St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of August 6-12, 2018  

Caribbean Brunch Sunday

Most readers of this newsletter won't see the sign on the corner of Mansion and Hamilton until Sunday, so here is a preview:

$6 EACH -- FAMILY $12

You probably have friends who express something like envy when you tell them about the delicious Caribbean meals our Hospitality Committee members prepare. Well, this is the time to tell them to come to church on Sunday at 10 and enjoy some Caribbean fare at the official St. Paul's Caribbean Brunch after church.

A stark contrast
     Nathan's prophesy is fulfilled
     Jesus proffers faith as a way of life  
David's son Absalom died hanging from a tree after his mule 
passed under low-hanging branches
 2 Samuel 18:5-9,15,31-33,  Psalm 130
Ephesians 4:25-5:2, John 6:35,41-51

This week's readings
The violence of King David's selfish reign reaches its crescendo this Sunday with the death of David's son Absalom. Nathan had warned David about God's displeasure with his choices; David now realizes true hardship as a consequence of his behavior.
The first reading Sunday foreshadows the Gospel in a way. It makes us think about the choices we make and whether we take into consideration our commitments in faith as we engage in our earthly lives. Certainly as we approach a baptism scheduled for this Sunday our Baptismal Covenant is a key reminder of how we have committed to live our lives.

The Gospel reading from John has Jesus declaring, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty." This reminds us of last Sunday's reading in which Jesus declared, "(T)he bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world." (The disciples) said to him, "Sir, give us this bread always." Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty."

The notion of putting spiritual topics in front of physical hunger is not all that strange. People have been doing that accidentally forever. When no food was available, people would pray, hoping for manna from heaven or another miracle. More intentionally people often fast in order to literally put their faith and their prayer and their meditation ahead of their physical comfort.

In combination the two readings are good reminders of how we have chosen and how we intend to live.

  P A R I S H  N E W S


Get your tickets for the lunch at Outback soon
 Also, it's important to know that you may attend the lunch anytime between 11:00 and 1:00.

The following event is Saturday, August 18th - Lunch at Outback Steakhouse from 11:00am - 1:00pm.   Tickets are $15 per person and must be purchased in advance either by cash or check made payable to St. Paul s.   See the flyer above for more details.
Tickets need to be purchased and picked up at St. Paul s Church by August 11th or you can purchase a ticket from a Vestry or Stewardship Committee member.

Be sure to get yours ASAP in order to get in all of the drawings. 
Here's a reminder of how it works:
Tickets are $25.00 each. Drawings will be held every Sunday from July 1 - December 9.   Prizes for those drawings are $10 and $20.  
The final drawing will be December 15 at a party that will include dinner and perhaps musical entertainment. Prizes awarded that day will be $10, $20 plus the big prizes of $500, $250, $150, $100 & $50. 
You can win multiple times since your ticket is always returned to the pile so that it's there for the final drawing.  All parishioners are asked to buy or sell at least 2 tickets.
Tickets to sell are available from Bobbie Gordon. Tickets for purchase are available from Vestry members and Debbie Pitcher, Deb Williams, Rose Marie Proctor, Charlie Benjamin, Cynthia Benjamin, Janet Quade and Bobbie Gordon.

C O M M U N I T Y   N E W S

Sunday Sermon...
1      Josephine Sherow                                              9      Barry Connelly
3      Gerry Sprague                                                   11     Thomas Quinn
        Nathesia Wethington                                         14      Ed McCurty
        Gillian Prater-Lee                                               15      Adrianna Babb
4      Owen Tucker                                                     20      Krystal Hyson
5      Owen Scarlett                                                    23      Marlene Taylor
7      Charlene DuBois                                               25      Dewy Clarke 

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St. Paul's Episcopal Church-Poughkeepsie

'In Service to God & You'
Server:            Maria Bell
Lectors:           Rose Marie Proctor
                       Cora Keith
Litanist:           Pete Bedrossian
Organist:         Maris Kristapsons
Acolytes:         Shawn Prater-Lee
                        Jordan Rosborough
                        Ben Rosborough
Lectors:           Claudette Tucker
                        Shawn Prater-Lee
Litanist:           Mark Debald
Usher:             Dewy Clarke
                        Mark Debald
Altar Guild:      Joanna & Rose Marie
Greeters:         Debbie Pitcher
                        Bobbie Gordon


1982                      7      Christ, whose glory fills the skies

 1982                  450     All hail the power of Jesus' name

 1982                 293      I sing a song of the saints of God
 LEVAS-II           60      O Lord my God, when I in awesome wonder

August 6-12, 2018

MON 6                    7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;    
                               5pm Stewardship;
                               6pm Evening Prayer;                             
                               6:30pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery";                                             
TUE 7                    10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop; 
WED 8                     7:30am "Good Morning" AA Meeting;  
                               10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Small Blessings Thrift Shop;   
                               12:15pm Healing Service & Eucharist;    
                                1pm Parish Aid;
THUR 9                 10am-2pm Office, Food Pantry, Thrift Shop;  
                                6pm Evening Prayer, Pastoral Care;                                           
FRI 10                     7:30am "Good Morning" AA meeting;                                                       
SAT 11                    10am Morning Prayer, Buildings & Grounds;
                               11am Block Clea-up;
                               3pm NA Meeting "Journey to Recovery"                                                           
SUN 12                   8am Rite I;
                               8:45am Lesson's Discussion;
                               9:30am Choir Practice;
                              10am Sunday School;
                              10am Rite II-
                              11:15am Coffee Hour;     
                              11:30am Youth
                              11:30 Caribbean Brunch                                    


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