Welcome To Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church
A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN – August 4, 2020
Last Sunday when I gave the announcements in worship, I noted that we have been doing online worship for 20 weeks. Twenty weeks! That’s incredible. When this pandemic started, we thought our building would be closed for just a few weeks. We thought that we would be back together singing on Easter Sunday. The first week, we had a written script for worship with our families at home. The next week (or two?) Vicki Robinson was good enough to meet with me to videotape worship that could be watched at home. After that, Jeff Gerstenberger and others took it upon themselves to learn a new skill to connect us in real time for worship. And we have ALL learned a lot. But even then, as we were learning Zoom, we assumed it would be a nice skill to have in our back pockets for a snowy day. We never thought that we would still be celebrating online worship this many weeks and yet, here we are!
I am so thrilled with all of you for all you have learned, the ways you have been flexible, and especially for the ways we have been church together. Instead of cooking meals twice a month, we have pooled our resources and provided an emergency food pantry that has given out more than 8,000 meals since March. Our sewers have made 703 masks to protect us and our friends and neighbors. We have stood on street corners with our friends, together witnessing to the love of God for our black and brown siblings. Our disciples have brought in the mail, sought out prices to make our parking lot safer and our internet stronger for when we are back to in person worship. Our relationships have been strengthened by calling to check in on one another. We’ve gathered under the tree in our church yard and shared our interpretation of scripture. I am delighted to be part of this body of Christ in this place. You are a spectacular group of people. You are generous beyond measure.
We are standing on a threshold, 20 weeks into this liminal space and we do not know when it will end or what our world will look like when it is over. I do know, that with one another and with Jesus leading the way, we will be exactly where we are called to be and who we are called to be in this time. Just as we are today. Thank you for being partners on this journey of faith!
Please note that Pastor Aileen will be on vacation from 8/10-8/17. If you have a pastoral need during that time, please contact Pr. Hans. This will also mean that there will not be a pastoral note next week and the Noon Devotion on Face Book Live will not take place on 8/12 and 8/14.
Outdoor Prayer Services Bring a lawn chair and meet at the main entrance of the church for a brief prayer service that will include prayers, scripture and a benediction. You must bring your own chair and face mask and we will ask that you remain 6 feet apart for the duration of the service. The schedule is as follows: Sunday evening at 5:00 pm, Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm, and Wednesday and morning at 9:00 am.
Food distribution: Donations may be brought to the main door during distribution hours Tuesdays 10 am – noon, Thursdays 1 pm – 3 pm, or to one of the outdoor prayer services. Current needs are diapers (sizes 2,4,5,6), cereal, peanut butter, baked beans, and side dishes. If you wish to donate a gift card, either mail it to the church, drop it off to Pastor Aileen during any of our in person outdoor worship services, or drop it off directly to those who are handing out food on Tuesdays or Thursdays. You may also donate monetarily, making the check out to Messiah, writing “Food distribution” on the memo line and following the same procedure as gift cards. If you or someone you know is in need of food, call the church office at 865-1866 x 2.
Who we are feeding. To give you an idea of where your donations are going, each week we will provide information on one family we are serving:
Family of 3. Husband has ALS, wife and son both have lost their jobs. Neither wife nor son has been able to receive unemployment as of yet.
A New Sunday Night Study will be held by Zoom August 9 – October 18 at 7 pm. In light of the current social concerns regarding the racial stresses and inequities of our country, this study will utilize two books that have been highly recommended: Just Mercy by Bryan Stevenson and How to be an Antiracist by Ibram X. Kendi (Both have been included in the listing of "100 Notable Books" by the New York Times Book Review:) Participants are asked to view the movie, "Just Mercy," available online, (or a dvd copy can be borrowed from Hans Irmer), and/or read the book BEFORE the study begins. (Hans has several copies of this book available for purchase.) Please contact Pastor Irmer if you would like to participate. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88663658291 Meeting ID: 886 6365 8291
Zoom conversations on race the first and third Tuesday of the month at 7:00 pm. It is our hope to have a full and rich discussion with many perspectives. If you would like to join in on August 18, please use this link https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84036779664
Our next silent rallies are:
Friday, August 7 4:30 pm - 5:30 pm Messiah
Friday, August 14 11:30 am -12:30 pm Greece Baptist Church
Friday, August 21 11:30 am- 12:30 pm Trinity Episcopal Church
Thursday morning Bible Study has concluded for the summer.
The Spiritual Growth Group is taking a break in August. Their next meeting will be September 8, when they resume meeting the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 – 8:15 pm.
Work out together with the Ripples Chair Yoga Group, every Thursday at 9 am
https://us04web.zoom.us/j/450243871 Zoom meeting ID: 450-243-871
Sunday worship continues to be available to everyone at 10 am through the Internet or the phone. The links are the same for each week. If you have an internet connection, join via Zoom using this link: us04web.zoom.us/j/573579627 If you do not have internet access, you can listen to the service by dialing 270-2524. After the greeting, enter the conference ID of 291-1296 followed by the # key. At the prompt, state your name, and then press the # key again. If you are not able to join worship at 10 am, the service is recorded and can be accessed through Messiah’s Facebook page. Coffee hour will also be held after worship via zoom, using the following link https://us04web.zoom.us/j/367670353
Ways we can be together
M – F Noon devotional reflections by Pr. Aileen and Willie on Face Book Live. They are recorded to be watched anytime after they appear.
Devotional Reflections on the Church Face Book by Sybil Reisch.
Don’t forget to keep calling your friends to stay in touch!