June 19, 2020

Rector's Message - Juneteeth Rally TODAY!

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Local Resources for Food During Crisis

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A Holy, Complex and Cruciform Moment
We are living through extraordinary times in the history of our country, the likes of which none of us has experienced before. Never have we been faced with such a public health challenge; and, at the same time, a challenge to the fabric of society as it relates to racial justice and inclusion for our black citizens, in particular, who descended from enslaved Africans. This is a truly holy moment in which we have daily to decide, "what we are going to do?" It is a holy moment in which the Holy Spirit is calling the Episcopal Church to speak prophetically for racial justice; and it is a holy moment for St. Barnabas to do likewise, as the Episcopal church here in Irvington. Having briefly reflected on this holy moment with our Vestry leadership, we are all agreed that this moment demands a response. How our leadership response is to be shaped is an on-going process of discernment filled with the hope and holy love of God. 
This is also a complex moment as public health concerns and civil liberties make dual demands of our hearts, minds and bodies. This is a complex moment in which the prophetic movement of the Holy Spirit is operative in "the Public Square;" and a complex moment to "step out in Faith" metaphorically, imaginatively and in a literal sense, especially if one has had COVID-19 or is at a heightened risk of getting it.
This is also a Cruciform moment in which God's ubiquitous love and God's critical judgment are inextricably linked. God's judgment of the sin of racism stands before us in stark relief. God's love for those who are concerned about their health during a pandemic surrounds us as a healing balm. At the heart of this cruciform moment, we see both death and dying and signs of resurrection and emerging hope. It is a cruciform moment in which we stand and, by God's grace, one in which we move forward equipped by the resources of our faith, our own consciences and personal need to safeguard, as best we can, our health and that of others. 
Having given you my theological and pastoral response to the moment we find ourselves in, let me extend a celebratory invitation to you: Kelli Scott, our interim Communications  Coordinator  and Chef/Owner of Orchestra X, has organized a  "Juneteenth Emancipation Day Rally" at Main Street School parking lot, today from 2 to 6pm. It will be a socially- distanced rally with live music and dance, artists, some food options, notable speakers and a round- table conversation on racial justice. You are all welcome to attend this St. Barnabas- sponsored and supported event and also to stay home, if you have any health concerns that compel you to do so.
Onward in Hope,


Call the office ( 914) 591-8194 to arrange for visit with the Rector.
For pastoral emergencies call Gareth directly at (617) 930-3728.
Office Hours Wednesday afternoons, 1-3.30PM, no appointment necessary.
The Rector's Sabbath (day off) is Monday. 
Please contact Kelli Scott at kellisherelle@gmail.com if you have upcoming events or announcements you would like included in this newsletter. All announcements are due no later than Tuesdays at 8AM.


Morning Prayer - 10:00 AM
Gareth leads us in a festive service of Morning Prayer via YouTube Channel.

  Sunday, June 21, 10:00AM
To join this service, please  Link to The St. Barnabas YouTube Channel .

Link to this week's service bulletin HERE


Join us for online Sunday School, this Sunday, June 21, at 9:30AM. We are offering a condensed version of the  Godly Play program. We look forward to seeing our children via Zoom!
- Godly Play Teaching Team
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Immediately following Sunday service, please join us for our virtual coffee hour.
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336 690 2686 
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Son of Encouragement Broadcast
The St. Barnabas Word of Encouragement is our new, pre-recorded broadcast with an inspiring and thoughtful message that posts on YouTube every Wednesday.


Join us every Wednesday at 4PM for meditation and prayer and reflection on current events. 
See you there! 
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This year, Irvington High School seniors will be celebrating graduation with their families on the morning of Saturday, June 20. A car parade, one car per family, will depart from the Riverfront, proceed up Main Street and then on to Heritage Hill. At the school, they will receive their diplomas and awards in a drive-through ceremony. 

How can you help?  St. Barnabas has been asked to decorate the front lawn along Broadway. Would you or your children/teens be willing to help create a bright poster or make green/white paper chains, etc.? If they have friends graduating, they could do a special poster for that graduate. 
Also, if you have a 2020 high school graduate in your family, please send us the name, so we can properly celebrate them! These are the St. Barnabas grads that we know so far:  Sophie Grieder and Natalie Lockhart.
Please email Linda Pierpont (LindaPierpont@optonline.net) or Rose Lawson (RoseLawson@mac.com) if you have questions or would be able to volunteer to help with socially-distant decorating on June 19.


The next (Zoom) meeting of the Book Group will be on Wednesday, June 24th, at 7: 30PM
We will be discussing "Clay's Quilt" by Silas House.  If you would like to participate and are not on the Book Group email list, please contact Lea Carmichael Richardson at  Paintmoth@gmail.com


Connected Parenting has started up again, and we had a great conversation this past Sunday evening.
Please join us next month for an ongoing conversation about family life in these particular times on June 28.


I am grateful to Barbara Mahoney for updating the list of local agencies whose support to those in need among us is absolutely crucial. Right now, the food pantries are completely stretched and are in need of monetary donation as many more people seek help due to the devastating economic effects of COVID-19.
Click here for RESOURCES


Our Bishops are offering inspirational messages available 


Even though we are physically separated, we are working hard to keep us together as a faithful community. We hope you will continue to keep St. Barnabas strong and resilient financially, as we navigate a challenging new environment. Please make your pledges or contributions, even as we are isolated.
Make online payments by  clicking here, on our website under the "Give" section, or by mailing your check to St. Barnabas Church, 15 N Broadway, Irvington, NY 10533.
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