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Thursday, June 1, 2017

From Mother Vicki
22 June 2017

Collect for Cities 

Heavenly Father, in your Word you have given us a vision of that holy City to which the nations of the world bring their glory: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth. Renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life. Send us honest and able leaders. Enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression, that peace may prevail with righteousness, and justice with order, and that men and women from different cultures and with differing talents may find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

BCP, p. 825 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

In Genesis 9:13, God said, “I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” During our Vestry meeting on Monday night, June 19, after a day of squalls and violent rain storms, the most beautiful rainbow appeared above Saint John’s. Angie Piwinski ran outside and took this stunning photo—totally untouched up! We felt blessed by God as we talked and prayed over our stewardship of this church, our care and concerns for groups and individuals, and ideas for the future. May God bless our ministry in Getty Square and in this great city of Yonkers!

If you are free today, June 22, at 4:30 p.m., please join me as I give the Invocation for the Flag Raising Ceremony sponsored by Mayor Mike Spano and Members of the Yonkers LGBTQ Advisory Board at the Unity Plaza, Yonkers City Hall with a reception to follow. In a world that feels increasingly hostile, it is a joy to support our LGBTQ brothers and sisters for the freedoms we all cherish, for the great gift of diversity and for God’s love for all.

Four of us--Carol Craft, Debbie DeBride, George Morrison and myself--will be attending a dinner tonight, June 22, at Andalusia School sponsored by the Muslim-American Society of Upper New York to celebrate breaking fast from Ramadan, the Islamic holy month. We are pleased to be invited to this interfaith gathering.

Our Farmer’s Market begins on Thursday July 6th at 8 a.m.! We have new banners and are beginning to spread the word. Please plan to join us in the parking lot and on our grounds as we celebrate the return of our wonderful farmers from upstate who sell fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as our other great venders. It’s not too late to donate gently used clothing, tools and kitchen utensils in good condition for our Rummage Sale! Donation forms for tax purposes are available in the church office. For more information email George Morrison at georgemcneil170@gmail.com

Our first class using the DVD presentation and workbook for Jim Wallis’s Justice for the Poor: Love God, Serve People, Change the World took place on Tuesday night. We have a terrific group. There is room for a few more if you are interested! We meet next on Monday night, July 3. We gather in the Church Office (it’s air conditioned!) at 6:30 p.m., watch the 20-minute DVD in the library, and then continue the discussion in the Office. Let me know if you are interested. The other classes are on Thursday, July 6, Tuesday, July 11, Tuesday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 25 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Feel free to join us even if you can’t make every session; the workbook will fill you in on whatever you have to miss. This is definitely a very exciting and stimulating course!

Our next Outreach Committee Meeting is on Monday, July 10th at 7 p.m. in the Church Office. We have begun to add special prayers for Getty Square in our Sunday worship, praying that the Holy Spirit will guide us and watch over us in this process of discernment for our calling to be Christ’s hands and feet in Getty Square. Please let me know if you would like to join this committee (mothervsirota@gmail.com).

On Sunday, July 16th, our 10:15 a.m. Service of Worship will be celebrated outside at the Center for the Urban River at Beczak (35 Alexander Street, Yonkers 10701). We will also be inviting our friends and neighbors from the other Yonkers Episcopal Churches to join us in a Pot Luck Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please spread the word!

May the peace of God which transcends all human understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among y0u, and remain with you always. Amen.

In Christ and with love,

Vicki+
The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge
St. John's Episcopal Church
Getty Square

“Loving God and Neighbor in Yonkers since 1693”

Mission Statement

Bound by our common love of God
Grounded in our worship of Jesus as Lord and Savior
Sustained through the power of the Holy Spirit
Nourished by Word and Sacrament
 
We commit ourselves to be a people that nurtures each other; that leads others to share this belief; that reaches out with joy and compassion to those most in need in our parish, community and world; that seeks to establish justice, equality and peace among all people.
Photo courtesy of Angie Piwinski

Thursday, May 25, 2017

Sunday June 25, 3 Pentecost, Proper 7

10a Reader 1st Lesson    D Debride
10a Reader 2nd Lesson    Tara Seeley
10a 1st Euch. Min             D Debride
10a 2nd Euch. Min           A Johnson
Sunday School                   S Henderson
Greeters                               C Hanchard, C O'Brien, A Tracey
Altar Society                       A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                        Mary Owens, Vera Johnson, Carmen Hanchard


Genesis 21:8-21
Psalm 86:1-10, 16-17
Romans 6:1b-11
Matthew 10:24-39            
Thrift Store Donations The Farmers’ Market Thrift Store needs donations of clothes in good condition. Now is the time for spring cleaning so open those closets and see what treasures you would like to donate. Kitchen utensils, summer clothing, household items are some of the other items the Thrift Store needs. Please call the office if you need a Donation-in-kind Form. Many thanks!

Birthdays:

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 and the YMCA, 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.

Please hold in your prayers: Fessenden House that they may find a new location, for Ralph Tremonte, the Beyes family, Rep. Steve Scalise and others injured in the shooting in Virginia, those injured in the high rise fire in London, Ruth Tatum, Clyde Mahoney, Kevin Kidd, Denise Edwards, Phyllis Jackson, Elyse Gierlich, Lynette Lewis, Michael Hausler, Marie Baptiste, Danielle and Jordan Etienne, Mary Owens, The Rev. Mitties DeChamplain, The Rev. Rudy Ressmeyer, Sister Carolyn Darr, Samuel Akhtar, Neil DePasquale, Gabriel Carino, Aida Carino, The Rev. Canon Blake Rider, Anetta Giovanna, Nancy Burns, Elyse Gierlich, Candra Davis, Jan Thompson, Jay Moses, Thomas O’Connor, Barbara Michel-Karsten, Rocco Cacciatore, Richard Brown, Harold Cronk, June Pariott Kniffen, Waine Kniffen, Don Lundquist, Joe Walsh, Peter Walsh, The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Wayne Kempton, Lawrence Gilkes, and Brother Anthony Francis. We pray for those impacted by terrorist attacks and for our President, our country, and all immigrants.

Deceased: We pray for Otto Warmbier, Brook Beyes, for the seven sailors who died in the accident at sea, for those who have died from the high rise fire in London, drug overdoses in our communities, and for all have died from terrorist attacks, gun violence and other natural disasters throughout the world.

Please note: Names will generally remain on the prayer list for one month. If you would like to add or return a name to the list, please be in touch with the office at 914-963-3033 or by email at parish@yonkerschurch.org. Thank you.

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

Note Box for Mother Vicki and the Office in the Narthex Please leave any communications in the box: prayer list additions, volunteering, pastoral concerns, and needs for meetings. Mother Vicki’s email is mothervsirota@gmail.com and her office phone number is (914) 969-2969

Parish Weekly Service Schedule
Sundays 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music
Wednesday Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30.

Weekly Events
Mondays, Boy Scout Troop 4 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Wednesdays, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 7-9 PM Spanish AA meeting
Thursday Farmer's Market, 7 AM to 5 PM, July 6-November 16

Church Calendar

Sunday, June, 25 3 Pentecost, 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM; Eucharist Rite II with music
Wednesday June 28, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30

Sunday, July 2, 4 Pentecost, Youth Sunday
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM; Eucharist Rite II with music
Monday, July 3, Justice for the Poor program (“Love God, Serve People, Change the World”), Church Office, 6:30-8
Tuesday, July 4, church office closed for Independence Day.
Wednesday July 5, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30
Thursday, July 6, Justice for the Poor program (“Love God, Serve People, Change the World”), Church Office, 6:30-8

Sunday, July 9, 5 Pentecost, 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM; Eucharist Rite II with music
Monday, July 10, Outreach Committee meeting, 7 pm.
Tuesday, July 11, Justice for the Poor program (“Love God, Serve People, Change the World”), Church Office, 6:30-8
Wednesday July 12, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30

Sunday, July 16, 6 Pentecost, 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I;
10:15 AM; Eucharist Rite II at the Beczac Center, 35 Alexander St, Yonkers
Pot Luck Picnic from 11:30 am to 1 pm
Tuesday, July 18, Sharing Community BOD meeting, 8:30 AM, Library
Tuesday, July 18, Justice for the Poor program (“Love God, Serve People, Change the World”), Church Office, 6:30-8
Wednesday July 19, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch. Bible Study, 1:30 (last one until 9/6)

Sunday, July 23, 7 Pentecost, 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM; Eucharist Rite II with music Sunday, July 23, Faith Friends Luncheon, 12:30
Tuesday, July 25, Justice for the Poor program (“Love God, Serve People, Change the World”), Church Office, 6:30-8

Sunday, July 30, 8 Pentecost. 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist Rite II in the Guild Room. We Welcome The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson as our celebrant and preacher through August.

Sundays, August, 6, 13, 20, 27. 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist Rite II in the Guild Room. We Welcome The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson as our celebrant and preacher through August.
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Wednesday, May 10, 2017


If you wish to join our DVD presentation and workbook discussion of Jim Wallis’s Justice for the Poor program (“Love God, Serve People, Change the World”), our meetings will be on Monday, July 3, Thursday, July 6, Tuesday, July 11, Tuesday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 25 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. in the Church Office. A $10 donation towards the materials would be helpful if you can. Please let the church office know ASAP if you wish to join us so that we can make sure that we have enough materials on hand. And feel free to join us even if you can’t make every session. 



Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Please hold in your prayers The Rev. Mitties DeChamplain, The Rev. Rudy Ressmeyer, Ruth Tatham, Clyde Mahoney, Sister Carolyn Darr, Samuel Akhtar, Neil DePasquale, Gabriel Carino, Aida Carino, The Rev. Canon Blake Rider, Anetta Giovanna, Nancy Burns, Elyse Gierlich, Candra Davis, Jan Thompson, Jay Moses, Thomas O’Connor, Barbara Michel-Karsten, Rocco Cacciatore, Richard Brown, Velma Crichton, Harold Cronk, June Pariott Kniffen, Waine Kniffen, Don Lundquist, Joe Walsh, Peter Walsh, The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Lawrence Gilkes and Brother Anthony Francis. We pray for those impacted by terrorist attacks and our President, our country and all immigrants.

Deceased: Richie Souter, and for all have died from terrorist attacks, gun violence and other natural disasters throughout the world.