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ST. MARY'S SPEAKERS 2024

From left to right, first row: Waddell Stillman, Historic Hudson Valley; Jen Mancuso, Interfaith Prison Partnership;  the Rev. Richard Witt, Rural and Migrant Ministry; 

Second row: Peter Keller, Episcopal Charities; the Rev. John Zahl; Pastor Merle McJunkin

2024 CALENDAR OF SERVICES

Services are held at St. Mary’s 5:30 p.m. on specific Sundays, and on Thanksgiving Eve and December 23rd for Christmas. These are led by clergy, lay readers and parishioners of St. Matthew’s and St. Mary's, with diverse civic and religious leaders as guest speakers at each service. Many parishioners have chosen to be baptized or married in this lovely historic church.

 

Sunday, May 19, 5:30 pm

Wadell Stillman, President, Historic Hudson Valley

Mr Stillman will give an illustrated talk about the Rockefeller-founded Historic Hudson Valley (HHV), a non-profit network of landmarks along the Hudson River founded in 1951. For years HHV has focused on education and tourism at its historic sites, and more recently on sharing its content online. Twenty years ago it started the Great Jack O’Lantern Blaze that has become the region’s biggest Halloween event.

 

Sunday, June 2, 5:30 pm

Jen Mancuso, Executive Director, Interfaith Prison Partnership

Ms. Mancuso will speak, together with Drew Courtright, St. Matthew's Assistant Rector and Interfaith Prison Partnership (IPP) Board Vice President, about an IPP initiative which funds attendance for formerly incarcerated women at the WellBeing Seminar, a four-day workshop that teaches individuals, through activities and lectures grounded in psychological theory, to understand that they have control over their reactions and how to act out of conscious choice. IPP works to improve the lived experience and community connection of presently and formerly incarcerated individuals, as well as those working in the correction system. 

Sunday, June 23, 5:30 pm

The Rev. Richard Witt,  Executive Director, Rural & Migrant Ministry 

Reverend Witt 's talk is entitled “Do You See Me?” Rural and Migrant Ministry works for the creation of a just, rural New York State through nurturing leadership, changing unjust systems and structures, and standing with the disenfranchised, especially farmworkers and rural workers. 

Sunday, September 2, 5:30pm

Peter Keller, President, Episcopal Charities of New York

Mr. Keller will speak on "Faith-Based Organizations: Working to Strengthen Communities." Episcopal Charities provides critical funding, operational support and volunteers to strengthen nearly 100 local programs working to transform the lives of more than 1 million people in need each year. Working in partnership with these programs, EC helps connect those in need with the generosity of caring donors and the energy of dedicated volunteers. 

Sunday, October 20, 10:20 am

Joint service with Antioch Baptist Church (Bedford Hills) at Antioch.

Sunday, October 27, 5:30 pm

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Wednesday, November 27, 5:30 pm

Thanksgiving Eve Service: The Rev. John Zahl

For our traditional Thanksgiving service, we welcome again the Reverend John Zahl, the rector at St. Matthew's Church in Bedford.  A strong spiritual leader in our community, John will lead this historic service filled with seasonal readings and hymns.

Monday, December 23,  5:30 pm  

Festive Christmas Service: The Rev. Merle McJunkin

St. Mary's welcomes back Pastor Merle McJunkin of Antioch Baptist Church in Bedford HIlls, for our traditional annual service of lessons and carols.  Antioch Baptist's music director, Jim  Farley, will lead the congregation in holiday song.  This is a wonderful and moving service filled with the joy of the season.

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