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Thursday, May 23, 2019



















The Reverend Canon Victoria R. Sirota
Priest-in-Charge


Collect for the Sixth Sunday of Easter
O God, you have prepared for those who love you such good things as surpass our understanding: Pour into our hearts such love towards you, that we, loving you in all things and above all things, may obtain your promises, which exceed all that we can desire; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Sunday, the Sixth Sunday of Easter, is Rogation Sunday.  We celebrate the sheer beauty of God’s creation, the gift of trees and flowers and the ways in which our earth blesses us with God’s love and awesome majesty.  I do know, however, that for many this particular spring, with everything blossoming at once, has been a difficult season for allergies.  So even as we enjoy the beauty around us, we continue to pray for those struggling with intense allergic responses!

This is also Memorial Day Weekend.  We remember with deep gratitude those who have given their lives in service to this Country in order to protect the freedoms that we hold so dear.  We pray also for those currently in the military, grateful for their service and dedication.

Our NY Landmarks Sacred Sites Open House last Saturday was wonderful!  We had beautiful weather and a good turn-out for Angie Piwinski’s fascinating history of Saint John’s Church Getty Square, complete with a look at the original 1752 door and our water fountain donated by Eva Smith Cochran. Thank you, Angie, and all who joined us!

Thanks also to Jason Slayden, our magnificent musician, who gave a superb vocal recital with pianist Gloria Kim. Jason sang stunning works by Britten, Duparc and Liszt, with Gloria adding lovely virtuosic piano waltzes by Granados.  We had an even bigger crowd for this afternoon recital followed by refreshments.  It is a joy to share gifted musicians, as well as our historic building with its great acoustics, with Yonkers residents and friends.

Congratulations to our resident artists Deborah Holcombe and Philip Feller for their exhibits this past weekend in Yonkers.  We are very proud of their beautiful artistry.

If you are getting away this weekend, we pray for your safe travels and for the gift of time off. The Saint John’s Festival Choir had a great rehearsal this past Wednesday and is gearing up for Pentecost Sunday, June 9th.  It’s not too late to join them!  The next rehearsal is on Wednesday, May 29 at 5:30 p.m. in the Church. Please contact conductor Bob Sirota (bobsirota@me.com) if you are interested.

“All things bright and beautiful, all creatures great and small, all things wise and wonderful, the Lord God made them all.”                                                 
Hymn 405, words by Cecil Frances Alexander

Thanks be to God!
Easter blessings and joy,
Vicki+
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Sacred Sites Open House 2019






Weekly Calendar and Service Schedule

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


Sunday May 26, Easter 6
Happy Memorial Day Weekend
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
The Church Office will be closed Monday, May 27 for Memorial Day
Tuesday, May 28, 6:30 PM, Executive Committee meeting in the Church Office
Wednesday, May 29, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. A light lunch follows and Bible Study is at 1:30 PM.
Wednesday, May 29, 5:30 PM, Saint John’s Festival Choir rehearsal in the Church.

Sunday June 2, Easter 7
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant
The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Preacher
Sunday, June 2, Penny Social 12:30 in the Parish Hall. (Last Penny Social until September)
Monday, June 3, Vestry, 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall
Wednesday, June 5, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. A light lunch follows and Bible Study is at 1:30 PM.
Wednesday, June 5, 5:30 PM, Saint John’s Festival Choir rehearsal in the Church.
Thursday, June 6, 6:30 PM, Baptism Class, Church Office
Saturday, June 8, 9:30 Final meeting of the Order of Urban Ministers until September, in the Guild Room. Mass 12:30 PM in the Lady Chapel.
Saturday, June 8, Yonkers LGBTQ Pride Fest, 12-8 PM, downtown Yonkers on Main Street (between Warburton Ave & Buena Vista Ave).
Check out our Episcopal Booth sponsored by Saint John’s Church and Zion Church, Dobbs Ferry.

Sunday June 9, Day of Pentecost
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist and Holy Baptism with the Saint John’s Festival Choir
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
Wednesday, June 12, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. A light lunch follows and Bible Study is at 1:30 PM.

Sunday June 16, Trinity Sunday
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
Guest Organist, Cryder Banks
Monday, June 17, 6:30 PM, Executive Committee meeting, Church office
Wednesday, June 19, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. A light lunch follows and Bible Study is at 1:30 PM.

Intercessions and Thanksgivings

Intercessions and Thanksgivings

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life, 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.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life including, those celebrating birthdays this week, especially Anne Campbell, Donna Davis, and Monica Harmon, 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 Police and Fire Departments, and all who work to help others. We pray for healing for those who struggle with addictions, and physical and mental handicaps. May we be blessed with compassion and love, and may this Congregation be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square

We hold in our prayers: Barbara Tickler, Stephen Kubasek, Melvin Davis, Nancy Headley, Velma Crichton, Tara Bowers, Michael Hausler, Cecila Hairston, Carmen Hanchard, Lisa Osborne, Linda Brown, Barbara Famularo, Carla Jean DeBride, The Rev. Kathleen Berkowe, Aida Carino, Felix Benzan, John Alexander, Lara Pilla, Judy Quick, Tom O’Connor, John Gore, Luther Smith, Ellen Partipiano, Ruby Dixon, Joan Smith, David Kesslinger, Carol Shoemaker, William Sheridan, Neil Parkey, Elyse Gierlich, Denise Edwards, Phyllis Jackson, Kevin Kidd, Tom Cacavio, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Harriette Forster, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Monica Harmon, Ralph Tremonte, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for Anthony Johnson as he continues his diaconal discernment, for the Scavenging Workers’ Children in India, for those impacted by natural disasters throughout the world, for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries espcially Israel and Palestine, and for our President, Congress and our country, for our first responders and military, and for all refugees and immigrants, especially the children.


We pray for those who have died including Mili Katz, Allison Bird, Claire Canty, Marilyn Montanez, and those who have died the world over from war, terrorism and natural disasters. We also 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, May 26 Easter 5
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Deborah  DeBride
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     Shelley Henderson
Greeters                                  S Henderson, A Tracey
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         V DeBride, A Carino, M Harmon

Sunday, June 2 Easter 7
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Chris Michel Karsten
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Edith Williams
10a Euch. Min                       Denise Hackl
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                 S Henderson, C Hanchard, A Tracey
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, L Brown
Coffee Hour                         S Henderson, A Giovana, D Hackle

Sunday, June 9 Day of Pentecost
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Jen Longley
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     Deborah DeBride
Greeters                                  E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         N Henderson, L Brown, H Hutchinson

Sunday, June 16 Trinity Sunday
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Shelley Henderson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Karen Lorence
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     Lati Smith
Greeters                                  S Henderson, C Hanchard, A Tracey
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, L Brown
Coffee Hour                         M. Owens, V Johnson

Sunday's Gospel





The Gospel Reading for Easter 6

John 14:23-39

Jesus said to Judas (not Iscariot), "Those who love me will keep my word, and my Father will love them, and we will come to them and make our home with them. Whoever does not love me does not keep my words; and the word that you hear is not mine, but is from the Father who sent me.

"I have said these things to you while I am still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you everything, and remind you of all that I have said to you. Peace I leave with you; my peace I give to you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled, and do not let them be afraid. You heard me say to you, `I am going away, and I am coming to you.' If you loved me, you would rejoice that I am going to the Father, because the Father is greater than I. And now I have told you this before it occurs, so that when it does occur, you may believe."

Thursday, May 16, 2019

Sacred Sites Open House





Saturday, May 18, Sacred Sites Open House

2 PM Guided Tours
3 PM Vocal Concert by Jason Slayden, tenor; Gloria Kim, piano
“The Holy Sonnets of John Donne” by Benjamin Britten
and songs of Henri Duparc and Franz Lizst

4 PM Refreshments and Open House

Jason Slayden has become internationally recognized for his interpretation of leading tenor roles in the Bel Canto, Verismo, and French Grand Opera repertoires across the United States and Canada, as well as in Europe and Japan. Role highlights include Rodolfo in Puccini’s La Boheme, Cavaradossi in Puccini’s Tosca, Ruggero in Puccini’s La Rondine, Lt BF Pinkerton in Puccini’s Madama Butterfly, Werther in Massenet’s Werther, Romeo in Gounod’s Romeo et Juliette, Don Jose in Bizet’s Carmen, as well as many Verdi roles, including Gabriele Adorno (Simon Boccanegra), Alfredo (La Traviata), Fenton (Falstaff) and il Duca di Mantua (Rigoletto). In 2016, he made his debut with the Lyric Opera of Chicago under the baton of Mo. Emmanuel Villaume in Bartlett Sher’s production of Romeo et Juliette as Tybalt and the Romeo understudy. He has also sung with Vancouver Opera, Seattle Opera, Santa Fe Opera, Opera de Montreal, Pacific Opera Victoria, the Seito Kinen Festival, Ash Lawn, Berkshire Opera Festival, Virginia Opera, and the Des Moines Metro Opera among others. He has been awarded a Sullivan Career Grant, the Gerda Lissner Foundation First Prize, a George London encouragement award, and was a Metropolitan Opera Nation Council Finalist.

Along with a career in opera, Jason is a multimedia artist working in the disciplines of sound design, photography, video and animation. With his wife, he creates immersive performance projects with art song, field recordings, and electronic music in their multimedia duo BELHAVEN. They return to Avaloch Farm Music Institute in the summer of 2019 to develop a new work based on Alban Berg’s “Sieben Frühe Lieder.” Jason also serves as the parish organist at St John’s Episcopal Church in Yonkers, NY.

Pianist, Gloria Kim. Recent appearances include a recital collaboration with Nitzan Haroz on the Philadelphia Chamber Music Society series (Philadelphia Orchestra’s principal trombonist), a concert of opera excerpts by alumni of American Lyric Theater’s critically acclaimed Composer Librettist Development Program at The Morgan Library & Museum and National Sawdust, Carnegie Weill and Zankel Halls, the Stanisław Moniuszko International Vocal Competition in Poland, and the New York premiere of an all-female chamber opera, Svadba. She has also appeared on live broadcast with WQRX and KMFA. Career highlights include being on the music staff for the Charlottesville Opera (formerly Ash Lawn), Glimmerglass Festival, International Vocal Arts Institute (Heggie’s Three Decembers), Opera Omaha (Falstaff), Virginia Opera (der fliegende Holländer), and serving as music director for projects with American Lyric Theater, Heartbeat Opera, and The Muses Creative Artistry Project.

An advocate for music in higher education, she has held faculty positions at The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College (CUNY), New York University, Montclair State University, and Concordia University (adjunct violin), and has given master classes at Ithaca College, The University of Texas, University of Missouri-Columbia, and University of Memphis. A native of Austin, TX, Dr. Kim received her degrees in Performance at The University of Texas, and her doctoral degree at the University of Minnesota. Also an accomplished violinist, she was in the symphony orchestras at both universities, and was active in the orchestral and chamber music scenes in Austin and Minneapolis.

Upcoming highlights include further collaborations with Nitzan Haroz, American Lyric Theater, and Savannah Voice Festival. She joins Opera Maine this summer for the production of Sumeida's Song by Mohammed Fairouz.

An advocate for music in higher education, she has held faculty positions at The Conservatory of Music of Brooklyn College (CUNY), New York University, Montclair State University, and Concordia University (adjunct violin), and has given master classes at Ithaca College, The University of Texas, University of Missouri-Columbia, and University of Memphis.