A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN – June 15, 2021
We have come together under the tent for worship twice now and it has been divine to see one another, to worship together, to be community again! Many thanks to those who have helped to make plans, who have carried sound equipment and created an altar, to those who have attended.
While it is indeed glorious to be together, we have learned much about what it means to be community this year. Many things have lifted our spirits and reminded us that we are not alone. We have learned to Zoom for worship, fellowship, education and meetings. We have blessed one another with stories and insights on our Face Book Page devotions. Willie and I have collaborated to bring music and brief devotions on that same page.
What began as an offering by our dear Sybil to “get us through the weeks of the pandemic,” grew into a congregation wide endeavor to share good news with one another. Never did we consider that it would be a year later that we would still be engaged in this way. I know that I have been blessed by all that has been shared.
Over the last few months interest has waned, both in the task of writing devotions and in participation in the noon time offering that both Willie and I have offered. Understandably with more opportunities to be out and about and with the warmer weather, we are not as tied to our computers. Below is a note from Doc Willie with his intentions moving forward. I will continue to offer “Little Known Bible Stories” on Wednesdays at noon live on our Face Book page.
For those of you who have not followed the devotions or offerings, they remain on our page and you may peruse them at your leisure. It is my hope to create a devotional booklet for the fall that will capture the written work of our disciples. Watch for notices regarding that project or requests for artwork to enhance it to allow even more participation in encouraging one another.
Please accept my heartfelt gratitude for all that you have done to keep our community vibrant in these months as well as for your patience as we navigate moving forward in a way that keeps us all healthy and safe.
(To the tune of Summertime by George Gershwin, with great apologies)
Summertime, and we’re worshiping outdoors,
Bring your lawn chairs, we are under a tent.
Murmur hymns, and hear the preaching,
Being together is quite an event.
Morning time, and we still will be Zooming,
Wear your jammies, but this will soon end.
When the fall comes, the time may be a-changing,
I hope we are inside, if so, please attend.
When the pandemic began, who could foresee that it would still be impacting us over a year later? We have had to learn new things (Zooming! Recording! Facetime Live!) and learn how to be together at a safe distance. When this all began, we were mostly stuck indoors, and so we began offering options online (Choir Chat! Noon-time devotionals! Online meetings!).
It has been my great pleasure to do the noon-time devotionals for this past year. I have greatly enjoyed coming up with themes, looking at new music, and sharing with you live the wonders of hymnody and music. But as the writer of Ecclesiastes wrote, “To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven”. We are now in a quite different place than we were a year ago, and so I will take a hiatus from doing the noon-time devotionals, with my last one being June 22.
I hope you have enjoyed the devotionals as much as I have. The devotionals will not disappear—they will still be available, so they can be accessed and seen whenever you wish. I hope everybody has a great summer! I will be going to Chautauqua and taking a short vacation around Labor Day. I am looking forward to getting away and recharging my batteries for the busy fall season which will be here sooner than we anticipate. I will send out information about upcoming music events in the fall when they are finalized.
I will see you at the keyboard under the tent!
Willie La Favor
Outdoor in person worship Sundays at 5:00 pm. This Sunday we wish Farewell and Godspeed to the Ulreich Family. You are invited to bring a lawn chair or blanket and wear a face mask. Ushers are needed for July and August. If you are able to help, please contact Jim Taylor. Our 10:00 am zoom worship continues.
Flea market Saturday June 19 from 9 am - 3 pm. This is a DIY flea market which means you bring and price your own stuff, stay with your stuff, and are responsible for your stuff. Also, bring your own lunch. All church participants will be required to mask and practice socially distancing. Proceeds will be split between Messiah’s Youth Group and the Food Ministry programs. Sign up at https://forms.gle/eVQjhdatZPP6YZwZA or call the church office if you are bringing stuff to sell or if you can help set up, clean up or cashier.
“Stewardship of Stuff” Helpful Hint: Recycling electronics keeps toxic waste out of landfills, and reduces the resources needed to produce new electronics. Visit sunnking.com to find local electronics recycling events. Go to sellyourtech.com to sell your recyclable electronics, or generosity.com to donate them for worthy causes.
June Social Justice Rallies Bring your masks and signs and be prepared to stand 6 feet apart. Friday, June 18 12 pm – 1 pm at Greece Baptist. (1230 Long Pond Rd.) Friday, June 25 5 pm – 6 pm at Trinity Episcopal (3450 W. Ridge Rd.)
Spring Cleaning Our property needs a real deep cleaning and we need a large group of people to assist with this job. We will start with the sanctuary and balcony and the office areas. Bring your own brooms & dust pans, buckets, cobweb brushes, etc. Put your name on your items. Messiah will provide window cleaner, Top Job or Mr. Clean, furniture polish, rags. Please lend a cleaning hand on Monday June 21 from 9 am – 12 pm. Teenage members are also encouraged to help. No need to contact me, just show up and jump in. Paul Williams
Food distribution is the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month Tuesdays (10 am – 12:00 pm) and Thursdays (1:00 – 3:30 pm) Needed items: Personal products (deodorant, toothpaste, toothbrushes, soap, feminine hygiene etc.) Paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues), laundry detergent, and dish soap. Bring donations to the main door on distribution days. DO NOT LEAVE OUTSIDE AT ANY TIME.To donate a gift card or check (“Food Distribution” on the memo line), mail it to church.
Work out together with the Ripples Chair Yoga Group, every Wednesday at 10 am https://us04web.zoom.us/j/450243871 Zoom meeting ID: 450-243-871
Ripples of Wellness offers the opportunity to practice Mindful Meditation with Joyce Callen each Wednesday after Chair Yoga from 10:45 am - 11:05. Come join us to learn how 20 minutes of meditation can bring composure and calmness to your life. Any questions, contact Joyce.
Sunday Worship continues to be available to everyone at 10 am. Join via Zoom using this link: us04web.zoom.us/j/573579627 If you do not have internet, you can listen to the service by dialing 270-2524. After the greeting, enter conference ID 291-1296 followed by the # key. At the prompt, state your name, and then press the # key again. The service is also recorded and can be accessed through Messiah’s Facebook page. Coffee hour is held after worship via zoom, using this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/367670353
Need a Covid Vaccine Appointment? If you do not have a computer and need assistance making an appointment, contact Tara Pios. All information will be secure. Let's get Messiah vaccinated! Many thanks to Tara!