Weekly eNewsletter from
August 21, 2020
WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY
A warm welcome to Rev. Megan Sanders who will be leading us in worship this Sunday. Service will be livestreaming to our YouTube channel from the churchyard as we gather for in-person worship.
Please read carefully this letter to the parish detailing our worship procedures for the next several weeks.
If you plan to attend worship in the churchyard, you must sign up here. We are limited to 25 people. If you are person 26 or higher, you will be given first dibs on the signup next week.
Our service begins at 9:30am from St. Nick's, and those participating from home can click here to access the service online.
There will not be a service bulletin. To print the service beforehand, or to download a PDF to your smart phone, tablet, or other device, click 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.
The building, including the bathroom, is off-limits. Please plan accordingly.
Please bring your own chair, and maintain a six feet distance from those not in your family. The lawn is marked to help with this.
There will NOT be service music this Sunday.
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.
To sign up for a helping role for next week and beyond, please sign up on the August Worship Rota.
To submit a prayer request, please use our prayer request form.
To sign up to attend tomorrow's service please click here.
If you cannot participate in real time, the service will be available later in the day on our YouTube channel.
Below is the video of last Sunday's service. If there are other services you weren't able to catch the first time around you can find them HERE on our YouTube channel.
As summer starts its wind-down, we will soon be looking at our Stewardship Campaign for the 2021 year. Its never too soon to start thinking about Stewardship, especially during this unique time we are in.
2020 SUMMER READ-A-THON
2020 Friends of Darbonne Read-A-Thon News
We have just several weeks left in our 2020 Friends of Darbonne Summer Read-a-Thon. Please plan to finish up your reading by the first week of September and aim to have Sponsor donations turned in Sunday September 13th or shortly thereafter.
Now is a good time to check in with your readers to provide some encouragement and ask them to let you know how many books they have read (especially if this affects your donation amount). We have several options for you to make your donations. For checks, make them payable to "Zion - Friends of Darbonne". You may drop them into the offering basket at either Zion Church or St. Nicks, or mail them to:
Friends of Darbonne
c/o Marcy Wagman
50 Old Troy Rd.
Wappingers Falls, NY 12590
For those of you who would prefer an electronic means of donating, you may funnel your donations through St. Nick's using this link:
Pay your Friends of Darbonne Read-a-Thon donation HERE
NOTE: Please include in the note field "Friends of Darbonne Read-a-Thon"
Thank you for your enthusiasm and for putting your passion for reading towards a good cause. We are all interested to hear about your most inspiring or favorite books!
Video Project: We would like to put together a video montage of readers and sponsors for the 2020 Read-A-Thon where you either describe your favorite book or why you love reading so much — so please think about preparing either a Selfie with your favorite book from the Summer of 2020 OR a short (30 second) video of you explaining what you like about reading and/or your favorite book. We’ll be sending a note out with instructions on where to upload your video/picture in early September. At the end of September we will assemble these into a collected video and share with all participants.
We will also have a token of appreciation for all participants, and a certificate of completion for our Youth readers. Joan Freeman will be in touch about the plan for distribution.
Thanks to all for your support of the Friends of Darbonne mission - helping the students at the Holy Spirit School in Darbonne Haiti.
Questions? Mother Leigh or Mother Mag can help or Joan Freeman 845-897-2404 firstname.lastname@example.org OR Marcy Wagman 845-298-0634 email@example.com
AUGUST 2020 PLEDGE UPDATES Statement updates have been sent to your inboxes. If for any reason you didn't receive yours, but should have, please reach out to Dana in the office at 297-1010 or email her firstname.lastname@example.org.
For future mailings please use:
P.O. Box 490
Hughsonville, NY 12537
MTR. LEIGH AWAY, August 3 - August 24 During this time Mtr. Mag will be covering urgent pastoral needs only (hospitalization, death). To contact Mtr. Mag please reach out to Greg Freeman at: Phone 845-625-4364 (leave a message if he does not answer) or Email email@example.com. While she is away, Mtr. Leigh, will have her vacation responder on, please do not call, text or email.
Thank you for your cooperation!
PLEASE NOTE: Mtr. Leigh's Office Hours and Happy Hour are on hiatus for the month of August.
Mondays this Fall - Beginning September 14
Mtr. Leigh will begin a lectionary-based Bible study at 1pm in Zoom. Look for more information to come.
MEMORIAL VIDEO PROJECT: Remembering Teresa Croke
Many of you have expressed concern and deep sadness that we will not be able to gather to celebrate and mourn the death of our beloved parishioner, Teresa. I join with you in that concern and sadness. And so, as a way for our church to express our love and grief, I'd like us to make a video.
I'm inviting you to record yourself with your smart phone or device (turned horizontally, not vertically) offering your tributes and memories of Teresa. If you are able, I'd ask that you upload your video to this shared folder in Google Drive. If you are not able to record yourself, but would still like to participate, email us, and we can figure out a way to record you. If you'd like to write something and do a voiceover, we can do that too. If you have pictures to share, we can scan those and add them. The options are really limitless. The target date for the release of this video is some point later in September.
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.
While the Rector will be away for most of August, you can download these forms and begin to fill them in. Upon her return from vacation, Mtr. Leigh will be available to meet with you to discuss these matters and to help you plan your funeral. We wish to offer special thanks to Bert and Rena Mazzuto for their assistance in developing our funeral planning forms for St. Nick's. Thank you, Bert and Rena!
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)
EPISCOPAL NY READS 1 BOOK Coming this fall, 2020. Our church, along with all 200 parishes in the Episcopal Diocese of New York, is invited to form a local group to read, discuss, and learn from one of the most timely and important books of our day: How To Be An Antiracist, by the acclaimed winner of the National Book Award, Ibram X. Kendi.
From Bishop Dietsche: "The plans for this diocesan book study began last year, and well before the murder of George Floyd and the nationwide protest which followed. But now this national conversation about race and about the deep currents of racism in our society and institutions has been imbued with a broad urgency which is touching everything and everyone in America.
And in that urgency, at this tipping point, Kendi’s book has become a runaway national best seller. He speaks with candor, truth and personal insight to the ancient American corruption of anti-blackness, and the intractability of white supremacy, to the profoundly historic moment in which we now find ourselves."
The diocese will offer three opportunities for diocesan wide Zoom discussions, as well as a virtual meeting with the author on October 22, 2020. Order your book now, and look for a schedule of discussions for our local St. Nick's group coming in mid-August. For more information, please see the diocesan website on the Episcopal NY Reads 1 Book project.
Group meets in Zoom on Wednesdays at 7pm 9/2, 9/9, 9/23, 9/30, 10/7 & 10/14
Here is a link to a sign up sheet to participate:
WHERE IS OL' FLAT NICK?
We love your #olflatnick photos; it's amazing to see where St. Nick travels! To share your #olflatnick pics, please be sure to email them to Dana in the church office at firstname.lastname@example.org.
HOW DOES IT WORK? Just take Ol' Flat Nick with you and take a picture with him, practicing social distancing of course :) at the beach, at the campground, in him the mountains, wherever! Then, send us your photo so we can post it in our newsletter and keep up with you. Or upload to your own social media platforms with the hashtag #olflatnick. We can't wait to see where our patron lands this summer!
Ol' Flat Nick's can be printed HERE or can be found in the narthex of the church.
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 37 Point St., 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.
BUDDY GROUPS Our parish has been broken up into nine groups of six or seven households and assigned parishioners to be captains of those groups. The captains are a mix of vestry and other lay leaders in the parish. They will be in touch with you to check in and to make sure all is well with you. They will also help me to know what your needs are, be they pastoral or logistical. While you should feel free to call any member of the parish now, Buddy Groups will ensure that no one slips through the cracks, and that our elders, in particular, are getting the care they need right now.
For Buddy Groups and captain contact information
please click: HERE
CORONATIDE CONTACT SHEET Dana, our parish administrator, has created a temporary Coronatide contact sheet with the most updated contact information we have for all of you. If you would like a digital copy of the Temporary Coronatide Contact Sheet, please email the church office. A more complete parish directory, with photos and expanded information, will be available in September.
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: Thursdays@12pm
AGING NEWS: SENIOR RESOURCES Click on this link for the recent enews from Dutchess County Department For The Aging:
PRAYER REQUESTS You can choose to submit a general request for the public parish prayer list or a confidential request for her only. You can submit requests using this online form.
In Our Prayers
For those for whom prayers have been asked:
Kyle + Toni + Jo + Kay + Irv + Lee Ann + Howie + Joshua + Jack + Serena + Adam + Matthew + Tony + Maureen & Paul + John & Dan + Murphy + Sean + Sandy + Bob & Sandie + Scott + Eliot + Lorraine + Barbara + Helen + Diane + Al + Bea + Janet + Denise + Erika + Steve + Bob + Danny + Donna + Christopher + Kristina & Pete + Henry & Family + Peggy & Tom + Ray John + Kelly + Will + Charman + Eric + Nicholas + Mike + Sonny & The Halvey/Catalano Family + Christina + Rita & Larry
- For all healthcare workers and first responders
- For those in prison and for prison workers
- For nursing home staff and residents, especially Jackie and Laverne
- 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 this, your church, and its members, wherever they are; for the ministry of Jennifer Klein as Sunday School Coordinator; for the birthdays of Sue Blodgett and Fred Jackson, who both turned 80 on July 31st
For the departed:
Lynn R. Kasin