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Thursday, February 14, 2019

From Mother Vicki




















The Reverend Canon Victoria R. Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Reading from the Gospel for the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
“Then Jesus looked up at his disciples and said:
‘Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.
Blessed are you who are hungry now for you will be filled.
Blessed are you who weep now, for you will laugh.

Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets.’” Luke 6:20-23

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Sunday, the Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany, our Gospel reading includes Jesus’ Sermon on the Plain.  This is parallel to Matthew’s Beatitudes from the Sermon on the Mount but slightly different.  After Jesus blesses those who are poor, hungry, weeping and hated, he also gives four “Woe” statements:

But woe to you who are rich, for you have received your consolation.
Woe to you who are full now, for you will be hungry.
Woe to you who are laughing now, for you will mourn and weep.

Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets.’”

Jesus refused to be an elitist and to abuse any form of privilege that he might have had as a teacher and a healer, let alone as the Messiah.  He stood with the marginalized, the powerless, and those who seemingly had nothing, and pointed out to his disciples that everything will be reversed.  He was insistent that what is seen as important on this earth--money, food, privilege and fame—will not finally fulfill our deepest yearnings.  Seeking the kingdom of God with Jesus’Anchor message of love transcends everything the world holds as dear.

The first in our Candlelight Concert Series last Sunday was wonderful.   Our four musicians-- Jessica Park, Chiara Stauffer, Judith Insell and Ben Larsen—were truly spectacular.  The Beethoven and Mendelssohn quartets were revelatory, and the sun shining through the windows was a blessing.  We had a terrific crowd, and many of you who came brought your friends.  We saw many new people.  Thank you! And thanks to all who donated their time checking people in, setting up tables, greeting and providing drinks and desserts.  Everyone had a lovely time, and we raised more money for repairing our clerestory windows.  Yay!

Please make sure that all reports for our 2018 Annual Report are in by this Sunday, February 17.   Our Annual Meeting is on Sunday February 24th at noon in the Parish Hall.  You won’t want to miss it!  This is a wonderful time of fellowship, lifting up new leadership, hearing about all of the miracles that God has blessed us with in 2018 and having an opportunity to thank those who have done such wonderful work as Senior Warden (Deborah DeBride) and as Vestry Class of 2019 (Chris Canty and Jen Longley).  Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for work beautifully done!

In Christ and with love,
Vicki+
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Candlelight Concert

Candlelight Concert 
February 10, 2019















Announcements, Calendar and Intercessions

Weekly Service Schedule
Sundays
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I and coffee hour
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II and coffee hour
Wednesdays
12:05 Eucharist & Healing Service. Light lunch follows. Bible Study 1:30 PM

Saint John’s Church Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-1 PM; 2 PM-4 PM

Weekly Events
Mondays, 6:30-8 pm, Troop 4 Boy Scouts,
Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, 7-9 pm, Spanish AA,


Sunday February 17, Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
Monday, February 18, Office Closed for President’s Day
Tuesday, February 19, 6-8 PM, Rural and Migrant Ministries, Yonkers Riverfront Library, 1 Larkin Center
Wednesday, February 20, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, February 20, 6:30 PM, Vestry in the Guild Room with Holy Eucharist
Saturday, February 23, 9:30 AM, Order of Urban Missioners, Holy Eucharist at 12:30 PM in the Lady Chapel

Sunday February 24, Seventh Sunday after the Epiphany.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
Sunday, February 24, Lunch and Annual Meeting at Noon
Tuesday, February 26, Eucharistic Minister meeting in the Sanctuary
Wednesday, February 27, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Saturday, March 2, 9:30-2:30 PM Lay Eucharistic Minister training, Church of the Holy Trinity, 316 East 88th Street, NYC

Sunday March 3, Last Sunday after the Epiphany.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant
The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Preacher
Sunday, March 3, Penny Social, 12:30 PM
Tuesday, March 5, Mardi Gras Pancake Supper, 6 PM. Suggested donation $5
Ash Wednesday March 6, Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes. Noon & 7 PM in the sanctuary. No lunch or bible study.

Sunday March 10, Lent 1. Daylight Savings Time begins.
Move your clocks ahead one hour on Saturday night.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music & Litany in procession
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant and Preacher
Wednesday March 13, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study



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February Birthdays and Anniversaries: Hyacinth Anthonyson, 3-Feb; George Morrison, 6-Feb; Carol Apolinario, 9-Feb; Naomi Henderson, 15-Feb; Nathan Henderson, 19-Feb; Ival Hall DeBride, 27-Feb; Naya Martin, 27-Feb; Richard Nosik, 27-Feb.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life, for this neighborhood of Getty Square, for all who live and work here, for all who come here for goods and services, for those who are homeless and hungry, for the Sharing Community, Salvation Army, YWCA and the YMCA, the Yonkers Fire and Police Departments, and all who work to help others. We pray for healing for those who struggle with addictions, and physical and mental disabilities. Please bless our vision with compassion and love, so that this Congregation may be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.

We hold in our prayers: Carla Jean DeBride, Val DeBride, The Rev. Kathleen Berkowe, Aida Carino, John Afionian, Charlotte Avallone, John Alexander, Lara Pilla, Judy Quick, Tom O’Connor, Nancy Headley, John Gore, Verna Dore, Luther Smith, Marie Baptiste, Ellen Partipiano, Helene Wright, Ruby Dixon, Joan Smith, David Kesslinger, Carol Shoemaker, William Sheridan, Neil Parkey, Elyse Gierlich, Denise Edwards, Phyllis Jackson, Kevin Kidd, Tom Cacavio, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Mary Kowalski, Harriette Forster, Hope Mackey, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Monica Harmon, Ralph Tremonte, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for Anthony Johnson as he continues his diaconal discernment, for those impacted by natural disasters throughout the world, for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries, and for our President, Congress and our country, for those impacted by the government shutdown, for our first responders and military, and for all refugees and immigrants, especially the children.

We pray for those who have died iincluding Valerie Reyes, The Rev. Dr. John Ronig Johnson, Jr., Leonard Spano, Sr. Carolyn Darr, Kenneth Weaver, and those who have died the world over from war, terrorism, and natural disasters. We also lament those who have died over the centuries due to slavery, lynching, racism and the unequal and unjust treatment of peoples in this country.

Rural & Migrant Ministries


Service Ministers

Sunday February 17, Sixth Sunday after Epiphany
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Chris Michel Karsten
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     Deborah DeBride
Greeters                                 M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         A Davis,V Crichton, P LaMotey

Sunday February 24, Seventh Sunday after Epiphany
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Chris Canty
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
Sunday School                     Lati Smith
Greeters                                E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, L Brown
Coffee Hour                         V Debride,  A Carino, M Harmon

Sunday March 3, Last Sunday after Epiphany
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Edith Williams
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Jen Longley
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah DeBride
10a Euch. Min                       Omar Lammie
Sunday School                     Shelley Henderson
Greeters                                C Hanchard, A Tracey
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         N Henderson, L Brown, H Hutchinson, D Hackl


Sunday March 10, Lent 1
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Denise Hackl
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
Sunday School                     Deborah DeBride
Greeters                               M Owens, C Canty, Longley
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, L Brown
Coffee Hour                         A Davis,V Crichton, P LaMotey

Annual Meeting






Save the Date!
 Sunday, February 24 at Noon

Sunday's Gospel








Sunday's Gospel Reading
Luke 6:17-26

Jesus came down with the twelve apostles and stood on a level place, with a great crowd of his disciples and a great multitude of people from all Judea, Jerusalem, and the coast of Tyre and Sidon. They had come to hear him and to be healed of their diseases; and those who were troubled with unclean spirits were cured. And all in the crowd were trying to touch him, for power came out from him and healed all of them.

Then he looked up at his disciples and said:
“Blessed are you who are poor,
for yours is the kingdom of God.

“Blessed are you who are hungry now,
for you will be filled.

“Blessed are you who weep now,
for you will laugh.

“Blessed are you when people hate you, and when they exclude you, revile you, and defame you on account of the Son of Man. Rejoice in that day and leap for joy, for surely your reward is great in heaven; for that is what their ancestors did to the prophets."
"But woe to you who are rich,
for you have received your consolation.

"Woe to you who are full now,
for you will be hungry.

"Woe to you who are laughing now,
for you will mourn and weep.

"Woe to you when all speak well of you, for that is what their ancestors did to the false prophets."