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Thursday, May 25, 2017

From Mother Vicki
24 May 2017



Collect for Ascension Day

Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We are in the Sixth Week of Easter. This Thursday, May 25, we celebrate Ascension Day which took place forty days after Easter. Jesus had appeared to his disciples and to others many times following his Resurrection from the dead, promising them that he would send the Holy Spirit, the Comforter, to be with them. He commissioned them to spread the good news of repentance and forgiveness to the ends of the earth, and then he ascended into heaven. I wonder if his disciples had any idea that we would still be listening to his message about God’s love in Christ Jesus over 2000 years later? Even as we struggle with news of the latest terrorist attack in Manchester, England, we hold up the hope that God has given us that evil is never stronger than Christ’s love.

Thanks to Wayne Kempton and Angie Piwinski who led such wonderful tours of Saint John’s Getty Square last Saturday, May 20th as part of the National Landmarks Sacred Sites Open House. What an amazing history we have! I learned so much. We have a new brochure on the front table that is helpful to pass out to those who might be interested in Saint John’s, as well as an Early History of Saint John’s. Please feel free to take them!

The Celebration of The New Ministry of The Reverend Alejandra Trillos as Priest-in-Charge at Iglesia San Andrés last Sunday evening, May 21, was glorious. What an inspiring service and congregation! Please continue to hold Mother Alejandra and San Andrés in your prayers.

Please also pray for Alicia DeBride and Elijah Henderson who will be confirmed at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine on Saturday, June 3, at 10:30 a.m. as well as Aida Carino, Marion Eich and Tom Lake who will be received into the Episcopal Church at that same time. This will be a glorious day in the life of our congregation.

This Monday we celebrate Memorial Day. We honor all of those who currently serve or who have served our country through the military, and we pray especially this weekend for those who have given the ultimate sacrifice, their lives, in order to preserve the freedoms that we hold so dear. May God bless those who have died, and may God bless America.

May Christ’s Resurrection and Ascension fill your hearts and minds with joy and peace.

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



Priest-in-Charge
Sunday May 28, 7 Easter
Service Ministers

10a Reader 1st Lesson Denise Hackl
10a Reader 2nd Lesson Tara Seeley
10a 1st Euch. Min Deborah Holcombe
10a 2nd Euch. Min Anthony Johnson
Sunday School S Henderson
Greeters C Hanchard, C O'Brien, A Tracey
Altar Society A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour Annie Davis, Velma Crichton,Patience LaMotey

Acts 17:22-31
Psalm 66:7-18
1 Peter 3:13-22
John 14: 15-21
We rejoice in the birth of Ival DeBride’s new granddaughter Mamie Grace Hall.

Please hold in your prayers Those injured in the terrorist bombing in Manchester, England, and in the Times Square driving accident, 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 for our President, our country, all immigrants and the homeless.

Deceased: The 22 victims of the terrorist bombing in Manchester, England, Richie Souter, Alyssa Elsman who died in Times Square, The Rev. Howard Benson, and for all have died from terrorist attacks, gun violence and other natural disasters throughout the world.

Please note: Names will generally remain on the prayer list for one month. If you would like to add or return a name to the list, please be in touch with the office at 914-963-3033 or by email at parish@yonkerschurch.org. Thank you.




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 evening May 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 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.
Wednesday June 7 Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. NO Bible Study.

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

Sunday, June 18 2 Pentecost, 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music
Monday, June 19, Vestry Meeting, 6:30-8 PM.
Tuesday, June 20, Sharing Community Board Meeting, 8:30 AM.
Wednesday June 21, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30
Wednesday June 21, Congregational Development Meeting, 6-8:30.

Sunday, June 25 3 Pentecost, 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music
Wednesday June 28, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30

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.

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

Thursday, May 18, 2017

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)