September 9, 2021
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, September 11
8:30am - 9/11 Prayer Service
10am to 2pm - The Emporium is open
3pm - Stewardship Committee meeting

Rally Sunday, September 12
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)
11am to 1pm - The Emporium is open
12pm - Walk for Housing in Newburgh

Wednesday, September 15
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and online)
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Looking out the bedroom window at the rectory, I can clearly see bright red berries and a blush of color on the old dogwood trees. Autumn is upon us, and with it, a new program year at St. Mary's.

I think it is safe to say that we all thought we would be in a different place by now in regard to the global pandemic. Where things were loosening up, necessary restrictions have been put back in place. For example, I am once again prohibited from visiting the local nursing facilities. Churches in some especially hard-hit areas are once again suspending in-person worship.

Fortunately for us, we have been able to keep a pretty tight lid on things, and will be able to continue with our current precautions in place. This means that we still cannot offer Sunday school or engage in congregational singing. However, the life of our church goes on.

If you are able to do so, I encourage you to join us for Rally Sunday, as we celebrate our life together and honor the dedication and sacrifices which have made it possible for us to worship in the midst of extremely trying circumstances. After the service, there will be a festive picnic on the great lawn. I hope to see you there.

Father Rick
Rally Day this Sunday
Please join us this Sunday, September 12th, as we officially kick off the new program year with a festive picnic following the 10am service!

There are many opportunities to serve God and our neighbors at St. Mary's. You and your children can help lead worship services (as an acolyte, reader or usheror serve with our many outreach ministries, the pastoral care team, social events and fellowship activities. Please consider what you can do to help make our little corner of this world a better place and speak with Father Rick or one of our lay leaders about volunteering.
9/11 Commemoration this Saturday
Please join us this Saturday at 8:30am in-person or online for a prayer service commemorating the 20th anniversary of 9/11. The bell will toll for each major event in the attacks and the church will be open all morning for prayer and silent reflection.
Habitat for Humanity Walk this Sunday
St. Mary's and EpiscoBuild have helped build eight homes for families in recent years.

This Sunday, we will walk TOGETHER to raise critical funds for Habitat Newburgh's ongoing builds and raise awareness of local families' struggles to afford the #costofhome and Habitat Newburgh's affordable homeownership program.

On our walk, we will see past accomplishments, ongoing construction, and be reminded of the progress that is possible when we come together to build homes, community, and hope. 

The walk begins at Washington’s Headquarters (84 Liberty Street, Newburgh). Registration begins at 12:00PM and the walk begins at 1:00PM. The Walk is 2.8 miles. A shorter 1.8 mile route is also available.

We hope that you will join us -- every step brings a family closer to home. Please donate now to support this effort, indicating Habitat in the memo line, along with any specific walker(s) you are sponsoring.
Outreach Update
The Outreach Committee has made financial commitments to support several very important causes. First, we are supporting the build-out of the new permanent home for the Sloatsburg Food Pantry (more than $60,000 of the $200,000 has already been raised). Second, we are supporting the efforts of the diocese and Episcopal Relief and Development in response to the earthquake in Haiti and Hurricane Ida's impact in Louisiana and the East Coast. If you'd like to help increase our impact, please make your donation now, indicating the cause in the memo line. 100% of your donation (after the credit card fee) will go directly to the partner organization.
New Logo for St. Mary's
Many thanks to Kimberly Breiland, Creative Director of 22 Graphics, Inc., for developing a new logo for St. Mary's that brings the iconic belltower to the fore, and provides a modern take on our classic rendering of the church!
Did You Know?
When our local branch of the Chase Bank was closing, they notified Saint Mary’s that we had a safe deposit box and the contents needed to be claimed. I went to Suffern to do so a while back. In going through the contents, mostly property deeds related to the churchyard, I found a manila envelope. It differed from the many bluebacks. (These are folded blue papers that generally are legal in nature and are called bluebacks. This was a new word and it dates back to 19th century England.) I opened the document and read on.

It is headed, “ St. Mary’s in Tuxedo, Tuxedo Park, N.Y. Certificate Changing the Qualifications of Voters Pursuant to section 46 of the Religious Corporations Law.”

“The annual meeting of the Parish of Saint Mary’s- in-Tuxedo was held at St. Mary’s Church, Tuxedo Park, New York, on the eleventh day of April, 1950 at eight o’clock p.m.”

“It is hereby resolved, that the Rector, Churchwardens and Vestrymen of St. Mary’s in Tuxedo, recommend that appropriate steps be taken to comply with Section 43, Paragraph 6 and Section 46 of the religious Corporation Law of the State of New York so to as permit women members the Parish to vote any annual meeting special meeting of the Parish.”

This was quite shocking, women had not been able to vote on church related issues; remember, it was 1950! November 6, 1917, when women were given the right to vote was long past. It was brought to my attention by Father Rick today that women only were required to be allowed to serve on vestries in the 1970’s by the diocese. The good news is that we are now able to hold all positions in the church from bishop at the top on down.
We’ve come a long way baby, it just took way too long.

Thank goodness this came to pass, even if it was just 71 years ago.

Lili Neuhauser
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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