This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
Thursday, October 25
11am - Chapel for Preschool 2's
11:30am - Luncheon & Day by Day Reading Reflection Time

Saturday, October 27
8:30am to 2pm - Thrift Shop in the Lower Level

Sunday, October 28
8am - Holy Eucharist at St. Mark's Altar in the Church
9am to 1pm - Thrift Shop in the Lower Level
9:50am - Infant/childcare available and Sunday School begins
10am - Holy Eucharist in the Church with music
11am - Food and fellowship follows in Bentley Hall

Monday, October 29
9am to 1pm - Thrift Shop in the Lower Level

Tuesday, October 30
9am to 1pm - Thrift Shop in the Lower Level

Wednesday, October 31
10am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
11am - Chapel for Preschool 3's and 4's

Thursday, November 1
11am - Chapel for Preschool 2's
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

A part of the Bishop's visitation is lunch with the rector and his or her spouse after the Sunday services and vestry meeting have concluded. Unfortunately, Bishop Glasspool had to get to Middletown for an institution on the day of our visitation, so we had to take a rain check. Today I went down to the Cathedral Close to meet her, and since I was a little early, and she had a few minutes to spare, she gave me a tour of Diocesan House. The tour included stops in the Madeleine L'Engle Library and the archives, where I was immediately shown to the box containing information on St. Mary's. Their most recent acquisition is a copy of the bulletin from my service of institution, while the oldest is the Act of Donation, whereby the leadership of St. Mary's officially became a part of the Convention of the Diocese of New York. Interestingly, it was signed on October 13, 1888, one day before Bishop Potter consecrated the church. It is a beautiful document, hand-written in swirling script on fine vellum. One has to appreciate the attention to detail--today I am sure that such a document would be churned out of a machine.

The sight of this old document got me thinking about the importance of place and our need for connection to something bigger and more permanent than ourselves. St. Mary's was founded as a community church, but from its very beginning, the members possessed an awareness that they were not just opening a house of worship for one particular place, but were literally signing on and pledging their commitment and resources to something much more expansive than that. We have inherited their legacy and carry on that mission in ways that seek to meet the needs of the world we live in today. Here and now, we are a vital and living part of Christ's Body, the Church. As a part of that Body, we are connected one to another, and the living to the dead, as we make our pilgrimage to the promised land. Until we reach those shores, what we have is each other, our relationships, our mission, and our place.

In his article, " On the Importance of Place ," Dale M. Coulter writes, "...unless one’s love for place is so fierce that one would reform it to save it, place becomes the end of life rather than the beginning that it was meant to be." In other words, we honor and celebrate our heritage, but we do not support St. Mary's in order to preserve a relic, or out of some misplaced sense of civic duty. We do so because we are a people of resurrection. Every Sunday when we gather, we proclaim the Lord's resurrection, but more than that, we live out that resurrection life day to day, and year to year. We seek Christ in the young and old, the rich and poor, the strong and weak. By and through our resurrection life, we make St. Mary's a place where abundant, faithful life begins.

In the coming weeks, you will receive information on our 2019 Stewardship Appeal, and hear from members of St. Mary's about what this sacred place means to them. In your prayerful discernment of your annual gift to St. Mary's, I hope that you will consider what this parish means to you, and how God is calling you to give of what he has bestowed upon you for the mission of this sacred place, right here, right now.

Blessings,
Father Rick
Progressive Dinner Tickets Going Fast - RSVP by Oct 30th!
Wall Street titan turned scientist Alfred Lee Loomis created technology in his Tuxedo Park lab that helped turn the tide of WWII. Join us on November 3rd for a benefit where we celebrate this unique part of our heritage and get a glimpse inside the laboratory and home where history was made! Please visit PBS to watch the documentary or the publisher to learn more about the book by Jennet Conant.
Seating is limited!
RSVP by October 30th

Tickets are $175 per person and may be reserved at  www.stmtux.org/progressivedinner .
If you can't attend, please consider becoming a sponsor.
November at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
Thanksgiving scene
Fall is a particularly busy time at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo. In addition to all of the events in this newsletter, we have four baptisms and two weddings planned. Please plan on joining your parish family on these important dates:
  • November 11 - Remembrance Sunday - remembering all those who have served
  • November 18 - Harvest Thanksgiving for all the blessings of this life, including stewardship ingathering
  • November 22 - Thanksgiving Day at St. John's in Arden
All are truly welcome at St. Mary's, which is located within the historic gates of Tuxedo Park and serves the entire Tuxedo community. Please tell the gatehouse you're going to St. Mary's, proceed thru the gates and we're on the right (plenty of parking available).
How to contact us...
Office: 845.351.5122
PreSchool: 845.351.2389
Physical Address: 10 Fox Hill Rd, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987