St. Paul's Episcopal Church   Poughkeepsie, NY

"Making friends while serving God"

The week of Jan. 25-31, 2016
A ferstive potluck lunch in our restored Parish Hall followed the Annual General meeting.
Annual General Meeting
            St. Paul's Annual General Meeting took place Jan. 24 and was followed by a festive potluck lunch in our newly renovated parish hall.
            Elections were held, as usual. Bobbie Gordon was elected Warden. Shawn Prater-Lee and Mark Debald were re-elected to the Vestry. And Adrian Goldson was elected to the Vestry.
            Minutes from the 2015 Annual General Meeting and news from the parish's 14 groups and committees of the parish were circulated. A few verbal reports were provided and the annual Paraclete Potter volunteer of the year award was presented to Debbie Pitcher.
Father Tyler congratulates Debbie Pitcher on receiving the Paraclete Potter volunteer service award.

Adrian Goldson was elected to the Vestry
Mark Debald was elected to a full term on the Vestry

Shawn Prater-Lee was re-elected to the Vestry
Bobbie Gordon was elected Warden

Scripture has been fulfilled
Jeremiah 1:4-10; Psalm 71:1-6; 1Corinthians 13:1-13; Luke 4:14-30
We know that Jesus was usually careful when he announced his heavenly identity. On Jan. 31 we will read again Luke 4:14-30 and be reminded that sometimes he was a little more obvious. He announced, after his reading, ""Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing."
This week's readings
In what follows we see how quickly people seek opportunity to criticize and reject. By the end of the reading the people are ready to stone him, utterly forgetting that when he spoke, "All spoke well of him and were amazed at the gracious words that came from his mouth."
In our epistle Paul reminds us (and the Corinthians), "If I speak in the tongues of mortals and of angels, but do not have love, I am a noisy gong or a clanging cymbal. And if I have prophetic powers, and understand all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have all faith, so as to remove mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing." It's too bad those who were hearing Jesus in the Gospel hadn't yet had the opportunity to absorb Paul's writings to the Corinthians.
The epistle reading is probably the most popular reading at marriage ceremonies worldwide. It is an excellent primer for the uneducated and a wonderful remedial tool for those who have forgotten.  "And now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; and the greatest of these is love."

Parishioners and friends of St. Paul's at the annual Martin Luther King breakfast at the Poughkeepsie Civic Center on Jan. 22 in support of the Catharine Street Community Center.


Celebrating St. Paul's Church

If you were at the Annual General Meeting yesterday you had the chance to read the committee reports from most of our committees. If you are reading the Messenger, and missed the meeting, you can see them today. They are posted on our website,

Pete Bedrossian

We truly have a lot to be thankful for and to celebrate. These reports show that we have a lively and dedicated group of parishioners.  Our service to God can be seen both within the physical plant and outside of our church boundaries. Lay involvement provides support for worship, the physical plant as well as the business of keeping the Church operating. The youth of the parish have an outlet for their service and are partners both within the Church and in the community. Outside of our walls, lay leaders visit the sick and shut-ins, and they provide services to those in need through the Small Blessing shop and the food pantry.

That is pretty amazing when you consider that this is not a full time job for anyone, but the extra service they provide to help this church. It is a lot of good work and I hope and pray that we will be able to do more of this good work, and that more and more of us and our neighbors will be both willing and able to be part of this service to God.

                                                                                    --Warden Pete Bedrossian


Editor's note:

As we consider all the good works done by those mentioned above, remember the author of the column, your warden, Pete Bedrossian, who usually has to work Sundays but still participates in the life of the parish after hours and at the 8 am service. It's that kind of dedication and involvement that inspires us and builds up the church.                                                                   --Father Tyler
This is the week ahead from our bulletin calendar:

Sun.  Jan. 31 
           8am Rite I;
8:45 Lessons' Discussion;
9:30 Choir practice;
10am Rite II, am Sunday School;
                      11:15 Coffee Hour  


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