Thursday, October 18, 2018

From Mother Vicki

Almighty God, who inspired your servant Luke the physician to set forth in the Gospel the love and healing power of your Son: Graciously continue in your Church this love and power to heal, to the praise and glory of your Name; through Jesus Christ our Lord, who lives and reigns with you, in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, now and for ever. Amen.

The Collect for Saint Luke the Evangelist

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Today, October 18, is the Feast Day of Saint Luke the Evangelist.  Luke was with Paul towards the end of his life and sets forth an “orderly account of the events that have been fulfilled among us” in his Gospel, as well as in The Acts of the Apostles.  A gifted physician, he understood the healing power of the Gospel message and included the beautiful Canticles surrounding Christ’s birth that we still sing today.

A Celebration of the Life of Michael Block will be held in Saint John’s Church Getty Square on Saturday, November 3rd at 10 a.m.  Please spread the word.  A Reception will be held after in the Guild Room.

The Saint John's Festival Choir will be singing again on All Saints' Sunday, November 4th at 10:15 a.m. We would also like to sing at Michael Block’s service on Saturday November 3rd.  In preparation, the next rehearsals will be on Thursdays, October 18, 25, and Nov 1 at 5:30 p.m. in the Church.  All who love to sing are welcome!  Please let us know if you will be joining us (mothervsirota@gmail.com; bobsirota@me.com).

Please note that the Yonkers Marathon is scheduled for this Sunday, Oct. 21 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.  Some roads will be blocked, so you may need to give yourself extra time to figure out your travel to church.

Deborah DeBride, Linda Brown, Father Jebamani and I were at the Episcopal Diocese of New York’s 3rd Annual Global Mission Fair held at Church of the Heavenly Rest last Saturday, October 13th.  It was a joyous and educational event.  On behalf of Saint John’s Church, the four of us received the SGDF grant to educate the children of Scavenger Workers in Madurai, India.  Father Jebamani is now in India helping to begin this important and hopefully transformative program connected with Tamilnadu Theological Seminary.  Please hold them all in your prayers!

Our Service of Covenanting for the Order of Urban Missioners was held Wednesday night at Saint John’s with Bishop Shin as our Celebrant and Preacher.  Sixteen of us covenanted for this 2018-19 year.  Monthly meetings are in the Guild Room on Saturdays November 17 and December 15 at 9:30 a.m., ending with a Service of Holy Eucharist at 12:30 p.m. in the Lady Chapel.  If you are interested in finding out more, please contact Mother Vicki (914 969 2969; mothervsirota@gmail.com).

Also, if you or a family member or friend are interested in the Sacrament of Holy Baptism, please let me know.  Our next Service of Holy Baptism will be on All Saints’ Sunday Nov. 4 at 10:15 a.m.  This is one of the most joyful sacraments in the Church.

This Saturday, October 20, Zhaleh Mahootian is coordinating a project for her Girl Scouts Gold Award that involves restoration of the area around the Van Cortland Family Vault where The Reverend Luke Babcock, the pastor of Frederick Van Cortlandt and one of the earliest rectors of Saint John's is buried (he was the rector here during the Revolutionary War). If you can, please join the clean-up on Saturday from 2-4 p.m. in Van Cortland Park.

Also looking ahead, please mark in your calendar a special evening devoted to Interfaith Conversation.  On Wednesday, October 24, we will be hosting the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom at 7 p.m. in the Guild Room for coffee, dessert and conversation. This is an organization of Jewish and Muslim women who are devoted to learning more about each other's faiths. We are thrilled that they would like to share a conversation with us about their religions.

Don't forget our Farmers' and Flea Market as well as Thrift Store on Thursdays.   The fruit and produce are wonderful and there are great bargains in our Thrift Store.

From the Canticle that Zechariah, the father of John the Baptist sings at the time of his birth, “By the tender mercy of our God, the dawn from on high will break upon us, to give light to those who sit in darkness and in the shadow of death, to guide our feet into the way of peace.” (Luke 1:78-79).

In this autumn tide of increasing darkness, may the dawn from on high break upon us and guide us in the way of peace!

Blessings and love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

Sustainable Development Grant

Deborah DeBride, Linda Brown, Father Jebamani and the Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota at the Episcopal Diocese of New York’s 3rd Annual Global Mission Fair held at Church of the Heavenly Rest were awarded a Sustainable Development Goals Grant. 

Order of Urban Missioners

Order of Urban Missioners 2018 Covenanting 

The Rt. Rev. Allen K. Shin
Bishop Suffragan of the Diocese of New York
Celebrant and Preacher

Announcements, Service Schedule, Weekly Calendar and Intercessory Prayers

Weekly Service Schedule
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I and coffee hour
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II and coffee hour
12:05 Eucharist & Healing Service. Light lunch follows. Bible Study 1:30 PM

Saint John’s Church Office hours are Monday-Thursday, 9 AM-1 PM; 2 PM-4 PM

Weekly Events
Mondays, Troop 4 Boy Scouts, 6:30-8 pm
Thursday Farmers’ & Flea Market 7 AM to 4 PM
Spanish AA, 7 pm, Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays

Sunday October 21, 22 Pentecost (Proper 24)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
Wednesday, October 24, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, October 24, 7 PM in the Guild Room, Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom, Sharing our Faith Stories
All are invited to this interfaith event. Dessert and Coffee will be served.
Thursday, October 25, 7 AM to 4 PM, Farmers’ & Flea Market
Thursday, October 25, 5:30 PM, Saint John’s Festival Choir in the Church

Sunday October 28, 23 Pentecost (Proper 25)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
Sunday, October 28, 12:30 Faith Friends Lunch, Guild Room
Wednesday, October 31, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Thursday, November 1, 7 AM to 4 PM, Farmers’ & Flea Market
Thursday, November 1, 5:30 PM, Saint John’s Festival Choir, in the Church
Saturday, November 3, San Andres Vestry Retreat, 9 AM-2 PM in the Library
Saturday, November 3, Funeral for Michael Block, 10 AM

Sunday November 4 Festival of All Saints with Holy Baptism. Daylight Savings Time ends
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music and Saint John’s Festival Choir
Sunday, November 4, 12:30, Penny Social, in the Guild Room
Monday, November 5, 6:30 PM, Executive Committee meeting,
Wednesday, November 7, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Thursday, November 8, 7 AM to 4 PM, Farmers’ & Flea Market
Friday & Saturday November 9 & 10, Diocesan Convention in White Plains

Sunday November 11 25 Pentecost (Proper 27)
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I
10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with music
Monday, November 12, Veteran’s Day Holiday. Church office is closed
Wednesday, November 14, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, November 14, 6:30 PM, Vestry, Guild Room
Thursday, November 15, 7 AM to 4 PM, Last Farmer’s Farmers’ & Flea Market
Saturday, November 17, 9:30 AM Order of Urban Missioners, Guild Room. 12:30 PM Service of Holy Eucharist, Lady Chapel

Volunteers needed! We are looking to grow our Service Minister roster. Would you be willing to serve as a greeter? Usually you are asked to come 15-minutes early to greet people, give out bulletins and welcome them by answering any questions. Greeters also bring the elements to the Altar for the Holy Eucharist and take the collection. Usually you would serve every few weeks. Please speak to Mother Vicki if you have any questions or would like to serve.

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.

October Birthdays:

We pray for and give thanks to God for our 325th Anniversary as a parish, 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. Please bless our vision with compassion and love, so that this Congregation may be the hands and feet of Christ in Getty Square. Amen.

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: Ruby Dixon, Joan Smith, David Kesslinger, Carol Shoemaker, William Sheridan, Neil Parkey Emmanuel Baptiste, Sr. Carolyn Darr, Elyse Gierlich, Denise Edwards, Phyllis Jackson, Kevin Kidd, Tom Cacavio, Stephen Kubasek, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Donna and Tom Duffy, Mary Kowalski, Ival Debride, Anthony Muranelli, Harriette Forster, Eve Shepard, Cecile Davis, Beverly Anthonyson, Corey Belinski, Bernice Walder, Sal Bah, Antoinette Forster, Hope Mackey, Mamazane Xulu, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Naomi Henderson, Aida Carino, Liliana Moschetta, Tom O’Connor, Monica Harmon, Beverly Sims, Ralph Tremonte, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for Anthony Johnson as he continues his diaconal discernment, for immigrant families who have been separated as they cross over into the US, for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries, for those impacted by volcanoes, Hurricane Michael, wild fires and flooding throughout the world, and for our President, our country, our first responders, all refugees and immigrants especially the children, and our military.

We pray for those who have died: Linda Baldanzi, Michael Block, Ann Scrofani Pellaton, all those the world over who have died from war, terrorism, and natural disasters including Hurricane Michael, 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.

Interfaith Conversation

Vault Hill

Vault Hill and Saint John's Parish history overlap.
Please come to the cleanup!

My body I commit to the earth, to be buried in a family vault which I intend to build on my plantation. If I do not cause the vault to be built in my lifetime, my executors are to build it, and deposit my remains therein.
Frederick Van Cortlandt (1699-1749), Last Will and Testament

Upon the death of Frederick Van Cortlandt in 1749, the family burial grounds were established on what has become known as Vault Hill in Van Cortlandt Park. The burial vault holds the remains of many Van Cortlandt family members who were interred there until the land became a public park in 1888. After that time, the family purchased a large plot in nearby Woodlawn Cemetery.

Frederick died before the completion of his new manor home, the Van Cortlandt House, and his estate passed to his eldest son, 13-year-old James. At the onset of the Revolutionary War, City Clerk Augustus Van Cortlandt, James’s younger brother, was told by the Provincial Congress to find a safe place to secure the city records for fear that they might be destroyed during the British occupation of New York. In August 1776, Augustus wrote to his cousin John Jay that he had taken advantage of a visit to his ailing mother to hide the records in the family burial vault.

Before they were permanently sealed, a bronze plaque was hung on each vault, one for the Van Cortlandt family and one for the Bailey family. The Baileys were a prominent family in the borough’s early history. In addition, the Reverend Luke Babcock, rector of St. John’s Church in Yonkers is buried here. He served as Frederick Van Cortlandt’s pastor.

Farmers' & Flea Market