September 20, 2019

Dear All:

We were blessed on September 8thwith a pastoral visitation from our bishop, The Rt. Rev. Mary D. Glasspool.  I received a lovely letter from her this past week and I would like to share excerpts from it:

September 10, 2019

Dear Mary Grace:

First and foremost, thank you, and the wonderful people of St. John the Evangelist, Barrytown, for the warm and generous welcome you all shared with me this past Sunday:  the 13thSunday after Pentecost!  From start to finish, I felt anticipated, engaged, and allowed to be a part of the larger community.  It was a terrific visit, and I’m deeply grateful.

The buildings and grounds are beautiful and I noted the plans for the renovation of the Parish Hall.  You make good use of the resources you have.  I appreciate the challenges of being between Christ Church, Red Hook and Messiah, Rhinebeck – yet the people who claim St. John the Evangelist, Barrytown as their home are dedicated and clearly have particular reasons for doing so.

The service was focused and joyful….Max and Frankie are terrific – and having the student interns get firsthand experience is a gift both to them and to the congregation.  They were both willing and eager and took appropriate delight in their roles

Likewise, the officers of the Board are dedicated and faithful.  The meeting following the feast (oh yes – please thank those who provided so generously for the feast following the service) was helpful, informative, and good…

Faithfully and affectionately yours in Christ,




Saturday, September 21 (2:00 – 4:00 pm)

House Blessing and Open House at 9 Chestnut Street.  All are welcome to come to Mary Grace’s new house at 9 Chestnut Street, Rhinebeck on Saturday, September 21stfrom 2:00 to 4:00 pm for a House Blessing and Open House.  Please feel free to bring hor d’oeuvres or drinks.

Blessing of the AnimalsWe will have the annual blessing of the animals on Sunday October 6th at 2:00 on the lawn in front of the Chapel of Holy Innocents, Bard College.  Please bring your pets (leashed or caged), stuffed animals, photos of beloved pets, etc.  All are welcome!



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 new 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.

THIS SUNDAY:                     

The Fifteenth Sunday after Pentecost– Morning Prayer

Readings:  Amos 8:4-7; Psalm 113; Luke 16:1-13


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.



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, Soloist

Frankie Sitler-Elbel, Student Intern

Max Toth, 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




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