It is a good thing to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praise to your name, O Most High;
to herald your love in the morning and your faithfulness at night. Psalm 92 v.1-2
A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN - June 28, 2022
To continue our congregational focus on the Stewardship of Time, I’d like to offer a few thoughts about our liturgical year, particularly this season of the year – Pentecost. Pentecost is the longest season of the church year. It encompasses the time between Easter (The Feast of the Holy Trinity is the first Sunday) through Advent (The Feast Day of Christ the King is the last Sunday of Pentecost). To put that in yearly seasons, it runs from the end of spring until the start of winter.
Pentecost is also one of two seasons that is marked “Ordinary Time” in the church year. (The other is the season of Epiphany.) It is named because it encompasses the “ordinary” life of Jesus, his mission and ministry and it encompasses the ordinary days of our lives. Yet, I find these days anything but ordinary for a few reasons.
I find all of Jesus’ life to be anything but ordinary. As I read our beloved scriptures over and over again, I find that Jesus living among the disciples, out and about with the crowds, constantly proclaiming the kingdom of God coming near, is nothing short of miraculous. Jesus is constantly about the work of healing, teaching, praying, meditating, loving. And he does it in ways that are grace-filled and merciful. He touches women and lepers, he speaks to children, he eats with prostitutes and surrounds himself with the likes of tax collectors and fishermen. Jesus’ actions and words are astounding and always inspiring.
As to our time, I find this extended season to be anything but ordinary. There is miraculous growth. As the season begins the trees are just starting to bud, flowers are just beginning to stretch toward the sky. Bees begin to buzz and butterflies flutter around the yard. The sun rises higher in the sky and extends its warmth for longer periods of time. The earth begins to produce abundance that will feed the world during the cold months of winter. I find that anything but ordinary.
As we consider this season of time, Pentecost, I invite you to open your eyes to the wonder of God who creates growth and abundance in ways that are both miraculous and ordinary. As you worship, tune your ears to the amazing stories of God’s grace that are both miraculous for us and ordinary for the person of Jesus who is God with us.
Pride Night at the Red Wings Join us for a night of fun and baseball at the Rochester Redwings Pride baseball game on Wednesday, July 13. Gates open at 6:00 pm, first pitch 7:05 pm. There will be fireworks following the game! Group tickets are $10 each. You can put the money in the offering plate marked with your name and number of tickets needed for the game or you can contact Sheri Treadwell. Reservations and payment are due by July 3! Sign up on the communications board, call the church office or call Sheri directly.
In person worship at 10 am and 5 pm Masks are still required. In your bulletin, a prayer or reading may be highlighted and you will be asked to read that portion of the service. If this makes you uncomfortable, you may choose an unmarked bulletin. The 10 am service is on Zoom with the following link: us04web.zoom.us/j/573579627 If you do not have internet, listen 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 will be recorded and can be accessed through Messiah’s Facebook page. Song leaders are needed for the summer at 10 am. A signup sheet is on the communications Board.
Be sure to join us outside for a “Time to Talk” following the 10 am service and enjoy fellowship with friends old and new. Chairs will be set up under the tree. Volunteers are needed to set up chairs, take down chairs and serve cold beverages. A signup sheet is on the communications board.
Bereavement Ministry at Messiah The pandemic has brought many changes to our lives, but the most challenging have been the loss of loved ones. Perhaps Covid was the illness that took your loved one. Perhaps you couldn’t say good-bye or hold your loved one’s hand. Perhaps you could not mourn together with your family and friends after the loss. There has been so much pain and sadness, but to recover and heal, we must pay attention to who and what has been lost. Six Simple Weeks- This summer we are offering an opportunity to bring people together who are working through the consequences and pain of losing loved ones. We will gather for six 2 hour sessions using a support group model to help with your expression and processing of grief. This will be a safe space where you can tell your story, ask those big questions (Why me? Why now? What is next?), and feel God’s love through the caring and support of others. Tentative meeting dates are Wednesdays July 13, 20, 27, August 3,10,17 from 4 – 5:30 pm at Messiah. Please contact Pastor Aileen or Ellen Meyer if you have questions and would like to participate. It’s time to heal from that loss.
VBS at Greece Baptist Come Journey With Jesus! Wednesday evenings: July 6, July 13, July 20, July 27 and Aug 3 from 6:00 to 8:00! Children grades K through 5 for the school year 2022-23. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up your children or grandchildren. All children welcome! This is a great opportunity to partner with our ecumenical siblings. If you are interested in helping please contact Rev. Cheryl Frank email@example.com
Food Distribution needs: Laundry and dish soap, body soap/wash, toothpaste, toothbrushes, and deodorant. Drop off during distribution hours the 2nd and 4th full weeks of the month: Tues. (10 am – Noon) or Thurs. (1 pm - 3:30) There is also a donation bin under the table at the top of the stairs. Gift cards or checks should be mailed to church, or placed in the Sunday offering.
NEEDED: Altar Guild members to prepare and set up for communion, change paraments as needed, fill candles with oil, and more. Members are assigned for a month at a time, and set up can usually be accomplished on Sunday morning / afternoon prior to worship. Training is available! If this is something you would like to do, please contact Sandy Moncrief.
Summer Labyrinth Walks at Trinity Episcopal Church 3450 West Ridge Rd. These are short (20 to 30 minute) walks in a circular pattern that allow us to quietly focus on mindfulness and meditation. If you are new to labyrinth walks, it's easy to learn. Tuesdays July 12 & 26, August 9 & 23 at 12 noon. After each walk, there will be time to reflect and share our spiritual experiences with each other. Feel free to bring a picnic lunch. There are some benches, but bring a lawn chair if it's convenient. For more info, contact the church office at 225-7848.
Ripples Chair Yoga every Wednesday at 10 am. New Zoom link for Yoga & Meditation: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89642768133?pwd=Y0JpcjF6eUNoKzBQN3pFYzBhMGxLZz09
If you prefer to navigate from the Zoom interface: Meeting ID: 896 4276 8133 Passcode: yoga
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.
Upper-level drain line. We spent a significant amount of money this week having Gatti Plumbing unclog the upper-level drain line system. Please, nothing should go into the toilets except for our waste and TP. The packaging may say “flushable wipes” or “flushable diaper” – don’t believe the marketing. It may flush, but it won’t make it out to the English Road main sewer line. Also, the East commode in the upper-level ladies room drains real slow. Not a drain line issue, commode may just be old. We’ll put a installing a replacement on our project list.
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