Pleasant Valley Ecumenical Food Pantry We continue to support the only local food pantry with time, talent & treasure! St. Paul's joins with the PV United Methodist Church, St. Stanislaus Roman Catholic Church, and the First Presbyterian Church to provide food, household necessities and personal hygiene items to approximately 100 households each month. Our parish serves as the lead volunteer team on the 1st Wednesday of each month from 6:30 PM to 8:00 PM, and some of our members serve every week. On behalf of our guests and the entire Food Pantry committee, thank you all so much for your generosity & kindness!
Thrift Shop Our parish thrift shop is open on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 10:00 AM – 1:00 PM; your donations assist our local community & supports parish ministries.
Rural and Migrant Ministry We collect school supplies annually to be distributed to campers for RMM’s summer camp. Each camper gets a backpack ﬁlled with many school supplies to get them started on a successful school year. We also donate dozens of unwrapped Christmas gifts to the RMM gift store every year. Parents and guardians get access to the gifts at very reduced prices for their children- all within the context of a festive dinner celebrating the farmworkers and their families. Thanks to all who gave items, cash or time to organize and deliver the materials.
English as a Second Language Class (ESL) This is a new program in collaboration with Grace Church, Millbrook. Our generous ESL volunteer teachers help students from our local community become more comfortable using the English language. Our students’ skills in reading, writing, and speaking have increased. Their understanding of American culture has grown as well. The program is held in our Parish Hall on Tuesday evenings 6-9 PM. There are posters throughout the community inviting anyone to enroll and attend at no cost, for either class or child care, to the student.
We have had as many as seven students and six children in the nursery on some evenings. Our students come from all over the world. Their homelands are duly noted; Mexico, Brazil, Ecuador, Uzbekistan and Morocco. This program began at St. Paul's in 2014 and provides a vital service to our community. Evelyn Garzetta, the program director, is responsible for all the ESL locations in Northeastern Dutchess County that were started by Grace Latino Outreach in Millbrook, NY. LINK
Columbarium Our new Columbarium is a ministry of Saint Paul’s Episcopal Church. It is established in our cemetery to foster a sense of closeness to the St. Paul’s community even after death. Parish members, family and friends have been buried here since the 1840s.This is a sacred place where those who grieve may come to find comfort and support through prayer and peaceful reflection. Our Columbarium provides a reasonably priced and ecological alternative to interment in our traditional cemetery plots. The Columbarium Committee recognizes the difficulty faced by grieving family members and has tried to simplify this process. To that end we encourage people to plan in advance, realizing that this is not always possible. Our goal is to provide parishioners and friends with a contemporary solution to interment that continues in the historical tradition of Saint Paul's 170 year old cemetery.
CROPwalk We join in annually for CROPwalk, raising $700 this year to support hungry people in Dutchess County & beyond.
Shriners Hospitals for Children Keep those tabs coming! We collected over 14 pounds of tabs this year. A single tab weighs .0104 ounce, so that’s a lot of tabs! The Shriners sell the aluminum to support their hospitals for children around the country.
Coat Drive Each October, Guardian Storage sponsors a county-wide coat drive. St. Paul’s once again ﬁlled a large box with generous donations from parishioners and our Thrift Shop. The coats are distributed locally through Dutchess Outreach.
United Thank Offering UTO (United Thank Offering) was founded by women in 1889 to support women missionaries. It has now become a worldwide effort of the Episcopal Church to meet compelling human needs and expand the mission of the church - for men, women, and children everywhere. There are so many things for which we can be thankful each day - beautiful weather, a safe trip, friends, etc. We are asked to put coins in a Blue Box in thanks each day for our many blessings. Each spring and fall on “Ingathering Sunday” we are asked to convert these coins into paper money (checks or bills) and drop the envelopes in the collection plate. If you would like to have a “Blue Box” just ask Marilyn Kirchner. In 2016 we collected and sent $191 from 14 households in the spring and $122 from 17 households in the fall.
Hudson Valley Wood Carvers The Wood Carvers meet once a week on Monday evenings at the Parish Hall. Our beautiful baptismal font was hand carved for us by members of the Hudson Valley Wood Carvers.