InCommon eNews
November 26, 2020
Thanks to all who contributed to the Youth Group Thanksgiving Drive for the Community Food Pantry.
A General Thanksgiving

Accept, O Lord, our thanks and praise for all that you have done for us. 

We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love.

We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.

We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.

We thank you also for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Above all, we thank you for your Son Jesus Christ; for the truth of his Word and the example of his life; for his steadfast obedience, by which he overcame temptation; for his dying, through which he overcame death; and for his rising to life again, in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom.

Grant us the gift of your Spirit, that we may know him and make him known; and through him, at all times and in all places, may give thanks to you in all things. Amen.

--The Book of Common Prayer, p. 836
STEWARDSHIP 2021Stewardship

We are abundantly thankful for all of the pledges that have been made to date, and for the prayerful consideration of pledges yet to be made. In difficult times, we as a parish once again are reaffirming our gratitude for what God has given us and our commitment to St. Barnabas through our financial support.

As of today, there are 74 pledges totaling $333,520 toward our $400,000 goal. 


You can pledge online at the link below. You may also return your pledge card or contact either of us. 

Every pledge, large or small, is vital to sustaining our church, especially in this uncertain time. 


Jane and David
Co-Chairs of the Stewardship Campaign
Jane Gunnison, | David Oakes,

Click here to Make a Pledge for 2021

Worship Online
Sunday, 10:00AM

Please join us for a virtual service at 

The in-person service has been suspended for this week.

Following 10AM worship, we gather by ZOOM for 
Meeting ID: 336 690 2686   
Passcode: 10533  
Outdoor Worship

This outdoor service has been suspended for this week. 

Sunday School
Our outdoor gathering has been suspended for this week. 
Please contact Gabrielle Boozer at with any  questions.
Youth Group - Sunday, December 6
The next meeting with Kelli and Jamer is currently scheduled for 3:00PM on Sunday, December 6. Email Kelli Scott ( with questions.

After-Dinner at the Rectory
Advent Program of Readings and Reflection via ZOOM

For Advent this year, I invite you to come sup with me and enjoy a little wine or non-alcoholic beverage after dinner on Monday nights beginning November 30. 

The formal program, starting at 7:30PM, will involve an Advent reading from me with reflection time. Then, for those who would like, we will have time to linger awhile for catch-up and conversation. We will wrap things up at 8:30PM, sharp. 

To add to the sense of occasion, church member Judy Brazong (proprietor of My Sherry & More on Main Street in Irvington) helped me pick out a boldly purple red wine called Eruption, harvested from the slopes of an extinct volcano. All proceeds from this purchase will go to the Community Food Pantry in Tarrytown as part of St. B's on-going desire to respond to the huge up-tick in need that people in our Rivertown neighborhoods are experiencing at this time. 

Monday, November 30, 7:30PM-8:30PM
Meeting ID: 336 690 2686 /  Passcode: 10533

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

How to Read the Bible - Gareth leads Wednesday evening meetings about how the Bible's many different literary styles are used to convey the overall story of Scripture. 
Wednesday Evenings, 7:30PM - 8:30PM

Meeting ID: 336 690 2686  Passcode: 10533 
St. Barnabas Book Group
The Saint Barnabas Book Group will meet by ZOOM at 7:30 on Tuesday, January 12, to discuss American Pastoral, by Philip Roth. Good to get an early start, as the book has 400+ pages. 

All are welcome. If you'd like to get the Zoom link, or if you have any questions, please contact Lea Carmichael Richardson at
Election 2020--Taking Stock, Looking Forward

In the wake of one of our nation's most bitterly contested and consequential elections, the members of Rivertowns Episcopal Parishes Action on Inclusion and Race (REPAIR) are inviting you to an online gathering to reflect on the state of our communities and our nation. We'll meet via ZOOM Link on Wednesday, December 2, at 7:30 p.m., to consider these questions:
  • How are you feeling in the wake of the election?  
  • As you consider all that has happened during 2020, what moves you to express thanksgiving? What are you moved to lament? What moves you to feel anxiety for our future?
  • What has been the impact of the campaign and the election on your relationships with friends, family members, neighbors, colleagues, and fellow citizens?   
  • How has the election affected our churches, neighborhoods, towns, and our nation?  
  • Finally, what kinds of things can we do, as individuals and as a group, to begin building a more whole, inclusive, and just society? 
As we meet, we'll strive to:
  • Hear as many voices as possible.
  • Listen actively and with respect.
  • Lean into discomfort.
  • Speak from our own experiences.
  • Share ideas and feelings not to agree but to gain greater understanding.
Our goal will be to seek a place of common understanding from which we can begin the journey of the coming months and years in a spirit of hope, even as we recognize the challenges and dangers ahead. Please contact Karl Weber with any questions. You're invited to join us at ZOOM Link.

San Andres Church Turkey Drive
If you missed your chance to contribute for the turkey drive, you can still send your check to help the families of the San Andres Food Pantry. Checks for contributions may be sent directly to:

San Andres Episcopal Church, 22 Post Street, Yonkers, NY 10705 

Contact Pam Mitchell ( with questions.
The Community Food Pantry for Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow
As mentioned by Gareth in the service last Sunday, this local food pantry had 250 families coming on a regular basis prior to Covid. Last week, they had 700 families.  If you'd like to help, you may make a contribution online here.  Or send a check to:  The Community Food Pantry, 43 South Broadway, Tarrytown NY 10591

Contact Barbara Mahoney ( with questions.
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 to this year's stewardship campaign. Cynthia is also able to guide you through the process of wiring funds. 

Christmas Flowers
If you would like to give flowers at Christmas in memory of loved ones, e-mail the names of your loved ones, then send a check made out to "St. Barnabas Altar Guild" with "Christmas Flowers" written in the memo section. To be included in the memorial list in the Christmas bulletins, names of loved ones must reach the office by Tuesday, December 22nd.

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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