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As the angel announced to the shepherds, “I bring you tidings of great joy!” On October 24 we will begin worshipping indoors at Messiah. Wanting to keep everyone safe and engaged, there will be some protocols put in place. For the details, I invite you to read the attached safety plan that has been drafted by the Council.
To cover some basics, face masks will be required when inside the building. We will maintain social distancing. Everyone will be required to sign in at one of three stations as you enter the upstairs narthex. Now that we’ve covered those basics, these leave us free to worship with the celebration of Holy Communion and will permit us to continue murmured singing as part of our joyful worship.
As an added suggestion, we might all want to resume wearing our name tags. With face masks and, as some of us have changed our hair, and we won’t all be sitting in our usual spots, it might be helpful for a while!
More good news…Thursday Bible Study will resume on Zoom October 21 continuing our study of the book, “From Widows to Warriors.” Our first week will be a close look at the matriarch Rebekah in Genesis 24-28. I hope you will join us.
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Meeting ID: 830 3440 0238
Even more good news: This Sunday as part of our fun festivities following morning worship, we will have a murmured hymn sing under the tent. Please come prepared to call out the names of your favorite familiar hymns and Willie will accompany us as we sing the first verse!
I understand, as your pastor, that these last many months have been difficult as we have been so isolated from one another. We are all navigating a myriad of emotions around the pandemic, the closing of our building, the changes to our way of being. First, let me say, that I am available to sit with you and hear whatever you wish to share, as is Pr. Hans. Please don’t hesitate to call upon either of us if you wish a visit. Secondly, and most confidently, I know that God has a hopeful future planned for us. I know that we are being called into the future together to be Christ’s church planted in this place. I am excited to see what is in store for us as we navigate this next phase of ministry together.
I look forward to seeing you at Bible Study or Worship or both!
FOOD DISTRIBUTION 500 It's back for a second time. Thrivent is again offering a $500 check to our Food Distribution effort. All we have to do is collect at least 500 items by October 31, take a picture of the collected items with a team and submit our tax exempt status and we'll get $500 extra dollars to help feed our community's family food insecurity. Items can be dropped off Sundays at worship or during food distribution on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday mornings or Thursday afternoons. Questions, contact Larry Dennis.
It's time for the 2021 Grocery Run to support our food ministry! 100% of your donation will be used to feed hungry people, and in fact your donation is typically multiplied by ~1.3X due to generous race sponsors and the distribution of runner/walkers' race fees. Please consider a tax deductible donation today: https://runsignup.com/GroceryRun2021.
Messiah’s Christmas Tree Sale begins Black Friday November 26th from 10-8pm. It ends December 12th at 8pm. Our only sign up is online, with these links:
Lot Set up November 13 @ 9am https://Volunteersignup.org/RYQ4F
Tree delivery setup November 19 or 20 https://Volunteersignup.org/TB88Q
Cashiers and Lot people schedule Nov 26- Dec 12th https://Volunteersignup.org/XXKEM
Each link will give you directions. Any problems contact Rhonda Eastland. Please sign up so we know. Donations also welcome. We need your help. It’ll be fun.
Our 2021 Fall Clothing Drive and More Saturday October 16 from 10 am – 3 pm Sunday October 17 from 11 am – 1 pm We are combining the blanket, adult coat and sock drive for the House of Mercy with clothing of all sizes needed at the schools in Greece and family clothing closets in our communities. Two Greece elementary schools have responded as very interested in children’s items. Plus men’s winter coats are needed by the men leaving the Batavia ICE detention center ready to travel to meet their families. Bring your items to church on Saturday October 16 and Sunday October 17.
Please do not leave any items by the doors at any other times. Items will not be stored at church. All clothing is welcome but emphasis is on cold weather needs!
Our wish list includes these new or gently used items:
Socks – lots of socks are needed! #1 item most needed for the homeless!
Blankets - including sleeping bags, wraps, bedding Ski pants – including snowsuits
Boots Coats Hats Scarves Gloves Warm clothes
Questions – Call Barb Corman. We thank you in advance for your generosity.
Staff Evaluations – Your Input is needed by October 17! Please take a few minutes to provide input for 2021 Staff Evaluations for Pastor Aileen, Pastor Hans, Dr. Willie, and Cathy. Annual evaluations are an opportunity to celebrate the strengths of our staff members as well as to identify areas for growth. Our staff really do appreciate congregational feedback, and the information is an important part of our review process that includes annual goal-setting, development, and compensation decisions. Provide your input online at https://tinyurl.com/MELCStaff or contact Cathy Coe if you need a paper copy. Thank you!
Thank You CROP Hunger Walkers, Volunteers, and Donors! Messiah had 5 walkers and raised $460! Thank You!! A total of $4,920 was raised in Greece by 27 registrants. These generous donations will provide nutritious food to families in the U.S. and around the world! Thank you for thinking of others at a time when it is most needed. Your kindness means so much. Of the amount raised, $1,230 will go to the Greece Food Shelf. This year’s CROP Hunger Walk was hosted by Aldersgate United Methodist Church on September 26th. And ThankYou Larry Dennis for once again being the treasurer!
The Backpack program Volunteers are needed to pick up the bags at Foodlink on Mt. Read Blvd. and deliver them to Holmes Road or Buckman Heights Elementary Schools on Wednesday mornings. We usually have enough people so that each driver makes the run about one a month. Contact Reggie Renz at 319-6058 if you are interested in volunteering for this program. The Backpack program also needs a volunteer to coordinate the volunteer drivers and make reports to Foodlink. Once the driver’s schedule is set, the coordinator will remind each driver when it is their turn to deliver, and report the statistics to Foodlink at the end of the month. This should amount to less than 5 hours of time each month. Anyone interested should contact Reggie Renz.
The Word in Season for October – December is available at the handicapped entrance. (Please note location.) If you would like one mailed to you, contact the church office.
The Spiritual Growth Group meets on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 – 8:15 pm. If you wish 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#
Outdoor communion worship at 10 am and 5 pm under the tent. Please bring your own chair and a mask. When you receive your worship bulletin, a portion may be highlighted (a prayer or a reading) and you will be asked to read that particular portion of the service. If this is something that makes you uncomfortable, you may choose an unmarked bulletin. The 10 am service will be available on Zoom for those who cannot be present in person. The connections are the same as before: us04web.zoom.us/j/573579627 If you do not have internet, 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 will be recorded and can be accessed through Messiah’s Facebook page.
Food distribution needed items: Laundry soap, dish soap, personal products (toothpaste, shampoo etc.), feminine products, and side dishes. DO NOT LEAVE OUTSIDE AT ANY TIME. Bring to the main door on distribution days. (2nd and 4th weeks of the month: Tuesdays
10 am - 12:00 pm, Thursdays 1 - 3:00 pm) To donate a gift card or check (“Food Distribution” on memo line), mail it to church.
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.