A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN – April 6, 2021
A blessed Easter to you! What good news we share that “Christ is risen! Alleluia!” We have been witnesses to an act of grace without compare. That Jesus Christ was mocked and beaten; betrayed and abandoned and put to death out of fear and hatred, is an act that screams for revenge. Instead, God raised Jesus from the dead and turned him loose on the world to continue his message of forgiveness and life for all people. It is absolutely astounding!
You are now invited to spend the month pondering this gift of grace and its impact on how you perceive other graces in your life; indeed, how you live out grace in your life. The Stewardship Team is encouraging you to perform an intentional act of grace. At some point in time this month, please do a completely unexpected act of kindness for someone else. The someone else is completely up to you. It could be a member of your family or a friend, a neighbor, even a stranger. You may make that person aware of your kindness or you may do it secretly. It’s completely up to you.
Secondly, send a word or phrase that describes what grace means to you to Julie Gerstenberger for a “Word Splash” to be displayed at our worship services throughout the month. Confirmands are taught that GRACE means “God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense.” That’s a big phrase. Help us to unpack it in practical terms!
All that we do is in response to the grace and mercy shown through Jesus Christ on the cross. Everything we are about as the church is living out that grace and mercy, being God’s hands and feet and mouthpieces in the world.
Help us to do and say in the world, “Christ is risen! He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!”
During this Easter month, we are focusing on Stewardship of God's Grace. Take a moment to reflect on God's grace in your life, and savor the opportunity to provide a grace-filled, unexpected gift to someone - drop them a thoughtful note, help with someone's yardwork, pay for the coffee of a stranger - the possibilities are endless! Also, please send in word or phrase about what grace means to you - these will be included in our Sunday worship during April. Send these to Julie Gerstenberger or to the Church Office to be included.
Thursday, April 8, at 7:00pm, the ABC Earth Care Team is hosting a virtual concert featuring musicians from across our region, to benefit RENEW Climate Fund and Savory Institute, working locally and internationally to combat climate change. Zoom meeting ID: 997 086 475 Passcode: 173071
The Greece Ecumenical Racial Justice Ubuntu group continues their Book Study series as they read and discuss "America's Original Sin" -- Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America, by Jim Wallis. The book endeavors to paint the picture of "historic realities of race in America" as sin and calls us to put our faith into action for social justice. They will be meeting on Zoom three Tuesday evenings April 13th, 20th and 27th at 7:30. Before you begin reading the chapters read the Foreword, Preface, and Introduction.
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Need a Vaccine Appointment? If you do not have a computer and are in need of assistance making an appointment to get your Covid vaccine, please contact Tara Pios. She will ask you some questions about information that will be required by the State of New York in order to secure an appointment and will use a secure site to use that information. Once an appointment is made, all information will be shredded.
Let's get Messiah vaccinated! Many thanks to Tara for her willingness to help out!
Free stringed instrument program for all ages Learn some new fun pieces, play your favorite old ones, and perform in a virtual concert! Greece Virtuosi Strings is offering a free program for beginning and intermediate players of violin, viola, and cello, ages 6 to 106. Coaching will be by experienced performers and teachers, Sundays, April 11, 18, 25, and May 2 from 2:00 pm-3:00 pm at Greece Baptist Church (1230 Long Pond Road). Classes will be small and all participants will wear masks, have temperature checks, and practice physical distancing. Bring your instrument and some music you enjoy playing. To register, call the church office at 225-6160, or download a registration form from their website at Greece Virtuosi Strings
Greece Baptist Church hosts a free day program for people with memory loss. The ‘Give Me A Break’ respite care program meets every Wednesday afternoon from 12:30 to 4:30 pm in the parlor at Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Rd. People who are caring for a loved ones at home can drop them off every week to take some time for themselves. We play fun games, do crafts and chair yoga, take walks, and enjoy conversation and music. Our volunteers are trained by Lifespan, and currently include members of Messiah Lutheran and Trinity Episcopal, in addition to Greece Baptist. During Covid, we are meeting masked with health screenings and temperature checks. We social distance and sanitize frequently. Most of our guests and volunteers have already received vaccines, though it is not required. If you are interested in volunteering, or if you would like to request a registration form for the program, please contact Rev. Cheryl Frank at 225-6160.
Food distribution is the 2nd and 4th week of the month Tuesdays (10 am – 12:00 pm) and Thursdays (1:00 – 3:30 pm) Needed items: Laundry detergent, paper products (toilet paper, paper towels, tissues), and pull-ups (all sizes). Donations may be brought to the main door on distribution days. To donate a gift card or check (with “Food Distribution” on the memo line), please mail it to church.
Thursday morning Bible Study at 10 am. All are welcome. Join Zoom Meetinghttps://us02web.zoom.us/j/84124197592?pwd=RlU3Y3BpQnRjUWFtWkRnUVd3SGtDZz09 Meeting ID: 841 2419 7592 Passcode: 137975
Spiritual Growth Group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 pm – 8:15 pm. To receive the lesson in advance, contact Julie Gerstenberger.
Zoom video: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/971654509 Meeting ID: 971-654-509
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Work out together with the Ripples Chair Yoga Group, every Wednesday at 10 am https://us04web.zoom.us/j/450243871 Zoom meeting ID: 450-243-871
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.
Sunday Worship continues to be available to everyone at 10 am. Join via Zoom using this link: us04web.zoom.us/j/573579627 If you do not have internet, you can listen to the service 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 is also recorded and can be accessed through Messiah’s Facebook page. Coffee hour is held after worship via zoom, using this link: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/367670353