October 16, 2020
STEWARDSHIP CAMPAIGN 2021
Hello Parishioners - Thank you to all those who have already returned their 2021 pledge card. So far, we have 16 pledges totaling $39,114 toward our goal of $145,000. If you haven't received a pledge card but would like to pledge, please reach out to Dana in the office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Or, NEW this year, fill out your pledge card online with our new virtual pledge card option HERE. We thank you for all the ways you continue to support our little church with a big heart :)
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
The 20th Sunday after Pentecost - Proper 24A
Sunday's service of Holy Eucharist Rite II will be livestreaming to our YouTube channel from the sanctuary as we gather for in-person worship.
If you plan to attend in-person worship, you must sign up here. Indoor services are limited to 20 people. If you are person 21 or higher, you will be given first dibs on the sign up for next week.
Our service begins at 9:30am from inside St. Nick's, and those participating from home can click here to access the service online.
Download the service bulletin HERE (opens a PDF in Google Drive). To see the readings beforehand you can always visit The Lectionary Page. To access the prayerbook online, please click here.
Masks are required. Please bring your own. A limited number of single-use masks will be available should you forget. Hand sanitizer will be available for all. Please plan accordingly. Please maintain a six feet distance from those not in your family and please sit ONLY in pews marked "Yes". There will be no coffee hour following the services. We have plans to phase back in some kind of gathering, especially for our folks worshiping from home, at some point in the future.
Now that we are meeting for in-person worship we need volunteers to read the weekly lessons and prayers. Readers, please sign up to participate this Sunday or for an upcoming Sunday on our Worship Rota.
NOTE: Readers must also sign up for in-person worship on the coinciding day HERE.
WHO'S ON THIS SUNDAY
October 18, 2020
First Reader: Open - please sign up on the "Worship Rota" above
Prayers of the People: Open - please sign up on the "Worship Rota" above
Second Reader: Open - please sign up on the "Worship Rota" above
Thank you for signing up in advance to participate!
COMING SOON: BEGINNING SUNDAY NOVEMBER 1ST
2 IN-PERSON SERVICES AT ST. NICK'S 8AM & 10AM
PRAYERS To submit a prayer request, please use our prayer request form. Our new practice for prayers will be to start fresh with a new prayer list at the start of the new month. Please feel free to resubmit your prayer requests.
ICYMI If you weren't able to watch last week or would like to see any of our previously streamed services, you can watch them HERE.
LETTERS TO THE PARISH For those of you that would like to take a look back at the processes we have taken to re-open St. Nick's, you can click on the following links to view our correspondence.
Reopening Opening Letter
In-person Worship w/ Communion Letter
In-person, Inside Church Worship to Begin Letter
THANK YOU! for the contributions left in the church for the food pantry and the personal care pantry. We have so many families hurting in Dutchess County. Your donations go a long way. The food pantry always needs cereal, peanut butter, mac & cheese, tuna, etc. The linens pantry needs gently used blankets, towels and new pillows. For more information Please call Liz at 297-4907.
A NOTE FROM THE ORGANIST... HERE
RESULTS ARE IN...
THE 2020 READ-A-THON has raised $2400!
Great job to the sponsors and readers from St. Nick's and Zion Church that participated in the 2020 Read-a-thon.
Be sure to check out the awesome celebration video below.
Thank you Marcy!
2020 Read-a-thon Celebration Vid
Sunday School at St. Nick's
Coming November 1st! Our winter/spring Sunday School offering! Following this past summer's smash hit "The Flood," comes this year's curriculum from
StoryMakersNYC: The Stars
It's taken us a minute to re-group in the midst of the pandemic and the stepping down of our beloved Sunday School Coordinator, Jennifer Klein, but we're excited to begin the next part of our journey with StoryMakersNYC. Stay tuned for a more detailed schedule and for opportunities to help!
OFFICE HOURS ARE BACK
Zoom Office Hours:
Tuesdays 3p to 5p
Wednesdays 10a to 12p
Thursdays 11a to 1p
Schedule appointments through Mtr. Leigh's online scheduler:
BIBLE STUDY Join Mtr. Leigh in Zoom for a lectionary based bible study Mondays @ 2pm. Each Monday we'll read and study together the lessons for the upcoming Sunday. To find out what the lessons are, please visit The Lectionary Page. We generally use the first option of the two listed for the first reading.
Topic: Lectionary Bible Study
Join Zoom Meeting
- COMING THIS NOVEMBER -
To all crafters, bakers, & chili makers
sign up sheet is HERE
St. Nick's Church Fair flyer HERE
WEDNESDAY NIGHT BOOK GROUP TO RESUME
Our group study of How to be an Antiracist was a success, and a faithful group of six to eight participants came together in meaningful ways each week to learn, to struggle, and to grow. When we wrapped up our study of Ibram X. Kendi’s How to be an Antiracist, the members of the group indicated their interest in continuing the discussion on antiracism. Toward that goal, our next book for study will be White Fragility by Robin Diangelo. Please pick up a copy of your own. All are welcome!
A Four Week Study of White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo
Book Group Dates
All meetings on Wednesdays in Zoom and all times at 7pm
11/4 - Please come to the group having read the Introduction, Chapters 1 & 2
11/11 - Please come to the group having read Chapters 3, 4 & 5
11/18 - NO MEETING due to Vestry
11/25 - NO MEETING due to the Thanksgiving holiday
12/2 - Please come to the group having read Chapters 6, 7, 8 & 9
12/9 - Please come to the group having read Chapters 10, 11 & 12
2020 GENERAL ELECTION
The 2020 General Election is upon us, and no matter your political affiliation, it is important to VOTE. Per the US Postal Service, there are three ways to vote in this year’s General Election: Mail-in Voting, Early Voting, and Election Day Voting. To read more about how to do that in Dutchess County, please click here .Important Dates:
-The USPS recommends that you request an Absentee Ballot no later than October 12, 2020, though the official deadline October 27, 2020. You may apply in person up to November 2, 2020.
-Early Voting Period is October 24, 2020 - November 1, 2020.
-Election Day Voting is November 3, 2020 from 6am to 9am.
CONTINUE YOUR PLEDGE OR DONATE ONLINE
DURING THE CORONA VIRUS CRISIS
We are grateful for each and every dollar we receive here at St. Nick's, and each one of those dollars goes to good use. We keep a lean budget, and our finance committee carefully monitors every line.
While we are not meeting in person for worship on Sunday mornings, we expect that plate donations will drop. And with so much economic uncertainty, we know that home budgets might change. In order to facilitate continued giving, we have reactivated our church PayPal account. Using the button below, you can make your pledge or donation online.
Additionally, you can also set up auto-draft from your own bank account using your online banking. This will cause a paper check to be sent to our mailbox at P.O. Box 490, Hughsonville, NY 12537 which we are checking each day. The Vestry are doing the normal count, and our parish administrator, Dana, continues to record pledges in our system.
END OF LIFE PLANNING The Coronavirus pandemic has likely made us aware of our own mortality in new and profound ways. It is the responsibility of the Church to assist its members in preparing for death "while they are in health," which often entails the preparation of a will, or, at the least, the preparation of a plan in the event of a member's death. We have prepared a funeral planning form that will help you begin to think through and to plan your funeral, and we encourage you to begin this process seriously if you haven't already. After you complete the forms contact Mtr. Leigh for planning.
From the Book of Common Prayer: "The Minister of the Congregation is directed to instruct the people, from time to time, about the duty of Christian parents to make prudent provision for the well‑being
of their families, and of all persons to make wills, while they are in health, arranging for the disposal of their temporal goods, not neglecting, if they are able, to leave bequests for religious and charitable uses." (p. 445)
BUDDY GROUPS For Buddy Groups and captain contact information
please click: HERE
PARISH DIRECTORY A Parish Directory with the most updated contact information we have for all of you is available. If you would like a digital copy of the directory, please email the church office.
AA GROUP MEETINGS St. Nick's does have regular AA meetings but due to the Corona Virus restrictions they are currently on hold until further notice.
INTRA OFFICE DEADLINES Want to put an announcement in the weekly e-news? The deadline for submission is: Wednesdays 12pm
AGING NEWS: SENIOR RESOURCES Click on this link for the recent enews from Dutchess County Department For The Aging:
In Our Prayers
For those for whom prayers have been asked:
Cheryl + Joann + Bernice + Eleanor + Dean + Martha + Lauren + Kristina & Pete + Kelly + Ray John + Peggy & Tom + Henry + Linda + Eva + Erin + Christina S. + Donna U. + Sandy + Joe + Joann + Barbara + Evelyn + Marlene + Damon + Devon + AnneMarie + Mary + Tony + Kyle + Howie + Susan + Joan + Jennifer
- for all healthcare workers and first responders
- for those in prison and for prison workers
- for nursing home staff and residents, especially Jackie
- for the sick, especially those with Covid-19
- for all who struggle
- for the unemployed
- for the disappointed
- for the oppressed
- for all who work for peace and justice
- for teachers and parents and all who are making hard decisions about schooling this fall
- for those affected by the wildfires in the western states
In Thanksgiving for:
- for Mike & Leslie and their 24 years of marriage.
For future mailings to St. Nick's please use:
P.O. Box 490
Hughsonville, NY 12537