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Thursday, March 16, 2017

Collect for Sunday, 19 March 2017
The Third Sunday in Lent

Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves: Keep us both outwardly in our bodies and inwardly in our souls, that we may be defended from all adversities which may happen to the body, and from all evil thoughts which may assault and hurt the soul; 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,

“Almighty God, you know that we have no power in ourselves to help ourselves.” If we could just remember this, we would spare ourselves much anguish! Lent is a wonderful time to remember our profound need for God. Only God can protect us from evil and lead us in the right direction.

Our Annual Report is a wonderful summary of what we as the Congregation of Saint John’s Getty Square have accomplished in 2016. If you missed the Annual Meeting but would still like a copy of our 2016 Annual Report, please contact Jan Valentine at the Church Office parish@yonkerschurch.org).

Catherine Mitchell Odishoo, otherwise known as Kay, was a longtime member of Saint John’s Getty Square. She and her husband George were married here on November 15, 1952. All four of their children (Ellen, John, David and George) were baptized and confirmed here. Kay was an active member of the choir and the Altar Society. Kay died on February 18th at the age of 85. Her Memorial Service will be held this Saturday afternoon, March 18th, at the F. Ruggiero and Sons Funeral Home, 732 Yonkers Ave. People may greet the family at 2 p.m. I will be the Officiant for the Memorial Service which will take place at 2:30 p.m. at the Funeral Home. Your prayers are requested.

Our Lenten Study on Thursday Evenings using the book by preacher and theologian William H. Willimon, Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins continues this Thursday, March 16 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Church Office. Please don’t forget to bring your books. We will be discussing pride, envy and anger! Our next meeting is two weeks from now, on March 30th.

And please sign up for The Saint John’s Festival Choir which will be processing and singing on Easter Sunday at the 10:15 a.m. Festival Service. Rehearsals will begin on Wednesday, March 22 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory, and will continue Wednesday evenings March 29, April 5 and April 12. Please email Bob Sirota directly (bobsirota@me.com) if you are interested.

I will be on Retreat next week at Saint Margaret’s Convent in Duxbury Massachusetts. This is important time for me to reconnect with my spiritual director and confessor, and to listen more carefully to God in prayer. Therefore, next Wednesday, March 22 at 12:05 p.m. we will not be having Mass, but there will be a Noonday Service with Jan Valentine as Officiant for those who are interested. No Bible Study on Wednesday, March 22.

For the next three Sundays in Lent, we begin with the Penitential Order including a reciting of the Decalogue, Confession and Absolution. Our pride is forever telling us that we are gods, that we have no need of Christ. When we listen to that voice we get into deep trouble. “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Lenten blessings and love,
Vicki+

The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota
Priest-in-Charge
Birthdays & Anniversaries
Anniversaries:
Birthdays: Tom Lollar, March 19, Tom Lake, March 19
The Sanctuary Lamp is lit in memory of Edna M. Longley on the fifth anniversary of her death by Jen Longley and in memory of Lilly Mae Wilson given by The Rev. Cn. Claudia Wilson.

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

Please hold in your prayers:

Elyse Gierlich, Candra Davis, Ival DeBride, Linda Brown, Samuel Akhtar, Bishop Catherine Roskam, Jan Thompson, Jay Moses, Donna Doyle, Thomas O’Connor, Ruth Tatham, Charon Kuash, Bruce Haley, Viola McKaig, Thomas Cacavio, Mary Owens, Betsy Meyers, Barbara Michel-Karsten, Rocco Cacciatore, June Parriott Kniffen, Richard Brown, Velma Crichton, Harold Cronk, Ruth Thomas, Waine Kniffen, Don Lundquist, Joe Walsh, Thomas and Joy Sullivan, Aida Carino, Phyllis Jackson, Peter Walsh, The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Ken Kentish, Lawrence Gilkes, Brother Anthony Francis. We also pray for those who were involved in the apartment fire in Yonkers, the Jewish Community Centers that have been harassed and threatened this year and our President, our country and all immigrants.

Deceased:

Catherine Scott, Dr. Philip Roskam, Catherine “Kay” Odishoo, for the individual who was killed in the apartment fire in Yonkers, and all of those who have died in terrorist attacks, gun violence and natural disasters in Europe, Africa, Asia, the Middle East, Canada, and the United States.


Make a Joyful Noise!

Wednesdays, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. rehearsals in the Rectory for The Saint John’s Festival Choir for Easter Sunday. Rehearsals will be on Wednesday evenings March 22, March 29, April 5 and April 12. Please email Bob Sirota directly, bobsirota@me.com, if you are interested.
Weekly Events
Mondays, Boy Scout Troop 4 6:30 to 8:00 PM
Wednesday, March 22, Noon Prayers & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. No Bible Study.
Tuesdays, Thursdays & Saturdays, 7-9 PM Spanish AA meetings

Church Calendar
Sunday, March 19, Lent 3, 8 AM & 10:15 AM Holy Eucharist

Wednesday March 22, Noon Prayers & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. No Bible Study.

Wednesday March 22, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. rehearsals in the Rectory for The Saint John’s Festival Choir for Easter Sunday. Rehearsals will continue on Wednesday evenings March 29, April 5 and April 12. Please email Bob Sirota directly, bobsirota@me.com, if you are interested.

Thursday March 23 No Lenten Study. Remaining classes: Thursdays, March 30, and April 6

Sunday, March 26, Lent 4, 8 AM & 10:15 AM Holy Eucharist

Sunday, March 26, Faith Friends Luncheon, 12:30, Guild Hall

Monday March 27, Vestry Meeting, 6:30 PM

Wednesday March 29, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30

Wednesday March 29, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. rehearsals in the Rectory for The Saint John’s Festival Choir for Easter Sunday. Rehearsals will continue on Wednesday evenings April 5 and April 12. Please email Bob Sirota directly, bobsirota@me.com, if you are interested.

Thursday March 30 third of four weeks of Lenten Study from 6 – 7:30 PM, Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins by William H. Willimon. Remaining class: Thursday, April 6

Saturday, April 1, Vestry Retreat at St. John’s Getty Square, 9-3

Sunday, April 2, Lent 5, 8 AM & 10:15 AM Holy Eucharist

Sunday April 2, Penny Social, 12:30 PM

Sunday April 2, 12:00 PM in the Sanctuary, Rehearsal for the Palm Sunday reading of the Passion.

Wednesday April 5, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. rehearsals in the Rectory for The Saint John’s Festival Choir for Easter Sunday. Last rehearsal: Wednesday evening April 12. Please email Bob Sirota directly, bobsirota@me.com, if you are interested.

Wednesday April 5, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30

Thursday April 6 last week of Lenten Study from 6 – 7:30 PM, Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins by William H. Willimon.

Thursday, March 9, 2017

From Mother Vicki

Collect for Sunday, 12 March 2017
The Second Sunday in Lent
O God, whose glory it is always to have mercy: Be gracious to all who have gone astray from your ways, and bring them again with penitent hearts and steadfast faith to embrace and hold fast the unchangeable truth of your Word, Jesus Christ your Son; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Last Wednesday was Ash Wednesday. What a great blessing it was for us to have The Right Rev. Allen Shin, our Bishop Suffragan, with us at the 12:05 p.m. Service of Holy Eucharist. With the words “You are dust and to dust you shall return,” ashes were placed on our foreheads in the shape of a cross, a stark reminder of our mortality and a vivid beginning to this season of Lent. It is easy to rationalize our sins and shortcomings and to blame others for our flaws. Lent is the time to take honest stock of our lives, and to let go of our defensiveness which is in the way of a deeper and more profound relationship with God. Because if we are sinless, then we have no need of God. We have put ourselves in the place of God. But if we confess our sins, then the absolution, the love that is ours for the asking, is freely given to us. We won’t be able to feel that, know that, understand that until we let go of the little and big lies of our lives that obscure the deeper truths. Our prayer this Sunday for “penitent hearts and steadfast faith” refers to “all who have gone astray.” The prayer goes on to say, “bring them.” Switching that to “bring me again with a penitent heart and steadfast faith” is what Lent is all about.


What a rich time the last two weeks have been in our life together. Thanks to everyone who attended our Annual Meeting on Sunday, February 26th. It was inspiring to be together, to rejoice in three birthdays (Ival DeBride, Carol Shoemaker and Angie Piwinski!), to hear reports from 2016, and to hold an election for a new Junior Warden and a Vestry Class of 2020. Thanks to everyone who offered their names in nomination. What a wonderful pool of excellent candidates we had. Our election on the first ballot resulted in our new Junior Warden, Deborah DeBride, and a Vestry Class of 2020 that includes Linda Brown, Carol Craft, Arlene Tracy and Tara Seeley. Denise Hackl was nominated from the floor. At our first Vestry meeting on March 27th, the Vestry will be deciding on Associate Vestry members, a tradition from Saint John’s past that encourages more participation and communication on the issues that face us. Thanks to Ival DeBride who provided our wonderful lunch and excellent birthday cake, and to Denise Hackl who added a second delicious birthday cake. With Barbara Zeigler’s excellent Treasurer’s Report there was much discussion about and interest in the financial issues that face us and how we will move forward in 2017. With the help of the Holy Spirit and much prayer, we look to the future with hope and enthusiasm. We are also very grateful to those who have served so faithfully. To the Vestry class of 2017 who stepped down after three years of devoted service: Ival DeBride, Helen Hutchinson, and Edith Williams; and especially to Carol Craft, our Senior Warden this past year, who has been exemplary in her faithfulness and dedication. God bless us all as we move ahead! If you missed the Annual Meeting but would still like a copy of our 2016 Annual Report, please contact the Jan Valentine at the Church Office (parish@yonkerschurch.org).
Mardi Gras Fun!
Our Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on February 28 was a delightful celebration, blessed by delicious pancakes and bacon prepared by our awesome chefs, Bob Sirota and Chris Canty, with amazing kitchen support by Ival DeBride and her team. Jane Metzger provided the Mardi Gras decorations. Thanks to all!

Please note: DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS THIS SUNDAY, MARCH 12 AT 2 A.M. That means our clocks are turned FORWARD one hour. Please put this in your calendars!

Don’t forget our weekly Bible Study on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. in the Library. We pray together and look at the lectionary readings for the next Sunday. Everyone is welcome! Our Lenten Study on four Thursday Evenings using the book by preacher and theologian William H. Willimon, Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins begins this Thursday, March 6 from 6-7:30 p.m. in the Church Office for those who have signed up. Please don’t forget to bring your books!

And please sign up for The Saint John’s Festival Choir which will be processing and singing on Easter Sunday at the 10:15 a.m. Festival Service! Rehearsals begin on Wednesday, March 15 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. in the Rectory, and will continue on Wednesday evenings March 22, 29, April 5 and April 12. Please email Bob Sirota directly (bobsirota@me.com) if you are interested.

For our First Sunday in Lent, we began each service with a procession to The Great Litany, an inclusive prayer that has been updated from its original version in the 1552 Second Book of Common Prayer. For the next four Sundays in Lent, we will begin with the Penitential Order including a reciting of the Decalogue, Confession and Absolution. “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.”

Lenten blessings and love,

Vicki+
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Thursday, February 23, 2017

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 meetings

Sunday, March 12, Lent 3, 8 AM & 10:15 AM Holy Eucharist, The Rev. Cn. Claudia Wilson, Preacher.

Wednesday March 15, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30

Thursday March 16 second of four weeks of Lenten Study from 6 – 7:30 PM, Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins by William H. Willimon. Remaining classes: Thursdays March 23, March 30, and April 6

Saturday, March 18, Order of Urban Ministers, Guild Room, 9:30 AM & Holy Eucharist at 12:30 in the church

Sunday, March 19, Lent 3, 8 AM & 10:15 AM Holy Eucharist

Wednesday March 22, Noon Prayers & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. No Bible Study.

Wednesday March 22, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. rehearsals in the Rectory for The Saint John’s Festival Choir for Easter Sunday. Rehearsals will continue on Wednesday evenings March 29, April 5 and April 12. Please email Bob Sirota directly, bobsirota@me.com, if you are interested.

Thursday March 23 No Lenten Study. Remaining classes: Thursdays, March 30, & April 6

Sunday, March 26, Lent 4, 8 AM & 10:15 AM Holy Eucharist

Sunday, March 26, Faith Friends Luncheon, 12:30, Guild Hall

Monday March 27, Vestry Meeting, 6:30 PM

Wednesday March 29, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30

Wednesday March 29, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. rehearsals in the Rectory for The Saint John’s Festival Choir for Easter Sunday. Rehearsals will continue on Wednesday evenings April 5 and April 12. Please email Bob Sirota directly, bobsirota@me.com, if you are interested.

Thursday March 30 third of four weeks of Lenten Study from 6 – 7:30 PM, Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins by William H. Willimon. Remaining class: Thursday, April 6

Saturday, April 1, Vestry Retreat at St. John’s Getty Square, 9-3

Sunday, April 2, Lent 5, 8 AM & 10:15 AM Holy Eucharist

Sunday April 2, Penny Social, 12:30 PM

Wednesday April 5, 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. rehearsals in the Rectory for The Saint John’s Festival Choir for Easter Sunday. Last rehearsal: Wednesday evening April 12. Please email Bob Sirota directly, bobsirota@me.com, if you are interested.

Wednesday April 5, Holy Eucharist & Healing Service at 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30

Thursday April 6 last week of Lenten Study from 6 – 7:30 PM, Sinning Like a Christian: A New Look at the Seven Deadly Sins by William H. Willimon
We are sad to announce the passing of Kay Odishoo, 1931-2017

Catherine “Kay” Odishoo, formerly of Yonkers, recently from Hartsdale, passed away peacefully on February 18, 2017 at White Plains Hospital at the age of 85. Catherine was predeceased by her husband George in 2010. She is survived by her daughter, Ellen (Festa), her sons, David, George and John, her beloved granddaughter, Tatiana, her nephew David DiBernardo and niece, Nanci DiBernardo.

A memorial gathering will be held on Saturday, March 18, 2017 at 2 PM at F. Ruggiero & Sons, Inc., 732 Yonkers Avenue, Yonkers, New York 10704 - (914) 375-1400.