Advent is the beginning of New Year in the Church, a time of anticipation and a time of preparation. It is also a time to look back, and reconnect with where we have been and where we are. It is also a season where we have Wednesday Supper Programs. This year the Formation Committee has planned a different type of Advent series. It will be a series based on our Renewal Works Program undertaken last year. You remember Renewal works! We came away from Renewal works with five areas of Attention:
- An Instructed Eucharist (we had this April 30th)
- Musical Diversity: Most easily experienced with the Caribbean Hallelujah
- Embedding the Bible in Church activity and everyday life. Our new Tuesday Bible Study group is one example of this.
- The Daily Office Our committee meetings start or finish with one of the Daily Offices: Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer or Compline.
- An Anglican Tutorial We have had the program on Tradition, and this season we will discuss Reason and Scripture.
OUR ADVENT SUPPER SERIES 2017:
When: Wednesdays: December 6th, 13th and 20th
How it Works: Sign-up sheets are in the Narthex, and people sign up to attend, some bring soup, some bread and others juice.
We meet at 5:30 for food and fellowship followed by the topic for the evening (see below). We conclude the evening with Compline.
December 6th: Renewal Works Reviewed and Renewed: Aleen Josephs Clarke, our Renewal Works facilitator will take us back through the process that resulted in our five topics and we will see where we are and where we want to go with these areas of focus
December 13th: Anglican Reason The thinking behind our Church from its beginnings to today, presented by Warden Mark Debald
December 20th: Anglican Scripture Father Tyler will talk about Anglican handling of scripture and the “via media” or middle road chosen by Anglican theologians and philosophers over our denomination’s 500 year history.
I hope to see you there!
Formation Committee Chair
CONSECRATION SUNDAY, NOVEMBER 19.
It’s a special day!!! We’ll welcome our Guest Leader and preacher, The Rev. Ellen O’Hara and we will complete our Estimate of Giving Cards and take them to the altar where Father Tyler will bless them. Following this moving service, there will be a special CATERED lunch in the Parish Hall. Please call the church office by Nov. 12 to let us know you’ll be attending.
St. John’s Recorder Ensemble
presenting a concert of period musicand an authentic period dinner
prepared by Culinary Institute students
Saturday, Oct. 21, 2017
5:00 PM concert, freewill offering / 6:30 PM dinner:
Adults $20 / Seniors $15 / Children: 5-12y.o. $8, under 5y.o. FREE
RESERVATIONS RECOMMENDED – 845-452-8440
1st Course- Cheese platter with artisan bread (rye, wheat, etc)
Main course- Chicken Fricassee Pot Pie and Roaster Root Vegetable Pot Pie
Dessert- Griddle Crepe Cakes with Coffee Cream and Cherries
Beverage- Cider and/or Tea
Salad- Garden Salad with vinaigrette dressing
Saturday August 26, 2017 from 5:00pm – 6:30pm
$12 adults $10 seniors $6 kids (6-12)
- BBQ Chicken
- Macaroni Salad
- Baked Beans
Don’t forget this Sunday, June 11, is the Walkway Marathon. Join us at Diddell Road on the Rail Trail to offer water and encouragement to runners as they pass the halfway mark in their 26.2 mile run. A great chance for fellowship on Sunday morning before the service at 10:30 a.m.
The regular service time is changed to allow volunteers to get to church on time. The 8 am service Sunday will be Morning Prayer led by a lay member of the congregation.
Panera Bread Fundraiser
July 20 from 4-8 at Rte. 44 location. Be sure to bring flier with you. Tell friends and family and give them fliers, too.
July 8 from 10am – 3pm.
Parishioners only donate 10% of earnings for a table. Sign up in the Narthex.
Vendors – $15 – Call the church to reserve a space. Food and Baked Goods for Sale.
One of the five initiatives selected by the parish Renewal Works team for implementation at St. Paul’s was an Instructed Eucharist. This involves a step-by-step description of what is taking place during the Sunday services.
This Sunday, April 30, at both the 8 and 10 am services we will experience the Instructed Eucharist developed and used by St. James Episcopal Church on Madison Avenue in New York City. The church has generously provided its Instructed Eucharist to other churches which have engaged with Renewal Works.
With reflections and brief explanations the Instructed Eucharist describes the reasons for what we are doing in this act of praise and worship. Lay leaders will guide us in the reflections and Father Tyler will offer the brief explanations of the different steps.
St. James in New York conducts the Instructed Eucharist once yearly to insure that folks with questions about this service of worship have the opportunity to learn anew what we have been experiencing some of us for most of our lives.
If something grabs you and demands an explanation, let Father Tyler or Adrian Goldson or Pete Bedrossian know and we’ll find the answer and then include it in next year’s Instructed Eucharist.
The man known as the first “Black Bishop” in the Episcopal Church, Absalom Jones, will be commemorated at a special Evening Prayer service at St. Paul’s Sunday February 26th @ 4 pm. The use of quotation marks is due to Absalom Jones being ordained a priest, not a bishop. But his reputation for care for people and congregations far and wide earned him the nickname.
The Evening Prayer service will be conducted by Julett Butler, a regular presence and friend of St. Paul’s who is a parishioner at Christ Church and who is in training to become an ordained deacon in the Episcopal Diocese of New York. The sermon will be delivered by The Rev. Canon Allan Ford, Vicar of St. Margaret’s Episcopal Church in Staatsburg.
The biography of Absalom Jones is an inspiration. Born a slave, he taught himself to read using the New Testament. This means he was Biblically familiar enough to discern the words he knew in print before he could actually read. He purchased the freedom of his wife some years before he purchased his own. He served as a lay minister for the black membership of St. George’s Methodist Episcopal Church in Philadelphia with Richard Allen. Black membership of the church grew so greatly that white members chose to segregate black members in an upstairs gallery. The black members walked out in protest.
Absalom Jones and Richard Allen helped organize the Free African Society in 1787. They built a church and applied to the Episcopal Diocese of Pennsylvania for membership, on the condition that they be permitted to manage their own affairs and that Absalom Jones be ordained a priest. He was ordained a deacon in 1795 and a priest in 1802. His church grew to 500 members in its first year.