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Thursday, May 17, 2018

From Mother Vicki

Almighty God, on this day you opened the way of eternal life to every race and nation by the promised gift of your Holy Spirit: Shed abroad this gift throughout the world by the preaching of the Gospel, that it may reach to the ends of the earth; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Collect for Pentecost
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Sunday, May 20th, is Pentecost Sunday and marks the end of the Liturgical Season of Easter as well as the birthday of The Church.  Red is the color of the day!  After Jesus ascended into heaven, the disciples waited in Jerusalem for the Holy Spirit.  Pentecost literally means “50 days,” and is our celebration of the Holy Spirit descending on the disciples fifty days after Jesus Christ’s Resurrection from the dead.  Our reading from the Acts of the Apostles describes the Holy Spirit as making a sound like the rushing of wind and appearing like tongues of fire on the disciples’ heads.  Everyone heard these fishermen from Galilee speaking in their native tongue, quite a feat for this little band of Jesus’ friends!  This is no longer a sect within Judaism.  This is the beginning of a new idea, of a religion that embraces Jesus Christ as Lord and does not care about one’s tribe, lineage or culture.  All are invited by the Holy Spirit to follow Jesus’s Gospel message of love.

We are trying something new this year at the 10:15 a.m. Festival Service of Holy Eucharist.  For our very first reading, we will have people read it in five different languages at the same time: English, French, German, Hindi and American Sign Language.  Yes, it will be pretty wild!  But we hope it will remind us all of the tremendous power of God to break through to people in surprising ways.  Pentecost changed everything! Everyone felt the presence of the Holy Spirit.

Both choirs will be singing at the 10:15 a.m. Service, along with our wonderful tenor soloist Jason Slayden.  The Saint John’s Children’s Choir will be singing “Spirit Song”, and the Saint John’s Festival Choir, assisted by Mr. Slayden, will be singing Calvin Hampton’s “A Repeating Alleluia,” as well as Harold Friedell’s lovely “Draw us in the Spirit’s Tether.” In addition, our soloist will also sing “If with all your hearts ye truly love me” from Mendelssohn’s Elijah.

Our second class of “Via Media” (“The Middle Way”) is on Monday evening, May 21st.  This is a great group!  It is not too late to join.  If you are struggling with your faith, the Bible, doctrine, and/or the Episcopal Church, this is a safe place to find out more and ask questions.  Each session includes a video, handouts and group discussion.  Seven more classes will be offered on Monday nights with the next one in the Library this Monday night, May 21st from 7 – 8:30 p.m. (see below for specific dates).  This is also preparation for adults who might be interested in Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation with Bishop Mary Glasspool in September.  Please let me know if you are coming (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Our Vestry meets next Thursday, May 24th at 6:30 p.m. in the Parish Hall.  Please hold us in your prayers as we continue to consider questions that directly connect with our understanding of God’s call to us in this place and at this time.  And as we continue to pray for this Congregation, for the Sharing Community, for the City of Yonkers, for Westchester County and New York State social services, and for the homeless, tourists, and residents of Yonkers, may we remember that the Holy Spirit is more powerful than we can imagine, and that we can count on this Advocate to inspire us with new resolve, new energy, and new ideas for this wondrous city!

Pentecost blessings and joy,
Vicki+

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Pentecost


Via Media





VIA MEDIA

If you have ever been curious about the ins and outs of the Episcopal Church, here is your chance to finally learn more.  Saint John’s Getty Square is hosting an exciting program called Via Media (“The Middle Way”) that promises to shine light on everything you have felt you have been left in the dark about.

Learn more about your faith.  Via Media is an educational tool meant to keep members of the Episcopal Church informed about their faith and give seekers the opportunity to learn about the Episcopal Church.  With insightful videos featuring well-known theologians and open discussion, the Via Media approach is a unique way to get people passionate and excited about the Episcopal tradition.

There are eight sessions to this course.  We will be meeting in the Library on Monday evenings, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on May 21; June 4, 11, and 25; July 9 and 23; and September 10.  This class will provide preparation for adults to be confirmed, received or reaffirmed with Bishop Mary Glasspool on Sunday, September 23, 2018, or simply to find out more about your faith and the Episcopal Church.  For more information please contact Mother Vicki+ (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Service Ministers

Sunday May 20, Pentecost
8a Reader                             George Morrison

10a Readers                          Shelley Henderson, English
                                                Marie Baptiste, French
                                                Jen Longley, America Sign Language
                                                Sam Akhtar, Hindi Language
                                                Mother Vicki, German

10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Vera Johnson
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Deborah DeBride
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     L Smith
Greeters                                 C O'Brien, S Henderson
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                          V Debride, A Carino   

Sunday May 27, Trinity Sunday
8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Edith Williams
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Denise Hackl
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Deborah Holcombe
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Denise Hackl
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                  C Hanchard, C O'Brien
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich

Coffee Hour                         S Henderson, M Harmon 

Sunday June 3, 2 Pentecost (Proper 4)
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Angie Piwinski
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Chris Michel Karsten
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     S Henderson
Greeters                                M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         N Henderson, L Brown, H Hutchinson, D Hackl



Sunday June 10, 3 Pentecost (Proper 5)

8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Karen Lorence
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Tara Seeley
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Deborah Holcombe
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     Debbie DeBride
Greeters                                                E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         M. Owens, V Johnson, C Hanchard

Wednesday, May 16, 2018

Announcements, Service Schedule, Weekly Calendar and Intercessory Prayers

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

 
Parish Sunday Schedule
Sundays 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 9:20 AM: Bible Study in the Library; 10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music


If you would like to receive our weekly email blast please email your name and address to parish@yonkerschurch.org.

Sunday May 20, Pentecost Sunday
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II with music featuring St. John’s Children’s Choir and Saint John’s Festival Choir.
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, May 21, Session 2 for Via Media, 7-8:30 PM in the Library
Wednesday, May 23, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Thursday, May 24, Vestry meeting, 6:30 PM in the Parish Hall

Sunday May 27, Trinity Sunday. Memorial Day Weekend
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, May 28, Office closed for Memorial Day
No Wednesday Healing Service or Bible Study

Sunday, June 3, 2 Pentecost, (Proper 4)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Sunday, June 3, Penny Social
Monday, June 6, Session 3 for Via Media, 7-8:30 PM in the Library
Wednesday, June 6, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Saturday, June 9, Final Order of Urban Missioners meeting until the fall. 9:30 AM Guild Room, Mass at 12:30 PM in the Lady Chapel,

Sunday June 10, 3 Pentecost (Proper 5)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, June 11, Session 4 for Via Media, 7-8:30 PM in the Library
Wednesday, June 13, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Thursday, June 14, 6:30 PM Discernment Committee in the Church Office

Sunday June 17, 4 Pentecost (Proper 6) Happy Father’s Day
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, June 18, Executive Committee, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, June 20, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 PM Discernment Committee

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.

May Birthdays: Sa Nja Henderson, May 8, Elijah Henderson, May 24; Anne Campbell, May 27
The births of Genesis Hall and Aurora DeBride. The 20th anniversary of Jen Longley and Amy Weinstein Longley

We pray for and give thanks to God 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. 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: 
Leah Henderson, Dr. Young Kun Kim, Mary Scott (Fr. John’s mother), Liliana Moschetta (1-month old daughter of Christen and Michael Moschetta), Carmen Hanchard, Paul Rogan, The family of The Rev. Dr. Mitties DeChamplain, Tom O’Connor, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Naomi Henderson, Janice Soto, Charlotte Avallone, Len LaRosa, Marion Eich, The Rt. Rev. Richard Grein, Nancy Headley, Margaret Embree, Aaron Cohen, Monica Harmon, Chester Evans, Felix Benzan, Beverly Sims, Clyde Mahoney, Ralph Tremonte, Aida Carino, Harold Cronk, June & Waine Kniffen, Peter Walsh, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries--especially Syria, Afghanistan, Israel, and Palestine, and for our President, our country, our first responders, and all refugees and immigrants.

We pray for those who have died including: 
The Rev. David Boyd Wayne, a priest of this diocese,Kevin O’Connor, The Rev. Dr. Mitties DeChamplain, The Rev. Dr. James Cone, Gayle Gray, Barbara Bush, and for all those the world over who have died from war especially in the Middle East, natural disasters, and gun violence.

Thursday, May 10, 2018

From Mother Vicki



Almighty God, whose blessed Son our Savior Jesus Christ ascended far above all heavens that he might fill all things: Mercifully give us faith to perceive that, according to his promise, he abides with his Church on earth, even to the end of the ages; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Collect for Ascension Day, BCP

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Sunday, May 13th, the Seventh Sunday of Easter, our hymns will celebrate Jesus’s Ascension into heaven forty days after his Resurrection.  We are told that Jesus appeared to his disciples as well as to many others during those precious days.  Before he left them, he told his disciples to wait in Jerusalem until they were “clothed with power from on high.” We will be celebrating that event, when the Holy Spirit fell on the disciples, on Pentecost Sunday (May 20th).

This Sunday our Bishop Andrew Dietsche invites us to remember Episcopal Charities, the organization that helps to support all of the many social outreach programs offered by various churches and organizations in the Diocese of New York.  There will be a special envelope for that donation in your bulletin.  Please be generous.  Your gifts matter!

And it is also Mother’s Day!  How glorious to remember our mothers and all of those who have mothered us throughout our lives in ways that have revealed to us that love beyond our understanding.  My very first spiritual director told me that I needed to learn how to be “my own best mother.”  I asked what she meant, and she said, “You know, the mother that no one actually has—the one who anticipates all of your needs and gives you unconditional love all the time.”  What she was telling me was that I was very hard on myself, and that until I could learn to love myself the way that God loves me, I could not really love others.

We held our first class of “Via Media” (“The Middle Way”) on Monday evening, May 7th with six people in attendance.  This is a great group!  It is not too late to join.  If you are struggling with your faith, the Bible, doctrine, and/or the Episcopal Church, this is a safe place to find out more and ask questions.  Each session includes a video, handouts and group discussion.  Seven more classes will be offered on Monday nights with the next one in the Library on Monday night, May 21st from 7 – 8:30 p.m. (see below for specific dates).  This is also preparation for adults who might be interested in Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation with Bishop Mary Glasspool in September.  Please let me know if you are coming (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Our next big Festival Eucharist is Pentecost Sunday, May 20th.   Both choirs will be singing, along with our wonderful tenor soloist Jason Slayden.  Thanks to our faithful choir members who have been diligently rehearsing--the Saint John’s Children’s Choir (from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.) and the Saint John’s Festival Choir (5:45 – 6:30 p.m.) on Wednesdays through May 16th.

As we reclaim our voice in Getty Square, we ask your continued prayers for this Congregation, for the Sharing Community, for the City of Yonkers, for Westchester County and New York State social services, and for the homeless, tourists, and residents of Yonkers.   May God bless us all with new resolve, new energy, and new ideas for this wondrous city.  And may we learn to love God and to love ourselves so that we too can love others!

Easter blessings and love,
Vicki+

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Episcopal Charities Sunday