4301 Mount Read Blvd. Rochester, NY. 14616   not here

(585) 865-1866

No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us.     1 John 4:12


Sunday Worship–10 am & 5 pm


 

A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN  -  August 9, 2022

 

Dear Friends,

           Last week I had the privilege of being interviewed on Connections with Evan Dawson on WXXI. The impetus for this conversation was a letter that was conceived by the Greece Ecumenical Leadership Team and penned by Rev. Steve Gretz and me. Our hope was to discuss the myriad of topics covered in our letter, but as our interview was on the day that Kansas voters rejected a proposed state constitutional amendment Tuesday that would have said there was no right to an abortion in the state, that became the topic of conversation with Mr. Dawson instead of the full scope of the letter.

           It was a privilege to discuss this important issue together with Rev. Gary Kubitz of Greece United Methodist Church. It is even more of a privilege to me that I am surrounded by these amazing colleagues who share the values expressed in Messiah’s statement of Inclusion and Welcome.

           Following is the letter signed by the clergy of the five churches represented. It is our intention to make this a public document to invite conversation within our churches and with the surrounding community. As you read it, I invite your comments and questions. You may email me or I’d be more than happy to sit down and talk with you. Here is the letter as printed on the website of WXXI:

           Not all Christians share the beliefs currently expressed by voices on the far right that often dominate the public’s perception of what the Church, or Christianity, teaches. In response to recent Supreme Court decisions, the ongoing “culture wars,” and the unprecedented co-mingling of Church and State, we, as mainline clergy of Greece, would like to clearly state our Christian beliefs that:

Our government and courts should not be dominated by the views of any one faith community. We believe that all citizens of this nation should have voice and vote regardless of their religious beliefs.

Following the way of Christ means to follow the way Jesus lived, not just to follow a few selectively chosen scripture verses, taken out of context.

Every person is a child of God and is uniquely precious in the eyes of God. All persons have value based on their created goodness regardless of race, ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender identity, education or social status.

Faithfulness means living our lives by what Jesus called the greatest of all the commandments: to love God and to love our neighbor. We believe that we demonstrate our love for God by serving our neighbors.

We are to treat others with the same dignity and respect that we expect others to demonstrate towards us, as Jesus taught in the “golden rule.”

We have an obligation to care for the earth and maintain its health for generations to come.

The State has an obligation to care for all its citizens, regardless of the personal choices individuals make about what they believe and how, or if, they worship, according to the dictates of their consciences.

All children have a right to life which includes education, nutrition, social support, healthcare and equitable opportunities for success in life.

Christianity is one way to know and understand the one we call God, Allah, LORD. There are many pathways to spiritual understanding, and they should all be respected.

How women choose to receive care for their bodies in times of personal crisis should be a decision made between women and their health care providers without governmental interference.

We can be free to live side by side, observing our own moral choices while not imposing them on our neighbors.

Our churches are safe places for any of our neighbors who feel threatened, abused, or disrespected by churches that embrace white nationalism, seek to disenfranchise them, or who work to deny them any of their civil rights. We stand ready to assist with compassion and confidentiality in any way we can.

In hope and confidence,

The Greece Ecumenical Leadership Team

Rev. Alan Daily, John Knox Presbyterian Church

Rev. Debs Duguid-May, Trinity Episcopal Church

Rev. Cheryl Frank, Greece Baptist Church

Rev. Steve Gretz, Greece Baptist Church

Rev. Gary Kubitz, Greece United Methodist Church

Rev. Aileen Robbins, Messiah Lutheran Church

 

 

 

 

 

INFORMATION

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.  

 

Join us outside for a “Time to Talk” following the 10 am service.  Chairs will be set up under the tree.  Volunteers are needed to set up and take down chairs and serve cold beverages through the end of September. A signup sheet is on the communications board. 

 

Food Distribution As many of you already know, our Food Distribution ministry gets most of our food from Foodlink.  Over the past few months we have noticed that options through Foodlink have been getting slimmer.  This past week we had no USDA options at all.  USDA is how we receive free food.  In the past this is how we received all of our canned vegetables and most of the canned fruits.  We have also been supplied with meat, rice, pasta, and some juices through USDA.  The current situation is causing our expenses to greatly increase. The Food Distribution team is asking for your help.  When you do your shopping would you please pick up a few extra cans of veggies or fruits?  We could also use peanut butter, pasta, and rice.  Please help us fill the shelves downstairs so we can continue to feed the almost 500 people we have been serving each month.  There is a tub upstairs labeled for food donations.  It is under the table by the stairs. Can we fill it every Sunday?  For our friends on Zoom, please feel free to stop by the church with your donation during our distribution times. We’d love to visit with you. This month you will find us here: Aug 9 and 23rd  10 am – Noon & Aug 11 and 25th  1 pm – 3:30 pm

If you prefer, checks and gift cards are always welcome.  Place in the offering plate or mail to the church.  The Distribution Team thanks you for all your help and prayers. Peace be with you!

 

Lutheran Disaster Response is responding to the recent flooding in Kentucky, Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, West Virginia and other states in the region. Your gifts to will be used in full to assist those affected by the record-setting rainfall. We anticipate our response to include rebuilding homes, replacing lost household items and providing emotional and spiritual care to survivors. To donate, make your check out to Messiah with “U.S. Flooding on the memo line, or donate directly to Lutheran Disaster Response    P.O. Box 1809 Merrifield, VA 22116-8009    (Write "U.S. Flooding" on your check memo line.)

Save the date for the Messiah Council's next Summer of Fun activity!  Join Janet Graves-Wright and Andy Mitchell for Wellness Walking in the Messiah neighborhood August 20th.  

We will meet at the Church parking lot at 9:30 am. Comfortable closed-toe walking shoes are recommended.  Leashed canine friends are optional.  Questions?  Contact Janet Graves-Wright.

 

Community Lutheran Summer Camp runs through August 24. It serves children from ages 2-12 and travels to different churches and parks, teaching children about Jesus and his love.  Items needed  include basketballs, baseballs, bats and mitts, jump ropes, bath towels (used are fine), boys and girls bathing suits (child size 3-adult XL), crafts, sunscreen, snack items such as crackers, raisins, dried cranberries etc.   A complete list is on the communications board or may be obtained by calling the church office.  Bring items to church and place them in the box under the table at the top of the stairs. Monetary donations are also welcome.  Make checks out to Messiah with “Community Lutheran Summer Camp” on the memo line.   Thank you!!

 

TUTORING OPPORTUNITY Because of much online learning during the Pandemic, many students lost valuable time with teachers and now need help to catch up. RocUbuntu---the local ecumenical group of churches of which Messiah is an active part--- is coordinating efforts with the Rochester City School District (RCSD) and recruiting volunteers to tutor school children starting this Fall. Volunteers need to fill out an application (there is a link on the district website): https://www.rcsdk12.org/www.rcsdk12.org/Page/28007 and be available for a short training session. Once you have filled out the application and indicated your areas of interest, give it to Pastor Hans to take to the RCSD.  Volunteers will need a background check; there is a place on the application form for that information.  If you would like to volunteer and do not have access to a computer, please contact Pastor Hans.  If you would like to be scheduled with another volunteer to facilitate transportation, please let us know with whom you would like to be placed.  If you have strong feelings about a school placement, please let us know.  Otherwise, we are hoping to place all our volunteers in the same school.  For further information, please call Pastor Hans (716-982-3442).    Thank You for considering this service opportunity!

 

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 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. 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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