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December 28, 2008

A very Blessed and Joyous Christmas to all from the wardens, Vestry, staff and clergy of St. Mary’s Church. As the angels sing glory to God this night, may God grant us all peace and goodwill thoughout all the earth. Praise be to God who has given us this wonderful Savior, Jesus Christ.

A Joyous Kwanzaa to all at St. Mary’s Church and our guests. Today we celebrate the third day of Kwanzaa, “Ujima” (Collective Work and Responsibility): to build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together. Mr. Charles Kelly will presiding during the Kwanzaa Celebration. Rev. Chloe Breyer will preside at the service of Holy Communion.

St. Mary’s Calendars are available to all members. Please take a calendar (one per person) as a gift for the New Year. May the coming year be a year filled with faith and the presence of God’s love, peace and justice in your lives!!

Sanctuary Centennial: on January 1, 2009, St. Mary’s sanctuary will be 100 years old. The sanctuary was dedicated for Christian worship by Bishop Greer of the Diocese of New York and Bishop Olmstead from Central New York on January 1, 1909. To mark this historic occasion, we will hold a special service on New Year’s Day, 2009 at 3:00 pm. Let’s start out our second century of worship in this Sanctuary in a wonderful fashion!!

The Sunday School Holiday Pageant will be presented on Sunday, January 4th at the 10:00 am service. This is always a true holiday treat as the next generation interprets God’s Word for us here today as we seeking to be peacemakers and justice seekers in the light of the incarnate Christ. Please see Jim White if you want to help out.

Holy Baptism will take place on the Sunday after the Epiphany, January 11. If you are interested in being baptized, or know someone else to be baptized, please tell Rev. Kooperkamp.

Community Events:


The Redeemers’ Coalition will meet Thursday, January 8th at 11:30 am, “The Other Place” basement of St. Ignatius’ Church, 552 West End Avenue (corner of 87th).

St. Mary’s Church office will be closed on New Years’ Day, January 1 and January 2, 2009. Rev. Kooperkamp will be out of town from December 25th through December 30th. Messages will be picked up from the voicemail on a regular basis during the time when the Church office is closed.

December 24, 2008

The Episcopal Church Women will meet today following the 10:00 am service. All women are invited. Please join us as we seek to serve our community in the name of the Risen Christ.

If you wish to contribute to Advent Greens to decorate the Church, please use one of the Flower Offering envelopes on the back table. Thank you for your gifts.

Christmas Eve: December 24th: 7:00 pm service to celebrate the Nativity of Christ.

Kwanzaa: December 28th at the 10:00 am service: A service to celebrate the third day of Kwanzaa, “Ujima” (Collective Work and Responsibility): to build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together. Mr. Charles Kelly will presiding during the Kwanzaa Celebration. Rev. Chloe Breyer will preside at the services on Dec. 28th.

Sanctuary Centennial: on January 1, 2009, St. Mary’s sanctuary will be 100 years old. The sanctuary was dedicated for Christian worship by Bishop Greer of the Diocese of New York and Bishop Olmstead from Central New York on January 1, 1909. To mark this historic occasion, we will hold a special service on New Year’s Day, 2009 at 3:00 pm. Let’s start out our second century of worship in this Sanctuary in a wonderful fashion!!

The Sunday School Holiday Pageant will be presented on Sunday, January 4th at the 10:00 am service. This is always a true holiday treat as the next generation interprets God’s Word for us here today as we seeking to be peacemakers and justice seekers in the light of the incarnate Christ. Please see Jim White if you want to help out.

Holy Baptism will take place on the Sunday after the Epiphany, January 11. If you are interested in being baptized, or know someone else to be baptized, please tell Rev. Kooperkamp.

Community Events:


The Redeemers’ Coalition
will meet Thursday, January 8th at 11:30 am, “The Other Place” basement of St. Ignatius’ Church, 552 West End Avenue (corner of 87th).

St. Mary’s Church office will be closed for Christmas, December 25 and December 26, 2008. The Church office will be closed on New Years’ Day, January 1 and January 2, 2009. Rev. Kooperkamp will be out of town from December 25th through December 30th. Messages will be picked up from the voicemail on a regular basis during the time when the Church office is closed.

December 21, 2008

The Episcopal Church Women will meet today following the 10:00 am service. All women are invited. Please join us as we seek to serve our community in the name of the Risen Christ.

If you wish to contribute to Advent Greens to decorate the Church, please use one of the Flower Offering envelopes on the back table. Thank you for your gifts.

Christmas Eve: December 24th: 7:00 pm service to celebrate the Nativity of Christ.

Kwanzaa: December 28th at the 10:00 am service: A service to celebrate the third day of Kwanzaa, “Ujima” (Collective Work and Responsibility): to build and maintain our community together and make our brothers’ and sisters’ problems our problems and to solve them together. Mr. Charles Kelly will presiding during the Kwanzaa Celebration. Rev. Chloe Breyer will preside at the services on Dec. 28th.

Sanctuary Centennial: on January 1, 2009, St. Mary’s sanctuary will be 100 years old. The sanctuary was dedicated for Christian worship by Bishop Greer of the Diocese of New York and Bishop Olmstead from Central New York on January 1, 1909. To mark this historic occasion, we will hold a special service on New Year’s Day, 2009 at 3:00 pm. Let’s start out our second century of worship in this Sanctuary in a wonderful fashion!!

The Sunday School Holiday Pageant will be presented on Sunday, January 4th at the 10:00 am service. This is always a true holiday treat as the next generation interprets God’s Word for us here today as we seeking to be peacemakers and justice seekers in the light of the incarnate Christ. Please see Jim White if you want to help out.

Holy Baptism will take place on the Sunday after the Epiphany, January 11. If you are interested in being baptized, or know someone else to be baptized, please tell Rev. Kooperkamp.

Community Events:


The Redeemers’ Coalition will meet Thursday, January 8th at 11:30 am, “The Other Place” basement of St. Ignatius’ Church, 552 West End Avenue (corner of 87th).

St. Mary’s Church office will be closed for Christmas, December 25 and December 26, 2008. The Church office will be closed on New Years’ Day, January 1 and January 2, 2009. Rev. Kooperkamp will be out of town from December 25th through December 30th. Messages will be picked up from the voicemail on a regular basis during the time when the Church office is closed.

December 15, 2008

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

Welcome to our preacher Ms. Christine Lee of All Angels’ Episcopal Church. Christine worked for Habitat for Humanity, New York and is also a founding member of New York Faith and Justice. It is great to welcome her back to St. Mary’s today. Great thanks again as well to Dr. Betty Reardon for her wonderful sermon last Sunday. Copies of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights are still available on the back table.

Many thanks to our Sanctuary cleaning crew: Dorothy Ross, Camillo Lopez, Dwayne Lavender, Brian Merrill and Robert Jones for sprucing up St. Mary’s for Advent. And for thanks long overdue, a big thank you to Bonnie Phelps for cleaning our communion linens every week , year after year. Thank you for taking care of our parish!!

If you wish to contribute to Advent Greens to decorate the Church, please use one of the Flower Offering envelopes on the back table. Thank you for your gifts.

Sacraments in our lives: Today following the 10:00 am service, Anne Ditzler will lead us in a discussion of the Sacraments. Why are Sacraments important to us? What are ‘sacraments’ anyway? Bring your questions and come for a lively discussion of perspectives on baptism, Holy Eucharist and how these rites enrich our Christian discipleship and bring us closer to God’s power in our lives.

“A Holiday Hurrah” Today at 3:00 pm. Music to Celebrate the Lights, Sights and Sounds of the season! The Davidson Singers, Ms. Virginia Davidson, Conductor. Donation: $10.00.

Preaching next Sunday: The Rev. Chloe A. Breyer

Christmas Eve: December 24th: 7:00 pm service to celebrate the Nativity of Christ.

Kwanzaa: December 28th at the 10:00 am service: A service to celebrate the third day of Kwanzaa, “Ujamaa” cooperative economics. Mr. Charles Kelly, presiding.

Sanctuary Centennial: on January 1, 2009, St. Mary’s sanctuary will be 100 years old. The sanctuary was dedicated for Christian worship by Bishop Greer of the Diocese of New York and Bishop Olmstead from Central New York on January 1, 1909. To mark this historic occasion, we will hold a special service on New Year’s Day, 2009 at 3:00 pm. Let’s start out our second century of worship in this Sanctuary in a wonderful fashion!!

The Sunday School Holiday Pageant will be presented on Sunday, January 4th at the 10:00 am service. This is always a true holiday treat as the next generation interprets God’s Word for us here today as we seeking to be peacemakers and justice seekers in the light of the incarnate Christ. Please see Jim White if you want to help out.

Community Events:
The Redeemers Coalition
will meet Thursday, December 18th at 11:30 am, “The Other Place” basement of St. Ignatius’ Church, 552 West End Avenue (corner of 87th).

Empire State Development Corporation hearing on Columbia University’s expansion into West Harlem, Wednesday, December 17th at 10:30 am, 633 Third Ave. (between 40th and 41st Streets). Please see Rev. Kooperkamp if you will attend.


December 7, 2008

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

Many thanks to our preacher today, Dr. Betty Reardon, as we celebrate the 60th Anniversary of the United Nations Declaration of Human Rights. A member of St. Mary’s Church, Betty is the founder of the Peace Education Center at Teachers College, Columbia University. A tireless activist for peace, we give thanks for Betty’s dedication and welcome her into the pulpit today.

If you wish to contribute to Advent Greens to decorate the Church, please use one of the Flower Offering envelopes on the back table. Thank you for your help getting St. Mary’s ready for the season.

Flu Shots will be available Monday, December 8th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Advent Sanctuary Clean Up: Come help to clean and beautify our Sanctuary on Tuesday, December 9th at 5:30 pm. We will polish the brass, shine the silver, clean the wood and bring a new sparkle to our worship space. Come help St. Mary’s shine out in all its glory!

The West Harlem Holistic Heath Forum will meet on Wednesday, December 10, from 6:30-8:00 pm to continue work on re-opening the Manhattanville Health Center and exploring means for making critical health care accessible to members of our community.

Rhythm is the Cure: dedicated to the healing power of drumming and featuring sacred chants in honor of the Black Madonna. Friday, December 12th at 7:30 pm here at St. Mary’s Church. A folk opera, a musical journey to the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna from Southern Italy, Spain, and France. The concert features a special presentation by Alessandra Belloni, mezzo soprano, accompanied by Alessandra Tartivita. Included are rare chants that have never been heard outside of the live ceremonies in Italy.

Sacraments in our lives: On Sunday December 14th following the 10:00 am service, Anne Ditzler will lead us in a discussion of the Sacraments. Why are Sacraments important to us? What are ‘sacraments’ anyway? Bring your questions and come for a lively discussion of perspectives on baptism, Holy Eucharist and how these rites enrich our Christian discipleship and bring us closer to God’s power in our lives.

A Holiday Hurrah: Music to Celebrate the Lights, Sights and Sounds of the season! The Davidson Singers, Ms. Virginia Davidson, Conductor. Sunday, December 14th, 3:00 pm at St. Mary’s Church. Donation: $10.00.

Christmas Eve: December 24th: 7:00 pm service to celebrate the Nativity of Christ.

Kwanzaa: December 28th at the 10:00 am service: A service to celebrate the third day of Kwanzaa, “Ujama” cooperative economics. Mr. Charles Kelly, presiding.

Sanctuary Centennial: on January 1, 2009, St. Mary’s sanctuary will be 100 years old. The sanctuary was dedicated for Christian worship by Bishop Greer of the Diocese of New York and Bishop Olmstead from Central New York on January 1, 1909. To mark this historic occasion, we will hold a special service on New Year’s Day, 2009 at 3:00 pm. Let’s start out our second century of worship in this Sanctuary in a wonderful fashion!!

November 30, 2008

Happy New Year* and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church!

Thanksgiving Special Collection: As is the tradition of the last several years, we will make a special collection ending this morning for St. Mary’s Food Pantry and Homeless Street Outreach program. If you are able, please make a special gift to support these ministries. Please mark on the envelope “Thanksgiving” for cash, or put “Thanksgiving” in the memo line of a check. Thank you very much.

Appreciative Inquiry: Today Sunday, November 30th following the 10:00 am service. Join us as we begin a new Church year in Advent; we will look at things to enhance in our life together and explore new paths for ministry here. All are welcome!!

Rededication of the Cathedral: a special Evensong will take place Today the First Sunday of Advent, November 30th at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to celebrate the grand re-opening. All are invited.

TOMORROW: World AIDS Day, December 1: We will give thanks to God and remember the lives of our brothers and sister in a celebration on Monday, December 1st at 10:00 am. We will join with St. Mary’s Episcopal Center and others throughout the community in worship.

The Vestry will meet Wednesday, December 3rd at 5:30 pm. All are invited.

Flu Shots will be available Monday, December 8th from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. (Please note the change in date: the shots are available next week).

The West Harlem Holistic Heath Forum will meet on Wednesday, December 10, from 6:30-8:00 pm to continue work on re-opening the Manhattanville Health Center and exploring other means for making critical health care accessible to the members of our community. All are invited to join with us in this important struggle.

THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA: Friday, December 12th at 7:30 pm here at St. Mary’s Church. A folk opera, a musical journey to the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna from Southern Italy, Spain, and France. The concert features a special presenta-tion by Alessandra Belloni, mezzo soprano, accompanied by Alessandra Tartivita. Included are rare chants that have never been heard outside of the live ceremonies in Italy.

Sacraments in our lives: On Sunday December 14th following the 10:00 am service, Anne Ditzler will lead us in a discussion of the Sacraments. Why are Sacraments important to us? What are ‘sacraments’ anyway? Bring your questions and come for a lively discussion of perspectives on baptism, Holy Eucharist and how these rites enrich our Christian discipleship and bring us closer to God’s power in our lives.

*The Season of Advent marks the beginning of our new Church year. Advent is a season of new beginnings as we prepare for the coming of Christ at the Feast of the Nativity and the manner in the glad tidings of Christmas. In this time of new beginnings we continue to give thanks to God and look for the new ways in which God’s love can be manifest in our lives through Jesus Christ. So, Happy New Year, St. Mary’s Church!

November 23, 2008

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

Today: Learning about Mary: Dr. Lucinda Mosher will be here at St. Mary’s Church today, presenting “Mary in Islam” as part of our series.

Today: Music at St. Mary’s The critically acclaimed African American chamber musicians and friends are happy to invite you to their 2008-2009 season. This afternoon at 3:00 pm, “All Mozart Encore.” Suggested donation $10.

Thanksgiving Day Service: Thursday, November 27th at 10:00 am. St. Mary’s Church was founded on Thanksgiving Day, 1823. Come and celebrate our 185th Anniversary and render thanks to God for all the blessings we share this year.

Thanksgiving Special Collection: As is the tradition of the last several years, we will make a special collection beginning this morning for St. Mary’s Food Pantry and Homeless Street Outreach program. If you are able, please make a special gift to support these ministries. Please mark on the envelope “Thanksgiving” for cash, or put “Thanksgiving” in the memo line of a check. Thank you very much.

Housing is a Human Right: Picture the Homeless will rally and sleep out at the Harlem State Office Building, 163 W. 125th St., Tuesday, November 25th 4:00 pm until sunrise.

Appreciative Inquiry: Sunday, November 30th following the 10:00 am service. Join us as we begin a new Church year in Advent; we will look at things to enhance in our life together and explore new paths for ministry here. All are welcome!!

Rededication of the Cathedral: a special Evensong will take place on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30th at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to celebrate the grand re-opening. All are invited.

World AIDS Day, December 1: We will give thanks to God and remember the lives of our brothers and sister in a celebration on Monday, December 1st at 10:00 am. We will join with St. Mary’s Episcopal Center and others throughout the community in worship.

Flu Shots will be available Monday, December 1st from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

The Vestry will meet Wednesday, December 3rd at 5:30 pm. All are invited.

THE VOYAGE OF THE BLACK MADONNA: Friday, December 12th at 7:30 pm here at St. Mary’s Church. A folk opera, a musical journey to the ancient sacred sites of the Black Madonna from Southern Italy, Spain, and France. The concert features a special presenta-tion by Alessandra Belloni, mezzo soprano, accompanied by Alessandra Tartivita. Included are rare chants that have never been heard outside of the live ceremonies in Italy.

The Season After All Saints: We continue to celebrate the “Season After All Saints” for the third year. Here at St. Mary’s we mark the days between All Saints’ Day and the Feast of Christ the King as a special time in the transition to Advent and the preparation for the coming of Christ in our lives. We begin to change our music and our style of worship to mark this change in our spiritual orientation. Please let us know how you feel about this.

November 16, 2008

The Flowers on the Altar are given to the Glory of God, and in blessed memory of Una Brazier by her god-daughter Gloria Smith in thanksgiving for her life.

The Episcopal Church Women willhold their monthly meeting today, Sunday, November 16th following the 10:00 am service. All women are invited to join with us to deepen our service in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Please see Ms. Glenda White for more details.

Mariam, Mark and Marx, a monthly Bible Study and Discusssion group; next meeting, Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 pm in the back room of the Parish Hall. Please see Jim White for more information.

Learning about Mary: Dr. Lucinda Mosher will return to St. Mary’s on Sunday, November 23, presenting “Mary in Islam” as part of our series.

Music at St. Mary’s The critically acclaimed African American chamber musicians and friends are happy to invite you to their 2008-2009 season. Next concert:Sunday, November 23rd at 3:00 pm, “All Mozart Encore.” Suggested donation $10.

Thanksgiving Day Service: Thursday, November 27th at 10:00 am. St. Mary’s Church was founded on Thanksgiving Day, 1823. Come and celebrate our 185th Anniversary and render thanks to God for all the blessings we share this year.

Thanksgiving Special Collection: As is the tradition of the last several years, we will make a special collection beginning this morning for St. Mary’s Food Pantry and Homeless Street Outreach program. If you are able, please make a special gift to support these ministries. Please mark on the envelope “Thanksgiving” for cash, or put “Thanksgiving” in the memo line of a check. Thank you very much.

Rededication of the Cathedral: a special Evensong will take place on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30th at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to celebrate the grand re-opening. All are invited.

World Aids Day, December 1: We will give thanks to God and remember the lives of our brothers and sister in a celebration on Monday, December 1st at 10:00 am. We will join with St. Mary’s Episcopal Center and others throughout the community in worship.

Flu Shots will be available Monday, December 1st from 4:30 to 6:30 pm.

Bishop Don Taylor has announced his intention to retire in September, 2009. We will hold an all Harlem celebration on February 1st and kick off Black History month. May God continue to bless his ministry among us!!

The Season After All Saints: We continue to celebrate the “Season After All Saints” for the third year. Here at St. Mary’s we mark the days between All Saints’ Day and the Feast of Christ the King as a special time in the transition to Advent and the preparation for the coming of Christ in our lives. We begin to change our music and our style of worship to mark this change in our spiritual orientation. Please let us know how you feel about this.

November 9, 2008

Thanks to all who voted this week, and may God bless you for your care and concern for our nation and the world. And May God bless our community, the nation and the world.

St. Mary’s Choir is in New Hampshire today to lead worship at the Plainfield Com-munity Church. We welcome back Dr. Lucinda Mosher as our organist today and give thanks for the ministry of our soloist, Mr. Mario Clemenzio.

Upcoming Events:

The Episcopal Church Women hold their monthly meeting next Sunday, November 16th following the 10:00 am service. All women are invited to join with us to deepen our service in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Please see Ms. Glenda White for more details.

Mariam, Mark and Marx, a monthly Bible Study and Discusssion group; next meeting, Thursday, November 20th at 7:00 pm in the back room of the Parish Hall. Please see Jim White for more information.

Learning about Mary: Dr. Lucinda Mosher will return to St. Mary’s on Sunday, November 23, presenting “Mary in Islam” as part of our series.

Music at St. Mary’s The critically acclaimed African American chamber musicians and friends are happy to invite you to their 2008-2009 season. Next concert:Sunday, November 23rd at 3:00 pm, “All Mozart Encore.” Suggested donation $10.

Thanksgiving Day Service: Thursday, November 27th at 10:00 am. St. Mary’s Church was founded on Thanksgiving Day, 1823. Come and celebrate our 185th Anniversary and render thanks to God for all the blessings we share this year.

Thanksgiving Special Collection: As is the tradition of the last several years, we will make a special collection beginning this morning for St. Mary’s Food Pantry and Homeless Street Outreach program. If you are able, please make a special gift to support these ministries. Please mark on the envelope “Thanksgiving” for cash, or put “Thanksgiving” in the memo line of a check. Thank you very much.

Rededication of the Cathedral: a special Evensong will take place on the First Sunday of Advent, November 30th at 4:00 pm at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine to celebrate the grand re-opening. All are invited.

Bishop Don Taylor has announced his intention to retire in September, 2009. There will be a special service in May to celebrate his leadership in the Diocese of New York. Plans are also being made for a special service with Bishop Taylor in Harlem. More information will be available soon. May God continue to bless his ministry among us!!

The Season After All Saints: We continue to celebrate the “Season After All Saints” for the third year. Here at St. Mary’s we mark the days between All Saints’ Day and the Feast of Christ the King as a special time in the transition to Advent and the preparation for the coming of Christ in our lives. We begin to change our music and our style of worship to mark this change in our spiritual orientation. Please let us know how you feel about this.

November 2, 2008

The Flowers on the Altar are given in thanksgiving to God and in memory of the lives of Jennifer and Samuel Cooper by their sister Elizabeth Kooperkamp.

We welcome our new brother in Christ, Juan Jayson Tinch, Jr. and his parents Tameeka Benjamin and Juan Tinch, Sr. and his godparents Melissa Finney and John Bennett. May God always bless this wonderful child and his family.

Many thanks to all who helped with the Halloween Party!! The Episcopal Church Women of St. Mary’s served our community’s children very well this year with a safe and fun Halloween event. Thank you all for this special gift for the children.

The Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer Committee will meet today following the 10:00 am service. Come pray and grow in Spirit with us,

Peace and Justice Afternoon: Today, November 2nd 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Presentations, Discussion and Planning. Sponsored by N.Y. Diocese Peace and Justice Network and St. Mary’s Evangelism, Education, Empowerment and Outreach Committee.

VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE: Now is the time! Vote this Tuesday, November 4th. Polls are open from 6:00 am until 9:00 pm. VOTE VOTE VOTE VOTE. Now it is time to begin Voter Mobilization. We will make follow up calls this afternoon after the service and after the Peace and Justice conference at 3:30 pm, and on Monday, November 3 at 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Come join us and help get out the vote!!

The Vestry will meet this Wednesday, November 5 at 5:30 pm. All are welcome.

The Property Committee will meet Friday, November 7 at 5:30 pm. Please come and join us with ideas about keeping St. Mary’s in good physical shape!

Learning about Mary: Dr. Lucinda Mosher will return to St. Mary’s on Sunday, November 23, presenting “Mary in Islam” as part of our series.

Poverty Sunday / Haiti Day of Giving: Thanks to all who gave to help our sisters and brothers in Haiti. We collected over $400 for this project.Thank you and God bless you for your generosity.

Music at St. Mary’s The critically acclaimed African American chamber musicians and friends are happy to invite you to their 2008-2009 season. Next concert:Sunday, November 23rd at 3:00 pm, “All Mozart Encore.” Suggested donation $10.

The Season After All Saints: Today we will celebrate “The Season After All Saints” for the third year. Here at St. Mary’s we mark the days between All Saints Day and the Feast of Christ the King as a special time in transition to Advent and the preparation for the coming of Christ in our lives. We begin to change our music and our worship style as we make this change in our services. Please feel free to tell us your thoughts, positive or negative, so that we can develop worship that enriches and enhances your spiritual life.

October 19, 2008

Learning about Mary: Today , following the 10:00 am service, Ms. Alessandra Belloni will present a program on Marian apparitions in Italy. Thank you so much for sharing with us today!! Dr. Lucinda Mosher will return to St. Mary’s on Sunday, November 23, presenting “Mary in Islam” as part of our series.

Poverty Sunday / Haiti Day of Giving: Today we will take up a special collection to help our brothers and sisters in Haiti, suffering a severe food shortage caused by global inflation and decline in local crop production when tropical storm Fay and hurricanes Gustav, Hanna, and Ike hit week after week for one month. The island nation was de-vastated. Join congregations across Greater New York and New Jersey for a scandalous demonstration of compassion! Poverty Sunday / Haiti Day of Giving is sponsored by New York Faith & Justice, Concerts of Prayer – Greater New York, The Interfaith Center of New York, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, New York Theological Seminary, New York Divinity School, The Rainbow Push Coalition 1000 Churches, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church & Bread for the World. ****Put your cash donation in an envelope and mark it “Haiti Moment” or make a check payable to St. Mary’s and put “Haiti Moment” in the memo line. Thank you and God bless you for your generousity.****

Thank you and Praise God for all who participated in St. Mary’s Voter Registration Campaign. We registered 33 new voters for our community!! Well done St. Mary’s. Now it is time to begin Voter Mobilization. We will make follow up calls on Friday, Oct. 31 from 6:00 pm until 8:00 pm and on Sunday, November 2, after the service and after the Peace and Justice conference at 3:30 pm, and on Monday, November 3 at 5:00 pm until 8:00 pm. Come join us and help get out the vote!!

Peace and Justice Afternoon: Sunday, November 2nd 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Presentations, Discussion and Planning. Sponsored by N.Y. Diocese Peace and Justice Network and St. Mary’s Evangelism, Education, Empowerment and Outreach Committee.

Bishop’s Conference on Public Education: Saturday, November 1, 8:30 a, – 2:30 pm, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Cathedral School Common room. Jonathan Kozol will give the keynote address. Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott will also be a featured speaker. The aim is to open a dialogue about public education and to launch All Our Children. This program is a partnership between the diocese and Trinity Wall Street, led by Bishop Roskam and Joyce Mondesire. It is designed to help our churches find ways to strengthen their local public schools. For more information: Sarah Condon: scondon@dioceseny.org or (212)316-7487.

Music at St. Mary’s The critically acclaimed African American chamber musicians and friends are happy to invite you to their 2008-2009 season. Next concert:Sunday, November 23rd at 3:00 pm, “All Mozart Encore.” Suggested donation $10.

The Reconstruction: A Fashion Showcase. Dwayne L. Lavender presents a fashion extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 1st at 5:00 pm at St. Mary’s Church. Designers are Nicole Green, Chimere, Khamileon and Raphael 6. Call (347) 243-7314 to reserve a ticket.

If there are names of departed loved ones you wish to have remembered next Sunday, the Sunday after All Saints, please write them below and turn this page into the Church Office or in the collection plate.

X May the souls of the departed, through the mercy of God, Rest In Peace X

October 12, 2008

Welcome to our guest soloist, Mr. George Shirley and thank you so much for sharing your gifts with us today. Mr. Shirley, an internationally acclaimed vocalist, is a friend of Mario Clemenzio and will be recording with him this week.Music at St. Mary’s returns today: The critically acclaimed African American chamber musicians and friends are happy to invite you to their 2008-2009 season. This afternoon at 3:00 pm, “Autumn Romances: music by Glinka, Bruch and Loeffler.” Sunday, November 23rd at 3:00 pm, “All Mozart Encore.” Suggested donation $10.The Episcopal Church Women will meet today, the third Sunday of the month, follow-ing the 10:00 am service. Join with us to serve our God & our community. All women invited

Thank you and Praise God for all who participated in St. Mary’s Voter Registration Campaign. We registered 33 new voters for our community!! Well done St. Mary’s. Now it is time to begin Voter Mobilization. In two weeks we will begin making follow-up calls to the people we registered, reminding them to go vote on Nov. 4th. If you are interested in helping out with Voter Mobilization, please sign the list on the back table.

Mariam, Mark and Marx: Thursday, October 23rd at 7:00 pm, our monthly Bible Study and political issue discussion group will meet. Come and join us for a lively discussion and discover how you can be more engaged in your faith.

Learning about Mary: Next Sunday: Oct. 26th, following the 10:00 am service, Ms. Alessandra Belloni will present a program on Marian apparitions in Italy. Dr. Lucinda Mosher will return to St. Mary’s on Sunday, November 23, presenting “Mary in Islam” as part of our series.

Poverty Sunday / Haiti Day of Giving: Sunday, October 26, 2008. SAVE THE DATE: Our brothers and sisters in Haiti were already suffering a severe food shortage caused by global inflation and decline in local crop production when tropical storm Fay and hurricanes Gustav, Hanna, and Ike hit week after week for one month. The island nation was de-vastated. Join congregations across Greater New York and New Jersey for a scandalous demonstration of compassion! Prepare to give to World Vision, Partners in Health or Catholic Relief Services to aid relief and development efforts in Haiti. More information to come! Poverty Sunday / Haiti Day of Giving is sponsored by New York Faith & Justice, Concerts of Prayer – Greater New York, The Interfaith Center of New York, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, New York Theological Seminary, New York Divinity School, The Rainbow Push Coalition 1000 Churches, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church & Bread for the World.

The Reconstruction: A Fashion Showcase. Dwayne L. Lavender presents a fashion extravaganza on Saturday, Nov. 1st at 5:00 pm at St. Mary’s Church. Designers are Nicole Green, Chimere, Khamileon and Raphael 6. Call (347) 243-7314 to reserve a ticket.

Peace and Justice Afternoon: Sunday, November 2nd 1:30 – 3:30 pm, Presentations, Discussion and Planning. Sponsored by N.Y. Diocese Peace and Justice Network and St. Mary’s Evangelism, Education, Empowerment and Outreach Committee.

A Letter Received This Week:

Oct. 5, 2008

Rev. Kooperkamp and St. Mary’s:

Thank you so much for your thoughts and prayers. We soldiers are humbled by the support we receive from home because we are merely doing
what we love; serving our country and protecting our way of life. Many of
us are hoping Obama wins so that our great nation into a period of prosperity
so that we may recover from this horrible war and again enjoy the fruits of a healthy economy. Nonetheless, thank everyone at St. Mary’s for the support
and let it be know we are all in high spirits!
God bless America.

– Kahlil

(Captain Perfecto Kahlil Sanchez, U.S. Army)
Christine Campbell’s nephew.

October 5, 2008
Revival Time at St. Mary’s Church
Recent research int St. Mary’s archive revealed that the Sanctuary was dedicated on January 1, 1909. We will celebrate the centenary of worship in the sanctuary in a few months time. Stay tuned for details!The Vestry will meet Wednesday October 8th at 5:30 PM. All are invited.West Harlem Health Forum: Wednesday October 8 at 5:15 PM to 7 PM at St. Mary’s Church. Come and join us as we begin a new season of work for holistic health in West Harlem. For more information, please call (646) 750-6981 or (917) 318-7908,

The Episcopal Church Women will meet on the third Sunday of the month, October 19.

Voter Registration and Mobilization
We will continue efforts until October 10, the last day people can register to vote for the Presidential election on November 4. If you would like to help, please speak to a member of the Episcopal Church Women or the Men’s Monthly Prayer Group as we make follow up calls to people to get out to the polls.

M.O.R.E. Returns to St. Mary’s! This 14 piece big band will bring their unique jazz sound back to St. Mary’s on Sunday, October 12 ag 7 PM. Free, so come and enjoy!
Disarmament Now! Friday, October 17th, 7:30 PM a screening of the documentary Conviction and a presentation by Sisters Carol and Ardeth of Jonah House, Baltimore MD.

Poverty Sunday / Haiti Day of Giving: Sunday, October 26, 2008. Save the Date! Our brothers and sisters in Haiti were already suffering a severe food shortage caused by global inflation and decline in local crop production when tropical storm Fay and hurricanes Gustav, Hanna and Ike hit week after week for one month. The island nation was devastated. Join congregations across Greater New York and New Jersey for a scandalous demonstration of compassion. Prepare to give to World Vision, Partners in Health or Catholic Relief Services to aid relief and development efforts in Haiti. More information to come! Poverty Sunday / Haiti Day of Giving is sponsored by New York Faith & Justice, Concerts of Prayer – Greater New York, The Interfaith Center of New York, Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, New York Theological Seminary, New York Divinity School, the Rainbow Push Coalition, 1000 Churches, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, and Bread for the World.

Learning About Mary: Dr. Mosher will return to St. Mary’s on Sunday, November 23, presenting “Mary in Islam” as part of our series, “Learning About Mary”.

Stewardship: If you are going to be away this summer, please try to keep your pledge current at St. Mary’s. St. Mary’s depends on the free will offereings of our members to maintain our program. Thank you so much for your faithful generosity and support!

Revival Time at St. Mary’s Church

Rev. Kooperkamp and the Vestry propose that St. Mary’s Church hold a REVIVAL in early October. We plan to celebrate and give God thanks for our ministries here and ask God to help us renew our spirits and recommit ourselves in Faith to Living out the Good News in Jesus Christ in our daily walk as disciples and followers of the Lord. Please keep the Revival in your prayers. We will need volunteers to help plan and do the outreach to make this a successful event. If you feel called to volunteer, please speak with Rev. Kooperkamp or call the Church office. Thank you, St. Mary’s!

2 Responses to Archives

  1. JANET CARGILE says:

    Dear Madame or Sir,
    I’m asking for direction in locating information about my Greatgrandmother. She died at the harlem hospital back in 1924..little is know about her or her family..Listed on her death certificate is where she was buried it stated St mary’s in Manhattan..Her married name was Rebecca E Thomas married to a Thomas A Thomas. Her maiden name was Rebecca E Voorheis..Her father was listed on her death cert. as Robert voorheis her mother only as Mary and no place listed where from.. My grandmother is still living she is 100th years old..born in Conn..her brother and sister where born in New York..I’m looking for my greatgranddmother place of birth…census records state ohio but that’s not so..I’m wanting to find records from the church where she was born and her parents..thanks in advance

  2. Team Roster says:

    Best you could make changes to the webpage name title Archives St. Mary's Episcopal Church, Harlem Blog to more specific for your content you make. I loved the the writing all the same.

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