InCommon eNews
March 12, 2021
Worship | Adult | Public Health | Easter | Youth | REPAIR | Book Group | Beatles | Giving | Connect
It's Been a Year
One year ago this week, I had the terrible realization that not only had the coronavirus arrived in the US and into New York, but it had arrived at St. Barnabas, and I was the host. This most unwelcome of guests arrived on the heels of a large charitable event held at the church, and it had decided to pick me for prolonged food and shelter. The saving grace was that I didn't become the locus of a super spreader event at the communion rail; we were all spared that nightmare and, as one parishioner put it perfectly well, his rector had "taken one for the team." 
Since those early days, so many of us have, albeit inadvertently, taken one for the team; and all of us have intentionally sacrificed for the good of the whole. Sacrificing for the good of the whole is shorthand for, "not adding to the suffering and loss of others by refraining from doing harm." While this might be considered the most basic requirement of the Christian Life, we are encouraged to take it one step further by giving expression to Jesus' famous saying: "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you." (Matthew 7:12).
One year on from the beginning of the pandemic, we are in a more hopeful place. The tenets of the golden rule are finding fresh expression in the distribution of the coronavirus vaccine. Taking one for the team now means something wholly positive: getting in line to become the host of the vaccine, which along with a growing number of our parishioners, I have now done for the good of the whole. 
In another positive development, Bishop Dietsche has lifted restrictions on in-person church gatherings which augurs well for the resumption of some sense of normality in the near future. With this goal in mind, the Vestry will soon be releasing recommendations that reflect our collective desire to keep everyone safe as we gather once more at the table where Christ is host. 
Onward in Hope,


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.

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 4 at 10AM


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 

The Villages of Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow are partnering with the Tarrytown School District and Rite Aid to host a pop-up vaccination clinic for those who are 65 or older.
Saturday, March 20, 2021
Sleepy Hollow Middle School Gymnasium
210 North Broadway in Sleepy Hollow, NY 
8:00AM - 6:00PM 

If you would like to give flowers in memory of your loved ones at Easter, send an email to Sue Stanley with the names of those who you want to be included in the Easter service leaflet.
Please email Sue by Palm Sunday, March 28.
Checks may be sent to: 
Altar Guild/Church of St. Barnabas
15 North Broadway 
Irvington, NY 10533

St. Barnabas Youth Group
We hope you will join our next Zoom meeting!

This Sunday, March 14 at 3:00PM
Zoom Meeting ID: 899 0383 0783, Passcode: 1Dx9zG

For questions, please contact Kelli Scott
Rivertowns Episcopal Parishes Action on Inclusion and Race (REPAIR)
Wednesday, March 24, 2021
7:30PM to 9:00PM via Zoom

One man's shocking discovery of his family's racist legacy. How would you respond?

In 2008, poet and essayist J. Chester Johnson was asked to write the Litany of Offense and Apology for a National Day of Repentance when the Episcopal Church formally apologized for its role in transatlantic slavery. In his research, he learned about the 1919 Elaine Massacre, in which more than 100 African-American men, women, and children were killed by white vigilantes and federal troops. Then, digging further, Johnson discovered that his beloved grandfather, who'd raised him during his Arkansas boyhood, had participated in the Massacre.

Join us for our next meeting of REPAIR on Wednesday evening, March 24. You'll meet Chester Johnson, author of Damaged Heritage, and hear about how he came to terms with a life-shattering revelation, including the relationship he eventually forged with Sheila L. Walker, a descendant of several victims of the Elaine Massacre. It's a story of guilt, pain, and reconciliation that offers lessons for an entire nation grappling with a history of racism.

For details and the link, go to the website REPAIRRivertowns.ORG.

St. Barnabas Book Group
The next meeting of the Saint Barnabas Book Group will take place at 7:30PM on Tuesday, April 27 on Zoom. We will be discussing Annabel, a novel by Kathleen Winter. It's 464 pages, but apparently they go by fast.

All are welcome. If you have any questions, would like to be added to the Group list, or would just like the Zoom link for this meeting, please contact Lea Carmichael Richardson at
How The Beatles Relate to the Gospels
Episode 2 
"Help!" and "Let it Be"

Both the rector and our new intern, Hope Durot, have a love and appreciation for The Beatles. In a new series of video podcasts, they explore the deeper meaning behind some of these famous songs. 

This week's episode focuses on "Let it Be" and "Help!" in light of how these relate to the anxiety and dislocation that many of us feel in our current Covid environment. Click YouTube to watch!
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 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 this weekly newsletter, please email Hope Durot by Tuesday evening.

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