From Mother Vicki
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
What a wonderful Parish Potluck Picnic and Mass we had at the Sarah Lawrence Center for the Urban River at the Beczak last Sunday! We had a great turnout, were delighted to meet new friends and the family of members, and rejoiced in the wonderful response to the call for food. It was absolutely fabulous! Thanks to so many who made such delicious contributions, as well as all who volunteered to bring chairs, tables and people over from the church, including Linda Brown, Velma Crichton, Debbie DeBride, Ival DeBride, Annie Davies, Monica Harmon, Helen Hutchinson, Anthony Johnson, Jen Longley, Steve McCoy, Jane Metzger, George Morrison, Mary Owen, etc. etc. as well as Pedro Cordero. If I have left you off, please forgive me! It was a wondrous group effort. Thanks be to God for the beautiful weather and lovely Hudson River vistas. How blessed we are to live in Yonkers!
Our Outreach Committee meets again this Monday, 24 July at 7 p.m. in the Church Office, and our DVD/Book Club on Jim Wallis’ Justice for the Poor has its sixth and last meeting on Tuesday, 25 July at 6:30 p.m. There are no more Wednesday Noon Services of Holy Eucharist and Bible Classes until Wednesday, 6 September.
This September, the Order of Urban Missioners begins its Ninth Year in the Diocese of New York with our Service of Covenanting at our church, Saint John’s Getty Square, Yonkers, on Thursday, 14 September at 6 p.m., The Right Rev. Allen Shin, preaching and presiding. This group is self-selecting, and always just a one year commitment to a deeper spiritual life and prayer connection with others. I helped to found this spiritual support group for lay and ordained people in Baltimore, MD in 2000, and in NY in 2009. The description of the Order and the dates for the fall of 2017 are listed below. If you are interested, please let me know, and I can give you further information (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Don’t forget to check out our wonderful Farmers’ & Flea Market on Thursdays from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. Support Saint John’s by checking out our bread table, food and coffee station and Rummage Sale in the Parish Hall. The fruits and vegetables are as fresh as can be! Thanks to all who volunteer, those who run the Rummage Sale as well as those who sell bread, coffee, donuts, hot dogs and corn-on-the cob, to Ademir and Pedro, and especially to dear George Morrison who does an excellent job keeping everything running smoothly. If you wish to help out, please contact George (email@example.com).
Our Parish Administrator, Jan Valentine, will be out for much of August for a surgical procedure and rehab. Please keep her in your prayers. We are grateful to Carol Craft who will answer the phone and keep the office open Mondays through Thursdays from 9 a.m. to noon.
This Sunday, July 23, is my last Sunday before my vacation and our last Sunday worshipping in the Church Sanctuary until September. The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson will be preaching and presiding from July 30 through August 27 in the air-conditioned Guild Room while I am away. She will also handle pastoral concerns as needed. I pray that things will be calm and that all of you get some time to relax and enjoy the beauty of summertime and the wonderful gift of re-creation.
We continue to pray for our cities, especially this city of Yonkers. May God bless you this summer with a compassionate heart and with the gifts of joy and peace.
In Christ and with love,
The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota