JULY 17, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
A Note from St. Bart's Clergy
''Wild Fruits"
by the Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith
In the wild place where wheat and weeds grow, there is a tangle of plants that can teach us about our hearts. I offer this note to any of us in a tangle right now or in the blessed place of weeds. It comes from knowing the gift of weeds in my life, whether from neglect of the fields or from wandering into the unknown. It comes from a belief that love begets love.
JOIN US THIS SUNDAY, JULY 19
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Responding to COVID-19 Across the Anglican Communion
Robert Radtke , President & CEO of Episcopal Relief and Development, discusses the steps his organization is taking to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 within the United States and around the globe. The Forum will be streamed on our website , Facebook Live and YouTube .

In the past week over 260 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. 

Thank you to Co-Chairs Susannah Wade Lewis and Bob Kiely for offering their time and talents to lead this vital ministry. Please continue to use our safe and secure portal at stbarts.org to make your pledge and to set up online giving. Your generosity is much appreciated.

The Mosaic Society is comprised of people who have remembered St. Bart’s in their estate planning. Are you reviewing your estate plans? A gift through your will is one way to remember St. Bart’s; a change in beneficiary is another way that does not require an attorney. If you have not reviewed your will in several years or do not have Advanced Care directives, now is a great time to consider updating these documents.

MEET US AFTER CHURCH

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Newcomers welcome to all groups!

UPCOMING
Saturday, July 18, at 2 pm
St. Bart's Creation Care Task Force will meet online via Zoom.

Wednesdays, July 22-August 12, 6:30-8 pm
Keith Anderson’s 2015 book, The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World , explores how congregations and religious institutions around the country have been practicing their faith in hybrid format well before many of us became familiar with that term. Join J. Patrick Hornbeck II, PhD , Fordham University theologian and St. Bart’s parishioner, for a series of weekly discussions about Anderson’s fascinating book. Click here to watch a video invitation from Patrick.

Sunday, July 26 from 12:30-1:30 pm
Join us for a virtual coffee hour just for newcomers. Meet the Reverend Deborah A. Lee, Associate Rector for Discipleship and Community Life, to find out more about how to engage in opportunities St. Bart’s is currently offering. There are still a variety of ways in which you can participate! We look forward to seeing you.

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 .

Tuesdays, July 7-28 from 6:30-8 pm
Dr. Catherine Meeks , a leader in the struggle for racial justice for a long time, has masterfully compiled a deep, probing, and honest collection of essays on how people of faith and conscience of all ethnicities can work together to dismantle racism in America. Join the Reverend Susan Anderson-Smith to explore the real solutions proposed by Dr. Meeks and her colleagues to move us ever closer to the dream of the “Beloved Community.” Before the next session, please read Chapters 6-7.

Thursdays, June 4-September 3 from 6:30-8 pm
(No class August 6 and 13)
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. The series will incorporate video lectures and other material provided by the Yale Bible Study . " The Whore of Babylon " will be the focus of next week's session.

Saturdays, June 6-July 25, 10-11 am
Presbyterian minister Frederick Buechner captured the hearts of a generation of Christians with his deeply beautiful prose. Revisit his call to listen to the pain as well as the joy of life with the Reverend Peter Thompson, as we journey through his sermon collection Secrets in the Dark: A Life in Sermons . Please read ''Adolescence and the Stewardship of Pain” and “The Longing for Home” before the next session.

Saturdays at 12 pm
St. Bart's has made a new foray into the world of Instagram Live! 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 will feature the Reverend Charles Graves , the Missioner for Houston Canterbury in the Episcopal Diocese of Texas. Click here to see last week's live .

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 .
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.

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