September 19, 2018
This Week at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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Upcoming Calendar
Saturday, September 22
Noon to 2pm - Fashion Show Luncheon at Valley Rock Inn (sold out)

Sunday, September 23
8am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
9:50am - Infant/childcare available and Sunday School begins
10am - Holy Eucharist in the Church with music; food and fellowship follows in Bentley Hall

Tuesday, September 25
2pm to 6pm - Sloatsburg Food Pantry is open

Wednesday, September 26
10am - Holy Eucharist in the Chapel
11am - Chapel for Preschool 3's and 4's

Thursday, September 27
11am - Chapel for Preschool 2's
11:30am - Salad and Sandwich Luncheon & Day by Day Reading Reflection Time

Friday, September 28
8pm - EYF Movie Night, "E.T." on the Great Lawn
From the Rector
Dear Parishioners and Friends,

Last week, the community clergy and Mayor Wright met with representatives of the Sloatsburg Food Pantry to discuss its needs due to dramatic growth over the last few years. Normally, the growth of an organization is something to celebrate, and while we are all proud of the work it does, our growth is a reminder of the nagging problem of food insecurity in our area. Now independently incorporated as a nonprofit, the food pantry started out as a ministry of the Sloatsburg United Methodist Church in 2010. That year, nearly 25,000 meals were provided. In 2017, the pantry provided almost 84,000. On average, we purchase 8,000 pounds of food a month, and in 2017 served 2,748 households primarily from Suffern, Sloatsburg, and Tuxedo. We have reached maximum capacity, and are seeking ideally a new and more commodious space, or a dramatic rethink of how we currently run.

Community partners like Auntie El's and Hayward's Deli help us with donations and cold storage of perishable items like eggs and milk, and volunteers load and unload U-Haul trucks to stock the pantry on open days. In keeping with our mission (and the Baptismal Covenant), clients are treated with dignity as they enter the cramped church basement, and are offered free choice of items like bread, milk, eggs, canned goods, frozen meats, and fresh produce.

The food pantry is emblematic of our community's diversity, but also of our desire to love Christ by loving our neighbors. The program is run with great efficiency and professionalism by its board, including St. Mary's member, Dana Roccasecca, and it has been my privilege to serve since becoming Rector a year ago. As I prepare for tonight's board meeting, I ask you to keep us in your prayers, both the volunteers and our clients, as we seek to discern where God is leading us un this vital ministry. And if you know of a larger, ground-level space that may be of interest, please let me know!

Father Rick
Fashion Show Luncheon
This event is Sold Out! Thank you to all who purchased tickets for this event to benefit Orange County Land Trust, St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo Historic Preservation Fund, and the Tuxedo Park Garden Club.

Ticket holders are reminded to join us at Valley Rock Inn this Saturday, September 22, at noon. If you can’t attend the show, don’t worry! You can still get your fashion fix by shopping the beautiful designs after the show. Please stop by Valley Rock Inn on Saturday September 22 from 3pm to 6pm or Sunday September 23 from 11am to 5pm.
Fall at St. Mary's-in-Tuxedo
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:
  • October 7 - St. Francis Day Blessing of the Animals - bring your pets to church!
  • October 14 - 130th Birthday of St. Mary's - festive mass with Bishop Mary Glasspool
  • 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
EYF Movie Night
Concert at St. Mary's
Progressive Dinner November 3rd
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.
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