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Wednesday, July 11, 2018

From Mother Vicki

King Herod heard of it, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.”  But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”
Mark 6:14-16 NRSV

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This story of King Herod and John the Baptism is part of our Gospel for Sunday, July 15.  The rest of the passage fills in how Herod had arrested John the Baptist because he had told him that his marriage to his brother’s wife was unlawful.  But this passage that includes the telling of John’s beheading also speaks of how Herod liked to go to John’s prison cell and listen to him.  There was something about John that drew him in.  He knew in his soul that John was “a righteous and holy man.” He might not have had John killed if it wasn’t that he had promised his wife’s daughter after she danced that he would give her whatever she asked.  When Herod hears about Jesus and his miracles, he is convinced that this is John the Baptist who has come back to life.  What we hear in his voice is regret and fear that he has sinned against God.  We see into his soul.

This Sunday our 8 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist is in the Church, but our 10:15 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist is at the Center for the Urban River at Beczak (35 Alexander Street, Yonkers, 10701).  Come early with your car (if you have one!) and help us carry over chairs at 9:45 am.  Don’t forget to bring your pot luck contribution for our parish picnic directly after our outdoor service.  This is a lovely summer annual event.  Casual dress, frisbees, etc. are welcome! Please join us!

Our Farmers’ Market and Flea Market make Thursdays special.  This is a wonderful event blessed by so many terrific volunteers and venders. Come and enjoy coffee and a donut, or a hot dog.  Buy fresh vegetables and bread, fruit and toys, as well as great used clothing.  And it’s not too late to bring your donations in of gently used items, kitchen utensils, pots and pans.  Thank you!

You should be receiving in the mail a Save the Date card about our 325th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 23.  Thanks to Deborah Holcombe who designed it!  Our next meeting to help prepare for the big event will be Sunday, July 22nd at noon in the church office.  This is open to anyone who is interested in helping.  We need volunteers in all areas, so please come and join us as we joyfully lift up our incredible heritage of belonging to the very first Anglican parish in this area!

Our seventh class of “Via Media” (“The Middle Way”) is on Monday evening, July 23rd
from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Library (enter through the door closest to the Guild Room).  The last class in this course will be on September 10th. Please let me know if you wish to join us (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Clearly Herod felt terribly guilty about having John the Baptist killed.  He could not take back what he had done.  His life was changed forever because of this rash decision.

We all struggle with regret, fear and sin.  Sin is whatever gets in the way of our relationship with God and with each other.  Every Sunday we confess our sins out loud and we receive forgiveness. If we take this process seriously, it helps us to amend our lives, change our ways and stay closer to Christ.

Stay cool!

Blessings and love,
Vicki+

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Announcements, Service Schedule, Weekly Calendar and Intercessory Prayers

Weekly Events
Mondays, Troop 4 Boy Scouts, 6:30-8pm
Wednesdays, Healing Eucharist, 12:05 PM, Bible Class 1:30 PM
Thursdays Farmers’ & Flea Market. 7 AM to 4 PM
Spanish AA, 7-9pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

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

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

Sunday July 15, 8 Pentecost (Proper 10)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I in the Church
10:15 AM Eucharist & Parish Picnic at the Beczak Center for the Urban River 
Monday July 16, Executive Committee, 6:30 PM in the Church Office
Wednesday, July 18, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Thursday, July 19, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM

Sunday July 22, 9 Pentecost (Proper 11)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday, July 22, 325th Anniversary Meeting, Church Office at noon
Monday July 23, Session 7 for Via Media, 7-8:30 PM in the Library
Wednesday, July 25, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, July 25, Vestry Meeting, 6:30 PM in the Guild Room
Thursday, July 26, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM

Sunday July 29, 10 Pentecost (Proper 12)
Services will be held in the Guild Room.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist
The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Preacher & Celebrant
Thursday, August 2, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM

Sunday August 5, 11 Pentecost (Proper 13)
Services will be held in the Guild Room.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist
The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Preacher & Celebrant
Thursday, August 9, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM

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 altar flowers are given to the glory of God and in remembrance of Irene Afionian by John Afionian.

July Birthdays and Anniversaries: Samuel Akhtar, 16 July; Sarah Harmon, 19 July; Salil Akhtar, 20 July; Glenn Borghoff, 24 July; Ruby Dixon, 25 July. The 25th Wedding Anniversary of Aaron and Marsha McKinney.

We pray for and give thanks to 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. Please bless our vision with compassion and love, so that this Congregation may be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.  Amen

Prayer of Lament O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family and especially in this Episcopal Diocese of New York as we lament our past complicity in slavery, racism, and the unfair treatment of all peoples; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We hold in our prayers: Roger Ressmeyer, Marion Eich, Carmen Hanchard, Gabriella Nascimento, Sal Bah, Antoinette Forster, Stephanie Gaines, Harv Oostdyk, Hope Mackey, Mamazane Xulu, Carol O’Brien, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Naomi Henderson, Aida Carino, Liliana Moschetta, Tom O’Connor, Monica Harmon, Beverly Sims, Clyde Mahoney, Ralph Tremonte, June & Waine Kniffen, Peter Walsh, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for Anthony Johnson as he continues his diaconal discernment, for the Thai Soccer Team and coach as they recover, for immigrant families who have been separated as they cross over into the US, for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries, those impacted by volcanoes, wild fires, and flooding, especially in Japan, and for our President, our country, our first responders, all refugees and immigrants especially the children, and our military.

We pray for those who have died: including Tori Bement, the Thai Navy SEAL who died in the rescue effort, and all those the world over who have died from war, terrorism, and natural disasters including the flooding in Japan, and we lament those who have died over the centuries due to slavery, lynching, racism and the unequal and unjust treatment of peoples in this country.

Service Ministers

Sunday July 15, 8 Pentecost (Proper 10)
Parish Picnic at Beczak Center at 10:15
 8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Edith Williams
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Chris Michel Karsten
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     L Smith
Greeters                                 S Henderson
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown

Sunday July 22, 9 Pentecost (Proper 11)
 8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Vera Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Karen Lorence10a
1st Euch. Min                        Denise Hackl
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                     L Smith
Greeters                               C Hanchard, A Tracey
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         A Davis,V Crichton, P LaMotey


Sunday July 29, 10 Pentecost (Proper 12) Guild Room
 
8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Deborah DeBride
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Deborah Holcombe        
Greeters                               M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         V Debride,  A Carino

Sunday August 5, 11 Pentecost (Proper 13) Guild Room
 8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Chris Canty
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Jen Longley
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
Greeters                                E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         M Harmon


Sunday's Gospel




Mark 6:14-29

Jesus came to his hometown, and his disciples followed him. On the sabbath he began to teach in the synagogue, and many who heard him were astounded. They said, King Herod heard of Jesus and his disciples, for Jesus’ name had become known. Some were saying, “John the baptizer has been raised from the dead; and for this reason these powers are at work in him.” But others said, “It is Elijah.” And others said, “It is a prophet, like one of the prophets of old.” But when Herod heard of it, he said, “John, whom I beheaded, has been raised.”

For Herod himself had sent men who arrested John, bound him, and put him in prison on account of Herodias, his brother Philip’s wife, because Herod had married her. For John had been telling Herod, “It is not lawful for you to have your brother’s wife.” And Herodias had a grudge against him, and wanted to kill him. But she could not, for Herod feared John, knowing that he was a righteous and holy man, and he protected him. When he heard him, he was greatly perplexed; and yet he liked to listen to him. But an opportunity came when Herod on his birthday gave a banquet for his courtiers and officers and for the leaders of Galilee. When his daughter Herodias came in and danced, she pleased Herod and his guests; and the king said to the girl, “Ask me for whatever you wish, and I will give it.” And he solemnly swore to her, “Whatever you ask me, I will give you, even half of my kingdom.” She went out and said to her mother, “What should I ask for?” She replied, “The head of John the baptizer.” Immediately she rushed back to the king and requested, “I want you to give me at once the head of John the Baptist on a platter.” The king was deeply grieved; yet out of regard for his oaths and for the guests, he did not want to refuse her. Immediately the king sent a soldier of the guard with orders to bring John’s head. He went and beheaded him in the prison, brought his head on a platter, and gave it to the girl. Then the girl gave it to her mother. When his disciples heard about it, they came and took his body, and laid it in a tomb.

Thursday, July 5, 2018

Opening Day at Saint John's Farmers' and Flea Market







Announcements, Service Schedule, Weekly Calendar and Intercessory Prayers


Mondays, Troop 4 Boy Scouts, 6:30-8pm
Wednesdays, Healing Eucharist, 12:05 PM, Bible Class 1:30 PM
Thursdays Farmers’ & Flea Market. 7 AM to 4 PM
Spanish AA, 7-pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

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

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

Sunday July 8, 7 Pentecost (Proper 9)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday, July 8, 325th Anniversary Meeting in the church office, Noon
Monday, July 9, Session 6 for Via Media, 7-8:30 PM in the Library
Wednesday, July 11, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Thursday, July 12, Farmers’ & Flea Market. 7 AM to 4 PM

Sunday July 15, 8 Pentecost (Proper 10)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I in the Church
10:15 AM Eucharist & Parish Picnic at the Beczak Center for the Urban River 
Monday July 16, Executive Committee, 6:30 PM in the Church Office
Wednesday, July 18, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Thursday, July 19, Farmers’ & Flea Market. 7 AM to 4 PM

Sunday July 22, 9 Pentecost (Proper 11)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Monday July 23, Session 7 for Via Media, 7-8:30 PM in the Library
Wednesday, July 25, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, July 25, Vestry Meeting, 6:30 PM in the Guild Room
Thursday, July 26, Farmers’ & Flea Market. 7 AM to 4 PM

Sunday July 29, 10 Pentecost (Proper 12)
Services will be held in the Guild Room.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist
The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Preacher & Celebrant
Thursday, August 2, Farmers’ & Flea Market. 7 AM to 4 PM

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. 

July Birthdays and Anniversaries: Vicki Sirota, 5 July; Claudia Wilson, 12 July;  Karen Lorence, 14 July; Samuel Akhtar, 16 July; Sarah Harmon, 19 July; Salil Akhtar, 20 July; Glenn Borghoff, 24 July; Ruby Dixon, 25 July. The 25th Wedding Anniversary of Aaron and Marsha McKinney.

We pray for and give thanks to 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. Please bless our vision with compassion and love, so that this Congregation may be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.  Amen

Prayer of Lament O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family and especially in this Episcopal Diocese of New York as we lament our past complicity in slavery, racism, and the unfair treatment of all peoples; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We hold in our prayers: Roger Ressmeyer, Tori Bement, Marion Eich, Carmen Hanchard, Gabriella Nascimento, Sal Bah, Antoinette Forster, Stephanie Gaines, Harv Oostdyk, Hope Mackey, Mamazane Xulu, Carol O’Brien, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Naomi Henderson, Aida Carino, Liliana Moschetta, Tom O’Connor, Monica Harmon, Beverly Sims, Clyde Mahoney, Ralph Tremonte, June & Waine Kniffen, Peter Walsh, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for immigrant families who have been separated as they cross over into the US, for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries, those impacted by volcanoes and wild fires, , and for our President, our country, those  injured in the stabbing at the birthday party in Boise, Idaho, our first responders, all refugees and immigrants, especially the children, the soccer team stranded in the flooded cave in Thailand, and our military.

We pray for those who have died: including Jenny Espinoza, Nouvellett Francis, Justin Matos, Richard Sandusky, and Phyllis who died in Cerrato Park. For all those the world over who have died from war, terrorism, and natural disasters, and we lament those who have died over the centuries due to slavery, lynching, racism and the unequal and unjust treatment of peoples in this country.

Service ministers

Sunday July 8, 7 Pentecost (Proper 9)
 8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Debbie Holcombe
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Shelley Henderson
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Denise Hackl
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                         N Henderson, L Brown, H Hutchinson, D Hackl

Sunday July 15, 8 Pentecost (Proper 10)
Parish Picnic at Beczak Center at 10:15
 8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Edith Williams
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Chris Michel Karsten
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     L Smith
Greeters                                 S Henderson
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown

Sunday July 22, 9 Pentecost (Proper 11)
 8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Vera Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Karen Lorence10a
1st Euch. Min                        Denise Hackl
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                     L Smith
Greeters                               C Hanchard, A Tracey
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         A Davis,V Crichton, P LaMotey


Sunday July 29, 10 Pentecost (Proper 12)

8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Deborah  DeBride
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Tara Seeley
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     S Henderson
Greeters                                 M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         V Debride,  A Carino