Thursday, January 10, 2019

From Mother Vicki

Collect for The First Sunday after the Epiphany: The Baptism of Our Lord
Father in heaven, who at the baptism of Jesus in the River Jordan proclaimed him your beloved Son and anointed him with the Holy Spirit: Grant that all who are baptized into his
Name may keep the covenant they have made, and boldly confess him as Lord and Savior; who with you and the Holy Spirit lives and reigns, one God, in glory everlasting. Amen.
Book of Common Prayer, p. 214

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

During the beginning of this season of Epiphany--of God being revealed--we lift up three moments when Jesus was revealed as the Messiah, the Son of God.  The first one we celebrated last Sunday with the arrival of the wise men from the East who followed a star and worshipped the baby Jesus in Bethlehem.  They gave him gifts worthy of Jesus as Christ: gold, frankincense and myrrh.  The second moment we will celebrate this Sunday. After Jesus was baptized in the River Jordan by John the Baptist, a voice came from heaven saying, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased" (Luke 3:22).  The third moment of revelation we will lift up on January 20th is Jesus's first miracle, changing water into wine at a wedding feast.  God is revealed; "God in man made manifest."  This is what the season of Epiphany is about, the revelation that God is present among us.  As Jesus says in Luke 17:21, "The kingdom of God is among you."

Our Wednesdays, Our Service of Healing and Holy Eucharist has begun again.  We meet at 12:05 p.m. in the Lady Chapel, off to the right side in the Sanctuary.  After the service, there is a light lunch followed by Bible Study of the next Sunday's readings at 1:30 p.m. in the Guild Room.  Please feel free to join this lively and engaging group!

I am delighted to announce that we will be having a Concert of two string quartets (Beethoven and Mendelssohn) as part of our ongoing fundraising effort to restore our Clerestory Windows on Sunday, February 10 at 3 p.m.  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 are $25 for adults and $15 for seniors and students, and may be purchased by PayPal or at the door.

Our wonderful Priest Associate, The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson, will preach and celebrate this coming Sunday, January 13th at both services while Bob and I visit our children in Los Angeles. Our daughter Nadia is hosting a new podcast concert entitled "Living Music LIVE" on Saturday night at the Ace Hotel.  We're thrilled that we will be able to be present!

Prayers for us all, and for our country, that during this season of Epiphany, God's light shining in the darkness may reveal Christ's love to the world.

In Christ and with love,
The Rev. Canon Victoria R. Sirota

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Save the Date!

Save the Date!
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 3 PM
Candlelight Concert Series
Beethoven and Mendelssohn String Quartets

Saint John’s Church is located at the corner of Hudson Street and South Broadway
The proceeds from this Benefit Concert
support the Restoration of our Clerestory Windows

Tickets ($25 and $15) may be purchased through PayPal on our website, yonkerschurch.org or at the door

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

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 Julliard School. Ms. Park’s principal teachers include Mark Steinberg, Ronald Copes, Hyo Kang, and Robert Mealy. 

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 Julliard School. As a baroque violinist she has performed with groups such as Apollo’s Fire and the Washington Bach Consort.
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. Past 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.

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.
Known 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 Concerts on the Slope 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 Martha Cargo, Pieces of Eight, which is comprised of eight commissioned works by eight different composers for Flute-Cello duo.  The project promotes the genreAnchor 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.

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.

Announcements, Calendar and Intercessions

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, 6:30-8 pm, Troop 4 Boy Scouts,
Tuesdays, Saturdays, 7-9 pm, Spanish AA,

Sunday January 13, First Sunday after the Epiphany, The Baptism of our Lord
8:00 AM: Holy Eucharist Rite I; 10:15 AM: Rite II Eucharist with Music
The Rev. Canon Claudia Wilson Celebrant & Preacher
Monday, January 14, Executive Committee meeting at 6:30 PM in the Church Office
Wednesday, January 16, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study

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
The Church Office will be closed on Monday, January 21 for Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
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, 12:300 PM, Penny Social in the Guild Room
Wednesday, February 6, 12:05 PM Healing Eucharist, Light Lunch follows, 1:30 PM Bible Study

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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: 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…
Judy Steklas Baliscak in whose memory the altar flowers and sanctuary lamp are offered, 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

Sunday January 13, First Sunday after Epiphany
8a Reader                             Kenneth Leacock
10a Reader 1st Lesson        Vera Johnson
10a Reader 2nd Lesson       Deborah  DeBride
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah  DeBride
10a Euch. Min                       Deborah Holcombe
Sunday School                     Jen Longley
Greeters                                E Williams, D Hackl
Altar Society                         H Hutchinson, L Brown
Coffee Hour                         S. Henderson, M. Owens, V Johnson,
                                             C Hanchard

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's Gospel

Sunday's Gospel Reading
Luke 3:15-17, 21-22

As the people were filled with expectation, and all were questioning in their hearts concerning John, whether he might be the Messiah, John answered all of them by saying, "I baptize you with water; but one who is more powerful than I is coming; I am not worthy to untie the thong of his sandals. He will baptize you with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fork is in his hand, to clear his threshing floor and to gather the wheat into his granary; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire."

Now when all the people were baptized, and when Jesus also had been baptized and was praying, the heaven was opened, and the Holy Spirit descended upon him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven, "You are my Son, the Beloved; with you I am well pleased.

Thursday, January 3, 2019

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.