InCommon eNews
November 13, 2020
By Halsey Pond - Sarah LeBuhn
Every Piece Counts
Picking up the Pieces

Since the pandemic crisis began, I have become accustomed to sitting with fragmentary thoughts. The things that would have been fleeting thoughts in ordinary times have become more substantial. So, I reflect more thoroughly on pastoral conversations had over the phone and sit with the remnants of spiritual energy generated by Bible study over ZOOM. By phone and over ZOOM I find myself referencing the centrality of the Holy Eucharist for a life of faith. I think I do so as a way of offering assurance that, as broken and discombobulated as we might feel, 'In Christ', we are more than the sum of our parts, more than any number of fragmentary thoughts and feelings. 

It is my faith that all the pieces of our individual lives are collected and pieced together by a loving God who takes joy and delight in us in good times and bad. As exhausted as we might be, God sees us as vital to the broken whole, which is a more substantial and hidden reality than it is possible for us to know. During these days of belonging to St. Barnabas, the vast majority of us must make do with remembered solidarity, a 'live-streamed' view of the sanctuary, a fleeting 'drive-by' glimpse of our church and memories of sustenance shared at the nave altar before the pandemic. So, perhaps like me, you find yourself lingering awhile longer than you might ordinarily do on precious memories such as these; and to that I say, "It is very meet and right so to do," to coin a eucharistic response from the Rite 1 liturgy of the Book of Common Prayer (p.333).

Onward in Hope,

STEWARDSHIP 2021Stewardship
We are delighted to report that we have now received 48 pledges totaling $205,390 from 40% of our members. This means we are 51% of the way to our goal of $400,000. This is an inspiring sign of the commitment of our parishioners to sustaining our church and one another in the upcoming year. We are deeply grateful for this response and your generosity.

THERE IS JUST OVER A WEEK LEFT IN THE CAMPAIGN! You can pledge now via the link below, or pledge by going to our website and clicking the "Make Your 2021 Pledge" button, or return your pledge card. Please feel free to contact either of us if you have questions or need help making your pledge. Every pledge counts!

Jane and David
Co-Chairs of the Stewardship Campaign

Click here to Make a Pledge for 2021

To learn more, watch our Campaign Video
Stewardship Campaign: October 18 through November 22, 2020
Worship In-Person or Online
Sunday, 10:00AM

To attend this service in person, please Register Here

To attend this service virtually, please join LocalLive Online
Following 10AM worship, we gather by Zoom for Virtual Coffee Hour 
Meeting ID: 336 690 2686   Passcode: 10533  
Outdoor Worship
Sunday, 3:00PM

To attend this service, please Register Here
and then bundle up to join us on the front lawn at 3:00pm!

Sunday School - 3:00PM
We will be holding outdoor Sunday School in the backyard during the 3:00PM service. We will use the Godly Play curriculum, and, since we cannot share art supplies, consider bringing something that your child might enjoy--paper, colored pencils, crayons, LEGOs, beads, etc. Children will be socially distanced and masks are required. For details, please contact Gabrielle Boozer at  
Youth Group - Sunday, November 22
Join us next on Sunday, November 22, in front of the Rectory from 3:00-5:00PM. Email Kelli Scott ( with questions, and let her know if you want to receive the weekly newsletter, The Buzz.

Keep collecting items for our Food Drive! Healthy cereal, plain oatmeal, ricepeanut butter, shelf stable milk, tuna, sardines, dried beans, pasta.
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 
Book Group
The St. Barnabas Book Group will meet via Zoom on Tuesday, November 17, at 7:30PM to discuss The Inheritance of Loss by Kiran Desai.

All are welcome to join the discussion. If you are interested and not on the Book Group mailing list, please email Lea Carmichael Richardson at for the Zoom link.

2021 Calendars Needed for New Beginnings
St. Barnabas is once again collecting 2021 calendars for New Beginnings of Westchester located in Ossining. There is a plastic bin outside the church (the entrance by the choir room), and you can drop off calendars there. Thank you!

New Beginnings is a non-profit organization that provides basic household essentials to homeless families and individuals making the transition to permanent housing.
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.

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 Monday.

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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