OCTOBER 30, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
"A Big Week"
by the Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe
Dear Friends,
While there are many experts who think they know outcome of this week’s Presidential election, no one knows for sure what the results will be after all the votes are finally counted. I don’t think I can ever remember so much anxiety accompanying an election.
Tuesday, November 3 at 8 am and 8:30 pm
St. Bart’s will offer several times for prayer and reflection as our country heads to the polls. A brief liturgy will be posted at stbarts.org at 8 am, and the Reverend Peter Thompson will host a special Election Day edition of Night Prayer at 8:30 pm. The Reverend Deborah Lee’s morning meditation This is Another Day will also focus on Election Day themes.

Return to In-Person Worship 
Beginning Sunday, November 8 at 5 pm
As the pandemic continues, the principal service at St. Bart’s will remain an online option offered each Sunday morning at 11 am. The clergy of St. Bart’s strongly recommend that the elderly, the immunocompromised, and others at high risk for COVID-19 continue to worship in this way. However, we are pleased to offer a limited opportunity for in-person worship on Sundays at 5 pm. Attendees must agree to wear masks properly and practice social distancing. Please note that registration in advance is required and we are only able to accommodate 25 people at each service. Learn more and register here.

JOIN US THIS SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 1
ALL SAINTS' SUNDAY
Fall Back
Standard time begins at 2 am on Sunday, November 1
Don’t forget to set your clocks back by one hour
—and enjoy an extra hour of sleep! 

Download our service leaflet to follow along with us as we livestream Sunday morning worship from the church on our website, Facebook and YouTube. Read our tips and tricks for worship online.

Heaven and Hell: Contemplating the Ultimate Future
Bart Ehrmann, the James A. Gray Distinguished Professor at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, chronicles the historical development of Christian ideas about the afterlife. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

We are extremely grateful for the generous support that we have received during the past seven months. Saying thank you takes many forms, and it is our wish that every donor receive a written acknowledgement of support. As you might imagine, our systems these past few months have been challenged, and we will be devoting efforts in the weeks ahead to acknowledge each gift that has been received. Meanwhile, please know that your support is not only gratefully appreciated but also essential to continuing the Church’s ministry in these unprecedented times.
MEET US AFTER CHURCH

for a list of groups meeting after church each week.
Newcomers welcome to all groups!

WEEKLY ADULT FORMATION

NEW OPPORTUNITIES

Saturdays, October 31-December 19, 10-11 am
German theologian Dietrich Bonhoeffer, who famously plotted against Hitler in the final days of the Nazi regime, wrote The Cost of Discipleship in 1937 to contrast the “cheap grace” of modern culture with the “costly grace” of true Christianity. Join the Reverend Peter Thompson and other faithful members of the St. Bart’s community for an eight-week close read of this principled and highly influential work. Please review the Introduction before the first session.


ONGOING

Saturday, October 31 at 2 pm
Each week, the Reverend Peter Thompson hosts a different Instagram Priest as they together talk about the assigned readings for the next day. Our guests for a special Halloween-edition of Lectionary Live will be the Reverend Curtis Farr, Rector of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Fairfield, Connecticut, and the Reverend Marcus Halley, Dean of Formation for The Episcopal Church in Connecticut. Please note that this week only Lectionary Live will take place at 2 pm.

Sundays, October 25 and November 1, 3 to 4 pm
After leading a popular Celtic Spirituality workshop, parishioner Dana Catharine returns to offer a brief workshop on Día de los Muertos, the Day of the Dead. Over the course of two sessions, Catharine, a former resident of Mexico, outlines this intriguing, colorful, mystifying and uniquely Mexican celebration. Discover the history and customs associated with Day of the Dead and learn how to create your own celebration to honor those who have died.

Centering Prayer
Mondays at 7 pm, Wednesdays at 5 pm, and Fridays at 9 am. Experience a few moments of peace and comfort through the contemplative practice of centering prayer. Newcomers welcome! To join our email list to receive updates on centering prayer, contact Manny Rodriguez.

Tuesdays, October 13 - November 17, 6:30 to 8 pm
(no class November 3)
Join Dr. Paolo Bordignon and The Reverend Peter Thompson for a journey through the centuries, as they explore how different composers approached death, the afterlife, and our connection with those who have gone before. The session on November 10 will examine requiems by French composers Maurice Duruflé and Gabriel Fauré.

Wednesdays at 1 pm
Thoughtful reflection and lively discussion of the upcoming Sunday readings, hosted by the Right Reverend Dean E. Wolfe. To join our Weekly Bible Study online, please contact Liz Gillespie.
 
Thursdays, October 29-December 3, 6:30 to 8 pm
(no meeting on November 26)
How many of us have ever prayed, “Lord make me an instrument of your peace,” then found ourselves in complex and polarized situations that made peace seemingly impossible? This course is for you. Join the Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith for this 5-week, interactive course designed to help us bridge the deep and contentious divides that keep us from moving forward. In the Participant Guide, please review Session Two before the next meeting.

JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION
Vote Faithfully
Click here for resources to carry out our faith and live into our responsibilities living in community with others. Also, learn about voting early in the upcoming elections and what to expect when you are electing.

Please join us for the next Interfaith ROV phone banking sessions. Phonebanking is second only to canvassing for Getting Out the Vote (GOTV). It might not seem you’re making much headway with all the unanswered, out-of-service calls, but at scalewhen we’ve made thousands of dials, the effect is substantial. We need you!

Sunday, November 8, 1:30 to 3 pm
Our next meeting will focus on The Universal Christ by Richard Rohr. We may feel we know who Jesus was, but who was Christ? As one of the world’s most influential thinkers, Richard Rohr has helped millions realize what is at stake in matters of faith and spirituality. Join the Peace Book Club to explore this book and contemplate how God liberates and loves all that is. Please read Part 1 before the session.

DAILY PRAYER
Do you need a few moments of peace to embark upon your daily rounds? Watch the Reverend Deborah Lee's one- to three-minute scripture-inspired video meditations, released at 7 am weekdays on YouTube and Facebook.

Do you desire a few moments of peace at the end of each day? Join the St. Bart's community for Night Prayer each weekday evening at 8:30 pm. Clergy and lay officiants will lead brief services based on or inspired by the ancient office of Compline.

PARISH NEWS
Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will lead a live-streamed prayer service from Washington National Cathedral, Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness, on All Saints Sunday, November 1, 4 to 5:30 pm. In the midst of pandemic, racial reckoning, and a historic election, the live-streamed service will gather Americans for prayer, song, lament, hope, and a call to love God and neighbor.

Friday, November 27, 6:30 to 7 pm
Please join the Crossroads Community for the annual Fare Share Friday! This year Crossroads is hosting a virtual celebration on the day after Thanksgiving. A holiday carry-out dinner will also be served to daily guests from the lobby of St. Bart’s church, which will coincide with the 30-minute livestream event. Please join the event online to help celebrate the diverse community of amazing volunteers, guests, donors, and supporters. Please register here for our free virtual Fare Share Friday. If you cannot join us live, please register anyway as we will send out the link after the event. And be sure to follow Crossroads on Instagram for updates and sneak peeks.

Our community groups are now meeting! The basic purpose of forming these groups was (and continues to be) connecting with one another and to offer a chance for parishioners to reflect on the joys and challenges of attempting to live a life of faith in the middle of New York City (or wherever you live!) as well as help strengthen the communal life of our parish. Please contact Manny Rodríguez-Leach to learn more.

An auction of 15,000 items from the historic Waldorf Astoria is underway, with proceeds benefiting St. Bartholomew’s Conservancy, an independent, 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization dedicated to the restoration and preservation of exteriors of St. Bartholomew's Church, Community House, and gardens. (These funds cannot be used to support parish programs and ministries which continue to rely on your generous stewardship giving.) Live Bidding continues through November 15.

LAST SUNDAY
Missed Last Sunday?

Watch last Sunday's Forum with Fred Cerullo, Executive Director of the Grand Central Partnership and a Commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission, as he discussed the future of New York City in the wake of COVID-19.

Watch or listen to the sermon preached by the Reverend Peter Thompson.

Listen to our choir sing Stanford's Beati Quorum Via. We also have a YouTube playlist of all of our recorded choir and organ videos.
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