A note from Pastor Aileen - September 14, 2021
September is a month brimming with possibilities. Two Sundays ago we baptized our newest disciple, Eleanor. This week we will celebrate a milestone in the lives of two of our young disciples as Leah Christensen and Christopher Strouse receive the Affirmation of Baptism.
It seems that much of this year has been focused on what we could NOT do. I would argue that in these two events, we hush the negative voices that surround us. The Holy Spirit cannot be stopped by a global pandemic or a virus. She just keeps calling us forward in faith into the world.
Leah and Christopher completed two years of confirmation instruction. I would love to thank all of the disciples who were instrumental in their faith formation and who will continue to be instrumental in their continued growth in the future—their parents and grandparents, the people who sat next to them and helped keep them calm during worship, the disciples who encouraged them in their learning and serving, Sunday School Teachers, Youth Workers, Confirmation Teachers, Committee members who encouraged them to participate in activities. It takes a whole church to raise up faithful disciples!!
When confirmation is taught one year is Bible Instruction and the other year is instruction on the Catechism. During that year we cover things like The Lord’s Prayer, The Ten Commandments, The Creeds, The Sacraments, and so forth. These are topics that ground our children in the basics of the faith; why we do what we do and the overarching story of scripture and our place in God’s story. I am always delighted to join with other teachers and mentors to share this knowledge, but where the learning takes on meaning is when we engage with one another as a body. When we encourage and love one another, when we share our doubts and questions, our curiosity and wonder about God with one another, that is where the Holy Spirit dwells and inspires us together. That is when all of the wonderful words like grace and forgiveness and salvation begin to make sense.
I am proud of Christopher and Leah. They have been a joy and a delight to teach. This is but a milestone in their journey of faith. I am even more excited about their future among us and the ways that we can all continue to grow together into God’s future.
A friendly reminder: Masks are once again required inside the church, and are encouraged when worshipping outside under the tent. (Required if children under 12 are present at worship.)
We are getting ready to form the Nominating Committee for the Messiah Council election to be held in January 2022 and are looking for 2-4 congregation members to participate in the nominations process (usually accomplished in a single meeting). If you are interested, please contact Pastor Aileen or Jeff Gerstenberger to let them know. Note that members of the Nominating Committee are not eligible for nomination themselves.
Volunteer needed for the scheduling of volunteers for the 2 week Christmas Tree Sale, with the online set up, You would be learning and working with Mark Sutliff, John Corman, and a lot of volunteers that have done the tree sale for the last 6 years. You could follow Rhonda Eastland this year and see what is needed. If interested, call Rhonda at 585-301-0934 or email email@example.com or contact the church office.
The Backpack program is getting ready to begin for this school year. 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 Friday 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 person who can 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 in this volunteer opportunity should contact Reggie Renz.
The Greece churches Habitat Coalition is hosting a drive thru Sticky Lips BBQ fundraiser on Thursday, Sept 16 at Hope Church on Vintage Lane. Pickup starts at 3 pm and runs until 5:30. Meals feature BBQ Chicken and Pork Ribs, plus sides, and cost $14. This has been a successful fundraiser for many years, and they thank you for your continued support.
Greece CROP Walk is coming, Sunday, Sept.26th, 2021! Here’s the link to Sign-up or Donate: https://events.crophungerwalk.org/2021/event/rochesterny Aldersgate United Methodist Church will be hosting the Walk. Like last year, there are 3 options for walking
1. Spirit Walkers - Spirit Walkers don’t actually walk, but they do raise money and
spread the word about the need and Church World Service’s work. (Virtual walker).
2. Physical Walkers – Walk in their own neighborhood or any location (Virtual walker).
3. Physical Walkers – Walk the Crop Hunger Walk 2.5-mile route from Aldersgate UMC.
Social distancing is encouraged. Registration activities will be outdoors, starting at 1:30 pm.
Walkers may start at any time. For questions, please contact Mark Sutliffat Marksutliff@gmail.com or 585-210-7846.
The Spiritual Growth Group will resume meeting via Zoom on September 14! We meet on the 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month from 7 pm – 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#
Green Tip of the Week: Instead of buying a new disposable air filter (furnace, air conditioner) several times a year, consider buying a permanent one that can be washed and reused indefinitely. Most of these filters have lifetime warranties, so you'll save money in the long run as well as reduce the amount of waste you send to the landfill.
Invitation to Members of the Upstate New York Synod:Service of Holy Communionwith the Installation of The Rev. Lee M. Miller, IIas Bishop of the Upstate New York Synod Saturday September 18 at 2:00 pm.Bethany Baptist Church, 149 Beattie St, Syracuse, NY 13224 Doors Open: 1:00 pm., Pre-Service Music Begins: 1:30 pm.Reception follows at the church.
Outdoor communion worship at 10 am and 5 pm under the tent. Please bring your own chair and a mask. Worship will follow a simpler format, and we will share the wealth of liturgy with all participants. 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.
Our Food Distribution is giving After School snack bags to families with children. If you wish to donate items, here are some suggestions: individual cups of fruit, jello or pudding, crackers with peanut butter or cheese, small bags of cookies or mini-muffins, Capri Sun or other juice boxes, and small bags of chips. We could still use your help prepacking these items in bags prior our distribution days. If you are available Monday from 4 - 6 pm, Wednesday from 4 - 6 pm or Saturdays from 10 am - noon, we would appreciate the extra help. Bring donations 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). Any questions, phone or text Tarri Mundt at (585)957-4022 , or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.