July 23, 2020
InCommon E-News

In This Issue
  • Rector's Message
  • Sunday Service & Coffee Hour
  • Weekly Video Log
  • Parish Survey
  • Racial Justice
  • St. Barnabas Book Group
  • Resources
  • Giving
A Few Questions That Can't Be Readily Answered

As I approach my vacation time, starting August 1, I am beginning to reflect back on the last four months in an effort to draw some conclusions. One of the questions I am mulling over is what it means to be a somewhat disembodied worship leader looking out on empty pews. I am also wondering what it means to conduct parish life on Zoom rather than in person. While I ponder these things, I am both grateful for and a bit fed up with the internet. Yes, it has allowed us to stay somewhat connected as a church during the pandemic; and yet it's hard to feel connected to a bigger, transcendent reality when we are participating in worship on a laptop or, in my case, connecting with you via the blinking eye of a tiny camera. I take comfort from knowing that I am not alone in feeling the absence of in-person gatherings. As I try to make sense of why I feel bereft, I realize how much I miss being in a group where I can sense vulnerability both in myself and others and understand that as a God-given gift. As yet I haven't figured out how mutual vulnerability gets conveyed via Zoom and I'm not sure it's a question many people care too much about. It's early days in a brave new world and, let's be honest, it's not just church that is a strange mixture of disembodied isolation and connectedness, life itself is like that too as we deal with being socially distanced in a digitally connected world. So, friends, if you have answers to any of my questions, please send them to me on a postcard, written by your own fair hand. 
Wishing us all God's blessed assurance,

  • To schedule a meeting with the rector, call the Parish Office, (914) 591-8194.
  • Office Hours are Wednesday, 1:00PM-3:30PM. No appointment necessary.
  • The rector's Sabbath (day off) is Monday.
  • For pastoral emergencies, call Gareth directly, (617) 930-3728.
G areth leads us in a service of Morning Prayer.

Sunday, July 26, 10:00AM

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Our worship services will continue online through the summer and are pre-recorded. A new streaming service will be launched in the Fall to improve the experience for everyone. 

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Barnabas, S on of Encouragement

Saint Barnabas was known for his kindness and openness and has been called the "son of encouragement."  Each week our rector posts a brief message to lift spirits.
Please remember to take the parish survey to help us determine our needs for reopening the church in the Fall.  We appreciate everyone's feedback! 

If you have announcements for this weekly newsletter, please  email K elli Scott at kellisherelle@gmail.com.  Information is due by Tuesday mornings at 8:00AM. Thank you!

REPAIR Meeting
Reparations For Slavery: The Debt That Is Still Unpaid

For two and a half centuries, enslaved African Americans helped build our nation's weath without receiving their fair share of its benefits. When slavery ended, reparations were paid by the federal government--but only to the white slaveholders who'd lost their human "property." When will our nation finally address this historic injustice?

Join us on Wednesday, July 29, when we'll gather via Zoom to explore this question. A panel of experts will lead the discussion, including Michael Lord of Historic Hudson Valley, who will explain the historical roots of the reparations issue; Jeffery Robinson of the ACLU, who will present the case for reparations; and Cynthia Copeland of the New York Diocese's Reparations Committee, who will describe what the church is doing to address its own legacy of slavery. You'll have a chance to discuss the tough questions around reparations and come to grips with an issue our nation has skirted for too long.

Meeting Time: Wednesday, July 29 -- 7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Visit the REPAIR website for sign-on instructions: REPAIR Rivertowns 

The next meeting of the St. Barnabas Book Group will take place on Zoom to discuss  Girl, Woman, Other by Bernardine Evaristo.

Wednesday, August 5 at 7:30PM

To learn more, contact Lea Carmichael Richardson at Paintmoth@gmail.com.

This list of local agencies support those in need during this critical time. Food pantries are stretched and in need of monetary donations, as many seek help due to the devastating economic effects of COVID-19.

The Bishops of the Diocese of New York offer regular inspirational messages 
here .

The National Church also has useful resources related to the pandemic and racial reconciliation on their website here .

Even though we remain physically separated, we strive to pull together as a faithful community. We hope you will keep St. Barnabas strong and resilient financially, as we navigate the ongoing challenges of this environment. Please continue to make your pledges or contributions, even as we worship remotely.
Online payments may be made 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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