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Thursday, January 17, 2019

The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Celebration of the Life and Legacy of The Rev. Martin Luther King, Jr.






"Where do we go from here?"
Last Presidential Address from Martin Luther King, Jr. 

at the Annual Meeting of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference, Ebenezer Baptist Church, Atlanta, GA, 16 August 1967 

And so, I conclude by saying today that we have a task, and let us go out with a “divine dissatisfaction”.

Let us be dissatisfied until America will no longer have a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds.

Let us be dissatisfied until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort from the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice.

Let us be dissatisfied until those who live on the outskirts of hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security.

Let us be dissatisfied until slums are cast into the junk heaps of history, and every family will live in a decent, sanitary home.

Let us be dissatisfied until the dark yesterdays of segregated schools will be transformed into bright tomorrows of quality integrated education.

Let us be dissatisfied until integration is not seen as a problem but as an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity.

Let us be dissatisfied until men and women, however black they may be, will be judged on the basis of the content of their character, not on the basis of the color of their skin.

Let us be dissatisfied.

Let us be dissatisfied until every state capitol will be housed by a governor who will do justly, who will love mercy, and who will walk humbly with his God.

Let us be dissatisfied until from every city hall, justice will roll down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream.

Let us be dissatisfied until that day when the lion and the lamb shall lie down together, and every man will sit under his own vine and fig tree, and none shall be afraid.

Let us be dissatisfied, and men will recognize that out of one blood God made all men to dwell upon the face of the earth.

Let us be dissatisfied until that day when nobody will shout, "White Power!" when nobody will shout, "Black Power!" but everybody will talk about God's power and human power.

From Mother Vicki

"Where do we go from here?"
"So, I conclude by saying again today that we have a task and let us go out with a 'divine dissatisfaction.'
Let us be dissatisfied until America will no longer have a high blood pressure of creeds and an anemia of deeds.
Let us be dissatisfied until the tragic walls that separate the outer city of wealth and comfort and the inner city of poverty and despair shall be crushed by the battering rams of the forces of justice.
Let us be dissatisfied until those that live on the outskirts of hope are brought into the metropolis of daily security.
Let us be dissatisfied until slums are cast into the junk heaps of history, and every family is living in a decent sanitary home.
Let us be dissatisfied until the dark yesterdays of segregated schools will be transformed into bright tomorrows of quality, integrated education.
Let us be dissatisfied until integration is not seen as a problem but as an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity."

Martin Luther King Jr.
 at the 1967 Annual Meeting of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

This Second Sunday after the Epiphany, as we celebrate Jesus' first miracle of changing water into wine at a wedding in Cana, we also remember the life and witness of Martin Luther King Jr., who was born 90 years ago.  The Season of Epiphany is a season of light, wonder and revelation.  As Jesus says in Luke 17:21, "The kingdom of God is among you."

Martin Luther King Jr. came to understand his prophetic role in the Civil Rights movement through the lens of scripture.  As a Baptist preacher, he knew his Bible, and used powerful Biblical imagery to underscore the injustice that was all around him.  This passage about having "divine dissatisfaction" feels surprisingly appropriate today as we look at the struggles that continue between peoples based solely on skin color, as well as between the rich and the poor, the haves and the have-nots.  How do we view our society today?  King reminds us that the first step is to feel "divine dissatisfaction"--to understand profoundly that what continues to happen in the world around us is not what God intended.  King sees integration as, "an opportunity to participate in the beauty of diversity."  Seeing the world through God's eyes allows us to work towards a vision that is far greater than our own, to imagine possibilities that clearly need God's help in order to happen.  Our weak prayer life is seriously challenged!

We are thrilled to announce our Sunday, February 10th Concert at 3 p.m. of Beethoven and Mendelssohn string quartets as part of our ongoing fundraising effort to restore the Clerestory Windows.  The flyer is attached.  Please feel free to forward this to your friends, family and colleagues.  These four young people are outstanding musicians and are blessing us with the gift of their music-making in order to help our efforts to raise money for this restoration.  We are very grateful!  Tickets, $25 for adults and $20 for seniors and students, may be purchased on our website through PayPal (yonkerschurch.org) or at the door.  If you are interested in helping publicize this event, please join us for a meeting this Sunday, January 20th at noon in the Church Office.

Thanks to The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, who preached and celebrated last Sunday while Bob and I visited our children in Los Angeles. Our daughter Nadia's concert "Living Music LIVE" at the Ace Hotel was thrilling, and the time we spent with Jonah and Nadia precious.

We are in the process of sending out your 2018 statement of giving for IRS purposes.  If you have any questions, please feel free to call the office at 914 963 3033.

May our "divine dissatisfaction" with the inequities in our society result in aAnchor deepening prayer life, a greater love for all people, and a pointed clarity about what we choose to do to allow justice to "roll down like waters and righteousness like a mighty stream."  Let us be dissatisfied until everybody is talking about "God's power and human power."

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

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Tickets

Save the Date




Saint John's Episcopal Church Getty Square
Candlelight Concert Series
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3 p.m.

Beethoven’s String Quartet in G Major, Op. 18 No. 2

Mendelssohn’s String Quartet in a minor, Op. 13

Jessica Park & Chiara Stauffer, violins
Judith Insell, viola
Benjamin Larsen, cello


Refreshments following in the Narthex

Saint John’s Church is located at the corner of Hudson Street and South Broadway
The proceeds from this Benefit Concert support the
Stained Glass Restoration Fund
Tickets ($25 & $20 for students & seniors) may be purchased at the door
& through PayPal at yonkerschurch.org.

For more information, contact the Parish Office
914 963 3033 or parish@yonkerschurch.org

JESSICA PARK, VIOLIN

Praised as an “exceptional talent” by the Frankfurter Neue Presse, violinist Jessica Park captivates audiences from New York to Seoul with a diverse and compelling array of solo and chamber music performances. Equally at home on both modern and baroque violins, Ms. Park is in high demand as an interpreter of baroque, classical, and contemporary repertoire. 

Jessica Park can be heard performing with the country’s premier period instrument ensembles, including the Handel and Haydn Society, Trinity Baroque Orchestra, and New York Baroque Incorporated; as well as contemporary ensemblesAnchor like the American Composers Orchestra, Mise-En Ensemble, and Ensemble LPR. In 2017, Ms. Park founded the Cramer Quartet, a period instrument string quartet performing classical and early romantic works.
 
A native of Cincinnati, Ms. Park moved to New York City to attend the Juilliard School. Ms. Park’s principal teachers include Mark Steinberg, Ronald Copes, Hyo Kang, and Robert Mealy. 

CHIARA FASANI STAUFFER

Juilliard School. As a baroque violinist she has performed with groups such as Apollo’s Fire and the Washington Bach Consort.Swiss violinist Chiara Fasani Stauffer enjoys playing music ranging from the Baroque to the twenty-first century and has had the privilege of performing across three continents. Since relocating to the US in 2012, Ms. Fasani co-founded Time Canvas, a trio performing chamber music and improvisation. In Cleveland she played with the chamber orchestra CityMusic Cleveland and the new music group FiveOne Experimental Orchestra. Most recently Ms. Fasani has been pursuing a second master’s degree in Historical Performance at The
JUDITH INSELL, VIOLA

t collaborations include performances/recordings with Beyonce, India.Arie, Joe, Roberta Flack, Dead Presidents, John Cale, Suzanne Vega, the New Jersey Symphony, The National Chorale Orchestra, Lee Konitz, McCoy Tyner, Greg Osby, Miquel Zenon, Larry Harlow, and Elio Villafranca.Judith Insell is an active violist on the classical, jazz, Broadway, rock and pop music scenes. She is currently a member of the Greenwich Symphony, has played for numerous orchestras in Broadway shows including: Les Miserable (25th Anniversary Edition), A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder, An American in Paris, and performs regularly as a jazz violist worldwide. Pas

As a Music Education Administrator, Ms. Insell is currently the Director of the School for Performing Arts at Bronx House and has previously held the positions of Director of Music Programs for Bronx Arts Ensemble, Director of Music at the Harlem School of the Arts and Assistant Director of Instrumental Studies at Mannes College, The New School for Music.

 
BEN LARSEN, CELLO

and provides the opportunity to work closely with composers of various generational and cultural backgrounds.  He has also performed alongside members of the Emerson, American, Chiara and Tokyo quartets, as wells as Daniel Epstein, Vicky Chow, Ian Rosenbaum, Eriko Sato and Linda Chesis.Anchor which is comprised of eight commissioned works by eight different composers for Flute-Cello duo.  The project promotes the genrePieces of Eight,Martha Cargo, and in the projects that he spearheads, working with some of today’s most notable composers, including Robert Sirota, Reena Esmail, Tania Leon, Ke-Chia Chen and many others.  In 2016, Larsen launched a project with flutist Concerts on the SlopeKnown for the energy he brings to his playing cellist Benjamin Larsen has forged a reputation as an avid chamber musician in the New York City area.  His knack for adventurous programming comes through in his work as Artistic Director of the series
Mr. Larsen is a graduate of Manhattan School of Music, where he was the recipient of the Hans and Klara Bauer Scholarship, as well as the 2011 Pablo Casals Award.  His past mentors have included Julia Lichten, David Finckel and Eric Dahlin, as well as lessons with Marta Istomin and Bonnie Hampton.  He spent a year playing with the band The Left Banke, and attended summer festivals including Pacific Music Festival, Norfolk Chamber Music Festival, Music@Menlo, and Castleman’s Quartet Program.  In addition to his busy performance schedule, he holds a private teaching studio in addition to faculty positions at Music School of Westchester, DZ Strad Violin Shop and Florentine Music School.  He plays on a 19th century anonymous cello.

Annual Meeting

Save the Date!
 Sunday, February 24 following the 10:15 Eucharist



Announcements, Calendar and Intercessions

Weekly Service Schedule
Sundays
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I and coffee hour
10:15 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite II and coffee hour
Wednesdays
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, 6:30-8 pm, Troop 4 Boy Scouts,
Tuesdays, Saturdays, 7-9 pm, Spanish AA,


Sunday January 20, Second Sunday after the Epiphany and Martin Luther King Celebration
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
Sunday, January 20, Noon, Fundraiseing Conert Committee, Church Office
The Church Office will be closed on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
Tuesday, January 22, 6:30 PM, Finance Committee in the Church Office
Wednesday, January 23, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, January 23, 6:30 PM, Vestry Meeting in the Guild Room
Saturday, January 26, 9:30 AM to 1:30 PM Order of Urban Missioners, Guild Room. Mass at 12:30 PM in the Lady Chapel.

Sunday January 27, Third Sunday after the Epiphany
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
Wednesday, January 30, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study

Sunday February 3, Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany, Boy Scout Sunday
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
Sunday, February 3, 12:30 PM, Penny Social in the Parish Hall
Wednesday, February 6, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Saturday, February 9, 10:30 AM, Absalom Jones Service at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine, Amsterdam Ave & 112 St.

Sunday February 10, Fourth Sunday after the Epiphany
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota, Celebrant & Preacher
Sunday, February 10, 3 PM, Candlelight Concert Series, String Quartet
Monday, February 11, 6:30 PM, Executive Committee in the Church Office
Wednesday, February 13, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study
Wednesday, February 13, 6:30 PM, Nominating Committee, in the Church Office


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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.

January Birthdays and Anniversaries: Elaine Williams, 12-Jan; Jane Metzger, 13-Jan; Malik DeBride, 16-Jan; Deborah Holcombe, 17-Jan; Ralph Tremonte, 17-Jan; Tara Seeley, 21-Jan; Christian Akhtar, 23-Jan; Marion Eich, 28-Jan; Mary & Francis Owens, 31-Jan Wedding Anniversary

We thank you, Lord, for all the blessings of this life, 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.
 

We hold in our prayers: We hold in our prayers: Carla Jean DeBride, Val DeBride, The Rev. Canon Tom Orso, The Rev. Kathleen Berkowe, Aida Carino, John Afionian, Charlotte Avallone, John Alexander, Lara Pilla, Judy Quick, Donna Doyle, Tom O’Connor, Nancy Headley, John Gore, Verna Dore, Luther Smith, Marie Baptiste, Ellen Partipiano, Helene Wright, Ruby Dixon, Joan Smith, David Kesslinger, Carol Shoemaker, William Sheridan, Neil Parkey, Elyse Gierlich, Denise Edwards, Phyllis Jackson, Kevin Kidd, Tom Cacavio, Stephen Kubasek, The Rev. Leonard Klein, Laurie and Kyle Stewart, Mary Kowalski, Harriette Forster, Hope Mackey, Fatima Mishk, Kimberly DeShon, Shelley Henderson, Monica Harmon, Ralph Tremonte, and The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson. We pray for Anthony Johnson as he continues his diaconal discernment, for those impacted by natural disasters throughout the world, for tighter gun control, for those in war-torn countries, and for our President, Congress and our country, for those impacted by the government shutdown, for our first responders and military, and for all refugees and immigrants, especially the children.

We pray for those who have died that they may have a place in your eternal kingdom including…Clifford Usher, Anthony Muranelli, and those who have diedAnchor the world over from war, terrorism, and natural disasters, 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

Service Ministers
Sunday January 20, Second Sunday after Epiphany
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Karen Lorence
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Anthony Johnson
10a Euch. Min                       Omar Lammie
10a Euch. Min                       Peter Walsh
Sunday School                     Deborah DeBride
Greeters                                 Shelley Henderson, C Hanchard, A Tracey
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         A Davis, V Crichton, P LaMotey

 Sunday January 27, Third Sunday after Epiphany
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Chris Canty
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Denise Hackl
10a Euch. Min                       Tara Seeley
10a Euch. Min                       Anthony Johnson
Sunday School                     Lati Smith
Greeters                                 M Owens, C Canty, Jen Longley
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, L Brown
Coffee Hour                         V Debride, A Carino, M Harmon

Sunday February 3, Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
8a Reader                             George Morrison
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Edith Williams
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Chris Michel Karsten
10a Euch. Min                       Omar Lammie
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     Shelley Henderson
Greeters                                E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                         A Tracey, M Harmon, M Eich
Coffee Hour                         N Henderson, L Brown, H Hutchinson, D Hackl

Sunday February 3, Fourth Sunday after Epiphany
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Shelley Henderson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Karen Lawrence
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah DeBride
10a Euch. Min                       Denise Hackl
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                               S Henderson, C Hanchard, A Tracey
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, L Brown
Coffee Hour                         S. Henderson, M. Owens,
                                                V Johnson, C Hanchard