There is no Pastoral message this week as Pastor Aileen is on Continuing Education.
January 18, 2022
Due to the increase in Covid cases, we have temporarily resumed online only worship at 10 am. There will be no 5 pm worship. The service is on Zoom with the same links as before: 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.
Finance Forum and Annual Meeting We will be holding our annual Finance Forum on Sunday, January 23rd via Zoom and our Annual Congregation Meeting will be on Sunday, January 30th also via Zoom. Both meetings will follow worship at approximately 11:00 am. At the Finance Forum we will review the 2021 finances and present the proposed 2022 budget. The Annual Meeting is an important opportunity to hear about the ministries of Messiah, elect new Council members, approve the annual budget, and conduct other business important to the church. Your participation at both meetings is important and questions are welcome. The Zoom link is the same for both meetings: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81398609255
(Zoom meeting ID 813 9860 9255). If you do not have internet access, you can participate by dialing
270-2524. After the greeting, enter the conference ID of 291-1296#. At the prompt, state your name, and then press the # key again. Annual Reports have been emailed. If you would like a hard copy, contact the church office to have one mailed to you.
The Food Distribution team is collecting the following items this week. Shampoo/conditioner, body wash, lotion, toothpaste, toothbrushes, diapers and pull-ups (all sizes), canned tuna/chicken, Mac & cheese, instant mashed potatoes, and Knorr’s pasta/rice sides. Donations can be dropped off during distribution on the 2nd and 4th weeks Tuesday between 10am and Noon or Thursday between 1pm and 3:30pm. Donations of gift cards or checks should be mailed to the church
South Wedge Mission is helping host a zoom workshop called Parenting Safe Children, designed to empower adults to proactively cultivate safe spaces for children to thrive without worrying about sexual abuse. A hard topic, and a hard medium with Zoom, but one of the most worthwhile and courageous conversations we have. The workshop will be held January 22 and 29 from 10 am – 12:30 pm. This a non-religious, non-profit workshop - 100% of fees go to cover costs. They are committed to subsidizing anyone who wants to go but can’t afford it. They believe in this work! For more info about the workshop, fees and tuition assistance go to:
Please join RocUbuntu for our next book study, "Slavery By Another Name: The Re-enslavement of Black Americans from the Civil War to World War II," by Douglas A. Blackmon. Under laws enacted specifically to intimidate blacks, tens of thousands of African Americans were arbitrarily arrested, hit with outrageous fines, charged for the costs of their own arrests, and sold as forced laborers to coal mines, lumber camps, brickyards, railroads, quarries, and farm plantations. Thousands of other African Americans were simply seized by southern landowners and compelled into years of involuntary servitude. Government officials leased falsely imprisoned blacks to small-town entrepreneurs, provincial farmers, and dozens of corporations—including U.S. Steel—looking for cheap and abundant labor. Armies of “free” black men labored without compensation, were repeatedly bought and sold, and were forced through beatings and physical torture to do the bidding of white masters for decades after the official abolition of American slavery. Slavery by Another Name is a moving, sobering account of a little-known crime against African Americans, and the insidious legacy of racism that reverberates today. Meetings continue Monday evenings online, January 24, 31, and February 7, at 7:30pm. Zoom Meeting ID: 997 086 475 Passcode: 173071
In Greece this tax season, AARP plans again to be in Dean Hall at Greece Baptist Church every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning on Thursday, February 3rd. Appointment taking is expected to start on Tuesday, January 25th and will be available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 am until 4 pm through April 7th. This year's appointment line phone number is: 285-5112. Any questions please call Wayne Reabold.
RAIHN is now known as Family Promise of Greater Rochester. They continue to assist families in jeopardy of homelessness by maintaining 5 apartments for housing, and will continue to maintain those apartments even after the return to Congregational/rotational shelter program. For now we continue to coordinate with the Lutheran Church of the Incarnate Word as they provide basic lunch food and snacks for each of the families in the program, as well as gift cards for the evening meals. To donate, send a check to Messiah with a notation in the Memo portion “For FPGROC Rotational support”. Any questions or concerns, contact Tarri Mundt FPGROC Coordinator.
Tornado Relief is continuing through Lutheran Disaster Response. Gifts to “U.S. Tornadoes” will be used in full (100%) to help people impacted by the tornadoes in 6 states until the response is complete. Checks or money orders can be sent to: Lutheran Disaster Response P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009 Write "U.S. Tornadoes" on your check memo line.
Thursday Bible Study 10 am on Zoom continuing our study “From Widows to Warriors.” Please note, there is no study next Thursday January 20. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83034400238?pwd=c0FkVzl6YnM1Wi9uV0taZVFDWlNvdz09
Meeting ID: 830 3440 0238 Passcode: 094826
The Spiritual Growth Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 pm – 8:15 pm. If you wish to receive the lesson in advance, contact Julie Gerstenberger.
New links: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84093143723?pwd=Vm9mT1NOLzliUjA1Zlo4Rmc1b2hVUT09
Meeting ID: 840 9314 3723 Passcode: 4301
Dial-in: +1 929 205 6099 US Meeting ID: 840 9314 3723#
Work out together with the Ripples Chair Yoga Group, every Wednesday at 10 am . There is a new link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84095575895?pwd=MWl2V0lHdjJnaDJpOXU5S01qM3JmUT09
Meeting ID: 840 9557 5895 Passcode: yoga
Mindful Meditation 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.
Messiah’s Meow Ministry is taking donations of wet and dry cat food. You may bring to church during food distribution hours. (2nd and 4th full weeks of the month, Tues. 10 am - 12:00 pm, Thurs.1 - 3 pm) You may also give to Messiah earmarked for Meow Ministry, or buy a gift card from a pet or grocery store