InCommon eNews
January 1, 2021
RECTOR'S MESSAGE
The arrival of the three kings, as proclaimed in the Gospel this Sunday.
Blessings to Be Counted, Gifts to Behold
 
Dear All,
On this first day of the new year, I give thanks to God for all that we accomplished in 2020, a devastating year like no other. Here are a few highlights, in no particular order, that give me joy in the midst of an ongoing feeling of loss:
  • At heart, we are people who desire Christ-centered community. This desire for connection found fresh expression through socially-distanced church school, youth group and indoor and outdoor worship. 
  • Thanks to guidelines formulated by the vestry, and the nimble proactive approach taken by our wardens, all our members and staff were kept safe while on site. 
  • Much love was generated throughout 2020, as pastoral care found expression through the many phone calls made by members of a rapidly constituted care team, as well as by yours truly.
  • In a spirit of hope and celebration, adult and youth members of our church volunteered, attended and supported the Juneteenth Festival of African-American Arts and Culture held in Irvington.  
  • In response to national events, the vestry published a Statement on Racial Justice that committed the parish to working towards becoming an anti-racist organization. 
  • With the "overnight" curtailment of in-person worship, virtual church services were rapidly instituted, culminating in a robust HD streaming platform for ongoing and future use. 
  • Thanks to a very successful Stewardship Campaign, we ended a long and hard year on a high note, reflecting our collective resilience, generosity of spirit and hope for 2021. 
Wishing you all a New Year tempered by resilient joy, hope and love,
Gareth

WORSHIPWorship
SERVICE OF THE HOLY EUCHARIST 
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  
 
ANNUAL MEETINGAnnual
St. Barnabas Annual Meeting - January 24, 2021

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


YOUTH FORMATION Youth
Youth Group - Sunday, January 3 at 3:00PM via Zoom

Batman needed Robin! Drake needed Josh! Keneen needed Kel (okay that is before your time)! The bottom line in life... we all need people to "do life" with. People to laugh, cry, and cheer with.

Call it a team, crew, posse, whatever... we all have one. We're all drawn to certain groups of people who think and want the same things we do.

The word trending right now is squad. This comes from the military word "squadron," typically describing 4-5 unified fighting forces. Goals are what help unify a squad. The hashtag "squadgoals" is everywhere on social media right now.

Research has shown that you and I are the composite of the five people closest to us in life. Who are those people? Who are those people in your relational circle who help you become the person God intends you to become?

We all need a squad--a tight circle of friends who can bring out the best in us. Who's on your squad? In this series for the New Year, we will discover three types of people who can help you fulfill your God-given potential! 

- Kelli 

Meeting ID: 336 690 2686   Passcode: 10533  

ADULT FORMATIONAdult
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 Paintmoth@gmail.com.
  
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 (swimmerxyz@aol.com) 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 ferginvestcf@gmail.com 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. 

CONNECT & COMMUNICATEContact
PARISH OFFICE

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.

ANNOUNCEMENTS
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Sue Stanley

 
 


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