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Chimes St. John's Parish newsletter May 2018

  • Message from The Rev. Gwyneth MacKenzie Murphy, Interim Pastor
  • Baptism Sunday
  • ECW - Providence House Speaker
  • Upcoming Spring Events
  • St. Cecilia's Choir
  • Easter Appeal
  • Stained Glass Window Tour
  • Voyagers
  • A farewell

It has been six weeks since I came to St. John’s, and I begin by thanking all of you - parishioners, vestry, wardens and staff - for welcoming me. Holy Week is not the easiest time to welcome a new priest, and you have been gracious, patient and kind.

It is good to be part of a parish that is committed to outreach, fellowship and worship. The weekend of May 11 -13 exemplifies all of these: The Men’s Dinner on the 11th, Beyond Our Walls on the 12th, and the celebration of The Reverend Dorothy Greene’s 30th Anniversary of Ordination on the 13th. The 13th is also Episcopal Charities Sunday when parishes throughout the Diocese take up a collection to support the outreach ministry of the Diocese. This year, the offering will be made in honor of Reverend Dorothy. (Details on each of these are found in the newsletter.)

I write to you from the Priests Retreat,, where we “confer, consort and otherwise hobnob” with our fellow wizards. We gather formally in large and small groups for prayer and reflection, and informally to share meals and fellowship. We hear from our Bishops about the Diocese and wider Church, and from one another about our respective ministries. It is encouraging to hear how the Gospel is alive through acts of service, justice and compassion in so many places and in so many ways. We are aware of the challenges we face, especially declining membership and budget deficits. But we also know that, in partnership with the Spirit and working together, we can meet these challenges. So there is concern, but there is also hope. I look forward to sharing with you the news and ideas from my fellow wizards.

I’ll be offering several Adult Education classes before the Summer arrives (assuming that the warm weather actually stays this time). I plan to offer the same class midday and in the evening, so there will be a convenient time for most folks. Stay tuned for topic, date and time.

Finally, please know that I am available to meet with parishioners. I haven’t yet settled into a routine with regular office hours, so for now please call the Parish Office to make an appointment. Please know that you are in my prayers, as I ask to be in yours.

May the light of God

illumine the heart of your soul.

May the flame of Christ

kindle you to love.

May the fire of the Spirit

free you to live

this day, tonight and forever. (J. Philip Newell)

In peace and prayer,

Reverend Gwyneth / Rev. G

May 20, 10 am Liturgy

Baptism Information

This year we celebrate Pentecost on Sunday, May 20. Pentecost is one of the traditional days for Baptism. If you are interested in Baptism for yourself or your child, please contact the Parish Office by Monday, May 14.

On March 13th, St. John’s Episcopal Church Women hosted a special Lenten speaker event, with guest speaker Ms. Sylvia Samilton-Baker, the program director from Providence House in New Rochelle. Providence House provides shelter and support for homeless women with young children to help them transition from a life of abuse or poverty to being able to become self-reliant through various modes of assistance, including: enrolling in education or job training programs, searching for employment, obtaining medial services and finding a permanent place to live.

During Lent, we focus more intently on those in need. As part of our Lenten speaker event, we collected bath towels and bed linens for women who are newly admitted to Providence House and to those who are transitioning from living temporarily at Providence House to more permanent housing. The collection was a huge success and parishioners donated a very generous amount of towels and linens, and also gave cash donations. Thank you to everyone who contributed to this need!

In a recent thank you note sent to ECW, Ms. Samilton-Baker wrote: “Providence House is grateful for your generosity and for inviting me to speak on behalf of our families. The linens and towels are tremendously useful for those moving into their own apartment and for those being admitted who have nothing. Thank you ever so much for all you do to help our families here at Providence House.”

BEYOND OUR WALLS

Did you know that a St. John’s crew worked on one of the first Habitat for Humanity houses built in Westchester County over 20 years ago? That house was built for a local family and still stands at the corner of Weaver St. and Laurel Avenue. Using our hands, our tools and our faith to improve the housing of our neighbors led to an ongoing project, Beyond Our Walls. As a congregation and as neighbors, we renovated two houses in Mamaroneck; spruced up Trinity Church in New Rochelle; painted and planted at St. Peter’s, Port Chester, painted rooms and built a handicapped ramp for an elderly Port Chester couple, did extensive outdoor renovations at the newly-opened Providence House in New Rochelle, and made San Andreas in Yonkers a brighter, safer place to worship. We didn’t always call it Beyond Our Walls. Sometimes we didn’t give it a name. We just found the project and went to work. We learned to work well together, as neighbors and as a congregation. Here’s another chance to experience that—this one’s yours. More than 60 parishioners have already signed up. Please join us.

Sunday, May 13: St. John’s To Celebrate The Rev. Dorothy Greene

Please join us at the 10:00 AM liturgy as we recognize the 30th anniversary of the ordination of our Priest Associate, The Rev. Dorothy Greene. Additionally, we will be honoring her during a special reception at the coffee hour to be held immediately following the liturgy.

Sweetest Voices Rehearsing for St. Cecilia's Choir

St. Cecilia’s Choir Rehearsals

It's not too late to jump in and join this children's choir.

If your child loves to sing and wants to have fun singing with St. John’s friends, we have just the choir! Children are invited to gather with Jmel Wilson and Trisha Patterson after church for a 20 minute rehearsal. We will learn one piece of music, rehearsing every Sunday after church throughout April and May, and then the children will sing at the 10:00am liturgy on June 3.

There's Still Time to Give

BE part of something great!

Helping St. Peter's Church in Port chester

Thank you to those who have already sent in generous contributions to St. John’s 2018 Easter Appeal. This year’s recipient is St. Peter’s Episcopal Church in Port Chester, NY, to help support their many inspirational outreach programs. We are focusing on funding a walk-in freezer to supplement St. Peter’s meal program, laptop computers for use in an after school program and St. Peter’s Summer Camp, and scholarships for children attending the Summer Camp.

If you have not already done so, please take a minute to send in your Easter Appeal donation by check to the church office, labeled ‘2018 Easter Appeal’, or go to St. John’s website www.stjohnslarchmont.org and contribute via Paypal.

Stained Glass Window Tour led by Carla Berry and Kathy Brenner

Sunday School

I spy a pizza crusts walrus.

Voyagers, St. John's Christian Ed program for middle school students, wraps up a successful year of fellowship, learning and outreach. Developing relationships through Voyagers prompts these students to connect with God and one another and as Rev. G says "make the Gospel come alive through acts of service, justice and compassion." This year the students helped:

  • sort and pack clothing for the homeless men served by Midnight Run
  • serve meals at St. Thomas Episcopal Church Community Dinner
  • distribute backpacks for needy children in New Rochelle
  • pack groceries at the food pantry

They tackled topics such as Why does the bible contradict itself? Is God male? Can I be a Christian without going to church? Voyagers also had a a lot of fun. It was hard to top the "human Christmas trees" game.

Congratulations to the 8th graders who will move up from Voyagers to next year's confirmation classes as they continue on a faith journey and become equipped with solid faith tools to inspire, affirm and equip them for discipleship in their lives and the community.

Voyagers meets twice a month on Wednesday evenings.

A message from parishioner Jamie Nelson

After 25 years in the Larchmont-Mamaroneck and St. John's community, my husband Blair and I are relocating to New York City and New Paltz.

With our children grown (Diana Thomson in law school, David Thomson and his wife moving to London, Catherine Thomson and Madison Nelson rising seniors), we are excited about having an apartment in the city, within walking distance to our offices - Hospital for Special Surgery (me) and Citicorp (Blair). We also have the good fortune having a beautiful home in New Paltz, where we can spend our weekends.

I will truly miss St. John's. It has been a place of friendship, fellowship and sanctuary. Deep friendships have formed though my participation Sunday school, St. Theresa's Guild, Ushering and the Christmas Bazaar. And Paul Martin Maki's beautiful music ministry has been a real gift and enhanced every my spiritual experience.

Please stay in touch. My email is JamieMNelson@icloud.com. And as my dear friend and fellow parishioner Tori Pough would say, 'to be continued...'

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Cover photo by Patti Roberts

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