St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601


MESSENGER
"Making friends while serving God"

 
The Week of October 14-20, 2019
  
 
 
Persistence pays off
 
 
The graphic above suggests that the woman in our Gospel this Sunday is imploring a judge for justice but the judge can hardly be bothered. And that is the way the judge in the parable seems to be. That is, until the widow finally gets his attention through her persistent appeals.
 
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This week's readings.
This is known as the parable of the persistence widow. In the Gospel reading Jesus points out how much more just God is than this sleepy and indifferent judge. But the lesson also tells us something about prayer and the benefit of persistence.
 
It would be inaccurate to draw a direct analogy between the judge and God. It is better to make comparisons. God is not bored. We do not need to get God's attention. We do not need to raise our voices to be heard. We have God's attention all the time. Sometimes, though, we need to be reminded of our dependence on God. When we depend on God to be with us and to love us we can realize that God is on our side even when the answer to our prayers may not be exactly what we had in mind.
   
   
 
 
To be redirected to the Lectionary Page and get a digital copy of the readings 
 
 

   PARISH  NEWS
  



ST OP AND SHOP COMMUNITY BAG PROGRAM TO RAISE DONATIONS FOR OUR FOOD PANTRY

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! 


         
 
 


HARVEST DINNER ENJOYED BY ALL

JJ Manley and His Kids did another outstanding job preparing and serving the Harvest Dinner last Saturday. About 70 people enjoyed Bruschetta, Squash Soup, Duck, Pheasant and a special pumpkin dessert. In addition this year, we were entertained with Classic Rock, Blues and Country music by the band Four of a Kind. It was a great evening.

DON'T FORGET Annual Interfaith Concert - Sunday, November 3 at 3:00 at St. Paul' s plans to be there. 
 



Harvest dinner student chefs from the CIA along with Dr Manley



"Four of a Kind" our band for the Annual Harvest Dinner





NARCAN TRAINING FOR CHURCH STAFF AND FOOD PANTRY VOLUNTEERS  
 
DATE: Wednesday, October 23rd
 
TIME: 4:30PM to 5:30PM
 
Training: NARCAN TRAINING (OPEN TO THE PUBLIC)
 
Description: I you have not received training on the proper use of narcan, this is your chance. Narcan can save who is suffering from an opioid overdose. You'll receive a free Narcan kit after the training.
 
Location: 230 North Road, Poughkeepsie (Enter through the door marked #1)
 
Registration Required: jryan@dutchessny.gov  
 
 
STEWARDSHIP COMMITTEE NOTES 
 
25 Week Club Success - $1000 profit
Lack of Time & Talent Pledges
Financial Pledge Campaign
Consecration Sunday and Catering Possibilities Success of Rummage Sale - $600 profit Interfaith Concert Reception - Nov., 3 - Sign up to bring finger foods New non-commercial refrigerator for Parish Hall kitchen purchased and to be delivered Wednesday, Oct., 9 Bishop's visit Nov., 24 for Confirmation - Reception following (more information to follow).
 
As you can see from the above list, the Stewardship Committee is VERY ACTIVE!!   If you would like to be part of this exciting group, please sign up using the Time & Talent Pledge form or speak to any committee member (RoseMarie Proctor, Debbie Pitcher, Norma Williams, Deb Williams, Janet Quade, Cynthia or Charlie Benjamin,
Adrian Goldson, or 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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
AUTUMN SEASON IN THE FOOD PANTRY  
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.
 
 
 
 
 
 
  
 
                           
 
OCTOBER BIRTHDAYS
     
   4 Susan Savedra                  18  Alexis Rose Plain             31 Carol Rohde

  5 Charlie Benjamin               22 Nadia Belaquer        

  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'
 

SUNDAY 8AM
Lectors:          Rose Marie Proctor
   Adrian Goldson     

Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian

Server:            Maria Bell

SUNDAY 10AM
Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
  
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee                 
  
Lectors:           Alexis Plain
                        Angel Hodge
  
Litanist:           Mark Debald
  
Usher:             Daphne Barrett
                        MollyJones
  
Altar Guild:      Joanna & Rose Marie


 
 
 
 
 
THIS WEEK'S HYMNS
 
1982                 530     Spread, O spread, thou mighty word (Gott sei Dank) 
 
1982                 410     Brothers, joning hand in hand (Gaudeamus pariter)  
 
1982                 609     Where cross the crowded ways of life  (Gardner)  
 
1982                 493     Glorious things of thee are spoken (Austria) 
  
 
HYMN COMMENTARY:  In 1905, American clergyman Dr. Frank Mason North (1850-1935) was challenged by an editor of the forthcoming Methodist Hymnal to write a hymn text on city missions. North had firsthand knowledge of urban poverty from his work in the slums of New York City. Inspired by Jesus' words "Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find" (Matthew 22:9), North wrote Where cross the crowded ways of life. Startling to many at the turn of the century, his descriptive language is still relevant. His text is usually coupled with a tune by English musician William Gardiner (1770-1853), first published in 1815.  
   
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

THIS WEEK'S CALENDAR
October 14-20, 2019
 
                               
MON   14
  

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


TUE    15
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Store
  2:00pm    Small Blessings/Food Pantry
  6:00pm    Evening Prayer; Seekers Group



WED   16
  7:30am    AA Meeting
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop 
12:15pm    Healing Service & Eucharist


 
THU    17
10:00am   Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop


FRI      18
  7:30am    AA Meeting
  6:30pm    NA Meeting 


SAT     19
10:00am    NA Meeting; Bldg. & Grnds. Mtg.  
  3:00pm    NA Meeting - Men Do Recover  


SUN    20
  8:00am    RITE I
  8:45am    Lessons' Discussions
  9:30am    Choir practice
10:00am    RITE II - Celebrating birthdays and anniversaries;  
                  Sunday School  
11:15am    Coffee Hour
  6:30pm    Interfaith Choir 
                          
 

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