ADVENT SEASON ANNOUNCEMENTS!

Sunday, December 22, 10:30 am
A Special Christmas Carol and Caroling
Actors and singers needed to put together a reading of “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens, and everyone is invited to submit your favorite carols. For more information about participation, please contact Seminarian Sabra Jones. Invite your friends for this fun celebration on the 4th Sunday of Advent.

Tuesday, December 24, 5pm
Christmas Eve Candlelight Eucharist

Wednesday Evening Prayer: postponed until after Three Kings Day in order to support Advent special carol program.


2020 SAVE THE DATES

Saturday, January 11: Undercroft renovations completion celebration from 6pm to 10pm

Saturday, February 8: The Blessed Absalom Jones Celebration, at The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine


COMMUNITY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Diocesan Reparations Event: Apology Retreat: Apologize? Why? For What? To Whom? How?
Saturday, January 11, 9am to 3pm at St. Augustine’s Church (290 Henry Street, Manhattan)
This retreat explores what it means to apologize for the sin of slavery and its lingering effects. It will give the skills to apologize effectively so we can look to a new future. Led by the Rev. Masud Ibn Syedullah, TSSF and the Rev. Chuck Kramer. Cost: $25, includes lunch. For more info: https://www.dioceseny.org/ednyevent/apology-retreat-jan-2020/

Spiritual Care Circle: Support Group for Survivors
Wednesdays, January 29-March 18, 6pm-8pm at CONNECT (W. 127th St) (8 Weekly Sessions)
Through this circle survivors can provide a hospital container to hold each other’s stories, assist in re-connection with their spiritual lives, help create a routine of self care, build up spiritual resilience, utilize ritual and journaling as forms of creating spiritual prescriptions for haling. Registration closes Feb. 12th. To register contact Keisha Kogan at kkogan@connectnyc.org 

Storymakers Training – Engaging Faith Through the Imagination
Saturday, February 1, 10am-1pm at St. George’s Chapel, 7 Rutherford Place, Manhattan
Storymakers is dedicated to creating imaginative content that engages children through the stories of the Bible. Through our offerings we hope to capture the hearts of our children, draw families back into church and equip volunteers with the tools to form our children. For more information: https://www.dioceseny.org/ednyevent/storymakers-training-engaging-faith-through-imagination/ 

We ask your Prayers for

We give thanks for Solutions Contracting and their workers who are repairing the undercroft ceiling, for all our partners and constituents who have been relocated to the Parish Hall, Rectory and Church.

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,  San Marco Anglican Church, Nicaragua. 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 (www.dioceseny.org/ ) | The Episcopal Church (www.episcopalchurch.org/) | The Anglican Communion (www.anglicancommunion.org/)

Prayer Requests for Health & Healing

Ayse Gul Altinay, Pat Bard, Tracey Barnes, Freddi Brown-Carter, Paul Bryan, Jamilah & Taino Danielson, Victoria Dove, Jackie Edwards, Gloria Ellis-Smith, Edna Estime & Family, Shirrell & Tyrone Felder, Furer family, Eva Greene & Family, Asha Hans, Khadijah Harden & family, Harewood & Lorde families, Gail Harper, Paula Herz, William & Betty Jean Hill, Ana Jimenez and family, Ivory Johnson, Camilo Lopez, Lisa Rivers Mazza, Olaniyan family + Emmanuel Afolabi, Wilfredo Peralta & Carmen de Peralta, Pat Puccio, William Randolph, Reeves family, Kym Roberts, Virginia Robinson, Yolanda Royal & family, Mia Sanchez, Lizetta Sanjuago, Thomas Sayee, Effie Scott, Marilyn Seven, John Raymond Smith, Marion Smith, the Snyder family, Jennifer Garamedia Turcio, Gwen Walker, Karen Walking Eagle, Marsha Williams and family. Please offer a special prayer of thanksgiving on December 18, St. Mary’s 196th birthday.

We pray for the repose of the soul of Tessa Majors and for her family, as well as for the Barnard College community. 

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 If you have any information to share with St. Mary’s church, please send it to parishoffice@stmarysharlem.org by Wednesday at 5 pm of each week to be placed in the weekly bulletin. To reach the Rector: rector@stmarysharlem.org

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENT

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✠ REGULAR HAPPENINGS AT ST. MARY’S CHURCH! ✠

SUNDAYS

  • Birthday and Anniversary Blessings 1st Sunday of each month.  Sunday, January 4!
  • 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.  Sunday, January 4!
  • Women’s Prayer Group 2nd Sundays of each month at 12:30 pm – All women are invited to this discussion and prayer time. Sunday, January 12!
  • Theology Night Join in the conversation with scripture and one another about God’s power with seminarian Ryan Felder. Next date:  Sunday, January 15 at 5-6:30 pm in the Rectory. 5 pm. 
  • Healing Prayers 3rd Sundays of each month: laying on of hands/ prayer offered at the 8 & 10:30 services. TODAY, Sunday, December 15!
  • Wisdom Circle  3rd Sundays in the Rectory Common Room at 12:30 pm. Next Circle: TODAY, Sunday, December 15!
  • 4th Sunday Potluck Bring a dish to share following 10:30am worship. Sunday, December 22!
  • 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: Sunday, December 22!
  • Weekday Eucharist at EDS@Union Thursdays at 5 pm led by the Rev. Dr. Mary Foulke, 3041 Broadway (please check in at reception and ask for directions to the Small Chapel)
  • Ecclesia Service & Meal Sundays at 2:00 p.m. in Marcus Garvey Park, volunteers always needed.
  • Unity Fellowship Church of New York Sundays at 1:30pm. 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. 
  • Narcotics Anonymous (We Have a Dream) Sundays at 7:30 pm

MONDAYS

  • 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)
  • Harlem CoDA Mondays at 6:45pm in the Parish Hall. For more information visit www.nyccoda.org or email coordinators at codany370@gmail.com

TUESDAYS

  • 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.
  • Refugee Arts Workshop next meeting TBA

WEDNESDAYS

  • Urban Qi FIT – Tai Chi/Qigong Every Wednesday, Thursday, and Saturday at 10:00 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). You can follow them at www.twitter.com/UrbanQiFIT 
  • 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.

THURSDAYS

  • Miriam, Mark, Muhammad and Marx (MMM&M) meets the second and last Thursdays of  the month. We gather at 6:00PM for food and friendship and then engage in study and action planning, particularly to support the New Sanctuary movement and to stop NYPD from killing people in mental crisis  For more information write Jim white james.white173@gmail.com, or leave a message for him at the church office. Next meeting: Dec. 26
  • Narcotics Anonymous (Convent Ave Group) Thursdays at 7:30 pm

FRIDAYS

  • Al-Anon (Harlem Harmony) Every Friday at 11 am.
  • Free Friday Movie Night! every Friday at 6:00 pm. dec. 20  christmas feature: the nativity story, 2006, pg, historical drama, 1h41m, joseph and mary travel to bethlehem for the birth of jesus, following the angel’s charge: “do not be afraid” w/keisha castle hughes

SATURDAYS

  • Saturday Mobile Soup Kitchen every Saturday starting 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).

Free Mail Pick-Up  Monday – Friday, 10am-2pm. Use St. Mary’s as your mailing address. Sign up at the Church.

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 ingresos apoyan la Iglesia Episcopal de Santa Maria y su misión de servir a las personas sin hogar y hambrientos de Harlem.

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.

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre regular rehearsals, M-F, 6-10 pm. St. Mary’s members who wish to observe rehearsal are welcome.