Thursday, April 12, 2018

From Mother Vicki

From Mother Vicki

“He is risen, he is risen! Tell it out with joyful voice:
He has burst his three days’ prison; let the whole wide earth rejoice:
 death is conquered, we are free, Christ has won the victory.”
Hymn 180 Words by Cecil Frances Alexander (1818-1895)

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

As we approach the Third Sunday of Easter, we continue to sing wonderful Easter hymns that rejoice in the great gift of Christ’s resurrection.  I appreciate the clarity and simplicity of their language: “Death is conquered, we are free, Christ has won the victory!”

We are so proud of our artistic congregation members!  Two of them, Philip Feller and Deborah Holcombe, currently have paintings included in the 10th Annual Yonkers Artist Showcase 2018 at the Riverfront Art Gallery (the fourth floor of the Yonkers Riverfront Library).  Their work will be displayed through May 27 th. There is a First Thursday Gallery Hop Reception at this gallery on Thursday, May 3rd from 5:30-7:30 p.m., a great way to enjoy the art and meet the artists!

We are also delighted with our Boy Scout Troop 4.  They just won the Best Scout Marching Unit Parade Board Trophy at the Yonkers Saint Patrick’s Day March!  It even said in Yonkers Rising, “Boy Scout Troop 4-St. John’s Episcopal Church.”  Congratulations to Scoutmaster Doug Cummings and Bettye Malone, and to all of the wonderful young men in our scout troop!

Don’t forget about our lay led Bible Study on Sundays between the services (9:20 – 10:05 a.m.) in the Library.  This is a smart and enthusiastic group!  Feel free to drop in any Sunday.  For more information, please contact Jen Longley (jenlongley@att.net)  or Tara Seeley (taramseeley@gmail.com).

I am very excited that we are beginning a course of study entitled “Via Media”, or “The Middle Way.”  This is a course that was very popular when I led it at the Cathedral of Saint John the Divine.  It includes videos and hand-outs that are helpful to understanding more about faith and the Episcopal Church, as well as small group discussions.  The eight classes will be offered on Monday nights beginning in May (see below for specific dates).  Please let me know if you are interested or if you know someone who might be interested (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

Our next big service is Pentecost Sunday, May 20th.   Both choirs will be singing, along with our wonderful tenor soloist (who last sang with us on Easter Sunday) Jason Slayden.  I am happy to meet with adults who might be interested in the Sacrament of Baptism, seekers who might wish to find out more about Baptism, or parents who want their child to be baptized on that Sunday.  Both the Saint John’s Children’s Choir (from 4:30 – 5:15 p.m.) and the Saint John’s Festival Choir (5:45 – 6:30 p.m.) will be rehearsing Wednesdays from April 18th through Wednesday, May 16th in preparation for Pentecost Sunday.  It is not too late to join us!  Contact me at mothervsirota@gmail.com if you are interested in Baptism or joining our choir.

Please hold Father John Hamilton in your prayers this week as he is installed as Rector of Saint Elizabeth of Hungary Episcopal Church, Dahlonega, Georgia on Wednesday, April 18th at 6 p.m. (see below for more information).  Congratulations to Father John and prayers for beautiful weather so that the service does not have to be rescheduled again!

This Sunday, we will be singing Hymn 180 as we process into the church.  The last verse is,

“He is risen, he is risen! He hath opened heaven’s gate: we are free from sin’s dark prison,
risen to a holier state; and a brighter Easter beam on our longing eyes shall stream.”
“Alleluia!  Christ is Risen!
The Lord is risen indeed, Alleluia!”

Easter blessings and joy,
The Rev. Canon Victoria Sirota


If you have ever been curious about the ins and outs of the Episcopal Church, here is your chance to finally learn more.  Saint John’s Getty Square is hosting an exciting program called Via Media (“The Middle Way”) that promises to shine light on everything you have felt you have been left in the dark about.

Learn more about your faith.  Via Media is an educational tool meant to keep members of the Episcopal Church informed about their faith and give seekers the opportunity to learn about the Episcopal Church.  With insightful videos featuring well-known theologians and open discussion, the Via Media approach is a unique way to get people passionate and excited about the Episcopal tradition.

There are eight sessions to this course.  We will be meeting in the Library on Monday evenings, from 7 – 8:30 p.m. on May 7 and 21; June 4, 11, and 25; July 9 and 23; and September 10.  This class will provide preparation for adults to be confirmed, received or reaffirmed with Bishop Mary Glasspool on Sunday, September 23, 2018, or simply to find out more about your faith and the Episcopal Church.  For more information please contact Mother Vicki+ (mothervsirota@gmail.com; 914 969 2969).

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