OCTOBER 9, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
"Paul in Isolation"
by the Reverend Canon Andrew J. W. Mullins
It is wonderful to be back at St. Bart’s after an unplanned four month western odyssey that started in June and ended in October . . . travel was difficult because of virus restrictions. For over a decade, I have taken services during June at St. Timothy’s Chapel in southwest Montana on Georgetown Lake, surrounded by snowcapped peaks of the Continental Divide. The Chapel was built at Southern Cross, an abandoned mining site at 7,000 feet altitude with majestic views of the lake and mountains . . .
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY, OCTOBER 11
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.

It Ain’t Easy Being Native: Indigenous People, The Doctrine of Discovery, and the Episcopal Church
On the eve of Indigenous Peoples’ Day, The Episcopal Church’s Indigenous Missioner, the Reverend Dr. Bradley Hauff, examines the Church’s problematic approach to indigenous people, both historically and in the present. The Forum will be streamed on our website, Facebook Live and YouTube.

A new playlist on our YouTube Channel features all virtual choir videos of St. Bartholomew's Choir from the past seven months, plus a few solo organ pieces from Organist and Choirmaster Dr. Paolo Bordignon. Launch the playlist of thirty videos to enjoy a few hours of wonderful sacred music.

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
Saturday, October 10 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. This week's guest is The Reverend Will Stanley, Vicar of St. Stephen’s Episcopal Church in Richmond, VA.

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
(no class November 3), 6:30 pm-8 pm
For hundreds of years, Christians have honored the dead through a liturgy called the Requiem, and musical settings of the Requiem are some of the most beloved masterpieces in the history of Western classical music. 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.

Wednesdays, September 16 - October 28, 6:30-8 pm
This seven week class, led by the Reverend Peter Thompson, will focus on a series of beliefs rejected by the Church in the first few centuries after Jesus’ death. Sessions will be 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. In the next session, we will look at the relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament and the the importance of a minister's moral purity. For background on the issues to be discussed, please consult Chapter 7 (Marcionism) and Chapter 8 (Donatism).

Thursdays, September 10 - October 15 at 7 pm
This fall, all 200 parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of New York are invited to form local groups to read, discuss, and learn from one of the most timely and important books of our day: How To Be An Antiracist, by Ibram X. Kendi. St. Bart's and St. Mark's in the Bowery will read and discuss this book online for six weeks. Our journey will culminate in an exclusive Diocesan online event on October 22, when the author will answer questions and reflect on the nationwide antiracist movement. Please read Chapters 16-18 before the next meeting.

Saturdays, September 12 - October 17, 10 am-11 am
During one of the more difficult times in his life, Roman Catholic priest and theologian Henri Nouwen wrote a series of lectures recently published for the first time in the book Following Jesus: Finding our Way Home in an Age of Anxiety. Join the Reverend Peter Thompson and an intimate group of other Jesus followers for a discussion about how Nouwen’s words speak to the difficult times we are living through now. Please read Chapter 5 (The Reward: “My Joy Will be Yours”) ahead of the next session.
 
JUSTICE AND RECONCILIATION
Sunday, October 11, 1:30 pm
Please join us for our final session on White Fragility. The focus will be Chapter 12, “Where do we go from here?” We encourage you to think about the clarifications, ideas and processes that have been discussed in previous meetings, and consider what the next steps might be—where we want to go, whom we might join, what “good trouble” we might start.

Thursday, October 22, 7 pm
Participate with hundreds of other Episcopalians in an exclusive online event as Ibram X. Kendi, author of How to Be An Antiracist discusses his journey of discovery, answers your questions, and reflects on the nationwide movement toward antiracism that his writings have helped to fuel.

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!

The U.S. Census Bureau will end the census on October 31. This means we have a short time to get every New Yorker counted or the city will lose crucial funding, at a time when the city is already struggling to recover from COVID-19. If you have left the city, we still need you to do your part. Complete the census today in just five minutes at my2020census.gov or by calling 844-330-2020.

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.

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
Proceeds from an upcoming auction of 15,000 items from the historic Waldorf Astoria will benefit 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.) Bidding begins October 17.

LAST SUNDAY
Missed Last Sunday?

Watch last Sunday's Forum with David Clough, Professor of Theological Ethics at the University of Chester (UK) and the co-founder of CreatureKind

Watch or listen to the sermon preached by the Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith

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