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Thursday, October 11, 2018

From Mother Vicki

Into your hands, O merciful Savior, we commend your servant Michael.  Acknowledge, we humbly beseech you, a sheep of your own fold, a lamb of your own flock, a sinner of your own redeeming.  Receive him into the arms of your mercy, into the blessed rest of everlasting peace, and into the glorious company of the saints on light.  Amen.
May his soul, and the souls of all the departed, through the mercy of God, rest in peace.  Amen

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This week we are mourning the sudden death of our member Michael Block, 48 years old.  Michael was a dear man, beloved by everyone he met. He joined the Saint John’s Festival Choir this year, and was faithful in his attendance and presence, his voice blossoming in the last nine months into a powerful bass baritone.  He sang with the Choir at our 325th Festival Eucharist on September 23rd and was at the Gala Luncheon.  He was kind to everyone, and smart, funny and wise in a very deep way.  Anthony and Debbie have been in conversation with his 86-year-old father.  There will be a Funeral Service at Saint John’s in early November. Stay tuned for more details.  In the meantime, I imagine the heavenly choir inviting Michael to join, and Michael responding with an expression of surprise and delight. Please hold him, his family and friends in your prayers.

This Saturday is the Episcopal Diocese of New York’s 3rd Annual Global Mission Fair held at Church of the Heavenly Rest (Fifth Avenue & 90th Street) from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m.  A number of us will be present to celebrate Father Gideon Jebamani and the SGDF grant that we have helped sponsor to help educate the children of scavenger workers in India.  We are honored to be part of this wonderful endeavor.

Thanks to all who turned a low Homecoming Sunday (just two weeks after our 325th Celebration!) into a high Sunday with a magnificent feast in the Library and three cakes as we honored Jurhee Hong’s last Sunday as our Organist.  We will truly miss her and wish her all the best in her new life in Seattle.  It was also wonderful to commission all of our incredible volunteers who do so much in so many different ways to help this Church be the hands of feet in Christ in Getty Square. Thank you!  And let us know if you are interested in considering a new volunteer position.  We can always use more help!

If you are interested in a deeper relationship with Christ, you may wish to consider joining The Order of Urban Missioners, a spiritual support group for lay and ordained people who would like to join people from other churches and make a more serious commitment to serving others in the city.  I helped found the Order in Baltimore in 2000.  This is the tenth year for the Order in the Diocese of New York.  Our Service of Covenanting will be held on Wednesday, October 17 at 6 p.m. in Saint John's Getty Square, with The Right Rev. Allen K. Shin as our Celebrant and Preacher.  Monthly meetings are in the Guild Room on Saturdays 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; mothervsirota@gmail.com).

The Saint John's Festival Choir sang wonderfully for our 325th Anniversary (!), and will be singing again on All Saints' Sunday, November 4, 2018 at 10:15 a.m.  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 (mothervsirota@gmail.com; bobsirota@me.com).

Also, if you or a family member or friend are interested in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, please let me know. All Saints’ Sunday Nov. 4 is an appropriate Sunday to include baptisms.  This is one of the most joyful sacraments in the Church!

On 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 would like to help out, please let me know.  The clean-up will be on Saturday, October 20th 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 Sisters of Shalom Shalem 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.

Our Organist this Sunday will be Jason Slayden, who has been a soloist for us on a number of festive occasions.  Thanks Jason for sharing your gifts with us!

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.  It’s not too late to donate fall and winter clothes, as well as kitchen goods!

May God bless us that we may appreciate all the people who join with us singing your praises, O Lord, our Rock and our Redeemer.

Blessings and love,
Vicki+
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Announcements, Service Schedule, Weekly Calendar and Intercessory Prayers

Saint John’s Church Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-1 PM; 2 PM-4 PM
 
Weekly Events
Mondays, Troop 4 Boy Scouts, 6:30-8 pm
Thursday Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM
Spanish AA, 7 pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Sunday October 14, 21 Pentecost (Proper 23)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Preacher
Wednesday, October 17, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, October 17, 6 PM, Order of Urban Ministers Covenanting Eucharist
The Rt. Rev. Allen Shin, Celebrant & Preacher
Thursday, October 18, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM
Thursday, October 18, 5:30 PM, Saint John’s Festival Choir in the Church

Sunday October 21, 22 Pentecost (Proper 24)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
Wednesday, October 24, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, October 24, 7 PM in the Guild Room, Sisters of Shalom Shalem, Sharing our Faith Stories
All are invited to this interfaith event. Dessert and Coffee will be served.
Thursday, October 25, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM
Thursday, October 25, 5:30 PM, Saint John’s Festival Choir in the Church

Sunday October 28, 23 Pentecost (Proper 25)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
Wednesday, October 31, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Thursday, November 1, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM
Thursday, November 1, 5:30 PM, Saint John’s Festival Choir, in the Church
Saturday, November 3, San Andres Vestry Retreat, 9 AM -2PM in the Guild Room

Sunday November 4 Festival of All Saints. Daylight Savings Time ends
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music and Saint John’s Festival Choir
Sunday, November 4, Penny Social, 12:30 in the Guild Room
Monday, November 5, Executive Committee meeting, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, November 7, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Thursday, November 8, Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM
Friday & Saturday November 9 & 10, Diocesan Convention in White Plains

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.

October Birthdays: Pedro Cordero, 8-Oct, Olivia Solano, 8-Oct; Robert Sirota, 13-Oct

We pray for and give thanks to God for 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: Emmanuel Baptista, Sr. Carolyn Darr, Elyse Gierlich, Denise Edwards, Phyllis Jackson, Kevin Kidd, Tom Cacazio, Stephen Kubasek, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Donna and Tom Duffy, Mary Kowalski, Ival Debride, Anthony Muranelli, Harriette Forster, Eve Shepard, Cecile Davis, Beverly Anthonyson, Corey Belinski, Bernice Walder, Sal Bah, Antoinette Forster, Hope Mackey, Mamazane Xulu, 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 tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries, for those impacted by volcanoes, Hurricane Michael, wild fires and flooding throughout the world, 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: Michael Block, Ann Scrofani Pellaton, all those the world over who have died from war, terrorism, and natural disasters including Hurricane Michael, 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.

Jurhee Hong


Jurhee's farewell reception featured her dumplings!

We will miss you.


Saint Francis Day Blessing of the Animals






Sunday's Gospel




Sunday's Gospel Reading
Mark 10:17-31
                    
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him, “Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?” Jesus said to him, “Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone. You know the commandments: ‘You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery; You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness; You shall not defraud; Honor your father and mother.’” He said to him, “Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.” Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, “You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.” When he heard this, he was shocked and went away grieving, for he had many possessions.

Then Jesus looked around and said to his disciples, “How hard it will be for those who have wealth to enter the kingdom of God!” And the disciples were perplexed at these words. But Jesus said to them again, “Children, how hard it is to enter the kingdom of God! It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” They were greatly astounded and said to one another, “Then who can be saved?” Jesus looked at them and said, “For mortals it is impossible, but not for God; for God all things are possible.”

Peter began to say to him, “Look, we have left everything and followed you.” Jesus said, “Truly I tell you, there is no one who has left house or brothers or sisters or mother or father or children or fields, for my sake and for the sake of the good news, who will not receive a hundredfold now in this age—houses, brothers and sisters, mothers and children, and fields with persecutions—and in the age to come eternal life. But many who are first will be last, and the last will be first.”

Service Minster Schedule

Sunday October 14, 21 Pentecost (Proper 23)
 8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Denise Hackl
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Chris Michel Karsten
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                 M Owens, C Canty
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         M Harmon

Sunday October 21, 22 Pentecost (Proper 24)
 8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Tara Seeley
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Edith Williams
10a Euch. Min                       Debbie DeBride
10a Euch. Min                       Denise Hackl
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                 M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         N Henderson, L Brown, H Hutchinson, D Hackl

Sunday October 28, 23 Pentecost (Proper 25)
 8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Vera Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Deborah Holcombe
10a Euch. Min                       Denise Hackl
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     L Smith
Greeters                               C Hanchard, C O'Brien, A Tracey
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         A Davis,V Crichton, P LaMotey

Sunday November 4, Festival of All Saints
 8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Chris Canty
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Karen Lorence
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                                M Owens, C Canty,
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         M. Owens, V Johnson, C Hanchard

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Vault Hill Cleanup


Vault Hill and Saint John's Parish history overlap.
Please come to the cleanup!

My body I commit to the earth, to be buried in a family vault which I intend to build on my plantation. If I do not cause the vault to be built in my lifetime, my executors are to build it, and deposit my remains therein.
Frederick Van Cortlandt (1699-1749), Last Will and Testament

Upon the death of Frederick Van Cortlandt in 1749, the family burial grounds were established on what has become known as Vault Hill in Van Cortlandt Park. The burial vault holds the remains of many Van Cortlandt family members who were interred there until the land became a public park in 1888. After that time, the family purchased a large plot in nearby Woodlawn Cemetery.

Frederick died before the completion of his new manor home, the Van Cortlandt House, and his estate passed to his eldest son, 13-year-old James. At the onset of the Revolutionary War, City Clerk Augustus Van Cortlandt, James’s younger brother, was told by the Provincial Congress to find a safe place to secure the city records for fear that they might be destroyed during the British occupation of New York. In August 1776, Augustus wrote to his cousin John Jay that he had taken advantage of a visit to his ailing mother to hide the records in the family burial vault.

Before they were permanently sealed, a bronze plaque was hung on each vault, one for the Van Cortlandt family and one for the Bailey family. The Baileys were a prominent family in the borough’s early history. In addition, the Reverend Luke Babcock, rector of St. John’s Church in Yonkers is buried here. He served as Frederick Van Cortlandt’s pastor.