The parishioners of St. John’s Church have been blessed to have Reverend Gwyneth MacKenzie Murphy as our Interim Rector for the last fifteen months. Arriving shortly before Easter 2018, Rev. G brought many years of experience with helping parishes in transition.
Early in her tenure Rev. G reached out to parishioners and offered pastoral care, meeting the needs of individuals and groups as they navigated their various feelings and insecurities during this time. And during her fifteen months several very beloved parishioners passed away and Rev. G deeply supported the families and friends.
Rev. G brought a great deal of wisdom which she shared with the Vestry, the Executive Committee and the Search Committee. When the search process began, she met with the Search Committee to talk about the actual roles she performed as a priest at St. John’s. She repeated this conversation with the Vestry during the finalist interview process.
While helping the parish to begin healing and looking forward, Rev. G simultaneously helped to keep traditional events continuing while growing new programs. She helped sustainability initiatives to get started while talking about stewardship of the Earth. She led multiple book groups scheduled at times when folks could attend. She introduced people to the New Zealand Prayer Book as well as contemporary spiritual poetry. A Contemplative Prayer Group was formed. She hired Ms. Chris Palmer to help with technology and the Chimes was reborn and the service leaflet became more comprehensive. She strengthened relationships with neighboring Episcopal churches and prepared us to be open to the leadership of a new rector!
We celebrated Rev. G on Sunday, June 23 after the 10 o’clock Service with a special coffee hour coordinated by Betsy Bradley. Rev. G's last Sunday with us will be June 30, and then she will head off to a retreat house followed by leading a pilgrimage to Scotland.
We are so very grateful for all that Gwyneth has done for us. Her humor, her deep spirituality, her leadership, her wisdom and her generosity will be missed. You will remain in our prayers, Rev. G, and we wish you joy and peace.
Robin Ingram, for the Vestry and Parish
2019 EASTER APPEAL
We are pleased to inform the community of St. John's that the Easter Appeal campaign to support the Life Skills Coordinator for Lifting Up Westchester has resulted in donations totaling $21,190!
Thank you to all who contributed to this very worthy cause.
Fun Times at the Parish Picnic!
We were blessed with beautiful weather at this year's parish picnic! Families and friends came together to celebrate not only Pentecost Sunday, but also fellowship within our community. Children played water games, teenagers tended to their Confirmation garden, volunteers cooked and a good time was had by all! This was the first year where we had both compost and recycling bins in addition to trash and because we used only compostable paper products & cutlery, we greatly reduced our trash (there was only one bag!). Melissa Pierson set up a Midnight Run sign-up table so truly, stewardship was a way of life this year as we continue to care for our planet, our greater community and one another.
Sign up to host our summer fellowship after the 9:00 am service!
Any cold beverage (lemonade, seltzer, water) will be a welcome refreshment when served on the driveway after the 9:00 am service. It's easy to do, just bring the beverage of your choice, set up the card table, and pour - all other supplies are provided. Fruit or food is totally optional. Please contact the parish office with any questions.
Click here for the signup. Thanks!
Amy Jaswal and Jackie Plumez have been asked to reintroduce the popular column telling good news about parishioners at St. John's. We are asking everyone to be our reporters and tell us good news about themselves, friends and families. We'd love to share in your joy! Please email any good news to Jackie Plumez, Amy Jaswel, or firstname.lastname@example.org. Thanks!
Dana O'Keefe, daughter of Cathy and Bill O'Keefe and granddaughter of the late Marilyn "Mouse" Liebenguth, was married to Zachary Stein on June 8, 2019 in Port Jervis, New York.
PJ Massey, son of Gretchen and Paul Massey, was married to Lexi Weatherbie at St. Albans church in Cape Elizabeth, Maine. PJ and Lexi are living in Larchmont temporarily.
Julia Melrose, daughter of Patricia and David Melrose, was married to Stephen Connor.
MHS Senior Enjoys Internship at St. John's Nursery School