Verse of the Day

And after you have suffered a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, confirm, strengthen, and establish you. (1 Peter 5:10, ESV)

All Saints Day: Sunday November 1st

Next Sunday we will celebrate All Saints Day when we remember those who have died.  If you would like to have a loved one remembered at our services please complete an All Saints form available in church this Sunday.


In addition we are asking our young people to wear their Halloween costumes to the 10 am Family service.

Crop Hunger Walk October 25th in Rhinebeck


CROP stands for Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty.  The purpose of the walk is to raise funds to help end hunger in the U.S. and around the world.  Up to 25% of the monies collected helps families in the Red Hook, Rhinebeck and Tivoli communities.  Registration is at 12:30PM at the Reformed Church in Rhinebeck (corner of South Street & Route 9).  The walk starts at 1PM.


There are many ways you can be a part of this outreach.  Please consider participating as a walker.  Walkers get sponsors to support them with a monetary gift.  If you are unable to walk, consider sponsoring a walker or registering as a “spirit walker” where you collect money in the spirit of the walk.   Checks can be made payable to “CWS/Crop”.   Online collecting is also available.


On the day of the walk, we still need someone at Messiah’s registration table to receive walker’s envelopes and someone to monitor the walk via their car.  If you have any questions or are able to help, please call Laurie Craft at 229-5681.


To learn more about the CROP Hunger Walk, go to, click on the tab “Get Involved” then click “Crop Hunger Walk”.  At the map, select NY State then scroll down to the end of the screen, hit “Next” and select No. Dutchess County Walk 10/25/2015.  Once there, choose Register to join The Church of the Messiah’s team or Donate to make a secure online donation.

Some Exciting November Plans for the Food Pantry

In November the Pantry will be a busy place;  we will be working hard  so that  our   parishioners,  along with  many in the wider community, can  bring some measure of holiday cheer and winter security to area residents who find themselves struggling in our current economy. Some examples:

1)  With amazing artistry and good spirit, our young people have been decorating bags that parents and other parishioners can fill with  “trimmings”  for Thanksgiving dinner.   The filled bags will be distributed, along with Stop and Shop gift cards, to client families on the Friday before Thanksgiving.   Many thanks to our  Church School director and teachers, and to all the kids and families who will be participating in this terrific Thanksgiving project.

2) Coats are coming!  This year Messiah  will once again serve as  our area’s sole distribution point for the  Dutchess Outreach. Coat Drive, which provides warm  winter coats for men. women and children throughout the county.   Coat arrival day is Nov. 8th; distribution will begin on Nov. 13th.

3) On Nov. 7th The Rhinebeck Science Foundation will have one of its Science Discovery Fairs for the schools, and a featured event will be a food collection drive for our Pantry. The science dimension  will involve a  a mosaic design, developed by computer technology, that will represent all the  kids coming together to serve members of our community whose needs might too easily be forgotten. Please encourage any school kids you know to participate.

4)Emergency Medical Services will have a “Stuff the Ambulance” food drive at Stop and Shop’s parking lot on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 14th and 15th.  Please stop by and thank those who work hard every year on this big  drive; we will be this year’s  sole beneficiaries.

Church School Food Pantry service project


A big thank you to everyone who helped make last week’s community service project such a great success!  We decorated 60 reusable shopping bags that we will hand out to the congregation beginning on Sunday October 25th.  Our hope is that you will take a moment to reflect on our many blessings as individuals and as a community of faith and, with love in your heart, fill the bag for our neighbors in need.  Instructions in the form of a food pantry wish list are included in the bulletin and will be attached to the bags as we hand them out at both the 8:00 and 10:00 services. Thank you, in advance, for you kindness and generosity!


1 Corn Bread /muffin Mix,  1 Stuffing (boxed or bagged), 2 Canned fruit, 2 Canned vegetables, 1 Cake bread or brownie mix, 1 Gravy mix, 1 box Instant mashed potato.


Please place only the above items in these special bags.  We would like to provide pre-sorted supplies to the food pantry for their Thanksgiving dinner distribution. If you would like to make an additional donation of grocery gift cards, please bring those to the parish office during office hours or place them in the offering basket. If you would like to donate additional food items, please use a separate bag.


Return your offering at either the 8:00 or 10:00 service on Sunday, Nov. 15th, where Father Richard will bless the filled bags.

Thank you for your generous gift!

Youth Group Update:


Unfortunately, we have to cancel the youth trip to St. Gregory’s scheduled for this Sunday, Oct. 18th.  We would love to reschedule for a time when more youth are able to participate. There are a few events happening soon that we can participate in as a group…

               Crop Hunger Walk – Sunday, October 25th @ 12:30. Registration begins at 12:30 pm and the walk begins at 1:00.  Meet us over at the Rhinebeck Reformed church to walk together for this important cause

               CONNECT – Mid Hudson Valley combined Episcopal Youth Group!  Meets on the last Sunday of each month. The next meet-up will be on Sunday, September 25th from 2:30 – 4:30 at  Grace Church, 3328 Franklin Ave, Millbrook, NY.  We will be working with the folks at Grace Church to prepare their haunted house extravaganza! As always, all teens are welcome as we seek to connect with one another and look at the world through an Episcopal lens!


If you would like to attend either of these events as a group, please let me know asap.  We can carpool to Millbrook from Messiah after the crop walk!  What a full day!


Icon Painting Workshop


One of our members, Mary Cody, will be leading a workshop that will introduce the technique and tradition of creating Icons.  Rather thank calling it Icon painting it is referred to as writing.  Come and find out why!!  The course will run Thursday afternoon from 3 pm to 5 pm and will cost $20.  Registration is open to 8 students on a first come first served basis.  Please speak to Mary, Father Richard or call the parish office if interested.


A description of the workshop in Mary’s own words follows below


Introducing Iconography ( writing scripture )

Join me in learning this ancient spiritual art form. Learn how the painting has deep and meaningful art form.


I was introduced to iconography by an Episcopal priest who is an accomplished artist. Having had a personal interest in other forms of art I was amazed how iconography deepened my faith. It is a profound experience that I would like to share with you as the Holy Spirit is made manifest through art. -Mary E. Cody

Thursday Morning Service

Thursday Morning Service

Thursday morning services are at 9:00 am in Tyler Chapel.