Good morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Church!!

The Episcopal Church Women meet today the second following the 10:00 am service. Please see Celia Braxton for more information. Please note: usually the ECW meets on the fourth Sunday, but due to Christmas the ECW will meet today. The Episcopal Church Women’s Prayer Committee meets on the second Sunday of the month.

Take a close look at St. Mary’s: Today following the 8:00 am and 10:00 am services we will conduct a brief tour for those interested in learning about our buildings. Our buildings enable us to carry out the mission of serving the poor and standing for justice. Come and learn how they are maintained and what more we need to do. The tours will be lead by Dorothy Ross and Liz Mellen of the Property Committee.

The Vestry will meet Monday, Dec. 20th at 6:00 pm. All are invited.

Blue Christmas: Dec. 23rd at 7:00 pm: A service for those who feel the death of loved ones especially during Christmas and the Holidays. Come join us as we ask God’s care for them and us at this time. For more information, please see Rev. Kooperkamp.

Christmas Eve Service: Dec. 24th at 7:30 pm, Come to celebrate the birth of Christ and give God thanks for the great gift of our salvation. During the Christmas season we will have special music during the services by the Harlem Chamber Players, featuring our own Liz Player; Ms. April Armstrong, sprano; and Vita Wallace of the Orfeo Duo.

Eccelsia: Marcus Garvey Park: Sundays at 2:00 pm. St. Mary’s is the lead congerga-tion on the first Sunday each month. We need volunteers to help us make the lunches for the service. Also: St. Mary’s Homeless Street Outreach: Saturdays, 12:00 noon preparation and 2:00 pm street outreach. Please let us know if you can help and please keep the Homeless Street Outreach in your prayers.

Movies at St. Mary’s: St. Mary’s and Ecclesia Ministries will show movies at 6:00 pm on Fridays. Come for the fellowship, the popcorn and the FUN!! Also, we need volunteers to help. Please let Lisa Slocum know if you can help out. Thanks!! Please tell Lysander Puccio your favorite movie so we can show it.

“Torturing the Mind: U.S. Involvement in Psychological Torture” January 11th 2011, 6:30 p.m. Reception with Program beginning at 7 p.m. at All Souls Unitarian Church on Lexington Avenue, between 79th and 80th streets. The event marks the 9th anniversary of the prison/torture camp at Guantanamo Bay. Stop Torture!! Close Guantanamo Now!!

Fair Wages for all New Yorkers! The next action in the Fair Wage Campaign will take place on January 13th at 6:30 pm at the Convent Ave. Baptist Church (145th St & Convent Ave.) This action will start out the Dr. Martin King commemoration as we seek justice for working people in our city. It is important that we (St. Mary’s and all other congregations) make a strong showing at the action. Tell your friends, neighbors and come join us!!

Preaching Schedule: Next Sunday: Dec. 26th Annual Parish Kwanzaa Celebration, Mr. Charles Kelly presiding.

Upcoming Event: Start off the New Year with a Financial Plan: Sunday January 2nd at 12 noon there will be a financial services presentation at St. Mary’s Church. This is an opportunity to learn how to stay out of debt, or if it is too late for that, to get out of debt. Money saving tips, budgeting and building a credit score will also be discussed.

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