A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN – May 4, 2021
First, thank you so much to all of you who participated in our discipleship workshop last weekend. It was a magnificent sharing of what we have all learned about ourselves, our faith community and our neighbors this past year. We heard a lot of stories of appreciation for Zoom worship while also hearing a deep sense of loss of not being together. We heard a calling to become an emergency food cupboard while lamenting the face to face companionship of Souper Saturday. We rejoiced at shared written devotions while missing the sound of one another’s voices. Then we turned our attention to listening for where the Spirit is calling us into the future. There was more mentioned than I can write in this brief note, and many notes yet to be consolidated. Please know that we will be sharing this information with everyone in the congregation in the near future.
Next will be a team meeting of those interested in moving us into the future with in person worship and learning and community outreach. One of the things that I have personally been pondering regarding in person events, is the need for vaccinations. I am pleased to say that I have been vaccinated. (I want to give a shout out to Tara Pios for her help in obtaining appointments for all of us! What a gift she shared!) I had a few side effects, as did the members of my family. That tells me that our bodies are now in prime fighting mode against this awful virus!
I hope that you too are in a queue for a vaccination. If you have questions regarding the safety or efficacy of the shot, please contact your health care provider to discuss your concerns. In order for us to move into in person events it will be important for as many of us to be inoculated as possible for the safety of the whole congregation.
As I listened to Bishop Eaton discussing this topic, she pointed out that as Christians we follow the science because our God is the God of science. The working of molecules and DNA and RNA; the very workings of our body are in the scope of God’s magnificent creation. The gifts that have been given to those who understand the workings of our body and the ability to envision and create treatments are given by the God who blesses us each with gifts for the good of the whole community.
Again, if you have any questions, it is your personal health care provider who has been gifted with the answers to your questions. As your pastor, it is my task to invite you into a healthy, safe, life giving relationship with your brothers and sisters in Christ for the sake of the world.
Thursday morning Bible Study at 10 am is undertaking a Study on the women of the Old Testament entitled, "From Widows to Warriors." We begin with a look at the Matriarchs including, Eve, Sarah and Hagar, Lot's wife and daughters, Rebekah, Rachel and Leah, Dinah, Tamar, and Potiphar's wife. Even if you have not been a regular at Thursday Morning Bible study, we hope you will join us for this intriguing study! The Zoom link is: Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84124197592?pwd=RlU3Y3BpQnRjUWFtWkRnUVd3SGtDZz09 Meeting ID: 841 2419 7592 Passcode: 137975
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!
Food distribution is the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month Tuesdays (10 am – 12:00 pm) and Thursdays (1:00 – 3:30 pm) Needed items: Jelly, rice & pasta side dishes, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes, laundry detergent, dish detergent, toothpaste, and pull-ups (all sizes). Donations may be brought to the main door on distribution days. DO NOT LEAVE OUTSIDE AT ANY TIME.To donate a gift card or check (with “Food Distribution” on the memo line), mail it to church.
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
Audio only participation: (929) 205-6099 Meeting ID: 971-654-509#
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
The ‘Give Me A Break’ respite care program for people with memory loss meets every Wednesday from 12:30 to 4:30 pm at Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Rd. We play fun games, do crafts, chair yoga, take walks, and enjoy conversation and music. The program is free and volunteers are trained by Lifespan. We are meeting masked with health screenings and temperature checks. We social distance and sanitize frequently. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like a registration form contact Rev. Cheryl Frank at 225-6160.