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Early American period music and dinner

St. John’s Recorder Ensemble

and friends

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


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

Walkway Marathon Volunteers

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.

Yard Sale

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.

The Anglican Tutorial

Where did we come from and how did we get here?
June 14, 2017
6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
As part of our Renewal Works program, the Formation Committee will present an Anglican Tutorial workshop. Pizza, salads and soft drinks will be served, so we will need to know who will be attending. A sign up sheet is be in the Narthex, or you can email Pete Bedrossian ( if you plan on attending.
The workshop will look historically at the Anglican Church and how we came to be the Episcopal Church. Following the presentation there will be time for questions and we will end out program with Compline. (This use of the Daily Office is also on outcome of our Renewal Works program).
Come find out about Henry the VIIIth, Archbishop Cranmer, Samuel Seabury and more figures of our Church history.

Instructed Eucharist

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.

Celebrating Absalom Jones

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.


The Annual General Meeting for St. Paul’s Church will take place Sunday January 28 following the 10 am service.   There will be just one service that day so that all may attend this important meeting.
This is the time when the Paraclete Potter Award is given to an outstanding volunteer.  We will elect a Warden for a two year term, 3 Vestry members to serve three year terms and 2 Vestry members to serve a one year or a two year term.  Reports will be presented from all committees.
A pot luck lunch will follow the meeting. Please bring food to share.