For it is with your heart that you believe and are justified, and it is with your mouth that you confess and are saved. Romans 10:10
A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN - September 27, 2022
It’s hard to believe that fall is upon us. It seems that I just planted my gardens and now I’m getting them ready for winter. (And dreaming of the seeds I’ll plant next year) With fall comes a number of programs vital to the life of Messiah. Confirmation is already two weeks into our year. And the youth group has had its first meeting/service project as our young people joined with the young people of our ecumenical partners in Greece to pack bags for our food distribution. In less than an hour we ran out of food for them to pack! They were amazing.
This week we begin our annual staff evaluation. This is a process we take quite seriously as congregational leadership. We are aware that the pandemic and post pandemic realities of our world, as well as the challenges we have faced as a congregation, have been hard on our disciples. It is important that we hear your feedback on our staff response to those needs – both the needs of our disciples and the needs of our community and how you have been led to meet them. There are just a few questions to answer for each member of the staff. And we appreciate the time you take to respond.
We are asking that you fill out an evaluation for each staff member by October 23. You can provide your input through a simple survey online at: https://tinyurl.com/MessiahStaff
Prefer paper? Forms and envelopes are available on the table by the stairs to the balcony. Please leave the envelope in the Mutual Ministry Mailbox (#45), or place it in an offering plate. We do ask that you put your name on the form so that you may be reached if clarification is needed for any comments you make. Only one person will see the individual forms. All other members of the mutual ministry team and the staff will merely get a compilation of the results. From those results, each staff member will create goals for the coming year.
Your response is vital to the health of this congregation and to furthering our mission. I thank you for taking the time to participate in this important process.
In person worship at 10 am and 5 pm Masks are encouraged but optional. 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.
Coffee Hour will resume indoors starting next Sunday, October 2. Volunteers are needed to help serve. Prepackages goodies and drinks will be provided. A signup sheet is posted on the communications board.
Thursday Bible Study will resume on October 13. Our fall focus will be on the Early Christian Letters - James, Peter, John and Judah. It is not necessary to purchase a book, only to bring your Bible. If you wish to buy a copy of the book Pr. Aileen is using as a template, you may purchase, "The Early Christian Letters for Everyone" by N. T. Wright from Amazon in paperback or for your kindle. You may join in person from 10:00 am to 11:30 or on Zoom at the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85946152750?pwd=d2ZONTVESFg5MVhKL2ZPNWVYY2lyZz09
Meeting ID: 859 4615 2750 Passcode: 369438
Color Greece Green Launch Event Come learn how the Color Your Community Green initiative by the Climate Solutions Accelerator is working in our town of Greece, NY! Share your thoughts, ideas, and talents to tackle climate change in our own community.
October 3rd 6:30-8:30 PM Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Road, Room 105 Come in door #6 at the back of the church-room will be in that hallway. Learn more about the CYCG movement and see what's possible. Share your ideas for climate solutions in our area. Find out how you can get involved! Light refreshments provided.
Green Tip of the Week: Instead of buying a new disposable air filter (furnace, air conditioner) several times a year, consider buying a permanent one that can be washed and reused indefinitely. Most of these filters have lifetime warranties, so you'll save money in the long run as well as reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill.
Sunday Night Adult Study beginning October 2– “What’s it all about Alfie?” – a song from the 60s whose title I recall frequently as I worry about today’s happenings: war, race, politics, education, shootings, abortion…..How does our faith speak to us and lead us during these times? It makes me want to go back to the foundations of our faith. And so, I wonder, what did Martin Luther say in the midst of all the turmoil he lived with, over 500 years ago? Could his example be helpful now?? I invite you to join me in reading Martin Luther, a biography written by Martin Marty (Penguin Press, 2004) on Sunday nights beginning October 2 at 6:30. Let me know if you’d like to participate. (225-0156 or 716-982-3442) Thanks, Pastor Hans….. “What’s it all about, Marty?”
Lutheran Disaster Response Large disasters are usually well known, but there are countless smaller disasters that don’t make the news. With your gifts to the Lutheran Disaster Response general fund, they can respond to as many as possible – whenever and wherever they strike. Checks or money orders can be sent to: Lutheran Disaster Response P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009
The Spiritual Growth Group is a small group that meets twice a month for study, prayer, lively discussion, and discovery to understand how we can engage the world as Christ’s disciples. We examine current events through a faith lens using “The Wired Word” (http://www.thewiredword.com). Lessons cover a wide scope, recently including topics such as the religious elements influencing Russia's invasion of Ukraine, the phenomena of displaced anger, and the way we may think we are exempt from rules. Please join us on the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7 pm via Zoom!
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81810845014?pwd=S2VhaStUVEIvQXZDRGc4elFmUHBldz09 or Audio only: (929) 205 6099 Meeting ID: 818 1084 5014#
Give Me A Break Respite Care Program needs your help! Do you have one or two afternoons per month to volunteer? (seasonally is ok) Do you enjoy some of the following: arts and crafts, singing songs, bingo, puzzles, little kids, older adults, or just chatting? Would you like to help relieve caregivers, who are caring for loved ones with memory loss at home, for a few hours a month? We are seeking new volunteers to be companions to adults with memory loss. We provide a free day program every Wednesday at Greece Baptist Church (1230 Long Pond Rd.), from 12:30 - 4:30 pm. We have fun, make new friends, and even spend an hour each week playing together with a playgroup of 3-4 year-olds. No hands-on or medical intervention is expected, only to be a companion to our guests. Requirements: a two-hour training session, a background check, a willingness to help, and a few free Wednesday afternoons each month or year. Please contact Rev. Cheryl Frank at 225-6160 to learn more.
Food Distribution Options through Foodlink where we get most of our food have been getting slimmer, causing our expenses to greatly increase. When you do your shopping would you please pick up a few extra cans of veggies or fruits, peanut butter, pasta, or rice. Bring to church and place in the tub upstairs under the table by the stairs or during distribution times: Sept. 27th: 10 am – Noon and Sept. 29th : 1 pm – 3:30 pm. Checks and gift cards (Aldi’s are especially helpful) are always welcome. Place in the offering plate or mail.
Tutoring Opportunity RocUbuntu is still recruiting volunteers to tutor school children this fall. Volunteers need to fill out an apply (https://www.rcsdk12.org/www.rcsdk12.org/Page/28007 and be available for a short training session. After filling out the application give it to Pastor Hans. If you do not have access to a computer or for further information, contact Pastor Hans. (716-982-3442).
Ripples Chair Yoga every Wednesday at 10 am. 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.
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