NOVEMBER 13, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
"A Wise Investment"
by the Reverend Peter Thompson
“Cash is trash,” prominent investor Ray Dalio boldly asserted in early 2020. Potential investors, he suggested, miss out on valuable opportunities when they hoard their money rather than invest it. After the COVID-19 pandemic decimated markets in March 2020, Dalio doubled down on his claims. Even when circumstances are at their most volatile and uncertain, he argued—perhaps especially when circumstances are at their most volatile and uncertain—the safest choice is not always the wisest one.
Sundays at 5pm
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 5pm. Attendees must agree to wear masks properly and practice social distancing. Please note that registration in advance is required as we are only able to accommodate 25 people at each service. The availability of in-person worship will be re-evaluated each week in consideration of the health and safety of our community. Learn more and register here.

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.

The Future of Education: Sowing the Seeds of Renewal through a National Tutoring Corps
Michael Duffy, who as President of the Great Oaks Foundation oversees five public charter schools, explores how an emphasis on tutoring could transform our approach to education. 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. We would not have been able to offer our virtual worship opportunities and programs without the financial and moral support of so many of you. Please consider your financial support of this dynamic faith congregation. To make a gift go to:

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

Saturdays, October 31-December 19, 10-11am
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 chapters 3-5 for the November 14 session.

Saturday, November 14 at 12pm
Each week, the Reverend Peter Thompson hosts a different Instagram Priest as they together talk about the assigned readings for the next day. Our next guest will be the Reverend Dr. Mary Julia Jett, Associate Professor, St. Francis College in Brooklyn.
Centering Prayer
Mondays at 7pm, Wednesdays at 5pm, and Fridays at 9am. 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 - 8pm
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 final session will explore Benjamin Britten’s War Requiem and the unaccompanied Requiem by Herbert Howells.
Wednesdays at 1pm
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 - 8pm
(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 Three before the next meeting.

Our parish made a donation to the Episcopal Charities Virtual Tribute Dinner: “Responding to the Call” and as a result they are pleased to extend an invitation to have our entire parish join them for this event on Thursday, November 19, 8 - 9pm. This virtual event will offer an insider’s view of the transformative work that is taking place even during the pandemic, and feature musical performances and appearances by some special guests, including the Presiding Bishop, the Most Reverend Michael B. Curry; Deborah Roberts and Al Roker; Gina Belafonte, and more!
In just two weeks, Crossroads will host a virtual Fare Share Friday and would love to have you attend. 
Join the community on Friday, November 27, from 6:30 - 7pm to hear from guests, volunteers, the new executive director, and hear a welcoming prayer from Bishop Dean Wolfe. Crossroads will simultaneously serve a holiday carry-out meal to daily guests. 
NYC Trans Day of Remembrance: St. Bart's is proud to support Tranlatinx Network as they host a virtual Trans Day of Remembrance vigil via Facebook Live on Friday, November 20 at 6pm.

Sunday, December 13, 1:30 - 3pm
Our next meeting will focus on part 2 of 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.

Beyond the 2020 Election
Read the latest message from the Office of Government Relations for The Episcopal Church.

See “Holding on to Hope: A National Service for Healing and Wholeness” at the Washington National Cathedral from November 1, 2020.

Watch the Episcopal Church Office of Government Relations webinar on what we might expect beyond the 2020 vote.

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 7am 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 8:30pm. Clergy and lay officiants will lead brief services based on or inspired by the ancient office of Compline.

St. Bart's hosted the first of the Grand Teton Music Festival’s On Location concerts featuring festival musicians in their home cities. This concert was filmed in our sanctuary and features Organist and Choirmaster Paolo Bordignon playing harpsichord with musicians from the Metropolitan Opera Orchestra in performances of Bach, Beethoven, Vivaldi, Elgar, and Tonia Ko.
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.

St. Bart's Community Preschool is accepting applications for the 2021-2022 school year. For over 40 years, our preschool has provided a warm, nurturing first school experience.

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.

Missed Last Sunday?

Watch last Sunday's Forum with Rebecca Linder Blachly, Director of Government Relations for the Episcopal Church, as she offered reflections on the future of politics in the United States of America.

Watch or listen to the sermon preached by the Right Reverend Dean Wolfe.

Listen to our choir sing Byrd's Vigilate. We also have a YouTube playlist of all of our recorded choir and organ videos.
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