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Thursday, December 7, 2017

From Mother Vicki

Collect for the Second Sunday of Advent
Merciful God, who sent your messengers the prophets to preach repentance and prepare the way for our salvation: Give us grace to heed their warnings and forsake our sins, that we may greet with joy the coming of Jesus Christ our Redeemer; who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent with two candles on our Advent Wreath, we ask God to help us to listen to the prophets so that we can let go of our sins.  Our desire to move away from all that is good, right, just and true gets in the way of a closer relationship with God. Advent is all about clearing away that debris.  “Prepare the way, O Zion, your Christ is drawing near!”

Our Saint John’s Fundraising Concert towards the Restoration of our Stained-Glass Windows on Dec. 2 was a wonderful success.  The pre-concert reception in the Narthex was beautiful, and lovingly served by Andria McIntosh and Jennie Fletcher, good friends of Linda Brown’s.  We are grateful to all who donated food and drink, to all who helped with the concert and all who gave so generously!  The string quartet was a marvel.  The reviews included “angelic,” top-notch”, “I felt like I was at Carnegie Hall,” etc.  Our Sanctuary is terrific acoustically, and with the aisle candles lit, it was a beautiful place to sit and listen to inspiring music on a Saturday night with a good crowd, many of whom had never been in the church before.  We are especially grateful to Ben Larsen, who gathered the quartet, and to Mélanie Clapiès, Sheng-Ching Hsu and Maren Rothfritz for donating their services and playing so heavenly.  We have much to be grateful for!

Thanks for a successful Stewardship Sunday, and to George Morrison and Jen Longley who shared their views on Stewardship at the two services.  It is not too late if you would still like to pledge your time, talent and treasure for 2018.   We are dependent on your creativity, good hearts, energy, service and donations.  You matter! Pledge cards can be found in the Narthex.

Our Christmas Pageant will take place on Sunday, December 17 during the 10:15 a.m. Service.  If you would like to take part (adults and children!), our first rehearsal is this Sunday, Dec. 10 at 11:45 a.m. in the Church with another rehearsal next Saturday morning. Please join us!

Last Sunday’s Penny Social was a fabulous success!  Thanks to all who volunteered and helped to make it so.  We are also seeing new people from the community.  Hooray!

A long-time member William Karaman, who was 92, died last Saturday.  His service was in the church today, with burial at Kensico Cemetery.  Prayers for his family and friends who are mourning.  May William rest in God’s peace.

Our Renewal Works Team has had four very successful meetings and will present our suggestions to the Vestry next Thursday.  Please continue to hold us all in your prayers as we look for new ideas and fresh inspiration from the Holy Spirit.

May God help us to prepare a place in our hearts and minds for Christ this Advent!

Advent blessings and love,
Vicki+
The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Christmas Schedule




Join us for Christmas!

Christmas Eve
9 PM with Saint John's Children's' Choir and the Saint John Festival Choir plus special instrumental music.


Christmas Day
10 AM with music



Christmas Pageant Information



Scene from Christmas Pageant 2016



2017 Christmas Pageant
St. John’s Church Getty Square,
1 Hudson Street
Yonkers NY, 10701
(914) 963-3033
Service of Holy Eucharist with Christmas Pageant
Sunday, December 17, 2017 
10:15 AM 
Rehearsal Schedule
Sunday, December 10
11:45 – 12:45 p.m. Rehearsal in Church
Saturday, December 16
10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Dress Rehearsal in Church
Sunday, December 17
9:30 a.m. Final Rehearsal in Church
10:15 a.m. Mass with Christmas Pageant
After Service Congregation Christmas Potluck Dinner
O Come, O Come Emmanuel!

Window Restoration Fudraiser

Exceptional music, scrumptious food and good company. Thanks to all who made it a success.









Parish Office Hours and Church Calendar

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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.

The Flowers (suggested $50 gift) and the Sanctuary Lamp (suggested $10 gift) can be given each week outside of Advent and Lent in memory of a loved one. You may sign up in the hall or call the parish office for more information.
(914) 963-3033


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

Weekly Events

  • Mondays, Boy Scout Troop 4, 6:30 to 8:00 PM
  • Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 7-9 PM Spanish AA meetings
  • Wednesdays, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30
  • Wednesdays, 4:30 PM, St. John's Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.
Church Calendar
Parish Sunday Service Schedule
Sundays 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music


Sunday December 10 Advent 2
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music.
Sunday, December 10, 11:45 AM to 12:45 PM, Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Monday, December 11, Executive Committee 6:30 PM
Tuesday, December 12, 6 PM, RenewalWorks Dinner
Wednesday, December 13, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, December 13, 4:30 PM, St. John's Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.
Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. Saint John's Festival Choir in the Church
Thursday, December 14, Vestry Meeting, 6 PM
Saturday, December 16, Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, 10 AM to 12 PM

Sunday December 17 Advent 3, Eucharist and Christmas Pageant
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music & Christmas Pageant.
Congregational Potluck Christmas Dinner at 11:45 AM. Greening of the Church, 12:30 PM
Wednesday, December 20, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, December 20, 4:30 PM, St. John's Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.
Wednesday, December 20, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. Saint John's Festival Choir in the Church
Saturday, December 23, 10-11 AM Choir Rehearsal in the Church.

Sunday December 24 Advent 4, The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music.
Sunday December 24, Christmas Eve, Holy Eucharist with special music, 9 PM. Reception following in the Rectory.
Monday December 25, Christmas Day, Holy Eucharist with music, 10 AM
No Wednesday 12:05 Eucharist/Healing Service or Bible Study

Sunday December 31, First Sunday of Christmas. The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Celebrant & Preacher.
Services will be held in the Guild Room.
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music
Wednesday, January 3, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM

Intercessory Prayers

Please hold in your prayers: Michael Detko, Carol Shoemaker, Ruby Dixon, Chester Evans, Lynette Lewis, Vi & Ken McKay, Felix Benzan, Paul Rogan, Kathryn Grossman, Roger Ressmeyer, Jeremiah Ortega, Carol Craft, Kimberly DeShon, Dana, Helen Hutchinson, Bimla Sager, Agnes DeFeo, Trisha Spina, Beverly Sims, Ruth Tathum, Clyde Mahoney, Lisa Osborne, Ralph Tremonte, Samuel Akhtar, Aida Carino, Anetta Giovanna, 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, storms, shootings, and wildfires especially in Ventura County, and for our President, our country, our first responders, and all refugees and immigrants.             

Deceased: We pray for Patricia Joan McCarthy, and David Smith, William Karaman, David Pelletier, Anne Miller Daniel, Michael Sperl, Florence Wilson, Lydia Tengelsen, for all those the world over who have died from terrorist attacks especially in Egypt, war and natural disasters.

We thank you 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.

Ministry Schedule

Sunday December 10, Advent 2
8a Reader        Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson    Jen Longley
10a Reader 2nd Lesson    Edith Williams
10a 1st Euch. Min        Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min    Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School        Deborah DeBride
Greeters            C Hanchard, C O'Brien, A Tracey
Altar Society        A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour    N Henderson, L Bown,
H Hutchinson, D Hackl

Isaiah 40:1-11
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13


Sunday December 17, Advent 3
8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Vera Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Chris Michel Karsten
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Deborah DeBride
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Denise Hackl
Sunday School                     L Smith
Greeters                               M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         M. Owens, V Johnson,
                                               C Hanchard


Sunday December 24, Advent 4 (AM)
 8a Reader                             Geroge Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Karen Lorence
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Bob Sirota
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Anthony Johnson
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Tara Seeley
Greeters                                C O'Brien, S Henderson
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         A Davies,V Crichton, P LaMotey

2 Samuel 7:1-11, 16
Romans 16:25-27
Luke 1:26-38
Canticle 15


Sunday December 31, Christmas 1
 8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Deborah DeBride
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Denise Hackl
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Deborah Holcombe
Greeters                                  C O'Brien, S Henderson
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         V Debride, M Baptiste, A Carino

Isaiah 61:10-62:3
Galatians 3:23-25; 4:4-7
John 1:1-18
Psalm 147