InCommon eNews
January 15, 2021
Our church bell cast in 1869 in memory of Mary K. Hallock and rung to herald great joy and deep mourning ever since.
The Bell Tolls for Lives Lost: 
Churches of Irvington to Honor COVID-19 Victims
In a sermon entitled, "For Whom the Bell Tolls," poet-priest John Donne asserts that we are all connected to one another because we all live together in community. He summed up his point of view in the immortal phrase, "No man is an island." He drives the point home by saying that the church bell rings upon the death of a member of the community, prompting folks to ask, "Who died?" Instead, Donne notes, the death of anyone is a loss to us all. We are all part of the community, and a little of each of us also is lost. Here's how he famously put it:

Any man's death diminishes me,
Because I am involved in mankind;
And therefore never send to know
For whom the bell tolls;
It tolls for thee.
Next Tuesday at 5:30PM, President-elect Biden will lead a memorial to remember and honor lives lost to COVID-19, with church bells solemnly tolling across the country. We will be ringing our bell at that time, in concert with our church neighbors at Irvington Presbyterian and Immaculate Conception. This concerted effort to remember the 380,000 people who have died is, of course, symbolic and, by its very nature, inclusive. Each toll of the bell will act as a reminder to all of us that mourning itself has taken many different forms this past year. I encourage all of us to stop, listen and lament the ongoing toll the pandemic is taking on our neighbors and upon each one of us. I also hope that the tolling of the bells will be a small reminder to all of us that we are vulnerable human beings with an innate capacity for compassion, beauty and love.

May those who have died, rest in peace and rise in glory. Amen.

Letter from the Bishop of New York
Attached here is an important letter from Bishop Dietsche to the clergy and people of the Diocese of New York.

Worship Online
Sunday, 10:00AM

Please join us for a virtual service at 

In-person services continue to be suspended.

Following 10AM worship, we gather by Zoom for 
Meeting ID: 336 690 2686   
Passcode: 10533  
St. Barnabas Annual Meeting
January 24, 2021

Our annual meeting will take place via Zoom on Sunday, January 24 at Noon. The link to our 
Vestry Slate is available now for your review. Please mark your calendars to attend this important meeting in the life of our parish. 

Annual Report 2020
Call for Committee Reports!

Sue Stanley has requested that committee reports be emailed to her before January 17, 2021. The Annual Report will be shared with parishioners electronically, prior to our Annual Meeting.

Please send reports to Sue at

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 now meet by Zoom at 7:30 on Tuesday, January 19, to discuss American Pastoral, by Philip Roth. 

All are welcome. If you'd like to get the Zoom link, or if you have any questions, please contact Lea Carmichael Richardson at
REPAIR Meeting 
A Community Conversation - Police Reform in Westchester

What's the current state of community policing in Westchester? How do race, ethnicity, and other factors impact the way civilians are treated by police? What steps are needed to ensure the safety and dignity of every human being who experiences an encounter with law enforcement?

Join us at 7:30PM on Wednesday, January 27, when Rivertowns Episcopal Parishes Action on Inclusion and Race (REPAIR) hosts an online forum about these urgent issues. We'll hear from a distinguished panel that includes Kenneth Chamberlain, Jr., founder of the Westchester Coalition for Police Reform; Kathy Kaufman, a sociologist who has studied policing in Westchester and is a member of the Irvington committee on police reform; and Mayo Bartlett, civil rights attorney and co-chair of the Westchester County Police Reform and Reimagining Task Force. You'll have a chance to ask questions and learn what concerned citizens can do to support the cause of just and equitable policing for all. For information about how to take part in the REPAIR meeting on Zoom, visit our website at
The Community Food Pantry for Tarrytown and Sleepy Hollow
This local food pantry had 250 families coming on a regular basis prior to Covid. Recently, 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. 

A Note from the Staff
The staff is very grateful to the parish for the generous gifts during the Christmas holidays this year. We wish you all a Happy and Healthy New Year! 


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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