A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN – October 27, 2020
This week marks the beginning of our annual stewardship campaign. Cue up the champagne corks, the fireworks, the marching band! So, maybe you don’t find the annual stewardship campaign that exciting!
I assure you that what God is doing is exciting. God is constantly blessing us with the presence of the Holy Spirit, calling us into community, sending us into the world to work for peace and justice. God blesses us every day with everything we need for life. And God calls us to share God’s abundance generously with the world.
You will hear more about our stewardship theme, “Live Generously!” over the next few weeks as fellow disciples share their stories with you in worship. I hope you are blessed by their witness to the power of God’s abundant love in their lives.
This week, when you stop by the church to get communion bread for your family, please pick up a “Live Generously” bracelet for each member of your household. (They are all the same, so please take one off the top.) And there are also Thrivent “Live Generously” t-shirts if you would like one (or one more.)
Watch next week for your stewardship packet to arrive in the mail, enjoy the stories shared by your siblings in Christ, and please prayerfully consider how you will “Live Generously” with your time, talents and treasures!
This Sunday, November 1 we will celebrate Holy Communion at our 10:00 am Zoom worship. Individual “loaves” of bread will be baked by Claudia Roberts and will be available at the Handicap Entrance of the church Friday and Saturday from 9 am – 7 pm. Take the amount you need for your family. Check in with your friends and neighbors and deliver it to them if needed. If you are unable to pick up bread, please know that bread you have at home is perfectly acceptable. Please also have enough wine or grape juice prepared for your family to use for the sacrament.
As we prepare for Council elections in 2021, we are seeking nominations for new Council members, particularly those gifted in the area of Stewardship, Property, and Worship & Music. Please contact Jeff Gerstenberger or Pastor Aileen to nominate someone or express your own interest in serving.
Hunger is real. The 2020 Grocery Run is going virtual. Each year the East Avenue Grocery Run provides thousands of dollars for Messiah's feeding ministries, and this year will be no different. Although the race/walk is going virtual, you can still participate in and/or sponsor someone on the Messiah team and help raise much needed funds for our feeding ministry. Because of the unique way this event is organized, for every dollar that is pledged, Messiah actually receives more than a dollar to help feed the hungry. Head on over to
https://runsignup.com/melc and click on one of our team members and make your pledge of support! Contact Jeff Gerstenberger if you have any questions.
Messiah will again be partnering with the Greece Ecumenical Food Shelf in the Thanksgiving Basket Program. Because of the complications resulting from the Pandemic, GEFS is encouraging the donation of funds to purchase Aldi’s gift cards to be given out in lieu of actual Thanksgiving food. If you wish to donate to the anticipated increased requests to the program this year, please mail your checks to church made out to Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church, with “Thanksgiving Baskets” noted in the memo, within the next two weeks. We will, in turn, mail one check to GEFS in early November for the purchase of the gift cards.
Christmas Tree sale for the National Youth Gathering.
Lot set up will be Nov 14th at 9am. Tree delivery and setup will be Nov 21st at 9am.
Sign up link for Lot Set- up November 14th @ 9am is volunteersignup.org/FQAM9
Sign up for tree delivery November 21 at 9 am is volunteersignup.org/JFTPK
Please sign up so we can be sure we have enough volunteers to set up the lot and the trees. Sign ups for lot and cashier positions are now available:
November 27th-Dec 8th : Volunteersignup.org/9XD9A
December 9th- December 20th Volunteersignup.org/K73BQ
Any questions, contact Rhonda Eastland 301-0934 or email@example.com.
If you would like to make a monetary donation, please mail a check to Messiah with “Tree Sale” or “Youth Trip” on the memo line.
The Outreach team is putting together the Backpack Program for this school year. We are in need of a few drivers that will pick up the bags at Foodlink on Mt. Read Blvd. (at Ridgeway) and deliver them to Holmes Rd, and/or Buckman Heights schools. The bags will be picked up on Thursday mornings this year due to the school schedules of alternating days for students. Anyone interested in helping with this ministry please contact Kim Mass at Mass_kimberly@yahoo.com. Don’t worry if you have never done this before, we will train all new drivers.
Food distribution: Current needs are cereal and jelly. Donations may be brought to the main door during distribution hours Tuesday 11/10, 11/24 from 10 am –12 pm, Thursday 11/12 from 1 pm – 3 pm. If you wish to donate a gift card or check (made out to Messiah, with “Food Distribution on the memo line), either mail it to church or drop it off at the above stated times.
Thursday morning Bible Study will not meet October 29th. Join us next week at 10 am via Zoom on the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84124197592?pwd=RlU3Y3BpQnRjUWFtWkRnUVd3SGtDZz09 Meeting ID: 841 2419 7592 Passcode: 137975 One tap mobile +19292056099,,84124197592# US (New York) We are exploring the words contained in the Beatitudes in the Gospel of Matthew.
Operation Christmas Child How do you reach out with the GOOD NEWS OF JESUS CHRIST during a pandemic, in Greece, NY as a friend or member of Messiah Lutheran Church?? Actually, there are THREE ways.
Pick up an Operation Christmas Child (OCC) Shoebox and a “How to pack a shoebox” pamphlet from the bin at the Handicapped entrance of the church, take it home, read the do’s and don’ts, pray for the recipient, shop on-line or in a store, and return it to the bin or call 260-5553 for a pick-up before Sunday November 22.
Pack a shoebox on-line, either building it yourself or letting Samaritan’s Purse build it. Let the church office know you did it at 865-1866, pray for the recipient, and share your joy on social media with your friends. Website:https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/buildonline/
Pick up a pamphlet “how to pack a shoebox” from the handicapped entrance or check the do’s/don’ts on OCC Website:https://www.samaritanspurse.org/operation-christmas-child/what-goes-in-my-shoebox-suggestions/, drop off the shoebox supplies or call for a pick-up before Saturday November 21, and come by the church parking lot Sunday November 22 at 1PM to socially distance in an outdoor one at a time packing party, cheering on your favorite packer from the comfort of your car. If you would like to pack a box outdoors, call Larry @ 260-5553.
If you would like, you can join us as we stuff the Messiah transport vehicles to proceed to the collection point to witness the large boxes containing many shoeboxes get loaded into tractor trailers for the trip to Boone, NC where the boxes will get the final ingredient- ‘The Gospel of Jesus Christ” in pictures and native language for the trip to one of over 100 countries and 1000 Pacific Islands.?s: Contact Larry Dennis.
Greece Baptist Church is hosting a study of the book White Fragility Tuesdays at 7:30pm. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85102494643
Meeting ID: 851 0249 4643 Passcode: 245128
One tap mobile +16465588656,,85102494643# US (New York)
Dial by your location +1 646 558 8656 US (New York) Meeting ID: 851 0249 4643
Spiritual Growth Group meets the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 pm – 8:15 pm.
The link remains the same each week. 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#
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
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
Mindful Meditation Ripples of Wellness offers the opportunity to practice Mindful Meditation with Joyce Callen each Thursday after Chair Yoga from 9:45 am to 10:05. Come join us to learn how 20 minutes of meditation can bring composure and calmness to your life. Need more information? Contact Joyce.