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Thursday, November 15, 2018

From Mother Vicki

Now thank we all our God, with heart, and hands, and voices,
Who wondrous things that done, in whom this world rejoices;
Who from our mother’s arms hath blessed us on our way
With countless gifts of love, and still is ours today.”

Hymn 397, words Martin Rinckart; tr. Catherine Winkworth
                                                                                                                                                  15 November 2018

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

I am asking you to support the great work of Saint John’s Episcopal Church. This has been an amazing year in the life of our parish.  In September we joyously celebrated the 325th Anniversary of our founding with the visitation of Assistant Bishop The Right Reverend Mary D. Glasspool in the morning, an historic tour of the church, and then a Gala Luncheon at the Riverfront that included accolades and citations from Yonkers Mayor Mike Spano, City Council President Mike Khader, State Senator Andrea Stewart-Cousins and State Senator Shelley Mayer.  The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche, Diocesan Bishop, wrote a stunning letter commending us on our rich history.  And at the luncheon, we were blessed with a brief history of our church in word and photos by our youth, and the performances of the Advanced Choir and a Jazz Ensemble from the Young At Arts program, an after-school program run by Christ Church, Bronxville.  The conversation continues for an exciting new possibility for young people in Newell Hall, once The Sharing Community moves into a bigger and better location.  You should know that we are working very hard to ensure that homeless services in Yonkers will be improved by this move, and that Yonkers City and Westchester County Department of Social Services work together in a much healthier and productive way than they have in the past.  We have great hope and joy in what the Holy Spirit is doing with us at this moment in our rich history!  And we are incredibly grateful for everyone who volunteered to help make our 325th Anniversary an outstanding and wonderful day and who generously donated to help restore our Clerestory Windows.

At our most recent Vestry meeting, I asked the Vestry why they come to Saint John’s Church.  The answers included for fellowship, growth, community, refreshing, for the music, for its history, to connect, to pray, and for help with holding on to a spiritual path.  Vestry members pledge because they care about this building and everything we do with it, because they want to keep the church in excellent condition, keep it warm throughout the chilly winter months and keep this an inspiring place in which we can gather, rejoice, worship and mourn together.  Our Church is not only a community center, but it is our spiritual center, the place in which the Holy Spirit blesses and guides us in our lives.  The theme for our Diocesan Convention this past weekend was “Becoming Beloved Community.”  That is who we are and why our support of Saint John’s Church is critically important in this time of fear, anxiety and anger.

We need your help if we really wish to be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.  Yonkers is changing and growing--experiencing a real renaissance.  In order for us to continue changing and growing, we hope you will consider pledging this year if you have not in the past, increasing your pledge if you can, and offering your stewardship of time and talent by volunteering to help out in all the ways that send out Christ’s love to members, neighbors, friends and strangers.

We have enclosed a pledge card where you may indicate what new or continuing ministry you would like to be part of and what your monetary pledge for 2019 will be.  Let us know if you would like envelopes.  Please place your pledge card in the offering plate so that we may pray over them.  Our official Stewardship Sunday will be December 2rd, the First Sunday of Advent. 

May we thank our God for all the gifts we have been given with all that we have, our hearts and hands and voices!

Yours in Christ,

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

Announcements

Weekly Service Schedule
Sundays
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I and coffee hour
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II and coffee hour
Wednesdays
12:05 Eucharist & Healing Service. Light lunch follows. Bible Study 1:30 PM
Saint John’s Church Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-1 PM; 2 PM-4 PM

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

Sunday November 18 26 Pentecost (Proper 28)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
No Wednesday Eucharist/Healing service or Bible Study
Sunday, November 18 Evensong at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the laying of the cathedral cornerstone. Presiding Bishop Michael Curry preaching. 4:00 PM.
Thursday, November 22 Happy Thanksgiving. Gobble, Gobble!
Church office will be closed Thursday and Friday

Sunday November 25 Last Sunday of Pentecost
The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
Wednesday, November 28 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, November 28 at 5:45 PM, Saint John’s Festival Choir rehearsal in the Church
Thursday, November 29, 6:30 PM, Eucharistic Ministers, Church Office

Sunday December 2 First Sunday in Advent
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
Sunday, December 2, Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, 12 noon in the Church
Sunday, December 2, Penny Social, 12:30 PM
Monday, December 3, Executive Committee meeting, 6:30 PM in the church office
Wednesday, December 5 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, December 5 at 5:45 PM, Saint John’s Festival Choir rehearsal in the Church
Saturday, December 8, 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM Order of Urban Missioners. Mass at 12:30 PM in the Lady Chapel.

Sunday December 9 Second Sunday in Advent
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
Sunday, December 9, Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, 12 noon in the Church
Wednesday, December 12 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, December 12 at 5:45 PM, Saint John’s Festival Choir rehearsal in the Church
Thursday, December 13, Vestry Meeting in the Library, 6 PM
Saturday, December 15, pageant rehearsal in the church, 10 AM.

 The altar flowers this morning are offered to the Glory of God and in memory of Ellisa Lorraine Bosshart: October 17- 1965 - May 10, 2018; Donovan Xavier Brown: July 16, 1994 - March 14 -2018; Clarence Constantine Hanchard Jr.: October 18, 1965 - November 17, 2008 by Ashlee Hanchard-Cruz.

Volunteers needed! We are looking to grow our Service Minister roster. Would you be willing to serve as an usher? Usually you are asked to come 15-minutes early to greet people, give out bulletins and welcome them by answering any questions. Ushers also bring the elements to the Altar for the Holy Eucharist and take the collection. Usually you would serve every few weeks. Please speak to Mother Vicki if you have any questions or would like to serve.

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.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life, for the birthdays of Leila Cole (12-Nov) and Carmen Hanchard 17-Nov), our 325th Anniversary as a parish, 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: Our newly elected officials, Verna Dore, Luther Smith, Wayne Kempton, Marie Baptiste, Ellen Partipiano, Philip Feller, Helene Wright, Ruby Dixon, Joan Smith, David Kesslinger, Carol Shoemaker, William Sheridan, Neil Parkey, Sr. Carolyn Darr, Elyse Gierlich, Denise Edwards, Phyllis Jackson, Kevin Kidd, Tom Cacavio, Stephen Kubasek, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Laurie and Kyle Stewart, Mary Kowalski, Ival Debride, Anthony Muranelli, Harriette Forster, Eve Shepard, Cecile Davis, Beverly Anthonyson, Corey Belinski, Bernice Walder, Sal Bah, Antoinette Forster, Hope Mackey, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Naomi Henderson, Aida Carino, Liliana Moschetta, Tom O’Connor, Monica Harmon, Beverly Sims, Ralph Tremonte, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for Anthony Johnson as he continues his diaconal discernment, for immigrant families who have been separated as they cross over into the US, for those impacted by the California wildfires, for those impacted by volcanoes, hurricanes, and flooding throughout the world, for tighter gun control, those in war-torn countries, 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: for Ellisa Lorraine Bosshart, Donovan Xavier Brown, Clarence Constantine Hanchard Jr.the Rev. Deacon Donald Stig Lofman, Betty O’Connor, Terrance Randall, Joan Andrews, Angelo Martinelli, Eugene Peterson, and for those who were killed in the California wildfires, the Pittsburgh Synagogue shooting, 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.

You're invited...


Stewardship Sunday is December 2.


Happy Thanksgiving!








Thursday, November 8, 2018




Saint John’s Festival Choir


Rehearsals for Christmas Eve Service

Monday night, 24 December 2018 at 9 p.m.
Wednesday, November 28 at 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday, December 5 at 5:45 p.m.
Wednesday, December 12 at 5:45 p.m.
Thursday, December 20 at 5:45 p.m.
Monday night, December 24 at 8 p.m. Final Rehearsal
Christmas Eve Service is at 9 p.m.
Please contact Robert Sirota if you wish to join or have any questions. Thanks

Service Minister Schedule

Service Ministers

Sunday November 18, 26 Pentecost, (Proper 28)
 8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Christine Hanchard
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh II
Sunday School                     L Smith
Greeters                               C Hanchard, C O'Brien, A Tracey
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         Carmen Hanchard


Sunday November 25, 27 Pentecost, (Proper 29)
 8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Deborah  DeBride
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Chris Michel Karsten
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah  DeBride
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                M Owens, C Canty
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         A Davis, V Crichton, P LaMotey

Sunday December 2, Advent 1
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Antony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Vera Johnson
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
10a Euch. Min                       Denise Hackl
Sunday School                     Debbie DeBride
Greeters                                  E Williams
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         V Debride,  M Harmon


Sunday December 9, Advent 2
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Denise Hackl
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Chris Michel Karsten
10a Euch. Min                      Anthony Johnson
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
Sunday School                     L Smith
Greeters                              C Hanchard, A Tracey
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         N Henderson, L Brown, H Hutchinson, D Hackl