St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


MESSENGER
"Making friends while serving God"

The week of April 23-29, 2018  
Jesus is the vine; we are the branches 


Acts 8:26-40, Psalm 22:24-30
1 John 4:7-21, John 15:1-8
 

It wouldn't seem like it was much of a promotion, being elevated from a sheep to a branch. But there is a significant difference. Last week we were compared to sheep being cared for by the Good Shepherd. As lovely as that sounds, we were totally dependent. In this week's Gospel we are informed that Jesus is the vine and we are the branches. We are an extension of the vine into the world, not a dependent and comparatively passive creature.
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This week's lessons 
 
Jesus notes in the Gospel reading that "Every branch that bears fruit (God) prunes to make it bear more fruit." Apparently in his earthly life Jesus observed that humans would rather experience ease and comfort without exertion or inconvenience. So he makes it clear that we require pruning. Even in those areas of our lives where we are reasonably successful and, for that matter, faithful, we need to be "cut back" to proceed faithfully.
 
Jesus assures us that if we abide in him--conform to the commandments and accept our occasional pruning--we can ask for whatever we wish and it will be granted. That means we pray for God's will to be done, not our own. And we do believe that the will of God will indeed be done.
 
'In Service to God & You'
This week's helpers
  

SUNDAY 8AM

Server:            Maria Bell

 

Lectors:           Rose Marie Proctor

                        Cora Keith

 

Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian

 

SUNDAY 10AM

Organist:         Maris Kristapsons

 

Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee

   Jordan Rosborough

   Ben Rosborough

 

Lectors:           Deb Williams

                        Rose Marie Proctor

 

Litanist:           Mark Debald

 

Usher:             Dewy Clarke

                        Mark Debald

 

Altar Guild:      Joanna & Rose Marie

                         

Greeters:         Rose Marie Proctor

                        Alexis Plain                  


P A R I S H  N E W S

    
 
FORMATION COMMITTEE: The formation committee meets the 3rd Monday of the month and we met this month on Monday April 16th .  We discussed the positive response the Sunday School students have had to the packets.
 
We also reviewed our Renewal Works Program.   We feel that we are working well in accomplishing out goals from the program, and we want everyone to know that the INSTRUCTED EUCHARIST will take place on Sunday May 13th. This a way to learn more about our Anglican liturgy.
 
We did have one area that we would like to see expanded, and that is the use of the Daily Office. We currently begin our committee meetings with Evening Prayer, and occasionally conduct Compline services. We want to Morning Prayer more readily available. Currently the Buildings and Grounds Committee begins its meeting with Morning Prayer. We are asking you, St. Paul's parishioners if you would like to have the opportunity for Morning Prayer during the week. You can let Father Tyler know, or me You can leave it in my mailbox at Church (A-4 in the Parlor) or email me at ltpete@verizon.net . Don't be shy!
 
                                                              --Pete Bedrossian, Formation Committee Chair




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COMMUNITY  NEWS
Note:
Please visit the DCIC website (www.dutchesscountyinterfaith.org) and our Facebook page for updates on these events and more.
 
 
 
DATE

EVENT
TIME
VENUE


 

SUN, APRIL 22
 

 
AFEFA Concert- Mediterranean Encounters Judo-Islamic Soundscape
4pm- Pre-Concert Talk
5pm Concert
Villard Room at Vassar College
Free for Vassar Students, Faculty & staff
$25 for adults
$10 kids under 18
Seating is limited


SUN, APRIL 29

  

Blessing our Sacred Places

( A Spring Interfaith Celebration)
 

 

10:30pm-11:30pm
 

Innis Free Garden (362 Tyrrel Rd, Millbrook)
Farmers, gardeners, and Individuals are invited to bring their seeds to be blessed
More info: (845) 677-3064



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                                          APRIL
2     Jerry Bissessar                       16     Elisabeth Misner
3     Adam Bissessar                      19     Donna Robinson Zajkowski
6     Angelina Bissessar                 20     Earl Boyer
       Joyce Herman                         21     Madison Goldson
7     Kira Curtis                               23     Alice Darian
10   Madison Haley Hickman                  Adam Mazzuto
13   Brianna Bryant                        25     Jahman Birks
14   Mahalia Samuels                    29     Grace Porter
                                                       30     Michael Curtis
                                                                Jim Schneider

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THIS WEEK'S HYMNS

1982                 47     On this day, the first of days
 
1982                 296     We know that Christ is raised and dies no more
 
CPWI               346     Summoned by the God who made us
 
1982                 379    God is love, let heaven adore him
 
 
 
HYMN INFORMATION: " We know that Christ is raised and dies no more" is a fairly recent hymn that has achieved great popularity in many denominations. Written in 1969 by the British Rev. John Brownlow Geyer, it is based on Romans 6:3-11. Originally written as a baptismal hymn, it was later edited to be more suitable for general use. The words are sung to renowned Irish composer Charles Villiers Stanford's 1904 hymn tune Engelberg, which had fallen into obscurity until Rev. Geyer paired it with this text over sixty years later. The result is an uplifting hymn ideal for the season of Easter. Unusual for a traditional hymn, there is an absence of rhyme, but the text is so well written that the rhyme is not missed.



THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR
April 23-29, 2018

MON 23            7:30am AA Meeting;                       
                         6:30pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery";                                             
                                                                                                                                                
TUE 24             10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;  
                          6pm Evening Prayer, Bible Study;               
                                                                                                        
WED 25              7:30am AA Meeting;  
                          10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
                                                                                                        
THUR 26           10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop;                                   
       
FRI 27               7:30am AA meeting;
                       
SAT 28               3pm NA Meeting "Men do Recover:                                        
                                                                                                                                            
SUN 29             8am Rite I
                          8:45am Lessons' Discussion
                          9:30am Choir practice;  
            10am Rite II- The Rev. Ellen O'Hara
            10am Sunday School;
            11:15am Coffee Hour; 

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