February 7, 2020

Dear All:

Last Sunday we had our Annual Meeting and Potluck Luncheon following the 10:00 am service.   We had a large attendance and several parishioners offered creative ideas and suggestions as to how we can be a faithful and engaged church.  Here are some of the highlights from our meeting:

  • Our 2020 Budget was passed unanimously.
  • Our current Board leaderships will continue for 2020.
  • Frankie Sitler-Elbel and Max Toth spoke eloquently of their roles as our interns.
  • Nan Eliot and Evie Chanler talked about their ministry as Sacristans.
  • Peter Sipperley shared updated details on Building and Grounds.
  • Isabel Livingston talked about her work on our gardens and overseeing flowers for our Sunday worship.
  • Sara Takacs and Isabel Livingston reviewed the latest information of the renovation of Aspinwall Hall
  • Tom Cathcart presented the theme of Preserving, Connecting, Serving as the theme for our capital campaign.

I began our meeting with the following prayer (Book of Common Prayer p. 817) and suggest that we include it in our prayers in order to remember our parish daily:

Almighty and everliving God, ruler of all things in heaven and earth, hear our prayers for this parish family.  Strengthen the faithful, arouse the careless, and restore the penitent.  Grant us all things necessary for our common life, and bring us all to be of one heart and mid within your holy Church; through Jesus Christ our Lord.  Amen

Mary Grace+


THIS SUNDAY: Fifth Sunday after Epiphany

Readings: Isaiah 58:1-12; Psalm 112:1-10; I Corinthians 2:1-16; Matthew 5:13-20



 Donations for the Bard Pantry – We are looking to help some of our Bard students who are facing food insecurities, a growing problem in many of our colleges.  St. John’s has been asked to help collect the following items: pasta, cereals, granola/protein bars, pudding cups, microwaveable or instant rice, mac and cheese, canned fruit, applesauce, variety of red sauce, pancake mix, cake mix, gluten free items, crackers, chips, pop tarts, canned peaches, peanut or almond butter and jelly. Any of these items in quantities of 6-12-24 would be great in small boxes with dorm living in mind.  You can drop off the items at the church on Sundays or at Mary Grace’s office in Sottery Hall at Bard.


Update:  We have already donated several bags full of groceries and a generous donation of several gift cards for Hannafords.  Let’s continue our generosity to help the students.  Here is a note from Annia Reyes, Director of Health and Wellness Education:

Dear People of St. John’s: 

Thank you so much. Wellness and the students it serves is very appreciative of this generous gift. It will be put to good use at the Bard food pantry!  



  Snow Removal – Colin Schroeder, a Bard student, offers his service for snow shoveling this winter. Prices and times are negotiable. He can be reached at .


Happy Birthday: Sandy Lydon, John Hardeman, Adel Elfakas, Erin Millus

Please remember to fill in the Anniversary/Birthday Book located on the table next to the kitchen in Aspinwall Hall. We want to remember everyone’s special occasions during our Sunday worship.

Stewardship Season – Each year we are asked to prayerfully consider how we can support our church financially in order to do the important ministry of the church.  Over the next few weeks, we will hear from the members of the Board of Trustees as to why they give back to St. John’s.

    Sign-up Sheets for Sunday ministriesThere are new sign up sheets located on the table next to the kitchen in Aspinwall Hall.  Please sign up to read a lesson, lead Prayers of the People, host Coffee Hour, provide treats for Coffee Hour and/or arrange flowers for worship.  All are welcome to be part of these important ministries that make our Sunday morning worship a spiritual experience for all.




Sundays @ 10:00 a.m.                      Holy Eucharist/Morning Prayer  and Coffee Hour

Mondays @ 8:00 p.m.                       Men’s AA meeting in  Aspinwall Hall

Wednesdays @ 8:00 p.m.                Open AA meeting in Aspinwall Hall



The Rev. Mary Grace Williams, Vicar,, (203) 858 – 8800

The Rev. Virginia Grab, Associate to the Vicar                                               

Mr. Peter Sipperley, Director of Music

Paulina Swierczek, Soloist

Frankie Sitler-Elbel, Student Intern

Max Toth, Student Intern



President                   Sara Takacs            2021      

Vice President        Mike Kelley            2020                                                                  

Treasurer                 John Ferguson        2020

Clerk                           Sarah McDonald    2022   



Tom Cathcart             2022                           Evie Chanler              2021

John Ferguson           2020                           Mike Kelley                2020

Isabel Livingston       2021                           Sarah McDonald        2022

Fran Sharpless          2022                           Peter Sipperley            2020  

Sara Takacs                2021

Nan Eliot, ex officio

Wayne Baden, Trustee Emeritus & Advisor to the Board