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Thursday, May 18, 2017

From Mother Vicki

18 May 2017

Collect for the Sixth Sunday of Easter

O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns
with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This is such a beautiful collect for this Sunday, reminding us that God’s blessings and vision for those who love God surpass all we can imagine.  This week at our Wednesday Mass we celebrated the life of Thurgood Marshall, one of the great voices for truth and justice in the twentieth century and the first African American on the Supreme Court (1967-1991).  He was an Episcopalian, and at one point a Senior Warden at Saint Philip’s in Harlem and a Deputy to the 1964 Episcopal General Convention.  His life’s story is fascinating, especially his persistence in the face of adversity.  He won 28 out of his 32 court cases argued before the Supreme Court, including the historic 1954 Brown versus the Board of Education of Topeka case resulting in the momentous decision that separate education is not equal.  I particularly love a story from his high school experience in Baltimore.  He did something that got his teacher very angry with the resultant assignment to memorize the entire United States Constitution.  He did it!  What he could have viewed as a stumbling block ended up being a stepping stone to the rest of his life.

Thank you to all who gave so generously last Sunday to Episcopal Charities and the Bishops’ Appeal to help fund Hunger Programs throughout the Diocese.  Our contributions really do make a difference!  If you would still like to contribute, write “Episcopal Diocese of New York” on the check, with “Episcopal Charities” on the memo line.  You can either place your donation in the offering plate, or mail it directly to Episcopal Charities, 1047 Amsterdam Avenue, New York NY 10025.

We are grateful to our Boy Scout Troop 4 who did a wonderful job cleaning, adding soil and raking the east side of our property facing South Broadway this past Monday evening.  They also raised our new flag!  Thank you to Troop 4 and to Bettye Malone and Scoutmaster Doug Cummings. 

Saint John’s Getty Square is open this Saturday, May 20th, from 2-4 p.m. as part of the National Landmarks Sacred Sites Open House!  Please come and greet our visitors, as well as learn more about the architecture and history of our building with Wayne Kempton and Angie Piwinski as our guides.  They are working up a wonderful program.  PLEASE JOIN US THIS SATURDAY FROM 2 – 4 P.M.

We are invited to the Celebration of The New Ministry of The Reverend Alejandra Trillos as Priest-in-Charge at Iglesia San Andres, 22 Post Street, Yonkers, on Sunday, May 21 at 5 p.m.  Mother AlĂ©, as she is called, is a wonderful priest and is already doing important work at San Andres following Mother Yamily Bass-Choate’s significant tenure there.  Please remember to hold Mother Alejandra and San Andres in your prayers!

The Order of Urban Missioners, a spiritual support group for those who work in urban settings, will be meeting this Saturday, May 20 from 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.  We meet in the Guild Room for breakfast, sharing our concerns, silent meditation and prayer, followed by a Service of Holy Eucharist in the Lady Chapel at 12:30 p.m.  Please feel free to join us, especially if you might be interested in becoming a member next fall.  For more information, contact Mother Vicki (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

For those adults who are interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church and who would like to be confirmed or received by the Bishop at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on Saturday, June 3 at 10:30 a.m., it is not too late to join our Adult Spiritual Formation Class on the next two Tuesday evenings May 23 and 30 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Church Office.  Please let me know if you are interested! (mothervsirota@gmail.com).

When Thurgood Marshall was memorizing the U.S. Constitution as a punishment in high school, I am sure he never thought that he would one day argue cases before the Supreme Court, let alone become an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court.  God’s vision for us is always far greater than we can imagine, but it takes courage and resolve in the face of adversity.

May the joy of Christ’s Resurrection be in your minds and hearts!

In Christ and with love,
Vicki+
The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota

Priest-in-Charge
Parish Office Hours: Mon. to Thurs. 9AM -1; 2 – 4 PM          

Note Box for Mother Vicki and the Office in the Narthex Please leave any communications in the box: prayer list additions, volunteering, pastoral concerns, and needs for meetings. Mother Vicki’s email is mothervsirota@gmail.com and her office phone number is (914) 969-2969

Parish Weekly Service Schedule
Sundays 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music
Wednesday Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30.

Adult Spiritual Formation Class
Tuesday evenings May 23, & 30 at 6:30 PM in the Church Office
Classes in preparation for Confirmation & Reception at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on June 3rd.
See Mother Vicki for more information. (mothervsirota@gmail.com)

 Weekly Events
·         Mondays, Boy Scout Troop 4 6:30 to 8:00 PM
·         Wednesdays, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30
·         Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 7-9 PM Spanish AA meetings

Church Calendar

Sunday, May 21 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music
Sunday, May 21, Faith Friends Lunch following the 10:15 Eucharist
Monday, May 22, 6:30 PM Vestry
Tuesday May 23, 6:30 PM in the Church Office. Adult Spiritual Formation Class
Wednesday May 24 Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30

Sunday, May 28 Memorial Day Weekend. 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I;
10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music
Monday May 29: Church Office closed for Memorial Day
Tuesday May 30 at 6:30 PM in the Church Office. Adult Spiritual Formation Class
Wednesday May 31 Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30
Saturday, June 3, Confirmation and Reception at St. John the Divine

Sunday, June 4 Pentecost, 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music
Sunday, June 4, Penny Social 12:30 PM. Last Penny Social until September 10.
Monday, June 5, Outreach Committee meeting
Wednesday June 7 Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30.

Sunday, June 11 Trinity Sunday, 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music
Monday, June 12, Vestry Executive Committee, 6 PM
Wednesday June 14, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30.


Save the Dates!

Mother Vicki is offering the Convocation at the Oakland Cemetery event.


Boy Scout Troop 4 helping us tend our gardens.


Wednesday, May 10, 2017


On Saturday May 20th St. John’s Episcopal Church Getty Square, 1 Hudson Street, Yonkers, will participate in The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House weekend with guided tours from 2 PM to 4 PM led by congregation members Angie Piwinski, President, Board of Directors, Friends of Philipse Manor Hall, NYS Historic Site, along with Wayne Kempton, Archivist for the Episcopal Diocese of New York.

St. John’s contains some of the earliest examples of stained glass in America. Our oldest windows date from 1853 and contain elaborate work of English style and are located to the left and right of the main chancel windows. Just above the gallery is the great Rose Window and along the upper sides are the clerestory windows which are stenciled glass with the color painted onto clear glass. Other windows were made in London by Beaton, Butler and Bayne of London and Tiffany in New York, as well as studios in Germany and Italy. All kinds of stained glass techniques are represented.

The current church building was designed in 1872 by the architect William Tuckerman Potter. The original church was founded by law in 1693 and funded by Frederick Philipse II, Lord of the Manor of Philipsburg, one of the most important manors in New York State. This architectural fabric is the oldest stone Episcopal Church in New York State. Part of the earlier 1752 Colonial church is preserved and incorporated in the 1872 church, thereby being one of the earliest examples of historic preservation in America. It is one of the oldest stone churches in NY State, one of the finest examples of Potter’s work, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. The congregation began work here as early as 1684.  The first project in the parish was the founding of a school in the Mile Square area of Yonkers. This begins a long history of community service.

Since 1986 The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites program has supported more than 750 religious institutions throughout the state which have received over $9.3 million in matching grants. Sacred Sites is the country’s oldest and largest statewide grant program to help landmark religious properties. For additional information on the Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, contact the New York Landmarks Conservancy at 212-995-5260 or sacredsites@nylandmarks.org.
Adult Spiritual Formation Class
Tuesday evenings May 16, 23, & 30 at 6:30 PM 
in the Church Office.
Classes in preparation for Confirmation & Reception 
at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine on June 3rd.

See Mother Vicki for more information. (mothervsirota@gmail.com)

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Please hold in your prayers The Rev. Mitties DeChamplain, The Rev. Rudy Ressmeyer, Ruth Tatham, Clyde Mahoney, Sister Carolyn Darr, Samuel Akhtar, Neil DePasquale, Gabriel Carino, Aida Carino, The Rev. Canon Blake Rider, Anetta Giovanna, Nancy Burns, Elyse Gierlich, Candra Davis, Jan Thompson, Jay Moses, Thomas O’Connor, Barbara Michel-Karsten, Rocco Cacciatore, Richard Brown, Velma Crichton, Harold Cronk, June Pariott Kniffen, Waine Kniffen, Don Lundquist, Joe Walsh, Peter Walsh, The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Lawrence Gilkes and Brother Anthony Francis. We pray for those impacted by terrorist attacks and our President, our country and all immigrants.

Deceased: Richie Souter, and for all have died from terrorist attacks, gun violence and other natural disasters throughout the world.