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

(585) 865-1866

I will sing of the Lord’s great love forever; with my mouth I will make your faithfulness known through all generations.      Psalm 89:1


Sunday Worship–10 am & 5 pm

 

 

A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN  -  December 6, 2022

 

Dear Friends,

           With our theme of “Generation to Generation” this Advent, I’ve been spending quite a bit of time thinking about the roots of my faith. I was raised in South Central PA where it was common for churches of every (or at least every as far as my limited knowledge) denomination were yoked. One pastor served two churches. That was most certainly true for the small rural church I attended.

           For the most part, we appeared to be our own entity. The Pastor led worship every week, led a Bible Study, had office hours and made visits. Except for some grousing by the adults about how much time the Pastor spent with the other congregation, we seemed to get along fine on our own.

           There were a few times every year when we gathered together with the “other” church. There were picnics and Lenten worship services that were shared and Christmas Eve was a big event involving both congregations, or at least a combined choir at both churches.

           I loved those opportunities to be in a different place. Somehow God seemed different to me, even though the words spoken, the liturgy and hymns sung were identical. There were new images and colors that caught my eye. Different people responding with different voices. It was fascinating to me that the people gathered around me were all siblings to me, united in our common baptism and faith. Because of these events throughout the year, I developed a sense of how broad and deep Christ’s church is. I was deeply saddened when those two churches decided to part ways.

           I am thankful this season that we can experience a broader, richer sense of church by sharing with our siblings from our ecumenical community. There will be opportunities to share in worship in the space at Greece Baptist, Greece United Methodist and to invite our siblings into our space.

           On December 21 we will gather at Greece United Methodist Church at 7:00 pm for a Longest Night Liturgy. This is a worship service designed to acknowledge that not everyone shares in the joy of the season. Some people experience grief because of a loss or a sadness due to a variety of reasons. You are welcome to bring your grief and pain to the manger as we have some readings, sing some carols and share some reflections.

           On December 24 we will gather at 4:00 pm at Greece Baptist Church for a family Christmas Eve service and then at 8:00 pm at Messiah for a traditional candlelight and communion service. This is not only an occasion to worship together but to accompany a sister congregation who is in some pain and carrying concern for their pastor who has recently experienced surgery. We will gather again at 10:00 am at Messiah on Christmas Day for a service of Lessons and Carols to celebrate the birth of the Christ child.

           It is my prayer that you will be part of the celebration of the birth of Jesus at whatever time and at whatever venue seems most appropriate to you.

Blessings on your Advent journey to the manger!

Pastor Aileen

 

 

 

 

INFORMATION

 

Worship at 10 am and 5 pm.  Masks are encouraged, but optional.  Selected bulletins have a reading or prayer highlighted for those who wish to read. 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 press the #  key again. The service will be recorded and can be accessed through Messiah’s Facebook page.  Join us downstairs for Coffee Hour after the 10 am service.  Volunteers are needed to serve. A new signup sheet is on the communications board.

 

Advent Devotionals and Calendars are in the narthex.  (On the high table to the right as you come up the stairs.) Pick one up for yourself and a friend.  If you would like one mailed to you, please contact the church office.

 

Come worship the newborn king!!  Our Christmas Eve schedule is as follows: Christmas Eve December 24  Family friendly service (no communion) at 4:00 pm at Greece Baptist Church (1230 Long Pond Rd.)   Communion service at 8:00 pm at Messiah (In person and on zoom)

1 reader will be needed for the 8 pm service….please sign up on the communications board or call the church office.

 

Christmas Day service of Lessons and Carols at 10 am at Messiah and on zoom.  7  Readers are needed for the lessons. Sign up on the communications board or call the church office.

This Saturday December 10, 9:00 am – we will decorate for Christmas: Put up the tree, hang wreaths, and assemble the manger.   All are welcome to come and join the fun!

The Angel Tree has a few more angels available. If you have not yet taken one or are able to take another, please stop in this week.  Gifts are due back, this Sunday, December 11th.  You do not have to buy all the items listed—families were given a $40 limit. You may also make a donation and our Christmas elves will do the shopping for you.  (Be sure to indicate that your donation is for the Angel Tree.) This year we will be having an in-person party at Messiah on Saturday, December 17th from 2 pm - 4.  Needed are Crayola crayons (must be Crayola), white frosting, and sprinkles.  Place in box by the Angel Tree.  Also needed are volunteers to help with the party.  Sign up on the communications board. Any ?s, call Stacy Crudele.    

 

Greece Concert Band Holiday Concert Sunday December 11 at 7 pm in the Greece Baptist sanctuary (1230 Long Pond Rd.)  The concert is free and open to the public. 

 

Longest Night Service December 21 at 7:00 pm at Greece United Methodist Church.  (1924 Maiden Lane).   See Pastor’s message for more info.

 

Covid Test kits available on the benches outside the sanctuary.  Even though these kits have a printed expiration date of 10/31/22, the FDA has approved for the expiration dates on these kits to be extended until 4/30/2023.   

 

Green Tip of the Week:  Buying into a local Community Solar Farm is now cheaper than buying regular, dirty energy. Several companies are building solar farms across New York and other states, and are looking for resident, church, and business partners to switch to clean, renewable energy to strengthen the grid. Type your town and 'local community solar' into your web browser to find the best one for you. If you live in NY State, go to Choosing a Community Solar Project - NYSERDA.

 

Library offerings for Advent Our library has a large collection of books for Advent and Christmas- devotionals, family Advent activities, Christmas reflections, fiction stories, and children’s books. There are also Christmas stories (DVD) and CDs of music for adults and children. Many of them are displayed on our Feature Table in the narthex. Feel free to borrow them and return in 2 weeks so somebody else can view them. Enjoy!

 

Lutheran World Relief  Now through December 31, gifts will be doubled!  Contribute online at lwr.org/match, mail to Lutheran World Relief, PO Box 17061   Baltimore, MD   21297-1061, or give through Messiah.  Be sure to write “congregational match” on the memo line.

 

Stewardship  Thank you to everyone who turned in their pledge cards and Time & Talent sheets.  If you have not yet done so please take the time to complete these as they are very helpful in our planning for the coming year.

 

Food Distribution needs: Canned veggies and fruits, peanut butter, pasta, and white rice.  Place in bin under the table by the stairs on Sunday, bring during distribution Tues 12/13 from 10 am – 12 pm, Thurs 12/15 from1 pm – 3 pm, or call the church office to arrange a time.  Checks and gift cards (Aldi’s especially helpful) are always welcome. Place in the offering plate or mail. 

 

Thursday Bible Study    Our fall focus is on the Early Christian Letters - James, Peter, John and Judah. It is not necessary to purchase a book, only to bring your Bible.  Join in person from 10:00 am to 11:30 or on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85946152750?pwd=d2ZONTVESFg5MVhKL2ZPNWVYY2lyZz09

Meeting ID: 859 4615 2750 Passcode: 369438

 

Sunday Night Adult Study  What did Martin Luther say in the midst of all the turmoil he lived with over 500 years ago?  Join me in reading  Martin Luther, a biography, Sunday nights at 6:30-in person in the conference room, or by zoom https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81602392620?pwd=UWMyUU00N1N5YlZvVkZ3MnJvcVZ4QT09

Meeting ID: 816 0239 2620 Passcode: 816277  ?s, call Pastor Hans  (225-0156 or 716-982-3442)

  

The Spiritual Growth Group meets by zoom the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7 pm for study, prayer, lively discussion, and discovery to understand how we can engage the world as Christ’s disciples.  Please join us at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81810845014?pwd=S2VhaStUVEIvQXZDRGc4elFmUHBldz09  

or Audio only: (929) 205 6099  Meeting ID: 818 1084 5014# 

 

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.  Join us to learn how 20 minutes of meditation can bring composure and calmness to your life.  Any ?s, contact Joyce.  

 

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