This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
Sunday, August 25 - Eleventh Sunday after Pentecost
8am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit 
9:50am - Infant/childcare provided 
10am - Holy Eucharist in the Nave with music
Food and fellowship follows in Bentley Hall

Tuesday, August 27
2pm to 6pm - Sloatsburg Food Pantry is open

Wednesday, August 28
10am - Holy Eucharist in Chapel of the Holy Spirit
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

“God of all mercy, we confess that we have sinned against you, opposing your will in our lives. We have denied your goodness in each other, in ourselves, and in the world you have created. We repent of the evil that enslaves us, the evil we have done, and the evil done on our behalf. Forgive, restore, and strengthen us through our Savior Jesus Christ, that we may abide in your love and serve only your will. Amen.”

This prayer comes from the office of morning prayer in “Enriching Our Worship 1,” which is a supplement to the Book of Common Prayer. I find the third sentence rather poignant, especially the last part acknowledging that we are the beneficiaries (knowingly or unknowingly) of evil done on our behalf.

Vast systems of evil and injustice exist that were not created by any one individual, in which whole sectors of humanity either benefit or suffer. For us in this country, the “original sin” is slavery. Vast fortunes were made, and a whole country was built literally on the backs of an enslaved population. To put that into a local context, our village and church exist because of a tobacco business that relied upon slave labor for more than a century. It isn’t too hard to see how many of us benefit to this day from “evil done on our behalf.”

What are we to do with this? We cannot change the past, but we can acknowledge it. It is not enough to simply “move on.” A brighter and more just future begins with a hard look at our past and the uncomfortable work of repentance.

And so, in commemoration of the 400th anniversary of the first arrival of enslaved Africans to English America, St. Mary’s will join with churches around the country this Sunday at 3:00 p.m. in tolling our bell for one minute. It is a small gesture, but a very public one, and one that I hope will be part of a renewed passion for seeking and serving Christ in all whom we meet.

Blessings, Father Rick
Preschool Accepting Applications for 2019-2020
St. Mary’s has a fantastic preschool program for children ages 2-4, and is now accepting applications for 2019-2020 school year. Many thanks to parishioner Calvin De Mond for putting together a video to publicize this ministry. Please visit the preschool webpage to learn more.
Summer Outreach Update
Sloatsburg Community Food Pantry is in need of child friendly cereals. These are not offered by the food bank but frequently requested by families with multiple children. St Mary's is making a collection of the children's favorites and will deliver in the next couple of weeks. Donations can be left at St Mary's during weekday office hours or in the church or chapel at the weekends. Thank you!

Summer Camp Sponsorships being organized by St Mary's have provided 18 children with a wonderful camp experience. St Mary's will be giving the Tuxedo Town Recreation Department a check for $8,400 to cover fees. Then we heard that the most anticipated and exciting Friday trip was too expensive for several children and they were not able to go. So we committed a further $200 to ensure that everyone who wanted to go to 'Splashdown' in Connecticut could do so. Happiness!

Donations from parishioners and friends for camp sponsorships currently amount to $2,775. There is still time to make a donation ! St Mary's Outreach fund will make up the difference when all 'camp specific' donations are in.

The Yard Sale is on September 21st and 22nd, and will again be at the Train Station. We have received many donations already, for which we are grateful, but we have limited storage space, so if you are able to store your outgrown and no longer needed items, it would help us if they were not delivered to St Mary's until two weeks prior to the event. Please make sure everything is clean and in good working order. No books please!

Thanks for all your past support for St Mary's Outreach programs!
Sue Heywood, Outreach Chair
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