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Thursday, September 14, 2017

From Mother Vicki

Collect for Holy Cross Day


Almighty God, whose Son our Savior Jesus Christ was lifted high upon the cross that he might draw the whole world to himself: Mercifully grant that we, who glory in the mystery of our redemption, may have grace to take up our cross and follow him; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.

HOMECOMING SUNDAY

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

September 14 is Holy Cross Day. The Epistle is Philippians 2:5-11, “Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not regard equality with God as something to be exploited….” Jesus Christ is not the kind of political leader or authority figure with whom we would be impressed with today. In our society, we have little respect for someone who humbles themselves, especially “to the point of death.” And yet that is the surprising gift that Jesus gives us: through his death and resurrection we are freed from the hold that death had on us, and are able to experience the love of God in transformative and miraculous ways. Christ’s example of self-sacrifice and profound love has changed our world forever.

Welcome home! This is my second September with you. Now that I have come to know you better, I feel even more blessed and awed to be here. What a wonderful congregation and what a terrific and devoted group of volunteers we have. Thank you for your great service to this body of Christ and to our community!

We have started a new program this fall called RenewalWorks that encourages all the members of the congregation to take an anonymous Spiritual Life Inventory. This is not about numbers and figures, but about our hearts and souls. Obviously, no survey is going to be able to quantify where each of us are spiritually, but this is a good jumping off place for a much deeper discussion about our personal relationship with Christ and our Church. This survey takes about 30 minutes or so, and can be accessed on-line (https://www.research.net/r/RenewalWorks2110) or in paper form (please pick one up on Sunday). We only have until midnight October 1 to input all of the data, so if you are filling out a paper copy, please deposit them in the box on the back table in the Narthex, or on the table in the hallway by next Sunday, Sept. 24. Once all the surveys have been completed, our RenewalWorks Team will be given the results and guidelines for deeper discussions about new opportunities and programs for spiritual growth at Saint John’s Getty Square. For more information, feel free to contact me, Tara Seeley (our RenewalWorks Facilitator), Jen Longley (our RenewalWorks Communicator), or our RenewalWorks Team (Samuel Akhtar, Linda Brown, Carol Craft, Debbie DeBride, Aaron McKinney, George Morrison and Carrie Parkey). This is an exciting venture and we hope and pray that you will be part of it!

This Sunday, Homecoming Sunday, we rejoice at beginning another new academic year and renewing our life together at Saint John’s Getty Square. Please plan to come and bring your family, friends and neighbors! At both the 8 a.m. and the 10:15 a.m. Sunday Services we will be praying over and commissioning our Eucharistic Ministers and Visitors, our RenewalWorks Team and ALL volunteers. Coffee hour follows the 8 a.m. service and there is a special Homecoming Luncheon after the 10:15 a.m. to which everyone is invited. This is also your opportunity to try a new volunteer ministry, such as being an Acolyte, a Greeter, a Lay Reader, a member of the Altar Society, helping to teach Sunday School, etc. Please sign up on one of the sheets in the Narthex if you are interested.



I am starting a Saint John’s Children’s Choir on Wednesday, September 20 from 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. This choir will meet every Wednesday, and is open to children grades 1 through 5. We will start with a snack. I will be teaching them some sight-singing, basic music notation, as well as learning and memorizing some wonderful songs about God’s love. Please spread the word, and let me know if you know any children who might wish to join.

On Sunday, September 24 Jonelle Ward from the Alzheimer’s Association (800.272.3900; alz.org) will be with us at both services to share information about Alzheimer’s Disease and the importance of early detection.

If you are interested in joining the Order of Urban Missioners, a spiritual support group for lay and ordained people working in urban settings, please contact me (mothervsirota@gmail.com). Our Service of Covenanting will be held at our church, Saint John’s Getty Square, Yonkers, on Thursday, 28 September at 6 p.m., The Right Rev. Allen Shin, preaching and presiding. The description of the Order and the dates for the fall of 2017 are listed below.

Don’t forget to make a donation to Episcopal Relief and Development to help those impacted by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma. The devastation has been immense. Your donations, no matter how small, are desperately needed.

In our relationships with each other, we see Christ. I look forward to seeing you and meeting your family and friends. Welcome home!

In Christ and with love,

Vicki+
The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Children's Choir


Renewal Works

Renewal Works


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

We are excited about the nationwide Episcopal program that we will be using this fall entitled RenewalWorks. RenewalWorks will help us look at our spiritual lives, and figure out individually and corporately what might be missing, as well as how to encourage a deeper spiritual relationship with God. 

In order to begin this process, we are rolling out a Spiritual Life Inventory. This is a totally anonymous survey that we would like everyone in the congregation to take between September 10, this Sunday, and October 1. The on-line link specific to Saint John’s Getty Square is: https://www.research.net/r/RenewalWorks2110 

RenewalWorks suggests you allow 30 minutes to complete the Spiritual Life Inventory on-line. 

I have taken it, and found that it asks interesting questions and is not at all difficult to complete. You can change your answers on a page while you are filling it out, but once you press "next" you have to keep going. The answers are all multiple choice. This is totally anonymous. There is a graph at the bottom that tells you how much you have completed.

If you prefer to take this Spiritual Life Inventory on paper, paper copies will be available this Sunday, September 10 until October 1. Please place the completed survey in the box in the back of the Church or in the Guild Room. Please do not include your name. Vestry and Team members will be available after services on the next three Sundays if you need help completing the Survey.

The next steps are the serious work of the RenewalWorks Team of Saint John’s Getty Square. The RenewalWorks national organization will create a report for the parish, compiling all of our individual answers into a composite "snapshot" of St. John's parish. Our Team will meet four times from October into December to process the survey results and figure out how this information might be useful as we prayerfully look to our future in Christ. Our RenewalWorks Team Facilitator is Tara Seeley; Jen Longley is our RenewalWorks Team Communicator. RenewalWorks Team Members include: Samuel Akhtar, Linda Brown, Carol Craft, Deborah DeBride, Monica Harmon, Aaron McKinney, George Morrison and Carrie Parkey. If you have any questions about this program, please feel free to ask me or any one of these RenewalWorks Team members.

Thank you so much for being part of this exciting work! 

Blessings and love,

Vicki+
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Hurricane Relief

Presiding Bishop Michael Curry on Hurricane Harvey and Irma:
Our brothers and sisters in Florida, Texas and Louisiana need our help.


Long ago the prophet Malachi taught that we are all children of God by virtue of our creation by the same God. "Have we not all one father? Has not one God created us," he asked (2:10). Jesus taught the same thing when he told a story about a Good Samaritan. We are indeed all the children of God. And if we are all God's children, then we are all brothers and sisters.

In our recent days, we have watched and witnessed the devastation in the wake of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.  Our brothers and sisters in Texas and Louisiana need our help.

Episcopal Relief & Development reminds us not to send food, clothing or other items because affected dioceses have limited or no capacity to receive, store or distribute goods. It is more efficient and better for the local economy to make a donation.

Episcopal Relief & Development already has actions in place for assistance.

• To donate to the Hurricane Response Fund to support impacted dioceses  as they meet the needs of their most vulnerable neighbors after this event, check here.
• Sign-up on the Ready to Serve database to register as a possible volunteer in the future. Episcopal Relief & Development staff share these lists with dioceses when they are ready to recruit external volunteers.
• The latest Episcopal Relief & Development program updates are available on Facebook and Twitter @EpiscopalRelief and here.
• Check the Episcopal Church website  for updates and important information.

As our fellow Episcopalians minister to those in need they need our help not just now or in the short term, but for the long haul. Our support of Episcopal Relief & Development is a tangible, practical, effective and reliable way to do that, keep in your prayers for the people whose lives have been forever changed by Hurricanes Harvey and Irma.

Together we are the human family of God and our efforts in times like these truly help bring God's love and ours to our sisters and brothers in great need.

The Most Rev. Michael B. Curry
Presiding Bishop and Primate
The Episcopal Church

Yonkers Marathon on Sunday

Yonkers Marathon, Sunday September 17

The City of Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation will host the 92nd Yonkers Marathon on Sunday, September 17, 2017.  The day will also include a Half Marathon and 5K, all beginning at Riverfront Public Library on the Yonkers Waterfront at 8:00AM.  Registration for all races is available at www.YonkersNY.gov.

“Each year the Yonkers Marathon continues to grow and establish itself as a prominent event in the region,” said Mayor Mike Spano.  “This year is extra special as we celebrate the rich history of our city with the 92nd running of the marathon, the same weekend as the 25th Annual Riverfest.  This is going to be a fun-filled weekend in the City of Yonkers.”

The Yonkers Marathon has a long and storied history, and was once home of the national championships and Olympic team qualifiers. Marathon legend John Kelley called it a “marathoner’s marathon,” and New York City Marathon founder Fred Lebow cited it as one his favorite marathons, stating, “You haven’t run a marathon until you’ve run Yonkers.”  The first Yonkers Marathon was held on Thanksgiving Day in 1907.  The Yonkers Marathon, which is the 2nd oldest marathon in the country, is USA Track & Field certified and is a qualifying race for the Boston Marathon.

For more information, please contact the City of Yonkers Department of Parks, Recreation & Conservation at 914-377-6450.

Office Hours, Weekly Events, Church Calendar

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

Parish Weekly 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, 4:30-5:30 PM, Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.

·         Thursdays, July 6- November 16, 7 AM-4 PM, Farmers’ & Flea Market

Church Calendar

Sunday September 17, 14 Pentecost, Homecoming & Commissioning
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist Rite II with music.
Tuesday, September 19, BOD Sharing Community, 8:30 AM
Wednesday, September 20, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30
Wednesday, September 20, 4:30-5:30 PM, Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.
Wednesday, September 20, Vestry Meeting, 6:30
Thursday, September 21, Farmers’ and Flea Market, 7 AM to 4 PM

Sunday September 24, 15 Pentecost, Alzheimer’s Awareness Sunday
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist Rite II with music.
Wednesday, September 27, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30
Wednesday, September 27, 4:30-5:30 PM, Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.
Thursday, September 28, Farmers’ and Flea Market, 7 AM to 4 PM
Thursday, September 28, Order of Urban Missioners Commissioning with Bishop Shin in the Sanctuary, 6 PM

Sunday October 1, 16 Pentecost
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist Rite II with music. The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Celebrant
Sunday, October 1, Penny Social, 12:30
Wednesday, October 4, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30
Wednesday, October 4, 4:30-5:30 PM, Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.
Wednesday, October 4, 6:30-8 PM, RenewalWorks Team meeting
Thursday, October 5, Farmers’ and Flea Market, 7 AM to 4 PM
Saturday, October 7, Noon. Blessing of the Animals in the parking lot

Sunday October 8, 17 Pentecost
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist Rite II with music.
Wednesday, October 11, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30
Wednesday, October 11, 4:30-5:30 PM, Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. 
Open to children in grades 1-5.
Wednesday, October 11, Congregational Development, 6-8:30 pm
Thursday, October 12, Farmers’ and Flea Market, 7 AM to 4 PM

Prayer List & Service Ministers

Please hold in your prayers: All the victims of Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, Bishop Larry Provenzano, Trisha Spina, Pramella Vissa, Beverly Sims, Naomi Henderson, Ruth Tatum, Clyde Mahoney, Lisa Osborne, Michael Sperl, Ernst Haering, Bernie Ryan, Shari Mercatante, Ralph Tremonte, Kevin Kidd, Denise Edwards, Phyllis Jackson, Elyse Gierlich, Lynette Lewis, Michael Hausler, Marie Baptiste, Danielle and Jordan Etienne, Mary Owens, The Rev. Mitties DeChamplain, Samuel Akhtar, Aida Carino, Anetta Giovanna, Candra Davis, Jan Thompson, Jay Moses, Thomas O’Connor, Rocco Cacciatore, Richard Brown, Harold Cronk, June Pariott Kniffen, Waine Kniffen, Don Lundquist, Peter Walsh, The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Wayne Kempton, and Lawrence Gilkes. We pray for those impacted by terrorist attacks and for our President, our country, our first responders, and all refugees and immigrants.  

Deceased: We pray for Sung-jun Park, (Jurhee Hong’s cousin), Vanessa Smith, (Debbie Debride’s son’s mother-in- law), Manuel Bretscher, Angel Swift, The Rev. Gregg Wood, Dr. Joe Walsh, Tiffany Peterson, Laura Palm, for those who have died from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and for all the world over who have died from terrorist attacks, gun violence and other natural disasters.


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.

Sunday September 17, 15 Pentecost, prop 19
Homecoming & Commissioning

10a Reader 1st Lesson    Vera Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson    Edith Williams
10a 1st Euch. Min             Anthony Johnson
10a 2nd Euch. Min           Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                   S Henderson
Greeters                               C Hanchard, C O'Brien, A Tracey
Altar Society                       A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                        V Debride, M Baptiste, A Carino               

Exodus 14:19-31
Psalm 114 
Romans 14:1-12
Matthew 18:21-35

Sunday September 24, 16 Pentecost, prop 20
Alzheimer’s Awareness Sunday
10a Reader 1st Lesson    Karen Lorence
10a Reader 2nd Lesson    Denise Hackl
10a 1st Euch. Min             Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min           Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                   L Smith
Greeters                               M Owens, C Canty
Altar Society                       H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                        Shelly Henderson, Monica Harmon, Anetta Giovanna

Exodus 16:2-15
Psalm 105:1-6, 37-45
Philippians 1:21-30
Matthew 20:1-16

Sunday October 1, 17 Pentecost, prop 21

10a Reader 1st Lesson    Debbie Holcombe
10a Reader 2nd Lesson    Chris Canty
10a 1st Euch. Min             Anthony Johnson
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                        Naomi Henderson, Linda Brown, Helen Hutchinson, Denise Hackl

Exodus 17:1-7
Psalm 78:1-4, 12-16
Philippians 2:1-13
Matthew 21:23-32

Sunday October 8, 18 Pentecost, prop 22

10a Reader 1st Lesson    Deborah DeBride
10a Reader 2nd Lesson    Shelley Henderson
10a 1st Euch. Min             Anthony Johnson
10a 2nd Euch. Min           Denise Hackl
Sunday School                   L Smith
Greeters                               C O'Brien, S Henderson
Altar Society                       H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                        Mary Owen, Vera Johnson, Carmen Hanchard


Exodus 20:1-4, 7-9, 12-20
Psalm 19
Philippians 3:4b-14
Matthew 21:33-46