September 2021
Letter from the Rector & Jenny too
“There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens.”
                                    Ecclesiastes 3.1

There are so many “I remember when’s I will have of St. Marys. Here is a favorite I will share:

I remember when during the search process having a tour of the campus, we started off at the front entrance of the church. As I walked in my eye caught the baptistery. Jenny and I looked at each other as if to say “yes!” Over the years it has become more of a chapel for me, a safe place and space, filling my soul with worship and silence. Over these five years as your rector, it is a space I’ve spent many hours in prayer, worship and meditation often drenched in the color and hue of the stained-glass windows. The chapel will always hold a very special place in my heart and soul.

During these five years, I have been enriched, encouraged, enfolded, challenged and felt wonderfully supported. I conclude 43 years of full-time ministry with a joyful heart and with thanksgiving for wonderful opportunities serving the Holy One over many years in various parts of the world. Our patron, the blessed Virgin Mary has been a powerful presence and gift to me, especially during these past two years, while dealing with all the challenges of Covid and battling cancer at the same time. On a daily basis I have joyfully prayed,"Hail Mary full of grace, blessed art thou amongst women and blessed is the fruit of thy womb Jesus, Holy Mary pray for us……..”

I am blessed to conclude my full-time ministry here in your midst, as I look forward to some of my “hope to’s”

  • I hope to spend time hanging out with our grandchildren 
  • I hope to go to Starbucks on a Sunday morning reading the New York Times with a cup of coffee.
  • I hope to have fun times with Jenny traveling. I so much want to take her to Tuscany 
  • I hope to spend time in my workshop creating with wood
  • I hope to write that book which has been on my mind for years
  • I hope to use my life experiences through social media, touching many lives for the good, teaching, encouraging, and affirming. 

I have been blessed to have served you as your Priest, and assure you of my prayers as I invite you to pray for me.

As Alan shared….... so many memories and moments to treasure. 

This is a bittersweet time for me as we reach this milestone in our journey! It will be wonderful to see Alan find joy, in doing everything he has planned to do, when he retires! He jokes and says that my “honey-do“ list will be long and updated frequently! Alas, I think his own “I-must-do” list will keep him busy enough! The bonus is that it will also keep him out of trouble! 

I will always be grateful for the many “instant families” that God has placed along our way during Alan’s 43 years of ministry! There have been many moves in South Africa and in the USA, and each one had its peaks and valleys, but always beautiful sunsets and sunrises as we received blessings in abundance! 

I recall our drive back to the city after meeting the Search Committee at St. Mary’s. We felt so deeply that this was the vineyard God wanted us to plant our roots, and receive and give fruits that will benefit us all! Indeed, it has been one of the happiest places we have been! A beautiful gift was seeing our children and grandchildren embrace it as their home church too. The memories we made with them in the rectory will always be a reminder of this happy time! 

I will still be working full time at My Sisters’ Place in White Plains, but will be spending much time making, and now selling, the seasonal door wreaths that I so enjoy making! Please check out my designs and items on Facebook at Jenannscreations. Let me know if you are interested;

Of course, Grandma activities will be paramount, as always, to keep me out of trouble too. 

We will miss you all and we will always think of you as our St. Mary’s family!

May God hold us all in the palm of His hand, because we do not know what tomorrow holds, but we do know who holds tomorrow! 

With our Love and prayers,

Alan and Jenny Dennis
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News from Senior Warden,
John Priscantelli
A Season of Change

As the year unfolds we have gone through some changes and will be going through more changes. Father Alan is leaving on the 26th of this month. Deacon Shiane left this past Sunday and Coleen Macgreevey left this past spring. We have been blessed to have had them with us for these past years. Memorable sermons, lifelong friendships, boy have we all been treated to church at its best. Our doors will always be open to them as we go forward and we will miss them. 

We must go forward!  We have hired a new Director of Christian Education, Joanne Douglas and we are searching for an interim Minister. The Diocese has some rules we must follow and as of today we cannot search for an interim until September 27th. But we will engage the Diocese on the 14th of September to hopefully expedite the process.

The Vestry voted to hire an interim minister. Once we have an interim in place we as a parish must decide how we want to proceed. Whether we hire a full time minister or a half time minister. We will keep you posted and will have some meetings with you about this.

In the life of a parish these changes are inevitable. We have been so lucky. I ask that you stay engaged, be positive, keep our church community meaningful. It is up to all of us to do this. 

In Memory of Dick Dresner

A wry smile. a quick wit, Dick will be remembered for both as well as more.  Once you got to know him it was always fun searching him out at church functions, getting his opinion, having a good laugh and looking forward to seeing him again. We lost Dick but for those of us who took the time to get to know him, he will be sorely missed. Rest in peace Dick we will miss you. More Here
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Letter from Deacon Shiane
Dear friends at St. Marys,
After four wonderful years as your Deacon, it has been a privilege to share the journey of faith with you. I count it among my greatest joys. Our lives have been interwoven in the fabric of faithful service to our Lord and Savior.
It has been an honor to work along side Fr. Alan and the vestry.  
Participating in the Mid-Night Run, confirmation classes, Anglican Prayer Beads, Feeding the Homeless, Zoom Book Discussions, Zoom Discussions on Shrinking The Racial Divide Group, have all been an honor and a privilege. Thank you for teaching me how to love Jesus deeper!
I have been asked numerous times over the years what it was like to serve at St. Mary's. Inevitably I talk about St. Mary’s being a loving and giving community.
I know that St. Mary's will continue to thrive as stated in 1 Peter 5:2-4.  I know you will continue to love and serve the Lord.
Continue to go forth in the name of Christ.
Deacon Shiane


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