This Week at St. John’s

Sunday, January 11
9:15am – Scripture Reading (Library)
10:00am – Church School
10:15am – Baptism (Church)
11:30— Film “Called to the Common Good—Economic Inequality and What Christians Can Do About It” (Dining Room during Coffee Hour)
11:30am – Social Justice Meeting (Chapel)
12:00 pm—Worship Committee Meeting (Conference Room)
12:00pm – Neighbors’ Link (Library)
12:30pm – Iglesia Betania Eucharist (Church)
6:15pm – L’Eglise de L’Epiphanie Service (Church)
Tuesday, January 13
2:00pm – Scripture Study (Conference Room)
6:15pm – Yoga (Eagle’s Loft)
7:00pm – Vestry – (Library)
Wednesday, January 14
7:00pm – Stephen Ministry (Library)
Thursday, January 15
11:00 a.m. Powerful Women in Stained Glass (Chapel)
12:10pm – Eucharist (Chapel)
2:00pm – Staff Meeting (Conference Room)
7:00pm – Boy Scouts (Teen HQ)
7:30pm – Choir Rehearsal (Choir Room)
Friday, January 16
 Office Closed
Saturday, January 17
5:00pm – Eucharist (Church)
 Father Jim will be on vacation beginning on Friday, January 16, returning to the office on Tuesday, Jan 20.

Baptized Today –
Congratulations to newly baptized Seneque Massuel Remy, son of Seneque Remy and Emmanuelle Dargout.

“Real Life” Sunday Scripture Study—
Every Sunday from 9:15 a.m. to 10 a.m. in the library. We ask the question “How can I apply today’s Scripture readings to my own life—now?”


COFFEE HOUR TODAY– Grab your snack and be seated for a short 20-minute film “Called to the Common Good – Economic Inequality and What Christians Can Do About It!” This conversation about how we can think about our Christian faith and the growing economic inequality, led by Dr. Cornel West, a Harvard-trained economist who now teaches at Princeton. Dr. West has thought deeply about these issues – and about the ways that we all can participate in the discussion and long-term solutions to inequality.  He challenges us  to think of these issues in terms of our life in Christ.  We will come back together on Sunday January 18th at coffee hour to discuss.  If you cannot join us or want to review parts of the film it is also available online for free  Jan 11-Jan 21 to the public at the following link:

Prayer Vigil will meet today immediately after the 10:15 service for a few minutes and then adjourn to watch the film.

Mark your calendars Sunday January 18—Coffee Hour discussion of Economic Inequality and What Christians can do about it! – please let Mother Kathleen know if you would like to help guide the conversation.

Prayer List—
Please send all prayer list requests for the bulletin to the Parish Administrator, Sandie DeFilippis at

Mark your calendar for St. John’s Annual Meeting, Sunday January 25 in the dining room at 11:45 a.m. Ministry chairs who have not already submitted their reports, please do so as soon as possible. Thank you.
TUESDAY BIBLE STUDY meets every week at 2:00pm in the Conference Room. We welcome newcomers – we are reading through the New Testament and are currently in Hebrews. Questions? Please contact organizer, Denise Wade (914) 649-2953.

Contribution boxes —
Contribution boxes with envelopes can be found on the table in Baronial Hall. Please pick up your box as soon as possible.

January Organ Music— For the first three weeks of January, Director of Music Chris Shepard will be playing movements from J.S. Bach’s English Suite in G Minor as the preludes and postludes, using both the piano and the organ.  Bach composed a number of suites for solo keyboard, including the six English Suites, the six French suites and the six Partitas.  The keyboard suites are composed of short movements, each based on a highly stylized French dance form.  Unlike his Well-Tempered Clavier, they are almost entirely devoid of the complex fugal counterpoint for which Bach is so justly famous.  Although they would have been written with the harpsichord in mind, Bach used different keyboard instruments– the Harpsichord, clavichord and organ– fairly interchangeably when writing for keyboard without pedal. Near the very end of his life, Bach traveled to Potsdam, where he played the recently invented fortepiano, the immediate predecessor of the modern piano.  It is tantalizing to imagine how Bach might have composed for this instrument had he lived another decade.

Celebrating Powerful Women in Stained Glass - a 4-week study on the stained-glass windows in the Ladies Chapel. The study will take place in the Ladies Chapel at 11:00 a.m. followed by the 12:10 p.m. Eucharist which will focus on one of the saints studied that week. Thursday mornings, January 15—February 5 at 11:00 a.m.

St. John’s Clergy Prayer Ministry —
Each week Fr. Jim and Mother Kathleen pray intentionally for a few families and parishioners at St. John’s. The week before we start to pray for a family, we send out a letter letting you know and asking if you would want us to add special prayers to our own. This is the time to call or email and ask for special prayers. We are changing the order, so you may have a longer or shorter interval than before, but be assured that we will cover all families within a year period!

St. John’s Wireless Network—Internet Access is available! – The password for Internet access at St. John’s in the Dining Room, Basement & Library area near classrooms, and Eagle’s Loft is STJOHNS628, which is case sensitive.