Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
Today, October 18, is the Feast Day of Saint Luke the Evangelist. Luke was with Paul towards the end of his life and sets forth an “orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us” in his Gospel, as well as in The Acts of the Apostles. A gifted physician, he understood the healing power of the Gospel message and included the beautiful Canticles surrounding Christ’s birth that we still sing today.
A Celebration of the Life of Michael Block will be held in Saint John’s Church Getty Square on Saturday, November 3rd at 10 a.m. Please spread the word. A Reception will be held after in the Guild Room.
The Saint John's Festival Choir will be singing again on All Saints' Sunday, November 4th at 10:15 a.m. We would also like to sing at Michael Block’s service on Saturday November 3rd. In preparation, the next rehearsals will be on Thursdays, October 18, 25, and Nov 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Church. All who love to sing are welcome! Please let us know if you will be joining us (firstname.lastname@example.org; email@example.com).
Please note that the Yonkers Marathon is scheduled for this Sunday, Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some roads will be blocked, so you may need to give yourself extra time to figure out your travel to church.
Deborah DeBride, Linda Brown, Father Jebamani and I were at the Episcopal Diocese of New York’s 3rd Annual Global Mission Fair held at Church of the Heavenly Rest last Saturday, October 13th. It was a joyous and educational event. On behalf of Saint John’s Church, the four of us received the SGDF grant to educate the children of Scavenger Workers in Madurai, India. Father Jebamani is now in India helping to begin this important and hopefully transformative program connected with Tamilnadu Theological Seminary. Please hold them all in your prayers!
Our Service of Covenanting for the Order of Urban Missioners was held Wednesday night at Saint John’s with Bishop Shin as our Celebrant and Preacher. Sixteen of us covenanted for this 2018-19 year. Monthly meetings are in the Guild Room on Saturdays November 17 and December 15 at 9:30 a.m., ending with a Service of Holy Eucharist at 12:30 p.m. in the Lady Chapel. If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Mother Vicki (914 969 2969; firstname.lastname@example.org).
Also, if you or a family member or friend are interested in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, please let me know. Our next Service of Holy Baptism will be on All Saints’ Sunday Nov. 4 at 10:15 a.m. This is one of the most joyful sacraments in the Church.
This Saturday, October 20, Zhaleh Mahootian is coordinating a project for her Girl Scouts Gold Award that involves restoration of the area around the Van Cortland Family Vault where The Reverend Luke Babcock, the pastor of Frederick Van Cortlandt and one of the earliest rectors of Saint John's is buried (he was the rector here during the Revolutionary War). If you can, please join the clean-up on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. in Van Cortland Park.
Also looking ahead, please mark in your calendar a special evening devoted to Interfaith Conversation. On Wednesday, October 24, we will be hosting the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom at 7 p.m. in the Guild Room for coffee, dessert and conversation. This is an organization of Jewish and Muslim women who are devoted to learning more about each other's faiths. We are thrilled that they would like to share a conversation with us about their religions.
Don't forget our Farmers' and Flea Market as well as Thrift Store on Thursdays. The fruit and produce are wonderful and there are great bargains in our Thrift Store.
From the Canticle that Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist sings at the time of his birth, “By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79).
In this autumn tide of increasing darkness, may the dawn from on high break upon us and guide us in the way of peace!
Blessings and love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota