The Seventh Sunday of Easter - June 2, 2019 
Bob & Donna Weber, Mickey Federico, Peter Federico, Yasso Herath, Peter Lubeck, Catherine Lubeck, John and Shirley Federico, Dr. John Finn, Bill Weber, Ian,  Jean, Al and Carol Lalli,  Peter Zakrepine, Phyllis Richey, Ellie Hafstad, Russell Fernando, Rislyn Joseph, Ria Meade, Cindy O'Gorman, Suzanne, Phyllis, Ann Shusterman, Dolores Lentz, Jim Craig, Thomas Wolfe, Peter Foley, Joseph, Donna, Caitlyn, Mary Riffle, Marianna Quinn Parsekian, Elaine MacPhee, Mary Serena Gwertzman, Allyison, The Reverend Art Rushlow, Vernon A Austin, Caroline, Judith Austin, Max Lindberg & family,  Dan Valerio Sr, Kim Hewlett, Lia Wanamaker, Homer Wanamaker, Juliet, Irena Rose, Cathy,  Rebecca, Wendy,  Kate,
Kelly,  The Rev. Debra Given, Sissi Loftin, Bill Clarke, Bruce, Dee, Nancy, Tom,  Craig Gordon, Pat, Suzanne Grant, Patrick O'Donoghue, Veronica Lane-Walsh, Rosmarie Buri, Marti Owens, Diane, Linda, Laura, Isaiah, Kathleen, Mac Wernick, Cliff and Cindy, Joan, Marie,Christopher Weber, Linda Chisholm, Dolores Puhl, Eleanor Devlin 
Collect of the Day
 God, the King of glory, you have exalted your only Son Jesus Christ with great triumph to your kingdom in heaven: Do not leave us comfortless, but send us your Holy Spirit to strengthen us, and exalt us to that place where our Savior Christ has gone before; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Prayer for Prophetic Witness in Society  
Almighty God, whose prophets taught us righteousness in the care of your poor: By the guidance of your Holy Spirit, grant that we may do justice, love mercy, and walk humbly in your sight; through Jesus Christ, our Judge and Redeemer, who lives and reigns with you and the same Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
God, our Creator, we are held in your everlasting arms,
Jesus, our Savior, we are healed by your wounded hands,
Holy Spirit, be present as we reach out to one another in love.

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St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380)... received a vision of Jesus Christ as a bridge reaching from heaven to earth, forever joining "humanity with the greatness of the Godhead."  
Catholic Worker founder Dorothy Day (1897-1980) was fond of citing Catherine's inspiration in her own reflections, often writing "All the way to heaven is heaven." I'd also add "It's hell all the way to hell."  
You're choosing your destiny right now. You are responsible, not God. Do you want to live in love and communion? Or do you want to live in constant opposition to others and life itself?  
Richard Rohr

This Week

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Saturday, June 1
11:00am Private Rental (Memorial Hall) 
6:30 FUN(d)Raiser: A Night in Lisbon (Memorial Hall)
Sunday, June 2
8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30am Family Eucharist
Church School, Adult Bible Study, Refreshments
11:00am Holy Eucharist
6:30pm Restorative Justice Circle
Monday, June 3
8:00pm SYG Mission Trip Orientation (Memorial Hall)
Wednesday, June 5
6:00pm Healing & Wellness Service (Chapel)
Thursday, June 6
7:00am Grace's Kitchen (Team 2) (Memorial Hall)
12:00pm Brown Bag & A Bible (Patterson Hall)
7:30 Choir Rehearsal
Saturday, June 8
10:00am Midnight Run (Memorial Hall)
10:30am Confirmation
3:00pm AGC! Workshop (Memorial Hall)
Sunday, June 9 - The Day of Pentecost
8:00am Holy Eucharist, Rite I
9:30am Family Eucharist
Church School Potluck celebration, Adult Bible Study, Refreshments
11:00am Holy Eucharist
4:00pm Rockland Symphony Orchestra benefit (info at https://www.rocklandsymphony.org/events)
6:30pm SYG BBQ (offsite)

Next Sunday, June 9 we'll recognize all our faithful church school teachers during the 9:30am service. Afterwards we'll gather outside for an end-of-the-year celebration potluck.    
Please join us and bring something festive to share - finger food is always appreciated.
Roof Repair and Replacement Projects Status and Funding Consideration
Repair work on the roof over classrooms and Memorial Hall began on May 16 and the replacement of the Bradley Chapel and offices roof will be starting soon. Replacement of the Bradley Chapel roof is part of Phase III of the Cornerstone Campaign, but the money remaining in the Cornerstone Fund is not sufficient to cover the total cost.

The total estimated cost of both projects is $209,000.00. Vestry approved use of the Knott Braxton Fund (an undesignated bequest) as needed to fund the work along with seeking grant and loan monies. In May the Property Support Committee of the Diocese approved a $50,000 grant as well a $50,000 loan towards the cost of the two projects.

At its May meeting vestry discussed concerns about the interest rate and payment terms for the ten-year loan as well as consideration of an alternative to the diocesan loan: parishioner loans. This approach was used in 2013 to provide $50,000 in funds for rectory repairs; the loans were repaid within the five-year term.

Vestry is seeking expression of interest from parishioners for lending a minimum amount of $5,000 per five-year loan at the interest rate of 3.00% per year, with interest paid on a quarterly basis. [Example: a loan of $5,000 would earn a total of $750 interest via quarterly payments of $37.50 if the loan was not repaid until the end of the term; if the loan is repaid sooner, only interest earned to date would be received.]

If you are interested in participating (or have questions), please contact Pat Cose, Finance Warden at  pacose@msn.com by no later than Tuesday, June 11. Vestry will be deciding at its June 18 meeting whether to proceed with the Diocese or parishioner loan approach. The loan period would begin July 1, 2019.

Of Interest in the Community


Fr. Owen will be on hand to defend his "Best Dessert" championship AND it's a great time of amazing food - all to benefit Nyack Center's programs to assist children and families in need. For info and tickets: www.nyackcenter.org


Fr. Owen will be on hand to defend his "Best Dessert" championship AND it's a great time of amazing food - all to benefit Nyack Center's programs to assist children and families in need. For info and tickets: www.nyackcenter.org

Living on God's Earth
By Episcopal Climate News,
This week's earth-friendly living tip: Buy fair trade products.

What comes to mind when you hear the words "fair trade"? Better wages for workers? Family farms instead of large corporations? Sure. But what about stronger environmental standards?

According to Fairtrade International, in order for a product to be certified Fairtrade, it must meet the Fairtrade Climate Standard: "Farmers must make sustainable agriculture and climate adaptation part of their farm management, tackling issues such as water scarcity and soil erosion. Looking to the future, farmers are introducing renewable energy to mitigate carbon emissions from the production process."

So the next time you're shopping, whether for yourself or your parish, make sure you buy Fairtrade products to help both the human and non-human members of God's creation! Fairtrade isn't just for coffee, either. You can buy Fairtrade snacks, produce, backpacks, soccer balls, and even clothing. Find more Fairtrade products at  https://www.fairtradecertified.org/products

Parting Thought

it is the hard
edge of things
i am avoiding
the separations
so that i take my glasses off
and then i cannot tell
which are the leaves
and which the angels
like blake
like that man
who lived with lepers
not noticing what was sin
and what was grace
visioning visions vision
i take my glasses off
so i can see

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