September 10, 2020
This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
All services are being live-streamed on Facebook (you do not need a Facebook account to participate).

Saturday, September 12
9pm - Compline

Rally Sunday, September 13
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and livestreamed)

Tuesday, September 15
5pm - Evening Prayer

Wednesday, September 16
10am - Holy Eucharist (in-person and livestreamed)

Thursday, September 17
5pm - Evening Prayer
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Remember rally days? Those are the Sundays at the end of summer when everyone has returned from their holidays, and the official "program year" of the church is inaugurated.

Well, like everything else, this rally Sunday, September 13th, will be a bit different from usual. Beginning in July, we resumed in-person Sunday worship in the church with one service at 10 am. Things were a bit tentative at first, but with a few months under our belts, we have it down pat. I feel comfortable to invite all who can to come to church and worship with us. Safety protocols are in place, and the service has a sermon and communion, and while the congregation can't sing at this time, we have the wonderful music of our organist, as well as one vocal soloist each week. If you can't make it on Sunday, we also have an outdoor service on Wednesday at 10 am, weather permitting. In case of inclement weather, we meet at the side altar in the nave. All of our worship services will continue to be live-streamed for those who can't make it, or who continue to quarantine.

Rally days are also an opportunity to show off the many opportunities to participate in the ministries of the church. While our in-person activities such as Sunday school and coffee hour are on hiatus, there are still many ways to get involved and feel connected with your church. Our committees continue to meet via Zoom, and if you have a particular skill or interest in a certain area, please let me know. Committees include things like investments, buildings & grounds, stewardship, and outreach. If you are more of a hands-on kind of person, consider volunteering at the food pantry. Most importantly, if you are the parent of a toddler, child, or teenager, we need your input and help to come up with creative and safe ways to support the spiritual development of our youth. All ideas are welcome!

While the world around us changes almost daily, it is important to maintain the things that really matter, like personal connections and a sense of belonging. So one way or another, I'll see you in church!

Father Rick
Outreach Update
Carryou is on my mind! Talking to Mark in South Africa yesterday I was thinking back over the years and wondering how all those living in poverty then were managing to survive now. His reply was that 'You thought it was bad's 100 times worse now.' St Mary's and friends have managed to send donations to provide some food help for the families we are most closely connected with and Carryou continues to distribute whatever government funds can supply for food. With the children going back to school most can now count on one meal a day whereas during lock down, which was very strict for about six weeks in South Africa during the early stages of the pandemic malnutrition was rife. I am hoping to send them further donations for food parcels and subsistence stipends for our students by the end of September. Any donations of any size will be welcome and well used. Donations go into St Mary's Outreach account specifically designated and then wired to Carryou when sufficient to send. Please visit our Facebook page for photos of some of my favorite memories from annual visits since 2001.

Sue Heywood, Outreach Chair
September 20th is Episcopal Charities Sunday
Save the Date: October 24th
The Progressive Dinner is a biennial tradition where guests gather for cocktails at one location, and then enjoy a delicious dinner and dessert in the beautiful homes of Tuxedo Park. It is the single biggest fundraiser of the year and all proceeds benefit the many good works of St. Mary’s-in-Tuxedo. Tickets are $175 per person.

We are now arranging dinner hosts. If you would like to host, please contact co-chairs Jane Garofano (845.351.5444) or Lili Neuhauser (845.351.0048).

We are changing a few things to better protect everyone, including outdoor cocktails, smaller groupings at dinner (combined with dessert), and more flexibility around house assignments. For example, if you have your own “bubble” of people you’ve been close with, consider making that a dinner group! Please contact co-chairs Jane Garofano (845.351.5444) or Lili Neuhauser (845.351.0048) to discuss seating or if you have any other questions.

The latest information and tickets can be found at
The Light of Christ
A sanctuary lamp has been hung in the church directly above the tabernacle, where the Blessed Sacrament is kept in reserve. The perpetual light of the lamp reminds us that Jesus is sacramentally present, and calls us to greater reverence for his Body as well as to prayer in his presence.

The glass vigil candles that fit inside the lamp can be given in memory of a loved one, as a petition for some need, or in thanksgiving for answered prayer. Each light burns for an entire week, and the cost is $20. With your donation, please leave a note describing your prayer's intention as well as the week you would like the light to burn. You may donate online or mail a check to St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo, P.O. Box 637, Tuxedo Park, NY 10987.

This week, the sanctuary lamp has been lit in memory of all the victims of the 9/11 attacks.
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