St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The Week of November 25-December 1, 2019
The First Sunday of Advent 
Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent, the beginning of a new year in the church and the return of the season of Advent, a season of preparation and expectation for the birth of Jesus.
This week's readings.
Sunday's Gospel reading from Matthew reminds us that we do not control time or control the timing of events in our own lives. Jesus is trying to teach his followers to live in the moment in faith, following the Ten Commandments, especially Jesus' admonition to love God and love our neighbor.
The examples he uses to demonstrate the uncertainty of time are notable: Noah didn't know when the flood was coming, but being prepared when it did, he was seen as a prophet. Of the two women working in the field, one is chosen to be with God and the other is not. Likewise the two women at the mill.
The point Jesus is making is that we want to be right with God at all times. His final example makes it clear: "if the owner of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into."
In that sense, if our souls are not ready for God when our time comes, who stole them? Or did we give them away to earthly distractions? 
To be redirected to the Lectionary Page and get a digital copy of the readings 

Bishop Dietsche delivered the homily
Chelsea Taylor was confirmed
Brooke Plain was confirmed
Bishop Dietsche greeting the congregation during the peace
Delicious Pot Luck Luncheon enjoyed by all 
The meditation booklet for this year's
Advent Supper Series.

Advent Supper Series starts Dec. 4
The Advent Supper Series for this year has been set with a new publication of meditations for the participants.
Over the years St. Paul's parishioners have gathered on Wednesdays during Advent (and Lent) to share soup and bread, read meditations of the season, and conclude with Compline. The supper series takes place from 5:30-7 pm on the three Wednesdays in Advent prior to Christmas: Dec. 4, 11 and 18.
The new meditation booklet is titled Messages of Hope for Advent and Christmas 2019. It contains three minute devotions for each of the days in the season of Advent and Christmas. It is published by the Ave Maria press in Notre Dame Indiana.
A sign-up sheet for participants is in the Narthex. Participants are asked to bring soup or bread or drinks in order that all may partake.
We are all familiar with the Christmas hymn,"Away in a manger." The manger is a food trough for animals. Jesus was put in the food trough by his mother after he was born. It was the only place to put him, as they were lodged in a stable.
The Companions of Mary the Apostle are conducting a retreat for the Advent season on December 7 in which participants will be invited to imagine the creation within themselves of a manger, a place to hold and to welcome Jesus.
The Companions will hold the retreat Dec. 7 from 10 am-4 pm at 9 Huntington Lane, 1607 Route 9W just north of Holy Cross Monastery in West Park NY. Lunch is provided. Suggested donation is $30. To register email by Dec. 3. Pay on the day of the retreat or by Paypal. 
Upcoming events
Wed., Dec. 4: DCIC Story Circle, 7pm Kagyu Thubten Choling: Buddhist Monastery, 245 Sheafe Rd., Wappingers Falls
Weekend, Dec. 7-8: DCIC Fair Trade and Handmade Bazaar, 11:00am - 5:00pm, The Hellenic Center, 54 Park ave., Poughkeepsie


Community Bags Sold = Donations Raised!

For the month of November, every time the reusable $2.50 Community Bag is sold at the Stop & Shop store located at 59 Burnett Boulevard, Poughkeepsie NY, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Food Pantry will receive a $1 donation. Learn more at our Non-Profit Resource Center.  
The change of seasons is upon us once again, and the cooler temperatures of autumn call for soups and stews. Our Food Pantry clients will appreciate going home with beef stew, chicken noodle soup, and vegetable soup, all items on our "menu" of choices. Please contribute generously! Thank you.


As we celebrate Thanksgiving, let us give thanks to God our Father for all his gifts so freely bestowed upon us.
1 Mary Ann Oughton                   9 Millicent "Joy" McCurty           21 Rhonda Lynn Melius                     
5 Melody Ware                               Chelsea Taylor                        25 Ron Harris        
   Mark DeBald                          19 Cora Keith                              29 Shelly Frater 
6 Judy Lovelace-Donaldson     20 Mother Gloria Payne-Carter

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

'In Service to God & You'
Lectors:          Rose Marie Proctor
                      Mark Goodwin       

Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian

Server:             Maria Bell

Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee                 
Lectors:           Jim Schneider
                       Mark Debald
Litanist:           Mark Debald
Ushers:            Dewy Clarke
                       Aleen Clarke
Altar Guild:      Joanna Frang & Rose Marie Proctor

1982          47     On this day, the first of days (Gott sei Dank)
1982          61     "Sleepers, wake!" A voice astounds us (Wachet auf)
1982         454      Jesus came, adored by angels (Lowry)    
1982          68      Rejoice! rejoice, believers (Llanglaffan)
HYMN COMMENTARY: At various times of the year, we use different musical settings for the Mass. Advent is a time of waiting, reflection, and preparation for the coming of Christ, and we typically sing traditional settings by 16th Century English musician John Merbecke. In the early 1500s England was still a Roman Catholic nation, though King Henry VIII broke with Rome in 1535 and installed himself as the head of the Church of England. Protestantism was gaining strength in Europe, exerting an influence on many in England, including Catholic church musician Merbecke, who was arrested for heresy in 1543 and condemned to death. However, he was pardoned by Henry VIII and after the king's death in 1547 England formally became a Protestant nation, under Henry's son Edward VI. Merbecke is today best remembered as the composer of simple musical settings for the new Protestant Prayer Book in 1549, based on traditional plainsong melodies but adapted to the vernacular.         

November 25-December 1, 2019

MON   25
  7:30am    AA Meeting
  6:00pm    Evening Prayer
  6:30pm    NA Meeting - Journey to Recovery

TUE    26
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Store
  2:00pm    Small Blessings/Food Pantry
  6:00pm    Evening Prayer; Bible Study

WED   27
  7:30am    AA Meeting
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop 
12:15pm    Healing Service & Eucharist

THU    28

FRI     29
  7:30am    AA Meeting
  6:30pm    NA Meeting 

SAT    30
10:00am    NA Meeting
  3:00pm    NA Meeting - Men Do Recover  

SUN   01
  8:00am    Rite I
  8:55am    Lessons' Discussion
  9:30am    Choir practice
10:00am    RITE II - Anointing/Laying on of Hands; Sunday School 
11:15am    Special Coffee Hour
11:30am    Youth Connect


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