This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
Thursday, October 18
11am - Chapel for Preschool 2's
11:30am - Luncheon & Day by Day Reading Reflection Time

Sunday, October 21
8am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
9:50am - Infant/childcare available and Sunday School begins
10am - Holy Eucharist in the Church with music
11am - Food and fellowship follows in Bentley Hall

Tuesday, October 23
2pm to 6pm - Sloatsburg Food Pantry is open

Wednesday, October 24
10am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
11am - Chapel for Preschool 3's and 4's

Thursday, October 25
11am - Chapel for Preschool 2's
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

This time of year, budget committees and rectors all across the Episcopal Church are getting ready for "stewardship season." It is a yearly ritual in which budgets get mulled over, adjustments made, and forecasts produced. We create pledge cards, and do our best to come up with a compelling narrative that will have the maximum financial impact on our bottom line. Let's face it, the monetary resources required to operate a church are great, and costs never seem to decrease. It is a constant source of concern for clergy and lay leadership, who do their best to balance fiscal responsibility with our call to mission.

With this in mind, it is easy to get bogged down in a mindset of stewardship as merely a euphemism for fundraising. And while fundraising is crucial, it is only one facet of biblical stewardship. In a blog post entitled, " Four Principles of Biblical Stewardship ," Hugh Whelchel states, "We believe [biblical stewardship] is where the concept of faith, works, and economics intersects." While we cannot remove economics from the equation, neither can we ignore the other concepts of faith and works. We are his hands, feet, eyes, ears, and heart right here and right now.

As we inaugurate this season of focus on financial stewardship, let us continually bear in mind that we are about much more than a fundraiser. The Psalmist writes, "The earth is the Lord's and all that is in it." We are God's, and everything we have, we merely hold in trust for him for a time. We are making important choices about how we manage that which the owner of all things has entrusted to us, and for which we will all one day give an account.

Father Rick
Episcopal Visitation
Last Sunday we welcomed Bishop Mary D. Glasspool for her official visitation, which included the baptism of Laine Peter Ghost and a celebration of our 130th anniversary of dedication. It was a day of great music, preaching, and liturgy. And thank you choir for hosting a festive coffee hour! The visit of one of our bishops is more than symbolic, we all felt a connection to our diocese and the Church. Thank you, Bishop Glasspool, for your ministry among us! Please visit our Facebook page for photos of the occasion as well as a video of Ave Maria sung beautifully by Aileen Mahoney, our soprano section leader.
Progressive Dinner Tickets Going Fast - RSVP by Oct 26th!
Wall Street titan turned scientist Alfred Lee Loomis created technology in his Tuxedo Park lab that helped turn the tide of WWII. Join us on November 3rd for a benefit where we celebrate this unique part of our heritage and get a glimpse inside the laboratory and home where history was made! Please visit PBS to watch the documentary or the publisher to learn more about the book by Jennet Conant.
Seating is limited!
RSVP by October 26th

Tickets are $175 per person and may be reserved at .
If you can't attend, please consider becoming a sponsor.
November at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
Thanksgiving scene
Fall is a particularly busy time at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo. In addition to all of the events in this newsletter, we have four baptisms and two weddings planned. Please plan on joining your parish family on these important dates:
  • November 11 - Remembrance Sunday - remembering all those who have served
  • November 18 - Harvest Thanksgiving for all the blessings of this life, including stewardship ingathering
  • November 22 - Thanksgiving Day at St. John's in Arden
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