St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of April 16-22, 2018  
The Good Shepherd 

Acts 4:5-12, Psalm 23
1 John 3:16-24, John 10:11-18

Most of us have to admit we are a little in the dark about sheep and shepherds. Most of what we know about shepherds comes from the Bible. Most of what we know about sheep comes from the dinner table.
This week's lessons 
What is significant about the Good Shepherd is contained in those two words. Jesus is both good and Jesus is our shepherd. Jesus is not the bad shepherd. He does not ignore our problems. He finds us when we get lost. He protects us from all manner of difficulty.
These are in the job description of a good shepherd. A hired hand may not be so reliable or diligent. Jesus most definitely is.
Jesus says in Sunday's Gospel that he is growing his flock. "I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold," is how he says it. That is where we are called to help: to grow the flock by sharing our experience of the Good Shepherd.
Anyone with reservations about this should go in the vesting chamber behind the organ pipes and look closely at the center panel of the stained glass window. At Jesus feet is a lamb tangled up in brambles. Jesus frees us from our brambles. We respond by telling others, inviting them to get to know the Good Shepherd.
'In Service to God & You'
This week's helpers


Server:            Maria Bell


Lectors:           Rose Marie Proctor

                        Adrian Goldson


Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian



Organist:         Maris Kristapsons


Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee

   Jordan Rosborough

   Ben Rosborough


Lectors:           Mark Debald

                        Aleen Clarke


Litanist:           Mark Debald


Usher:             Dewy Clarke

                        Mark Debald


Altar Guild:      Mertlyn & Norma


Greeters:         Rose Marie Proctor

                        Alexis Plain                  

P A R I S H  N E W S

STEWARDSHIP NEWS: The committee met Monday, April 9 and discussed many future events.   First up - An Italian Dinner (see the flier for more information); perhaps a Casino Trip for sometime in the summer; a Restaurant Fundraiser at Outback Steakhouse in July; Caribbean themed brunch and dinner in August and The 25 Week Club again beginning in the fall with the final drawing to be held at our annual church picnic next year.    

Speaking of the Church Picnic - the date is set for this year - June 17 at Germania Recreation Grounds.   Put the date on your calendar now.

We learned that the Corned Beef Dinner was a big success - serving 90 people with a profit of $854.   Many thanks to everyone who worked hard to make this a profitable event.   
We welcome new ideas so come and join us at our next meeting - May 14 at 5:00.

ITALIAN DINNER italian_flag.jpg
 Mark your calendars





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Public Forum- Service Needs for Individuals with Chemical Dependency




Dept. of Behavioral and Community Health
(230 North Road)
More info call (845) 486-2766



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



Blessing our Sacred Places

( A Spring Interfaith Celebration)



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

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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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

1982                 518     Christ is made the sure foundation
1982                 343     Shepherd of souls, refresh and bless
1982                 644     The King of love my shepherd is
1982                 708     Savior, like a shepherd lead us
HYMN INFORMATION: Three of the hymns for this fourth Sunday in Easter are derived from the Gospel where Christ is the "Good Shepherd" who lays down his life for his sheep. Until the middle of the 19th century most Anglican congregations in England sang only metrical psalms at worship services, not hymns. Most published hymnals contained only psalm texts, with a limited number of interchangeable tunes. However, many other denominations were singing hymns during the first half of the 19th century and their influence and popularity spurred Anglicans to also adopt this practice. An 1861 publication, Hymns Ancient and Modern, was greatly responsible for cementing this change. Notably, here the text and tune for each hymn were printed on the same page, and each musical setting was chosen to heighten the message of the hymn text through mood and character. English hymn writer Sir Henry Baker, who led the committee responsible for this publication, also wrote one of today's hymns, The King of Love My Shepherd Is, a paraphrase of Psalm 23, for the second edition in 1868. John Bacchus Dykes, a musical editor on the committee who also composed many other familiar melodies, then wrote the tune we are singing today, specifically for these words. Another tune was paired with these words by Ralph Vaughan Williams in 1906 and we often sing this version as well.

April 16-22, 2018

MON 16            7:30am AA Meeting; 
                         6pm Evening Prayer, Formation;  
                         6:30pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery";                                             
TUE 17             10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;  
                          6pm Evening Prayer, Seekers group;                    
WED 18              7:30am AA Meeting;  
                          10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;
THUR 19           10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop;    
                          6pm Evening Prayer, Finance;          
FRI 20               7:30am AA meeting;
SAT 21               3pm NA Meeting "Men do Recover:                                        
SUN 22            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; 
           11:30am Youth Box & Connect;


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