Chimes St. John's Parish Newsletter Winter 2017


  • Ordination of The Rev. Alissa Anderson
  • Season of Advent
  • Christmas Bazaar Preview Party
  • Joyful Night
  • Christmas Flowers
  • Christmas Services
  • Midnight Run, January 5, 2018
  • Stewardship Update
  • It's Not Too Late for 2017 donations
  • Vestry/Warden Candidates for 2018
  • Good News

Congratulations to the Rev. Alissa Anderson on her ordination to the Sacred Order of Priests, November 16, 2017.

The Rt. Rev. Jennifer Baskerville-Burrows, Bishop of Indianapolis and Josh Anderson
The Rev. Canon Susan C. Harriss

Ordination of the Rev. Alissa Anderson

Thank you from Mother Alissa

The journey to ordination is undertaken in community, and I would not be where I am today without all the help and support I've had along the way: brilliant academic communities in Michigan, Indiana, and New York; the most supportive sending community imaginable at St. John's, Lafayette, IN; wonderful clergy mentors and friendships; and an encouraging and loving family--especially my husband, Josh.

Ordination day took a village as well: Many thanks to all those who planned and participated in the liturgy and the many who worked behind the scenes: a stalwart altar guild, fine parish staff, and amazing crew that made this beautiful church even more lovely and put together a magnificent reception in the midst of a busy week at St. John's. I am so pleased to the be beginning my ministry in such a welcoming and engaged community.

A very special thanks to the ECW. As part of the service, I was presented with a stole and chasuble by Jill Brennick. Thank you all for being a part of this day and part of this journey.

Sunday December 3rd marks the beginning of Advent and the appearance of our traditional wreath.

Sunday December 3rd marks the beginning of Advent and the appearance of our traditional wreath. St. John's wreath is truly a parish community endeavor. We collect a wide variety of greens from our church grounds and yards, boxwood, pine, cedar and even a variety of larch come from the church and rectory yards. If your garden contains evergreens, with or without ornamental berries, please bring some sprigs to church. Save air-dried roses to add to the wreath the third week of Advent (the Sunday dedicated to Jesus’ mother Mary). Consider making this your new family Advent tradition. You can tuck your donations into the wreath or leave them in the flower-room located across the hall from the sacristy. For more information please contact Janet Beal (937-0845), Laura Hoffman (833-0009) or Juliette Kvernland (833-1045).

Christmas Bazaar Preview Party

Sunday, December 17, at 5:00 pm Parish Hall

Join us as the children of St. John’s present their annual Christmas pageant followed by a pot luck supper. All parishioners are invited to attend.

Christmas Flowers

Each year as we gather to celebrate Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, our worship is enhanced by poinsettias, trees, and greens. Your generosity makes this possible.

Please join in the time-honored tradition of festooning our sanctuary by making a $50 donation to the Christmas Flower Fund. Please contact the church office by Friday, December 15, 2017.

Sunday, December 24 Christmas Eve

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist celebration of fourth Sunday in Advent (simple service, no music, no Sunday School) This a celebration of the fourth Sunday of Advent. It is not a Christmas service.

3:00 PM Holy Eucharist This liturgy is especially appropriate for younger children.

5:00 PM Holy Eucharist (simple service with congregational carols)

10:00 PM Festival Choral Holy Eucharist (featuring the St. John's choir)

Monday, December 25 Christmas Day

10:00 AM Holy Eucharist (simple service, no music)

Midnight Run is Back! Friday, January 5, 2018

Kick off the 2018 by helping those in need.

Midnight Run is a program in which volunteers bring food, clothing, toiletries, blankets and conversation to homeless persons on the streets of New York City.

How can you help?

Collection Drive: Clothing and Toiletries Donations Needed. Please donate only CLEAN WINTER MEN’S clothing and shoes. Drop off at the staircase near the the parish office.

On the Night of Run, January 5th, beginning at 6pm in the undercroft:

  • Prepare bagged lunches
  • Sort and pack clothing and toiletries
  • Cook soup in the undercroft kitchen
  • Make the run to NYC 8:30pm -2am
  • Pickup and return Midnight Run van in Dobbs Ferry
  • Do you like to shop? If you would like to help with shopping for food and other supplies in advance of the Midnight Run please contact Christina Battalia Maggard at: cbattalia44@gmail.com or (914) 714-3078

Sign up during Coffee Hour on December 10th or contact Melissa Pierson at: Sadiep19@aol.com or (914) 834-2449



ST. JOHN'S 12th TRIP TO NICARAGUA with Bridges to Community, June 23-June 30, 2018. Deadline is February 1. Questions, please contact Mother Alissa Anderson at curate@stjohnslarchmont.org or Carla Berry carla.c.berry@gmail.com

Stewardship 2018

The Vestry is ready to create the budget for 2018. Please make sure the Office has received your pledge in the next few days so that they will be able to plan accordingly. Remember, EVERY ONE COUNTS!

2018 Pledge cards are available in the church or make an online pledge through the St. John's website.

It's Not Too Late

Wondering Where Your Giving Stands For Stewardship 2017?

If you would like to know where your year-to-date giving stands in relation to your pledge commitment, please contact Laura Rawlings in the parish office at 914-834-2981 or via email at office@stjohnslarchmont.org. Parishioners who wish their donation to be credited in the year 2017 need to have their check into the office by 12:00 Noon on Friday, December 29, 2017.

How to make a Gift of Stock to the St. John's General Fund

Please follow these instructions:

Determine which of the four situations applies to you

Situation 1: If the Grantor(s) maintain a brokerage account outside of Charles Schwab: The grantor(s) can instruct their broker(s) to deliver the stock to Charles Schwab using the following instructions:

Charles Schwab and Co.

DTC # 0164, Code 40

Account of St. John’s Church General Fund

Account # 841-09795

Situation 2: If the Grantor(s) maintain(s) a Charles Schwab account:

Stock gifts can be made from a Charles Schwab account by instructing the broker to journal stock into the church account (see above). The gift grantor(s) must provide their broker(s) with a letter authorizing the stock transfer to the St. John’s account.

Situation 3: If the stock certificate is held in certificate form in the name of the grantor(s):

The grantor(s) should sign a stock power or the back of the certificate. The signature(s) should match the owner’s name on the front of the certificate. If a stock power is used, only the signature area should be completed. In addition, a relinquishment form should be completed and signed by the gift grantor(s).

Situation 4: If the stock certificate is already in the name of St. John’s Episcopal Church:

Officers of St. John’s Church must complete a resolution that designates an individual to sign the stock power or the back of the certificate. The individual signing the resolution cannot be the same person designated to endorse the certificate or stock power. This resolution should be accompanied by a signed certificate or stock power.

Please note: In order to ensure that the donor’s gift is credited to the contributions record at St. John’s, the donor should notify the parish office at office@stjohnslarchmont.org or 914.834.2981 with the description and number of shares of the securities being transferred as well as the date of the gift.

The Nominating Committee, comprised of Justin Goh, Mike O'Connell, Scott Swanezy, Linnet Tse, Lisa Young and alternate Nicole Eustace, is pleased to announce the slate of Vestry/Warden candidates for 2018. Candidate for Junior Warden: Robin Ingram. Vestry candidates: Pete Bennitt, Karen Hall, J.B. Simko, and Dan VanderWoude. More information on the candidates will be available in the January Chimes.

by Amy Jaswal

Earlier this fall, Adrienne Skinner was invited to Washington DC to lobby Congress for cancer research funding for the National Institutes of Health on behalf of the American Association for Cancer Research. Adrienne, who is now cancer-free, has been working tirelessly to help others receive the same treatment opportunities she did. Please see the link below for the emotional interview detailing her experience which has been posted on the American Association for Cancer Research’s website: http://cancerprogressreport.org/Pages/cpr17-survivors-skinner.aspx

Carole Woods was featured in the November issue of Larchmont Living for her volunteering efforts organizing the Handcraft Table at the Bazaar. The article, “Helping Others, One Stitch at a Time”, discusses how Carole and about 15 other volunteers knit, sew, and weave beautiful handcrafts that are donated to the Bazaar to help raise money for local non-profits aiding women and children. Thank you, Carole, and all the volunteers, who create such beautiful things for our Bazaar every year!

Congratulations to Mary Lee Berridge for being awarded “Volunteer of the Year” by the Cancer Support Team! Mary Lee was honored at the Team’s Gayle K Lee Nineteenth Health Awareness Luncheon on October 12th. Mary Lee, a cancer survivor herself, originally joined the Luncheon Planning Committee after retiring from her social work career and has been a dedicated part of the team ever since.

Gayle Lee, RN, a co-founder of the Team, and her husband were long time parishioners of St. John’s. Several of her St. John’s friends were among the initial volunteers for the Team, including Jane Tebbins. The organization has grown, and helps cancer patients regardless of the cost. Most monies come from private grants and fund raising, including from our own vestry Outreach which has been a long time supporter of the Team. Debbie Campbell has also been a strong supporter of the CST’s work for a long time.

Phil Oldham, President of the Larchmont Lions, was honored with the Lions International President’s “Certificate of Appreciation” in recognition of his efforts in fulfilling the mission of the Lions Club International. The award was presented at the District’s Fall 2017 Conference on November 12th. Congratulations, Phil!

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