This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Saturday January 19
5:00 p.m. Saturday evening service
Sunday, January 20
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 choir and organ
Food and Fellowship follows in Bentley Hall

Monday,   January 2 1 - Martin Luther King Day
Church office and preschool closed

2:00 – 6:00 p.m.  Sloatsburg Food Pantry is open

10:00 a.m.  Holy Eucharist in the Chapel of the Holy Spirit

11:30 a.m .  Soup and Sandwich Luncheon & Day by Day Reading Reflection Time

From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

I am writing you from Newark Liberty International Airport, where Pete and I are awaiting the boarding of our flight to Tel Aviv for a clergy familiarization trip to the holy land (I’m planning to lead a pilgrimage next year for parishioners and friends of St Mary’s). Despite gloomy news stories, we were able to get through security with no problems. Kudos to the dedicated men and women of the TSA and air traffic control who are keeping us all safe and moving during the government shutdown.

While this will not be my first pilgrimage (I went on a Jesuit pilgrimage to Spain in 2015), it will be our first time in the holy land. Already people are giving us lists of “must see” places and liturgies, including a Greek Orthodox service at the Holy Sepulchre that  starts at midnight  and goes  until 3:00 am . It apparently attracts hundreds of people. I am very excited to see the sights and walk in the streets where our Lord once walked. It is almost overwhelming to imagine standing in the places where God’s plan for the salvation of his people played out. I am truly grateful for this time to get away and recharge spiritually after a long and eventful fall and Christmas season.

We are in the octave of the feast of the Baptism of Christ, and today being a feria, we re-heard Sunday’s readings at this morning’s mass in the chapel. Reading the story of Christ’s baptism in the Jordan River, and celebrating his holy mysteries couldn’t have made for a better send off. I look forward to returning with many new stories and insights to share with you as we make our spiritual pilgrimage together into Lent and Easter.

Father Rick
Annual Meeting Held
Our Annual Parish Meeting was held on January 13th. We had a delicious chili lunch, elected Vestry members, a junior Warden, and discussed the business of the church. Our treasurer, Frank Favia, gave a report of the church finances and brought to light the downward trend in giving over the last ten years. He explained to all of us the importance of pledging to the work of the church. If you haven’t already, click on the Pledge Now button to do your part. In his address, Fr Rick noted that many of the committees of the church had ceased to function, and that a renewed commitment to service is needed by a broader range of people. Several committees have already scheduled meetings in the new year, and more will follow. Click on the volunteer now button to see how you can help. Please visit our website to hear Father Rick's annual report to the corporation of St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo.
Coffee Hour Hosts
Coffee hour takes place after the 10am service each Sunday and is a great way to catch up with friends and meet new people. A host is needed for this Sunday — please contact Lisa in the office if you can volunteer. For future Sundays, please see the 2019 sign up board which is in the hallway between the Nave and Bentley Hall.
Twelfth Night Raises $7K
Many thanks to everyone who helped make the Twelfth Night celebration at St Mary’s a great success! We raised $7K for EpiscoBuild and Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh. Please visit our Facebook page for photos and video of the event.
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