St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The Week of November 11-17, 2019

  No 8 am service Nov. 17 or Nov 24

For each of the coming two Sundays, Nov. 17 and 24, there will be no 8 am service. There will only be 10 am services.
The reason for this is that Nov. 17 is Consecration Sunday and on Nov. 24 we have an Episcopal visitation from our Diocesan Bishop, The Right Rev. Andrew M. L. Dietsche.  
Bishop Andy
Consecration Sunday is the Sunday when we consider our relationship to the church and determine what we will give of our time, talent, and treasure. After Communion we place our pledge on the altar for blessing. The service is followed by a catered lunch at which we celebrate not only our giving decisions but also the generosity of God we recognize in our lives which we gratefully accept and deeply appreciate.  

The bishop's visit involves not only getting to worship and celebrate the Eucharist with our Diocesan Bishop, but also a confirmation service at which two of our parishioners, Chelsea Taylor and Brooke Plain, will be confirmed. The service will be followed by a parish lunch with special attention to the Jamaican                                 patties on behalf of Bishop Andy.


Diocesan Convention passes 1860 resolution
condemning slavery and church complicity
During the past weekend at its annual convention the Episcopal Diocese of New York finally addressed and adopted a resolution introduced in 1860 condemning slavery in this nation, as well as the church 's failure to oppose slavery in all it 's forms and with all its impacts 159 years ago.
The resolution had been debated many times. Each time those who opposed acknowledging the church 's complicity in the institution of slavery prevailed and managed to table the resolution. Last weekend, however, after a dramatic presentation of that 1860 resolution and it'  s tabling, the convention voted to take the resolution up from the table and to pass it. The resolution passed unanimously.
Also, in his address to the convention, our bishop, The Right Reverend Andrew M. L. Dietsche, expressed his intention to take $1.1 million from the diocesan endowment to establish a fund to begin the process of reparations for the slavery which this church failed to address a century and a half ago.

It wasn't quite like the picture above, but when Jesus chased the money lenders out of the temple it was definitely to discourage abusive lending practices

Jesus confronts temple abuses         
Jesus was pretty angry about how the temple was being used.
When Jesus drove the money lenders from the temple it was because they were using the temple for business and because they were making a fortune off temple visitors who had to purchase animals for sacrifice at the temple. The proceeds often went straight to the temple authorities for the personal use.
This week's readings.
Jesus tells his followers in Sunday's Gospel that a time will come "when not one stone (of the temple) will be left upon another; all will be thrown down."
Jesus was telling his followers, both at that time and today, that we are called not to profit off one another but to help one another and that the temple should be God's house, for honoring the Almighty, not a venue for sales and hucksters. He had other warnings for his followers which are captured in Sunday's Gospel. The two most noteworthy were that Jesus anticipated more hucksters to follow him and to claim they, instead of Jesus, were the Messiah. Jesus told his followers to pay attention to him and no one else.
He also warned his followers that they would suffer because they were his followers. He told them, though, that all would be well for them in the eternal habitations because they were living faithful lives despite the dangers of confessing faith in Christ. 
To be redirected to the Lectionary Page and get a digital copy of the readings 


The meditation booklet for this year's
Advent Supper Series.


Advent Supper Series scheduled
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 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 will be in the Narthex. Participants are asked to bring soup or bread or drinks in order that all may partake.

Thank you to the men, women and teenagers who helped with the arrangements for the Annual Interfaith Concert. Without your hard work, the concert and reception could not have taken place at St. Paul's. Many thanks especially to Maris for his dedication to St. Paul's and the Interfaith Community.
-- Bobbie Gordon


Consecration Sunday - November 17.
This is the special Sunday when we make our annual financial pledge and take it to the altar to be blessed.
Each year in preparing for Consecration Sunday, I think about the many blessings in my life and then consider how I can begin to show my gratitude with my annual financial pledge.
I look at the amount I have pledged this year and see if I can give a little more each week next year - maybe $1 more each week or maybe I can even raise my pledge by 10%.
This way, when Consecration Sunday comes, I have an idea of the amount I want to pledge for the coming year. This plan works well for me, maybe you will find it helpful. (Bobbie)
Remember - only 1 service that day followed by a delicious lunch catered by Newman's Nosh.

Please call the office ( 845-453-8440) with your reservation or put the green reservation card in the collection plate before November 11. We need to give the caterer a count.  


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.  

Stop & Shop Welcomes You !
You are joining over 2,500+ non-profits who have raised over $205,000+ to date for local communities as part of this program. St. Paul's Episcopal Church Food Pantry stood out to store leadership at Stop & Shop, and they selected you as the featured non-profit for the month of November! 
Sunday, November 24 at 10:00  - Bishop Dietsche's visit, Confirmation and Reception followed by a special  Coffee Hour. Plan to be there!!        
If you would like to be a part of  the Stewardship Committee  group, please sign up using the Time & Talent Pledge form or speak to any committee member (Rose Marie Proctor, Debbie Pitcher, Norma Williams, Deb Williams, Janet Quade, Cynthia or Charlie  Benjamin,  Adrian Goldson, or Bobbie Gordon.   


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

Sunday Nov. 24: DCIC Annual Thanksgiving Service, 3pm. The Church of Latter-day Saints, 204 Spackenkill Rd, Poughkeepsie
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

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.
Sunday's sermon    
The big issue
22 Pentecost   c 11 10 19



Why do people become Christians? It's an age-old question that has a number of answers. Some join the church because they need to repent of their sins and be forgiven. Some come because they've always gone to church, from childhood on, and consider it part of their very being. Some come to church because Jesus offers a way of life that is compelling. Others come to Christianity because they seek everlasting life. That is, resurrection. Others seek fellowship. Still others want an hour of peace on Sunday. Many come for the hymns.


The question of resurrection has been with us a long, long time. It divided the Jews even before the time of Jesus. It divides people today, especially those who think that realism and faith are mutually exclusive.


In our Gospel the Saducees were asking Jesus about the resurrection. We presume they were not considering conversion. Rather, they were trying to trap Jesus with an explanation of something so impractical that he would lose credibility and popularity.

I was looking for something lighter about resurrection or conversion the other day and found a joke. An old Jewish man asked on his deathbed to convert to Christianity. His family was shocked. ``Why would you do such a thing?'' they asked. "I know I'm about to die,'' he replied, "and I figure, better one of them than one of us!"


Well! I thought. I can't use that joke. Or so I thought until I read further down the screen and saw the same joke, only it was a Catholic converting to Protestantism on his deathbed so that "one of theirs will die."


In other words, I didn't get very far on this issue in terms of humor. But what I did realize is that my joke highlighted a strong suspicion of mine: people will go to considerable lengths to undermine other faiths and, at the same time, ignore the irregularities of their own.


I find it extremely interesting that folks get so worked up over the improbabilities of faith. When Jesus promised his followers eternal life he used language that was clearly metaphorical. Yet people speak openly of the many mansions Jesus' followers occupy and imagine bodily resurrection and reunion with all their long gone loved ones. I admit that I enjoy that last notion myself, quite a bit. For example, I imagine with pleasure my parents meeting all of you.

Perhaps the best evidence that this issue is irresolvable this side of the grave is that rather than give evidence of the certainty of the resurrection, Jesus addresses in our Gospel the question of resurrection by simply pointing out that it is a total change from the life in this age to the life of "those worthy of a place in that age and resurrection." He mentions that people don't marry in the resurrection, but mostly he makes it clear that the things that concern us in this life won't concern us in that life.

A reasonable person interested in such a life, one free from the constraints and concerns of this life, might ask, "Then how do we gain eternal life?"


That's really where Jesus wants people to go in their thinking. Not to the details of who's currently married to the seven-times widowed woman (as if she'd be needing a husband in heaven, right?).


Jesus wanted his followers to know that they had a soul, that it was alive and that it would live on after their earthly end. It was in communion with God and God treasured the souls of the dearly departed. There is no small irony in this reading from the Gospel of Luke materializing one week after All Saints Sunday.

But to go back to the beginning of this sermon, why do you think that these Jewish religious authorities were so interested in Jesus' teaching on resurrection? It's highly unlikely they were considering converting, don't you think? They even didn't think much of Jesus prescription for a godly life, achieved by loving God and loving our neighbor. Were they worried about their sins and being forgiven?


We weren't there and so we don't know what was in the minds of Jesus questioners. But we can infer a few things. One is that they weren't interested in debating the issues. Partly because Jesus was famously able to turn back on his questioners their own issues and motives. We also know they felt Jesus was undermining their religion and their authority with their followers.


What we do know is that Jesus was interested in letting the people who heard him know that they were not just human beings. They were spiritual beings as well. This information gave his followers the ability to reconsider how they lived their lives and make decisions that enabled them to live at peace in the lives they had, difficult as their circumstances may have been at that time.


This is a lesson that applies for us today. We live in times of massive division. We have experienced the erosion of our ethical standards and our standard of living on a massive scale over the past couple of decades and especially in the past two years. 

This was not an accident. It has been the intentional campaign of the politically powerful and the immensely wealthy and the people they have convinced that taxes and government are somehow unnecessary at least and evil at worst.


The lessons that Jesus taught his followers and which are ours in faith help us realize that how we live our lives is what matters. If we yearn for a utopia where everyone's treated well and equally, where poverty ceases to exist and the economic playing field is truly level we are going to be frustrated, at least for a while. But if we choose to live in a world where our hearts are filled with the love of and for Jesus and his way, we will be successful beyond measure.


Jesus wanted to heal our hearts, to help us find paths of peace and goodwill amid the scorched earth policies of our current administration and the increasing prospect of a deadly environment due to climate change and political inaction. Jesus wanted us to find our comfort in helping others, not in power and acquisition. So it's no surprise that the Sadducees were unhappy with Jesus. They wanted people to reject this peace and love business of Jesus and his notion of a spiritual resurrection. Their world had no room for people who didn't need to follow all their rules.


Ours does. We can turn to Jesus in any situation or circumstance and engage directly with the peace which not only passes all understanding, but which also powered the creation in the first place. It is the all in all.              Amen


A sermon preached on the 22nd Sunday after Pentecost, Nov. 11, 2019, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie NY by The Rev. Tyler Jones, Rector


1 Mary Ann Oughton       9 Millicent "Joy" McCurty       21 Rhonda Lynn Melius                      

5 Melody Ware               19 Cora Keith                          25 Ron Harris        

   Mark DeBald               20 Mother Gloria Payne-Carter    

6 Judy Lovelace-Donaldson                                            



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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

'In Service to God & You'

Lectors:          Rose Marie Proctor
   Adrian Goldson        

Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian

Server:            Maria Bell

Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee                 
Lectors:           Lisl Prater-Lee
                        Colleen Misner
Litanist:           Mark Debald
Usher:             Daphne Barrett
                        Molly Jones
Altar Guild:      Joanna Frang & Rosemarie Proctor

1982        400     All creatures of our God and King (Lasst uns erfreuen)
1982        574     Before thy throne, O God, we kneel (St. Petersburg)  
LEVAS-II    184     Blessed assurance, Jesus is mine! (Blessed Assurance)  
1982         436     Lift up your heads, ye mighty gates (Truro)
HYMN COMMENTARY: The words to Before Thy throne, O God, we kneel were written by English clergyman William Boyd Carpenter and first published in 1925, after his death. Carpenter wrote only a handful of hymn tunes and is remembered as court chaplain to Queen Victoria and two of her successors. Russian composer Dmitri Bortniansky, who lived and died a century before Carpenter, wrote the tune that is most commonly associated with these words. "St. Petersburg" is named for the Russian city where Bortniansky spent much of his life. The hymn asks for God's help in understanding our faults, His guidance in obeying His teachings, and to bring us nearer to Him.       

November 11-17, 2019

MON    11
  7:30am    AA Meeting
  6:30pm    NA Meeting - Journey to Recovery

TUE     12
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Store
  6:00pm    Evening Prayer; Bible Study

WED    13
  7:30am    AA Meeting
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop 
12:15pm    Healing Service & Eucharist
  1:00pm    Parish Aid

THU     14
10:00am   Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop

FRI      15
  7:30am    AA Meeting
  6:30pm    NA Meeting 

SAT     16
  9:30am    Morning Prayer 
10:00am    NA Meeting; Bldg. & Grnds. Mtg.
11:00am     Block-Clean-up 
  3:00pm    NA Meeting - Men Do Recover  

SUN    17
  8:45am    Lessons' Discussions
  9:30am    Choir practice
10:00am    RITE II-Clebrating birthdays and Anniversaries; Sunday   
12:15pm    Catered Lunch


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