Many thanks to Fr. Luis Barrios, our celebrant and preacher today. Fr. Barrios recently spent two months as a prisoner of conscience for his protest against the School of the Americas (SOA) run by the U.S. Army at Ft. Benning, GA. The School of the Americas is directly linked to death squads that operated in Latin America. Fr. Barrios’ strong call to shut down the SOA is an important witness for our community. Welcome back to St. Mary’s,
Fr. Barrios!!

Mariam, Mark and Marx: a monthly Bible study and current events discussion group will meet this Thursday (the last Thursday of the month), August 27th at 7:00 pm. All are invited.

Episcopal Church Women: Schedule Change: beginning in September, the Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer Committee will meet on the second Sunday of the month (September 13) and the full meeting for the Episcopal Church Women will take place on the fourth Sunday of the month (September 27). This way we will not have a conflict with the Ecclesia Ministry service in Marcus Garvey Park. Please see Ms. Glenda White, President of the ECW, for more information.

10% is Enough! A campaign of Metro Industrial Areas Foundation, our community organizing effort allied with Manhattan Together, is beginning a campaign to bring back usury laws. These laws, restrictions on interest rates, were repealed in 1980, and this repeal contributed great deal to our current financial crisis. We have other limits for responsible behavior, such as speed limits on our highways. We hope to bring back these financial limits
to stop the financial speeding and recklessness that characterizes our modern banking system.  We had a great kick off for the 10% is Enough campaign. St. Mary’s Church was very well represented. Take a flyer from the back table to learn more about this work!

New Life in Harlem: We have started a new Church, Thanks be to God!!: This afternoon at 2:00 pm Ecclesia Ministries of New York will continue a new, outdoor church in Marcus Garvey Park, 2:00 pm every Sunday. St. Mary’s Church is taking responsibility for the service next Sunday, August 30th. We provide the lunch for the “Second Meal.” If you are interested in helping out, please call the church office. For more information about Ecclesia and the Marcus Garvey Park Church, please call Father David Madsen, (646) 753-1771.

Stewardship: Please keep your pledge up to date during the summer if you are planning to be out of town. Also, if you have not yet made a pledge to St. Mary’s Church, please prayerfully consider doing so. By our pledges and participation in our common worship together, we support each other and the entire ministry of our parish, serving Christ together as the body of the Faithful. Thank you for your past support of St. Mary’s Church and please keep your support constant in these difficult times.

Preaching Next Sunday: August 3oth: The Rev. Earl Kooperkamp; Sunday, September 6th: The Rev. Earl Kooperkamp. Rev. Kooperkamp will be out of town for the next week. If you need to reach him, please leave a message at the Church Office.

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