✠ Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church! ✠
521 West 126th Street, New York, NY 10027 ✠ (212) 864-4013

Welcome April Armstrong!
April Armstrong has been telling stories since she was in first grade. April’s theatre career includes: Broadway National Tours, Regional Theatres, Television and Film. She is the author of a one-woman show called “Two Wings to Heaven,” about the black aviatrix, Bessie Coleman; and she contributed to the “Group of 33”, essays in the best-selling book (Wall Street Journal), The Big Moo, edited by Seth Godin. April teaches storytelling, music and drama workshops to children, teen and adults, and is the conductor for the new Young People’s Chorus at the Alexander Hamilton Academy in Patterson, NJ.

Preparing for Lent: St. Mary’s call ourselves the “we are not afraid Episcopal Church.” For our Lenten devotions this year, we are collecting quotes, prayers, and very brief reflections on what it means to live in a courageous community; email your contribution to stmarysharlem@gmail.com, or bring it to church on Sunday! This collection will be made available on Ash Wednesday. The phrase “do not be afraid” is written in the Bible 365 times, that’s a daily/nightly reminder from God to live every day being fearless.

In the First 2019 Master’ Seminar on Martial Arts Systems
Sunday, February 17, 2019, 3:00 – 6:00 pm at St. Mary’s
An introduction by Master Raymond James to mixed martial arts covering effective self-defense and mixed martial arts techniques for adults and children. Contribution: $15 adults, $10 children, $5 spectators. For more information call: 914.310.9057

Harlem Chamber Players FREE Black History Month Concert
Thursday, February 28, 2019 at 6:30 pm at the Schomburg
The Schomburg Center presents the Harlem Chamber Players 11th Annual Black History Month Celebration will feature two world premieres by the noted African American composer Adolphus Hailstork. Baritone Kenneth Overton, violinists Ashley Horne and Orlando Wells, violist Amadi Azikiwe, and cellist Seth Woods will perform works, including Hailstork’s “Nobody Know” (with text by Herbert Martin), which commemorates the 400th anniversary of the importation of the first black slaves to America, and his Piano Quintet entitled “Detroit.” Tickets available starting 2/14 on Eventbrite.com, search Harlem Chamber Players Black History Month.

Saturday, March 2, 5 pm Mardi Gras Benefit for St. Mary’s Food Programs!
Sunday, March 3, St. Mary’s Annual Meeting
Wednesday, March 6, ASH WEDNESDAY

We ask your Prayers for:
The Missions endorsed by St. Mary’s Vestry:
The Black Lives Matter Movement (https://policy.m4bl.org/platform/)
Jubilee USA (http://www.jubileeusa.org/)
The New Sanctuary Movement (http://www.newsanctuarynyc.org/)

Our Partners: Unity Fellowship Church, NYC; NYC Adventist Forum; Pamsula Zen; Alanon; Alcoholics Anonymous; Columbia Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership (CHHMP); the Episcopal Churches in Harlem (MNIPC); Narcotics Anonymous; Circles of Support/Network; St. Mary’s Center; Urban Qi; Master Anthony Richardson Martial Arts; Forces of Nature Dance Theatre.

Our Neighbors: 26th Precinct, Eglise de Dieu, Emergency Services, Manhattan North Task Force,
Old Broadway Family Residence, Old Broadway Synagogue, Templo Biblico.
Everyone who comes to St. Mary’s throughout the week,
and anyone who is not able to be with us.

And for the broader church:
The Diocese of New York (https://www.dioceseny.org/ )
The Episcopal Church (https://www.episcopalchurch.org/)
The Anglican Communion (http://www.anglicancommunion.org/)

✠ Prayer Requests for Health & Healing✠
April, Carlos Arias, Freddi Brown-Carter, Jim Butler, Lois Coe, Shirrell and Tyrone Felder, Evie Fortna, Rachel & Jessica & Becky & Vivian Furer, Eva Greene & Family, Elnora Harewood, Junie Harewood, Gail Harper, Anthony Howell, Zaiire King, Camilo Lopez, Joseph Lorde, Jerry McMillan, Joseph Munzer, Miguel & Liz & Dasanie Nieves, Arin Rivers-Mazza (travel), Lizetta Sanjuago, Thomas Sayee, Effie Scott, Marion Smith, Kimberly Snyder, Lisa Valerio, Arthur Williams III, Harriet Wyatt
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If you have any information to share with St. Mary’s church, please send it to stmarysharlem@gmail.com.
by Wednesday at 5 pm of each week to be placed in the weekly bulletin.

To reach the Rector: please call 929-266-6279 or email: mlf.stmarysharlem@gmail.com.

✠ Regular Happenings at St. Mary’s Church! ✠


  • Birthday and Anniversary Blessings 1st Sunday of each month.
  • Spirit and Strife Peer Support Group 1st Sunday of each month at 12:30 pm in the rectory – Come share your burdens and joys in this prayerful circle of support. New members always welcome.
  • Women’s Prayer Group 2nd Sundays of each month at 12:30 pm – All women are invited to this discussion and prayer time.
  • Healing Prayers 3rd Sundays of each month: laying on of hands/ prayer offered at the 8 & 10:30 services.
  • Wisdom Circle 3rd Sundays in the Rectory Common Room at 12:30 pm. Next Circle: Today!
  • 4th Sunday Potluck Bring a dish to share following 10:30am worship. Next Sunday!
  • The Vestry Fourth Sundays of every month at 12:30 pm. The Vestry is the governing board of St. Mary’s. All are invited. Next meeting: February 24.
  • Unity Fellowship Church of New York Sundays at 2:00pm. Led by the Rev. Deborah Rice. Sr. Bishop Zachary Jones.
  • Martial Arts for Children and Adults Sundays starting at 3 pm. Led by Master Anthony Richards.
    Contact the Parish Office for more information.
  • Narcotics Anonymous (We Have a Dream) Sundays at 7:30 pm
  • RDJ Memorial Refugee Shelter – every night!
    The Refugee Shelter at St. Mary’s is always looking for volunteers for overnight shifts and more. This is a great opportunity to support immigrants and refugees in New York City. Please contact admin@rdjrefugeeshelter.org.
  • Ecclesia Service & Meal 1st Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in Marcus Garvey Park, volunteers always needed to help prepare and serve the “Second Meal” following the service.


  • Alcoholics Anonymous Mondays at 12pm in the Parish Hall.
  • St. Mary’s Food Pantry Mondays at 4 pm grocery-style shopping choices available for all neighbors. For more information: st.marysfoodprograms@gmail.com.
  • Pamsula Zen Meditation Mondays at 6:00 pm in the rectory (6:00 Beginning Instruction, 6:30 Meditation, 7:00 Meditation, 7:30 Talk, Discussion Q&A)


  • Columbia-Harlem Homeless Medical Partnership Tuesdays from 5:30-7:30 pm; free medical clinic with dental consults 1st& 3rd Tuesdays, psychiatry 1st Tuesdays, occupational therapy 2nd& 4th Tuesdays. No ID required.


  • Urban Qi Every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 am at St. Nicholas Park @135th Street. Inclement weather–meet in the Undercroft. ( Tai Chi and Qi Gong classes, free for St. Mary’s members)
  • St. Mary’s Choir Every Wednesday at 6 pm—no audition required, newcomers welcome!
  • Narcotics Anonymous (Men Supporting Men) Every Wednesday at 7:30 pm.


  • Miriam, Mark and Marx meets the last Thursday of each month for interfaith justice and peace activism and community. On second Thursdays, our agenda is hands-on work. We gather at 6:30PM to share food, experiences, feelings, followed by strategies for advancing the struggle. For information call Jim White at 201-956-5356. Next meeting: February 28.
  • Narcotics Anonymous (Convent Ave Group) Thursdays at 7:30 pm


  • Alanon (Harlem Harmony) Every Friday at 11 am.
  • Free Friday Movie Night! every Friday at 6:00 pm. Feb. 22 BHM: John Henrik Clarke: A Great and Mighty Walk (1996, UR, documentary, 1h30mins) A young African-American man seeks his place in world history. Narr. by Wesley Snipes.


  • Saturday Mobile Soup Kitchen every Saturday beginning at 12 noon. Help prepare sandwiches and lunch bags and then distribute them to our neighbors on the street.
  • Metro New York Adventist Forum Led by Ms. Janet Schultz. Adventist Forum gathers on the second Saturday of the month (please check for specific dates).
  • St. Mary’s Thrift Shop: Fridays 2-5, Saturdays 12-5, Sundays 12-3. All proceeds support St. Mary’s Episcopal Church and its mission to serve homeless and hungry people. Los ingress apoyan la Iglesia Episcopal de Santa Maria y su misión de servir a las personas sin hogar y hambrientos de Harlem.