Easter Season

Dear All:

As the semester comes to an end at Bard, I have found some time to revisit some of my favorite books and was delighted to again read parts of Markings by Dag Hammarskjold.  Dag Hammarskjöld was a Swedish diplomat and author who also served as the second Secretary-General of the United Nations from April 1953 until his death in a plane crash in September 1961. Prior to World War II, he had a successful career as a Swedish public servant serving in several cabinet positions and following the war he worked to alleviate the economic problems in war-torn Europe. After his death, his journal, Markings, was discovered in his home with a note asking his colleague to publish it if he found it appropriate.  This book is a collection of his poems and reflection that records the development of his private spiritual life.  He is the only person to have been awarded the Nobel Peace Prize posthumously. Hammarskjöld remains the only U.N. Secretary-General to die in office.

Here is a selection from his journal from 1945-1949:

Peace – as when long bitterness has been dissolved by tears: the ground bare. Glitter of wide waters in the soft light –

            Around me the soft walls of the thaw haze. The cloud ceiling is low, an orange shimmer in the settling winter sun.

            In the mirror-world of the water, pale olive against pewter, the bare branches of an alder tree flap slowly; as in a gentle breeze, to the imperceptible movement of the waves.

And then:

            In the soft darkness the lonely flame surrounded by a womb of warm light. The hyacinth, a white cloud above the deep well of gloom in the mirror, barely glimpsed, glittering through the whispering forest of books.

Not for us now, perhaps never for us.

            In the silence the ring of the telephone forever subtracts the conversation we have run away from but never shall escape.

            Beneath the hush a whisper from long ago, promising peace of mind and a burden shared.

            No peace which is not peace for all, no rest until all has been fulfilled.

Mary Grace+


THIS SUNDAY:                     

Fifth Sunday of Easter – Holy Eucharist, Rite II

Readings:      Acts 911:1-18; Psalm 148; Revelation 21:1-6; John 13:31-35



Bard College Chamber Singers and Bard College Symphonic Chorus

Fauré Requiem

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Featuring our own:  Isabel Livingston, Noel Phillips, and Frances Sharpless

James Bagwell, Conductor

Chelsea Fingal, Soprano

Wayne Paul, Baritone

For more information, call 845-758-7900, or e-mail

Time:8:00 pm – 10:00 pm

Location:Olin Hall




From June 5th afternoon until June 13th evening, at-home loving care needed for pets: small blond Labrador, Carly, who is very affectionate and well-behaved.  There’s an invisible fence, so no need to walk her.  Large, very fluffy, grey-white-black Tabby cat, Caruso, who has a high-pitched meow and is also very affectionate.   He isn’t allowed outside.

The house is a large Victorian farmhouse with a front porch, on lower Main Street (County Route 8) in Germantown, just off Route 9-G going towards the Hudson River.  It’s a 10-minute drive from St. John’s.  Bedroom and bathroom with shower on first floor.  Bedroom and bathroom with Victorian footed tub on second floor.  Take your pick!  TV with Cable service.  

Payment included. Please see or call Nan Eliot (518-537-4457) as soon as possible.



Happy Birthday:  Franklin Gurney and Paul Burke

Please remember to fill in the Anniversary/Birthday Book located on the table next to the kitchen in Aspinwall Hall. We want to remember everyone’s special occasions during our Sunday worship.

Stewardship Season–Each year we are asked to prayerfully consider how we can support our church financially in order to do the important ministry of the church.  Pledge cards are available at the back of the church or can be mailed to you.


Sign-up Sheets for Sunday ministriesThere are sign up sheets located on the table next to the kitchen in Aspinwall Hall.  Please sign up to read a lesson, lead Prayers of the People, host Coffee Hour, provide treats for Coffee Hour and/or arrange flowers for worship.  All are welcome to be part of these important ministries that make our Sunday morning worship a spiritual experience for all.



Sundays @ 10:00 a.m.                      Holy Eucharist/Morning Prayer and Coffee                      Hour

Mondays @ 8:00 p.m.                       Men’s AA meeting in Aspinwall Hall

Wednesdays @ 8:00 p.m.                Open AA meeting in Aspinwall Hall



The Rev. Mary Grace Williams, Vicar,, (203) 858 – 8800

The Rev. Virginia Grab, Associate to the Vicar                                                 

Mr. Peter Sipperley, Director of Music

Paulina Swierczek, Cantor

Annah Heckman, Student Intern

Frankie Sitler-Elbel, Student Intern




President                   Sara Takacs           2021      

Vice President        Mike Kelley            2020                                                                                                      

Treasurer                 John Ferguson       2020

Clerk                           Sarah McDonald    2022                                                                                                                             




Tom Cathcart             2022                           Evie Chanler              2021

John Ferguson           2020                           Mike Kelley                2020

Isabel Livingston       2021                           Sarah McDonald        2022

Fran Sharpless          2022                           Peter Sipperley            2020  

Sara Takacs                2021

Nan Eliot, ex officio

Wayne Baden, Trustee Emeritus & Advisor to the Board