February 16, 2022
This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
All services are offered in-person and online on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Saturday, February 19
10am to 2pm - Emporium Open
5pm - Evening Prayer

Sunday, February 20
10am - Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany - Holy Eucharist
11am to 1pm - Emporium open

Wednesday, February 23
10am - Holy Eucharist - St. Polycarp

Saturday, February 26
4:30pm - Confirmation class
5pm - Evening Prayer
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

I think that there is no denying that Zoom is with us to stay. In many ways, you just can't beat the convenience of sitting in your home office, and meetings can be more spontaneous as well. There are drawbacks, certainly. Muting, un-muting and screen sharing can be bedeviling.

Despite the benefits of this form of communication, the one thing it cannot replace is genuine human interaction. Even though travel can be a hassle, there is nothing like meeting face-to-face, and reconnecting with friends and colleagues from across the diocese and indeed the entire country.

Back in the "former times," I enjoyed a regular round of conferences and liturgies that brought me together with my fellow clergy and lay leaders. These have been on hold for two years, as you well know. This is why I am very happy to report that next week I will be travelling to Atlanta for my first in-person conference in a long time! I am attending the annual conference for CEEP (The Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes). The three days are packed with fantastic speakers who will present on a wide array of interesting topics. No doubt, I will also re-connect with friends, which will be a bonus.

It was also just announced today that the annual service of the renewal of ordination vows on the Tuesday of Holy Week is back on at the cathedral. Out of an abundance of caution, we will be served boxed lunches instead of the usual catered affair in Synod Hall, but still, it will be refreshing to return to this beautiful tradition along with my bishops and fellow clergy.

As we inch forward collectively, I hope that we can all remember to be grateful for the "ordinary" things that are so easy to take for granted.

Father Rick
Confirmation class will meet on Saturday afternoons at 4:30, immediately preceding our 5:00 wintertime service. Classes have begun, and go through March 26, eight weeks in total. At each class, we will learn about the Church, and what it means to be a follower of Jesus Christ. We will learn some basics of the faith, such as the Lord's Prayer, the creeds, and the ten commandments. We will also look into our particular way of being a Christian as an Anglican. This will prepare our confirmands to make their own profession of faith to the Bishop and congregation with confidence and understanding.

Even if you are already confirmed, you are welcome to come for a "refresher."

If you (or someone you know) will be 13 years of age by April 3 and wish to be confirmed, please contact us here at St. Mary's info@stmtux.org or (845) 351-5122.
Did you know?

Near the end of the cemetery behind St. Mary’s church, at the top of steps and down at the end of the upper path, lies a simple natural rock next to a steep bank and rock cliff. It’s probably been there, in that place, for centuries. On the south side of the rock is a plaque with three names: Hans Christian Sonne (1891 - 1971), Carol Mulford Sonne (1909 - 1970) and Christian Richard Sonne (1936 – 2019). The Sonne rock. All three of these people lived most of their lives in Tuxedo Park where they were deeply involved in the social, political and economic life of the Village. Coincidentally, their home on West Lake Road is named Sunny Rock (nothing to do with their name) because of the big boulder next to the stone house that catches the first sunlight as it streams across the Tuxedo Lake. I am fortunate enough to live there today. Some day, I suppose, I will join the others at the Sonne rock behind the church.  
Hans C. Sonne, a Danish immigrant, came to New York as a young man in 1917, to start a branch of a London bank. He had letters of introduction to various clubs. He tells about the excitement and awe he felt on his first visit to Tuxedo Park when he rounded what is known as “Maxwell’s Corner” and caught his first glimpse of the Tuxedo Lake. He decided then and there that this was where he would make his home. He became a member of The Tuxedo Club in 1918 and rented Brookside Cottage from the Barbeys until he was able to purchase Sunny Rock in 1933. Hans, after leaving the London bank, began a successful business career when he took control of another merchant bank which financed trade in coffee and other goods to and from Latin America.

Our local girl scout troop will be hosting a cookie sale on March 13th following our Sunday service.

They will have several varieties available on the day but feel free to reach out with any specific requests to troop leaders
Friends of Sterling Forest Host

"The First Marked Nature Trail in the County"

A presentation by Sue Scher

Please join Tuxedo local Sue Schur for an informative presentation on the "First Marked Nature Trail" in the county. Hosted by the Friends of Sterling Forest on the 20th of February at 1pm at Sterling Forest State Park.
Volunteers are needed for the following dates the at Sloatsburg Food Pantry located in All Souls Community Church, 81 Washington Ave, Suffern, NY 10901

Tuesday, 3/1 distribution
Wednesday, 3/2 distribution
Tuesday, 3/8 delivery & distribution
Wednesday, 3/9 distribution
Wednesday, 3/16 distribution
Monday, 3/21 delivery
Tuesday, 3/22 distribution
Wednesday, 3/23 distribution
Wednesday, 3/30 distribution

Please Contact St. Mary's info@stmtux.org (845) 351-5122 or The Sloatsburg Food Pantry sloatsburgfoodpantry@gmail.com (201) 394-0627 if you can help on any of the above dates. New volunteers click here to fill out your application form.
Sliver Dollars Social Group

The Tuxedo Silver Dollars is a social organization committed to providing a social gathering and valuable information for Tuxedo’s senior population. The group meets the 1st and 3rd Mondays of each month at 1:00 PM in the Community Room at the Tuxedo Town Hall, 1 Temple Drive in Tuxedo NY. Refreshments are shared and prizes are won.
Switch up your daily routine and come to a meeting, visit a local attraction, go to a show or casino, or out to lunch with us. Membership is $15 a year to be part of Tuxedo’s most long-lived population of 50+. Any questions can be sent to:  tuxedosilverdollars@gmail.com

Tuxedo Park School - Empty Bowls Event
Empty Bowls is an internationally known project which raises awareness in the fight to end hunger. The mission is to create positive and lasting change through art, education, and community. On February 17th, the community are invited to join Tuxedo Park School at Dottie Audrey’s Bakery Kitchen from 2:00-5:00pm, purchase a bowl, and enjoy a complementary bowl of soup and bread with their donation. All proceeds collected will benefit the Sloatsburg Food Pantry.
Prayers of the Community

Parishioners we are praying for:
Barbara Beauregard
Sue Heywood
Bert Lucarelli
Bill Steinmann
Webb Turner
Kirby Warren

Friends and family members we are praying for:
Bishop Rodney Michel
Bishop Andrew St. John
John Kordel, friend of Fr Rick and Pete
Jolene Matthews, daughter of Gillian Ballard
Dawn Triantafillou, daughter of Bill Steinmann
Anne Lawrence Davies, Aunt of Charlie Neuhauser
Brendan Joseph Pascarella, relative of Gillian Ballard

The sanctuary candle is given for the Quigley Family
by the Bush Family

Prayer requests may be made at
(845) 351-5122 or info@stmtux.org.
How to contact us...
Website: www.stmtux.org
Office: 845.351.5122
Physical Address: 10 Fox Hill Rd, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987
Mailing Address: P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987