OCTOBER 23, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
"With What Shall We Vote?"
by the Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith
Very soon we will be casting ballots in what many believe will be the most important elections in our lifetimes. By the time this note reaches you, you may already be preparing to vote early. In this charged moment, in my mind is the question of what shall we carry with us into the voting booth?
Return to In-Person Worship 
Beginning Sunday, November 8 at 5 pm
(registration opens Sunday, October 25)
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, OCTOBER 25
Download our service leaflet to follow along with us as we livestream worship from the church on our website, Facebook and YouTube. Read our tips and tricks for worship online.

The Greatest City in the World: The Future of the Big Apple
Fred Cerullo, Executive Director of the Grand Central Partnership and a Commissioner on the New York City Planning Commission, discusses the future of New York City in the wake of COVID-19. 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 six 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.

Exploring Day of the Dead with Dana Catharine Sundays, October 25 and November 1, 3-4 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.

Thursdays, October 29-December 3, 6:30-8 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 Opening and Closing Prayers and Session One before the first meeting.


ONGOING

Saturday, October 25 at 12 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 guest this Saturday will be the Reverend Greg Baker, Curate of the Church of the Good Shepherd in Nashua, New Hampshire.

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, 6:30-8 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 next session will focus on the 1868 German Requiem of Johannes Brahms and the 1874 Requiem of Giuseppe Verdi.

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.
 

ENDING THIS WEEK

Wednesdays, September 16 - October 28, 6:30-8 pm
This is the final week of a seven-week class, led by the Reverend Peter Thompson, focused on a series of beliefs rejected by the Church in the first few centuries after Jesus’ death. Sessions are based on the book Heresies and How to Avoid Them: Why it Matters what Christians Believe (edited by Ben Quash and Michael Ward), though no advance reading is required. The final session reviews key topics examined over the course of the class. For background on the issues to be discussed, please consult Chapter 11 (The Heresy of the Free Spirit), Chapter 12 (Biblical Trinitarianism), and the Epilogue.

JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION
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!

On October 24, 2020, the United Nations will commemorate the 75th anniversary of the entry into force of the United Nations Charter, signifying the official founding of the United Nations. To mark the occasion, Presiding Bishop Curry invites Episcopalians to join him on Sunday, October 25 in praying the “Prayer for Peace Among the Nations” as a prayer of solidarity while the world continues to work towards peace, justice, human rights and the full development and dignity of all peoples.

Sunday, November 8, 1:30-3 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.

In the month of October, join Episcopal Migration Ministries, in partnership with the Evangelical Lutheran Church of America (ELCA) and Lutheran Family Services of the Rocky Mountains (LFSRM), for a three-part training series for congregations interested in supporting and walking alongside asylum seekers.

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.

Join two webinars on empowering your vote and those in your community as well learning how to build on your advocacy from this election onward.

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 -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. 

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 17.

LAST SUNDAY

Watch last Sunday's Forum with the Reverend Keith Anderson, author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World, who talks with Professor J. Patrick Hornbeck II of Fordham University about the future of the Church beyond 2020.

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

Listen to our choir sing Stanford's O for a closer walk with God. We also have a YouTube playlist of all of our recorded choir and organ videos.
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