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Thursday, November 16, 2017

From Mother Vicki

From Mother Vicki
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.                                                              II Corinthians 9:6-7
                                                                                                                                            
15 November 2017
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Saint John’s Episcopal Church has a rich history and a significant place in the life of the city of Yonkers.  The longer I am here, the more I can see and feel the gift of our presence--tolling the quarter hours, embracing the community with food from our Thursday Farmers’ Market and clothing from our Rummage Sale, providing a joyful neighborhood Penny Social Event once a month, throwing open our doors for Mass on Sundays and Wednesdays, supporting our Spanish speaking AA program with evening meetings three times a week, supporting the Sharing Community by providing the space for people to congregate before their Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, supporting LGBTQ Youth with a place for the Center Lane Thanksgiving Celebration, supporting the Boy Scouts Troop 4 with their Monday night meetings, welcoming all to our coffee hours after church services, and so much more.  We provide a holy space for prayer and worship in the middle of Getty Square.  This building has stood here since 1872.  There have been faithful believers gathering here even before the Revolutionary War.  We are a significant piece of the fabric of this city.

At our latest Vestry meeting, I asked the question, “Why do you come to church here?” Here are some of their answers:


I attend St. Johns’ because I feel very welcomed here and enjoy participating in many things.  It is a beautiful church.

                I come to St. John’s to grow in my faith and to share God’s love.

                I feel loved and supported here.  God is with us here.

I come to St. John’s Church because it has been my home church for many years.  I believe that God has kept me here for His purpose, to help spread His word.

I feel that St. John’s Church was the beginning of spiritual seeds for my family over 300 years ago and when I am in church I feel the ages and it enforces the depth of my spiritual well-being.

I attend St. John’s because of the welcoming atmosphere of the family that I have found—my spiritual family and deep, close, loving nurturing relationships.

I come to St. John’s because it is a place where everyone is accepted. People care about each other no matter what they look like, how much money they have or where they come from

Then the question was, “Why give money here?  Why pledge?”  Here are some of the responses:

I give to demonstrate my gratitude for the generosity and graciousness I have received, supporting the Church (Body of Christ, Group who have gathered in Christ’s name) and its mission!

I pledge to support the Church financially to keep the doors open for generations to come.

The reason I give (or pledge) is because I am grateful and thankful for what the Lord has blessed me and my family with.

I give to St. John’s as a small way to share all the many blessings God has shared with me.

I give money to St. John’s because I know it is necessary for it to run.  The people of this Church have fought for the underdog and I know it is necessary to provide money to keep things going.
 

We pray that you will feel moved to support your church with your 2018 pledge of time, talent and treasure.  The list of opportunities for service includes volunteering as an acolyte, reader, greeter, usher, Sunday School teacher, member of the altar guild, choir, finance, fundraising, property, or landscape committees, vestry member, helping with the Farmer’s Market, Penny Social, coffee hour, etc. Let us know what is moving your heart.  How generous has God been with you this past year?  Can you give more of yourself?  Can you raise the amount of your monetary gift?

We are blessed when we have the courage to step out on faith.  That’s what our predecessors did who founded this church. We stand on their shoulders.

We have enclosed a pledge card where you may indicate what new or continuing ministry you would like to be part of and what your monetary pledge for 2018 will be.  Let us know if you would like envelopes.  Please place your pledge card in the offering plate so that we may pray over them.  Our official Stewardship Sunday will be December 3rd, the First Sunday of Advent.

Thank you for your faithful service and generosity of spirit.  God loves a cheerful giver!  May you be blessed with the mind and heart of Christ in this season of giving.

Yours in Christ,

Vicki+

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge
Saint John’s Getty Square

Fund Raiser Concert


St. John's Festival Choir


St. John’s Festival Choir to sing on Christmas Eve

All rehearsals on Wednesdays 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. in the Church


November 15, November 29, 
December 6, December 13, December 20
Led by Bob Sirota

For more info email bobsirota@me.com

Parish Office Hours, Weekly Events & Church Calendar

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Would you like to host Coffee Hour? This involves choosing a date and bringing refreshments. Please sign up at the sign up table outside the Guild Room. We have a team each week that can assist you with the details.

The Flowers (suggested $50 gift) and the Sanctuary Lamp (suggested $10 gift) can be given each week outside of Advent and Lent in memory of a loved one. You may sign up in the hall or call the parish office for more information.
(914) 963-3033


Parish Office Hours: Mon. to Thurs. 9AM to 1 PM, 2 Pm to 4 PM          

Parish Sunday Service Schedule
Sundays 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music

Weekly Events

  • Mondays, Boy Scout Troop 4, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 7-9 PM Spanish AA meetings
  • Wednesdays, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30
  • Wednesdays, 4:30 PM, St. John's Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.
 Church Calendar
Sunday November 19, 24 Pentecost
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music.

Tuesday, November 21, Sharing Community BOD meeting, 8:30 AM
Wednesday, November 22, no service or bible study class
Thursday. Thanksgiving Day, church is used by the Sharing Community 11 AM to 3 PM
Office Closed Thursday & Friday November 23 & 24, for Thanksgiving. Gobble, gobble.


Sunday November 26, Last Sunday after Pentecost, Christ the King
The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music.
Wednesday, November 29 Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, November 29, 4:30 PM, St. John's Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.
Wednesday, November 29 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. Saint John's Festival Choir in the Church
Wednesday, November 29, Vestry meeting in the Library, 6:30
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, WINDOW RESTORATION FUND RAISER CONCERT, 6:00 PM TO 8:30 PM

Sunday December 3, Advent 1 Stewardship Sunday
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music.
Sunday, December 3, 11:45, Christmas Pageant Meeting
Sunday, December 3, Penny Social 12:30 PM
Monday, December 4, Outreach Committee, 7 PM
Wednesday, December 6, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, December 6, 4:30 PM, St. John's Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.
Wednesday, December 6, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. Saint John's Festival Choir in the Church
Wednesday, December 6, Renewal Works, 6:30-8:30 PM
Saturday, December 9, Order of Urban Missioners, 9 AM-1:30 PM

Sunday December 10 Advent 2
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music.
Sunday, December 10, 11:45 AM to 12:300 PM, Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Monday, December 11, Executive Committee 6:30 PM
Wednesday, December 13, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, December 13, 4:30 PM, St. John's Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.
Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. Saint John's Festival Choir in the Church
Thursday, December 14, Vestry Meeting, 6 PM
Saturday, December 16, Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, 10 AM to 12 PM

Intercessory Prayers

November Birthdays: Leah Henderson 4-Nov, Chris Canty, 6-Nov; Linda Brown, 7-Nov; Karen Heidgerd, 8-Nov; Gabriel Swift, 9-Nov; Joshua Maldonado, 9-Nov; Mary Owens, 11-Nov; Zenobia Beckley, 11-Nov; Leila Cole, 12-Nov; Carmen Hanchard, 17 Nov; Thomas Gladwell, 24-Nov

Please hold in your prayers: Carmen Hanchard, Chester Evens, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Lynette Lewis, Vi & Ken McKay, Felix Benzan, Paul Rogan, Kathryn Grossman, Roger Ressmeyer, Jeremiah Ortega, Carol Craft, Kimberly DeShon, Dana, Helen Hutchinson, Bimla Sager, Agnes DeFeo, Sarita Hmamly, Trisha Spina, Beverly Sims, Ruth Tathum, Clyde Mahoney, Lisa Osborne, Ralph Tremonte, Mary Owens, Samuel Akhtar, Aida Carino, Anetta Giovanna, Jay Moses, Thomas O’Connor, Harold Cronk, Waine Kniffen, Don Lundquist, Peter Walsh, The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, and Wayne Kempton. We pray for those impacted by wild fires, storms and shootings, especially in Iran, California, Las Vegas, Texas and New York, and for our President, our country, our first responders, and all refugees and immigrants.

 Deceased: We pray for Clarence, Lydia Tengelsen, Annette Fredenburg, for all who have died in the California, Texas, New York and Las Vegas shootings, for all those the world over who have died from terrorist attacks, war and natural disasters, including the earthquake in Iran and Iraq, and recent hurricanes, especially in Puerto Rico.

We thank you especially 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 Police and Fire Departments, and all who work to help others. We pray for healing for those who struggle with addictions, and physical and mental handicaps.  May we be blessed with compassion and love, and may this Congregation be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.

Ministry Schedule

Sunday November 19, 24 Pentecost
 8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        S Henderson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Anthony Johnson
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     Debbie DeBride
Greeters                               M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         A Davis,V Crichton, P LaMotey


Judges 4:1-7
Psalm 123
1 Thessalonians 5:1-11
Matthew 25:14-30

Sunday November 26, Christ the King
 8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Deborah DeBride
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Angie Piwinski
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Deborah DeBride
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     L Smith
Greeters                                E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         V Debride, M Baptiste, A Carino

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100
Ephesians 1:15-23

Sunday December 3, Advent 1
 8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Tara Seeley
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Denise Hackl
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     S Henderson
Greeters                                 C O'Brien, S Akhtar
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         S Henderson, M Harmon, A Giovanna

Isaiah 64:1-9
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18


Sunday December 10, Advent 2
8a Reader        Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson    Jen Longley
10a Reader 2nd Lesson    Edith Williams
10a 1st Euch. Min        Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min    Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School        Deborah DeBride
Greeters            C Hanchard, C O'Brien, A Tracey
Altar Society        A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour    N Henderson, L Bown,
H Hutchinson, D Hackl

Isaiah 40:1-11
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13

Thursday, November 9, 2017

From Mother Vicki

From Mother Vicki

Collect For those who influence Public Opinion
Almighty God, you proclaim your truth in every age by many voices: Direct, in our time, we pray, those who speak where many listen and write what many read; that they may do their part in making the heart of this people wise, its mind sound, and its will righteous; to the honor of Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen.


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

All Saints Sunday was wonderful at Saint John’s.  We thank God for the beautiful and energetic singing of our newly formed Saint John’s Children’s Choir, and for the witness of Egypt Allen, who was baptized at the 10:15 a.m. Service and is our newest member.  We pray for this Congregation that we may support and love each other even as we grow in diverse and wondrous ways.  Prayers for the Holy Spirit to be very present!

Thanks also for those who brought food on Sunday (an amazing array!) and for those who ran the joyous Penny Social Event.  Our last Farmers Market is on November 16th.  We are grateful to everyone who volunteers, including those selling food, bread and clothing.  Come down and check us out!

Join the Saint John’s Festival Choir to sing on Christmas Eve!  Bob Sirota will begin rehearsing with all interested singers (sopranos, altos, tenors and basses) on Wednesday, 15 November from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the Church.  The next four rehearsals are all after Thanksgiving (Nov. 29, Dec. 6, 13, 20).  For more information, please contact Bob Sirota (bobsirota@me.com).  Join the fun!

Our RenewalWorks Team meets again on November 15th .at 6:30 p.m.  Please continue to hold us all in your prayers for divine inspiration!

Please also spread the word about our Saint John’s Fundraising Concert on Saturday evening, Dec. 2. A superb string quartet will be playing the music of Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven in support of the needed repair of our historic stained-glass windows. The concert will begin at 7 p.m. preceded by sparkling cider, wine and cheese in the Narthex at 6 p.m.  Invite your friends!  Tickets can be bought online through Eventbrite.com. as well as at the door.  See below for more information.  If you wish to give more than the ticket price in support of the restoration work, we will be happy to list you on the program as a benefactor or sponsor!

Our Stewardship Mailing will go out next week.  We are dependent on your volunteer service and generous donations.  You matter!  Please prayerfully consider the surprising gifts that God has given you this year and be generous in your offer of continuing or new volunteer service and monetary pledge.  God loves a cheerful giver!  Pledge cards may be brought or mailed in to be place in the offering plate and blessed on Stewardship Sunday, Dec. 3, the First Sunday of Advent. 

The days are now shorter, darkness comes in the late afternoon.  It is easy to feel that evil is winning.  But it is not.  The love of God is more powerful than any force on earth.  May we work to change things during our precious time here.  We pray for our newly elected officials as they begin to consider the importance of their voices and callings in their elected positions.  We pray for those twenty-six adults and children who were gunned down in church in Sutherland Springs, Texas last Sunday, as well as those twenty who were wounded.  We pray for those who are mourning and trying to put their lives back together.  But we also need to work towards changing our society in ways that make it safer for all of us, not more dangerous.  I have attached a statement below from our seventy Episcopal Bishops who have joined Bishops United Against Gun Violence. Their last sentence is, “One does not offer prayers in lieu of demonstrating political courage, but rather in preparation.”

We are dealing with forces beyond our comprehension.  That is why we need to put on the whole armor of God.  As Paul says in Ephesians 6:10-13:


“Finally, be strong in the Lord and in the strength of his power.  Put on the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil.  For our struggle is not against enemies of blood and flesh, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the cosmic powers of this present darkness, against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.  Therefore take up the whole armor of God, so that you may be able to withstand on that evil day, and having done everything, to stand firm.”

What will help us in our struggles?  Putting on the belt of truth, the breastplate of righteousness, the shield of faith, the helmet of salvation and holding onto the word of God.  And we pray.  We pray for ourselves for humility and repentance, and for others that we might love them as God loves us.  As our Saint John’s Children’s Choir sang last Sunday:

For the love of God is like the deep blue sea, and it covers you and it covers me.
(Father Ed Waldron, 1965, Augusta, Georgia).

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