St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of November 26- December 2, 2018  

 Jeremiah 33:14-16  Psalm 25:1-9
  1 Thessalonians 3:9-13; Luke 21:25-36

This week's readings
Advent is a time of preparation and expectation for the coming celebration of our Lord's nativity. As formal and profound as that sounds, the two words of preparation and expectation clearly fall short of  celebration. This is a time when Anglican practice draws a bold line between getting ready and actually celebrating Christmas.
To say this is countercultural is a massive understatement. By Thanksgiving the lights and decorations were already being hoisted on lampposts and storefronts, not to mention installations in many front yards. The Anglican practice of waiting until Christmas to decorate actually means waiting until Dec. 24 to decorate a tree or hang greens.
St. Paul's is a church that conducts a Lessons and Carols service a week or so before Christmas (Dec. 16 this year), so we bend the rules to hang some greens in our church for that service. We also realize that a goodly number of people can't manage all their decorating Dec. 24. But we also know that consciously preparing without celebrating and intentionally envisioning what is to come without full immersion in a full blown Christmas celebration is what helps make the day itself all the brighter. These practices also render the short season of Christmas (until Jan. 6) profoundly meaningful to those who exercise this annual rite of Anglican restraint.

Our annual Lessons & Carols celebration  will be held on Sunday, December 16th during the 10am service. Hope to see you all there!

St. Paul's Food Pantry thanks Thrivent, Nancy Compton and members of First Lutheran Church for their grant and generous donation of 500 + items in the month of October.


The 25 Week Club ticket holders are invited to attend the final drawing and party on Saturday, December 22 at 1:00pm in the afternoon. Watch for your invitation and reply form either in the mail or in an envelope in the Narthex.  YOU MUST REPLY!
We need to know how many people to plan for. 
Recent $20 & $10 winners are: Lillian Buckley, Maria Bell, Donna Ackert, Sarah LoConte, Pete Bedrossian, Kevin Kelly, Debbie Pitcher. Congrats to all the winners


Thank you to the many people who have already turned in their generous pledge for 2019.   There are Pledge Forms in the Narthex for those who missed Consecration Sunday or haven't yet returned their pledge for 2019.  
Remember, Pledge envelopes will be available at the end of December for those who have submitted a pledge form.

The Worship Committee is pleased to announce its Advent engagement schedule for this season. This year, we will hold our weekly Advent supper series starting on Wednesday, December 5th at 5:30 p.m., with subsequent gatherings on December 12th and the 19th.

In addition to being a great way to experience Christian fellowship, and taste delicious soup, the supper series will help guide us through our spiritual journey during Advent and allow us to share our thoughts about the season and benefit from the experiences of others.

To help us on our journey, we will be using a discussion selected by the Worship Committee. We encourage everyone to participate in one or more of these events, which we hope will make your season of Advent even more meaningful.  

Our Food Pantry needs your help! We are once agin asking our parishioners to bring food to church every Sunday, and we're going to try something new. Each month we will ask for a donation of a particular nutritious food that we offer to our clients.

Please don't forget to bring Beef Stew on Sunday and for the next three Sundays after that. The basket will be back in the narthex and will be brought to the altar for blessing.

Help our local Girl Scout Troop 10045

 1       Mary Ann Oughton                           9       Millicent "Joy" McCurty
5        Melody Ware                                  19       Cora Keith
   Mark Debald                                   21       Rhonda Lynn Melius
                  25       Ron Harris
                                                                 28       Sharon Dillon

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

'In Service to God & You'
Server:            Maria Bell

Lectors:           Rose Marie Proctor
                        Tom Walker

Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian
Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee                 
Lectors:           Jim Schneider
                        Mark Debald
Litanist:           Mark Debald
Usher:             Dewy Clarke
                        Mark Debald
Altar Guild:     Hyacinth & Daphne

Greeters:         Mary Ann Bagatta                       


1982                 56              O come, O come, Emmanuel
1982                 324             Let all mortal flesh keep silence
1982                 640             Watchman, tell us of the night
1982                 72               Hark the glad sound! the Savior comes

HYMN INFORMATION: Let all mortal flesh keep silence is one of the earliest Christian hymns still in common use. An ancient chant of Eucharistic devotion based on words from Habakkuk 2:20, "Let all the earth keep silence before him," it is part of the ancient Liturgy of St. James. Originally thought to have been the work of James the Lesser, the brother of Jesus, it is now believed to have been created under Cyril of Jerusalem around 350 AD. The hymn invites the singer to participate in the mystery of the Incarnation. In 1906, renowned English composer Ralph Vaughan Williams paired the text with a French folk tune titled "Picardy," and the text and tune have been inseparable ever since.


November 26- December 2, 2018
MON 26
7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  

6:30pm "Journey to Recovery" NA Meeting 

TUE 27
10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop; 
6pm Evening Prayer, Bible Study; 

WED 28
7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;
10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop; 

12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist;  

10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop; 
 6pm Finance;

FRI 30
7:30am "Good Morning" AA meeting; 

SAT  1

10am Morning Prayer, Buildings & grounds Mtg;

11am Block Clean-Up

3pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery"; 

11am Girl Scout Meeting;
10am SH Private Event;
5pm Private PH Party

8am Rite I;
8:45am Lesson's Discussion
9:30am Choir Practice; 

 10am Sunday School;

10am Rite II; Anointing & Laying of Hands

11:15am Coffee Hour;
11:45am Hospitality;


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