Welcome!

Welcome!

Thursday, January 16, 2020

From Mother Vicki

The Collect for The Sixth Sunday after the Epiphany
O God, the strength of all who put their trust in you: Mercifully accept our prayers; and because in our weakness we can do nothing good without you, give us the help of your grace, that in keeping your commandments we may please you both in will and deed; 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,

In the Gospel for this Sunday, Jesus explains to his disciples the importance of keeping the commandments and honoring our relationships with other people. We will not be able to feel God’s love let alone have a relationship with God if we are treating our family, friends and neighbors with disrespect and anger.  In Matthew 22:37-39, Jesus clarifies his message even further by saying, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.” He adds, “And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Love is at the root of everything.

This year will be an exciting one for Saint John’s Church in Getty Square as we continue to pursue new possibilities for our mission with the Alliance for Renewal at Saint John’s Getty Square and the plans for an Episcopal School for the Performing Arts.  Our Vestry is an important voice in this complex conversation, if you have not yet turned in a nomination form, please think carefully about who you would like to see represent you.  This is the last Sunday to nominate people for Vestry and for Junior Warden.

We are grateful to Senior Warden Tara Seeley and the Class of 2020, Linda Brown, Carol Craft, Deborah Holcombe and Arlene Tracey, who will be stepping down from these positions at our Annual Meeting.  In addition, Peter Walsh, II, who has been an interim member of the Class of 2022 replacing dear Helen Hutchinson, will also be stepping down.  Of those people, the following can still be reelected to the Vestry: Tara Seeley (according to our Bylaws, the Senior Warden may return to the Vestry), Deborah Holcombe (she replaced the unfinished term of Tara Seeley), and Peter Walsh, II.  It is helpful if people who are nominated for Junior Warden are people who are currently on the Vestry, or who have served recently.  The Nominating Committee will meet on Tuesday, Feb. 18 at 6:30 p.m. in the Church Office.  The members of this committee include the Rector, the Executive Committee (Sr. Warden, Jr. Warden, Clerk and Treasurer) as well as one Vestry person (Linda Brown) with an alternate (Barbara Karsten), and one Congregation member (Monica Harmon) with an alternate (Carol Walsh).  Please keep us all in your prayers.

The Alliance for Renewal at Saint John’s Getty Square is the name of our collaboration with people from Christ Church Bronxville and Christ’s Church Rye, who are helping with this new vision for Saint John’s that includes an Episcopal School for the Performing Arts.  The Alliance has received a gift from a Christ Church Congregation member in Bronxville that is providing us with a Technical Assistance Panel (TAP) from the Urban Land Institute to help us figure out the complex parameters of our vision. This TAP will be working on site at Saint John’s on March 11 and 12, and provides “expert, multi-disciplinary advice to local governments, public agencies and nonprofit organizations facing complex land use and real estate issues throughout New York State.”  We are grateful for this help with looking at future possibilities.  Stay tuned!

Don’t forget to let me know if you are interested in our youth confirmation class (ages 12 and up) meeting on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m. in the Church Office, or our adult Via Media Class to begin on Tuesday, March 3 at 6:30 p.m. (mothervsirota@gmail.com).

We will be restarting our Saint John’s Children’s Choir during Lent, as well as the Saint John’s Festival Choir.  Stay tuned for more information!

And don’t forget our 2019 Annual Meeting to be held on Sunday, February 23 at Noon, our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Feb. 25 (suggested donation $5 for individuals, $7 for families), and Ash Wednesday services on Wed. Feb. 26 at noon and 7 p.m.

As the collect says so eloquently, dear God, “give us the help of your grace.”

Epiphany blessings and love,

Vicki+
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota
Rector
 

Thursday, January 9, 2020

Church Calendar





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

Saint John’s Church Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-1 PM; 2 PM-4 PM.


Sunday February 23, Last Sunday in Epiphany
Annual Meeting
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant and Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II with Music
12:00 Noon, Annual Meeting. All are welcome as we review 2019, thank our wonderful volunteers, and elect a new warden and new vestry members. Potluck congregational lunch.
Tuesday, February 25, 4:30 PM, Youth Confirmation Class, Church Office
Tuesday, February 25, 6 PM Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper-Mardi Gras. (Suggested donation $5 for individuals, $7 for families)
Wednesday, February 26, Ash Wednesday, Holy Eucharist and Imposition of Ashes at 12:00 noon and 7 PM.

Sunday March 1, First Sunday in Lent
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant and Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I with the Great Litany
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II with the Great Litany and Music
12:30 PM Penny Social in the Guild Room
Tuesday, March 3, 4:30 PM, Youth Confirmation Class, Church Office
Tuesday, March 3, 6:30 PM, Adult Via Media class, Library
Wednesday, March 4, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. Light lunch follows & Bible Study at 1:30 PM.

Sunday March 8, Second Sunday in Lent (Daylight Savings Time begins)
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant and Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II with Music
Tuesday, March 10, 4:30 PM, Youth Confirmation Class, Church Office
Tuesday, March 10, 6:30 PM, Adult Via Media class, Library
Wednesday, March 11, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist. Light lunch follows & Bible Study at 1:30 PM.
Wednesday March 11 and Thursday March 12, The Alliance for Renewal at St. John’s Getty Square invites the Technical Assistance Panel for the Urban Land Institute

Sunday March 15, Third Sunday in Lent
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant and Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II with Music
Saturday, March 21, 9:30 AM Order of Urban Missioners; Mass at 12:30 PM in the Lady Chapel

We hope to see you Tuesday, February 25 at 6 p.m. for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper—with bacon, sausage, fruit, coffee, and lots of pancakes. Festive attire and healthy appetites are welcome. (Suggested donation $5 for individuals, $7 for families)

Ash Wednesday Services of Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes will be held in the Church on Wednesday, February 26 at noon and 7 p.m. There is no healing service or bible study that day.

Sunday's Gospel


Gospel for the
Last Sunday of Epiphany
Matthew 17:1-39
                                         
                                                                                     

Six days later, Jesus took with him Peter and James and his brother John and led them up a high mountain, by themselves. And he was transfigured before them, and his face shone like the sun, and his clothes became dazzling white. Suddenly there appeared to them Moses and Elijah, talking with him. Then Peter said to Jesus, “Lord, it is good for us to be here; if you wish, I will make three dwellings here, one for you, one for Moses, and one for Elijah.” While he was still speaking, suddenly a bright cloud overshadowed them, and from the cloud a voice said, “This is my Son, the Beloved; with him I am well pleased; listen to him!” When the disciples heard this, they fell to the ground and were overcome by fear. But Jesus came and touched them, saying, “Get up and do not be afraid.” And when they looked up, they saw no one except Jesus himself alone.

As they were coming down the mountain, Jesus ordered them, “Tell no one about the vision until after the Son of Man has been raised from the dead.”

Thanksgivings and Intercessions

AnchorFor the special needs and concerns of this congregation. AnchorJohn Bauman, Tracey Haranga, Christianne Orto, Bill Naedler, JoAnn Emerson, Betty Drislane, Juanita Rios, Bobby and Tina D’Amato, Lisa and Squire Osborne, James O’Keefe, Pamela Morton, Sylvia Tierney, Lara Pilla, Lynette Lewis, Claudette Buffalo, John Gore, Naomi Henderson, Kimberly DeShon, Lisa Ferguson, Shelly Henderson, Anthony Giannone, Sr., Jon Apolinario, Shaadira and Roland Smith, Wendy Maxwell, Corey Maxwell, Cathi Venturini, Aida Carino, Eileen Quinn, Carmen Hanchard, Carla Jean DeBride, Felix Benzan, Tom O’Connor, Ruby Dixon, Joan Smith, Carol Shoemaker, Neil Parkey, Ralph Tremonte, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for Anthony Johnson as he continues his journey as a Postulant for diaconal ordination, the Scavenging Workers’ Children in India, those struggling with fires, earthquakes, flooding in England and the south, those struggling with the coronavirus in China and beyond, for tighter gun control, those in war-torn countries, our President, Congress and our country, our first responders and military, and for all refugees and immigrants, especially the children.

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life Anchorincluding those celebrating birthdays and anniversaries this week, especially Ival DeBride, Naya Martin, and Richard Nosek, for this neighborhood of Getty Square, all who live and work here, all who come here for goods and services, those who are homeless and hungry, The Sharing Community and Westhab, The 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 handicaps. May we be blessed with compassion and love, and may this Congregation be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.

We pray for all who have died, Anchorthat they may have a place in your eternal kingdom includiAnchorAnchorng Horace Choate, husband of The Rev. Yamily Bass Choate, Basil Aldrich III, John Cullen, Raymond Tuthill, and all who have died the world over from war, disease, 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, and especially in the recent expressions of anti-Semitism.oples in this country, and especially in the recent expressions of anti-Semitism.  

Service Ministers


Sunday, February 23, Last Sunday in Epiphany
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Anthony Giannone
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Shelly Henderson
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                     Lati Smith
Greeters                                Denise Hackl
Altar Society                         Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                       All Parish Potluck Lunch



Sunday, March 1, First Sunday in Lent with the Great Litany
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Karen Lorence
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Deborah DeBride
Thurifer                                 Deborah DeBride
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     Shelly Henderson
Greeters                                A Tracey
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         V DeBride, A Carino, M Harmon

Sunday, March 8, Second Sunday in Lent
8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Shelly Henderson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Chris Michel Karsten
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
10a Euch. Min                       Denise Hackl
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                M Owens, C Canty
Altar Society                         Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         S Henderson, A Giovanna, D Hackl


Anchor

Sunday, March 15, Third Sunday in Lent
8a Reader                             Tina D’Amato
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Vera Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Jen Longley
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     Deborah DeBride
Greeters                                D Hackl, Marie Baptiste
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         N Henderson

Thursday, January 2, 2020

Coming Events






12:00 Noon, Annual Meeting. 
All are welcome as we review 2019, thank our wonderful volunteers and elect a new warden and new vestry members.

Potluck congregational lunch.




We hope to see you Tuesday, February 25 at 6 p.m. for our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper—with bacon, sausage, fruit, coffee, and lots of pancakes.  Festive attire and healthy appetites are welcome(Suggested donation $5 for individuals, $7 for families)

Ash Wednesday Services of Holy Eucharist with the Imposition of Ashes will be held in the Church on Wednesday, February 25 at noon and 7 p.m.
There is no healing service or bible study that day.

National Boy Scout Sunday




National Boy Scout Sunday

A Scout Is:
Trustworthy, Loyal,
Helpful, Friendly, 
Courteous,
Kind, 

Obedient,
Cheerful, 

Thrifty,
Brave,

Clean, and Reverent.

This morning we welcome resident Boy Scout Troop 4 with Scoutmaster Doug Cummings and their families.


Prayer for Scouting
O God, your will is that all your children should grow into fullness of life.We lift to you the ministry of scouting. We offer you thanks for camping, to teach us that the world is our great home; for study and work, to build character; for service, to see our responsibility to those in need; for encouragement in genuine patriotism and vital faith.

Bless the work of scouting, in this place among these young people and their leaders, and around the world, that, through its efforts, the young may, like our Lord, increase in wisdom and in stature, and grow in grace and favor with you and all people. Amen.