A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN – April 13, 2021
How has this year inspired change in you? What strengths have you noticed that you didn’t realize you had? What have you missed the most? What have you noticed about your relationship with God? With the church? With others? As we think about reentry into our building and moving forward with worship and service, what are your hopes and dreams; fears and concerns? These are some of the things we will be exploring in our Discipleship Workshop this year, held May 1 and 2 over Zoom.
We will gather on May 1 at 9:30 am for a brief Bible Study and then breakout into small groups for some intentional conversation. For that session we invite you bring a story about something that changed in your life during the pandemic. If you wish, you may bring an item that embodies your story. As this is participatory, please invite the whole family to join you. The young people in our congregation have stories and insights to share as well. Our time together on Saturday will conclude at 11:00 am.
We will regroup on Sunday at 12:30 pm for a “virtual walk” through our neighborhoods as we explore the ways the church is alive and active in the world. We will also invite some curiosity about the needs of our disciples as well as the needs of our community as we contemplate moving forward in mission. Our time together on Sunday will conclude at 2:00 pm. At that time, we will invite those who wish to join the Council on May 8 for the purpose of creating an action plan to carry us into the future.
This is a crucial time in the life of our congregation. It is important that we hear from all of our disciples in these conversations. Please sign up to participate using the following link:
https://forms.gle/fuzTFCaG8Rn9knV5A (or call the church office) so that we may adequately prepare.
To join the conversation on May 1 and 2, please use the following Zoom:
Meeting ID: 886 4178 7639 Passcode: 166659
To participate by phone, dial 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.
I look forward to hearing your stories and reflections!
During this Easter month, we are focusing on Stewardship of God's Grace. Take a moment to reflect on God's grace in your life, and savor the opportunity to provide a grace-filled, unexpected gift to someone - drop them a thoughtful note, help with someone's yardwork, pay for the coffee of a stranger - the possibilities are endless! Also, please send in word or phrase about what grace means to you - these will be included in our Sunday worship during April. Send these to Julie Gerstenberger or to the Church Office to be included.
“Rise up, take courage, and do it.” (Ezra 10.4) How do we move forward after a year of social isolation? What needs to be done to have effective ministry at Messiah? How is the Holy Spirit calling us into a hopeful future? How has the past year transformed us? These are some questions that will be pondered at our Discipleship Workshop (held by zoom) on Saturday, May 1 from 9:30 am – 11:00. Further questions will be contemplated at our follow up date of May 2 from 12:30 pm - 2:00. The end goal is to create an action plan for moving forward in ministry and reentry into the building. Please plan on joining us for these important conversations. Sign up at https://forms.gle/fuzTFCaG8Rn9knV5A or call the church office so that we may adequately prepare. Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 886 4178 7639 Passcode: 166659 To participate by phone, dial 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.
Messiah Elevator Update We have received two quotes from local companies for the repair of our elevator. They are similar in nature as to what must be done to fully restore the elevator and both are in excess of $25,000. Our Messiah Constitution requires that any expenditure greater than $25,000 must be approved by the congregation. Also, there must be a waiting period between the announcement of a vote and the vote taking place. Therefore, on Sunday April 18, 2021, the coffee hour held after our zoom worship service will be instead a Congregation Meeting where all the details of the repair quotes will be discussed. The zoom link will be that used for coffee hour: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/367670353 For those calling in for worship, you will be asked to hang up after worship and dial back in, using the same number. Also, the status of our insurance claim will be talked about and a preliminary repair timeline will be revealed. And at the end of the discussion, the congregation will vote yes or no to accept a quote and move forward with the elevator repair. Paul Williams, Property Team
The Greece Ecumenical Racial Justice Ubuntu group continues their Book Study series as they read and discuss "America's Original Sin" -- Racism, White Privilege and the Bridge to a New America, by Jim Wallis. The book endeavors to paint the picture of "historic realities of race in America" as sin and calls us to put our faith into action for social justice. They will be meeting on Zoom three Tuesday evenings April 13th, 20th and 27th at 7:30. Before you begin reading the chapters read the Foreword, Preface, and Introduction.
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The ‘Give Me A Break’ respite care program for people with memory loss meets every Wednesday from 12:30 to 4:30 pm at Greece Baptist Church, 1230 Long Pond Rd. We play fun games, do crafts, chair yoga, take walks, and enjoy conversation and music. The program is free and volunteers are trained by Lifespan. We are meeting masked with health screenings and temperature checks. We social distance and sanitize frequently. If you are interested in volunteering, or would like a registration form contact Rev. Cheryl Frank at 225-6160.
Need a Vaccine Appointment? If you do not have a computer and are in need of assistance making an appointment to get your Covid vaccine, please contact Tara Pios. She will ask you some questions about information that will be required by the State of New York in order to secure an appointment and will use a secure site to use that information. Once an appointment is made, all information will be shredded.
Let's get Messiah vaccinated! Many thanks to Tara for her willingness to help out!
Food distribution is the 2nd and 4th weeks of the month Tuesdays (10 am – 12:00 pm) and Thursdays (1:00 – 3:30 pm) Needed items: Jelly, rice & pasta side dishes, mac & cheese, mashed potatoes and pull-ups (all sizes). 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), 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 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.
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