Another message from our bishops

Hi everyone,

As I mentioned Sunday during the announcements, the Bishops have shared reflections and resources not only about gun violence but also about sexual harassment and abuse. Please read the attached to learn more. If you wish to read more about Diocesan events and policies, visit our Diocesan website at www.dioceseny.org. As always, feel free to confidentially discuss any of this with me in any way – positively or negatively. I’m here for you.

Faithfully,
Hal

March 16, 2018

Our Dear Brothers and Sisters,

Three days ago you received a letter from your bishops regarding the issues of gun violence in America which have been raised with fresh urgency by the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida last month. In that letter we invited wide participation in the March for Our Lives demonstrations that will happen in Washington D.C. and across our country on the 24th, and we published the statement on gun violence issued by the House of Bishops in our meeting last week at Camp Allen, Texas.

In this letter we want to publish the second statement by the House of Bishops, regarding Sexual Harassment and Abuse. That letter announces the intention of the House to offer opportunities at the coming General Convention for women and men to bring forward their own accounts of the events of harassment or abuse which they have suffered, particularly when that has come from those in power. We believe that such a listening event, happening at the opening of the General Convention, has the potential to shape the work of the Convention in a spirit both of greater openness and trust, and of appropriate repentance. Certainly it is imperative that the church and its leaders receive the witness of the abuse and violence which has been visited upon so many women, as well as men, within the communities and structures of the church.

But we are also convinced that the bringing forward of so many personal stories, often at personal risk or cost, requires of us that we revisit the practices of our own Diocese of New York to guarantee, as we are able, that the church will be a place of safety and of integrity for all people, and that in all we do we renew our commitment to “respect the dignity of every human being.”

ON SEXUAL HARASSMENT, ABUSE AND VIOLENCE

Last Fall, at the beginning of the #MeToo Movement in America, three priests in our diocese made it known on Facebook that they had been the victims of sexual harassment in the context of their ordination process. As each of them had been ordained by me (Bishop Dietsche) in my time as Bishop of New York, this was alarming news. I reached out to each of them, and in very preliminary conversations they let me know something of the context in which the offenses took place. For the specific circumstances of their situations there are remedies and preventions which can be put into place and they are being so. But the personal, shocking realization for me was that these abuses had happened “on my watch.” They had been visited upon women whom I had invited into the process of discernment, whom I believed in, and it was in that process that they were victimized. That was a sad and sober learning, and one which was and continues to be an occasion of my own repentance. I am profoundly sorry.

But their accounts gave a glimpse into the larger dynamic of power and vulnerability in the church, and how the authorities given to leaders at every level of the church to support and nurture health and strength and life and possibility, may be twisted to violate and humiliate and degrade, and to impose shame and silence upon the innocent. This is the insidious and corrupting dimension of human sin: not just that human beings do wrong, but that we are all far too ready to corrupt and bend the good gifts of God into tools for the control and abuse of other people. This is destructive of the church; it is undermining of the gospel; it blinds us to the possibilities of God in one another and in our world. “Do you renounce Satan and all the spiritual forces of wickedness that rebel against God?” “Do you renounce all evil desires that draw you from the love of God?” We renounce them. God help us.

The first sin of Eden was jealousy for power, and the challenge of the church in every age, and in our own, has been to overcome the desire to place one person over another, and to use other people to serve our own needs or desires or satisfactions. The stories which have come before us in the #MeToo Movement are new to our ears for many of us, but we hear in them the ancient, even biblical, strains of sin and suffering and ruin.

One of the personally troubling things for us as your bishops in these last months has been the realization that while a great weight of personal accounts by victims has come forward in these months, only a very few of them have been told to us directly. It has been a reminder to us that we are the inheritors and bearers of the authorities of the church, and of its powers, and that we carry the responsibility for the failures in our structures which have allowed these abuses to take place. It has been a reminder that by virtue of the offices we hold, many women and men who have been abused may not believe that it is safe to tell us their stories. We understand that some fear punishment, reprisal or consequence just for speaking up. This realization has been humbling, and because we love you, it has broken our hearts. We are remorseful, and we are sorry. As your bishops we see that we have responsibility for the problem, and we must lead this our beloved community to healing.

We cannot say that what we propose in this letter is comprehensive. These are first steps, and we invite constructive comment and reflection:

  • I (Bishop Dietsche) am going to create a Chaplain to Postulants and Candidates. This is not intended to be a staff position, but will carry some modest compensation. Recognizing the special vulnerabilities that people in the ordination process live with, this Chaplain will stand outside the structure of power and decision-making which makes coming forward so risky for aspirants to ordained ministry. When it is appropriate that the accounts of aspirants be brought forward to me or to our intake officer, the Chaplain will serve not only as pastor to the aspirant, but as advocate for her or him.
  • I am also going to create a position apart from the intake officers, not unlike the position above, for clergy and laypeople across the diocese who have a story of harassment to tell, but who are not ready to bring that story directly to me or into the formal disciplinary processes of the church. And again, when it is appropriate that a story be brought forward, this person will serve not only as pastor, but as advocate for her or him. Both of these new roles will carry the highest expectation of confidentiality for the person bringing their account.
  • We will create a process this year to review the materials and forms by which we offer and require Safe Church training in the diocese, that that training may encompass the learnings and reflections of the #MeToo Movement, and that that training be as comprehensive and as effective, and as holy, as possible.
  • Finally, we will invite a small number of ordained and lay people from the diocese to help us create a process by which clergy and lay people with accounts of harassment and abuse by clergy or lay people may safely tell their stories and have them respectfully heard. That we may listen and learn. That we may all of us “go and sin no more.”
  • May God equip us for the challenges and opportunities of this work. May God make us brave and strong and faithful to be open and truthful and wise with one another. May we never forget that everything we do that is worth doing is done to the glory of God and not our own.

    You may, if you like, follow this link to the sermon Bishop Dietsche gave on Ash Wednesday at Trinity Parish and in our Cathedral, in reflection on the story of Tamar, daughter of King David. Below you will find the statement of the House of Bishops.

    The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche
    Bishop of New York

    The Right Reverend Allen K Shin
    Bishop Suffragan of New York

    The Right Reverend Mary D Glasspool
    Bishop Assistant of New York

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    Episcopal Church House of Bishops
    Statement on Sexual Harassment and Gender Bias
    March 7, 2018

    This is the first time the House of Bishops has met as a body since the #MeToo movement began last fall, bringing to light the reality of sexual harassment, gender-based violence, and the cultural stronghold of gender bias and inequity. We continue our own work of reconciliation within our branch of God’s Church, honoring what we have learned and accomplished, as well as acknowledging the distance we still must travel. Reconciliation is the long work of healing offered by the Spirit, made possible by grace, which requires our truth-telling and repentance.

    Many of us have experienced sexual harassment and perhaps sexual violence. Bishops who are women know the “me-too” experience. Some bishops who are men know it as well. We live with different experiences of the cultural endowment of power. We know the Church has fallen short of our responsibility to listen and respond. In this time of heightened awareness it is with greater intention that we now invite the church to a deeper examination of what God intends for our relationships.

    This work will take courage. As many women and men bravely come forward to speak the truth of their experience, courageous men and women will listen, where appropriate repent, and take an active role in repairing the brokenness, working to change the culture of our church.

    We will offer a listening process in an open meeting at General Convention to hear more fully the stories of those who have been victims of sexual harassment and violence in the church. The date and time is July 4, 5:15 pm to 7:00 pm in the House of Bishops convention meeting space. The design of this process is being developed. Further details will be posted via social media and through Episcopal news outlets.

    Together women and men can form partnerships for reconciliation. We seek a more faithful, just and holy life together. We welcome the Spirit’s renewing work among us as we seek faithfully to walk in the way of Jesus.

    Tonight at 6:30: Deepening Our Relationship with God in Lent

    Hi all – We hope life is getting back to normal after the recent storms and resulting power outages. Please remember you can always reach out to Fr. Hal if you are in need.

    Tonight – Deepening our Relationship with God in Lent
    Please join us for our lovely Evening Prayer service at 6:30 pm. Deacon Norm Fulton will offer the reflection, and the service lasts about 30 minutes. After the service, we will share a simple supper and some wonderful fellowship time. All are welcome!

    Here’s the lineup for this Sunday, March 18:
    8:00 am Rite 1 Said Eucharist
    9:00 am Lenten Book Study – Eucharist chapter (Guild Room)
    9:45 am Sunday School – creating baskets for 15 children from PNWWRC
    10:00 am Rite 2 Said Eucharist with hymns
    11:30 am Memorial Garden Committee Meeting (Guild Room)
    5:00 pm Stations of the Cross

    The Easter Bunny needs your help to fill our 1,500 eggs for our Eggstravaganza on Easter Sunday!
    Please drop off stuffable candy to the bin in the office. We will be stuffing the eggs next Sunday, 3/25 after the 10:00 am service. Thank you!

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    Our 2018 Movie Premier is coming up on April 7!
    Our First Fund Raising event of the year will be the newly released movie, Sherlock Gnomes. It features the voices of Emily Blunt, Johnny Depp, Maggie Smith, James McAvoy and more. It is one of our best family events of the year. Ticket prices are 1 ticket $20.00 2 – $35.00 and 4 – $65. Additional tickets are $15.00 apiece. Each youth will receive a gift bag valued at approximately $8.00. You may order tickets by email by sending your order to RSVP@goodshepherdny.org. On the subject line please write “Movie Tickets”. You can either send a check to the church, pay at the ticket table after the 10am Mass or pay on the day of the movie. If you can’t attend, please consider buying tickets and contributing them to our movie scholarship fund.

    Lenten Outreach Opportunities
    CCNW Food Support – CCNW is running low on canned and dried beans, so we will focus our giving on BEANS for the rest of March.
    CCNW – Bring your quarters to church throughout Lent as we pitch in to help our community partner, the Community Center of Northern Westchester, with their fundraising campaign, “Mile of Quarters.”
    Disaster Relief – We will be supporting Puerto Rico with donations to Episcopal Relief & Development for the remainder of Lent. Envelopes are available in the pews.

    Day of Prayer in our Churches – A message from our bishops

    Hi Everyone,

    Below is an email from our Bishops Andy, Allen, and Mary. Please read their letter and The Statement of The House of Bishops.

    As your rector, my role is to feed all of Christ’s sheep at Good Shepherd, not just those who agree with my own theological, political, or social views. I take that charge very seriously. Thus, I want our activities to always allow for one of the great strengths of our parish — our diversity — to flourish. This means using our personal relationships with Christ and one another to inform our understandings of different points of view. We are better humans, citizens, and Christians as a result of listening to and considering points of view sometimes very different from our own. I agree, for example, with the bishops’ email when they say, “We know that there are people in the farther and more rural parts of our diocese who live all year on the meat they harvest in hunting season. Who also keep guns for protection against dangerous people and wild or diseased animals. We know that for many people guns are necessary tools more than they are weapons.” That’s us. The urban realities are also very different from our own. We should listen to the experience of these citizens, Christians, and Episcopal brothers and sisters, as well.

    Besides our points of view, the Bishops, of course, have a right — as our religious leaders — to offer spiritual reflections and diocesan policy, and they have done so on these issues. Again, please read below. It is our individual job now to prayerfully decide what our own personal stance will be, and why. I encourage you to again give your position deep prayer and reflection and to act out of your relationship with Christ. Wherever you stand on this issue, I support you to engage politically, openly, and publicly to move our country forward. I also fully support each one of us — including me, as a citizen, Christian, and priest in this diocese! — to follow Christ in the public squares as we feel called on this important issue.

    We shall honor all the Bishops’ requests at Good Shepherd.

    “When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.” (Isaiah 43:2-3). “In the world you will have tribulation, but take heart. I have overcome the world.” Jesus (John 16:23b)

    Faithfully,

    Fr. Hal

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    March 13, 2018

    Our Dear Brothers and Sisters,

    We your bishops returned this weekend from the Spring Meeting of the House of Bishops in Camp Allen, Texas. While the theme, and the learnings, of this meeting were centered on resources for the Evangelism by the church, we also spent time in discussion of and prayer regarding critical issues which are demanding the attention of our country and our church. One of those issues has to do with the epidemic of gun violence and mass shootings in America, with a particular response to the killing of seventeen high school students in Parkland, Florida last month. From those discussions, a statement was drafted and placed before the House, and then accepted as reflecting the mind of the House and published. We fully support this statement (included below), while recognizing that it is, finally, rather modest under the circumstances of the public urgency from which it arose.

    ON GUN VIOLENCE

    We know the diocese we serve. We know that there are people in the farther and more rural parts of our diocese who live all year on the meat they harvest in hunting season. Who also keep guns for protection against dangerous people and wild or diseased animals. We know that for many people guns are necessary tools more than they are weapons. But we do not forget the urban centers of our diocese, where mothers lie awake at night worrying for their children on violent streets. We have joined the Mothers’ March in the South Bronx, with that multitude of women carrying the pictures of their lost children. The possession and use of guns exists on a spectrum across our diocese just as it does across our country, and we believe that the inability of people of good will to talk to each other across those cultures has created much of the paralysis in our national debate about gun ownership and gun violence.

    Then came Parkland. The eloquence, through tears, of the young people of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School has commanded the attention of America, as they have called for legislators to enact common sense gun laws to reduce the likelihood of the kind of mass shooting they experienced. And they are changing the national debate. In the words of these young people we have heard their great sense of betrayal in the larger society which has utterly failed to protect our own communities and our own children in the face of shooting after shooting after shooting. “We are going to have to be the adults in this situation,” one young person said. “Our generation will fix this problem.” And they have called for a mass gathering on March 24 to bring this movement into the light and demonstrate solidarity for one another and give voice to this pain and these losses and these demands.

    March 14 and March 24

    We are on their side. We are asking our parishes tomorrow to keep their churches open for prayer, to make special intention at our altars for the victims of gun violence, and at noon, where possible, to toll bells for each of the seventeen victims of the Parkland shooting. And we are inviting everyone to participate in the March For Our Lives gatherings on March 24. We intend to make it possible for all young people in the Diocese of New York who wish to join in the public demonstration on that day to do so. It will be a very large gathering in Washington, DC. We also expect there to be a sizeable gathering in New York City. Buses to Washington, DC are being organized by Trinity Parish Wall Street with a priority for transporting young people. Those who want to be part of that trip are asked to contact Trinity directly. When we have further information about the details of a New York City demonstration, and meeting points for Episcopalians, we will post that on the Diocesan website. We very much encourage you to join us.

    But while these young people are rightfully deserving of our admiration, no less so are the young African Americans who have, through the Black Lives Matter Movement, laid before us the account of lives lived in the constant fear of violence, and of the many young black lives that have been lost to random, criminal or institutional gun violence. Their voices are not forgotten by the House of Bishops or our church, and we are determined that their pain must not be lost, but by the grace of God, there may now be a chorus of a million young people joined across race and community and culture that will finally awaken our nation to the terrible cost of all this shooting, and to the hopes and lives of all of God’s people.

    The Book of Lamentations begins with the prophet sitting above the ruined city of Jerusalem and asking the plaintive question, “Is it nothing to you, all ye who pass by?” May we on March 24, who follow our Lord in the way of life, demonstrate that it is not nothing to us. It is everything.

    Below you will find the statement of the House of Bishops.

    Tomorrow you will receive a second letter from us, regarding the House of Bishops statement on the #MeToo Movement, especially as regards the life and polity of our diocese.

    The Right Reverend Andrew ML Dietsche
    Bishop of New York

    The Right Reverend Allen K Shin
    Bishop Suffragan of New York

    The Right Reverend Mary D Glasspool
    Bishop Assistant of New York

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    STATEMENT OF THE HOUSE OF BISHOPS

    Episcopal Church House of Bishops
    Advocacy to End Gun Violence
    March 7, 2018

    “I call heaven and earth to witness against you today that I have set before you life and death, blessings and curses. Choose life so that you and your descendants may live.” (Deuteronomy 30:19)

    At this critical moment young people of the United States are inviting us to turn away from the nightmare of gun violence to the dream of choosing life. The young people of Parkland, Florida are calling for elected officials to:
    • ban the sale of assault weapons
    • prohibit the sale of high capacity magazines
    • close loopholes in background checks
    Others are seeking to:
    • ban the sale of bump stocks
    • raise the age to 21 years to purchase firearms
    • challenge the National Rifle Association to support safe gun legislation.
    We, the bishops of The Episcopal Church, wholeheartedly support and join with the youth in this call to action.

    At the same time, we acknowledge that black and brown youth have continuously challenged the United States to address the gun violence that they and their communities are experiencing. We repent that, as bishops, we have failed to heed their call.

    As bishops we commit to following the youth of the United States in their prophetic leadership. To that end we will observe a day of Lament and Action on March 14, one month to the day after the shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School. We pledge ourselves, and we invite our dioceses, to participate in the “March for our Lives” on March 24 in Washington DC and in cities and towns across the United States. We recognize the urgency of this moment and we recommit to working for safe gun legislation as our church has called for in multiple General Convention resolutions. In addition, we pledge ourselves to bring the values of the gospel to bear on a society that increasingly glorifies violence and trivializes the sacredness of every human life.

    We will walk with the youth of the United States today and into the future in choosing life.

    Reminders for Sunday

    It has certainly been a challenging week for our community. We wanted to reach out and remind everyone what’s coming up this weekend.

    Remember to set your clocks ahead 1 hour tonight for Daylight Savings Time!

    Tomorrow we will have our regularly scheduled services at 8 & 10 am, and stations of the cross at 5 pm. In addition, we’ll be continuing our lenten book study at 9 am, with Chapter 2 in Rowan Williams’ “Being Christian,” on the Bible.

    After the 10 am service, everyone is invited to our first annual “Can’t wait for hot dog season” bash! We could all use a reminder that warmer, sunnier days are on the horizon. If you have power and are up to it, consider bringing a side for tomorrow. But even if not, just come and have some fun with your parish family!

    Interfaith Youth bowling is on for tomorrow, from 6-8 pm at JV Bowl.

    Also, please remember the various collections going on right now:
    – We are collecting items for 15 Easter baskets for kids at the Putnam Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center. Tomorrow is the last day for these donations.

    – We need candy for our awesome Easter Eggstravaganza! Donations can be left in the bin in the office. (Just candy, not eggs please.) We will be stuffing eggs on Palm Sunday, 3/25 after the 10 am service.

    – CCNW mile of quarters campaign continues. Please add your quarters to the canister at the back of the church. Also, for March we are focusing our food donations on SOUP.

    Our 2018 movie premier is fast approaching. We will see “Sherlock Gnomes” on April 7 at the Carmel Cinema. See Deacon Norm for your tickets.

    We hope everyone is getting back to a more regular routine. Please remember to contact Fr. Hal on his cell if you are in need.

    See you tomorrow!

    Update from COGS

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    Hi everyone,
    I wanted to let you know the church and rectory came through the storms without any problems. If anyone needs any assistance of any kind, please call Fr. Hal on his confidential cell and we shall help you in every way we can. Pray for those who are struggling as a result of the storm and bring in your quarters and food for CCNW donations. They will need it!

    Friday, 3/9 at 6:30 pm we will have a lovely service of evening prayer, followed by a simple soup supper and fellowship time. All are welcome!

    Remember that daylight savings time begins this weekend. Turn your clocks forward one hour on Saturday night, or else you’ll miss church!

    Sunday is scheduled to proceed as normal:
    8:00 am Said Eucharist Rite 1
    9:00 am Lenten Book Study (Guild Room)
    9:45 am Sunday School & Middle school youth
    10:00 am Said Eucharist with hymns Rite 2
    5:00 pm Stations of the Cross

    At the community forum book study at 9:00 am, we will be discussing chapter 2 on the Bible. Free special gift for all attendees!

    And don’t forget the middle and high school youth will be bowling with our interfaith group on Sunday evening! JV Bowl from 6-8pm.

    Stay safe, everyone. And please reach out if you are in need.
    Fr. Hal

    Services at 8 & 10 tomorrow

    Hi all,
    We hope everyone is safe after this surprising weather event. If you need anything, you can reach Fr. Hal on his cell.

    We WILL have church tomorrow – said Eucharist at 8 and 10 am (no community forum). Unfortunately, there is no power (and thus no heat) at church, but there is running water. As always, please use your best judgment when traveling.

    Stay safe, and please reach out if you are in need. Know that we are praying for you.

    Tonight’s service is canceled

    Hi all,

    Due to the unpredictable nature of today’s inclement weather, tonight’s service is canceled. We will resume our Deepening Our Relationship with God in Lent series next Friday, March 9 with Evening Prayer at 6:30 pm, followed by our simple soup supper and fellowship time. Please travel safely, wherever you may be today.

    This Sunday, our services and events will proceed as scheduled:

    8:00 am – Said Rite 1 Eucharist
    9:00 am – Community Forum: Lenten Book Study – Bible chapter
    9:45 am – Sunday School & Middle School Youth Group
    10:00 am – Said Rite 2 Eucharist with hymns – SCOUT SUNDAY
    11:00 am – Breakfast provided by our sponsored Boy Scout Troop 376 – all are invited!
    5:00 pm – Stations of the Cross (25-30 minute service)

    Looking ahead, please take note of the following activities and outreach opportunities:

    Sunday, March 11 – Interfaith Bowling!
    Our Middle School & High School Youth Groups will be joining our friends from the congregations in the Yorktown Interfaith Council for BOWLING! We will meet at Jefferson Valley Lanes and bowl from 6:00-8:00 pm. The cost is $15 with a meal, shoes, and 2 bowling games included. Please let Megan or Fay know if you need a ride.

    Saturday, March 17 from 12:00-3:30 pm – Middle School Youth CCNW Outreach Trip
    Our Middle School Youth is doing a service trip to the Community Center of Northern Westchester. Meet at church, load the car, shop at ACME, deliver our donations, tour the CCNW and stock the shelves.

    Donations needed:
    Don’t forget your quarters for the CCNW Mile of Quarters campaign! The canister is at the back of the church on the CCNW table. Ongoing food donations are always welcome, and in March we are focusing on SOUP.

    During Sunday School on March 18 we will be making baskets for 15 children at the Putnam/Northern Westchester Women’s Resource Center. Please consider donating a basket stuffer – when you are at the store grab 15 stickers or 15 lollipops or 15 plastic bunnies – anything that might brighten their Easter. Please give these items to Megan or another Sunday School Teacher on March 4 or 11.

    It’s that time of year again – the COGS AMAZING EASTER EGG HUNT is upon us. Please consider purchasing a bag of candy that we can stuff into the Eggs on Sunday, March 25. Please put the candy in the bin in Father Hal’s office on March 4, 11, 18 or 25. We do NOT need eggs, just candy donations please.

    See you Sunday!

    Update on Diane & Doug

    Hi everyone,

    Deacon Norm and I just came back from visiting with Diane and Doug in the hospital. In case you haven’t heard, yesterday, as planned for months, Diane donated one of her kidneys to her husband Doug. We are pleased to report that both are doing excellent.

    Diane looks great and is in good spirits, surrounded by the love of family, friends, and her faith community. She is recovering so well, in fact, that she likely will be discharged tomorrow. Doug looks very good but his recovery will be slower. The great news is that his body has already accepted the kidney and he is making good progress. He won’t be discharged until next week.

    We give thanks to God for all this. Diane appreciates emails, but it may be awhile before she can respond as she needs to rest and recover, especially once she returns home.

    The family asks for our continued prayers. They are very grateful for everyone’s prayers and love.

    Good Shepherd is a wonderful community of caring. Thanks for all you are and all you do.

    Faithfully,

    Fr. Hal

    Lenten Book Study starts this Sunday

    Our Lenten Book Study of Rowan Williams’ book Being Christian: Baptism, Bible, Eucharist, Prayer begins this Sunday, 2/18 at 9:00 am in the Guild Room. If you already have a copy of the book, please read the first chapter on Baptism for this week. If you don’t have a copy of the book yet – come anyway! Extra copies will be available on Sunday. All are welcome to attend one or all of the sessions.

    Here’s the lineup for this Sunday, February 18:
    8:00 am Said Eucharist Rite 1
    9:00 am Lenten Book Study (Guild Room)
    10:00 am Said Eucharist with hymns Rite 2
    Sunday School is a craft Sunday for kids of all ages, during the 10:00 am service
    11:00 am New Visitor Welcome and Birthday Cake Sunday in the Parish Hall
    5:00 pm Stations of the Cross

    CCNW Mile of Quarters Campaign
    Bring your quarters to church throughout Lent as we pitch in to help our community partner, the Community Center of Northern Westchester, with their fundraising campaign. They are working with all of their community partners in an attempt to raise a mile of quarters (=$15,840). There is a canister and flyer on the CCNW table at the back of the church. Won’t you add your quarter to the mile?

    Reminder: There will be an Outreach Committee meeting next Sunday, February 25 after the 10:00 am service.