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Thursday, December 7, 2017

From Mother Vicki

Collect for the Third Sunday of Advent
Stir up your power, O Lord, and with great might come among us; and, because we are sorely hindered by our sins, let your bountiful grace and mercy speedily help and deliver us; through Jesus Christ our Lord, to whom, with you and the Holy Spirit, be honor and glory, now and for ever. Amen.
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

The candle for this Third Sunday of Advent is pink because of the word, “Gaudete” which means, “Rejoice!”  Our Epistle reading from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24 begins, “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances….”  As Christians, we know that evil never has the last word.  As a matter of fact, evil always goes one step too far and reveals itself.  When it is clear that an action is not full of God’s light, the darkness in it results in discontent, fear and anger.  We Christians strive to stay in that place of Christ’s light and love.  In this season of Advent, we look to the light to which John the Baptist witnessed.  And knowing that God is with us, we rejoice.  It does not matter how dark it gets.  We know that good, and the love of God will have the final Word.  And the light will not be extinguished.

Come join us for our Christmas Pageant THIS Sunday, December 17 during the 10:15 a.m. Service!  Including sections of the story of Christ’s Birth from Matthew and Luke, we will also be singing verses of beloved Christmas hymns.  We are grateful to Debbie DeBride and Karen Lorence for their excellent stage direction and encouragement of our fine cast, and to all who are contributing their talent for this grand production.  Every year our Christmas Pageant is different!  Don’t miss the opportunity to rejoice in this profound story of God’s love for us as presented by the children and adults of this parish in splendid costumes!  AND, bring food and yourselves for our lovely Congregation Christmas Potluck Dinner following the service.  What a great day this Sunday will be!

I GOT IT WRONG!  Our Greening of the Church will NOT take place this Sunday, but on Saturday, December 23 at 11 a.m.  Please let us know (parish@stjohnsgs.org) if you can help out.  Decorating Saint John’s for Christmas with flowers, greens and our Nativity Set is a beautiful and loving way to share your gifts and talent.  Please also remember to send in your envelopes for the Greening of the Church so that we can purchase everything needed, as well as list the names of your loved ones in the Christmas bulletins!

The Saint John’s Festival Choir meets next week on Wednesday, December 20th at 5:45 p.m. in the Church, and on Saturday, December 23rd at 10 a.m.  This is a wonderful group excited to be singing on Christmas Eve!

If you have not made a pledge for 2018, it is not too late!  You matter! Please prayerfully consider what God is calling you to do and to be this coming year. Pledge cards can be found in the Narthex.

Our Renewal Works Team Facilitators have presented a preliminary report to the Vestry this week.  Please continue to hold us all in your prayers as we look for new ideas and fresh inspiration from the Holy Spirit.

Don’t forget to invite your family and friends to our Christmas Services.  Everyone is invited to the Rectory after our 9 p.m. Christmas Eve Service for holiday cheer, good food and lots of rejoicing!

Rejoice always!  Christ is coming!

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

Christmas Schedule




Join us for Christmas!
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher

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

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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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 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


Sunday January 7, Baptism of Jesus
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music
Wednesday, January 10, 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, Bimla Sager, Agnes DeFeo, Trisha Spina, Beverly Sims, Ruth Tathum, Clyde Mahoney, Lisa Osborne, Ralph Tremonte, Aida Carino, Anetta Giovanna, Jay Moses, Thomas O’Connor, Harold Cronk, Waine Kniffen, Don Lundquist, Peter & Carol 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 Mildred Davies (Harv Oostdyk’s sister) Patricia Joan McCarthy, David Smith, William Karaman, David Pelletier and 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 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


Sunday January 7, Baptism of Jesus

8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Debra Holcombe
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Denise Hackl
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                     L Smith
Greeters                                 C Hanchard, C O'Brien, A Tracey
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         S Henderson, M Harmon, A Giovanna

Genesis 1:1-5
Acts 19:1-7
Mark 1:4-11
Psalm 29