Our Services


7:30 a.m.  Rite I - Holy Eucharist

10:00 a.m.  Rite - II Holy Eucharist 


9:30 a.m. Holy Eucharist w/laying on of hands and anointing - Chapel 
10:15 a.m. Bible Study, 
Conference Room


Fourth Sunday of Advent - Regular Sunday Service - December 24th

Holy Eucharist 9:00a.m. (one service only)

Christmas Eve Services - Sunday, December 24th

 Family Mass 5:30 p.m.
Carol sing-along begins at 5:00 p.m.
First Mass of the Nativity and Blessing of the Crèche.
Christmas Pageant
A brief reception for the children will follow in the Parish Hall.
Parishioners are asked to bring cookies to share.

Mass 10 p.m.
Second Mass of the Nativity (solemn) 
Festal Euchrist with Choir
A Christmas party follows in the Parish Hall
Parishioners are asked to an appetizer to share.

Christmas Day Service - Monday, December 25th

9 a.m.
Christmas Mass

 Lectionary Bible Study Class

Every Wednesday from 7-8 pm
In the Conference room of the Rectory.

We study the upcoming Sunday readings from the Hebrew Testament, the Psalms, the Christian Letters, and the Gospels. Bring your own Bible or use one of ours. We look at how the readings reflect one another, and how to interpret what they mean to us today."

Beginning January 7th 

There will be six classes that culminate in Confirmation by Bishop Mary Glasspool on February 18th at the 10am the service. We invite all who wish to be confirmed, or received, or reaffirmed in their faith. Curious?  Come and see what it’s all about

Mission Bells
Zion's Weekly Newsletter
December 17, 2017 
DECEMBER 17 2017 
 Welcome to  This Sunday we celebrate with joyful anticipation the coming of Christ in our midst. Since the fifth century, the mass for the third Sunday in Advent has begun with the words from Philippians: "Rejoice in the Lord always, and again I say Rejoice!". Since the mass was sung in Latin for hundreds of years, the word for joy, "Gaudete" (pronounced gow-DAY-teh), became the name of this Sunday.   DECEMBER 17 2017 MUSIC  IMAGE    
The color pink is often used for the vestments and altar, to literally lighten up the dark purple of an (historically) penitential season. The words we will hear from Paul, however, are not from Philippians, but from Thessalonians, "Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you." We are encouraged to stop fretting about Christmas lists and holiday traffic, so that we can remember who this season is really about. We have to put our actions where our faith leads us. And today, our tradition of worship, for over 1500 years, is to stop worrying, stop keeping lists in our heads, stop our busy-ness, in order to be joyful in the Lord, to pray without ceasing, and to give thanks in all circumstances. 
See you on Sunday!
Mother Mag
 There is Coffee Hour in the Parish Hall immediately after the Eucharist on Sunday.  
On December 17th 
Debbie and John Singler will host the 7:30 Coffee Hour.  Ruth and Tommy Pasquazi will host the10:00 Coffee Hour. If you are visiting Zion Church, please join us. The Verger will direct you to the Parish Hall if you are not certain where it is. Sign-up Sheets for Coffee Hour are in their usual places.
If you are visiting Zion Church, please join us. The Verger will direct you to the Parish Hall if you are not certain where it is. Sign-up Sheets for Coffee Hour are in their usual places.   
Our 7:30 Eucharist is trying out Form IV Prayers of the People.This is not a permanent change, but an opportunity for feedback. 
If you are gluten intolerant, rice wafers are available. Let the priest know when taking communion.



contributions/ pledges must be received in the office by Sunday, December 31, 2017 inorder to be credited to your 2017contribution statement.


2018 Pledge envelopes are available at the back of the church, near the Verger table.




It's not too late to add your relative's photo to the Military Bulletin BoardWe are honoring our troops and veterans by placing their photos (in full uniform if possible) on a Military Bulletin Board which is located in the Parish Hall. Don't forget to put the name and branch (Army/Navy, etc.) (if deceased Veteran) on the back, and your name and phone number too. There is a mail slot in the office building where photos can be placed or they can be given to 
Carol Jane Walker or Mary Boscher. You can pick up your photo after it's been resized and added to the display - in a box underneath the bulletin board.
Zion's Tuesday morning Bible Study 
We meet in the Rectory from 10:30 to 11:30 am.Bring any version of the Bible that suits you, or use one of ours. Come and learn new stories and traditions.
Intercession List 
Please Note! 
When a name is initially submitted, it will remain for three months.  After that time the name will automatically be removed.  To keep a name on the prayer list, please call the office (297-9797) monthly.  To place a new name call anytime.  This does not apply to those who are permanently in Health Care Centers. 


If you have changed
your email address and want to receive Mission Bells,  
Chimes or other notices from Zion, please call the church office - 297-9797 or email Chris at

Daily Office
You can access the Daily Office readings online.   Just Google THE LECTIONARY and the web site provides the 4 readings for that given day.  It also provides the applicable readings for Sundays.

 Next Week's Readings: 
First Reading:
2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16;Canticle 3  
Second Reading:  
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38 
Women of Zion
Christmas Party/Potluck Lunch
Saturday, December 16th
12 noon
Parish Hall
Please call Doris Niles at 845-462-0714 to let her know what you dish are bringing. If you want to participate in the gift exchange, please bring a gift costing approximately$10. The gift should be unwrapped and in a plain brown bag.
All women of Zion are invited! 

Food Pantry Christmas Baskets
 If you are providing a Christmas Dinner donation
please deliver to the Food Pantry Building
on Sunday, December 17th between 8:30 - 10:00 a.m.
Distribution will be on Wednesday, December 20th.
Please do not leave food in the Parish Hall kitchen.

A Traditional Candlelight Service
Christmas Lessons and Carols 
Sunday, December 17th
4:00 p.m.
Join us for the re-telling of the Saviors Birth as we read
Nine Lessons and sing Joyful Carols of the Season. Everyone is welcome to attend.
A reception to follow in the Parish Hall.

Decorating the Church for Christmas
We will be decorating the church for Christmas immediately following the 9am service on Sunday, December 24th. Many hands make light work and all help would be very much appreciated.  This shouldn't take more than an hour.  We will need a couple of men willing to climb a ladder and place wreathes on the walls.
Vestry Nominations
The Vestry Nominating Committee is meeting to put forth a slate of nominees for Junior Warden and three Vestry positions. Anyone else interested in running for one of these positions must submit a letter of interest with 15 signatures.  If we have more candidates than what the Nominating Committee recommends, we will have an election at the Annual Meeting.   
Anyone interested in running for a position should talk to Mthr. Mag, or one of the Wardens - Carol Helion or Barbara Rignanese.
There will be receptions following both Christmas Eve services. Those attending the early service are asked to bring a plate of cookies to share at that reception.  Those attending the later service are asked to bring finger foods to share at that reception.
New voices are always welcome.  Zion's choir works hard, they are a dedicated group of singers who are committed to singing God's Praises.  The choir along with all of you make Zion a welcoming and prayer-filled church.  If you feel you have a calling to participate please speak to our Minister of Music, Gregory Citarella.
Food Pantry Needs -
Soup is always appreciated since the weather is getting cooler.
Please donate soup to the Food Pantry. Thank you.

Wednesdays from 7-8 pm
 in the Conference Room at the Rectory

We study the upcoming Sunday readings from the Hebrew Testament,
the Psalms, the Christian Letters, and the Gospels.    
Zion's Intercession List
(as of December 12, 2017) 
Hospitals:Savannah (Maria Fareri Children's Hospital, Westchester); Timothy Bailey (St. Joseph's Hospital, Savannah, Georgia); Ken Fraser (Yale New Haven)
Health Care Facilities: Fredericka Adams, Carol Boscher, Sally Corbet, Ruth Foster, Jensine Hansen, Will Happ, Hak Shil Kim, Scarlet Ludwich, Joseph McKinney, Marialice Olsen, Esther Paskey, Sally Perkert, Ethel Relyea, Barbara Santoro, Therese Savard, Jennie Sorbello, Cathrine Tolbert, Katherine Webber
At Home: Ann Marie, Ayden, Brian, Colleen, Elaine, Jack, Jessica, Josephine, Mary Ann, Mike, Nella, Nick, Ray, Sofia, Steven, Tina, William, Danny B., Lauren Altieri, Dorothea Ames, Ines Apap, Haig Artinian, Liz Bailey, Richard Bennett, Bridie Bond, MaryAnn Boniello, Mary Boscher, Ashley Brooks, Ethney Brown, Linda Buckman, Marty Buckman, Raysonja Buford, Willie Buford, Barbara Caldwell, Hopeton Cluns, George Conklin, Bill Corbet, Patrick Crowley, Harriet Dearborn, Steve Dearborn, Rose Ann DeFini, Kelly DelSanto, Joan De Luca, Sharon Diglio, Hilda Durr, Ken Durr, Nancy Durr, William Durr, the Eng Family, Nancy Giaccone, Sal Giaimo, Kristen Gilberti, Henry Goodwin, Tom Goodwin,Eva Gregorio, Sue Griscom, Mary Ann Heller, Dick Hill, Phoebe Jackson, Helene Klein, Marian Klein, Peggy Konecni, Larry Kraus, Rob Landon, Debby Mackey, Frank Magel, Andy Mahabir, Nancy Mahoney, Suzanne Mariani, James Martz, Jay Maryniak, Jim Maryniak, Chelsea McInarnay, Sylvia McReynolds, Catherine Boscher-Murphy, Ellis Nation, Roland Norris, Sally Norvell, Julian Paige, Tina Paige, Mariana Padilla, Joe Porpora, Veronica Faith Romano, Cindy Russo, Tony Salvati, Ruthlyn Savage, Jimmy Secor, Elsie Sheppard, Paulette Sibert, Theresa Simone, Peg Timmeny, George Tracy, David Vandercar, Brian Weishaupt, Linda Whiteside
This week we are asked to pray for St. Peter's Church, Lithgow. 
We pray for our brothers and sisters in the Armed Forces:
Joshua Bautz, Bryan Caceres, William Cohen, Justin Di Nonno, Matthew Fein, Stacy Finn,Brandon Fry, Michael Greifenstein, Patrick Holly, Justin Hosmer, John Howe, Chris Montgomery, Michael Patterson, Vivica Patterson, Anthony Perry, Jennie Trady, Warren VanAllen, Christopher Walker, and members of our adopted platoon serving in Kuwait.

Office Hours This Week:
Monday 7:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday - Thursday 7:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Friday Closed
Monday, December 18
Daycare 6:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. & 2:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
NA Meeting 7:30 p.m., Parish Hall (set up 7:00 p.m.)
Tuesday, December 19 (Lillian Trasher)
Daycare 6:00 a.m. - 9:30 am & 2:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Holy Eucharist with laying on of hands and anointing 9:30 a.m., Chapel
Bible Study 10:30 a.m., Conference Room
Vestry Meeting 7:00 p.m., Conference Room
OA 7:00 p.m., Chapel
AA Meeting 8:30 p.m., Parish Hall (Set up 7:00 p.m.)
Wednesday, December 20 Ember Day
Daycare 6:00 a.m. - 9:30 am & 2:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Food Pantry Christmas Dinner Distribution 12:30-2:00 p.m.
  & 6:30-7:30 p.m.
Rotary Board Meeting 4:30-5:30 p.m., Conference Room
Lectionary Bible Study 7:00 p.m., Conference Room
Thursday, December 21 St. Thomas
Daycare 6:00 a.m. - 9:30 am & 2:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Monthly Eucharist at St. Simeon's 2:00 p.m.
Choir Rehearsal 6:15 p.m.
AA Meeting 8:30 p.m., Parish Hall
*Friday, December 22 Ember Day
Daycare 6:00 a.m. - 9:30 am & 2:00 - 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 23 Ember Day
AA Meeting 8:30 p.m., Parish Hall (Set up 7 p.m.)
Sunday, December 24 4 Advent & Christmas Eve
Holy Eucharist 9:00 a.m.
Decorating of the Church following the 9:00 a.m. service
Choir Rehearsal 11:30 a.m., Church
Carol Sing-a-long begins at 5:00 p.m.
Family Mass 5:30 p.m.
Light Reception to follow in Parish Hall
Harp Music 9:30 p.m.
Mass 10:00 p.m.
Light Reception to follow in Parish Hall
*Special Devotion

Zion's Platoon

Our platoon has approximately 20 Soldiers including 5 females, in a US Army Platoon. They
are deployed from 
New York to Kuwait until January 2018. If you would like to donate items to be sent to this platoon, please place them in the basket near the door of the church or on the shelf labeled "Adopt-A-Platoon" in the Parish Hall.  

Here are suggested items:

Assorted snacks, including protein bars, drink mix singles or liquid, sunflower seeds, crackers, tuna or chicken pouches, filled crackers, feminine hygiene items and bath/baby wipes. eye drops, sticky fly paper, lip balm, Cortisone Cream (anti itch cream), medicated powder (for heat rash), sunscreen for nose and face and Non-Aerosol insect repellent w/Deet.  Send ONLY in bottles with pumps, no aerosols.

For down time:  magazines, assorted puzzle books, board games, stationery, envelopes, adult coloring books, colored pencils, black ink, pens/pencils and anything to boost morale.  
Thank you so much for your support.
Marcy Wagman


Mthr. Deborah Magdalene's sermons are filmed

every Sunday and are available on her blog:



   Memorial Requests:

Altar Candles, Plant in the Chapel, Altar Flowers 
Contact Joan Artz 831-7321;
Sanctuary Light 
Contact Carol Jane Walker 297-5540;
Candle at the Statue of St. Margaret of Antioch
and the Votive Candle in the Lady Chapel
Contact Terri Rhoades 462-4808.
*Please Note: There are no altar flowers or plant in the chapel during Advent.