Announcements

Sanctuary

“In keeping with out commitment to welcome the stranger, our church, partners and ministers will not cooperate with the Trump Administration’s efforts to deport or detain our immigrant and refugee neighbors. We will not provide any information to law enforcement agencies pursuing immigration cases, nor will we voluntarily allow them entry to our facilities.”
“De acuerdo con nuestro compromiso de dar la bienvenida al extraño (estranjero), nuestra iglesia, nuestro socios y ministerios no cooperaran con los esfuerzos de la administracion de Trump para deportar o detener a nuestros vecinos inmigrantes y refugiados. No proporcionaremos ninguna informacion a los organismos encargados de hacer cumplir la ley que traten casos de inmigracion, ni les permitiremos voluntariamente ingresar a nuestra instalaciones.”
  • If law enforcement/ICE comes to St. Mary’s with questions about any individual, family or group, politely decline to share information and alert the Parish Office immediately.
  • Si la policia/ ICE llega a St. Mary’s con preguntas sobre cualquier individuo, familia o grupo, no comparta informacion e inmediatamente alerte a la Oficinal Parroquial.
  • If law enforcement/ICE comes to St. Mary’s with a warrant, please contact the Rector (through the Parish Office) immediately so that she may review the document.
  • Si la policia/ICE llega a St. Mary’s con una orden judicial, por favor contacte a la Rectora ( a traces de la Oficina Paroquial) inmediatamente para que ella pueda revisar el documento.

Legal Aid Hotline: 844-955-3425 (attorneys reachable in various languages)

The New York State New Americans Hotline: 1-800-566-7636 (M-F: 9am – 8pm EST)

New Sanctuary Coalition Rapid Response Lines: 903-884-HELP (4357) & 908-791-5309

St. Mary’s Announcements for August 25

✠ Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church! 

www.StMarysHarlem.org • www.facebook.com/st.marys.harlem

IMPORTANT ST. MARY ANNOUNCEMENTS:

Freedom Days: St. Mary’s Children’s Program

Freedom days is a program for public school children age 6 to 9 years old designed to explore the fun and responsibilities of human freedom through arts and movement. Led by Rev. Mary and Ms. Carla and friends. Registration is open first-come, first-served for up to 20 children.; $25 fee for all sessions, or $5 per session. Please stop by on Sunday after worship for registration, or at the office from 10am – 2pm Monday through Friday.

Sanctuary floor renovation = Worship in the Garden/Rectory

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, our new space sharing partner, is renovating the sanctuary floor! While we look forward to the final product, August will be full of changes for our worship space – worship will be in the Garden or the Rectory (depending on the weather). If you would like to know more about the specific work and schedule, please contact a member of Vestry or the Parish Office.

St. Mary’s Recycles!

Starting this month, St. Mary’s will be asking all parishioners and programs to separate trash for recycling! Look for the new labeled bins in the Rectory, the Parish Hall and the Undercroft to sort plastic/glass/metal and paper. If you are not sure where something goes, please ask.

SAVE THE DATES!

September 8-9: ST. MARY’S FESTIVAL WEEKEND!

On September 8th, join us at welcoming Bishop Shin and our Harlem Community to St. Mary’s!

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

National Jazz Museum in Harlem presents The Spirit of Harlem

Monday, August 26 at 7pm • Free Admission ($10 suggestion donation)

Harlem School of the Arts Theater, 649 Nicholas Ave. (at 141st St.)

Join us for a special jazz concert of celebratory homage to the most iconic moments of Harlem’s musical past. Featuring Urban Playground Chamber Orchestra. Limited Seating. RSVP required: http://www.HSANYC.com

The MAAFA Suite: A Healing Journey (Bus Trip Sponsored by the EDNY Reparations Committee)

Fri, September 20, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Registration deadline: September 3

The MAAFA Suite: A Healing Journey is an original theatrical commemoration. Through drama, song, rhythm, and dance, The MAAFA Suite tells a story of Africans confronted with the arrival of white slavers, the voyage of Africans to America, and the complex circumstances under which enslaved Africans were oppressed. Now in its 11th season, the production inspires and uplifts as it reminds us of the resiliency of the human spirit.  Cost: $65, including bus fare and theater ticket. Transportation: Bus leaves from outside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine at 4:30p.m. https://www.dioceseny.org/ednyevent/maafa2019/ 

New York Altar Guild Workshop

Saturday, October 5, 2019 @ 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Grace Church (Tuttle Hall), 802 Broadway, Manhattan

All members of parish altar guilds are invited to this 7th annual NYAG workshop! There is no charge, but registration is required. Lunch will be provided. Registration deadline: Friday, September 20. Questions? Judith Barba, jbadm@aol.com, 845-298-0552

Workshop on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Thursday, October 10, 10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Church of the Heavenly Rest, 2 East 90th Street, Manhattan

A One-Day Workshop for Clergy and Lay Leaders sponsored by the diocesan Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Task Force. This workshop aims to inform and equip our lay and ordained leaders with tools to better respond to parishioners experiencing domestic violence and/or sexual assault, i.e. interpersonal violence in all its forms, seeking refuge, support and empowerment towards choices of safe and abundant living. The workshop is free, but registration is required. Space is limited. Registration Deadline: Thursday, October 3.  Rev. Dr. Victoria J. Rollins, domagetouslemonde@yahoo.com, 917-805-9765. https://www.dioceseny.org/ednyevent/domestic-violence-sexual-assault-workshop-oct-2019/ 

We ask your Prayers for

We pray for transitions! We pray for the renovation of the sanctuary floor, for the workers and for the Forces of Nature Dance Theatre with whom we are now sharing the space. 

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 (www.dioceseny.org/ ) | The Episcopal Church (www.episcopalchurch.org/) | The Anglican Communion (www.anglicancommunion.org/)

Prayer Requests for Health & Healing

Carlos Arias, Freddi Brown-Carter, Professor Bradley, Jamilah Danielson, Taino Danielson, Dorothy Dicent, Jackie Edwards, Edna Estime & Family, Shirrell and Tyrone Felder, Rachel & Jessica & Becky & Vivian Furer, Jennifer Garamedia Turcio, Eva Greene & Family, Khadijah Harden & Family, Elnora Harewood, Junie Harewood, Gail Harper, Paula Herz, Anthony Howell, Ana Jimenez & family, Donna Sue Johnson, Ivory Johnson, Joseph Munzer, Wilfrido Peralta and Carmen de Peralta, Pat Puccio, Dawn Reeves, Derek + Ruby Reeves, Virginia Robinson, Lisa Rivers Mazza, Kym Roberts, Yolanda Royal + Family, Lizetta Sanjuago, Thomas Sayee, Marilyn Seven + Roy, Effie Scott, Marion Smith, Philindia Smith, John Raymond Smith, Gwen Walker, Marsha Williams + + +  

 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: please call 929-266-6279 or email: rector@stmarysharlem.org

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

SUNDAYS

  • 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. Sunday, September 1!
  • Women’s Prayer Group 2nd Sundays of each month at 12:30 pm – All women are invited to this discussion and prayer time.  Sunday, September 8!
  • Healing Prayers 3rd Sundays of each month: laying on of hands/ prayer offered at the 8 & 10:30 services. Sunday, September 15!
  • Wisdom Circle  3rd Sundays in the Rectory Common Room at 12:30 pm. Next Circle: Sunday, September 15!
  • 4th Sunday Potluck Bring a dish to share following 10:30am worship.  TODAY, Sunday, August 25!
  • 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: TODAY, Sunday, August 25!
  • 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.
  • 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

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 (will not be meeting in August)

WEDNESDAYS

  • Urban Qi Every Wednesday, Thursday 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.

THURSDAYS

  • Miriam, Mark, Muhammad and Marx meets the last Sunday 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:  August 29. 
  • 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. aug. 30 ghostbusters (1984, pg, 1h45min, action comedy) former parapsychology professors set up a ghost removal service. w/ bill murray, dan aykroyd, sigourney weaver.

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.

St. Mary’s Announcements for August 4

✠ Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church! 

www.StMarysHarlem.org • www.facebook.com/st.marys.harlem

IMPORTANT ST. MARY ANNOUNCEMENTS

Sanctuary floor renovation = Worship in the Garden/Rectory

Forces of Nature Dance Theatre, our new space sharing partner, is renovating the sanctuary floor! While we look forward to the final product, August will be full of changes for our worship space – worship will be in the Garden or the Rectory (depending on the weather). If you would like to know more about the specific work and schedule, please contact a member of Vestry or the Parish Office.

St. Mary’s Recycles!

Starting this month, St. Mary’s will be asking all parishioners and programs to separate trash for recycling! Look for the new labeled bins in the Rectory, the Parish Hall and the Undercroft to sort plastic/glass/metal and paper. The Food Programs already do this, let’s all do our part! If you are not sure where something goes, please ask.

Welcome Union Seminary Students! (including EDS@Union)

On August 23, St. Mary’s will welcome a group of Union Theological Seminary students, some of whom are also enrolled in Episcopal Divinity School (EDS) at Union, who will live in the apartment in the Parish Hall for this academic year. Stay tuned for opportunities to meet and support these students!

St. Mary’s Summer Camp

St. Mary’s Summer Camp continues! Please remember that church grounds will have restricted access while camp is in session; mail service will be provided at the portico.

Raising My Voice-KIN: Story Telling and Leadership Training at St. Mary’s

Raising My Voice-KIN is a story telling and leadership initiative designed for men and women who have a member of their family that is incarcerated or recently released that have experienced first-hand the impact of incarceration and reentry and want to share their story.  Training will be held on Saturday afternoons (peer lunch 12:00-1:00 and training 1:00-3:00) on the following dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, Graduation August 31. There is a $30 stipend per session, metro cards and lunch provided. For more information contact: Lila Garcia at (646) 296-5319 or Lila@circlesofsupport.org. 

UPCOMING COMMUNITY EVENTS:

EDNY 4th Annual Global Mission Fair: “The Way of Love: Engaging Globally”

Saturday October 12, 2019  @ 10am – 3:30pm (Registration begins at 9:00 a.m.)

Christ Episcopal Church 20 Carroll Street, Poughkeepsie, NY 12601

Complimentary round-trip bus service from Manhattan provided by the Global Mission Commission. Admission: $20 when registered by October 1 $30 thereafter. Lunch included. Parking on premises. For more information and to register, go to www.Dioceseny.org/gmFair19 or call 212-316-7484 with any questions.

Traducción simultánea disponible para este evento

The MAAFA Suite: A Healing Journey (Bus Trip Sponsored by the EDNY Reparations Committee)

Fri, September 20, 2019 @ 4:30 pm – 10:00 pm – Registration deadline: September 3

Bus leaves from outside the Cathedral of St. John the Divine at 4:30p.m. 

The MAAFA Suite: A Healing Journey is an original theatrical commemoration. Through drama, song, rhythm, and dance, The MAAFA Suite tells a story of Africans confronted with the arrival of white slavers, the voyage of Africans to America, and the complex circumstances under which enslaved Africans were oppressed. Now in its 11th season, the production inspires and uplifts as it reminds us of the resiliency of the human spirit. Cost $65, including bus fare and theater ticket. To register: https://www.dioceseny.org/ednyevent/maafa2019/ 

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 (www.dioceseny.org/ ) | The Episcopal Church (www.episcopalchurch.org/) | The Anglican Communion (www.anglicancommunion.org/)

Prayer Requests for Health & Healing

Carlos Arias, Freddi Brown-Carter, Professor Bradley, Jamilah Danielson, Taino Danielson, Dorothy Dicent, Jackie Edwards, Edna Estime & Family, Shirrell and Tyrone Felder, Rachel & Jessica & Becky & Vivian Furer, Jennifer Garamedia Turcio, Eva Greene & Family, Khadijah Harden & Family, Elnora Harewood, Junie Harewood, Gail Harper, Paula Herz, Ana Jimenez & family, Donna Sue Johnson, Joseph Munzer, Wilfrido Peralta and Carmen de Peralta, Pat Puccio, Dawn Reeves, Derek + Ruby Reeves, Virginia Robinson, Lisa Rivers Mazza, Kym Roberts, Yolanda Royal + Family, Yolanda + Vic, Lizetta Sanjuago, Thomas Sayee, Effie Scott, Marion Smith, Philindia Smith, John Raymond Smith, Gwen Walker + + +

 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: please call 929-266-6279 or email: rector@stmarysharlem.org

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

SUNDAYS

  • 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. TODAY Sunday, August 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, August 11!
  • Healing Prayers 3rd Sundays of each month: laying on of hands/ prayer offered at the 8 & 10:30 services. Sunday, August 18!
  • Wisdom Circle  3rd Sundays in the Rectory Common Room at 12:30 pm. Next Circle:  Sunday, August 18!
  • 4th Sunday Potluck Bring a dish to share following 10:30am worship.  Sunday, August 25!
  • 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, August 25!
  • 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.
  • 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

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 (will not be meeting in August)

WEDNESDAYS

  • Urban Qi Every Wednesday, Thursday 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.

THURSDAYS

  • Miriam, Mark, Muhammad and Marx meets the last Sunday 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:  July 25. 
  • 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. aug. 9 pee wee’s big adventure (1985, pg, 1h31min, comedy) pee wee’s bike is stolen and he’ll go to ANY lengths to get it back. w/ paul reubens, dir. tim burton

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.

Raising My Voice-KIN: Story Telling and Leadership Training at St. Mary’s

STARTING THIS SATURDAY AUGUST 3!

Raising My Voice-KIN is a story telling and leadership initiative designed for men and women who have a member of their family that is incarcerated or recently released that have experienced first-hand the impact of incarceration and reentry and want to share their story. 

Training will be held on Saturday afternoons on the following dates:

  • August 3: peer lunch 12-1pm, training 1-3pm
  • August 10: peer lunch 12-1pm, training 1-3pm
  • August 17: peer lunch 12-1pm, training 1-3pm
  • August 24: peer lunch 12-1pm, training 1-3pm
  • August 31: Graduation!

There is a $30 stipend per session, metro cards and lunch provided.

For more information contact: Lila Garcia at (646) 296-5319 or Lila@circlesofsupport.org. 

St. Mary’s Announcements for July 28

Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church!

www.StMarysHarlem.org www.facebook.com/st.marys.harlem

St. Mary’s Summer Camp

St. Mary’s Summer Camp continues! Please remember that church grounds will have restricted access while camp is in session; mail service will be provided at the portico.

Raising My Voice-KIN: Story Telling and Leadership Training at St. Mary’s

Raising My Voice-KIN is a story telling and leadership initiative designed for men and women who have a member of their family that is incarcerated or recently released that have experienced first-hand the impact of incarceration and reentry and want to share their story. 

Training will be held on Saturday afternoons (peer lunch 12:00-1:00 and training 1:00-3:00) on the following dates: August 3, 10, 17, 24, Graduation August 31. There is a $30 stipend per session, metro cards and lunch provided. For more information contact: Lila Garcia at (646) 296-5319 or Lila@circlesofsupport.org.

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 (www.dioceseny.org/ ) | The Episcopal Church (www.episcopalchurch.org/) | The Anglican Communion (www.anglicancommunion.org/)

Prayer Requests for Health & Healing

Syida Adam, Carlos Arias, Jennifer Balsdon, Freddi Brown-Carter, Professor Bradley, Jim Butler, Jamilah Danielson, Taino Danielson, Dorothy Dicent, Edna Estime & Family, Shirrell and Tyrone Felder, Natalie Floyd, Samuel Franklin, Rachel & Jessica & Becky & Vivian Furer, Jennifer Garamedia Turcio, Claudia Giles, Eva Greene & Family, Khadijah Harden & Family, Elnora Harewood, Junie Harewood, Gail Harper, Jamaree Harrigan, Anthony Howell,  Ana Jimenez & family, Donna Sue Johnson, Zaiire King, Joseph Lorde, Joy Ladin, Desiree Manaiza, Courtney Maine, Roy Matney, Jerry McMillan, Aidan Moctar, Joseph Munzer, Miguel & Liz & Dasanie Nieves, Sheila Patterson, Wilfrido Peralta and Carmen de Peralta, Pat Puccio, Dawn Reeves, Virginia Robinson, Derek + Ruby Reeves, Lisa Rivers Mazza, Kym Roberts, Yolanda Royal + Family, Mia Sanchez, Lizetta Sanjuago, Thomas Sayee, Effie Scott, Marion Smith, Philindia Smith, John Raymond Smith, Kimberly

+ + +

 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: please call 929-266-6279 or email: rector@stmarysharlem.or

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

SUNDAYS

  • 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. Sunday, August 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, August 11!
  • Healing Prayers 3rd Sundays of each month: laying on of hands/ prayer offered at the 8 & 10:30 services. Sunday, August 18!
  • Wisdom Circle  (NO Wisdom circle in July) 
  • 4th Sunday Potluck Bring a dish to share following 10:30am worship.  TODAY Sunday, July 28!
  • 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: TODAY Sunday, July 28.
  • 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.
  • 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

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 Tuesdays at 7:15pm in the Parish Hall. For more information contact Lysander Puccio. 

WEDNESDAYS

  • 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.

THURSDAYS

  • Miriam, Mark, Muhammad and Marx meets the last Sunday 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:  July 25. 
  • 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. aug. 2 barbershop (2002, pg-13, 1h42min, dramedy) a day in the life of a south side Chicago barbershop. ice cube, cedric the entertainer, eve. Comedy classic. [5:30 open mic night]

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.

St. Mary’s Announcements for July 14

✠ Good Morning and Welcome to St. Mary’s Episcopal Church! 
521 West 126th Street, New York, NY 10027    (212) 864-4013
www.StMarysHarlem.org
www.facebook.com/st.marys.harlem

St. Mary’s Annual Picnic! on TODAY, Sunday, July 21
10:30 am Eucharist followed by potluck picnic bring a blanket, a chair, some food to share! Morningside Park at 120th Street (to avoid the steps, enter at 124th Street).

“Decriminalizing Pimps and Johns in New York: What’s at Stake?”  A Conversation About Bill A.8230/S.6419 on Tue, July 23, 2019 

7:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. A conversation about bill A.8230/S.6419, aimed at decriminalizing the sex trade, with: New York State Assembly Member Richard Gottfried, bill sponsor. Dorchen Leidholdt, Sanctuary for Families Legal Director and Co-chair of the New Yor State Anti-Trafficking Coalition. Marian Hatcher, Policy Analyst and Victim Advocate in the Office of Public Policy for the Cook County Sheriff’s Office.  Jessica Raven, Decrim NY Steering Committee member. To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/conversation-with-assembly-member-gottfried-on-bill-a8230s6419-tickets-63913471915.

Equity and Environmental Justice on June 20, 2019
9 a.m. – 1 p.m.  The creation care committee of the Diocese of New York presents the first in a series of workshops: Equity and Environmental Justice, Creating Sustainable Green Spaces and Reducing Waste. Church of the Mediator, 260 West 231st Street, Bronx, NY 10463. To register: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/equity-and-environmental-justice-creating-sustainable-green-spaces-and-reducing-waste-tickets-64908660551

Responding to Domestic Violence and Sexual AssaultWorkshop for Clergy and Lay Leaders on Thursday, July 25  
10:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m. at St. John’s Church, 66 Clinton Street, Cornwall.  Violence and its threat in relationships continue to be vital issues of physical, psychological, social, financial and spiritual survival for all too many people. “These people” are our parishioners! Our diocese has passed a resolution urging all parishes to become well informed, safe havens. A simple breakfast and lunch will be provided. These workshops are free, but registration is required. Space is limited. Registration Deadline: Thursday, July 18.

St. Mary’s Summer Camp: Began on Monday!
St. Mary’s Summer Camp has returned this summer with new Director Joann Serrano beginning Monday, July 15 through Wednesday, August 14. The camp will host public school children who have completed 2nd through 5th grade for a program of movement, academic enrichment, gardening, art and recreation.

✠ 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 • Al- Anon • 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 Neighbors26th 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 • 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

Syida Adam, Carlos Arias, Jennifer Balsdon, Freddi Brown-Carter, Professor Bradley, Jim Butler, Edna Estime & Family, Shirrell and Tyrone Felder, Natalie Floyd, Samuel Franklin, Rachel & Jessica & Becky & Vivian Furer, Jennifer Garamedia Turcio, Claudia Giles, Eva Greene & Family, Khadijah Harden & Family, Elnora Harewood, Junie Harewood, Gail Harper, Jamaree Harrigan, Anthony Howell, Lisa Jerell, Ana Jimenez & family, Donna Sue Johnson, Zaiire King, Joseph Lorde, Joy Ladin, Desiree Manaiza, Courtney Maine, Roy Matney, Jerry McMillan, Aidan Moctar, Joseph Munzer, Miguel & Liz & Dasanie Nieves, Sheila Patterson, Wilfrido Peralta and Carmen de Peralta, Pat Puccio, Dawn Reeves, Virginia Robinson, Derek + Ruby Reeves, Lisa Rivers Mazza, Kym Roberts, Mia Sanchez, Lizetta Sanjuago, Thomas Sayee, Effie Scott, Marion Smith, Philindia Smith, John Raymond Smith, Kimberly + + +

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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: please call 929-266-6279 or email: rector@stmarysharlem.org

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

SUNDAYS

  • 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.  Sunday, August 11!
  • Healing Prayers 3rd Sundays of each month: laying on of hands/ prayer offered at the 8 & 10:30 services. Sunday, July 21!
  • Wisdom Circle  (NO Wisdom circle in July) 
  • 4th Sunday Potluck Bring a dish to share following 10:30am worship.  Sunday, July 28!
  • 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, July 28.
  • 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.
  • 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

MONDAYS

  • Alcoholics AnonymousMondays 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 PartnershipTuesdays 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 Tuesdays at 7:15pm in the Parish Hall. For more information contact Lysander Puccio.

WEDNESDAYS

  • Urban Qi Every Wednesday and Saturday at 10:30 am at St. Nicholas Park @135thStreet. 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.

THURSDAYS

  • Miriam, Mark, Muhammad and Marx meets the last Sunday 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:  June 27.
  • 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. july 26 stan & ollie (2018, pg, 1h38min, bio-dramedy) comedy duo laurel and hardy embark on a tour through post-war Britain. w/ steven coogan, john c. reilly.

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 ForumLed by Ms. Janet Schultz. Adventist Forum gathers on the second Saturday of the month (please check for specific dates).

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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 ingresoa 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.

Reflection on the danger of claiming: “We are all immigrants” July 2019

5th Sunday after Pentecost • Proper 10 C track 2, 7/14/2019

Good Morning St. Mary’s! 

It seems we couldn’t pick a more fitting scripture for this Sunday, a Sunday when raids are threatening to round up immigrants in our city and other cities – our impulse is to define this scripture as the obvious call to reach out, to tend, to support and defend those who are under attack. And that is true and right and good. I hope you will make use of the resources available for how to stand up and be a witness, an advocate against the horrific persecution of people who have come to this country seeking life, just life.

However, the parable is pointing out something else. The parable points to the likelihood that the person who is maligned and denigrated as the one who will stand up to do what is right, the Samaritan. It is the one who is defined as a threat who is actually a help, and those typically seen as “helpers” or “good people” who are shown to be un-neighborly, preoccupied with themselves. It is a challenge to all of us who are religious people who strive to do what is good or right, not to get caught up in ourselves or in extraordinary efforts, but simply to look at our ordinary lives. Deuteronomy spells it out: God is very near, the works of God as close as our own hearts. In our current times, this might mean that we might never witness ICE agents harassing or arresting someone, we might not have the opportunity to use our cell phone to video acts of aggression (though we might)… and, each of us has the capacity to witness to the unfairness of assumptions about people who appear to be immigrants, each of us can talk about the injustice, the flagrant violation of human rights that is going on both in New York City and at our southern border. 

Why would anyone doubt the injustices happening now? For starters, Fox News is suggesting that everyone is fine, that children in cages sleeping on concrete floors are well cared for. Some of us get righteous even imagining that there might be people who do not think the camps of children or adults is a serious matter. I think it is complicated, and it has to do with understanding how much we are all connected to one another.

When I was at the Lights for Liberty rally and protest on Friday evening, I was troubled by some of the speakers. Speakers who were passionate about the rights of immigrants, and to promote their cause said things like “we are all immigrants.” We are not. Early European immigrants in the fifteenth and sixteenth centuries came to this land seeking a better life, and they slaughtered Native people and stole the land. We must be cautious not to equate those immigrants with those coming to the United States today; in a sense the racist fear-mongering that goes on today is more relevant to that history than it is to the present. 

People of African descent who were kidnapped, transported to and held captive on this land were not “immigrants.” They were brought here against their will and kept here against their will. The fact that enslaved Africans survived and were eventually freed hundreds of years later, and have made a life in this country despite years of racial terrorism and gross inequality does not make them immigrants, simply extraordinary survivors.

When we say, “we are all immigrants,” we discount, ignore or cover over these appalling acts of violence that have yet to be addressed seriously in our national life. To say, “we are all immigrants” is to set up a tension among people who have been mistreated and violated by those with the most power, it suggests “we are all the same” somehow, and we are not. 

At the same time, we must be cautious not to fall into this manufactured tension, a manipulated suspicion between and among those of us who are treated as “less than” by the dominant powers of the United States. Regardless of who is saying, “we are all immigrants,” we remember that the tensions created among Black peoples, between Black and Brown people, and among all people who truly seek justice for every human being, the tensions and conflicts among us serve the status quo, arguing about who has it worse only maintains the unequal access to safety and security that should be provided to all people. 

In this, I return to the parable: remember it is the person you have been taught to fear, that you have been told is your enemy, who acts as a neighbor. For whom did it serve that the road from Jerusalem to Jericho was so dangerous? How did it happen that Samaritans and Judeans and Galileans, all under Roman rule, were so suspicious of one another, would disrespect one another, and did not collectively resist the military occupation? Why do we- as people descended from Native and African survivors, and immigrants over the centuries- why do we not resist the homogenization of our history, why do we not take the time to hear the particularity of one another and resist any power that would legitimate or discount the suffering of any of us?

I am a descendent of immigrants. The Foulke side of my family came to this land in the 1600’s from Wales, possibly seeking religious freedom, they were not particularly poor, but they struggled in making a new life here. I don’t know how they participated in the stealing of Native land, though I know they claimed land in Pennsylvania and then the midwest at some point. I don’t know if they claimed to own human beings, but someone must have as I have met Black people with the same last name. Despite their many advantages, they did not flourish financially until my father’s generation when he became solidly middle class.

My mother’s family came from Italy in the 1930’s. My grandparents fled the rising fascism in Italy, having supported the resistance, their lives were in danger and their home had been raided at least once by the Nazis. They came seeking freedom, but they came with resources. My grandfather had a graduate school fellowship, and my grandmother came through Ellis Island with money sewn into her coat. Even with her privileges, my grandmother was required to check in regularly with the local police station, and could not travel freely because she was considered an “enemy alien” through the end of World War II. 

The immigration experiences of both sides of my family are vastly different from other European stories, and very different from the stories of people of color. The United States has welcomed some immigrants and barred others, it has promoted some and limited others. The Government has been fickle: welcoming as long as people serve the economic interests of the powerful, but excluding and threatening as soon as people are not needed. 

We need to listen to one another’s stories, we need to be aware of the differences, and we need to stand up for dignity and human rights for everyone. The struggle to treat new immigrants and asylum seekers humanely is the same struggle as the one to prevent police murdering Black people. Every human being is the image of God, deserving of dignity in their/our full humanity and story, deserving of protection and care not terrorism, deserving of justice and healing not marginalization.  I’ve been told, often, that I want too much, that I should focus on one issue at a time, but that is not how we live our lives! We are whole people, and we are many, each with our own story, and with God’s story. God’s commandments are as close as our mouth and our heart, we have only to choose what is right, not to be distracted by fear or duty or the false stories of who is more deserving. We have only to be ready for the miracle that our healing is bound up in another who might have been the least likely to help, and yet who responded as neighbor to us. It is not too much, rather it is the balm that heals, it is the connections that make us whole. Amen.