St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The Week of October 21-27, 2019

How Jesus wants us to pray     

Numerous times in the Bible and a handful of times in the Gospels we get tips on how to pray. Very stark images are portrayed of the showy and the humble. This is true in both the Hebrew and Christian Bibles.
This week's readings.
Jesus spoke often about the hypocrites who showed off their piety by disfiguring their faces and declaring loudly their prayers. Jesus spoke about praying in private, or at least in humility. In the rendering above, the humble person with a protective angel overhead is seen to earn God's favor far more than the other figure, the show off.
Jesus concludes the Gospel reading this week with, "for all who exalt themselves will be humbled, but all who humble themselves will be exalted." The challenge of humility is not to think less of ourselves, but to think of ourselves less. 
To be redirected to the Lectionary Page and get a digital copy of the readings 


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! 


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 8:00 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.

DATE: Wednesday, October 23rd
TIME: 4:30PM to 5:30PM
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:  
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        

  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
   Mark Goodwin      

Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian

Server:            Maria Bell

Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee                 
Lectors:           Shawn Prater-Lee
                        Claudette Tucker
Litanist:           Mark Debald
Usher:             Daphne Barrett
Altar Guild:      Hyacinth & Daphne (Alice)

1982                 637     How firm a foundation, ye saints of the Lord (Lyons) 
1982                 680     O God, our help in ages past (St. Anne)  
OFFERTORY HYMN      I sing the almighty power of God (Pine Plains)  
1982                 555     Lead on, O king eternal (Lancashire) 
HYMN COMMENTARY:  O God, our help in ages past is a hymn by Isaac Watts that paraphrases Psalm 90. The hymn was originally part of a 1719 publication by Watts in which he paraphrased in Christian verse the entire psalter with the exception of twelve Psalms which he felt were unsuited for Christian usage. The hymn tune to which the text is most often sung, "St. Anne," was composed by English organist and composer William Croft while he was organist of St. Anne's Church in London, hence the name of the tune. The words and music both originated in 1708, though the tune was originally intended to be used with a version of Psalm 62 and was not paired with Watts' text until sometime later.   

October 21-27, 2019
MON   21

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

TUE    22
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Store
  6:00pm    Evening Prayer; Bible study

WED   23
  7:30am    AA Meeting
10:00am    Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop 
12:15pm    Healing Service & Eucharist

THU    24
10:00am   Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop
  6:00pm    Finance 

FRI      25
  7:30am    AA Meeting
  6:30pm    NA Meeting 

SAT     26
10:00am    NA Meeting; Bldg. & Grnds. Mtg.  
  3:00pm    NA Meeting - Men Do Recover  

SUN    27
  8:00am    RITE I
  8:45am    Lessons' Discussions
  9:30am    Choir practice
10:00am    RITE II; Sunday School  
11:15am    Coffee Hour
  6:30pm    Interfaith Choir 


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