AUGUST 21, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
A Note from St. Bart's Clergy
''The Feast of Bartholomew, Apostle (August 24) "
by the Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith
The remarkable characteristic of our patron saint, Bartholomew, is his low profile. We cannot even be sure who he was. Early sources suggest his full name was Nathanael bar (son of) Tolmailater, Bartholomew the Nathanael who was the friend of Philip and who questioned, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?”
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY, AUGUST 23
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.

Lauren Smith, a PhD student in Religious Studies at Brown University, examines the close connections between the experience of reading great literature and the experience of conversion. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

The Church was the beneficiary of a gift last December to support the purchase of new audio visual production equipment. Our kind donor was prescient in that this equipment became vital in just a few short months. Our communications team has been the backbone of the Church’s virtual programming and we are all grateful to them for bringing St. Bart’s into our homes during this very challenging time. It is safe to say that virtual worship will transcend the pandemic and further gifts will help us maintain this essential ministry. We invite those who are viewing our wide ranging offerings to join in supporting St. Bart’s.

Sunday, August 23 at 2 pm
The Young Adults of St. Bart's are invited to have another distanced meetup at Cedar Hill in Central Park. RSVP here. Since rainouts are always a risk, we will reach out before the 11 am service that day to confirm whether it is happening or not.

Over 330 people have completed our St. Bart's Census, our summer initiative to update as many records as possible in our database. This is an important way to make sure we have the accurate information we need to be in touch with you. If you haven't yet completed this short online form, please take a moment to do so—even if you think we already have your information. 

MEET US AFTER CHURCH

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Newcomers welcome to all groups!

UPCOMING
Please join us for the next Interfaith ROV phone banking sessions, hosted by B'nai Jeshrun and Rabbi Brian Fink of the JCC. 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 scale – when we’ve made thousands of dials, the effect is substantial. We need you!

Sunday, September 13, 1:30 pm
“Come let us reason together,” says the Lord. In this spirit, the Peace Book Club will meet to examine Chapter 5, “The Good/Bad Binary,” from White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. This is not a journey into guilt or anger, but into deeper understandings. As we realize, race is not real, but racism is.

WEEKLY ADULT FORMATION
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.

Wednesdays, August 19-September 9 from 6:30-8 pm
In a four week class, Deacon John Wirenius will explore the life and legends that have gathered around the life of Thomas Cromwell, Henry VIII’s chief minister. The recent publication of Hilary Mantel’s third novel about Cromwell invites us to explore what can be known about Cromwell, to inquire whether he was a Reformer or a political partisan, and to rethink our beliefs about this seminal time in Christian History.

Thursdays, June 4-September 3 from 6:30-8 pm
When it comes to gender, the Bible’s legacy is a mixed one. The collection of sacred texts we hold so dear is undoubtedly a product of the patriarchal cultures in which it was written, yet the Bible also features some women in positive and empowering ways. Explore the full complexity of the Bible’s approach to women in this twelve-week series facilitated by the Reverend Peter Thompson. Family will be the focus of the next session on August 27.

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.

LAST SUNDAY
Missed Last Sunday?

Watch last Sunday's Forum with Robert P. Jones (CEO and founder of the Public Religion Research Institute) on his new book, White Too Long: The Legacy of White Supremacy in American Christianity.

Watch, read or listen to the sermon preached by the Reverend Susan Anderson Smith, "Crossing Boundaries."

Watch St. Bartholomew's Choir perform Hampton's "There's a wideness in God's mercy"

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