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February 12, 2021
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God is Love

These days, Valentine's Day can be quite the production. This is certainly true in our household, where the children (three of them; 10 and under) make individual cards for Mommy and Daddy, and we return the favor. They also get Valentine's Day cards from Grandma and Grandpa. I always present my wife, Fran, with the same "kitschy" fake rose in a vase every year (you press a button, and the battery-operated rose opens). I call it post-modern irony but feel free to call me "cheap," if your preference is for 12, long-stemmed red roses. 
What I don't do is "short change" the opportunity to express love; as God created us to love, to express love and to receive love. In the first Letter of John, Chapter 4, verse 18, we read: 

"God is love, and those who abide in love abide in God, and God abides in them." Valentine's Day gives us the opportunity to intentionally practice the love of God in ways that might well be wrapped in romance or familial love, as a sign of a deeper love that resides within us, like those who believe we are made in the image of God.
St. Valentine and all of the saints point us to the care of one's neighbor as the defining principle of Christian love. Therefore, uplifting the needs of others gives us an opportunity to put Christ's love into action and point to God as the source of that love. To that end, I invite you to join in the drive-up food drive that our church and Irvington Presbyterian Church are running together to show our shared commitment to God's love and to extend our collective hearts into the world. See below for details.
Onward in Hope and Love,

Dear Parishioners and Friends,
It is with great sadness that I write to inform you that former member, Brenda Kelly Cohn, 56, died last Thursday, February 4, after a short battle with cancer. At this time please hold her husband, Jeffrey, and their six boys in prayer. Your prayers are also asked for Harriet Kelly, her mom, and for Brenda's brother, Geoffrey.

May Brenda rest in peace,
a child of God made deeply in God's image,
a sheep of God's own fold,
baptized into the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Letters of condolence may be sent to Harriet at 35 Old Town Xing, Mt. Kisco, NY 10549-4030.

Sincerely yours,


Worship Online
Sunday, 10:00AM

Please join us for a virtual service at 
Virtual Coffee Hour
Immediately following the service

Meeting ID: 336 690 2686  /  Password: 10533

In-person services continue to be suspended.

Ash Wednesday:  Holy Eucharist on February 17 at 7:30PM
Lent:  Holy Eucharist at 10AM on Sundays
Palm Sunday:  Holy Eucharist on March 28 at 10AM
Maundy Thursday:  Holy Eucharist on April 1 at 7:30PM (no foot washing)
Good Friday:  The Seven Last Words from the Cross at Noon and 
Holy Eucharist at 7:30PM on April 2
Easter Day:  Holy Eucharist on April 2 at 10AM

Irvington Presbyterian Church and St. Barnabas Team Up

In honor of Valentine's Day this Sunday, love your neighbor! The IPC Missions and St. Barnabas have teamed up for a drive-up food drive for the Community Food Pantry of Sleepy Hollow and Tarrytown. 

The Food Pantry is especially in need of the following: healthy cereals, peanut butter, and oatmealSmall sizes are preferred, and reusable grocery bags are always needed. 

This Sunday, February 14 from 1:00-3:00PM
Irvington Presbyterian Church Parking Lot
Cash Donations are also accepted @Paypal 
100% of the contributions will go toward the purchase of food. 

 He gives food to every creature. His love endures forever. Psalm 136:25 

We are currently living in a period where we can't all be together outside or inside church. In these times, many have experienced a lack of connection among our communities, leaving us to feel alone and separated. A weekly "Community Connections" series is a way to bring our parish together again, connected, and communicating! This series gives everyone in our St. Barnabas community the chance to have a voice. Each week someone will be randomly selected by our Communications Committee and myself. Members will have the opportunity share their experiences at St. Barnabas, talk about their hobbies and their "faves," discuss how they've managed during the pandemic and generally let us all get to know each other better, hopefully opening future dialogues. Highlights of these conversations will be featured on our website, creating a montage of profiles that make up the St. Barnabas community!
If you are interested in being featured in our "Community Connections" series, please email me at

Hope Durot
St. Barnabas Communications Intern


The Bible Project
Morning Bible Study - Gareth leads Bible Study sessions three mornings a week using The Bible Project materials. You're welcome to join the meeting anytime. 
Tuesdays/Wednesdays/Thursdays, 9:30AM - 10:00AM

Meeting ID: 336 690 2686  Passcode: 10533 
Book Group
The next meeting of the St. Barnabas Book Group will take place via Zoom at 7:30PM on Tuesday, February 23. We will discuss The Guest List by Lucy Foley.  (Please note the author's name as there are several books with this title.)  

All are welcome! If you would like to be part of the Zoom meeting, and/or would like to be added to the Book Group email list, please contact Lea Carmichael Richardson at  
Youth Group
The St. Barnabas Youth Group will meet via Zoom this Sunday, February 14, 2021, at 3:00PM. For any questions or to sign up for their newsletter, please contact Kelli Scott. We hope to see you at our next meeting!
Meeting ID: 899 0383 0783, 
Passcode: 1Dx9zG
In honor of Black History Month, the Irvington Historical Society presents

Sunday, February 28, 2021, 2:00PM

This Zoom Webinar will feature a conversation between St. Barnabas' own Barry Seaman and Ambassador Harold Doley. Ambassador Doley lived in this famous mansion on Broadway for 25 years!

Learn more here
Register here
We hope you will keep St. Barnabas strong and resilient financially, as we navigate the ongoing challenges of the current environment. Please continue to make your pledges or contributions. 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.

How to Fulfill Your Pledge with Securities or Wire Transfer
Please contact Cynthia Ferguson at 914-631-7188 or if you would like to pledge stock as your financial contribution. Cynthia is also able to guide you through the process of wiring funds. 


To schedule a meeting with the rector, call the Parish Office at (914) 591-8194.

Office hours are Wednesdays, 1:00pm-3:30pm. 

The rector's Sabbath (day off) is Friday.

For pastoral emergencies, call Gareth directly, at (617) 930-3728.

If you have announcements to include in the InCommon weekly newsletter, please email the information by noon on Tuesdays. 
Sue Stanley


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