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St. Paul's Outreach

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Serving our community is vital to who we are. Efforts that include bake sales, fund raiser soup sales, clothing, food and pet food collections, monetary donations (during times of sudden natural disasters), bringing homemade meals to the infirm, making Thanksgiving baskets, food and monetary donations to local Veterans and "Adopt-a-family" Christmas gift programs all help families in in our local area.







Additionally, we have joined forces with Love INC  (Love In the Name of Christ), a nationwide "Gap Ministry" in Poughkeepsie.

Mid-Hudson Love INC is our church supported mission. The mission of Mid-Hudson Love INC is to engage local churches to help transform lives in our community, In the Name of Christ.

Please go to 

to learn the many ways that Love INC

partners with churches to minister to people in need.




Prayer Shawl Ministry:  In 1997, Victoria Galo and Janet Brestow attended the Women’s Leadership Institute at the Hartford Seminary in Hartford, CT.  The following year these two women began using knitting as the medium for taking what they had learned at this institute out into the world – they knit shawls for people they knew who were in need of peace.  This launched an incredibly far-reaching knitting movement – the Shawl Ministry. ( The spirit of this ministry has spread across the country and beyond.  Now it is at St. Paul’s.

Our ministry started slowly in October of 2008. A prayer shawl is a knitted or crocheted scarf, shawl, throw, or
blanket with spiritual prayers woven into each stitch or row.  The finished shawl is given to a person in need of
prayers as a tangible gift of God’s love and grace.  Our hope is this ministry will continue to grow and bring love and comfort to families and friends of our church community with these gifts of prayer.

All are welcome to join.  Lessons can be given to beginners who would like to learn to knit or crochet. Patterns and prayers are shared, and many styles of shawls are quite easy and fast to learn and complete.


Right now, we have about 8 women at all experience levels making beautiful prayer shawls. Finished shawls are available for immediate needs.  Shawls may also be requested to be made in a specific color and style.  The 
congregation may help this ministry by donating yarn, zipper bags from sheet sets, curtains, or small blankets and by letting us know of people in need of peace.

For information about requesting a shawl or if you would like to learn more about participating, please contact Nancy Paul at 845-229-0233.

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