St. Paul's Episcopal Church Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The Week of February 16-22, 2021


Three Temptations of Jesus - Relevancy, Spectacular, Powerful
by Jason Valendy
This week's readings
Henri Nouwen writes in his book In the Name of Jesus there are three temptations Jesus faces in the desert with Satan. He frames them as:
  • Relevancy - turning stones into bread
  • Spectacular - leaping off the temple
  • Powerful - bowing to satan
Why is relevancy a temptation? "I am deeply convinced that the Christian leader of the future is called to be completely irrelevant and to stand in the world with nothing to offer but his or her own vulnerable self."
He goes on to say, "The great message that we have to carry, as ministers of God's Word and followers of Jesus, is that God loves us not because of what we do or accomplish, but because God has created and redeemed us in love and has chosen to proclaim that love as the true source of all human life."
Finally he says, "The leaders of the future will be those who dare to claim their irrelevance in the contemporary world as divine vocation that allows them to enter into a deep solidarity with the anguish underlying all the glitter of success, and to bring the life of Jesus there." 
As I read it, Nouwen is saying that more and more people are feeling irrelevant. People feel irrelevant as they watch automation take their manufacturing job. People feel undervalued at a their job that gives little to no benefits. People feel more replaceable than ever as the world changes faster and faster. The rise of the irrelevant is well underway and there is no place in the world that cares about irrelevance because we assess people's worth on how relevant they are. 
The Church and Church leaders are to stand with the growing number of people for whom irrelevancy is the norm. Relevant pastors will continue to peddle the wares of the culture that values relevancy. Success in the Church is not being more relevant. Success looks like being in solidarity with the irrelevant of the world. 
You know, like Jesus did. 
May we be like Jesus who resisted the temptation of to be relevant. May we be like Jesus who defined success by our willingness to follow.
The Rev. Jason Valendy, along with this wife the Rev. Estee Valendy, serves as co-pastor of Saginaw United Methodist Chuch in Saginaw, Texas.  
--Shawn Prater-Lee

To be redirected to the Lectionary Page and get a digital copy of the readings  
Genesis 9:8-17; Psalm 25:1-9; 1 Peter 3:18-22;
 Mark 1:9-15


The AGM was held on Zoom January 24 following the 10:00 Service. The Vestry proposed the following slate: Warden - 2 Year term - Mark Debald; Vestry - 3 year terms - Pete Bedrossian, Colleen Misner and Gillian Prater-Lee. All were elected by unanimous consent -  There were no nominations from the floor. 
Treasurer Dewy Clarke gave an overview of our finances and presented the annual budget for 2021. Shawn gave an update on the status of the furnace and the chimney repairs.  We are collecting estimates and are waiting to hear from the insurance company before we proceed. He announced that the Vestry will act as the search committee as recommended by the Diocese. Pete is chairing the Search. We may be looking for a part-time priest who we would share with another congregation (possibly St. James in Newburgh). This is based on financial figures obtained from the Diocese. There are a couple of priorities before we can advertise the position - we need input from the congregation and our website needs an overhaul since that will be the main way an inquiring priest would be introduced to St. Paul's.  That actually can replace the Parish Profile. You will be receiving a questionnaire soon asking for your thoughts and ideas. WE ARE ALL ST. PAUL'S CHURCH. So it is MOST IMPORTANT that you complete the questionnaire and return it. The Search Committee will also take part in a workshop for transitioning congregations shortly. Bobbie gave the Stewardship report - Pledges to date - 53 for $64,335 compares to last year at this time - 63 pledges for $75,477. If you need a pledge form, please call the office and we'll send one to you. We know they can be misplaced.   We always give the Paraclete Potter award at the AGM. This award is given to a volunteer who isn't on the Vestry or in a committee leadership position. This year the award was given posthumously to Stephanie Campos who volunteered daily from March - September for Small Blessings and the Food Pantry. Her unexpected death in November was a very sad time for all volunteers who knew her.

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or search on YouTube for St. Paul's Poughkeepsie.
We hope to put copies of all of our online services there.
Total deposits for the past week - $1640 ($45 for the Food Pantry). Many thanks to all who have been generously supporting the Food Pantry.
We're looking forward to seeing you on Zoom until further notice.  


--The Rev. Dcn. Julett Butler
Sermon for
Ash Wednesday
By the Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin
Bishop Suffragan
This video sermon is one of an ongoing series by our bishops. Please share this link: with your congregation and friends. The video may be embedded on your site, played directly from Vimeo, or downloaded.

Our Journey through Lent
Isaiah 58:6-12
Is not this the fast that I choose...?
A Welcome Reflection by Allison Duvall
Dear friends,
Thank you for your interest in being part of Episcopal Migration Ministries' journey through the Lenten season. We are grateful to have you join us for daily prayer, devotions, and reflection.
Beginning on Ash Wednesday, February 17, we will post a daily devotional (subscribe to receive by email) that offers a reflection on a portion of Isaiah 58:6-12, pondering the text and its meaning through the lens of migration. You are welcome to invite others to join, and we encourage you to forward the emails along. We will also share the daily devotions on our social media channels, and welcome you to share.
As you pray and engage with the devotions, you will be joining with so many others across the Episcopal Church and the country who are doing the same. Together, #WeAreEMM: we form a community of prayer, reflection, and action.
Throughout the daily devotional series, we will share ways that you can become more involved in the work of Episcopal Migration Ministries. We also invite you to share the ways that you are involved in migration ministry. We would love to hear from you.
EMM is a ministry of the whole Church and her people. Through this work, we welcome, support, and advocate for our newest neighbors, and are met by Christ and transformed in the process.
Blessings to you this Lenten season. We are grateful to walk with you.
EMM Church Engagement Team

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EMM's Lenten Daily Devotions are possible because of the generous volunteer efforts of members of EMM's Asylum & Detention Ministry Network. We extend our gratitude to Ana Reza, Diocese of the Rio Grande, BA Miskowiec, director of West Virginia Interfaith Refugee Ministry, Flor Saldivar, Diocese of West Texas, Michelina Nicotera-Taxiera, Diocese of Arizona, and The Rev. Michael Wallins, Diocese of the Rio Grande, for their work to make the daily devotions a reality.
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 --Shawn Prater-Lee
Sign up for update when vaccine is available. Please share this site with others.
Pharmacies in our area are dispensing vaccines. Please visit these pharmacies like Rite Aid on South Ave. and Hooker Ave. and get your names on a list. As soon as an individual is eligible, the pharmacy will call. People can sign up with the county by clicking on the website link above as well.
 --The Rev. Dcn. Julett Butler 
Dutchess County Legislator Barrington Atkins will be working with Westchester Medical Center Health Network to provide a FREE PSYCHOLOGICAL FIRST AID TRAINING.  The training will focus on reducing the effects of trauma during and following a disaster and public health emergencies such as covid-19.
Space is limited. 

Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration Service
Officiant: The Rt. Rev. Andrew M. L. Dietsche, Bishop of New York 
Sermon:The Hon. Byron Rushing,Vice President of the House of Deputies
Saturday, February 20, 2021 | 10:30AM-12PM | via Facebook Livestream
  • Diocesan Festival Choir

  • Jay Hoggard - Jazz Musician

  • Tina Fabrique - Broadway Performer
  • Poet Gold - Spoken Word Artist

  • Michael James Leslie - Broadway Performer

  • Larry Marshall - Broadway Performer
Join Us in Collaborative Chorale!
Interested in participating in the online collaborative choir performance of We are Marching in the Light of God during the Absalom Jones celebration on 2/20/21?

Contact Jeannine Otis at by January 31 for more information and simple recording and uploading instructions!
Join the Virtual Procession!
This year our celebratory service procession will be virtual. If you would like to participate, please provide a few high resolution photos of your church banner, (ideally held by cheerful team members in front of your church!), or as a plan B, please provide a photo of your banner at an event or against a contrasting background. 
Please note: photos must be uploaded by Sunday, January 31 to be included in the procession.
Click here to upload your photos.
For questions, contact Allison Moore, or 845-633-8272.
Blessed Absalom Jones Mutual Aid Project
January through March 2021
Celebrate His Triumph and Continue His Work!
This year your congregation has the opportunity to continue the work of Blessed Absalom Jones by participating in a Diocesan-wide effort to help those in need in our communities. We suggest working with several organizations that are seeking tangible items to provide much needed support to those they serve. 
Make a Donation in Honor of Absalom Jones
Offerings associated with the Absalom Jones Celebration will be donated to Voorhees College in Denmark, South Carolina, a member of the Historically Black Colleges and Universities with a long-standing affiliation with the Episcopal Church.
To Donate by Check
Make Checks Payable to: Union of Black Episcopalians
Memo: Absalom Jones
Mail To: Mabel Wernham, Treasurer
2040 Bruckner Blvd, Apt 14A
Bronx, NY 10473
Organized by the Absalom Jones Celebration Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of New York.
For questions or more information, please email Carla Burns.

--Shawn Prater-Lee


 2 Mertlyn Tomlinson  
14 Brooke Plain  
18 Celia Filor
    Stacy Babb     
15 Ade David Oni
19 Anita Santos-Bravo

 3 Jamal Wethington    

     Shawn Prater-Lee
23 William V Hyson
 9  Marlene Fisher
      William B. Rosborough 
25 Cynthia Benjamin
12 Aaron Bissessar 
16  Luis alberto Jr. Barban
26 Sterling Benjamin
13  Annastasia Schmouth 
18  George Reyes 


Please keep those on our parish prayer list in your minds and in your 
prayers, especially at this time of separation and isolation.

Our prayers are asked for:
Frank Burnett, Food Panty Volunteers, victims of Human/Sex Trafficking; Burton family; Lillian, Matthew, Sasha; Paul & Donna, Margaret, Joe, G.J., Aleta, Plain family, Melius family; Ibadan Diocese, All Saints' Church, Oni family; Gary, Legend; Rhonda, Joe, Ann, all Teachers, Parents, Students, Theodore, John, Paul, Kathy, George, Janett, Renate, and Notoe; Sharon Greene, Owen,Agnes, Norma; McLauren family; Graham family; Wood family; Braxton family; Lori, Steven, Elyse, Jim, Seth; Phil; All essential workers; Beryl & Glen, Vincent family; George;  Daniel Mizell and family; Liz, Martha; Eileen; the Butler, Richards and Barrett families; Fr. Allan and family; St. Paul's Vestry; Darien  family; Richardson family; Sherow family; Edna Clarke,Michelle, Kathy B.; Carola and Violet; Whitman, Medical Reserve Corp. of Dutchess County, The Laken family; All Parishioners; Kairos International, Catherine, Michelle, Yamily; G.J., Joe; Lois, Matthew, Lillian; Lynita, Perry, Melius family, Sasha; Stacey, Linda, Phil, Jody; Tucker family, Branch family, Atkinson family; Alison, McGhan, Sterling, Unah, Avonel, Kim, Santos family, Madeline, Bramble, Charlie, Cynthia, Gencia, Val, Joanne,  Janet, Corkey, Pelaez, Josephs-Clarke family, Dixon family, Paulette, Jarah, Mertlyn; Adam, Paul, Andrew & family, Douglas family, Ron, Dave, Liz; Jill, Lana,  Andrew, Susan; Schneider family, all in need; Susie; Sherry, Claudia

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

'In Service to God & You'

Our food pantry volunteers are in active service at St. Paul's these days. We give thanks to them and thanks to God for their willingness to help us by helping others.


February 16-22, 2021

TUE     16
10:00am   Food Pantry & Thrift Shop (CLOSED)

WED    17
10:00am   Food Pantry & Thrift Shop

THU     18
10:00am   Food Pantry & Thrift Shop

SUN     21
10:00am   Zoom - Rite II, Ante Communion

MON    22
  6:00pm   Evening Prayer; Vestry  





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