St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The Week of July 1-7, 2019
The Kingdom of God has come near
Our Gospel this week relates Luke's version of the assignment given the disciples, the interpretation Jesus offered them of their prospective welcome, and their somewhat surprised and very joyful response when they returned.
Jesus' instructions were both encouraging and worrisome: "The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore ask the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go on your way. See, I am sending you out like lambs into the midst of wolves." His nuance was made clear soon enough when he  told   them, "(I)f anyone is there who shares in peace, your peace will   rest on that person; but if not, it will return to you." In other words,   some will accept their message, others will not.
                                                                                                    But when an entire community dismisses their visit Jesus recommended that they clearly admonish the people, saying, "Even the dust of your town that clings to our feet, we wipe off in protest against you. Yet know this: the kingdom of God has come near." Clearly Jesus wanted his disciples to leave them with the clear message of the kingdom of God being close by.
This is the message for all of Jesus' disciples, including even Christians in the 21st Century. The Kingdom of God indeed has come near. We need to proclaim it and--don't forget--stop to appreciate it every day.                                                                                                                                              

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Reflecting the glory of God
          Our altar is a modest reflection of the glory of God but also is a reflection of our very best efforts.  There is a spirit of joy and gratitude in serving on the altar Guild of St. Paul's Church.  The addition of flowers to our worship space only adds to this joy and gratitude.
          St. Paul's invites you to make a gift toward Sunday flowers in memory of, in thanksgiving for or in honor of a person or event.  The addition of flowers to our worship space not only adds beauty to our altar and a proclamation of resurrection, but is truly a multifaceted gift. They serve also as a pastoral blessing to those who receive the flowers delivered to them after the service typically those in the hospital, nursing home or shut-in at home.  The donor's name and appropriate dedication are noted in the Sunday's bulletin. (Our tradition is that there are no flowers on the Altar during Advent or Lent.)
          Please call the church office for cost information (845-452-8440), and leave a message for Rose Marie Proctor - Altar Guild Matron - with the date and if you have a specific kind of flower in mind. We will make our best effort to fulfill your request.                                                                                                      
            --Rose Marie Proctor

New pew cushions!

In church you will notice a new light in the nave, a brightness and warmth never before seen there!

Friday our new pew cushions were delivered and placed in the church. With the help of a grant from the New York Altar Guild and a Vestry commitment for fund raising the old, lumpy, dull brown cushions have been succeeded by these bright , new and comfortable replacements.

During the summer months, our Food Pantry volunteers see an increase in demand from our neighbors in need. School is out, so children are eating more meals at home. Please bring non-perishable food with you when you come to church and place it in the large basket in the Narthax.
Items that are always needed are pancake mix and pancake syrup, tuna fish and mayonnaise, and beef stew. Anything you donate will be given away. Thank you!

Rebuilding Together Dutchess County is an organization that helps those struggling to keep their homes up make small and large repairs. There is information in the waiting area outside the parish office with phone numbers to call. If you or someone you know is in need of such services, please make use of this information.
On July 20 Episcopalians are invited to Beacon to participate in the 2019 Episcopalians in the Park picnic at Saint Andrew and Saint Luke Episcopal Church, 850 Walcott Ave. in Beacon. All are welcome. An RSVP is requested.


You buy a ticket for $25.   You are then eligible to win any of the drawings and you can win multiple times!! Weekly drawings of $20 & $10 will be held every Sunday at Coffee Hour beginning April 7 and continuing through September 22.

A final drawing and party will be held Saturday, September 29. Prizes of $500, $250, $150, $100 and $50 will be awarded at that time.

Tickets will be available beginning Saturday, February 16. Plan to get at least 1 ticket and try to sell some also. It's a fun way to support the church.

This time at least half of the profits will help pay for our new pew cushions.
                                   JULY BIRTHDAYS
  2   Elisabeth Gillon                                     17   Roseline Oni
  4    Julett Butler                                           20   Kaylee Curtis
  7   Janet Quade                                         22   Ruthie Hodge
11   Ginny Gates                                          27   Faith Mincey
13   Sharon Sherow                                     28   Michael Babb
       Christopher Evens                                31   Selene Hyson


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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:           Colleen Misner
                        Shawn Prater-Lee
Litanist:            Mark Debald
Usher:              Dewy Clarke
                         Mark Debald
Altar Guild:       Joanna Frang & Rose Marie Proctor



1982                      441        In the cross of Christ I glory (Rathbun)

LEVAS-II                 29        Jesus, keep me near the cross (Near the Cross)
LEVAS-II               109        What a friend we have in Jesus
1982                      474        When I survey the wondrous cross (Rockingham)
1982                      498        Beneath the cross of Jesus (St. Christopher)

July 01-07, 2019
MON 01

7:30am AA Meeting
5:00pm Stewardship 
6:00pm Evening Prayer

TUE 02
10:00am-2pm Office, Pantry, Thrift Store;
6:00pm            Evening Prayer; Spiritual Life

WED 03
7:30am   AA Meeting
10:00am Food Pantry, Thrift Shop; 
12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist;
5:00pm   VBS Meeting

FRI 05
7:30am   AA Meeting
6:30pm   NA Meeting

SAT  06
10:00am     NA Meeting
3:00pm       NA Meeting - Men Do Recover

SUN 07
8am        Rite I
8:45am   Lessons' Discussion
10:00am Sunday School; RITE II
11:15am Coffee hour
11:30am Youth



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