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Wednesday, November 22, 2017

From Mother Vicki

From Mother Vicki

With countless gifts of love, and still is ours to day.
Who from our mother’s arms hath blessed us on our way
Who wondrous things hath done, in whom his world rejoices;
Now thank we all our God, with heart, and hands, and voices,
Words: Martin Rinckart (1586-1649)
 tr. Catherine Winkworth (1827-1878)
                Episcopal Hymnal 397
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Happy Thanksgiving!  What a wonderful time this is to gather together with others and give thanks for all of the blessings that God has graciously given us.  Out of that gratitude comes our call to help and serve others, and to share this Divine Love in everything we do.  And if we do that, our love for each other grows and deepens, and we experience even more deeply the blessing of God’s great love for us.

Please spread the word about our Saint John’s Fundraising Concert on Saturday evening, Dec. 2 beginning at 6 p.m. with a sparkling cider, wine and cheese reception in the narthex. A superb string quartet will be performing the music of Haydn, Schubert and Beethoven in support of the needed repair of our historic stained-glass windows at 7 p.m.  Invite your friends!  Tickets can be bought online through Eventbrite.com (search using “string quartet”) as well as at the door.  See the flyer below for more information.  If you wish to give more than the ticket price in support of the restoration work, we will be happy to list you on the program as a benefactor!

Our Stewardship Mailing has gone out.  Thank you for your generosity and support of Saint John’s Church in so many extraordinary ways.  We are dependent on your creativity, good hearts, energy, volunteer service and donations.  You matter!  Please prayerfully consider the surprising gifts that God has given you this year and be generous in your offer of continuing or new volunteer service and monetary pledge.  Pledge cards may be brought or mailed in to be place in the offering plate and blessed on Stewardship Sunday, Dec. 3, the First Sunday of Advent. 

It is not too late to join the Saint John’s Festival Choir to sing at the Christmas Eve Service at 9 p.m.!  Our next rehearsal is on Wednesday, 29 November from 5:45-6:30 p.m. in the Church and the three following Wednesdays in December (Dec. 6, 13, 20).  For more information, please contact Bob Sirota (bobsirota@me.com).

May God watch over those who are travelling; may our precious time with family and friends be blessed; may God be with those who are alone on Thanksgiving that Christ’s love may enfold them, and may we all thank God and rejoice in the gift of life on this fragile earth, our island home.

In Christ and with love,
Vicki+
The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge

Window Restoration Fundraiser


St. John's Festival Choir


St. John’s Festival Choir to sing on Christmas Eve

All rehearsals on Wednesdays 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. in the Church


November 29, December 6, December 13, December 20
Led by Bob Sirota

For more info email bobsirota@me.com

Parish Office Hours, Weekly Event, Church Calendar

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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


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
Office Closed Thursday & Friday November 23 & 24, for Thanksgiving. Gobble, gobble.

Sunday November 26, Last Sunday after Pentecost, Christ the King
The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, Preacher
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music.
Wednesday, November 29 Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, November 29, 4:30 PM, St. John's Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.
Wednesday, November 29 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. Saint John's Festival Choir in the Church
Wednesday, November 29, Vestry meeting in the Library, 6:30
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 2, WINDOW RESTORATION FUND RAISER CONCERT, 6:00 PM TO 8:30 PM

Sunday December 3, Advent 1 Stewardship Sunday
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music.
Sunday, December 3, 11:45, Christmas Pageant Meeting
Sunday, December 3, Penny Social 12:30 PM
Monday, December 4, Outreach Committee, 7 PM
Wednesday, December 6, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, December 6, 4:30 PM, St. John's Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.
Wednesday, December 6, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. Saint John's Festival Choir in the Church
Wednesday, December 6, Renewal Works, 6:30-8:30 PM
Saturday, December 9, Order of Urban Missioners, 9 AM-1:30 PM

Sunday December 10 Advent 2
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM Eucharist, Rite II with music.
Sunday, December 10, 11:45 AM to 12:300 PM, Christmas Pageant Rehearsal
Monday, December 11, Executive Committee 6:30 PM
Wednesday, December 13, Eucharist and Healing Service, 12:05 PM. Light lunch follows. Bible Study at 1:30 PM
Wednesday, December 13, 4:30 PM, St. John's Children’s Choir rehearsal in the church. Open to children in grades 1-5.
Wednesday, December 13, 5:45 - 6:30 p.m. Saint John's Festival Choir in the Church
Thursday, December 14, Vestry Meeting, 6 PM
Saturday, December 16, Christmas Pageant Rehearsal, 10 AM to 12 PM


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.
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

Intercessory Prayers

Please hold in your prayers: Chester Evans, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Lynette Lewis, Vi & Ken McKay, Felix Benzan, Paul Rogan, Kathryn Grossman, Roger Ressmeyer, Jeremiah Ortega, Carol Craft, Kimberly DeShon, Dana, Helen Hutchinson, Bimla Sager, Agnes DeFeo, Sarita Hmamly, Trisha Spina, Beverly Sims, Ruth Tathum, Clyde Mahoney, Lisa Osborne, Ralph Tremonte, Mary Owens, Samuel Akhtar, Aida Carino, Anetta Giovanna, Jay Moses, Thomas O’Connor, Harold Cronk, Waine Kniffen, Don Lundquist, Peter Walsh, The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, and Wayne Kempton. We pray for those impacted by wild fires, storms and shootings, especially in Iran, California, Las Vegas, Texas and New York, and for our President, our country, our first responders, and all refugees and immigrants.    

Deceased: We pray for Florence Wilson, Michael Sperl, Lydia Tengelsen, Annette Fredenburg, fall who have died in the California, Texas, New York and Las Vegas shootings, or for all those the world over who have died from terrorist attacks, war and natural disasters, including the earthquake in Iran and Iraq, and recent hurricanes, especially in Puerto Rico.


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 November 26, Christ the King
 8a Reader                             Carrie Parkey
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Deborah DeBride
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Angie Piwinski
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Deborah DeBride
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     L Smith
Greeters                                E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         V Debride, M Baptiste, A Carino

Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24
Psalm 100
Ephesians 1:15-23

Sunday December 3, Advent 1
 8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Anthony Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Tara Seeley
10a 1st Euch. Min                 Denise Hackl
10a 2nd Euch. Min              Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     S Henderson
Greeters                                 C O'Brien, S Akhtar
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, Linda Brown
Coffee Hour                         S Henderson, M Harmon, A Giovanna

Isaiah 64:1-9
1 Corinthians 1:3-9
Psalm 80:1-7, 16-18


Sunday December 10, Advent 2
8a Reader        Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson    Jen Longley
10a Reader 2nd Lesson    Edith Williams
10a 1st Euch. Min        Tara Seeley
10a 2nd Euch. Min    Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School        Deborah DeBride
Greeters            C Hanchard, C O'Brien, A Tracey
Altar Society        A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour    N Henderson, L Bown,
H Hutchinson, D Hackl

Isaiah 40:1-11
2 Peter 3:8-15a
Psalm 85:1-2, 8-13


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

Thursday, November 16, 2017

From Mother Vicki

From Mother Vicki
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.                                                              II Corinthians 9:6-7
                                                                                                                                            
15 November 2017
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Saint John’s Episcopal Church has a rich history and a significant place in the life of the city of Yonkers.  The longer I am here, the more I can see and feel the gift of our presence--tolling the quarter hours, embracing the community with food from our Thursday Farmers’ Market and clothing from our Rummage Sale, providing a joyful neighborhood Penny Social Event once a month, throwing open our doors for Mass on Sundays and Wednesdays, supporting our Spanish speaking AA program with evening meetings three times a week, supporting the Sharing Community by providing the space for people to congregate before their Thanksgiving and Christmas meals, supporting LGBTQ Youth with a place for the Center Lane Thanksgiving Celebration, supporting the Boy Scouts Troop 4 with their Monday night meetings, welcoming all to our coffee hours after church services, and so much more.  We provide a holy space for prayer and worship in the middle of Getty Square.  This building has stood here since 1872.  There have been faithful believers gathering here even before the Revolutionary War.  We are a significant piece of the fabric of this city.

At our latest Vestry meeting, I asked the question, “Why do you come to church here?” Here are some of their answers:


I attend St. Johns’ because I feel very welcomed here and enjoy participating in many things.  It is a beautiful church.

                I come to St. John’s to grow in my faith and to share God’s love.

                I feel loved and supported here.  God is with us here.

I come to St. John’s Church because it has been my home church for many years.  I believe that God has kept me here for His purpose, to help spread His word.

I feel that St. John’s Church was the beginning of spiritual seeds for my family over 300 years ago and when I am in church I feel the ages and it enforces the depth of my spiritual well-being.

I attend St. John’s because of the welcoming atmosphere of the family that I have found—my spiritual family and deep, close, loving nurturing relationships.

I come to St. John’s because it is a place where everyone is accepted. People care about each other no matter what they look like, how much money they have or where they come from

Then the question was, “Why give money here?  Why pledge?”  Here are some of the responses:

I give to demonstrate my gratitude for the generosity and graciousness I have received, supporting the Church (Body of Christ, Group who have gathered in Christ’s name) and its mission!

I pledge to support the Church financially to keep the doors open for generations to come.

The reason I give (or pledge) is because I am grateful and thankful for what the Lord has blessed me and my family with.

I give to St. John’s as a small way to share all the many blessings God has shared with me.

I give money to St. John’s because I know it is necessary for it to run.  The people of this Church have fought for the underdog and I know it is necessary to provide money to keep things going.
 

We pray that you will feel moved to support your church with your 2018 pledge of time, talent and treasure.  The list of opportunities for service includes volunteering as an acolyte, reader, greeter, usher, Sunday School teacher, member of the altar guild, choir, finance, fundraising, property, or landscape committees, vestry member, helping with the Farmer’s Market, Penny Social, coffee hour, etc. Let us know what is moving your heart.  How generous has God been with you this past year?  Can you give more of yourself?  Can you raise the amount of your monetary gift?

We are blessed when we have the courage to step out on faith.  That’s what our predecessors did who founded this church. We stand on their shoulders.

We have enclosed a pledge card where you may indicate what new or continuing ministry you would like to be part of and what your monetary pledge for 2018 will be.  Let us know if you would like envelopes.  Please place your pledge card in the offering plate so that we may pray over them.  Our official Stewardship Sunday will be December 3rd, the First Sunday of Advent.

Thank you for your faithful service and generosity of spirit.  God loves a cheerful giver!  May you be blessed with the mind and heart of Christ in this season of giving.

Yours in Christ,

Vicki+

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota
Priest-in-Charge
Saint John’s Getty Square