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Thursday, April 19, 2018

From Mother Vicki

From Mother Vicki

Collect for the Fourth Sunday of Easter
O God, whose Son Jesus is the good shepherd of your people; Grant that when we hear his voice we may know him who calls us each by name, and follow where he leads; who, with you and the Holy Spirit, lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Sunday, April 22, the Fourth Sunday of Easter, is also called Good Shepherd Sunday.  In our Gospel reading from John 10:11-18, Jesus tells us that he is the Good Shepherd who lays down his life for his sheep.  We are reminded of his great love for us and the fact that he conquered death forever through his own death and resurrection.  Jesus actually says that he has other sheep that do not belong to this fold and that ultimately there will be one flock, one shepherd.  I love the ambiguity of this. We do not know exactly what this means, but we do know that God’s love is greater than we can imagine.  Therefore, there is no need to judge other people or other religions.  We leave that up to God.  But we rejoice that Jesus knows us each by name and try, in all that we do and say, to spread Christ’s message of love.

Please consider joining our lay led Bible Study on Sundays between the services (9:20 – 10:05 a.m.) in the Library.  This is a smart and enthusiastic group!  Feel free to drop in any Sunday.  For more information, please contact Jen Longley (jenlongley@att.net)  or Tara Seeley (taramseeley@gmail.com).

I am very excited that we are beginning a course of study entitled “Via Media”, or “The Middle Way” in May.  This is a course that was very popular when I led it at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.  It includes videos and hand-outs that are helpful to understanding more about faith and the Episcopal Church, as well as small group discussions.  The eight classes will be offered on Monday nights beginning in May (see below for specific dates).  Please let me know if you are interested or if you know someone who might be interested (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Our next big service is Pentecost Sunday, May 20th.   Both choirs will be singing, along with our wonderful tenor soloist (who last sang with us on Easter Sunday) Jason Slayden.  I am happy to meet with adults who might be interested in the Sacrament of Baptism, seekers who might wish to find out more about Baptism, or parents who want their child to be baptized on that Sunday.  Both the Saint John’s Children’s Choir (from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.) and the Saint John’s Festival Choir (5:45 – 6:30 p.m.) will be rehearsing Wednesdays from April 25th through Wednesday, May 16th in preparation for Pentecost Sunday.  It is not too late to join us!  Contact me at mothervsirota@gmail.com if you are interested in Baptism or joining our choir.

Psalm 23 is our psalm this Sunday, “The Lord is my shepherd.”  The fourth verse is “Though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I shall fear no evil; for you are with me.”  We have not been abandoned when we face life’s crises, especially the death of a loved one or our own mortality.  God is with us.

May GodAnchor bless you with Easter joy!

In Christ and with love,
Vicki+

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Via Media Class


VIA MEDIA

If you have ever been curious about the ins and outs of the Episcopal Church, here is your chance to finally learn more.  Saint John’s Getty Square is hosting an exciting program called Via Media (“The Middle Way”) that promises to shine light on everything you have felt you have been left in the dark about.

Learn more about your faith.  Via Media is an educational tool meant to keep members of the Episcopal Church informed about their faith and give seekers the opportunity to learn about the Episcopal Church.  With insightful videos featuring well-known theologians and open discussion, the Via Media approach is a unique way to get people passionate and excited about the Episcopal tradition.

There are eight sessions to this course.  We will be meeting in the Library on Monday evenings, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on May 7 and 21; June 4, 11, and 25; July 9 and 23; and September 10.  This class will provide preparation for adults to be confirmed, received or reaffirmed with Bishop Mary Glasspool on Sunday, September 23, 2018, or simply to find out more about your faith and the Episcopal Church.  For more information please contact Mother Vicki+ (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Announcements, Service Schedule, Weekly Calendar and Intercessory Prayers

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

Parish Sunday Service Schedule
Sundays 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
9:20 AM: Bible Study in the Library 

10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music

Sunday April 22, Easter 4
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Tuesday, April 24, HISTORIC BELL RETURNS
Wednesday, April 25, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, April25, Saint John’s Children’s Choir, 4:30 in the church
Wednesday, April 25, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:45 in the church. We will meet every Wednesday until Pentecost
Thursday, April 26, Vestry Meeting, 6:30 in the Parish Hall
Saturday, April 28, Diocesan Congregational Development Conference, 9 AM to 3 PM, Trinity-St Paul’s Church, 311 Huguenot Street, New Rochelle

Sunday April 29, Easter 5
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Wednesday, May 2, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, May 2, Saint John’s Children’s Choir, 4:30 in the church
Wednesday, May 2, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:45 in the church. We will meet every Wednesday until Pentecost
Saturday, May 5, Sacred Sites Open House, 1-4 PM. Tours by Angie Piwinski, 1-3. Organ recital by Jurhee Hong, 3 PM. Refreshments will be served

Sunday May 6, Easter 6
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Sunday, May 6, Penny Social, 12:30 PM
Monday, May 7, Session 1 for Via Media, 7-8:30 PM in the Library
Wednesday, May 9, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, May 9, Saint John’s Children’s Choir, 4:30 in the church
Wednesday, May 9, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:45 in the church. We will meet every Wednesday until Pentecost
Thursday, May 10, Discernment Committee, 6:30 PM, Church Office.

Sunday May 13, Easter 7. Episcopal Relief and Development Sunday
Happy Mother’s Day
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, May 14, Executive Committee meeting, 6:30, Church Office
Wednesday, May 16, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, May 16, Saint John’s Children’s Choir, 4:30 in the church
Wednesday, May 16, Saint John’s Festival Choir, 5:45 in the church.
Thursday, May 17, Cathedral of St. John the Divine, Liturgy of Lamentation, 7 PM
Saturday, May 19, Order of Urban Missioners, 9:30 AM in the Guild Room, 12:30 PM Mass in the Lady Chapel


If you would like to receive our weekly email blast please email your name and address to parish@yonkerschurch.org.

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.

April Birthdays: Stephen Henderson, Jr., 5 April; Alicia Johnson, 8 April; Lati Smith, 15 April; Sharon Jones, 17 April; Robert Perez Nevins, 20 April; Edith Williams, 20 April; Wayne Kempton, 22 April; Helen Hutchinson, 22 April

We pray for the newly baptized and we thank God 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. May we be blessed with compassion and love, and may this Congregation be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.

We hold in our prayers:
 Cela (Say-la, Mother Alejandra Trillos’ mother who was attacked in her workplace in Colombia) Charlotte Avallone, Rayfilend Bethea, Nyla, Janice Soto, David Emerson, Angie Piwinski, Eric Woods, Len LaRosa, Marion Eich, Lily Basile, The Rt. Rev. Richard Grein, The Rev. Canon Blake Rider, Nancy Headley, Margaret Embree, Marie Baptiste, Victoria King, Melvin Davis, Aaron Cohen, Ruby Dixon, Monica Harmon, Chester Evans, Lynette Lewis, Vi & Ken McKay, Felix Benzan, Jeremiah Ortega, Hope Mackey, Bimla Sager, Trisha Spina, Beverly Sims, Clyde Mahoney, Lisa Osborne, Ralph Tremonte, Aida Carino, Jay Moses, Thomas O’Connor, Harold Cronk, June & Waine Kniffen, Don Lundquist, Peter Walsh, Wayne Kempton, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries--especially Syria, and for our President, our country, our first responders, and all refugees and immigrants.

We pray for those who have died, Barbara Bush, 
The Rev. Paul Wancura, priest in the Diocese of Long Island, Ernest Brigden (June Parriott-Kniffen’s brother), the Jr. Canadian Hockey Team, Felicia Ash, Michael Davidson, The Rev. Adelaide Clark, The Rev. Laurence LeSeure, and for all those the world over who have died from war- especially in Syria, natural disasters, and gun violence, including students killed in Maryland, Alabama and Florida.

Service Ministers Schedule

Sunday April 22, Easter 4
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Chris Michel Karsten
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Deborah DeBride
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Deborah Holcombe
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Denise Hackl
Sunday School                     L Smith
Greeters                              C O'Brien, S Henderson,
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         S Henderson, M Harmon


Sunday April 29, Easter 5
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Angie Piwinski
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Anthony Johnson
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                            C Hanchard, C O'Brien, A Tracey
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         N Henderson, L Brown, H Hutchinson, D Hackl


Sunday May 6, Easter 6
8a Reader        Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson    C Canty
10a Reader 2nd Lesson    Jen Longley
10a 1st Euch. Min        Anthony Johnson
10a 2nd Euch. Min    Denise Hackl
Sunday School        S Henderson
Greeters            C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society        H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour    M. Owens, V Johnson, C Hanchard
    

Sunday May 13, Easter 7
 8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Karen Lorence
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Debbie Holcombe
10a 1st Euch. Min                Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     Debbie DeBride
Greeters                               E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         A Davis,V Crichton, P LaMotey

Thursday, April 12, 2018

From Mother Vicki

From Mother Vicki

“He is risen, he is risen! Tell it out with joyful voice:
He has burst his three days’ prison; let the whole wide earth rejoice:
 death is conquered, we are free, Christ has won the victory.”
Hymn 180 Words by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we approach the Third Sunday of Easter, we continue to sing wonderful Easter hymns that rejoice in the great gift of Christ’s resurrection.  I appreciate the clarity and simplicity of their language: “Death is conquered, we are free, Christ has won the victory!”

We are so proud of our artistic congregation members!  Two of them, Philip Feller and Deborah Holcombe, currently have paintings included in the 10th Annual Yonkers Artist Showcase 2018 at the Riverfront Art Gallery (the fourth floor of the Yonkers Riverfront Library).  Their work will be displayed through May 27 th. There is a First Thursday Gallery Hop Reception at this gallery on Thursday, May 3rd from 5:30-7:30 p.m., a great way to enjoy the art and meet the artists!

We are also delighted with our Boy Scout Troop 4.  They just won the Best Scout Marching Unit Parade Board Trophy at the Yonkers Saint Patrick’s Day March!  It even said in Yonkers Rising, “Boy Scout Troop 4-St. John’s Episcopal Church.”  Congratulations to Scoutmaster Doug Cummings and Bettye Malone, and to all of the wonderful young men in our scout troop!

Don’t forget about our lay led Bible Study on Sundays between the services (9:20 – 10:05 a.m.) in the Library.  This is a smart and enthusiastic group!  Feel free to drop in any Sunday.  For more information, please contact Jen Longley (jenlongley@att.net)  or Tara Seeley (taramseeley@gmail.com).

I am very excited that we are beginning a course of study entitled “Via Media”, or “The Middle Way.”  This is a course that was very popular when I led it at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.  It includes videos and hand-outs that are helpful to understanding more about faith and the Episcopal Church, as well as small group discussions.  The eight classes will be offered on Monday nights beginning in May (see below for specific dates).  Please let me know if you are interested or if you know someone who might be interested (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Our next big service is Pentecost Sunday, May 20th.   Both choirs will be singing, along with our wonderful tenor soloist (who last sang with us on Easter Sunday) Jason Slayden.  I am happy to meet with adults who might be interested in the Sacrament of Baptism, seekers who might wish to find out more about Baptism, or parents who want their child to be baptized on that Sunday.  Both the Saint John’s Children’s Choir (from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.) and the Saint John’s Festival Choir (5:45 – 6:30 p.m.) will be rehearsing Wednesdays from April 18th through Wednesday, May 16th in preparation for Pentecost Sunday.  It is not too late to join us!  Contact me at mothervsirota@gmail.com if you are interested in Baptism or joining our choir.

Please hold Father John Hamilton in your prayers this week as he is installed as Rector of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Episcopal Church, Dahlonega, Georgia on Wednesday, April 18th at 6 p.m. (see below for more information).  Congratulations to Father John and prayers for beautiful weather so that the service does not have to be rescheduled again!

This Sunday, we will be singing Hymn 180 as we process into the church.  The last verse is,

“He is risen, he is risen! He hath opened heaven’s gate: we are free from sin’s dark prison,
risen to a holier state; and a brighter Easter beam on our longing eyes shall stream.”
 
“Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!
The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!”

Easter blessings and joy,
Vicki+
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota



VIA MEDIA

If you have ever been curious about the ins and outs of the Episcopal Church, here is your chance to finally learn more.  Saint John’s Getty Square is hosting an exciting program called Via Media (“The Middle Way”) that promises to shine light on everything you have felt you have been left in the dark about.

Learn more about your faith.  Via Media is an educational tool meant to keep members of the Episcopal Church informed about their faith and give seekers the opportunity to learn about the Episcopal Church.  With insightful videos featuring well-known theologians and open discussion, the Via Media approach is a unique way to get people passionate and excited about the Episcopal tradition.

There are eight sessions to this course.  We will be meeting in the Library on Monday evenings, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on May 7 and 21; June 4, 11, and 25; July 9 and 23; and September 10.  This class will provide preparation for adults to be confirmed, received or reaffirmed with Bishop Mary Glasspool on Sunday, September 23, 2018, or simply to find out more about your faith and the Episcopal Church.  For more information please contact Mother Vicki+ (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Easter at St. John's Church





Celebrating two Artist from Saint John's Church Congregation

We are so proud of our artistic congregation members! Two of them, Deborah Holcombe and Philip Feller, have paintings included in the 10th Annual Yonkers Artist Showcase 2018 at the Riverfront Art Gallery (the fourth floor of the Yonkers Riverfront Library).  Their work will be displayed through May 27 th.

There is a First Thursday Gallery Hop Reception at this gallery on Thursday, May 3
rd from 5:30-7:30 p.m., a great way to enjoy the art and meet the artists!