A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN – February 23, 2021
As the month of February winds down, I find myself pondering the relationships that I cherish and how they have been transformed through this pandemic. It surprises me that there have been many positive shifts. I wonder if it’s been the same for you.
Before the pandemic, I talked with my daughter in California a few times a week. Now we talk almost daily. I’ve watched my grandson grow in increments and he has expectations regarding the books we will read to him as well as the songs that will be sung. My brother, sister and I would talk on the phone a few times a month, just one on one. Now we talk at least monthly via Zoom or facetime, all three of us together.
We have had to be much more intentional about ways to connect with loved ones since we can’t meet for lunch or coffee and so I’ve noticed that the connections have deepened in virtual coffee hour. We used to sit with a few close friends in the fellowship hall. Now we gather over the computer with folks we’re coming to know as friends. I’ve even noticed that it takes longer to get off of Zoom Bible Study because after our work is done, there is opportunity to catch up and visit. Our relationships are broadening and deepening.
I (and I suspect you) long for the day when we can be face to face; when we can choose our table mates in the fellowship hall; when we can go out to lunch. In the meanwhile, I hope that you are enjoying your friends and family in ways that are creative and life giving.
If you wish to expand your relationships, please join the conference mid-week Lenten services and prayer experiences and feel free to make a few new friends!
Our Lenten Midweek series, Created for Community (a joint project of the Genesee Finger Lakes Conference) begins this Wednesday, February 24 at 7 pm via zoom. Drawing from the Sunday lectionary and stories from Mark’s Gospel, we will reflect together on the various ways we are called to be community. Each Wednesday at 7 pm, we will join in worship, then at 7:30, we will offer an opportunity for those who wish to grow deeper in community, either through conversation around the day’s text, or through exploring a prayer practice that expands upon the week’s theme. The link is: Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 837 4022 0666 Passcode: 802756
February 24: In Community with Creation Led by: Pr. Aileen Robbins, Pr. Johanna Rehbaum, Sem. Lisa Frauens, Prayer practice: Praying in Color
Another Worship Opportunity for Lent For those of you unable to join us on Wednesdays for worship, or those of you who would like another means for worship, here is a link to Holden Evening Prayer for this week. Each week a different church will be hosting and you can watch it at your leisure. https://youtu.be/PObItPJh9tM
Church Doors If you enter the church please be sure that all the doors are locked when you leave. Turn the knob, as well as pull on the door to be sure. And of course, don’t forget to set the alarm. Thanks!
Vegan Lunch Bunch Tuesday March 2nd at noon. Join Hans & Linda Irmer and Janet Graves-Wright at noon on the first Tuesday of each month to share a (virtual via Zoom) vegan meal. No matter where you may fall on the plant-based continuum, you are welcome to join us to share recipes, successes, challenges and encouragement, to ask and answer questions, and to learn more about this increasingly popular, plant-based whole-food lifestyle. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/86772100568?pwd=eFNYcllqcGZrL0lKV0R5OVFkNVNLUT09 Meeting ID: 867 7210 0568 Passcode: 377198 One tap mobile +19292056099,,86772100568# US (New York)
Lent in a Bag and Devotional Booklets It’s not too late to get your Lent in a Bag and Devotional booklet. The bags contain tactile devotions for each week of Lent, and the “A Story To Tell” devotional booklet contains daily devotions through Easter. They are both available at the handicapped entrance.
Food distribution is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays and Thursdays of the month. Needed items: Laundry detergent, toothpaste, feminine products, and shampoo. 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
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 Thursday 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