By the time you are reading this the sanctuary has received a good cleaning, paraments have been placed in position, the altar guild has been busy preparing the space for joyful worship and a dedicated team of folks has secured the wi-fi, procured cameras and sound equipment and we are ready to worship indoors!!
As I was helping to tidy up the pews with the property team, I came across two things that I found meaningful. First, out in the narthex the book for prayers is still open and marked to March 15. Seeing that took my breath away initially. No prayers written for over a year. But then I got to thinking, we have been praying this entire year plus. We have prayed at home, shared our requests via Zoom, called and checked in with our friends and neighbors and added their concerns to our personal prayers. Prayer did not stop because of a pandemic. Praying together did not cease because of a virus.
Secondly, I found an old bulletin and looked at the format, the list of names on the back signifying who were worship leaders that day. I saw names of ushers, readers, greeters, communion assistants, people instrumental to the work of liturgy and worship. I saw a choir anthem listed, signifying disciples dedicated to lifting up scripture in beautiful lyrics and melodies and harmonies. For a few moments I felt nostalgic about the old rhythms of our corporate life together.
Looking up, I saw someone up above the balcony setting up banners and someone else running a vacuum and yet more people wiping down pews and moving furniture. I saw sound equipment being set up and someone running power tools to make room for that equipment. Candles were filled with oil, sign-up sheets created and pens made available. As this community toiled and prepped, I realized that it still takes an entire community to create a space and atmosphere for worship.
We are still the Body of Christ. We have never stopped being the Body of Christ. It makes no difference if we are gathered online or under a tent or in a different place on vacation or in the familiar space of the building on the corner of Mt. Read and English Rd. Wherever we are, God is calling us to lift our voices in prayer and praise; to bring our gifts in service to Christ and Christ’s mission in the world. Our starting place for all of our mission is in our worship.
Please note, should you choose to arrive in person, masks will be required and you are asked to sign in. Please observe the signage on the pews so that we remain socially distant. And carefully check your bulletin as we will continue with the practice of utilizing the voices of all our disciples in worship assistant roles. If you prefer to worship from home, the link will remain the same as before. Worship times remain 10 am and 5 pm. Only the 10 am worship will be online, and you can find it on our Facebook page later.
Whether you will be signing in in person or tuning in on Zoom this Sunday, we are gathered together as Christ’s beloved community, called to serve all God’s people. I am looking forward, as always, to worshipping with you this week!
This Sunday we begin worshipping indoors at 10 am and 5 pm!!!!! Masks are required and we will be observing all COVID safety protocols. See Pastor Aileen’s message for more details. We will continue to share the wealth of liturgy. In your bulletin, a prayer or reading may be highlighted and you will be asked to read that portion of the service. If this makes you uncomfortable, you may choose an unmarked bulletin. The service will also be on Zoom with the same links as before: us04web.zoom.us/j/573579627 If you do not have internet, listen 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 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. Here is a list of items we routinely need: Canned peaches/pears, tuna, canned chicken, soup, individual boxes of cereal, regular boxes of cereal, instant oatmeal, mac & cheese, Knorr side dishes, Idahoan mashed potatoes, laundry detergent, dish soap. Items can be dropped off Sundays at worship or during food distribution Tuesday October 26 from10 am-12 pm or Thursday October 28 from 1 – 3 pm. 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.
With the return to our weekly services in the Sanctuary, we need to reactivate our Weekly Cleaning Team activity. On Monday mornings, these volunteers help lower our contracted cleaning costs by picking up/vacuuming the Sanctuary and Narthex, empty recycle bins, empty trash cans in the fellowship hall and washrooms and in the washrooms wipe down the counter tops and refill soap containers. If you were on this team pre-Covid and want to continue to be a volunteer, or want to be a new helper, please drop me a note or call me so I can put together a schedule. With enough members, each person should only have to participate once a month. Thank you. Paul Williams
As we prepare for Council elections in 2022, we are seeking nominations for new Council members, particularly those gifted in the areas of Adult Faith Formation, Outreach, Finance, and Leadership. Please contact Jeff Gerstenberger or Pastor Aileen to nominate someone or express your own interest in serving.
All Saints Sunday November 7 If you have a loved one who died in the past year, either call the church office or send an email by October 29 so we can include their name in ourremembrance.
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 21, times will be announced 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’ Please sign up so we know. Donations also welcome. We need your help. It’ll be fun.
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 if you are interested in volunteering for this program.
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#
Food distribution needed items In addition to the items listed in FOOD DISTRIBUTION 500: personal products (toothpaste, shampoo etc.), and feminine products. 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.