St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


MESSENGER
"Making friends while serving God"

 
The Week of June 10-16, 2019
  
TRINITY SUNDAY
 
In decades and perhaps centuries past Bible cards were a popular and convenient way for folks to learn and remember the Bible stories they heard on Sunday, how to distinguish one character from another, and how the different stories and other treatments in the Bible all fit together. Not totally dissimilar from baseball cards.
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THIS WEEK'S READINGS
 
The image above reflecting the Trinity is obviously of a different era. No one would dispute the dove as representing the Holy Spirit since we have heard it referenced in the Bible, particularly at Jesus' baptism. But no one thinks Jesus was a Caucasian any longer. And the appearance of God as an old white guy with a beard is, well, almost insulting. We attribute human characteristics to God not with confidence but with an understanding that God loves us, has adopted us, and therefore why wouldn't we look alike?
 
Our Sunday 10 am bulletin on Pentecost displayed a representation of that event from the Mafa collection in Cameroon. The African villagers in a hut had the tongues of flame over their heads, the spirit seemed to be a fiery orb. It is representative of the universal desire to see God as like us.
 
Regardless we have no problem with the Trinitarian imagery. The official arrival of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost completes the Trinitarian triangle as Jesus promised. We delight in its presence. Come Holy Spirit, come!
 

To be redirected to the Lectionary Page and get a digital copy of the readings 

 
Proverbs 8:1-14,22-31; Psalm 8
    Romans 5:1-5; John 16:12-15
 

EXCITING WEEKEND FOR ST. PAUL'S
Carol & Bill Rohde with friends between courses

A delicious and beautiful cake donated by  Qwirky Kakes
 
 
FIRST FRIDAY was held at Mansion Square Park on June 7th - The park was filled with all kinds of vendors, 2 stages for entertainment and throngs of people - all well behaved.   It was an exciting time. We opened the church for anyone who wanted to come in and Shawn had a table outside where he gave away free children's  books.  That was a popular spot. Thank you to the many St. Paul's parishioners who stopped by to help showcase our lovely space.
 
Saturday, June 8th, 52 people enjoyed an amazing lunch at Outback Steakhouse.   This 4 course lunch is a great way for people to support St. Paul's Church.  It's a time for all to enjoy each other's company without creating a lot of work for anyone.
Many thanks to all who attended.  Stay tuned for next year's date!


    PARISH  NEWS
    
                          MALCOLM X PARK: 'ART IN THE PARK'
  
Come out and be a good neighbor: Saturday June 15th.
'Art in the Park Day' at Malcolm X Park. The event takes place from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. with crafts and Stewart's ice cream.
Come and support this community event and wear your St. Paul's T shirt.  

  
 
 
 
This Saturday, June 15th, from 7-9:30pm, Connect youth is hosting a Children's Game Night in the Parish Hall of St. Paul's! Invite your children (ages 4 to 13) to engage in an evening of fun games, snacks and community-building activities led by our high school members and leaders while you parents enjoy an evening out in town in Poughkeepsie!
 
This is a fundraiser for our service learning trip to Maine in July! We suggest a donation of $25 per child ($15 if you have two or more!), although anything, however big or small, is welcome and much appreciated! The main purpose is to build community among the families in our Poughkeepsie community. 
 
The secondary purpose is to raise funds for our members to go to Maine! During the trip, we'll be partnering with Tree Street Youth, a local non-profit in Lewiston which provides a safe space for young people to grow socially, academically, and emotionally to become empowered leaders in their communities. Please support our group's efforts to explore, engage across difference and develop new skills while strengthening our faith and understanding of God's infinite power and loving guidance.
 
More About Connect
Connect is a youth group which connects young people ages 12-18 from Grace Episcopal Church, Millbrook; St. Paul's, Poughkeepsie and friends from the community to explore our faith, support one another spiritually, build community through service and express ourselves creatively!
 
For more information, please contact Connect coordinator Marcella Gallo at: 808-722-1509 or marcella.gallo@gmail.com. Otherwise, hope to see you Saturday!!
 

JUNE IS OATMEAL MONTH
For the month of June we are asking for donations of instant oatmeal. It can be plain or a variety pack.
 
Many thanks to our regular contributors from our Food Pantry volunteers and clients..

 
25 WEEK CLUB

A REMINDER FOR THOSE WHO DON'T REMEMBER HOW IT WORKS
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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.
 
The Sunday Sermon...
 

       Welcome the Holy Spirit

 
SERMON: Pentecost C 6 9 19
Acts2:1-21; Ps 104:25-35,37; Rom 8:14-17; Jn14:8-17,25-27
 
People share with me their concept of God all the time. Sometimes without even a hello. They just blurt out their sense of the Almighty. I would say more than half the time they are delighted with and awed by God. The rest? Well, there are those who doubt.
 
We have met some of those who doubt in our readings since Easter. After Jesus was crucified and he died and his body was placed in a tomb there were those who came up with alternate explanations that differ significantly, let us say, from our creed. Be that as it may, Jesus' return was well recorded and attended and his Ascension is still celebrated every year.
 
Perhaps one of the more striking validations or affirmations of the claims made by and for Jesus about his ministry is Pentecost. Jesus told his followers that he would be sending the Holy Spirit to help us in his absence, since Jesus was returning to his Father in heaven.
 
He had given notice before that he would be sending the Spirit, but his strong assertion at the Ascension shone a very bright light on this prospect. Sure enough, 10 days after the Ascension, 50 days after Easter, we have Pentecost.
 
Pentecost means 50 days. It is 50 days after Easter. The energy and enthusiasm and celebration that accompanies Pentecost is a true phenomenon reflective of the excitement we perceive in our reading from the Acts of the Apostles.
 
Let's put ourselves in the shoes of the followers of Jesus on that first Pentecost 50 days after Easter. If we were especially closely connected to Jesus then we may have observed his Ascension into heaven. If we saw that then we likely heard his assuring words that he would be sending the Holy Spirit. Even so, it's been ten long days and we are feeling...a little adrift.
 
Even if we weren't that close to Jesus as his post-resurrection ministry on earth ended, we've probably heard about it and we are even more eager for that Holy Spirit. We need it. We know it. We can hardly wait.
 
Those who were around but not connected with Jesus are probably enjoying a few "Yeah, sure" thoughts, maybe even making comments. They think the probability of a Spirit being sent by someone who's not on the scene is highly improbable.
And then it happened.
 
As the usual crowd was gathered together, probably talking about Jesus and what it's been like since he went away, "...there came a sound like the rush of a violent wind, and it filled the entire house where they were sitting..."
 
To be clear, the entire house was occupied by this...sound. True, is was a sound like a violent wind, so it was loud, but to have it fill the entire house...and we infer, to not be diminished. That would indeed be eerie.
 
Then, as we know, "...Divided tongues, as of fire, appeared among them, and a tongue rested on each of them."
 
These tongues of fire that landed on the people's heads did not set their hair on fire. It immediately must have raised in their minds images of the power of God, God's appearance in the burning bush, the pillar of fire that led Moses and his followers out of Egypt. This was clear evidence of the power of this newly arrived Holy Spirit.
The reading continues, "All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit." It is particularly significant that the reading says they were filled by the Holy Spirit then it says they "... began to speak in other languages, as the Spirit gave them ability."
 
They had the spirit, it was clear, before they found themselves speaking in other languages. What was that like? What did it mean? How did they know, other than the flame sitting on top of their head (which, obviously, is not "being filled.")
This is the point in the story when we bring our own experience to bear. Ordinarily we don't have tongues of flame and we don't usually start speaking in other languages, but often we find ourselves filled with the spirit. What is this?
 
I'm going to refer back to the opening of my sermon. When people speak to me about their experience or sense of God it usually has to do with Godly attributes, like joy and love and peace. When we are at peace within ourselves we often find ourselves surprised at the peace we feel with others, even strangers, even in situations we are surprised to experience peacefully. When we are open to one another, when we listen and feel for what the other person is saying, we get a sensation of connection, of shared energy, of special --there's no other word for it -- power to deal with whatever is going on. We might be hearing some happy news and share in another's joy. We might be hearing of a struggle, a medical problem, maybe, and we have the energy and, again, the power to support the other person in a most heartfelt way.
 
The thing that is easy to miss in this type of situation is also painfully obvious: whatever happened to "What about me?" How is it that we can put aside our own interests, our selfishness, our own desire for attention and support, and be present, fully with another person? How did this happen?
 
On the first Pentecost the answer was that the people were surprised and given a sign--the tongues of flame--that God, that Jesus, had told them the truth. When they knew that he was actually able to extend to them the power of the Holy Spirit, that that spirit could inhabit their own meager human frames, and that it could help them forget themselves and be present for others, well, they were shocked, then ecstatic.
Just as we are when it happens to us in this day and age.
 
There are now and there were then the skeptics. The people who suggested the followers of Jesus had been drinking. In a funny retort Peter says, "Oh, no, it's still morning." In other words, "we'll be drinking soon enough, but not yet."
 
In our Gospel reading, from one of Jesus' earlier promises to send the Spirit, he says, "... I will ask the Father, and he will give you another Advocate, to be with you forever. This is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees him nor knows him. You know him, because he abides with you, and he will be in you."
 
With the Holy Spirit God has come to be with us. In Jesus' statement he reminds us that God is in us, not just with us. But our relationship with the Holy Spirit frees us from our earthly limitations and empowers us to operate as spiritual beings.
This is freedom for those who seek a spiritual way of life, who desire to live into their Baptismal Covenant, who truly want to love God and love their neighbor.
Come Holy Spirit, come!
Amen
 
A sermon preached on Pentecost, June 9, 2019, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie NY by The Rev. Tyler Jones, Rector
 
 

                           
                     
                                   JUNE BIRTHDAYS
 
2        Kevin Kelly                                             15        Bobbie Gordon
          Donna Taylor                                         16        Obafemi Oni
7        Molly Jones                                            17        Jordan Rosborough
          Mary Ann Bagatta                                              Benjamin Rosborough
8        Serena Mazzuto                                     21        Shirley Richardson
10      Hyacinth Curtis                                       22        Michael Babb II
12      Garrett Martin Bell                                  25        Donna Hosier
          Ira Wethington                                       30        Amanda Bell
13      Kimberli Williams                                               Luke Goodwin
                                                                             

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie
 
 

'In Service to God & You'
 
SUNDAY 8AM
Server:            Maria Bell

Lectors:           Rose Marie Proctor
                        Cora Keith

Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian
  
SUNDAY 10AM
Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
  
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee                 
  
Lectors:           Claudette Tucker
                        Lisl Prater-Lee
  
Litanist:            Mark Debald
  
Usher:              Dewy Clarke
                         Mark Debald
  
Altar Guild:       Joanna Frang & Rose Marie Proctor
     
 
 
 
 

THIS WEEK'S HYMNS

1982                 362        Holy, holy, holy! Lord God Almighty
 
1982                 410        Praise, my soul, the King of heaven
 
CPWI                210        Father of heaven, whose love profound
 
1982                 525        The church's one foundation
 
 

HYMN INFORMATION:  The text of Praise, my soul, the King of Heaven draws from Psalm 103. Written by Anglican clergyman Henry Francis Lyte and first published in 1834, it exemplifies the movement away from using psalm paraphrases for congregational singing toward hymns simply inspired by psalm texts. English organist, composer, and teacher John Goss composed the hymn tune "Lauda Anima" (Latin for the opening words of Psalm 103) for this text in 1868, and it is generally considered one of the finest hymn tunes of the Victorian era. Immensely popular and suiting many occasions, this hymn was used in the 1947 royal wedding of Princess Elizabeth (now Queen Elizabeth II) and Prince Philip, and was also used as the opening hymn at the 2018 funeral of former U.S. President George H. W. Bush.

 
 

 
 
 
 
 

THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR
June 10-16, 2019
                               
MON 10
7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  

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


TUE 11
10am-2pm Office, Pantry, Thrift Store;
6pm Evening Prayer, Bible Study;


WED 12
7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;
10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop; 
12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist; The Rev. Gloria Payne-Carter
1pm Parish Aid;


THUR 13
10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop; 


FRI 14
7:30am "Good Morning" AA meeting; 
6:30pm "Journey to Recovery" NA Meeting;


SAT  15
10am "Journey to Recovery" NA Meeting;
11am-2pm Malcolm X Park: 'Art in the Park Event'
3pm  "Men do Recover" NA Meeting;
4:30pm Private SH Party;
6pm-10pm Grace Church Fundraiser 'Parents Night Out'
 

SUN 16
8am Rite I;
8:45am Lessons' Discussion;

9:30am Choir Practice; 

10am Sunday School;

10am Rite II; Celebrating Birthdays & Anniversaries

11:15am Coffee Hour;
                          

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