Special Events

At St. Mary’s, stewardship begins with the church’s mission: WE ARE NOT AFRAID… to work for justice and peace for the poor and oppressed; to pray and care for the sick, lonely and at risk; to protect and tend to God’s earth as its loving stewards; and to have a bit of fun while we’re at it. Stewardship at St. Mary’s involves safeguarding the resources required to fulfill this mission. But it’s about more than money. Stewardship includes how our time is spent, how our relationships are encouraged, how our abilities are shared, and, yes, how we prioritize our financial giving. Please consider donating your time & talents alongside us at St. Mary’s Church!  Or, at the very least, just come have some fun with us!!

our upcoming stewardship events:

A (Valentine’s Day) MARDI GRAS MASKED BALL!!


Sat., February 14, 2014  ♥Doors & Live Music at 7pm ♥Dinner at 8pm ♥DJ at 10pm  ♥Tickets $20 in advance (by end of day Feb. 12), $30 on or after Feb. 13th  ♥Masks are REQUIRED & will be for sale. Ticket includes:  ♥4-course Dinner ♥Live Music  ♥Live Entertainment ♥1 Raffle Ticket (prizes include dinner for 2 at Red Rooster!)


Also available: Drinks, Photos, Handmade Valentines Gifts, & more!


 ⇑click above to buy tickets with a credit card or via paypal.  if you can’t come, but would like to purchase a ticket for someone who can’t afford one, just write “mardi gras donation” in the memo area.  and thank you!  see you at the masked ball!



——————————–PREVIOUS EVENTS:——————————

faust janningsHalloween Fundraiser: Silent Film with Live Organ, Thursday, October 30, 2014, 7:30pm

F.W. Murnau’s 1926 “Faust,” shown in the slightly spooky St. Mary’s sanctuary, with improvised organ accompaniment by Ishmael Wallace!  $15 in advance.  Savory & sweet treats & wine available.  Come support St. Mary’s & her lovely frankensteined organ!


for tickets, stop by the church office or call us at 212.864.4013, email Harlem.Movies@gmail.com or just click the “donate” button below and buy them online (include $15 for each ticket, just write “FAUST” in the “special instructions” area).

and if you’re buying a ticket as a donation and aren’t planning to come, just let us know.  we’ll invite someone who can’t afford a ticket in your place!


previous events:

Ginormous Flea Market, Saturday, July 12, 2014

The Ginormous Flea Market Returns!

On July 12th at 7:30am, 10 hardy early birds from St. Mary’s congregation will meet and carry tables, tablecloths, chairs, hangers, clothing racks, shoes, hats, scarves, and clothing for women and men out of the sanctuary to the sidewalk in front of St. Mary’s.

In the garden, the Games crew will set up the mini-golf and can toss. Raheem will set up the “flushing machine” so hot shoppers and their children can cool off. In the sanctuary the Indoor crew will rearrange the kitchen goods, children’s clothes, electronics.
By 10:00am, the Ginormous Flea Market, & Carnival will be open, the barbecue fires will be started, the bake sale table will be selling donuts and coffee cakes, and St. Mary’s congregation and friends will be rockin’!

To make this party happen—to make money for the church—We Need Your Help.

1. We need your stuff. We will be accepting donations in the sanctuary beginning Monday, July 7th. Hours will be posted as soon as we have schedules from those of us (you?) who will be man-ning the donations.

2. We need your leadership. We need at least one, preferably two Crew Coordinators for the following: Publicity/Flyers; Sidewalk; Sanctuary; Games; Food (incl. bake sale); Breakdown; Volunteer solicitation; Raffle prize solicitation.

3. We need your presence. If you can’t be a Crew Coordinator, we still need you as a Member of one of the crews. The more volunteers we have, the shorter each shift can be. And you’ll still have plenty of time to shop, eat, play, and have fun!

Donations will be accepted at the church beginning at 1pm on Sunday, July 6th 1pm to 5pm; Mon. – Fri. 6pm – 9pm; Weds. and Fri. 1pm to 5pm — Volunteers please write to Celia at StMarys.flea@gmail.com.

See the below for Crew Descriptions!
Sign up at church on Sunday 6/29 OR email your preferred crew assignment to: stmarys.flea@gmail.com with CREW in subject line.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church  Manhattanville
Ginormous Flea Market: Volunteer Crew Descriptions

Needed: 1 Coordinator, 2 Leaders (BBQ and Baking), 6 members
Before July 12: Recruit/confirm volunteers for BBQ; recruit side dish donations and serving staff. Recruit/confirm Baking Table Leader and baked goods volunteers. Liaise with Janet Dorman to order paper goods and condiments. Purchase additional sup-plies as necessary. (Keep receipts!) Prep food if necessary. Make out volunteer schedule with Leaders. (BBQ Leader: Kym Rob-erts. Coordinator and Bake Sale Leader still needed.)
ON July 12th: Set up cooking area, serving tables, and eating area(s). Set tables and maintain table cleanliness. Prep food if nec-essary. Serve guests. Take and hold tickets. Clean up and break down cooking area and tables.

Before July 12th: In conversation with Celia, “design” your section: what/who is going where? What racks, boxes, props, hangers will you need? What signs will you need? What signs will WE need? Check in with the collection previous week to what is coming in. Recruit volunteers , incl. your friends. Schedule volunteers. Designate a Leader for the afternoon and evening shifts.
On July 12th: Arrive 7:30am. Oversee setup of your area (tables, chairs, etc.) During shift make sure tables have enough change, attendants, water, breaks. Wait until Afternoon Leader arrives before leaving! Afternoon and Evening Leader duties similar.

Two ticket sellers needed for each shift. Games and food will be sold by tickets only. Customers must purchase tickets in or-der to play games or buy food.
7:30am to 10:15am: Set up, man tables, and collect tickets or money. Breakfast of coffee and donuts provided. Please be prepared for the physical work of putting up tables and hauling stuff out of the church.
10:00am to 3:15pm: Man tables, collect money, run errands, offer friendly suggestions to customers.
3:00 to 7:00pm: Man tables and collect money for a couple of hours. Breakdown the market: physical labor required.



get to know members of your community, raise your glass and raise funds to support st. mary’s and its harlem hunger and homeless outreach ministries. TICKETS ARE $20 and include one raffle ticket!

Live music!  Entertainment!  Cajun-inspired Dinner!  Cash bar.  MASKS ARE REQUIRED (& will be on sale, $2+ up).  adults only.

for tickets, contact us at 212.864.4013,  email Harlem.Mardi.Gras@gmail.com or just click the “donate” button below and get them online (include $20 for each ticket, just write “MASKED BALL TICKETS” in the “special instructions” area).

and if you’re buying a ticket as a donation and aren’t planning to come, just let us know.  we’ll invite someone who can’t afford a ticket in your place.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 West 126th St. (bet. Amst. & Old B’way), Harlem, NYC


December 7th:  “POOR MAN’S SOUP” (a networking and entertainment event!), 6pm at St. Mary’s Church, 521 w. 126th st.

$100 buys you a bowl of soup (but Bring Your Own Spoon!)

plus wine & entertainment by some of st. mary’s talented folks involved in its mission work (singers who volunteer for movie night, sculptors who volunteer at outreach, painters who work at the shelter, etc.)  then, a bit of networking so folks can learn what we do (& also what you do!)

For tickets or to make a donation, click the link below.  Or to RSVP, just email us before December 1st.   

On a recent week, we counted 978 people served at St. Mary’s.  And we do all this on the very thinnest of shoe strings.  We need your help!  Grab a spoon and join us!


then on December 14th & 15th, it’s the —


round out your holiday shopping with beautifully handmade items from local harlem crafters!  mulled cider & baked goods, too!

saturday and sunday, december 14th & 15th, noon-5pm at st. mary’s church, 521 west 126th st. bet. amsterdam & broadway

[vendor tables still available! 
email us to participate!]
support local crafters & st. mary’s hunger and homelessness missions at the same time!

Previous stewardship events: _______________________________________________________________


come celebrate Halloween in the ever-so-slightly-spooky St. Mary’s sanctuary with a showing of Fritz Lang’s classic silent film METROPOLIS (1927) with live improvised accompaniment on the St. Mary’s organ by Ishmael Wallace.   Refreshments available (wine, savory treats, popcorn & baked goods).  Proceeds support the upkeep of the beautiful & historic St. Mary’s organ.

Feature begins at 7pm, doors open @ 6:30

TICKETS $20 at the door, $15 in advance (students and seniors $15 @ door w/ ID)

to buy advance tickets, contact us at 212.864.4013,  email Harlem.Movies@gmail.com or just click the “donate” button below and get them online (include $15 for each ticket, just write “METROPOLIS” in the “special instructions” area).

or stop by the church office:

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
521 west 126th st.
(bet. Amsterdam & Old Broadway)

about the film Metropolis (1927):  “In a futuristic city sharply divided between the working class and the city planners, the son of the city’s mastermind falls in love with a working class prophet who predicts the coming of a savior to mediate their differences.”  Title cards in English.

about the St. Mary’s organ:  Because of its many parts from many different organs, maintenance of the St. Mary’s organ requires both regular funding and a sense of adventure.

“The present organ dates from 1965 when James McGregor and Richard Scott-Walker rebuilt the existing organ built in 1927 by M.P. Möller.  McGregor and Scott-Walker retained three stops from the old Möller organ, and added new ranks by Stinkens of Germany.  Several stops were recycled from the 1912 Austin organ (Op. 447) recently removed from the Church of the Intercession, and the 1837 Henry Erben organ in St. Peter’s Church in Chelsea.” (New York City Organ Project:  http://www.nycago.org/Organs/NYC/html/StMaryEpis.html)


some of our previous fundraising events:

saturday, july 13 11am-5pm
(vendor tables still available!)
plus:  A STOP ‘N’ SWAP  w/ tons of free stuff (12-3pm the same day)!
bring your clean, used items (no furniture or oversized items)
and walk away with someone else’s free stuff!
don’t have any stuff to bring?  no worries, get free stuff anyway!
st. mary’s episcopal church, 521 west 126th st b/t amst. & old b’way
call (212) 864-4013 or email stmarys.flea@gmail.com for more info




Sunday, June 16, 2013 at 11:30am (immediately after the 10am service)

Two ways to bid:  (1) come to St. Mary’s Church on Sunday, June 16, 2013 and grab a paddle!  pay for your item immediately after you win!  or (2) before midnight on Saturday, June 15, 2013 email the item number and your highest bid to StMarys.Harlem.Auction@gmail.com.  We will contact you on Sunday after the auction and let you know if you won!  Your bid is a promise to pay if/when you win.  Pay us on Monday (mail is okay) by credit card, check or cash!
Item 13-1:  Gourmet Italian Dinner for 5!  Prepared by Father Tom Pellaton on the evening of your choice (that Fr. Tom is also available). To be served “family style.”  We’ve eaten Fr. Tom’s delicious cooking and you are in for a treat!
Item 13-2:  Chauffeur for a Day!  Have licensed commercial driver Joseph Venturini drive you around the City!  the weekday of your choosing (that Joseph is available) from 10am – 6pm!  choose from a grand selection of zipcars (from MINI Cooper to minivan)!  he’ll even wear a cap if you bid high enough!
Item 13-3:  TWO 1-Hour Public Speaking Lessons!  Have Dr. Celia Braxton (Quensborough Community College & LaGuardia Community College Adjunct Assistant Professor) show you how to conquer stage fright, project your voice, breathe properly and generally become a fearless and effective speaker! 
Item 13-4: a Signed & Framed Original Hand-Lettered Poem!  St. Mary’s resident poet Ms. Bonnie Phelps is a prolific poet with a soulful and prayerful catalogue.  What a treat!
Item 13-5:  Up to Three Hours of Professional Mr. Fix-it Services!  Illustrious St. Mary’s Sexton, Raheem Harris, will come to your house (in NYC, on a date convenient to both of you) and tackle your repairs.  Expect true professional work.  Not for major construction jobs, however – must be completed in three hours.
Item 13-6:  Lime & Turquoise Handmade Silk and Wool Throw Quilt!  Lisa Slocum makes (with her trusty Singer) 60” x 40” silk quilts, backed with lightweight wool.  Perfect for Summer picnics & chilly nights.  This Item is lime yellow and turquoise blue silk on one side, and nubby white wool on the reverse.
Item 13-7:  Muffin of the Month Club!  Jeanne Fax bakes moist delicious muffins and, this time, she bakes a small tin of them every month for a year just for you!  Just agree on which time of month you want them and what kinds you want; she’ll bring them to Church with her each month!   Yummmm!
Item 13-8:  Framed, Custom Artwork with the Bible Verse of your Choice!  Sarah Nazimova-Baum is a creative & skilled calligrapher, who transforms your favorite Bible verse or Hymn into a work of art!  You choose the verse/hymn and the colors used.  Inspirational!  (NB: these are time-consuming to make; minimum bid $40.)
Item 13-9:  Altar Flower Arrangement for a Special Occasion!  Radford Arrindell has been trained in flower arranging and creates elegantly beautiful works of art with flowers.  Honor your special person or occasion with a Radford original!  Includes flowers.
Item 13-10:  Lesson in Street Life!  “Big Red” has been living on the street for over 20 years.  And he wants to show you everything he knows about street life.  Buckle in for a wild ride and a gritty course in survival!
Item 13-11:  Read-Through and Consultation on Your Non-Fictional Writing Project!  Ten-time published author Joel Kovel will share his experience and review your non-fiction writing project, consulting with you on how best to complete it. 
Item 13-12:  Delicious Pot of Louisiana-Style Gumbo!  Radford Arrindell stirs up a hot and fresh pot of seafood gumbo each year for our Mardi Gras Masked Ball.  It is outstandingly delicious!  Now he does it for you!  Just agree when you need it and let him do the rest!
Item 13-13:  Fancy Nail Polishing!  Young Brianna Scavallaio Lapin will paint your nails!  Pick out your color(s) and meet her at church after the service on an agreed-upon Sunday!  Expect fun!
Item 13-14:  Party Decorating Service!  Have Lysander Puccio decorate your party/event space!  Veteran St. Mary’s decorator (Mardi Gras, Halloween Spook House, etc.) will work her magic for your private party (at any NYC location).  You will cover the cost of the supplies at the time of the decoration (she’s very thrifty, though!).
Item 13-15:  Have Your Photographic Portrait Taken!  Lisa Slocum is no photographer, but she loves taking pictures anyway!  She has documented many events at St. Mary’s and has also taken the Vestry portraits on the Parish Hall bulletin board.  Includes (1) print in 8”x10” or (2) prints in 5”x7” or (4) prints in 4”x6”. Includes frames.
Item 13-16: Light Sewing Repairs!  Edna Estime will do light sewing jobs for you!  sew on missing buttons, stitch along seams, etc.  She’s happy to devote an afternoon to your project(s)! 
Item 13-17: Swimming Lessons!  New St. Mary’s member, Ndali Kaohume, is swimming in St. Mary’s spirit.  An avid swimmer, she will give you (or your child of 5 or older) 3 one-hour private swimming lessons (in the public pool @ 127th & Amsterdam).
 Item 13-18:  Beginning Spanish Lessons!  Teacher and native Spanish speaker Camilo Lopez will teach a class in Spanish for Beginners!  Never spoken a word of Spanish or just rusty?  This class is for you!  Group bidding is available!  (intermediate classes also available!)
Item 13-19:  Clean & Sharp Man’s or Woman’s Haircut!  Sheldon Garland will cut your hair!  Known for his vast musical skills, he is also a very fine barber and is happy to give you a clean new look!  Agree in advance on when and what style you like.
Item 13-20: Letter Writing!  Chris Gordon is happy to help you with your correspondence!  Have (five or fewer) letters to write?  Chris can help!  Any topic okay:  love letters, angry letters to the Better Business Bureau, letters to your Congressperson on an impo0rtant social issue.  Just don’t ask him to use harsh language!  He’s a nice guy!
Item 13-21: BBQ Catering Service!  St. Mary’s own Grillmaster Kym Roberts will grill Chicken & Ribs for up to 20 people for your next party, family dinner or event!  Have your event in the Church garden (he’ll provide the BBQ only, not host your event) OR he will deliver the freshly BBQ’d meats to your NYC location!  Meats included in bid price!
Item 13-22:  Tending your Garden!  Reserved a spot in the St. Mary’s Urban Farm (or want to?), but have no time to work it? Teenage Katlin Perrin can help!  She can garden when you can’t make it or she can even get your plot started right away!   You supply the seeds or plants and she’ll supply the hard work and watering!
Item 13-23:  Intro to computers!  Annie Deng will lead this beginners class in how to set up & use email, create, edit & send a document in Word and how to use Google to search the internet & more!  No equipment necessary. (Intermediate class also available.)
Item 13-24:  Basics of Ballroom Dancing!  Carsten Stellenberg is a teacher (of languages) and a ballroom dance enthusiast.  He is combining these to teach a class in the basics of ballroom dancing!  Learn the steps to the Waltz, Rumba, Foxtrot, Polka and more!


                 (Come and be mysterious.) 


live music by the swing tones!  sumptuous 3-course dinner featuring Louisiana-style gumbo!  performers!  raffles (including a free Kindle reader)!  dancing to dj kymmie kym!

get to know members of your community, raise your glass and raise funds to support st. mary’s and its harlem hunger and homeless outreach ministries. TICKETS ARE $20 IN ADVANCE.  get ‘em while they’re hot (they’re $30 at the door).  Tickets include 1 drink ticket & 1 raffle ticket!  MASKS ARE REQUIRED (& will be on sale, $2 up).  adults only.

for tickets, contact us at 212.864.4013,  email Harlem.Mardi.Gras@gmail.com or just click the “donate” button below and get them online (include $20 for each ticket, just write “MASKED BALL TICKETS” in the “special instructions” area).

and if you’re buying a ticket as a donation and aren’t planning to come, just let us know.  we’ll invite someone who can’t afford a ticket in your place.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 West 126th St. (bet. Amst. & Old B’way), Harlem, NYC


some of our prior stewardship events:

May 14, 2011, 10am – 5pm is our annual GINORMOUS FLEA MARKET!!

is it a rummage sale?  is it a crafts show?  is it a book fair?  is it a bake sale?  is it a health fair?  is it a raffle drawing?  YES, YES, YES, YES, YES, YES!!!  have (gently) used items (clothes, housewares, toys, books, anything) to donate to the church?  start collecting them now, but drop them off ONLY between may 8 and may 13.  want to rent a space/table to sell your crafts?  email us ASAP at harlem.crafts.fair@gmail.com.  on the day, come shop-shop-shop, eat delicious food, check your health and get the kids’ faces painted (and their photo taken)!  all to benefit st. mary’s church & its outreach programs!

raffle tickets are $5 each.  grand prize is a brand new iPad 2 (16gb, wifi – not necessarily color/version shown above); second prize – event tickets; third prize is a $50 gift certificate to Fairway Market.

BUY RAFFLE TICKETS HERE (buying 1?  donate $5, buying 2? donate $10, etc.).  you MUST include your name, address and phone number so we can contact you if (when!) you win.

the drawing will take place at 4pm on saturday, May 14.  no need to be present at the drawing, but you MUST include your name/address/phone number in the “Add special instructions for the Merchant” section of paypal.  fyi, any amounts donated NOT enough to purchase a whole raffle ticket, will be considered a donation to the church (i.e., if you donate $22, leaving special instructions with your name/address/phone, you’ll get FOUR $5 raffle tickets and we’ll accept the remaining $2 as a donation to st. marys).  THANKS FOR SUPPORTING ST. MARY’S & GOOD LUCK!!


Kooperkamp Farewell Celebration May 20, 2012 at 12 noon

kooperkamps farewell invite – Click on this link to open or download the invitation.

Parishioners, Friends, Neighbors & Supporters of St. Marys– Greetings in the name of our savior and friend Jesus Christ!
We are celebrating a bittersweet milestone in the history of St. Mary’s and we’d like you to join us. On Sunday, May 20, 2012, Father Earl Kooperkamp will be preaching his last sermon as Rector of St. Mary’s Church. We are setting aside our feelings of sadness to send the Kooperkamps off joyously to their new ministry in Vermont. We have so very much to try to express to Father Earl and Elizabeth: thanksgiving for their varied and energetic ministries here at St. Mary’s; appreciation for their ministries throughout Harlem and greater New York; and gratitude for their love and friendship over these many years – these are just the beginning. What a privilege it has been to have them both in our lives!

Join us on May 20th at St. Mary’s for Father Earl’s last sermon at 10am, if you can, but be sure to join us for the garden party celebration at noon on Sunday, May 20th.

To send the Kooperkamps off right, we are accepting two kinds of donations for this event:
1- We’re collecting funds to pass along directly to the Kooperkamps as a cash gift to help them with their move and to settle in to their new life in Vermont.
2- We’re also accepting donations for the farewell celebration (while many people are donating their services out of love and gratitude for the Kooperkamps, there are still quite a few unavoidable expenses).

In addition, we are also asking for letters and expressions of fond recollections for a memory book that we will create. Pictures, especially of Earl and Elizabeth, with identifying information would be GREATLY appreciated, particularly from their entire time at St. Mary’s. You may scan and email them to dorothyeross@gmail.com, or give copies to Dorothy Ross or Lisa Rivers-Mazza. Please submit these by no later than May 1, 2012, so we can have it ready for the 20th.

Please respond using the enclosed envelope by May 1, 2012. Please give what you can. No amount is too small. (And please do not discuss the details of the celebration with (or in the vicinity of) Earl and Elizabeth. Although they know that there will be a celebration, we want to keep the details a surprise.)
Thank you so much for your support and participation. We look forward to your joining us at the celebration!

YES ____ I plan to attend the Farewell Celebration for Earl and Elizabeth Kooperkamp on Sunday, May 20 at 12 noon, and rejoice with the St. Mary’s family! #_____ Please expect this number of attendees.
NO ____ Regretfully, I cannot attend the celebration.
$______ I am enclosing this amount for the farewell gift for Earl and Elizabeth Kooperkamp.
$______ I am enclosing this amount for the farewell party fund.

Please make your check payable to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, Manhattanville, and note on the check that it is for the Kooperkamp’s Farewell Gift and/or the Party.

Peace, Dorothy

521 West 126 Street New York, New York  10027
(212) 864-4013 ________________________________________



live music by the swing tones!  sumptuous 3-course dinner!  performers!  raffles!  dancing to dj kymmie kym!

get to know members of your community and raise funds to support st. mary’s and its harlem hunger and homeless outreach ministries. TICKETS ARE $20 IN ADVANCE.  MASKS ARE REQUIRED (& will be on sale).  adults only.

for tickets, contact us at 212.864.4013,  email Harlem.Mardi.Gras@gmail.com or just click the “donate” button below and buy them online ($20 for each ticket, just write “MASKED BALL TICKETS” in the message area).

and if you’re buying a ticket as a donation and aren’t planning to come, just let us know.  we’ll invite someone who can’t afford a ticket in your place.

St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 521 West 126th St. (bet. Amst. & Old B’way), Harlem, NYC



St. Mary’s Episcopal Church
 Saturday & Sunday, December 3rd & 4th
12 PM to 6 PM

handcrafted gifts for sale!  local artists/artisans!  free admission!

one‐of‐a‐kind gifts in every price range! framed art ✜ silk & wool quilted throws ✜ hand‐printed note cards ✜ toys ✜ fresh baked goods ✜ accessories from repurposed materials ✜ plastic crocheted totes ✜ jewelry ✜ gifts galore!

plus great food, live music & inexpensive crafts for kids, including personalized photos!

Vendor tables still available!  call 212.864.4013 or email Harlem.Crafts.Fair@gmail.com.


521 w. 126th street, between amsterdam & old broadway


links to some announcements about the Harlem (Alter-knit-ive) Crafts Fair:


St. Mary’s Fund Raising Cook Out 
& Community Yard Sale
 Saturday, August 6
10 AM to 5 PM

521 West 126th Street
(between Broadway & Amsterdam)

For further information, call 212-864-4013

  • People’s Choice Top Chef Competition
  • Free Cook Out Raffle
  • Find great Yard Sale deals!

 See you there!



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