JULY 31, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
A Note from St. Bart's Clergy
''Take a Break"
by the Reverend Peter Thompson
“Jesus withdrew in a boat to a deserted place by himself.” So begins this week’s Gospel reading, though Matthew 14:23 is hardly the only Biblical verse in which Jesus takes a break. It’s somewhat surprising that, facing inordinate need in the world and equipped with a unique ability to address that need, Jesus decides, every now and then, to step back from it all. But he does. Even the Son of God goes on vacation.
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Damaged Heritage: The Elaine Race Massacre and a Story of Reconciliation
J. Chester Johnson discusses his latest book, Damaged Heritage , the account of his discovery of his beloved grandfather’s participation in the worst race massacre in our country’s history, his meeting of Sheila L. Walker, a descendant of African-American victims of the Massacre, and their commitment to a journey of racial reconciliation and abiding friendship. The Forum will be streamed on our website , Facebook Live and YouTube .

Over 300 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. 

Watch as Stewardship Co-Chair Susannah Wade Lewis shares her personal journey of faith and stewardship at St. Bart's and thanks all of our members and friends for their continued support of our parish during the past difficult and saddening months . 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.


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Newcomers welcome to all groups!

Please join us for one of the upcoming 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!

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, 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 last week's class.

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.

Missed Last Sunday?
Watch last Sunday's Forum with filmmaker Julian Marshall

Watch, read or listen to the sermon preached by the Reverend Peter Thompson

See photos from last Sunday Thank you to parishioner Tim Martin for joining us last Sunday to capture photographs to help us document this unprecedented moment in our parish history. Afterwards Tim said "I remember the Franciscan Sisters, who taught me in Catholic School that the church is not the building and that WE are the church. WE happen to have a beautiful building in which to worship, but it just reminded me of how much St. Bart's is St. Bart's because of the community who gather under its roof and who now, temporarily, remain connected in a different way."  
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