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The Ramsay Report

November 9, 2015

Sunday was a brilliant sunny, cool, crisp morning-a perfect autumn day! There were 9 people in attendance at the 8:00 AM service and 72 people at the 10:00 AM service.  It was the Twenty Fourth Sunday After Pentecost.  The Processional Hymn was, “Faith Of Our Fathers Living Still” and the Sequence Hymn was, “As Those Of Old Their First Fruits Brought.”  The Gospel Reading was from Mark 12:38-44.  Teaching in the temple, Jesus said, “Beware of the scribes, who like to walk around in long robes, and to be greeted with respect in the market-places, and to have the best seats in the synagogues and places of honor at banquets! They devour widows’ houses and for sake of appearance say long prayers. They will receive the greater condemnation.” He sat down opposite the treasury, and watched the crowd putting money into the treasury. Many rich people put in large sums. A poor widow came and put in two small coins, which are worth a penny. Then he called his disciples and said to them, “Truly I tell you, this poor widow has put in more than all those who are contributing to the treasury. For all of them have contributed out of their abundance; but she out of her poverty has put in everything she had, all she had to live on.”  We learned from this passage, on Stewardship Sunday, that the poor widow gave all of her money, while those who were rich gave only what they thought was sufficient.  This is not to say that we must give all of our money to the church, but we must use the talents that God has given us and use them to help the church and others prosper. The Offertory Anthem was, “Now Thank We All Our God.”  The Communion Hymns were, “God Of Grace And God Of Glory” and “Eternal Father, Strong To Save.”  The Recessional Hymn was, “The Battle Hymn Of The Republic.”


The Stewardship Breakfast was held in the Parish House after the service.  Our parishioners proceeded over after the service and greeted each other, while enjoying a nice hot cup of coffee or tea.  They enjoyed a great slide presentation by Teddy Byrne showing the activities at the church over the past year.  The tables were elegantly set, thanks to Nancy and Ed Benedict, Drew Elder and Kem Rutledge, who had come up on Friday.  The Stewardship Breakfast Bakes, made by Father Byrne, Stella Elder, Karen Friedl, Tom Ramsay and Kem Rutledge, had been put in the ovens to cook by Drew Elder and Eileen Ramsay and while they were heating up, Joe Gonzalez gave a brief overview of the church’s finances and then Father Byrne spoke about the great Stewardship by the parishioners and an update on the columbarium fees, the impending Northside School rental and our Sunday School.  It was time to eat and everyone enjoyed the breakfast bakes, bagels and fruit.  A big thank to Nancy Benedict, Olive Demetrius and Joe Gonzalez for their food contributions and to the committee for a wonderful breakfast and presentation. The cleanup began and went smoothly with Ed manning the dishwasher and Carol Crowe, Diana Schillizzi, Karen, Tom, Nancy, Eileen, Olive and Kem drying and putting things away and Jack Oshier organizing the cleanup outside of the kitchen.  All was done and it was time to go home! 


73RD ANNUAL HOLLY BAZAAR-The Holly Bazaar is only 26 days away!  You know what to do….sign up to do your part for our most important fund-raiser of the year. Items are needed for Elsie’s Corner, for the Toy Room, for the raffle baskets and auction items for the luncheon. We hope to have most of the items gathered in on November 22nd during the Ingathering and bazaar set-up; however, there is a small amount of room available if you need to bring items sooner. 


Have a fantastic week and see you all next Sunday!! 

Service Times & Directions

Weekly Services

Tuesday:  12:15 pm  Holy Eucharist & Healing Service

Sunday:       8:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite I

                      9:45 am Sunday School

                    10:00 am Holy Eucharist Rite II

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Bayside, NY 11361
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