This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
Sunday, May 20 - The Day of Pentecost
8 am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
9:50 am - Infant/childcare available; Sunday School starts
10 am - Holy Eucharist in the Church with choir and organ
Food and fellowship follows in Bentley Hall
11:30 am - Vestry Meeting

Tuesday, May 22
2 to 6 pm - Sloatsburg Food Pantry is open

Wednesday, May 23 - Vincent of Lerins, Priest, 450
10 am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
11 am - Chapel for Preschool 3's and 4's

Thursday, May 24 - Jackson Kemper, First Missionary Bishop in the United States, 1870
11 am - Chapel for Preschool for 2’s
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

A while ago, I was talking to my trainer during a workout, explaining what my week was going to look like. I said, "Well I have a meeting with a couple about a wedding on Thursday, then a funeral on Saturday, and a baptism on Sunday." He replied, "Wow, you really see it all, don't you?" His comment gave me pause to think about what I had just told him. The things that can become routine to me as a priest are among the major milestones of people's lives. Of course I knew this, but I sometimes suffer from that forest/trees thing.

This message is coming out a bit late, as I spent most of the week in Arizona visiting my Mom. And on this Friday in particular, there are quite a few mixed feelings about the journey of life, as some people in Hawaii suffer from the continuing eruption of Kilauea, families in Texas grieve after yet another school shooting, as I prepare to officiate at a private family wedding, and as billions people around the world prepare to celebrate the royal wedding. The common thread in all these things is our shared humanity and universal dependence upon God's grace. People around the world can show each other empathy in tragedy, and share in the joy of the wedding of a couple most of us will never meet. This is the beauty of the Church, the universal, uniting force that brings us all together across continents and classes. As we come together on Sunday for worship, let us bear in mind--especially on this Pentecost Sunday--that the Spirit of God unites us all in everything, throughout the world and across time.

Blessings,
Father Rick
Prudence Thurston Honored for her Service
On Mother's Day we said a big thank you to one of our special parish moms, Prudence Thurston, for her leadership of the Sunday School program. Please see our Facebook page for more photos of the occasion! After many years of faithful service, Prudence has retired from her duties and the Christian Education Committee is meeting to discern the future of our Sunday school program, which we all agree is vital to our mission. If you have any ideas, or are interested in serving on the committee, please see Fr. Rick .
Memorial Day Weekend
Tuxedo always honors our country with special celebrations on Memorial Day Weekend. Please let Lisa in the office know by May 23 the names of family and friends who have served in the military of our country. These names will be read in a litany on Sunday, May 27, during the 10am service. On Monday, May 28, the Memorial Day festivities will culminate with a traditional ceremony held at St. Mary's. Please gather in the parking lot, or inside the church in case of rain.
SCHC Meeting on June 2nd
The Society of the Companions of the Holy Cross, New York Chapter will be at St Mary's for their next meeting on June 2 from 10am to noon. All ladies are invited to attend.
 
The SCHC is a diverse group of women, both laypeople and clergy, called to live their lives under a rule of intercessory prayer, thanksgiving and simplicity of life. In 1884 the two founding members Emily Morgan and Adelyn Howard, envisioned a group of women united in prayer and companionship.
 
Today the SCHC is comprised of about 900 women both from the Episcopal Church and the wider Anglican Communion who pray and work with intentional concern for the unity of all God's people, God's mission in the world, social justice and peace and reconciliation.
Spring Bike-a-Thon on June 9th
Please save the date of Saturday, June 9, for a bike rally and community picnic at St. Mary's. There will be a 10 mile and 20 mile route around the beautiful lakes of Tuxedo Park, followed by a raffle drawing (grand prize is a mountain bike) and community picnic on the great lawn. Please visit our website to sign up to ride and/or sponsor a rider .
Coffee Hour
Many have called coffee hour the eighth sacrament in the Episcopal Church, and it is indeed a great opportunity for informal community building at St. Mary's. It is held immediately following the 10am service in Bentley Hall, and we need hosts for several upcoming Sundays. Please let  Lisa  in the office know if you can take one of these Sundays.
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