St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The Week of October 28-November 3, 2019

Not good news for everybody       

The Gospels contain two versions of Sunday's reading from Luke. The version from Luke includes four of the blessings from the Beatitudes, the name given the eight blessings listed in Matthew's Sermon on the Mount. But the four blessings from the Beatitudes which appear in Luke are complemented by four woes which are just as grim as the beatitudes are thrilling. The Luke version is called the Sermon on the Mount.
This week's readings.
When we encounter the Sermon on the Plain or the Sermon on the Mount, we usually remember the blessings and forget the woes. But it is pretty obvious that when the woes were spelled out by Jesus in the Luke Gospel this Sunday there were some unhappy listeners who realized they qualified for the woes. Perhaps they were self-satisfied or wealthy, perhaps they were well-fed or enjoyed public acclaim. Jesus warned them these circumstances won't last forever.
He then conveys to all the formula for a good life: "Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. If anyone strikes you on the cheek, offer the other also; and from anyone who takes away your coat do not withhold even your shirt. Give to everyone who begs from you; and if anyone takes away your goods, do not ask for them again. Do to others as you would have them do to you."
To be redirected to the Lectionary Page and get a digital copy of the readings 


Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 p.m - Annual Interfaith Concert here at St. Paul's.  We're in charge of the following reception - please sign up in the narthex to bring some of the listed finger foods.
Sunday, November 17 at 10:00 - Annual Consecration SundayThis is the Sunday when we bring our financial pledges to thealtar and then participate in a catered lunch.  Begin thinking nowabout the amount you'd like to pledge for  2020 rememberingall of your blessings. No 8:00am service that day so that everyone
can participate in the day's events.
Sunday, November 24 at 10:00 - Bishop Dietsche's visit, Confirmation and Reception followed by a special Coffee hour. Plan to be there (No 8:00am Service).

Ms. Alexis Plain has provided this summary of the Connect Group our teens participate in with friends from Grace Episcopal Church in Millbrook:
Connect is mainly a teenager-run group. The 13-18 year olds who make up the group have different jobs each meeting. Each meeting, we have a 'leader' (other than our wonderful Grace year fellow leaders: Alex and Marcella) who leads the check-in/ activity to catch up with everyone.
In the past we have made up creative stories, shared our high and lows of the week, and discussed an animal we relate to and more. Then we have facilitator(s) who lead a deeper discussion on topics such as relationships, college and our future, consciousness, social justice, and more. Another person is the game master. The game master decides/ plans the game for that day. We've played mafia, and a few more I forgot the names of. Finally, we have someone who fills out the meeting summary sheet.
Our group has had many in-depth conversations and also partaken in some fun activities. We meet every other week, rotating between our churches. Throughout the year we also plan several fundraisers to lead up to our annual mission trip. In the past we've done a public talent show and hosted a game night. We've already spent time planning our next fundraiser: on December 8 at Grace Episcopal Church (flyers and times to come) we will be performing a play written and performed by the members of our group. We have already spent a lot of time coming up with characters, themes, and ideas and we're really excited to share with all of you.
Please watch for information and plan to attend with us! Donations are welcome to help with our finances for our mission trips but your presence would be enough!
Past mission trips we've partaken in have included Kentucky, where we helped families with poor socio-economic status fix problems they had with their houses in the mountains. We've helped people in Vieques, Puerto Rico rebuild their community garden after the devastating hurricane. Most recently we traveled to Lewiston/ Auburn Maine and volunteered at the local youth center, helping several immigrant families and many more.
Throughout our travels we've not only helped these people but they've helped us. I can tell you with 100% certainty that our trips are partnerships; we've gained so much from the people we've met. I've learned many basic skills, learned and tried so many things from another culture, and grown spiritually and within myself that I otherwise never would've had the chance to. Every adventure we've had has only increased my love of the world and everyone I'm surrounded by. I'm beyond thankful I've been a part of this amazing group and all it offers.
New members are always welcome, please join our crazy family, but be prepared to learn, contribute, and face some hardships. We not only know when to be serious and engage in many eye-opening conversations/ relate to each other, but we also know how to have fun and goof around (we're not always as serious as I've made it sound; trust me we listen to music and go off topic a lot.) We have a fun time while also learning a lot and we do have tough spots, like every family does.
We're a group of rambunctious, crazy, hardworking, and mature people who are always welcoming more. If you have any questions or want to hear more or any stories I've got a lot to share! You can email me at or run into me at church. I love this group I'm a part of and I love everyone in it, so I'd be happy to pass on more information. Thanks for reading and I hope to hear from you. 
- Alexis Plain


Community Bags Sold = Donations Raised!

For the month of November, every time the reusable $2.50 Community Bag is sold at the Stop & Shop store located at 59 Burnett Boulevard, Poughkeepsie NY, St. Paul's Episcopal Church Food Pantry will receive a $1 donation. Learn more at our Non-Profit Resource Center. 

Stop & Shop Welcomes You !
You are joining over 2,500+ non-profits who have raised over $205,000+ to date for local communities as part of this program. St. Paul's Episcopal Church Food Pantry stood out to store leadership at Stop & Shop, and they selected you as the featured non-profit for the month of November! 

Interfaith Concert Reception - Nov., 3 - Sign up to bring finger foods.
Sunday, November 24 at 10:00 - Bishop Dietsche's visit, Confirmation and Reception followed by a special Coffee Hour.   Plan to be there!!       
If you would like to be a part of the Stewardship Committee group, please sign up using the Time & Talent Pledge form or speak to any committee member (Rose Marie Proctor, Debbie Pitcher, Norma Williams, Deb Williams, Janet Quade, Cynthia or Charlie Benjamin, Adrian Goldson, or Bobbie Gordon.   
The Pastoral Care Committee is asking for help from the St. Paul's congregation.
Identify individuals who might appreciate some help dealing with their practical and spiritual struggles. 
Visitations to those who are homebound or are in hospitals or nursing homes.
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 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 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.
The change of seasons is upon us once again, and the cooler temperatures of autumn call for soups and stews. Our Food Pantry clients will appreciate going home with beef stew, chicken noodle soup, and vegetable soup, all items on our "menu" of choices. Please contribute generously! Thank you.
   4 Susan Savedra                  18  Alexis Rose Plain             31 Carol Rohde

  5 Charlie Benjamin               22 Nadia Belaquer                 1 Mary Ann Oughton 

  8 Ashley Lynn DuBois          29 ElmerLeigh                        

     Norma Williams                 30 Jenna Filor        

12 Adrianna Rosen                      Bella Winkler                        

     Tiffany Lynn DuBois               Harper Martin  

17 Frances Gasser                                                                   

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

'In Service to God & You'

Lectors:          Rose Marie Proctor
   Cora Keith       

Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian

Server:            Maria Bell

Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee                 
Lectors:           Jeanne Henderson
                        Adrian Goldson
Litanist:           Mark Debald
Usher:             Daphne Barrett
                        Molly Jones
Altar Guild:      Norma & Mertlyn

1982        287     For all the Saints, who from their labors rest (Sine nomine)  [v. 1-4] 
1982        526     Let saints on earth in concert sing (Dundee)  
1982         293     I sing a son of the saints of God (Grand Isle)  
1982        287     For all the Saints, who from their labors rest (Sine nomine)  [v. 5-8]  
HYMN COMMENTARY:  As a hymn writer, 18th century English clergyman Charles Wesley was unique. He wrote at least 6500 hymns, expressing his feelings on every occasion or issue of importance to him. Let saints on earth in concert sing is a revised version of a Wesley hymn, published in 1852 with an added first verse. "Dundee," the hymn tune most commonly associated with this text, first appeared in the 1615 edition of the Scottish Psalter. The tune's name comes from the city of Dundee, known as the "Scottish Geneva" during the era of the Scottish Reformation and the tune is attributed to Thomas Ravenscroft.    

October 28-November 3, 2019

MON   28
  7:30am    AA Meeting
  6:00pm    Evening Prayer; Vestry
  6:30pm    NA Meeting - Journey to Recovery

TUE    29
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Store

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

THU    31
10:00am   Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop

FRI        1
  7:30am    AA Meeting
  6:30pm    NA Meeting 

SAT       2
10:00am    NA Meeting
  3:00pm    NA Meeting - Men Do Recover  

SUN      3
  8:00am    RITE I
  8:45am    Lessons' Discussions
  9:30am    Choir practice
10:00am    RITE II - Anointing/Laying on of Hands; Sunday School  
11:15am    Coffee Hour
11:45am    Hospitality
  3:00pm    Interfaith Concert 


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