OCTOBER 16, 2020 · 325 PARK AVENUE AT 51ST STREET  212-378-0222 · STBARTS.ORG
"We’ve Been Here Before: Voting During a Pandemic"
by the Reverend Deborah A. Lee
In the autumn of 1918, the United States was approaching a midterm election unlike any other that had come before. Still fighting World War I, President Woodrow Wilson was vying to keep control of Congress and trying to do this right smack in the middle of a deadly pandemic.
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 Digital Cathedral: The Future of the Church
The Reverend Keith Anderson, author of The Digital Cathedral: Networked Ministry in a Wireless World, talks with Professor J. Patrick Hornbeck II of Fordham University about the future of the Church beyond 2020. 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 over 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.

for a list of groups meeting after church each week.
Newcomers welcome to all groups!

Saturday, October 17 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 Marcella Gillis, Assistant Rector for Youth and Family Ministry at Christ & Holy Trinity Episcopal Church in Westport, CT.

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)
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. The next session will focus on Mozart’s unfinished Requiem, written in 1791.

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.
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. The next session turns to questions about how salvation can be achieved. For background on the issues to be discussed, please consult Chapter 9 (Pelagianism) and Chapter 10 (Gnosticism).

Saturdays, September 12 - October 17, 10-11 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 6, “The Promise: I Am With You Always” before the next session.
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 this 5-week, interactive course designed to help us bridge the deep and contentious divides that keep us from moving forward.
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!

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.

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.

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.
To Our Dear St. Bart’s Parishioners,
We are grateful that you entrust us with prayer requests for those you care for and love, for yourselves, and for those God has placed upon your heart to lift up on Sunday mornings. We also pray for names during the week.
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.) Live Bidding begins October 17.


Watch last Sunday's Forum with the Reverend Dr. Bradley Hauff, who examined the Church’s problematic approach to indigenous people, both historically and in the present.

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

Listen to our choir sing Palestrina's Ego sum panis vivus.
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