Wednesday, July 20, 2016

20 July 2016
“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Today we celebrate Sojourner Truth and Harriet Tubman, two women of color who helped change the world: Sojourner Truth, a former slave who fled north and preached powerfully against racism and sexism at a women’s rights convention in Akron, Ohio on May 29, 1851; and Harriet Tubman who helped free over 300 slaves by leading them into Canada between 1851 and 1861. These brave women spoke out against the evils of their day and call us to dream of a country in which all people are treated equally and with respect.

We continue to pray for protection for our citizens, especially men of color, as well as for our police.  We mourn all those who have been wounded and those who have died in recent terrorist attacks in our cities as well as around the world.  And as our country lifts up our political conventions and candidates for the office of the President of the United States, prayers for peace, love, discernment and good will, as well as truth and justice. 

Thanks to everyone who helped set up and clean up, brought chairs over, cooked and brought food, etc. for the Service of Holy Eucharist and elaborate Parish Picnic at Sarah Lawrence’s Center for the Urban River at Beczak last Sunday.  The weather cooperated beautifully and we had a wonderful time with amazing and excellent food.  What a stunning location, and a perfect spot for a July Sunday picnic! Thank you!

Service representatives from the Ahlborne-Galanti organ company spent six and a half hours working and beginning to clean and repair our organ on Monday.  They will return in August.  In the meantime, I think you will be able to hear some sounds we have not heard for quite a while!

May Harriet and Sojourner continue to inspire and remind us of what real courage and faith mean. See you at the Farmer’s Market and on Sunday!

Blessings and love,
The Rev. Dr. Victoria Sirota

Saint John’s Getty Square

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Changes in Sunday the 17th Services

THIS Sunday, July 17th, our 8 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist is as usual, but our 10:15 a.m. Service of Holy Eucharist and Parish Picnic will be held in Sarah Lawrence’s Center for the Urban River at Beczak, 35 Alexander Street (past the Science Barge on Alexander Street, which parallels the Hudson)
St. John’s Farmers’ Market
Getty Square, 1 Hudson St

Thursdays 7 AM to 5 PM

July 7-November 17

Gently used Clothing * Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Delicious Breads
Plus More

Welcome Mother Vicki
St. John's Priest-in-Charge

Victoria R. Sirota, Episcopal priest, lecturer, author and organist holds degrees from Oberlin Conservatory of Music, Boston University and Harvard Divinity School, and was a postdoctoral fellow at the Bunting Institute of Radcliffe College. She has taught at Yale Divinity School, Yale Institute of Sacred Music, The Ecumenical Institute of Theology at St. Mary’s Seminary and University, and Boston University. Former Chaplain for the American Guild of Organists (AGO), Chair of the Professional Concerns Committee for the Association of Anglican Musicians and coordinator of the 1990 National AGO Convention in Boston, she is the author of articles, reviews and hymns. She is recorded on Northeastern, Gasparo and Albany Records, and her book Preaching to the Choir: Claiming the Role of Sacred Musician is available form Church Publishing. Previous positions include Vicar of the Church of the Holy Nativity in Baltimore, MD, Canon Pastor at the Cathedral Church of St. John the Divine, and Dean of the Harlem Clericus. Mother Vicky is married to Bob Sirota and they have two grown children

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

To Everyone at St. John's Getty Square: 
We cannot adequately express our appreciation for your wonderful support of the 2016 Justice for Farmworker March.  Our heartfelt apologies for the huge delay caused by overwhelming enthusiasm of supporters first at the gospel jazz at St. Stephen's in Marble Hill and then by our being enveloped by the Obreros Unidos on South Broadway on our way to Getty Square.  

Your help over the many weeks preparing for this event, from hanging the banner, to organizing food and drink, to the willingness to stay way past the service time in order to accommodate our group, were greatly appreciated and will be remembered always.  

A special thanks to parish administrator Jan Valentine, to George Morrison, to The Rev. Tony Hoeltzel and most of all to Carol Craft. You are terrific people with a beautiful and most amazing house of worship. It has been a privilege to work with you.     

With heartfelt appreciation from everyone on the march.

Celia Baldwin
RMM Volunteer and Day 8 " Day Captain"  

Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Weekly Service Schedule

Weekly Schedule


8:00 am  Holy Eucharist  Rite 1 & coffee hour

10:15 am, Sung Eucharist Rite II & coffee hour


12:05 pm, Holy Eucharist and Healing, light lunch