Chimes October 2019

Rev. Lisa snapped this shot of a beautiful early Fall day.

In this issue

  • Welcome to The Rev. Lisa & Kirk Mason!
  • A Message from Rev. Lisa
  • Our New Prayer Nook
  • Stewardship News
  • Summer Outreach: Bridges to Community Trip
  • E-Mail Contact Lists
  • Blessing of the Animals
  • ECW Fall Coffee
  • Save These Dates
  • It's Almost Time for the Christmas Bazaar
  • Good News!
  • Recipe of the Month
Welcome Rev. Lisa!

St. John's Welcomed Our Ninth Rector, The Rev. Lisa P. Mason and her husband, Kirk, to the St. John's Family on September 15, 2019.

Check out this article in the Larchmont Patch.

The ECW hosted a lovely reception for the community after the 10:00 am service.

Open Doors, Open hearts

A message from Rev. Lisa

From my first conversation with the search committee, I knew in my heart that St. John’s was, and is, a welcoming parish. From the carefully crafted questions asked of me by the search committee and later, the vestry, I knew this was a place and a people who loved God and each other. The rectory was made ready for our arrival, and the staff reached out to introduce themselves before my first staff meeting. My husband, Kirk, and I experienced both open doors and open hearts from the minute we arrived. While we are still learning our way around the area, and more importantly, getting to know the people who are St. John’s, we feel very much at home. Thank you for that; it means more than you will ever know.

You all are a parish who is faithful, courageous, and discerning. You have a long history filled with much love and some deeply challenging times. You are strong and you continue to love your church family deeply with open hearts. You are proud, in a healthy way, about the work you do as a church to make a difference in this community and beyond, and I sense a deep anticipation and hunger to learn all that God has in store for all of us. Thank you for entrusting me to be your 9th rector; I am honored and excited for the present day and for the shared years ahead.

Peace, Rev. Lisa+

Gus and Babette were fast friends!
Have You Seen Our New Prayer Nook?

The landing in the left staircase leading up to the balcony in Murray Hall is now set up as a place for prayer or quiet conversation. There is a prayer book, bible, and a few devotional resources. There are also some of my personal icons. In addition to the sanctuary, please feel free to use this room when you are searching for a time and place to be still and know that God is always present.

Our new prayer nook

Stewardship News

St. John's Makes A Difference!

The 2020 St. John’s Stewardship Campaign kicked off with a celebration on October 5th at the lovely home of George and Susan Matelich. Our St. John’s teenagers were instrumental in our evening with Tim, Sebastian, and Jem greeting parishioners at the door and Alex taking coats, while Maddie, Theo, Emily and Penelope helped serve the evening’s fare. We were thankful to celebrate with many parishioners, seeing some old faces and meeting new ones! The celebration kicked off the many ways St. John’s makes a difference in our lives and in the lives of others around us.

Thanks to the generous support of the St. John’s community, this congregation offers time, talent and programs to make a difference not only in our lives, but in the lives of the community around us. This time of year we reach out and ask for financial support in the way of making a pledge to St. John’s. You should have received the Stewardship 2020 mailing, including a pledge card. If you have not, there are pledge cards in the front and back of the church, or you can pledge online by clicking here.

We hope that you will thoughtfully and prayerfully reflect on the information sent to you from the Stewardship Committee, including information about how you can empower St. John’s to continue making a difference in your life, that of the community, and beyond.

Stewardship Series

Throughout our Stewardship Season, different people from St. John's will share their own reflections about how St. John's is making a difference in their lives.

On Sunday, October 6, Penelope Hall shared at both services how St. John’s has made a difference in her life and also how St. John’s has provided programs, including the Jr. Choir and Beyond Our Walls, for her to make a difference in the lives of others. On Sunday, October 13, Junior Warden, Paul Schwendener shared how St. John's has been making a difference in his family's life since he and his family started attending St. John’s and all the joy they’ve experienced, from Sunday School to helping with the Midnight Run.

Over the month of October, parishioners Peter Bennitt, Wendy McFee and Michael Raso will be sharing how St. John’s has made a difference in their lives. Click here to visit our Sermons page and listen to these wonderful reflections each week. And in the Parish Hall you will find stories by parishioners sharing how St. John’s makes a difference posted around the room.

How Your Pledge Furthers Our Mission

Come learn what your financial stewardship means in the life of your church. How is it spent? We will offer two sessions: Sunday, October 20, immediately following the 10:00 am service, and Thursday, October 24 at the rectory from 7:30-9:00 pm. All are welcome!

A beautiful autumn day at St. John's

Summer Outreach

St. John’s Family and Friends Group Makes Its 13th Service Trip with Bridges to Community

By Linnet Tse

Day 1 of the trip, at the work site.

2019 marks the thirteenth time that members of St. John’s Church have taken a service trip with Chappaqua-based Bridges to Community (BTC) to build houses, and the second time to the Dominican Republic.

BTC, a community development and service-learning organization that promotes cross-cultural partnerships and sustainable community development, began its work in Nicaragua in 1993 and expanded to the DR a little over six years ago. St. John’s has made eleven trips to Nicaragua, switching to the Dominican Republic last year after political unrest in Nicaragua caused Bridges to temporarily suspend volunteer work in that country. Over the years, Bridges has developed a sustainable and replicable community development program in both countries focused on four key areas: housing, health, education and economic development.

This year, the 9-person St. John’s Family and Friends contingent was joined by members of McLean Baptist Church (VA). The 16-person team traveled to La Guama, a rural 1,500-person community in the western side of the country in the San Juan Province, about a three-hour drive west of the capital Santo Domingo.

During their five-day stay in La Guama, the team lived in the community and worked side by side with local masons and community members. Volunteers gained an appreciation for what life is like in the impoverished community of La Guama, where there is no running water and 60% of the people live under the poverty level.

The group built a cinderblock house for 56-year old Gumercindo La Pax and his family, which includes his wife, several daughters and grandchildren. Their old home was a tin structure which was in very poor condition with a leaky roof and dirt floors that eroded in the rain. The BTC team built the family a 6 x 8 metre cinderblock home with a tile floor and metal roof to provide a safe and sturdy home, fulfilling what the family thought was an impossible dream. In addition, they painted two other houses, and mixed and poured a cement floor for a fourth house.

This was the 8th house-building trip for parishioners Frank Pierson and Linnet Tse, both of whom are on the Board of Bridges to Community. The trip was 16-year old Tim Bennitt’s second. (He and his dad, Pete Bennitt and older sister Abby went to Nicaragua in 2017.)

Final day, house dedication

The Bridges experience has had a significant impact on Tim. He says, “The Bridges trips are eye-opening. [Before traveling with Bridges,] I knew that there are areas of the world that live in poverty, but to see it and experience it is completely different…I feel like [many] people in the US know about the poverty that exists in the world, but they don’t feel like they can do anything to help. Going on a Bridges trip will change [their] minds about that. I have truly felt that I am doing something to help others. . . It is so satisfying to know that what we did will last a long time. Building a house for a family has an impact on many generations.” According to Tim, “immersing yourself in a new community and culture is one of the best experiences life has to offer. It is an amazing way to break down barriers and open oneself and grow.”

SAVE THE DATE! Our 2020 trip to the Dominican Republic with Bridges to Community is tentatively scheduled for June 27-July 5. For more information, please contact Linnet Tse or Carla Berry.

Update on our E-Mail Contact List

Over the summer, in an effort to maximize the effectiveness of our communications from St. John’s, the staff and a few parishioners carefully reviewed the overall contact information of the congregation. They thoroughly checked the listservs of affinity groups within the parish, such as ECW, the Men’s Group, etc. They also created a list for evites that uses one email per household. For those in the congregation who participate in several ministries, you receive multiple emails in short timeframes, especially as the rhythm of fall picks up. Please know our main goal is to get you the information you need in order to participate more fully in the life of your church.

We also communicate through enews, bulletins, the Chimes newsletter, and bulletin boards around the church.

Our intention is to say, “Please join us in the work God is doing in the community.” If you have contact changes or want to add an email in your household, please contact the parish office.

We are here to make the information you need more accessible!


Rev. Lisa+

Sunday, October 6 - Blessing of the Animals
Friday, October 11 - ECW Fall Coffee

save These Dates

October 20 & October 24 - How Your Pledge Furthers Our Mission

Come learn what your financial stewardship means in the life of your church. How is it spent? We will offer two sessions: Sunday, October 20, immediately following the 10:00 am service, and Thursday, October 24 at the rectory from 7:30-9:00 pm. All are welcome!

Wednesday, October 23, 3:30-5:00 pm - Halloween Fun with the St. Anne's Guild

Please join us for a Halloween craft and treat! Click here to RSVP.

Friday, November 1: St. John's Men's Group Fall Dinner

Please join us for the annual event. This year, we will hold the dinner at a new venue, the Bonnie Briar Country Club. This is a great opportunity to catch up with friends and make new ones, while enjoying an evening of good company, conversation, food, and drink.

The social hour will begin at 6:30 pm, with dinner at 7:30 pm. There will be a cash bar. The cost of dinner will be $60, which includes a glass of wine at dinner. For confidential financial support, please contact Rev. Lisa or Rev. Alissa.

Please RSVP to your Evite, or click here to RSVP. Deadline: Friday, October 25.

Sunday, November 3 - Pledge Sunday

Please plan to join us for festive Sunday worship, followed by coffee hour at 11:30 at the rectory! Pledge cards will also be collected on this day. Please plan to join us.

Friday, November 15, 6:30-8:30 pm - St. John's Preview Party

The Preview Party is a fantastic way for St. John's parishioners to get first dibs on the night before the Bazaar. Light hors d’oeuvres and libations will be served while you take a sneak peek at the array of wonderful items on sale throughout the Bazaar, including the always-popular White Elephant and Collectibles areas. Bid early for your favorite silent auction items and make select purchases ahead of the crowd. The Preview Party is always a terrific evening filled with fellowship and fun.

Activities and pizza for children ages 3 and up will be available in the Undercroft, and babysitting will be available for younger children in the Tot Drop room.

Cost: $20 for adults, $10 for children.

The Preview Party is for St. John’s parishioners and their guests only. Please keep an eye out for the Preview Party Evite.

Saturday, November 16 - St. John's Amazing Christmas Bazaar!

This year, the bazaar promises to delight young and old with treasures galore in a range of categories:

  • White Elephant – Everything from kitchen essentials to quirky, one-of-a-kind must haves.
  • Jewelry – Get your glitter on for the holidays with festive costume jewelry and a selection of fine jewelry pieces.
  • Collectibles – You never know what priceless treasure you’ll find in collectibles!
  • Handcrafts – Come see the amazing handwork of your fellow parishioners. You’ll find one of a kind items that are perfect for holiday gifts. If you would like to share your talent and make something for the handcraft table, please contact Carole Woods.
  • Holiday Home – Beautiful tableware, stunning holiday decorations and other seasonal items are sure to put you and your family in a holiday mood.
  • Children’s Toys and Games – For the kid in you. Find your favorite childhood board game or pick up all those toys your kids have been wishing for at bargain prices.
  • Blazers and Bows – Time to get the kids dressed for the holidays. This area includes gently used festive dresses, and blazers and suits for kids ages 2-12.
  • Electronics and Renewables – Calling all tech-savvy shoppers! Find that much-needed but elusive spare part, or give new life to an electronics item that just needs a little TLC.
  • Sports Equipment and Bikes – Outfit your kids for next season. Everything from hockey gear to soccer cleats…you’ll find it all. A wide assortment of bikes of all sizes, too.
  • Delectable Delights – A variety of delicious homemade baked goods. You’re sure to find a treat to satisfy your sweet tooth. If you would like to contribute a baked good or holiday treat, please contact Deb Campbell (262-2744 or debcampbell57@gmail.com)
  • Café – Join us for Lunch in the Undercroft to enjoy the famous St. John’s chili and a variety of snacks. If you would like to make a pot of chili for the café, please contact Lisa Young.
  • Silent Auction – This is our big money maker, so look in your hearts and closets and consider making a donation. Popular items include vacation homes, tickets to sporting events or Broadway shows, and fabulous gifts that maybe you just don't like (real jewelry, designer purses, Tiffany vases). Please donate before Nov 13. Contact Jackie Plumez who will pick up and store items (834-1982 or careerdoct@aol.com).

Donations will be received at St. John’s as follows:

  • Sunday, November 10th: Noon to 4:00pm
  • Monday, November 11th - Wednesday, November 13th: 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

Remember: We are not accepting books.

Family News

Lucy and Ed Yocum welcomed another grandson, Jack Hamilton Yocum. Grandmother Lucy reports that Jack is "a very cute baby."

Congratulations to The Rev. Deacon Hilary Greene!
The Rev. Deacon Hilary Greene (daughter of The Rev. Dorothy Greene, Priest Associate at St. John's) with the interim (left) at St. Peter’s, Osterville (Cape Cod), and the archdeacon (right) who installed her there as deacon in a ceremony during the 10 a.m. Sunday service on Aug. 4.
Baptism Blessings

Congratulations to the newly baptized, and their families!

Zander Thomas Karlheinz Liekefett

Emma Agnes Atallah

St. Thomas, Mamaroneck Awarded the Good Neighbor Award

Congratulations to the Rev. Carol Gadsden and St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Mamaroneck on being awarded the Good Neighbor Award by the Washingtonville Housing Alliance (WHA) at its recent benefit on October 15. WHA, which is involved with housing initiatives and other supports for lower-income families in the community recognized St. Thomas for the many programs it runs for the Mamaroneck community, including its weekly Brown Bag lunch program.

St. John's Parishioners Do Very Interesting Things!

Kiernan Gallaher was awarded the top cash prize ($250) in an essay contest at the Memorial Day ceremonies in May. The contest was sponsored by The Kemper Memorial Park Preservation Fund. St. John's parishioners are very active in Kemper: Jan Northrup is the President, Margot Chrystal Schnur is Secretary, Susan Amlicke is on the Board of Directors and Burt and Deirdre Corwin recently stepped down from the Board.


Mamaroneck Lions Secretary/Treasurer, Diane Oldham, was featured in a Larchmont Living article commending the Lions Club for providing free vision screenings in the Mamaroneck School District. Phil Oldham is the current Lions President. 


A big double thank you to Lindsay Holton, Alex Demasi, Ava Simko and Daisy Burckin who created an herb garden as part of their confirmation project. Then, at the parish picnic, they invited the children to paint rocks that they placed around the garden. It is the girls' hope that they will grow the garden and a relationship with the parish over the next few years while they are in high school.

The Simko family moved from Larchmont this summer and relocated to the Washington, DC area. It is lovely to have the garden to remember Ava and her contribution to the parish. Like Kris and JB, Ava has left her mark on the parish and will be missed.


Ellen Martin, a leading force in green efforts at St. John's Church and the Larchmont Yacht Club, was featured in the Larchmont Ledger for her work as a photographer. Ellen is part of the six woman Palmer Collective, whose work will be shown at the Larchmont Arts Festival.


Jennine Millman is the co-founder and director of Third Rail Projects, a dance company that frequently performs in Brooklyn and Brookfield Place in Manhattan.

Thursday, October 24 - Betsy Bradley leads "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow" Tour

Betsy Bradley will be leading an "Insider's Tour" for The Center for Continuing Education on Thursday, October 24, 10-1 pm focused on "The Legend of Sleepy Hollow." Click here for more information and to register for this fun event.


Have good news to share? 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 communications@stjohnslarchmont.org. Thanks!

St. John's Nursery School Director, Catherine Bucci, shared her recipe for zucchini bread. She graciously brought the staff a loaf to sample, and it disappeared very quickly! Enjoy.

Catherine's Zucchini Bread

In one bowl:

  • Beat 3 eggs till frothy. Then beat in:
  • 2 cups sugar
  • 1 cup oil

In another bowl, mix together:

  • 2 cups flour
  • 1 Tbsp cinnamon
  • 1 tsp baking soda
  • 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt

Combine and fold in 2 cups grated zucchini.

Bake in greased loaf pan (8 x 4-1/2 x 3) at 350 degrees for 1 hour. Cool 10 minutes and remove from pan.

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Have a recipe to share? Join the fun and send it to communications@stjohnslarchmont.org. Yours just might be the next Recipe of the Month!

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Likewise, your photos and news from your ministries are always welcome. Please forward your submissions to communications@stjohnslarchmont.org. Let your ministry's light shine through Chimes!