We are so close to goal! St. John’s Easter Appeal 2017 has raised $27,385 just $300 short of our goal. Thanks to the generosity of 85 parish households. Won’t you help push us over the top?
These are our neighbors—the young people who are being helped by the Community Resource Center in Mamaroneck. As you know, the funds we raise will be used to underwrite two case workers for an additional 30 hours per week for 3 months, enabling the Center to address the backlog of emergency appeals it has received over the past few months. The CRC’s efforts will be wholly directed towards keeping families together by offering information, guidance, and emergency planning to clients as they respond to recent immigration initiatives.
If you have already given, we thank you. If you haven’t, it’s not too late!! Please do it now during these last few days of the Appeal, and ensure we reach our goal. You may send your gift via check made out to “St. John’s Church,” with “Easter Appeal 2017” designated on the memo line OR click the link below and contribute via PayPal.
Episcopal Church Women
ECW Outreach Gives to Local Charities
by Jill Brennick, ECW board member
During the month of May, the St. John’s ECW (Episcopal Church Women) Outreach committee had the pleasure to award nearly $26,000 in grants to local charities and organizations. This sizeable amount reflects all of the hard work and dedication that went into the fundraising efforts at the Christmas bazaar last November. Without the commitment of so many dedicated volunteers who make the bazaar a success, the ECW Outreach grants program would not be possible. In fact, this year’s total was a 23% increase from last year’s awards. The grants were awarded to a variety of organizations, all of whom serve women and children in need.
Throughout the year, the ECW Outreach Committee makes an effort to visit the organizations and meet the grant recipients in person. It is very heart warming to make a personal connection and to see how the parishioners of St. John’s can extend their ministry beyond Larchmont and have a positive impact on individuals who might be experiencing a time of crisis or hardship. The ECW Outreach grants program is one of the ways our parish can put Christ’s words into action, as he stated in Matthew 25:40, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
About the ECW
All women of the parish are automatically members of the ECW ( Episcopal Church Women). The ECW is a volunteer organization at St. John's Church focused on women's fellowship and our mission of outreach within the local community. We are always looking for volunteers. To find out more about how you can become involved in the ECW at St. John's please speak to Jill Brennick, Linnet Tse, Diane Goodman or Karen Gray. All women of the parish are encouraged to get involved with the ECW.
Thank you from grant recipients:
Kate Bialo, Executive Director, Furniture Sharehouse: “Thank you so much to ECW Outreach for your generous and continuing support! Your past support has helped so many families move from empty apartments and despair to furnished and comfortable homes and HOPE and this year's grant will help even more!”
Christian M. Philemon, Executive Director, Youth Shelter Program of Westchester: “We have received the check and we are pleased and excited that St. John’s chose to support the Parent Support Group, a very vital program for our families. It means a lot for our families.”
Ann Heekin, Executive Director, Don Bosco Community Center of Port Chester: “We are delighted to receive your letter and grant in the amount of $2,000 to support babysitting services during our ESL program. As you know from your visit, young mothers benefit from this program both in terms of English literacy and the opportunity to socialize with other moms while knowing their child is safe and near.”
ECW Outreach 2017 Grants
- At Home on the Sound, Larchmont/Mamaroneck
- Boys & Girls Club of New Rochelle
- Bridges to Community, St. John's Nicaragua trip
- Caritas of Port Chester, Inc.
- Co-op Summer Enrichment Program, Larchmont/Mamaroneck
- Don Bosco Community Center, Port Chester
- Family Services of Westchester – Sharing Shelf
- Furniture Sharehouse, Westchester County
- Girl Scouts of Larchmont – Mamaroneck
- HOPE Community Services, New Rochelle
- Incarnation Center/Camp, Ivoryton, CT
- Mamaroneck-Larchmont Student Aid Fund
- My Sister’s Place, White Plains
- Providence House, New Rochelle
- St. John’s Easter Appeal – Community Resource Center, Mamaroneck
- Youth Shelter Program of Westchester, Inc., Mt. Vernon
St. Cecilia's Children's Choir Pentecost Sunday, June 4, 2017
Click on the picture below to watch St. Cecilia's performance.
Welcome Francisco Vargas to the St. John's Team
Francisco Vargas takes over facility management as Building and Services Supervisor
Francisco joined St. John's in May 2017. He brings extensive experience managing residential estates in the local area. He and his family live in Port Chester. He is looking forward to getting to know St. John's and caring for its facilities.
by Amy Jaswal
Celebrating the good news of St. John's parishioners
Sally and Paul Cantwell and their 11-year-old son Findlay, were featured in the Spring 2017 newsletter of the Larchmont Mamaroneck Hunger Task Force. Two Saturday mornings each month local family volunteers, including the Cantwells, help distribute free food from the Mobile Food Pantry in Columbus Park in Mamaroneck to dozens of residents in the community. Sally says, "You never know who in our community needs help. Sharing the Mobile Food Pantry with our children helps them understand, in a small way, that seeing who needs help can be surprising and that giving out basic food supplies can be very humbling and thought provoking." Thank you, Sally, Paul, and Findlay for your community service for such a great cause!
Betsy Bradley has been working tirelessly for the last year to save the Larchmont Playhouse, which went up for sale in May 2016. Betsy is co-leader of The Committee to Save Larchmont Playhouse, a group of Larchmont residents determined to purchase and restore the historic Playhouse. They believe that a community-supported movie theater can and should play an active role in the social and commercial life of the 21st century suburb, and that the village cannot afford to lose its only cultural anchor and one of its most historic (but not land marked) buildings. Please read Betsy’s update and information on how residents can help:
Color and Light Exhibit by Dorothy Rainier
Oil and watercolor paintings by Dorothy Rainier will be exhibited at the Mamaroneck Public Library from June 19th to July 31st. The exhibition, titled “Color and Light”, showcases Dorothy’s love of color and light and how she strives to share her love of the natural world through painting. All are invited to a reception at the library on Saturday, June 24, 2:00-4:00pm.
Keep St. John's parishioner Paul Massey in your prayers in his election bid for New York City mayor.