This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Thursday, March 21
11:00 a.m. Chapel for Preschool 2s

Saturday March 23
5:00 p.m. Saturday evening service

Sunday, March 24 - The Third Sunday of Lent
8:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit 
9:50 a.m. Infant/Childcare provided 
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in the Nave with the choir and organ
Food and Fellowship follows in Bentley Hall

Tuesday, March 26
2:00 – 6:00 p.m. Sloatsburg Food Pantry is open

Wednesday, March 27
10:00 a.m. Holy Eucharist in Chapel of the Holy Spirit
11:00 a.m. Chapel for Preschool 3s and 4s
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

In the prayer for the whole state of Christ’s Church (BCP 329), we pray that we may see God’s gracious hand in all his works. On one level, this means that we are to derive joy and wonder at the sight of a tiny crocus or majestic eagle. On another level, we acknowledge our role in the stewardship of creation. But on yet another level, we can also learn moral lessons from nature. It may sound strange, but I believe that everything: plants, animals, environment, thought, and spirit are all part of the oneness of God. He is all-in-all.

In my work on the Tree Advisory Board, and in my own personal gardening at the Rectory, invasive species are always in mind. Invasives are plants or other organisms that are intorduced either purposefully or accidentally into an environment in which they thrive, but which struggles to cope with their insidious growth. At the Rectory, I struggle with a massive knot of wisteria that has done extensive and costly damage to the property, as well as the nearly invisible emerald ash borer, which threatens our beautiful ash trees with near certain death.

So during my garden time, I try to listen to what God is telling me through the created order. Today I thought about how life is like an ecosystem. It is a delicate and deeply interwoven balance reflecting God’s glory, but which is also susceptible to pollution and destruction by outside forces. In this case it is sin, and more specifically hatred in all its forms, that is the invasive species. Its seeds are easily transported to any climate, and can spring forth and multiply rapidly in any heart. All it needs is to be watered and fertilized with generous doses of ignorance, fear, and want.

We are created in God’s image of light and love, so it never ceases to be incomprehensible how one of God’s children can willingly inflict so much pain on others. I am thinking, of course, of the most recent mass shooting—this time targeting Muslims in New Zealand. Life, like gardening, is hard work. If we sit back and do nothing, the invasives will quickly sprout and disrupt the balance of life. But if we roll up our sleeves do the hard work of keeping them at bay, we will be doing our part and glorifying God. So let it be our business this Lent and throughout our lives to sow faith, hope, and love.

Father Rick
In Memoriam
Nancy Wilson Dale, age 97, longtime resident of Tuxedo Park and active Garden Club member, died on March 13. Her funeral will be held at St. Mary's on Friday, March 29, at 11am.

William S Gould, III , age 86, longtime parishioner and board member of The Tuxedo Club, died on March 14. Bill passed away peacefully, surrounded by his wife of 65 years, Jean, and his four children. His memorial service will be held at St. Mary's on Saturday, March 30, at 11am.

May Nancy and Bill's souls, and the souls of all the faithful departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.
Habitat Work Day
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Please join with parishioners from our church and St. James in Goshen this Saturday, March 23, from 8am to 1pm, as we work on our next Episcobuild house, located on Williams Street in Newburgh. For more information, contact Prudence Thurston .
Lenten Learning
Please join us during lent as we rediscover the timeless sermons of the Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. This Sunday at 9am, we will discuss his " Love Your Enemies " sermon.
Welcome Bruce Xu, Acting Organist
Please join us in welcoming Mr. Bruce Xu as he takes on the role of Acting Organist. Bruce is known to many of you already, as he has filled in at St. Mary's on numerous occasions in the past. He will be with us for at least six weeks while the search for a permanent Organist and Choirmaster takes place. Many thanks to Alex Wise, usually our tenor section leader, for accompanying the choir on organ and piano until Bruce joins us on Sunday, March 24.

The search process officially began last week with the publication of the Organist and Choirmaster position description, which you can see here . We will continue to accept applications on a rolling basis until a successful candidate is identified.
Easter Flowers & Music
Easter Altar
Two of the delights of Easter at St. Mary's are the lovely Easter lilies and the addition of a brass quintet to our wonderful choir and organ. This extraordinary greeting of our risen Lord occurs separately from our ordinary budget. The cost is approximately $3000, and it all depends on your generosity. If you would like to participate in making all this happen and honor or remember someone on this great festive day, please make a donation as soon as possible by using the link below (choose fund designation of Holiday Flowers and Music), envelopes provided in the church, or sending a check to St. Mary's (memo line: Easter flowers/music). Names of all those remembered/honored received by Monday, April 15, will appear in the Easter bulletins and the following Sunday as we enjoy the lilies for two weeks.
Parish Directory
Over the past year, we've realized that our various lists of parishioners and friends at St. Mary's are not up to date. It is very important that we have the most accurate contact information for you (especially emails and mobile phone numbers), because we want to be sure we can reach you in times of need, but also to make sure you receive proper invites to parish events! Please take a moment to update your contact information for our parish directory and rest assured that we will never release personal information to any outside organization.
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