St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


MESSENGER
"Making friends while serving God"

 
The Week of September 16-22, 2019
  

 
 
Do we prioritize our duty to God 
or our hunger for wealth? 
 
Careful observers of our church sign on the corner of Mansion and Hamilton Streets may find a little irony in the messages last week and this week. Last week we posted:
 
RUMMAGE SALE
SAT SEPT. 14  10-3
PLEASE STOP BY
 
This week we posted:
 
WE CANNOT SERVE
GOD AND WEALTH
            --LUKE 16:13
 
First we solicited money, then we said we couldn't serve God and wealth. Sounds a little duplicitous, doesn't it?
 
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This week's readings.
Except that anyone who knows our church knows what we do with our money, such as it is. We give away food to the needy. We offer inexpensive donated clothing and housewares. We offer our meeting spaces to community organizations and we support a variety of organizations that also seek to serve the disadvantage d and marginalized neighbors in our midst.
 
While the sign was being posted one of our food pantry and thrift shop clients came by and chatted. When she read the sign she said, "So true. If you've got God with you you'll be ok." Money buys stuff; God provides peace.
 
The message Jesus is trying to get across in our Gospel this week was that we cannot be committed to both God and wealth. We must choose and we must check regularly to insure that our desire for security via wealth does not eclipse our commitment to serve God and love our neighbor. 
 
 
 
 
To be redirected to the Lectionary Page and get a digital copy of the readings 
 
 
   

   PARISH  NEWS
   
 
DEACON'S DOINGS 
I have found a new home
"See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland." Isaiah 43:19.
  
I am home!
 
Yes, I have found a new home.   St. Paul's is where I will continue to learn, take root and grow, with God's help.   I will be asking for your help to learn the dynamics and adjust to my role in the family.   As your deacon I have ministries inside and outside of St. Paul's; apart from my liturgical duties.
 
I have been attached to one parish since I arrived in Poughkeepsie in 1991.   It was easy to settle there because some very special people (now gone from this world) welcomed me.   I remember a couple asking me my name at the Peace and inviting me to sit with them.   After that first visit, I looked forward to sitting with them every Sunday.   They introduced me to others; and always using my name. I was home and they provided a place for my spiritual development. Years later, this church family, the deacon and the priest, were very supportive of my birth family and me when I was sick in the hospital.  
 
Now, I have a new home and a new family.   It's important to me to learn the names of my family members, so please be patient with me.
 
On September 11, I was invited to Parish Aid, the Women's Group here at St. Paul's.   I shared a little about my 35+ hours full time job, my involvement with Kairos Inside and now Kairos Outside.   Ladies, if you are not a part of this group, get involved, the fellowship is great.   You will get to know some interesting women and grow spiritually.
 
Next weekend, starting on Friday, September 20 - 22, I will be on retreat with Kairos Outside.   I will be with women who had/have family members who were incarcerated and women who were previously incarcerated.   A family system is destabilized when a member is absent.   There is sadness, anger, emotional imprisonment, and feelings of abandonment to name a few.   My Kairos Outside team will create a loving and spiritual environment for our guest to share, learn about our loving God and begin to heal.   There will be other retreats in the future so talk with me if you or someone you know could benefit from the Kairos Outside experience.   There is no financial cost to the guests. Please pray for us over the weekend; day and night.
                                    --Deacon Julett 
 
 
 
Superior water station service for marathon
provided by St. Paul's parishioners
 
 
 
 
The Maloney Road Water Station had to have been the most fun for the Marathon runners without a doubt. St. Paul's Church provided music, dancing, and cheering for all of the  runners. Thanks to all St. Paul's parishioners who missed Church to support the runners. 
  --Bobbie Gordon
 
 
Massive success at Saturday rummage sale
     
Many people at St. Paul's helped move, sort and sell items for St. Paul ' s first Rummage Sale this past weekend. Even though we dodged a few rain drops on Saturday, the day was a HUGE SUCCESS. Over $600 was raised!
 
 We had many shoppers and even some people who visited the church where they or their family had worshiped in the past. In the picture above you can see the many items we had for sale - 4 tables of women ' s clothing plus men ' s & children ' s clothing, toys, kitchen items, linens, shoes & handbags, pictures and frames, etc. - lots of STUFF.
 
Thank you to all who helped by donating, sorting, selling, etc.. We could n' t have done it without you.                                                                             
--Bobbie Gordon
 
   
 
PASTORAL CARE VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITIES
 
The Pastoral Care Committee is asking for help from the St. Paul's congregation.

IDENTIFICATION OF PROSPECTS
Identify individuals who might appreciate some help dealing with their practical and spiritual struggles. 
 
VISITATIONS
Visitations to those who are homebound or are in hospitals or nursing homes.
COMMUNICATION
Sending cards on a regular basis: "Thinking of You",  Get Well, Sympathy or holidays to those we do not see but wish to keep in touch. Phone calls also keep us in touch with the home-bound.
RIDES
Rides to church are provided to those who are unable to drive or need assistance. We don't know how many members of our parish are "stuck at home" due to the lack of transportation. 
 
HOLIDAY GIFTS
Holiday bags are prepared at Christmas for those who are homebound.

If you can help or if you have a concern or know of anyone in need of pastoral care, please contact Cynthia Benjamin, Chairperson or any member of the committee - Rose Marie Proctor, Janet Quade, Charlie Benjamin, Norma Williams.
 
 
 
SEPTEMBER IN THE FOOD PANTRY  
Let's think about sandwiches for September for our Food Pantry clients. Please bring peanut butter and jelly and/or tuna fish and mayonnaise during this back-to-school month. Our clients can use these high protein foods to make sandwiches on the 100% whole grain bread we purchase every week from Freihofer's Outlet in New Paltz.
 
Thanks to everyone who helps our neighbors in need!
 
 
ANTI-RACISM WORKSHOP
       
 
25 WEEK CLUB
 

Do you have your ticket for the 25 Week Club? Remember "you have to be in it to win it!! We have held weekly drawings since April 7 for $20 & $10, so that means there have been 28 winners so far and some people have won more than once.   The final drawing for the large prizes will be held at a lunch on September 28th. Ticket holders will receive an invitation in late August. Money raised from the 25 Week Club helps support the church and this time half of the earnings will go toward the cost of the new pew cushions. It's not too late to get a ticket - see Bobbie Gordon if you'd like one or if you can sell some to your friends.
 
  
Sunday's sermon
 
 
Chopped liver?
 
 
SERMON:14 Pentecost c 9 15 19
Jer4:11-12,22-28;Ps14;1Tim1:12-17;Lk15:1-10 
Did you get the impression from today's readings that there is a lot of focus on repenting and doing as God would have us do? Each reading had a different angle, but the lesson--that God wants us to live godly lives--was clear.
 
Some things aren't so clear. Sometimes it takes a while to imagine clearly what was going on with some of the major events in the Bible.
 
Once a pastor was speaking to a group of second-graders about the resurrection of Jesus when one student asked, "What did Jesus say right after He came out of the grave?"
 
The pastor explained that the Gospels do not tell us what Jesus said.
 
The hand of one little girl shot up. "I know what He said." The pastor said, "Oh, really?"
 
She said, "Yes, I do. He said,"Tah-dah!'"
 
I know. I know. Unlikely. But it is one of the possibilities. Remote possibilities.
 
There's also some possibility for confusion with today's Gospel. One reason for the confusion is all the imagery: the sheep, the coin, the saved soul. Another reason is that this delight at God's saving grace plays out in different ways. A third reason is there always seems to be some griping, even when God's saving grace is witnessed. Consider the grumbling Pharisees and scribes. Also, there's the obvious question: when we consider the angels of heaven delighting at a single soul saved more than 99 of the faithful, don't we suspect the 99 faithful might feel a little like, "What are we, chopped liver?"
 
Finally don't we have to admit that this all sounds like the Prodigal Son, yet he's nowhere in the readings?
 
One of my seminary classmates complained this week that we've been reading from the Gospel of Luke for quite a few weeks and now, near the end of the fifteenth chapter we shift over to the Gospel of Matthew. Would anyone care to guess what story appears in last part of the 15th chapter of Luke? That's right, the Prodigal Son.
 
But we know the story and there's no harm in considering it along with the specifics of today's Gospel. In each of these examples it's kind of challenging to imagine that for every saving grace there are those who are delighted, there are those who share in the delight, and there are seemingly always those who do not accept that a moment of grace has materialized for someone else.
 
This is the missing piece of the puzzle in each story, the true puzzler in each situation. Mostly we talk about the repentant sinner, the individual who realizes they have strayed, repents and is joyfully received. Why wouldn't everyone be joyful? Why isn't the celebration unanimous?
 
The story of the Prodigal Son lays it out the most clearly. The Prodigal Son demanded his inheritance, lost it all, returned quite humbled to his overjoyed father, overjoyed at his lost son's return. The brother of the Prodigal Son was peeved. Asked why he said to his father, "Look! All these years I've been slaving for you and never disobeyed your orders. Yet you never gave me even a young goat so I could celebrate with my friends. 30 But when this son of yours who has squandered your property with prostitutes comes home, you kill the fattened calf for him!"
What seems to be going on here is that the angry bother has been faithful to his father only in an obligatory way. His heart has not been in it. You could say the same is true of the scribes and Pharisees in today's Gospel. When they criticized Jesus for eating with tax collectors and sinners they were essentially admitting they considered ministering to them beneath them.
 
What does that say about their faith? Is it supposed to be exclusive? Is it for the good people only? Are they actually good? Have they read the psalms, Jeremiah and Isaiah?
 
Rather than concern ourselves too deeply with the spiritual status of characters in Jesus' parables we would be well advised to consider our own responses to situations similar to those described in the Gospel.
 
Let's start with the easiest example, the woman who found the silver coin. We might ask, "Why should I have feelings about this of any kind?" But what we know from the reading is that she went to great lengths to find her lost coin. When she was successful she was relieved beyond measure. If we are loving God and loving our neighbor we will share in the relief of the woman who lost the coin. We will be thankful that her fear has been erased and her delight is a comfort.
 
When we consider the shepherd and the lost sheep we realize that we might be thinking more of the sheep than the shepherd. After all, the sheep is lost. It might be devoured by a fierce beast like a bear or a lion. And everyone loves sheep, right? So we aren't about to be cold hearted at the sheep's relief at being found.
 
But the shepherd? Are we happy for the shepherd? Is it his or is he a hired hand, responsible for the herd and potentially on the hook for the lost animal? Obviously he could leave the 99 and go looking for the lost animal from the herd because in general sheep will stick together, not go off and get lost.
But can't we sympathize with the shepherd, whether the owner or the hired hand? Is there not cause to join in the joy of another when that person has avoided a serious setback? And if we cannot, how are we doing in the loving our neighbor department?
 
Now maybe those scribes and Pharisees were worried that Jesus was going to elevate one of the dreaded tax collectors and sinners to some position of status within the Jewish congregation where he was teaching. Maybe they feared Jesus was going to invite them to speak in the synagogue and the religious leaders took offense at this prospect. Who knows? Maybe they invented the saying, "You're judged by the company you keep," and it did not occur to them that it was their job to encourage tax collectors and sinners to change their ways.
 
But we can imagine it. We can imagine all kinds of ways that we can reach out to others of all kinds, assuring them of the love of God and offering them what we have for them here at St. Paul's in God's name. The Gospel is not only the four books of the New Testament written by Matthew, Mark, Luke and John. The Gospel is the Good News of God's love for all, the fallen, the standing, the rich and the poor, the needy and the affluent, even the needy affluent. We celebrate with joy our treasured position at this church from which we get to dispense the signs of God's goodness made known to us in our faith and passed from our hands into the hands of the needy in God's name.                        Amen
 
 
A sermon preached on the 14th Sunday after Pentecost, Sept, 15, 2019, at ST. Paul's Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie NY, by The Rev. Tyler Jones, Rector. 
 
 
                           
 
SEPTEMBER BIRTHDAYS
     
1    Brandon Clarke                      Janet Woods              21 Aleen Josephs-Clarke

     Notoe Hodge                   11  Louise Evans            22 Shamara Wethington Mizell

4   Brian McCarthy               12  Colleen Misner          23 Benjamin Porter               

7   Rebecca Lynn Brown            Marjorie Marks          28 Adrian Goldson

      Florence Greenway        14  Jack Porter                29 Daphne Barrett                   

9   Judith Mizell               Clifford Robert DuBois Jr.    30 Thomas A Walker

                                            18 Candis Henry               
 

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie
 
 

'In Service to God & You'
 

SUNDAY 8AM
Lectors:           Rose Marie Proctor
    Mark Goodwin 

Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian

Server:            Maria Bell

SUNDAY 10AM
Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
  
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee                 
  
Lectors:          Debbie Pitcher
                       Shawn Prater-Lee
  
Litanist:           Mark Debald
  
Usher:             Daphne Barrett
                        MollyJones
  
Altar Guild:      Norma & Mertlyn


 
 
 
 
 
THIS WEEK'S HYMNS
 
1982          390     Praise to the Lord, the Almighty (Lobe den Herren) 
 
1982          475     God Himself is with us (Tysk)
 
1982          583     O holy city, seen of John (Morning Song)  
 
1982          345     Savior, again to thy dear Name we raise (Ellers) 
  
    
HYMN COMMENTARY: Much concerned with social justice, Episcopal clergyman Walter Russell Bowie wrote the hymn O Holy City, seen of John in 1909 at the request of Henry Sloan Coffin, "who wanted some new hymns that would express the convictions that our hope of the Kingdom of God is not alone some far-off eschatological possibility but in its beginnings, at least, may be prepared for here on our actual earth." The hymn draws upon Revelation 21:27 and 22:1-5, and speaks to the pain and despair found here on Earth, with the hope and joy that will be found in the heavenly kingdom. The words are coupled with a folk tune title "Morning Song," which gained popularity in the 1816 shape-note hymnal Kentucky Harmony.
    
 
 
 
 
 
 

THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR
August 26-September 1, 2019
 
                               
MON   16
  

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


TUE   17
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Store
  2:00pm    Small Blessings/ Food pantry
  6:00pm    Evening Prayer; Seekers Group



WED  18
  7:30am    AA Meeting
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop 
12:15pm    Healing Service & Eucharist


 
THU   19
10:00am   Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop
  6:00pm    Evening Prayer; Finance


FRI    20
  7:30am    AA Meeting
  6:30pm    NA Meeting 


SAT   21
10:00am    NA Meeting
  3:00pm    NA Meeting - Men Do Recover 


SUN  22
  8:00am    RITE I
  8:45am    Lessons' Discussions
  9:30am    Choir practice
10:00am    RITE II; Sunday School  
11:15am    Coffee Hour
11:30am    Youth - Connect 
                          
 

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