St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of October 1-7, 2018  

 Job 1:1,2:1-10;  Psalm 26
Hebrews 1:1-4,2:5-12; Mark 10:2-16

This week's readings
Our readings Sunday offer an interesting parallel. The Hebrew Bible reading is from Job. We all know how Job suffered for no evident reason. The Gospel reading contains Jesus' response to a question about divorce. Each of these readings are classics. They reveal both the mysteries of life or fate, in Job's case,  and the vagaries of human emotion, in the Gospel story.
The interesting parallel is that in each instance we find ourselves sympathizing with the person who is the victim. In Job's case, he was an upstanding man in all respects, yet suffered mightily due to a wager between God and the devil. In the Gospel lesson concerning divorce Jesus responds to the legalistic treatment by his questioner by noting that God allows divorce because those who divorce have developed hardness of heart; that is, they have lost the ability to love their partner.
A close reading of both the portion of Job in our lesson and the divorce example suggests that our faith can carry us through hardship, even when dealing with capricious partners or when being tested by God. We lack the capacity to turn another's heart, to heal it and soften it, but we do possess the ability to release the negative emotions which cause our own hearts to turn to stone. With the heap of the Almighty, that is.

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.

Historic Graveyard Tour Tickets Available For Sale
Parish Aid is organizing a group to go see the famous graveyard tour at St. James' Episcopal Church in Hyde Park. This year the tour will feature historical characters commemorating the centennial of the end of World War II, including Ogden Livingston Mills, who will start off the tour in the church with a welcome and a few words about his wartime service.
Molly Jones has purchased a block of tickets and has 12 remaining. Tickets are $20, and the proceeds support St. James' Church. The date is Friday evening, October 19. The tour begins at 7:30pm and lasts for an hour. Participants who want to car pool can meet at 7:00pm in St. Paul's parking lot. Please see Molly if you have a question or want to purchase a ticket.

Sundae Sunday Open House: SAVE THE DATE! October 28th from  2pm - 5pm.  
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 2:00 - 500 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

Be sure to get yours ASAP in order to get in all of the drawings. 
Here's a reminder of how it works:
Tickets are $25.00 each. Drawings will be held every Sunday from July 1 - December 9.   Prizes for those drawings are $10 and $20.  

Recent winners have been: Bobbie Gordon, Peggie Bedrossian,, Kevin Kelly, Molly Jones, Will Tyler, Val Stelcen, Mary Martin, Barbara Marino. Be sure to get a ticket so you have a chance to be a lucky winner too.

The final drawing will be December 15 at a party that will include dinner and perhaps musical entertainment. Prizes awarded that day will be $10, $20 plus the big prizes of $500, $250, $150, $100 & $50. 
You can win multiple times since your ticket is always returned to the pile so that it's there for the final drawing.  All parishioners are asked to buy or sell at least 2 tickets.

Tickets to sell are available from Bobbie Gordon. Tickets for purchase are available from Vestry members and Debbie Pitcher, Deb Williams, Rose Marie Proctor, Charlie Benjamin, Cynthia Benjamin, Janet Quade and Bobbie Gordon.

C O M M U N I T Y   N E W S

 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 Winkler
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
                        Adrian Goldson
Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian
Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee                 
Lectors:           Adrian Goldson
                        Jeanne Henderson
Litanist:           Mark Debald
Usher:             Dewy Clarke
                        Mark Debald
Altar Guild:      Mertlyn & Norma

Greeters:         Rose Marie Proctor
                        Alexis Plain
                        Barbara Gavin

1982                 495        Hail thou once despised Jesus 

1982                 480        When Jesus left his father's throne

1982                 671        Amazing grace, how sweet the sound

1982                 397        Now thank we all our God

HYMN INFORMATION: Amazing Grace is probably the most beloved hymn of the last two centuries and is estimated to be sung or performed at least 10 million times annually. The words were written by English poet and Anglican clergyman John Newton. He grew up without any particular religious conviction and had a difficult childhood. After service in the Royal Navy he became involved in the slave trade. In 1748, a violent storm battered his ship so severely that he called out to God for mercy, a moment that marked his spiritual conversion. He ended his seafaring around 1755 and began studying Christian theology. Ordained in the Church of England in 1764, Newton became curate of Olney, Buckinghamshire, where he wrote "Amazing Grace" to illustrate a sermon on New Year's Day of 1773. Originally sung to a variety of melodies, in 1835 it was paired with an anonymous tune named "New Britain" to which it is most frequently sung today.

October 1-7, 2018

MON 1                     7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  
                                 6pm Evening Prayer, Stewardship;  
                                 6:30pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery";                                             
TUE 2                       10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;                                   
WED 3                       7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  
                                 10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;   
                                 12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist;    
THUR 4                    10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop; 
                                 6pm Evening Prayer, Evangelism/Outreach;                            
FRI 5                         7:30am "Good Morning" AA meeting;                                                       
SAT  6                        10am Morning Prayer, Buildings & Grounds Mtg;
                                   11am Block Clan-Up;
                                   3pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery;
SUN 7                       8am Rite I;
                                  8:45am Lesson's Discussion;
                                  9:30am Choir Practice;
                                 10am Sunday School;
                                 10am Rite II- Laying & Anointing of Hands
                                 11:15am Coffee Hour; 
                                 11:45am Hospitality                          


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