Dear Community of St. John's,

I ask your continued prayers in the aftermath of the tragic attack at the Tree of Life synagogue in Pittsburgh this past Saturday. Shock and horror remain even as they give way to grief, heartbreak, despair. We ask ourselves: what can we do? While there is no simple answer, or any one correct response, one thing we can do is pray and to express our solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters at this time.

Remember that there is a Candlelight Vigil for Peace and Tolerance this Thursday evening at 6:30 pm in Constitution Park.

This is a link to the sermon I gave this past Sunday, and Bishop Dietsche's letter is below. (Click here for a printable version of the Bishop's letter.)

With continued prayers,

Rev. Gwyneth

2nd Annual Stewardship Chili Kick-Off

Food, Fun, Families & Fellowship

Many thanks to all who attended the 2nd annual Chili Cook-off on October 14th. It was a festive evening that kicked off our fall stewardship campaign, Stewardship As a Way of Life. Everyone seemed to have a good time, but bragging rights were awarded to Ken Bond, Adrianna Rodriguez and Lisa Young who came in first, second and third respectively.

We hope that you received our stewardship mailing last week which included a letter, FAQs and a pledge card. Please take a prayerful moment to consider a financial contribution. Regardless of the amount of your contribution, we are hoping for 100% participation. Every dollar is an appreciated sign of your commitment to our St. John's community. Pledges are due November 11th. Rev. Gwyneth will bless all pledge cards received at an in-gathering during that Sunday’s service. If you prefer, you may click here to make your pledge online.

Thank you for your support of St. John's. We couldn't do it without you!

This year’s Christmas Bazaar, festively named the Jingle Bells Bazaar, promises to be full of great items, favorite features, new areas and great camaraderie for all. Here are some highlights:

Preview Party Friday, November 16, 2018, 6:30pm – 8:30pm in the Parish Hall

The Preview Party is a fantastic way for St. John's parishioners to get your jingle 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. A terrific chance for 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 RSVP: office@stjohnslarchmont.org, or 834-2981. Payment can be made at the church office or via PayPal by clicking on this link.

The Jingle Bells Christmas Bazaar – Saturday, November 17, 2018, 10:00am – 3:00pm

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

o White Elephant – Everything from kitchen essentials to quirky, one-of-a-kind must haves. Come browse the collection and you’re sure to find something you or your loved ones can’t live without.

o Jewelry – Get your glitter on for the holidays with festive costume jewelry and a selection of fine jewelry pieces. Find the perfect item to dress up your holiday attire as the season begins.

o Collectibles – You never know what priceless treasure you’ll find in collectibles!

o Blazers and Bows – New this year, a selection of adorable holiday dresses, blazers and suits for kids ages 2-12. Perfect for outfitting the special child in your life for holiday events and photos.

o 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.

o Holiday Home – Up-market home goods to brighten up your decor or bring a smile to the face of your gift recipient. Beautiful tableware, stunning decorations and other seasonal items are sure to put you and your family in a holiday mood.

o 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.

o 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.

o Handicrafts – Come see the amazing handiwork of your fellow parishioners. You’ll find a range of intriguing handmade items, from fiber arts and mixed media to the ever-popular gift tags, ornaments and more!

Silent Auction – Fabulous auction items are still coming in, but here’s a sampling of some of our most exciting offerings:
  • Luxurious Park City, Utah 4-bedroom condo available for a 2019 President’s Week ski vacation.
  • Comfy, cool Saratoga Springs home, convenient to everything this vibrant area has to offer.
  • Golf and lunch for four at Bonnie Briar Country Club. Fore!
  • Grand tour tickets to Kykuit, the Rockefeller Estate in Sleepy Hollow.
  • Unique and special basket of vintage wines, the perfect accompaniment to your holiday meals.
  • Tiffany handcrafted rose bowl.
  • Day of pampering and personal shopping.
  • One-of-a-kind spa experience.
  • Best-quality olive oil, direct from a private grove in Tuscany.

There’s still time to donate silent auction items, so if you have an experience or special item to donate, please contact Lucy Yocum or Laura Hoffman.

o Delectable Delights – Baked goods are only the beginning. Holiday sweets, relishes, Thanksgiving nibbles and mini snacks to fortify you for Bazaar shopping!

o Café – Join us for Lunch in the Undercroft to enjoy the famous St. John’s chili along with sandwiches and snacks.

o Santa will be making an appearance during the day, so make sure you stay on his Nice list with a full bag of purchased Bazaar items!

Bazaar Workshop – Getting Your Cranberry On

At holiday time, one of the nicest trips to take is fridge-to-fridge! Thanksgiving means cranberries, and this beloved holiday comes the week after the Bazaar. We should have lots of Bake Table customers happy to buy cranberry sauce or cranberry bread for the feast, so let’s have plenty of both on hand:

Bazaar cranberry workshop: Two delicious kinds of cranberry sauce, cranberry-hater’s apple chutney, and cranberry bread

  • When: 1:00 pm, Thursday, November 8
  • Where: Downstairs kitchen
  • Bring: Your own paring knife and pot-holder if you like

We’d love to know who’s coming. Call Janet Beal (937-0845) or Debby Campbell (315-6492) just to let us know you’ll be there.

Donations will be received at St. John’s as follows:
  • Sunday, November 11: 12:00pm – 5:00pm
  • Monday, November 12 - Wednesday, November 14: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm

Remember: We are not accepting books this year. If you have books to donate, you can contact the Vietnam Vets of America at vvapickup.org or 888-518-VETS to schedule a pick-up right from your home.

All proceeds go to local charities through ECW Outreach grants. For questions or to volunteer, please contact Bazaar co-chairs Tori Pough 917-714-7898; tori.pough@gmail.com or Suzy Shore 917-742-2827; suzyshore829@gmail.com.

The ECW is offering its much-loved Christmas wreaths again!


Beautiful Christmas wreaths will be delivered right to your door, on or about Saturday, December 1st. The wreaths are sourced from the Connecticut Audubon Society. Your order will benefit their work, as well as the ECW’s outreach efforts. Please click here for the online ordering form, which includes an option to pay via PayPal.

Questions? Contact Becky Kirkham: becky.kirkham@gmail.com

Update from the Search committee

The search committee is hard at work! We have been approved by the Vestry and commissioned in church on Sunday, October 21st. We have met with both Rev. Gwyneth and Rev. Deb Tammearu from the Office of Transitional Ministry to gain a better understanding of the process we are to lead. Additionally we met with members of the committee of the last search. Rev. Gwyneth has kindly talked to us about the role of a rector so we all understand the scope of the position. A letter will go out monthly to the Parish updating our progress; although the specifics are confidential, where we are in the process is not!

Please read October's letter carefully as it details all the ways we are looking to get parishioners' feedback as to where we see ourselves now and where we’d like to be in the future. We need to take time to listen to parishioners and produce an accurate Parish Profile and also be cognizant that the sooner we can begin looking at applicants, the larger our pool of candidates will be.

To address this we anticipate a very busy fall and hope that most of you will be able to take part in some way in this important work, either by giving your opinion in person, or in the survey we will send to the whole parish. Please feel free to speak with anyone on the committee, or send an email to us at searchcommitteestjohns@gmail.com. The committee members will be wearing nametags in church; please feel free to approach us and give your feedback. We are eager for your input.

As always,

Diane Goodman and Nancy Pierson, co chairs

Search Committee members:

  • Bonnie Burdick
  • Dan VanderWoude
  • Debby Satula
  • Diane Goodman
  • Holly Gluck
  • Kelly Chubet
  • Lila Bankston
  • Liz Bruce
  • Michael Rodriguez
  • Nancy Pierson
  • Rachael Combe
  • Scott Swanezy
  • Susan Smith


for St. John’s 13th service trip with Bridges to Community

June 29 - July 6

We will likely be heading back to the Dominican Republic this year. More information will be available later this fall! Questions? Contact Linnet Tse linnet.tse@gmail.com or Carla Berry carla.c.berry@gmail.com.

We have been blessed with several baptisms already this Fall:

Eliza Noelle Letvinchuk

Agust Holland Anderson

Graham Nolen Brenner

Soren Albert Trigg

Many blessings on the newly baptized and their joyous families!

October Fun

The Rev. Dorothy Greene & her daughter Hilary Greene, pictured here at the 150th anniversary of their alma mater, Rye Country Day School, with Headmaster Scott Nelson and Mascot Willy the Wildcat.
It was a beautiful afternoon for a Pet Blessing!


We are very pleased to report that the belltower/roofing project is almost complete, with only a short punch list remaining. The belltower has a beautiful new copper roof, as you can see from the photos. New roofs have also been installed in the cloister area (the area that runs between the church and the parish hall), and the two flat valleys that run along both sides of the parish hall roof. (See photo.) In addition, extensive pointing work has been done on the belltower, cloister area, and parish hall masonry. Even the education building stonework has received some attention!

Many thanks to all who have been involved, including the Belltower/Roofing Committee (Linnet Tse, Rick Berry, Kathy Brenner, Christopher Burrows, Hamilton Hadden, Jay Klancnik, and Sue Wahrhaftig); Francisco Vargas for his very diligent oversight of the day-to-day work; Superstructures, our architecture/engineering firm; Vesels GC LLC, our contractor; and our staff for being patient while work was underway this summer!

The ECW Fall Gathering was a wonderful success!

Events from Beyond St. John's

JusticeAid Public Forum - November 11

On November 11, JusticeAid will explore the history and impact of Racism and the Criminalization of Poverty: 21st Century Debtors' Prisons in the Age of Mass Incarceration in a Public Forum that will be held 3:30-5:30 pm at the historic Riverside Church in Manhattan. The Forum, which will be free and open to the public, will present multiple perspectives on the issues, from the following speakers and performers:

  • Gina Clayton, Executive Director & Founder, Essie Justice Group;
  • Alec Karakatsanis, Founder & Executive Director, Civil Rights Corp;
  • Johnny Perez, Director of U.S. Prison Programs at National Religious Campaign Against Torture, who overcame three years of solitary confinement at Rikers;
  • Jeffery Robinson, author of Who We Are: A Chronicle of Racism in America
  • Performances by poet Randall Horton and singer Abena Koomson-Davis.

Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast - November 15

Annual Westchester/Fairfield County Thanksgiving Diversity Breakfast will honor, among others, our local Larchmont clergy: The “Faith & Eggs” cable TV program duo of Rabbi Jeffrey Sirkman, Larchmont Temple, Senior Rabbi and Rev. Dr. William Crawford, Larchmont Avenue Presbyterian Church, Sr. Pastor Emeritus.

A Festive Evensong at Saint John The Divine: Presiding Bishop Michael Curry will preach - November 18

The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche, Bishop of The Diocese of New York, Bruce Macleod & The Board of Trustees, and The Right Reverend Clifton Daniel III, Dean of The Cathedral Church of Saint John the Divine request your presence at a festive evensong celebrating the 125th anniversary of the laying of the Cathedral cornerstone.

The Most Reverend Michael Bruce Curry, Presiding Bishop & Primate of The Episcopal Church, will preach and be seated in the International Ecumenical Cathedra.

Please click here to RSVP.

Episcopal Charities Annual Tribute Dinner - December 3

Once each year, people from across the Episcopal Diocese of New York come together to celebrate the professional and community achievements of our distinguished honorees as well as outreach activities of parishes around the diocese. As always, 100% of the proceeds will go directly to parish-sponsored programs that meet basic needs, impart practical skills, advance health and expand the horizons of children.

The black tie event will take place on Monday, December 3 at St. John the Divine. The reception begins at 6:30 pm, and dinner is at 7:30 pm. Please click here to RSVP.

Handel's Messiah at St. Thomas in Mamaroneck - December 9

All are invited to come and experience this wonderful production of Handel's Messiah at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Mamaroneck. Click here to purchase your tickets, and get ready for an unforgettable evening of music.

We welcome your submissions - especially photos - for the next Chimes issue! Please send any content to communications@stjohnslarchmont.org by November 15. Thank you!

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