Thursday, June 1, 2017

From Mother Vicki
22 June 2017

Collect for Cities 

Heavenly Father, in your Word you have given us a vision of that holy City to which the nations of the world bring their glory: Behold and visit, we pray, the cities of the earth. Renew the ties of mutual regard which form our civic life. Send us honest and able leaders. Enable us to eliminate poverty, prejudice, and oppression, that peace may prevail with righteousness, and justice with order, and that men and women from different cultures and with differing talents may find with one another the fulfillment of their humanity; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. 

BCP, p. 825 

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

In Genesis 9:13, God said, “I have set my bow in the clouds, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” During our Vestry meeting on Monday night, June 19, after a day of squalls and violent rain storms, the most beautiful rainbow appeared above Saint John’s. Angie Piwinski ran outside and took this stunning photo—totally untouched up! We felt blessed by God as we talked and prayed over our stewardship of this church, our care and concerns for groups and individuals, and ideas for the future. May God bless our ministry in Getty Square and in this great city of Yonkers!

If you are free today, June 22, at 4:30 p.m., please join me as I give the Invocation for the Flag Raising Ceremony sponsored by Mayor Mike Spano and Members of the Yonkers LGBTQ Advisory Board at the Unity Plaza, Yonkers City Hall with a reception to follow. In a world that feels increasingly hostile, it is a joy to support our LGBTQ brothers and sisters for the freedoms we all cherish, for the great gift of diversity and for God’s love for all.

Four of us--Carol Craft, Debbie DeBride, George Morrison and myself--will be attending a dinner tonight, June 22, at Andalusia School sponsored by the Muslim-American Society of Upper New York to celebrate breaking fast from Ramadan, the Islamic holy month. We are pleased to be invited to this interfaith gathering.

Our Farmer’s Market begins on Thursday July 6th at 8 a.m.! We have new banners and are beginning to spread the word. Please plan to join us in the parking lot and on our grounds as we celebrate the return of our wonderful farmers from upstate who sell fresh fruits and vegetables, as well as our other great venders. It’s not too late to donate gently used clothing, tools and kitchen utensils in good condition for our Rummage Sale! Donation forms for tax purposes are available in the church office. For more information email George Morrison at georgemcneil170@gmail.com

Our first class using the DVD presentation and workbook for Jim Wallis’s Justice for the Poor: Love God, Serve People, Change the World took place on Tuesday night. We have a terrific group. There is room for a few more if you are interested! We meet next on Monday night, July 3. We gather in the Church Office (it’s air conditioned!) at 6:30 p.m., watch the 20-minute DVD in the library, and then continue the discussion in the Office. Let me know if you are interested. The other classes are on Thursday, July 6, Tuesday, July 11, Tuesday, July 18 and Tuesday, July 25 from 6:30 – 8 p.m. Feel free to join us even if you can’t make every session; the workbook will fill you in on whatever you have to miss. This is definitely a very exciting and stimulating course!

Our next Outreach Committee Meeting is on Monday, July 10th at 7 p.m. in the Church Office. We have begun to add special prayers for Getty Square in our Sunday worship, praying that the Holy Spirit will guide us and watch over us in this process of discernment for our calling to be Christ’s hands and feet in Getty Square. Please let me know if you would like to join this committee (mothervsirota@gmail.com).

On Sunday, July 16th, our 10:15 a.m. Service of Worship will be celebrated outside at the Center for the Urban River at Beczak (35 Alexander Street, Yonkers 10701). We will also be inviting our friends and neighbors from the other Yonkers Episcopal Churches to join us in a Pot Luck Picnic from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Please spread the word!

May the peace of God which transcends all human understanding keep your hearts and minds in the knowledge and love of God and of his Son Jesus Christ our Lord; and the blessing of God Almighty, the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit, be among y0u, and remain with you always. Amen.

In Christ and with love,

The Reverend Canon Victoria Sirota

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