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Thursday, January 18, 2018

From Mother Vicki

Collect for The Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle
Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Begins


Almighty Father, who inspired Saint Peter, first among the apostles, to confess Jesus as Messiah and Son of the living God: Keep your Church steadfast upon the rock of this faith, so that in unity and peace we may proclaim the one truth and follow the one Lord, our Savior Jesus Christ; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

On Thursday, January 18, celebrated as the Confession of Saint Peter the Apostle, we also mark the beginning of The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity.  This week ends on January 25th with the Celebration of the Conversion of Saint Paul the Apostle.  Peter’s confession and Paul’s conversion are foundational to the formation of Christ’s church on earth.  Peter was the first disciple to understand that Jesus was much more than just another prophet, that he was the son of the living God.  Paul’s conversion involved a direct encounter with the resurrected Christ.  That mystical experience gave him the courage, despite persecution and great suffering, to spread the Gospel message far and wide.  During this week of unity, we not only remember our commitment to Christ in our baptismal vows and our deep connection to all who profess Jesus Christ as Lord and Saviour, but also our vow to “respect the dignity of every human being.”  There is no one who is outside the arms of God’s love.

Last Monday night, Harv Oostdyk and I attended the Annual Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration organized by the Nepperhan Community Center at the Grand Roosevelt Ballroom.  Dr. Jim Bostic and his organization have done amazing work in this community with basketball programs, after-school programs, summer camp, a violence and gang prevention coalition, etc.  In addition, they have significant programs in Africa and Haiti to help children, young adults and families.  The large ballroom was packed with politicians, community members, clergy and supporters.  It is encouraging to see the outstanding leadership that the Nepperhan Community Center has been providing to Yonkers and this area since the 1930s.  The Keynote Speaker, Morehouse Professor Dr. Bryant T. Marks, called us all to make a difference with our lives.  The final metaphor he used was to be load bearing walls in our lives (connected to the foundation) and not just partition walls.  Since our foundation is Christ, this reminder of the importance of what we choose to do with our lives--resonating with what Martin Luther King Jr. did with his life--was apt and inspiring.

Please pray for our leadership here at Saint John’s Church as we prepare for our 2017 Annual Meeting and election for the positions of warden and four new vestry members.  2018 is a pivotal year for us with building and property concerns as well as ongoing stained-glass window renovations and fundraising.  It is also our 325th Anniversary as a parish!  We invite you to nominate people that you think would serve well as stewards of this great and important parish located in the booming city of Yonkers (just ranked 16 on U-Haul’s 2017 list of the top 25 growth cities in America!).  You will receive a form in the mail.  Please be thoughtful and prayerful as you fill out the form and return it to us as soon as you can, definitely by Sunday, February 11th, so that the Nominating Committee can come up with a slate of candidates for our parish election on Sunday, February 25.

By the end of January, you will also be receiving a statement of your charitable giving for 2017 for tax purposes.  Thank you for your 2017 support of Saint John’s Getty Square with your time, talent and treasure.  You make a difference!

Edward Mote (1797-1874) wrote this great American hymn included in our Lift Every Voice and Sing II hymnal:

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus’ blood and righteousness;
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ Name.
On Christ, the solid Rock I stand, All other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand.” 
LEVAS II Hymn 99

We stand on Christ, the solid Rock.  May Christ guide, bless and use us powerfully in 2018!

Epiphany blessings and joy,
Vicki+
The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Absalom Jones



Everyone is welcome to attend the Celebration of Blessed Absalom Jones, the first African-American ordained as a priest in the Episcopal Church, at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine (W. 112th Street and Amsterdam Avenue) on Saturday, February 11 at 10:30 a.m.  This Diocesan Service is a festive way to connect with other churches in the Diocese and to honor the hard-won triumph of a holy man of faith despite the incredible racial prejudice and bigotry of late 18th century-early 19th century America.

Shrove Tuesday




Tuesday, February 13

Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper
6 PM


Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday February 14, Services of Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes, Noon & 7 PM

Announcements, Service Schedule and Church Calendar

Parish Office Hours: Mon. to Thurs. 9AM to 1 PM; 2 PM to 4 PM

Parish Sunday Service Schedule
Sundays 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music

Sunday January 21, 3 Epiphany
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music
Sunday, January 21, Faith Friends Luncheon, 11:30
Wednesday, January 24, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM

Sunday January 28, 4 Epiphany
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music
Tuesday, January 30, RenewalWorks closing dinner, 6:30, St. John’s New Rochelle
Wednesday, January 31, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM

Sunday February 4, 5 Epiphany
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music. The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Preacher
Sunday, February 4, Penny Social at 12:30.
Monday, February 5, Executive Committee Meeting, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, February 7, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, February 7, Saint John’s Children’s Choir, 4:30 in the church
Wednesday, February 7, Outreach Committee meeting, 7 PM
Saturday, February 10, Absalom Jones Celebrated at The Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, 10:30 AM

Sunday February,11, Last Sunday in Epiphany
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music
Tuesday, February 13, Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper, 6 PM
Ash Wednesday February 14, Services of Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes, Noon & 7 PM
Thursday, February 15, Vestry Meeting, 6:30 PM
Saturday, February 17, Order of Urban Ministers, 9:30 AM

Save the Date, February 25 at 12 PM. Saint John’s Annual Meeting

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. 

Intercessory Prayers

We thank God especially 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.

January Birthdays: Judith Basile, 4 January; Ralph Tremonte, 7 January; Elaine Williams, 12 January; Jane Metzger, 13 January; Malik DeBride, 16 January; Deborah Holcombe, 17 January, Tara Seeley, 21 January; Christian Akhtar, 23-Jan; Marion Eich, 28 January

The flowers are offered by Vera Johnson this morning in honor of her mother Ruth Tatham’s birthday

Please hold in your prayers: The Rt. Rev. Richard Grein, The Rev. Canon Blake Rider, Karen Lorence, Nancy Headley, Deane Prouty, Gloria Woods, Margaret Embree, Marie Baptiste, Gaetano Vasta, Vivian Hewitt, Victoria King, Melvin Davis, Aaron Cohen, Carol Shoemaker, Ruby Dixon, Chester Evans, Lynette Lewis, Vi & Ken McKay, Felix Benzan, Jeremiah Ortega, Bimla Sager, Agnes DeFeo, Trisha Spina, Beverly Sims, Clyde Mahoney, Lisa Osborne, Ralph Tremonte, Aida Carino, Jay Moses, Thomas O’Connor, Harold Cronk, Waine Kniffen, Don Lundquist, Peter Walsh, The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, and Wayne Kempton. We pray for those impacted by earthquakes, shootings, wildfires and storms, and for our President, our country, our first responders, and all refugees and immigrants.

Deceased: We pray for 
Gabriel Carino (Aida’s father), Valaree Schwab, The Rev. Anne Richards (wife of Bishop Grein), Priscilla Upton Byrns, Irma Charles, Ione Georganna White Gatch, Ruth Tatham, Prentice Donnelly, and for all those the world over who have died from terrorist attacks, war, mudslides and other natural disasters.

Service Ministers

Sunday January 21, 3 Epiphany

8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Jen Longley
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Karen Lorence
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Deborah Holcombe
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

Jonah 3:1-5, 10
1 Corinthians 7:29-31
Mark 1:14-20
Psalm 62:6-14

Sunday January 28, 4 Epiphany

8a Reader                                  Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson           Chris Canty
10a Reader 2nd Lesson           Chris Michel Karsten
10a 1st Euch. Min                   Denise Hackl
10a 2nd Euch. Min                 Debbie DeBride
Sunday School                         L Smith                  
Greeters                                     C O'Brien, S Henderson,
Altar Society                             H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                              A Davis, V Crichton, P LaMotey

Deuteronomy 18:15-20
1 Corinthians 8:1-13
Mark 1:21-28
Psalm 111

Sunday February 4, 5 Epiphany

8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Angie Piwinski
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       S Henderson
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Debbie Holcombe
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     Jen Longley                       
Greeters                                C Hanchard, C O'Brien, ATracey
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         V Debride,  A Carino

Isaiah 40:21-31
1 Corinthians 9:16-23
Mark 1:29-39
Psalm 147:1-12, 21c


Sunday February 11, Last Epiphany

8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Vera Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Tara Seeley
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Deborah DeBride
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Tara Seeley
Sunday School                     S Henderson
Greeters                                M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         S Henderson, M Harmon, A Giovanna

2 Kings 2:1-12
2 Corinthians 4:3-6
Mark 9:2-9
Psalm 50:1-6