St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of September 25-October 1, 2017         
Episcopal Bishops speak out on DACA
Over 120 bishops of the Episcopal Church sent this letter to the President last week.

'Celebrate, don't endanger, DACA Dreamers'

More than 120 of the bishops in the Episcopal Church joined in signing a letter sent to President Trump last week urging a biblical approach to the DACA issue. The letter was  first drafted by The Rev. Richard Witt of the Rural and MIgrant MInistries and a small group of bishops including our diocesan bishop The Right Reverend Andy Dietsche. Our two other bishops, The Rt. Rev. Mary Glasspool and The Rt. Rev. Allen Shin, also signed the letter.
The bishops opined that it was unfair to penalize those brought to this country when they were young and small. It would be additionally wrong to send them "home" to countries where they had not grown up and where, perhaps, they were not even fluent in the language. Many no longer have family in their "home" countries.
This action by our bishops put in sharp focus the contrast between the deportation policies of the administration and the biblical imperatives to love our neighbor and help the stranger. Its publication in The New York Times was received as  a profound experience of pride and delight in our bishops who took this stand so publicly and in such great numbers.

Water from the rock

Exodus 17:1-7; Psalm 78:1-4,12-16;
   Philippians 2:1-13 ; Matthew 21:23-32

The number of times and the various ways Moses performed miracles for the Israelites make up one of the more pleasurable marvels of the Bible. Again and again Moses obtains God's guidance for a healing cure, a relief, a persuasion of others,  something that ultimately motivates the people and strengthens their faith. Sadly, the followers of Moses often focus more on what they lack and
This week's lessons
not on God's goodness and generosity.
This Sunday the people need water and Moses gets direction from God to strike the rock at Horeb with the elders looking on. He was told to use the rod with which he struck the Nile River, causing the first of the plagues which beset Egypt and ultimatel convinced Pharoah to let the Israelites go.
Moses did as he was instructed and water flowed copiously. For a parched people this was a marvel beyond compare.
As many know, before our roof was replaced there was a "corner of Meribah" which would spout water whenever it rained. The "corner of Meribah" helped St. Paul's get a major grant for the repair of our leaking roof.

$495 raised to aid storm victims

Because not everyone was prepared to contribute last week, this Sunday another second collection was made at both services to aid the victims of the storms and hurricanes in the Caribbean and the Southeast US. 

The collection from both services totaled $495. The funds have been sent to Episcopal Relief and Development to aid the victims.
Early American Dinner and Concert


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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie
Hymn List
1982             492     Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness (Finnian)

1982             574     Before thy throne, O God, we kneel (St. Petersburg)

- - - -             - - -     I will sing the wondrous story (Hyfrydol)

1982             690     Guide me, O thou great Jehovah (Cwm Rhondda)

September 25- October 1, 2017

MON 25        7:30am AA Meeting;
                     7pm Evening Prayer
                     7pm Vestry;
TUE 26        10-2 Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
                     6pm Evening Prayer;
                     6pm Bible Study;
WED 27        7 :30am AA Meeting;
       10-2 Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
       12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist;  
THUR 28      10-2 Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop; 
FRI 29          7:30am AA meeting;
SAT 30         5pm Private Parish Hall Event;
SUN 1             8am Rite I;
        8:45am Lessons Discussion;
        9:30am Choir practice;  
       10:00am Rite II;
              10:00am   Sunday school;
              11:15am Coffee Hour;
              11:45am Hospitality;
              12pm Confirmation classes;
              12pm Private Scout Hall Event


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