This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
Services are being live-streamed online on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Saturday, August 7
10am to 2pm - The Emporium is open

Sunday, August 8
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)
11am to 1pm - The Emporium is open
5:30pm - Hymn Sing on Tuxedo Lake

Wednesday, August 11
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person)
2pm to 6pm - Sloatsburg Food Pantry is open (in Suffern)

Services through end of August:
Sundays at 10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)
Wednesdays at 10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person only)
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

If you know one thing about me, you know how much I love to travel. For the last year and a half, we have been limited to local and regional getaways, but this summer we are once again venturing abroad. Starting on Monday, August 9, Pete and I will be traveling through Greece. Of course we will be visiting all of the top spots, like the Acropolis in Athens and the Minoan Palace on Crete, but we will also see other places, such as Kefalonia, where Pete's father was born. Needless to say, we are both quite excited to go!

While we are away, any pastoral needs should be directed to Fr. Cromey, rector emeritus, and all other matters to Lili Neuhauser, senior warden.

In terms of worship, I am grateful to Mother Megan Sanders, who will take the Sunday services on August 15 & 29, and to Fr. Cromey, who will take Sunday, August 22 and all of the Wednesday services. I will be back at the altar and pulpit on Sunday, September 5.

Miss Emmy is going to visit her cool aunt in the city, where she will get to explore Fort Tryon Park. Thanks to Tricia and Sue, who will be looking in on Christmas the cat, and Lili, who will plant-sit.

We have a bumper crop of tomatoes, peppers, and okra, all of which will ripen when we are gone! We certainly don't want anything to go to waste, so please feel free to come up to the rectory to check out the gardens and help yourself to some produce.

This newsletter will also take a break while we are gone, so church news will have to travel the old fashioned way: pick a little, talk a little!

Au revoir for now! Εις το επανείδειν!

Father Rick
Shop The Emporium This Weekend
Helping St. Luke's in Kenya
Parishioner and Vestry member Elizabeth Ochieng recently brought some of the needs of the church in her hometown in Kenya to our attention. St. Luke's Nyagoko is part of the Anglican Church of Kenya, and has grown so much that they decided to build a new church. Everything was in place except the flooring, and St. Mary's was able to help defray about half of the cost.

The church leadership were extremely grateful, and along with a letter, sent some pictures and a beautiful bowl depicting the "Big 5" animals in their region. I am very pleased that we were able to help our sister church in this meaningful way, and pray that when the pandemic finally subsides, I will be able to go and meet our Kenyan friends in person and maybe even see the "Big 5" in the flesh.

Fr. Rick
Local Outreach Update
Our thanks to those people who donated to provide sponsorship for the campers attending the Tuxedo Town Camp. The camp is halfway through and the campers are all having a fun time, though the weather has been a challenge at times! Sue Heywood, Outreach Chair

Sloatsburg Food Pantry (SFP)

St Mary’s continues to work with the food pantry at all levels and to be there for any families who are in need of help beyond a supply of food. The organization is impressive and the number of volunteers, with many young people a very active part in it, is very encouraging. Joyce Donohue, Director and Susan Meyer, Board Chairperson, lead a very committed and focused Board and group of volunteers.

From Joyce Donohue’s email to the SFP Board:

As you know, have been planning a renovation project. Our architecture plans and permit (special thanks to Kristen) were just approved by the Village of Suffern and we have selected a contractor. The timeline is being worked on, but suffice it to say, work should begin soon.

In summary, the project has two major components.
  • Build-out a client choice pantry. This will allow families to come indoors, select the food they prefer, allowing for dietary restrictions and enabling us to provide additional community resources.
  • Installation of a walk-in refrigerator and freezer. This equipment will allow us to safely and adequately store fresh produce, lean meats and dairy on-site.

The SFP continues to work from All Souls Church in Suffern and to serve upwards of 300 families each opening. A fundraising appeal will soon get underway hoping to raise $200,000 to finance the renovations so that those in need can be assisted in all weathers throughout the year. Please refer to the updated website for details.
Global Outreach -- Carryou Ministry
St. Mary's has been supporting this ministry since 2001!

Life for the families being helped by Carryou has become even worse during the pandemic, and now with the onset of a Winter colder than ever before, it is just awful. Living in corrugated iron shacks with only a paraffin stove or a tiny wood burning fire for heat, all the families we have been supporting are in ever greater need for the food parcels, fuel and blankets, and the students for their stipends.

I am hoping to gather up some donations to help pay for more food parcels for our 32 sponsored families and I personally will provide for Lodrico Tivani to go to Mozambique to renew the family's student visas which expired a few months ago. Although he has completed his matric and passed his exams, the Department of Education refuses to issue his Matric certificate until he presents a valid South African study permit. It is the law, and something Lodrico will uphold one day when he becomes a policeman. He really deserves a chance in life!

Sharon, my daughter in law, who works for Lawyers for Human Rights is making sure that all their documentation is as it should be, but there seems to be no choice but to go back to Mozambique to get the papers renewed. Lodrico got very good grades in matric against the odds of the poor home conditions he lives under. It is good that he is thinking of a police training, as paying for a university education would be an insurmountable challenge and the police will at least provide him with a job and some wages to support his mother and his brothers, Malucky, Sinito and Fabito.

Carryou has at last got a website. If you click on the donor page you will see how grateful they are for all of our help St Mary’s Outreach seeks to work in the big picture but also to support individuals both locally and globally.

Thank you all for your support of St Mary’s Outreach! On behalf of the outreach committee, Sue Heywood, Outreach Chair
Did You Know?
We are certainly spoiled here in Tuxedo Park, most of us agree on the beauty of our surroundings, the ever present wildlife, the small town life within close proximity the limits of New York City. We might think of what is housed in the walls of Saint Mary’s, specifically the stained glass windows. Let’s start with an obvious choice but one I was not entirely familiar with, Louis Comfort Tiffany.

Louis was born in 1848, son of the founder of the famous jewelry store, that bears the family name. His formative education was at military academies in both Pennsylvania and New Jersey. As a young man he studied under many leaders in the art world of the time, namely George Inness and Samuel Coleman, whose work was heavily landscape oriented. They surely nurtured Tiffany's great love of nature, which is so prominent in his lamp designs as well as in his stained glass. It was Leon Belly, the French painter, who inspired the love of middle eastern design and influenced much of Tiffany’s work as well.

Tiffany was quickly becoming a leader in the Art Nouveau movement; he patented a process that mixed glass with metallic oxides to create an iridescent glass that was to change the effect of his creations, called Favrile glass. It is translucent and opalescent and was to transform his work. Many vases were produced in this glass and were extremely popular. Look up the mural he executed for the Curtis Publishing building in Philadelphia, “Dream Garden." Designed by Maxfield Parrish, it is incredible!

Personally I find that beyond the fantastic workmanship of the glass and the colors, it is the beauty of the faces that draws me in. To see the Pilgrim window in the sunshine at the back of the church is truly a joy. We are very fortunate to have seven of Tiffany’s works at Saint Mary’s.

Lili Neuhauser
Diocesan Youth Camp
Open to youth ages 12-18.

Youth Conference is a week-long event for the young people of the Episcopal Diocese of New York. It is a combination of many things; part retreat, part camp, and part convention. A chance for the youth of the Diocese to escape the pressures of the outside world, meet people their own age, discuss topics relevant to their lives, define their own personal spirituality, and have fun all at the same time. Please join us for the week, and make friendships that can last a lifetime!
How to contact us...
Office: 845.351.5122
Physical Address: 10 Fox Hill Rd, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987