St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of October 15-21, 2018  
       'Church Girls' on a mission
From left, Marcella Gallo, Danya Clarke, Alexis Plain and Madison Goldson
Sunday our three participants in the summer mission trip to Vieques, Puerto Rico reported on their visit, their work in the community, their impressions and their lasting impacts from the trip. Madison Goldson, Danya Clarke and Alexis Plain also described the gratitude of the villagers they helped, their interactions with Episcopal youth from other churches in Dutchess County, and their surprise at discovering they were known as "The Church Girls." They were joined by Marcella Gallo from Grace Church, Millbrook, who helps direct youth activities in Dutchess County Episcopal churches.

              Called to serve

 Job 38:1-7;  Psalm 104:1-9,25,37c
Hebrews 5:1-10; Mark 10:35-45

This week's readings
Our readings, as we reach the end of the liturgical year, really bear down on the central lessons Jesus was trying to convey to his followers. This week we learn again about how we are to work together. Not by bossing one another around but by serving one another.

The issue arises because James and John, sons of Zebedee, two of Jesus' followers, ask him to promise they'll be at the head of his followers when he comes into his glory, that is, in heaven. Jesus observes that they don't know what they're asking, then tells them it's not up to him. To bad for the eager beavers!

Then Jesus turns to the rest of the disciples, who have taken the two brothers to task for seeking the top spots. Of course! Everyone wants to be the top dog in the new order. Jesus pours cold water on that perspective right away.

Jesus tells his disciples, "(W)hoever wishes to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wishes to be first among you must be slave of all. For the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life a ransom for many."

This serves as a reminder to us, two thousand years later, that it is in serving others that we receive our blessings.

Mid-Hudson Vestry School
October 21, 2pm-5pm
St. John's Church
207 Albany Ave, Kingston

A program for Vestry, Wardens and Advisory Boards

A specially designed two-part workshop for the leadership of the Mid-Hudson Regions congregations, taking place on two consecutive Sunday afternoons.
Topics will include:
"Vestry 101"
Diocesan Structure, Budget & Financing
Human Resources & Finance Best Practices
Review of Canon Law & applicable NYS law governing religions corporations
Presenters will include:
Esslie Hughes, Chief of Finance & Operations
The Rev. Cannon John Perris, Canon to the Ordinary
The Rev. Canon Jeanne Person, Canon for Pastoral Care
Chontel Simmons, Director of Human Recourses
The Rev. Canon Deborah Tammearu, Canon for Transition Ministry
Cost: $25 per person. Open to all Vestry members & clergy of the Mid-Hudson Region. Space is limited, so sign up now!
Val Stelcen
Executive Assistant for the Mid-Hudson Region
(845) 338-1086

P A R I S H  N E W S

Our Food Pantry needs your help. We are once again asking our parishioners to bring food to church every Sunday, and we're going to try something new. Each month we will ask for donations of a particular nutritious food that we offer to our clients. Chicken noodle soup is one of the most requested foods we offer. So each Sunday in October, please bring a can or two or three of chicken noodle soup.
November will be tuna fish month, and in December we'll collect donations of canned beef stew.
Please don't forget to bring chicken noodle soup next 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.
Thank you.

             Consecration Sunday: November 11th
We will complete our pledges in church and take them to the altar to be blessed. Remember only one service at 10:00am that day.  We want everyone to be present and to enjoy a catered lunch following the service. It's only 4 weeks away.   Pray about your pledge. Ask for God's guidance as you decide how much to give to St. Paul's. Give thanks for your blessings.
         RSVP for this Saturday!

    Sundae Sunday Open House
WHEN : Sunday October 28th 2:00 - 5:00 p.m.
WHAT IS IT? Sundae Sunday is St. Paul opening its door to our neighbors in this community. We will have pizza and soft drinks, a scavenger hunt for kids in the church, crafts, church tours for adults and of course ice cream!
WHAT WE NEED: We need helping hands!!! We need to people to greet our neighbors, "floaters" to help fill in where needed (in the Parish Hall, in the church, in the parlor)! We also need help in giving our visitors basic tours of our church building.
The event goes from 2:00pm - 5:00pm and you can help for all, or part, and we really want to put our best face forward!
Sign up on the sign up sheets in the Narthex or at Coffee hour
Put your name, time available, phone and email in my mailbox (A4) in the parlor.
I hope you will help us show our neighborhood what makes St. Paul's a special place!
                                                            Pete Bedrossian, Formation Committee Chair

C O M M U N I T Y   N E W S


Oct 24th

DCIC First Annual Award Gala & Dinner

6pm Reception

7pm Dinner & Award

The Poughkeepsie Grand Hotel

(40 Civic Center Plaza, PK)


Nov 4th

Interfaith Music Festival

Freedom Plains United Presbyterian Church

(Rt 55 Lagrangeville)


Nov 18th

DCIC Interfaith Thanksgiving Service

Save the Date! More details
 to follow

 1       Wade McKay                            17       Frances Gasser
4       Susan Saavedra                       18       Alexis Plain
5       Charlie Benjamin                      22       Nadia Belaquer
8       Norma Williams                        29       Elmer Leigh
         Ashley DuBois                          30       Bella Winker
12     Tiffany DuBois                                     Jenna Filor
         Adrianna Rosen                        31       Carol Rohde

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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:           Alexis Plain
                        Angel Hodge
Litanist:           Mark Debald
Usher:             Dewy Clarke
                        Mark Debald
Altar Guild:      Hyacinth & Daphne

Greeters:         Deb Williams
                        Barbara Gavin


1982                 477       All praise to thee, for thou, O King Devine

1982                 530       Spread, O spread, thou mighty word

CPWI                231       Lord of beauty, thine the splendor

1982                 492       Sing ye faithful, sing with gladness

HYMN INFORMATION: English clergyman John Ellerton authored Sing, ye faithful, sing with gladness while serving as vicar in Cheshire, near Liverpool. First published in 1871, it is often referred to as the Hymn of the Incarnation. Author of numerous hymn texts, Rev. Ellerton also wrote the popular "Savior, again to thy dear name." Originally paired with a tune by English organist W.S. Hoyte, it is now most commonly sung to a tune composed in 1966 by noted English composer Christopher Dearnley. The tune name, "Finnian," is derived from the name of a  6th century Irish saint.

October 15-21 2018
MON 15
7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  

6pm Evening Prayer, Formation;  

6:30pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery";   

TUE 16
10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop; 

6pm Evening Prayer, Seekers Group;

WED 17 
7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  

12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist;    

10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop; 

6pm Finance;   

FRI 19  
7:30am "Good Morning" AA meeting; 


SAT  20
 3pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery" 

5pm Latin American Dinner & Concert


5pm SH Private Party



SUN 21
8am Rite I;

 8:45am Lesson's Discussion;

9:30am Choir Practice;

10am Sunday School;

10am Rite II- Celebrating Birthdays & Anniversaries

11:15am Coffee Hour; 

Noon SH Private Party



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