim White, Mitch Wood. Featuring Matt Pfeffer on drum.

Saturday, March 17, 3 pm- 5pm: What a Neighborhood! Celebrates Hildegard von Bingen
At St. Mary’s, a local collaboration of composers, led by Ishmael and Vita Wallace, will explore the music and philosophy of the twelfth century Abbess, Hildegard of Bingen. Hildegard’s vision of the Divine movement of growth and greenness is one that we see in our own community as we witness what growth can take place in people when there is love. As well as music by Hildegard, What a Neighborhood! ’s program will include music by living composers from our neighborhood. A reception will follow including an exhibit of the spiritual works of visual artists from the community.

Saturday & Sunday, March 17-18: Calling all artists!
A “spiritual art” exhibit at St. Mary’s on Saturday, March 17, 5 pm to 7 pm, and Sunday, March 18 during coffee hour. Everyone is invited to share any original art that they consider to be spiritual in nature, to invite reflection by the public and members of St. Mary’s. The event on Saturday will be combined with a reception to honor the icon of Our Lady of Ferguson, which St. Mary’s will be hosting during Lent. See Dorothy Ross or Lysander Puccio for additional details.

Saturday, March 24, 4 pm- 7 pm: Harlem Chamber Players & Opus 118 Concert
The students of Opus 118 Harlem School of Music and members of The Harlem Chamber Players return to St. Mary’s to perform a joint concert. Hear the highly acclaimed students from Opus 118 and meet the founder and master teacher Roberta Guaspari, the inspiration behind the award-winning documentary, “Small Wonders” and Miramax’s film, “Music of the Heart” starring Meryl Streep. Music by Mozart, Chevalier de Saint-George and more! Tickets are $20 for general admission and $15 for students and seniors. Online: $5 off.

Saturday, March 24: March for Our Lives
Organized by students advocating for gun control, there will be marches across the country on March 24. Join the march in NYC, or head to D.C. for the flagship march.  and on Facebook for the NYC march:

Sundays, 4 pm: Lenten Vespers at Corpus Christi Church
A series of speakers addressing the theme “Let Justice Roll like a River: Honoring Dr Martin Luther King Jr. and Thomas Merton in their Anniversary Year.” Preachers:
March 11– Br. Tyrone Davis, CFC, JD, Director, Office of Black Ministry, Archdiocese of New York
March 18– Rev Dr. Amy Butler, Senior Minister, The Riverside Church
For info: (212) 666-9350  or

Sundays in March, 5 pm: March Mass Meetings
Every Sunday in March at 5 pm at Park Avenue Christian Church, 1010 Park Ave. During our Lenten Journey in the Christian Tradition, we often focus on giving up bad habits, as we pray, fast and give alms to the poor, but this Lent, let’s go deeper and consider the social dimensions of sin, including systemic injustice. Through our March Mass Meetings at the Park we have the opportunity to focus on different social sins that we can collectively confront in our lives and in our community. Here are some of the issues we will examine:
March 11— Ending Gun Violence with Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis
March 18— Homelessness and Poverty
March 25— The Poor Peoples Campaign

Lent 2018: Stations of the Cross 
An exhibition across NYC in 14 iconic destinations ( St. Mary’s will host Station 3: Jesus Falls, with an icon entitled “Our Lady of Ferguson” in our sanctuary throughout the Lenten season. People will be able to visit during office open hours (Monday-Friday, 10 am to 2 pm), and Thursday evening from 6 to 8 pm as well as on Sundays.

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

Joseph Lorde, Diana Balsdom, Shirley Hillard, Harriet Wyatt, Rachel Furer, Vivian Furer, Jessica Furer, Rebecca Furer, Tyrone Benjamin, Ivory Johnson, Lois Coe, Ruth Joyner and family, Arthur Williams and family, Jerry McMillan, Inez Alexander, Francisco Tejeda and Patrick Hancock, Frank Munzer, Cynthia Bullard-Perez, Suzy Zavaletta, Dorothy Boxley, Joel Kovel, Candace Fraser, Marsha Wright, Diana Balsdon, Geraldine Ivins, Philindia Smith.

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

Every 1st Sunday 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 10 am-12 pm 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 12:30 pm 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

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 pm.  All are invited. Next meeting: March 18.

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: March 22.

Free Movie! Every Friday Night at St. Mary’s Church at 6:00 pm… St. Mary’s Movies! mar. 16:  roman j. israel, esq. (2017, pg-13, crime drama, 2h2min)  a crisis at a law firm causes an idealistic defense attorney to uncover secrets requiring extreme action.  w/ denzel washington, colin Farrell. Come for the fellowship, the movie, the popcorn, dinner and the fun…  volunteers always needed and welcome.

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. • 212-864-4013•Closed until April Donations accepted Wednesday, Friday, Saturday. 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
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:

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