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Thursday, June 14, 2018

From Mother Vicki

Jesus also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

Mark 4:30-32 NRSV

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Happy Father’s Day!  This Sunday we celebrate our fathers for their loving care and wisdom.  It is good that we remember to lift up and honor the role of fatherhood—that of patriarch, protector and nurturer.  Even though no earthly father can possibly possess the infinite wisdom, love and compassion we would like to receive, we are grateful for every moment that our fathers got it right.  And we thank God for the gift of life itself!

The parable of the mustard seed, a section of the Gospel for this Fourth Sunday after Pentecost, has always captured my imagination.  We discussed this in Bible Class on Wednesday and spoke of the necklace that had a little mustard seed in it that some of us had worn.  I remember wanting to “free the mustard seed.”  Edith Williams said that she had done that and actually planted it—but it didn’t grow!

Jesus was talking with farmers and people who bought and sold goods in the marketplace.  They would have paid close attention to the weather and the length and success or failure of the growing season.  Pondering the merits and miracle of a tiny mustard seed would have helped them connect their daily lives and concerns with the message that Jesus was trying to convey—that the kingdom of God is right here, right now and is more powerful and miraculous than they could imagine.

We, too, tend to take things for granted and neglect to notice the miracles happening right under our nose.  This little mustard seed (if it has not been trapped in a pendant!) will grow in the darkness of the soil, receiving needed nutrients and mature into a shrub large enough for birds to nest in it.  When Jesus from Galilee was speaking these words, it was rather inconceivable that his message about the kingdom of God would ever reach anyone, let alone those of us in the 21st century.  And yet the kingdom of God with this message of love is here with us now.  A true miracle!

This Sunday, 17 June, at 11:45 a.m. in the Library we are holding an initial planning meeting for our 325th Anniversary celebration on Sunday, September 23rd.  This is open to anyone who is interested in helping out. Knowing that it is Father’s Day, we won’t keep you too long!  But please know that we are looking for volunteers to help with publicity, fund raising (ads for a booklet), connecting with other Episcopal parishes in Westchester, decorating, planning, etc. Come and join us as we joyfully lift up our incredible heritage of belonging to the very first Anglican parish in this area!

Our fifth class of “Via Media” (“The Middle Way”) is on Monday evening, June 25th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Library (enter through the door closest to the Guild Room).  If you are struggling with your faith, the Bible, doctrine, and/or the Episcopal Church, this is a safe place to explore and ask questions.  The other classes in this course are on July 9 and 23 and September 10.  This is also preparation for adults who are interested in Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation with Bishop Mary Glasspool in September.  Please let me know if you are coming (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Vestry members, please don’t forget our important Vestry Retreat led by Canon Claudia Wilson on Saturday, June 30th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.  This is our opportunity to look carefully at our mission and how to connect it with our future life in Getty Square.  Jen Longley has a sign-up sheet for our brunch and lunch together.  Please bring one item to share for 3-4 people.  Coffee, tea and juice will be provided.

Our Farmers’ and Flea Market begins again on Thursday, July 5th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. For those who are helping out, a planning meeting for all will be held on Thursday, June 21 at 10 a.m. in the Guild Room (with coffee and donuts!).  If you would like to volunteer, it’s not too late!  Please contact George Morrison (914 450 5424).

The miracle of the mustard seed and the miracle of being alive.  Thanks be to our fathers and especially to our Father in heaven whose love for us is infinite!Anchor

Blessings and love,
Vicki+

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Announcements, Service Schedule, Weekly Calendar and Intercessory Prayers


Readers & Eucharistic Ministers: If possible, please let Jan know which Sundays you are unable to serve. Thanks!

Weekly Events
Mondays, Troop 4 Boy Scouts, 6:30-8pm
Wednesdays, Healing Eucharist, 12:05 PM, Bible Class 1:30 PM
Spanish AA, 7-9pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

If you would like to receive our weekly email blast please email your name and address to parish@yonkerschurch.org.

Parish Sunday Schedule
Sundays 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I; 9:20 AM: Bible Study in the Library; 10:15 AM Eucharist Rite II with music
  
325th Anniversary Committee Meeting Sunday at 11:45 AM in the Library.
If you have an interest in helping, please come to this meeting.

Sunday June 17, 4 Pentecost (Proper 6) Happy Father’s Day
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, June 18, Executive Committee, 6:30 PM, Church Office
Wednesday, June 20, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 PM Discernment Committee

Sunday June 24, 5 Pentecost (Proper 7) The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Celebrant & Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, June 25, Session 5 for Via Media, 7-8:30 PM in the Library
Wednesday, June 27, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Saturday, June 30, Vestry Retreat with Canon Claudia Wilson, 9 AM-3 PM, Guild Room

Sunday July 1, 6 Pentecost (Proper 8)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Wednesday, July 4, Office closed for Independence Day. No Eucharist/Healing Service or Bible Study
Thursday, July 5, Opening Day for the Farmers’ & Flea Market. 7 AM to 4 PM

Sunday July 8, 7 Pentecost (Proper 9)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, July 9, Session 6 for Via Media, 7-8:30 PM in the Library
Wednesday, July 11, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM

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. 

June Birthdays and Anniversaries: Jurhee Hong, June 10.

Prayer for Father’s Day
God our Father, in your wisdom and love you made all things. Bless our fathers, that they may be strengthened as Christian fathers. Let the example of their faith and love shine forth. Grant that we, their sons and daughters, may love, honor and respect them always. Grant this through Christ our Lord. Amen.

We pray for and give thanks to God 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 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 disabilities. May we be blessed with compassion and love, and may this Congregation be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.

Prayer of Lament O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family and especially in this Episcopal Diocese of New York as we lament our past complicity in slavery, racism, and the unfair treatment of all peoples; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We hold in our prayers: Anthony Johnson and his discernment committee as they complete the initial stages of Anthony’s diaconal discernment. Stephanie Gaines, Harv Oostdyk, Hope Mackey, Mamazane Xulu, Carol O’Brien, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Naomi Henderson, Aida Carino, Liliana Moschetta, Tom O’Connor, Monica Harmon, Beverly Sims, Clyde Mahoney, Ralph Tremonte, June & Waine Kniffen, Peter Walsh, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries, those struggling with volcanoes in Hawaii and Guatemala, and for our President, our country, our first responders, all refugees and immigrants, and our military.

We pray for those who have died: including Joseph McQuitter, James Taylor Pye, and Harold Cronk. For all those the world over who have died from war, terrorism, and natural disasters, especially in Hawaii and Guatemala, and we lament those who have died over the centuries due to slavery, lynching, racism and the unequal and unjust treatment of peoples in this country.

Service Ministers

Sunday June 17, 4 Pentecost (Proper 6)
 8a Reader                         George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson    Chris Canty
10a Reader 2nd Lesson    
S Henderson
10a 1st Euch. Min             Denise Hackl
10a 2nd Euch. Min           Deborah 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


Sunday June 24, 5 Pentecost (Proper 7)
 8a Reader                              Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson         Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson        Edith Williams
10a 1st Euch. Min                  Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min                
Deborah DeBride
Sunday School                        Jen Longley
Greeters                                   C Hanchard, C O'Brien, A Tracey
Altar Society                           A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                             V Debride,  A Carino 


Sunday July 1, 6 Pentecost (Proper 8)
 8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Deborah Holcombe
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Bob Sirota
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Anthony Johnson
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     S Henderson
Greeters                                 M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         S Henderson, M Harmon


Sunday July 8, 7 Pentecost (Proper 9)
 8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Debbie Holcombe
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Shelley Henderson
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Denise Hackl
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                         N Henderson, L Brown, H Hutchinson, D Hackl

Sunday's Gospel





Mark 4:26-34


Jesus said, “The kingdom of God is as if someone would scatter seed on the ground, and would sleep and rise night and day, and the seed would sprout and grow, he does not know how. The earth produces of itself, first the stalk, then the head, then the full grain in the head. But when the grain is ripe, at once he goes in with his sickle, because the harvest has come.”

He also said, “With what can we compare the kingdom of God, or what parable will we use for it? It is like a mustard seed, which, when sown upon the ground, is the smallest of all the seeds on earth; yet when it is sown it grows up and becomes the greatest of all shrubs, and puts forth large branches, so that the birds of the air can make nests in its shade.”

With many such parables he spoke the word to them, as they were able to hear it; he did not speak to them except in parables, but he explained everything in private to his disciples.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

From Mother Vicki

From Mother Vicki
Then his mother and his brothers came; and standing outside, they sent to him and called him. A crowd was sitting around him; and they said to him,
“Your mother and your brothers and sisters
 are outside, asking for you.” And he replied, “Who are my mother and my brothers?”  And looking at those who sat around him, he said, “Here are my mother and my brothers! Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother.”

Mark 3:31-35 NRSV

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

In the final verses of this Sunday’s Gospel, we can imagine the frustration of Jesus’ mother and his siblings over how he is behaving.  In the Gospel of Mark, this scene is early in his ministry.   In chapter one, Mark begins with John the Baptist, and when he is imprisoned, quickly moves to Jesus coming to Galilee and proclaiming the good news.  Jesus gathers his disciples in a number of different short vignettes and heals people who were sick or possessed with demons.  Both chapters two and three mention Jesus going home.  In the first reference (Mark 2:1), there were so many people gathered around his doorway that they removed the roof of his house in order to let down a paralytic for healing.  His family must have loved that! And in the third chapter (Mark 3:19-20) it says that he went home, “and the crowd came together so that they could not even eat.”  Jesus has become an overnight sensation.  Everyone is seeking him out for his wisdom and powers of healing.  His family thinks he is crazy.

And so, his family calls to him, and he does not come.  They want him to return to his former life.  Rather than honoring his mother (one of the ten commandments!), he asks the crowd who is his mother and his brothers? And then pointing to them—these dear people who understand his identity much better than his family—Jesus says, “This is my family.”  He includes all of us who are doing the will of God.  We are Jesus’s family of choice.

Our fourth class of “Via Media” (“The Middle Way”) is on Monday evening, June 11th from 7 – 8:30 p.m. in the Library (enter through the door closest to the Guild Room).  If you are struggling with your faith, the Bible, doctrine, and/or the Episcopal Church, this is a safe place to explore and ask questions.  The other classes in this course are on June 25, July 9 and 23 and September 10.  This is also preparation for adults who are interested in Confirmation, Reception or Reaffirmation with Bishop Mary Glasspool in September.  Please let me know if you are coming (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Looking ahead, our next Vestry Meeting will be a retreat led by Canon Claudia Wilson on Saturday, June 30th from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. in the Guild Room. Our Farmers’ and Flea Market begins again on Thursday, July 5th from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m.  If you would like to help out, please contact George Morrison.  Also, please put Sunday, September 23rd on your calendar.  This will be a great day in our congregation as we rejoice in our 325th anniversary as a parish!  We need much help with advertising and planning. Please let me know if you can help out!

Our biological family may not understand us, but Jesus does.  We are called to be Christ’s family on earth, Jesus’s brothers and sisters in Getty Square.  May we have the courage to be as outrageous as Jesus was in proclaiming the kingdom of God here and now!

Blessings and love,
Vicki+

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Saint John's Children's Choir







Announcements, Service Schedule, Weekly Calendar and Intercessory Prayers

Weekly Events
Mondays, Troop 4 Boy Scouts, 6:30-8pm
Tuesdays, Spanish AA, 7-9pm
Thursday, Spanish AA, 7-9pm
Wednesdays, Healing Eucharist, 12:05 PM to 1:30 PM

Saturdays, Spanish AA, 7-9pm
 
Parish Sunday Schedule
Sundays 8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 9:20 AM: Bible Study in the Library; 10:15 AM: Eucharist Rite II with music


If you would like to receive our weekly email blast please email your name and address to parish@yonkerschurch.org.

Parish Sunday Schedule
Sundays 8:00 AM Holy Eucharist Rite I; 9:20 AM: Bible Study in the Library; 10:15 AM Eucharist Rite II with music

Sunday June 10, 3 Pentecost (Proper 5)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, June 11, Session 4 for Via Media, 7-8:30 PM in the Library
Wednesday, June 13, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Thursday, June 14, 6:30 PM Discernment Committee in the Church Office

Sunday June 17, 4 Pentecost (Proper 6) Happy Father’s Day
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, June 18, Executive Committee, 6:30 PM
Wednesday, June 20, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, June 20, 6:30 PM Discernment Committee

Sunday June 24, 5 Pentecost (Proper 7)
The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Celebrant & Preacher

8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Monday, June 25, Session 5 for Via Media, 7-8:30 PM in the Library
Wednesday, June 27, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Saturday, June 30, Vestry Retreat with Canon Claudia Wilson, 9 AM-3 PM, Guild Room

Sunday July 1, 6 Pentecost (Proper 8)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Festival Eucharist, Rite II
Sunday Bible Study, 9:20-10:05 AM with lay leaders, in the Library
Wednesday, July 4, Office closed for Independence Day. No Eucharist/Healing Service or Bible Study
Thursday, July 5, Opening Day for the Farmers’ & Flea Market. 7 AM to 4 PM


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.

The Altar Flowers this morning are given to the Glory of God and in honor of Ward Johnson’s birthday by Vera Johnson.

June Birthdays and Anniversaries: Donna Davis, 1 June; Monica Harmon, 1 June; Solomon Mbye, 2 June; Vera Johnson, 7 June.

We pray for and give thanks to God 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 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 disabilities. May we be blessed with compassion and love, and may this Congregation be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square.

Prayer of Lament O God, you made us in your own image and redeemed us through Jesus your Son: Look with compassion on the whole human family and especially in this Episcopal Diocese of New York as we lament our past complicity in slavery, racism, and the unfair treatment of all peoples; take away the arrogance and hatred which infect our hearts; break down the walls that separate us; unite us in bonds of love; and work through our struggle and confusion to accomplish your purposes on earth; that, in your good time, all nations and races may serve you in harmony around your heavenly throne; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

We hold in our prayers: Carol O’Brien, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Naomi Henderson, Aida Carino, Liliana Moschetta, Carmen Hanchard, Tom O’Connor, Charlotte Avallone, Len LaRosa, The Rt. Rev. Richard Grein, Nancy Headley, Margaret Embree, Aaron Cohen, Monica Harmon, Chester Evans, Felix Benzan, Beverly Sims, Clyde Mahoney, Ralph Tremonte, June & Waine Kniffen, Peter Walsh, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries, those struggling with volcanoes in Hawaii and Guatemala, and for our President, our country, our first responders, all refugees and immigrants, and our military.

We pray for those who have died: including James Taylor Pye, Harold Cronk, Paul Rogan, Bishop George Edward Councell, Retired Bishop of the Diocese of New Jersey, and Dr. Young Kun Kim. For all those the world over who have died from war, terrorism, and natural disasters, especially in Hawaii and Guatemala, and we lament those who have died over the centuries due to slavery, lynching, racism and the unequal and unjust treatment of peoples in this country.