St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of February 11-17, 2019
I wanted to shed some light on some of the good that happens in the city                      
                                       --Jeffrey Francis




It's pretty exciting when we pick up the newspaper and find a member of our congregation featured in a full-page article that portrays our fellow St. Paul's member in an inspiring light. It's even more exciting when that member is a young person. And it's a special delight when the article cites that person's positive attitude toward our community.
That's the experience many of us had when we saw Sunday's paper. Jeffrey Francis, son of Stacey Rosborough, grandson of Cynthia and Charlie Benjamin, was featured as a young photographer and artist who is sharing his understanding of progressive changes in Poughkeepsie.  Go to to see the article online or check it out on our parish bulletin board.

The sermon on the plain

Sunday's Gospel reading from Luke contains the "Sermon on the Plain" delivered by Jesus. This very familiar reading is a short version of the Beatitudes which were delivered by Jesus in the "Sermon on the Mount" as recounted by Matthew

(Chapters 5-7).

There's an interesting reason that there is a long form and a short form. Essentially, the Beatitudes constitutes the longest version of Jesus' various comforts and warnings given during his public speaking appearances. This would be called the complete version.

But others learned of and recounted different presentations, some shorter, perhaps due to other subjects being addressed. There are a few unique aspects to the "Sermon on the Plain," notably that verses 24-26 appear in no other version of his remarks. Either way, these collections of very direct comforts and warnings were known far and wide. They described the essential thoughts conveyed by Jesus to people who were longing to hear "The Good News."
Jeremiah 17:5-10; Psalm 1; 
1 Corinthians 15:12-20; Luke 6:17-26

            Readings for the week of February 11-17
Monday, February 11
Romans 12:1-2

Tuesday, February 12
Romans 12:3-8

Wednesday, February 13
Romans 12:9-13

Thursday, February 14
Romans 12:14-21

Friday, February 15
Romans 13:1-7

Saturday, February 16
Romans 13:8-10

Sunday, February 17      
6 Epiphany
Hear God's Word at your local church

              Readings for the week of February 18-24
Monday, February 18
Romans 13:11-14

Tuesday, February 19
Romans 14:1-6

Wednesday, February 20
Romans 14:7-12

Thursday, February 21
Romans 14:13-18

Friday, February 22
Romans 14:19-23

Saturday, February 23
Romans 15:1-6

Sunday, February 24     
7 Epiphany
Hear God's Word at your local church


Five from St. Paul's attend
Absalom Jones service in NYC  
The Annual Service of the Diocese of New York in Celebration of Absslom Jones was held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at 10:30 am at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine.   Five people from St Paul's Episcopal Church in Poughkeepsie NY attended: Mrs. Norma Williams, Mrs. Daphne Barrett, Ms Ananda Payne-Carter, her care attendant, and lifetime UBE member, the Rev Gloria Payne-Carter, retired Priest Associate.
All were uplifted by the magnificent worship experience at which Diocesan Bishop Andy Dietsche was the Celebrant. Special delight was found in the sermon delivered by The Rt Rev Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, first female African-American diocesan bishop in the Episcopal Church. She is now Bishop of the Diocese of Indianapolis. Bishop Baskerville-Burrows was baptized, confirmed and raised up for ordination by the Episcopal Diocese of New York.                      
                                                                                                  --Gloria Payne-Carter

PB & J is our new item of the month. Smooth or chunky, jelly or jam - our clients will appreciate every bite. Thanks to all who do a little grocery shopping for our neighbors in need. Donation basket is located in the Narthex. 

                          FEBRUARY BIRTHDAYS

1       Maris Kristapsons                                 14        Brooke Plain
2       Mertlyn Tomlinson                                15        Shawn Prater-Lee
         Stacey Plain                                                      William Rosborough
3       Jamal Wethington                                 16        Luis Alberto Barban
9       Marlene Fisher                                      18        Celia Flor
12     Aaron Bissessar                                    19        Anita Santos-Bravo
13    Annastasia (Stacey) Schmouth              23        WIlliam Hyson
                                                                       25        Cynthia Benjamin
                                                                       26        Sterling Benjamin

The Sunday Sermon  
          New Possibilities

SERMON: 4 Epiphany c 2 10 19

Watch Julett deliver the sermon by clicking
the link below

In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. Amen.
I have never been on a fishing expedition because it is not something I'm interested in. I don't know about the science or the skill of fishing. I have however, been in a boat ride on the Sea of Tiberius (also called the Sea of Galilee or Lake of Gennesaret) where our guides showed us how the fishermen would cast their nets. After two tries he caught nothing. His crew was a group of American tourists on a sightseeing trip, who were definitely not prepared to help haul in the catch if he had one, anyway.
As a child grown up, I never liked Monday evening dinners, because it would be fish. My whole family; excluding me love to eat fish which is part of our staple. My mother always served fresh fish because she knew when the fishermen came in with their catch and how to spot fresh ones. When I was older she would tell me how to buy fish. She said, "look into the eyes; they must be bright and clear". Today, looking into someone's eyes is like looking into their soul.
In our Gospel reading today, Jesus looked into the eyes and hearts of the people in the crowd. Jesus also, looked into Simon's eyes and saw discouragement after an unsuccessful night fishing. He also looked into Simon's heart and saw that he had potential for growth.
Some of us miss an opportunity for growth because we are afraid of the unknown; we hesitate too long; or worse yet we want the assurance of a positive outcome.
The truth is however, that God knows and controls our past, present, and our future. Psalm 138 describes the qualities of God and then verse 9 says; "The Lord will make good his purpose for me [and you]; O Lord, your love endures for ever; do not abandon the works of your hands." God holds us in the palms of his hands, so we are never alone and never abandoned.
Luke's story is deeper than catching lots of fish. I believe it tells of the depth of Jesus' love, and that His works are endless. Jesus taught Simon and continues to teach us the spiritual principles of faith.
When I was training to be a teacher and a counselor; I learned to meet the students or clients where they are. Jesus was known as a preacher not a fisherman. Jesus met Simon in his fishing boat in the shallow waters, and then went with him to where the fish were - in the deep waters.
It was out in the deep, that Simon was going to have a faith experience, take a risk, and see new opportunities that would change his life forever. About a month ago, I received a gift of a beautiful wall hanging that reads - "Let your faith be bigger than your fear." This is a lesson for everyone of us; and one that Simon would learn.
Can you recall a time when you missed an opportunity to grow or help someone because you were afraid? We should never allow the fear in our minds to extinguish the fire in our hearts.
Moving out into the deep is where God will meet and guide us, so we can develop our faith, if we choose to do so.  
We heard how Jesus engaged with Simon. First, he asked - not forced or commanded! (PAUSE) Jesus asked Simon to push off from the shore so he could take care of the crowd. (PAUSE) Then, he tells Simon to move out into the deep waters and throw out his net - for a catch. Jesus' directions to Simon and to us are always simple and clear with miraculous returns.
Naturally, Simon thinks about the night before. His eyes were dulled by the past. He might have thought to himself ------
I know how this trade works, I have done this forever!  
What would a preacher like you know about fishing?  
I can't believe he's going to ask me to do this again.....I am tired!!
I will go back out tonight because that's when the fish comes up to feed and the algae and planktons are abundant! His fear was real!
Despite it all, Simon says....Yet!   This, this was the opening Jesus used to show the power of God at work. Yet - is where Simon acknowledges his powerlessness, his professional limitations and his humanity. God is the master of creation, he keeps the stars in place, he uses an irritating grain of sand in an oyster to make beautiful pearl.
Simon would learn that (Matthew 19:26), "For mortals it is impossible, but for God all things are possible."
One of my favorite songs by the contemporary gospel singer Alvin Slaughter is "Launch out into the deep" and the chorus says -
Launch out into the deep
Let your faith take you somewhere
That you've never been before
Simon had an experience he had never had before. Simon was overwhelmed by the catch that he asked Jesus to leave because he did not feel he deserved the blessing. Jesus loved and understood Simon's fears, like he loves and understands our fears today. Simon was offered a new position working with people and bringing them into God's kingdom. He will no longer be looking into fish eyes. Jesus will teach him how to lead human heart into God.
So, when we find ourselves drowning in fear; we can be comforted that every part of creation reflects Gods' glory and power. God is always working out the details, even when we cannot see it and don't understand it.
Let us pray:
Lord Jesus, like Simon help us to consider the 'yet' and step out of our own way, and into faith and trust in You to guide our paths into new possibilities, even when we think we have done all we can. Amen.
A sermon preached by Julett N. Butler, Diaconal Postulant, on the Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany, February 10, 2019, at St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Poughkeepsie, NY

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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:           Aleen Josephs Clarke
                        Debbie Pitcher
Litanist:            Mark Debald
Usher:              Dewy Clarke
                         Mark Debald
Altar Guild:       Joanna Fang & Rose Marie Proctor

Greeters:          Joanna Frang & Mark Debald              


1982              637          How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord
1982              389          let us, with a gladsome mind
1982              335          I am the bread of life
1982               690          Guide me, O thou great Jehovah

HYMN INFORMATION: Suzanne Toolan, who is still with us at the age of 91, recalls: "I wrote I Am the Bread of Life for a San Francisco archdiocesan event in 1964. I was teaching high school at the time and wrote the song during my free period. When the bell rang for the next class I decided I didn't like the music, so I tore it up and threw it in the wastepaper basket... As I left my classroom, a freshman girl said, 'What was that? It was beautiful!' I went back into my classroom, took the manuscript out of the basket and taped it together. It has had a life of its own ever since... I could never figure out how the hymn became popular. I know in our Roman Catholic tradition it came at the beginning of our use of the vernacular, and we simply didn't have much to sing in our own language. But I also think its popularity stems from its message of resurrection, which is so strong in these words of Jesus." (John 6:35)


February 11-17, 2019
MON 11
7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  

6pm Evening Prayer, Worship/Altar Guild;
6:30pm NA Meeting;

TUE 12
CLOSED Office, Pantry, Thrift Store;
6pm Evening Prayer, Bible Study;

WED 13
10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop; 
12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist; NO PARISH AID

10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop; 
6pm Evening Prayer, Pastoral care;

FRI 15
7:30am "Good Morning" AA meeting; 
6:30pm NA Meeting;

SAT  16
10am NA Meeting;
3pm PH Private Party;
3pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery"; 

SUN 17
8am Rite I;
8:45am Lessons' Discussion;

9:30am Choir Practice; 

10am Sunday School;

10am Rite II;

11:15am Coffee Hour & The Good Book Club Meeting;
3pm SH Private Party;


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