Chimes June 2017

June 2017


  • Message from Father Joe Greene
  • Parish picnic June 11, 2017
  • Honoring high school seniors at June 11, 10:00am worship service
  • Congratulations graduates - Oh the Places You'll Go
  • New curate, The Rev. Alissa Anderson
  • Confirmation at St. John the Divine
  • Easter Appeal 2017
  • ECW (Episcopal Church Women) grants
  • St. Cecilia's children's choir
  • Easter photos
  • Meet Francisco Vargas, Building and Grounds Supervisor
  • Good News
  • Easter photos
  • Baby news
  • Farewell to The Rev. Curt Kennington
  • Summer fun Sundays
  • Refugees event
Message from Father Joe Greene

The Church and the Body Politic

Sunday we celebrated Pentecost. It’s the feast that marks the coming of the Holy Spirit, as promised by Jesus, with the Spirit descending onto the disciples and enabling them to bring solidarity to those who were being called together to hear the Good News of Jesus Christ. We marked the day with remembering the tongues of flame appearing upon the disciple’s heads; the mighty rush of wind that came over those gathered in Jesus’ name as told in the second chapter of the Acts of the Apostles.

We recognize this event as the birthday of the Church and various churches do things to mark it as such – birthday cakes, balloons, streamers. You’ll see churches bring out kites with images of doves on it. Some of these ways of celebration are whimsical, some of them are beautiful, and some can seem a bit silly. There is a difficulty in attempting to liturgically worship the Holy Spirit; after all, how can we liturgically mark something which we have a hard time defining?

Given that Pentecost is the birthday of the church, it begs the question: what exactly is the church? I’ve been reading a recent work by the theologian William T. Cavanaugh entitled Field Hospital , and he helps to frame an answer to this very question.

The Spirit empowers the Church to be a unified body of diverse elements. Cavanaugh compares this to the ancient Greek analogy of “the body politic” such as Plato’s Republic observed. Aristotle noted “the state has a natural priority over the household and over any individual among us. For the whole must be prior to the part. Separate hand or foot from the whole body, and they will no longer be hand or foot except in name.” (Aristotle, Politics) Theologically speaking, God created us individually in his own image, but also created us in his image as a body politic, as in Genesis 1:27 where “in the image of God he created him (adam, singular); male and female he created them (plural).” Our baptisms further focus this idea of the body politic, and the church is as Paul told the Romans (12:4-5): “For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.”

And thus we have the beauty and mystery of the church: a body politic that is diverse in thought, action, feeling, function and yet unified under Christ. As we go into summer and travel for vacation or camp or continue to look after loved ones or to recover from our own pains, we are all ONE in Jesus Christ. We can disagree with each other, we can lament that our individual desires are not always the same, and yet the “We”, the body politic that is the church, is unified and has priority in mission and ministry. Let’s love each other so that we can always remember that we are the Body of Christ, created in His loving image, and constantly transforming and being transformed in his ever-present Kingdom. Prayers and blessings for you and yours as you travel, as you remain in place, and as we return home to God.


Fr. Joe+

1. Cavanaugh, William T. Field Hospital: the church’s engagement with a wounded world. Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans Publishing Company, 2016.

2. Cavanaugh, p. 16.

Parish Picnic June 11

Parish Picnic, June 11

Enjoy an afternoon with friends, food and and fun. Wear your play clothes to church and join the fun immediately following the 10:00 am service. We hope to see you at this great family event!

Oh the places you'll go.....

New This Year! Special Blessing for High School Graduates

June 11, 10:00 am liturgy

All graduating high school students who are invited to a special blessing during the 10:00 am service. Each graduate will receive a special gift recognizing their accomplishment. Please join us!

Oh the Places You'll Go

High School Graduates 2017

Spencer Bahrenburg, grandson of Susan and Tom Alicke, is graduating from high school in California and will attend Bucknell University.

Charlie Best is graduating from Iona Prep and will attend Ohio University in Athens, OH.

Henry Bruce is graduating from Mamaroneck High School and will be attending the University of Richmond.

Jack Demasi is graduating from Mamaroneck High School and will attend Boston College.

George Fuss is graduating from Mamaroneck High School and will attend Wesleyan University.

Olivia Jarrett is graduating from Mamaroneck High School and will attend Duke University.

Louisa Martin is graduating from Mamaroneck High School and will attend Santa Clara University.

Sebastian Santamaria is graduating from Mamaroneck High School and will attend Wake Forest University

Courtney Sawyer is graduating from Mamaroneck High School and will attend Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.)

Lily Schwendener is graduating from Mamaroneck High School and will attend the School of American Ballet.

Jack Spiridellis is graduating from Mamaroneck High School and will attend Middlebury College.

Christopher Lee Wahrhaftig will graduate from the Hackley School and will attend Wake Forest University in the fall.

Steven James Wahrhaftig will graduate from the Hackley School and will attend Wake Forest University in the fall.

Josephine Wray graduated from Emma Willard School and will attend Trinity College in Hartford in the fall. 

College Graduations 2017

William Bishop, grandson of Dona Bishop, from the University of Pennsylvania.

Charlotte Clapp from University of St Andrews, Scotland.

Evangeline Clapp from Dickinson College.

Eleanor Fanto from Georgetown University.

Kevin O'Connell from Stanford Law School.

Meet Our New Curate:

The Rev. alissa anderson

Beginning July 1, 2017, we will welcome The Rev. Alissa Anderson, who will join the staff of St. John’s as curate. Mrs. Anderson is a recent graduate (cum laude) of the General Theological Seminary, where she earned a Master of Divinity and Certificate in Spiritual Direction. Also, she is the 2017 recipient of the Bishop of Newark Preaching Prize. She will be helping Fr. Joe with all aspects of ministry at St. John’s, but will be focusing on outreach and on children, youth, and family ministries. Alissa and her husband, Josh Anderson, will be moving from Manhattan to Larchmont in early July and they look forward to becoming a part of St. John’s. The role of curate is traditionally filled by a newly ordained priest right out of seminary, serving the parish for an agreed upon amount of time, in order to learn all of the different functions of parish ministry.


Confirmation marks the point in the Christian journey at which you affirm the faith into which you have been baptized and receive the laying on of hands by the bishop. This June, ten St. John's students were bestowed with this sacrament at the Cathedral of St. John the Divine in Manhattan. Congratulations and prayers to this year's class of confirmands who are strengthened in the gifts of the Holy Spirit.

Timothy Brennan

Anna Broaddus

Margaret Broaddus

Samantha Demasi

Lilly Donnelly

Emily Jaswal

Kerry Leccese

Marcel Merchant

Ben Vicinelli


We’re Almost There!

Community Resource Center in Mamaroneck

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.

Easter Egg Hunt 2017


Congratulations to Mary and (St. John’s former rector) Tom Nicoll on the birth of their grandsons, George Haden Lescop and Crawford Gilbert Lescop. The twin boys were born to parents, Claire and Ed Lescop, on April 17 this year. St. John’s sends their best to the whole family.

The Kirkham Clippard family welcomed daughter Noelle on April 8. Congratulations to Becky, James and big sister Vivien.

The DeSimone family welcomed son, Ryan on April 7. Congratulations to Brandis, Todd and big sister Blakely.

Family Liturgy, June 4, 2017

Message from the Rev. Curt Kennington

Dear Friends,

I write with gratitude and love to my family of St. John’s. These past months working and serving alongside you have been some of the most important moments in my ministry formation. Not just the great friendships, but the mentoring from Joe and others. Not just the fun days, but walking with friends and strangers in their suffering. Not just great liturgy, but also day to day, often perfectly ordinary moments. They are filled with grace and love.

Henri Nouwen spoke about leaving, “...if we want to avoid the suffering of leaving, we will never experience the joy of loving. And love is stronger than fear, life stronger than death, hope stronger than despair. We have to trust that the risk of loving is always worth taking.”

Thanks be to God for a hope stronger than despair. St. John’s has potential to change the community and the world around you. Get out there and transform lives. Take care of yourselves and the beautiful property, and remember that Jesus also commands us to get out and love our neighbor tangibly. There is work in the kingdom. The harvest is plentiful.

In the name of our Creator and Living God, thank you for welcoming me in, and sharing greatly in my process. Please pray for the family and me, as I will pray for Fr. Joe, Alissa, the staff, the vestry and the family of St. Johns.

Faithfully, Curt

Summer Fun Sundays

Sunday School takes a summer break but during the 10am service, children ages in preschool through third grade can be dropped off in the church undercroft (lower level) for activities and a trip to the playground. Kids will be escorted into church in time for communion. Two parish teens and two adult babysitters will oversee the children. Babysitting for infants and toddlers moves to the air conditioned undercroft from June 18 through August 27. Infants and toddlers are welcome to remain in babysitting for the entire service. Summer Fun Sundays is available on the following dates: June 18 & 25, July 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, August 6 & 13

The joyful noise of children is always welcome in church but offering Summer Fun Sundays allows parents a time for their own spiritual time without distraction.

Welcoming Refugees: What you can do

St. John's supports "Neighbors for Refugees"

Please join us on June 11 at Westchester Jewish Center,175 Rockland Ave, Mamaroneck, from 2-5pm. This will be an interactive event with hands-on activities for all and featuring New York Times reporter, Jodi Kantor as key note speaker. Kantor covered the Canadian refugee experience last year and wrote an engrossing, compassionate story about it. Student groups from both Mamaroneck High School and Scarsdale High School, local elected officials and clergy will also be in attendance. This is an event for the entire family and an opportunity to get everyone involved so we can continue our work in changing the lives of refugees who are resettled here and those still waiting in refugee camps for resettlement.

Photo by Patti Roberts

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