A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN – October 13, 2020
Today marks exactly 7 months since we received word from the Bishop that we should close our doors due to the Coronavirus. Seven months since we worshiped face to face, sang hymns together, stood in lines to receive the Lord’s body and blood. Seven months is a long time. And yet, as I reflect on these last seven months, I can’t help but observe that we have truly been a church that reflects the community spoken of in Acts Chapter 2, “All who believed were together and had all things in common; they would sell their possessions and goods and distribute the proceeds to all, as any had need.”
Our building may be closed but the work of the church has gone on. We have been “together” in this uncertain time. Many of you have checked in on one another, some of you have sent cards or reminders of your faith to other disciples; many of you have made donations over this last month to help the most vulnerable of our community. I am amazed at your generosity and togetherness, despite our physical separation.
Together we have fed thousands—yes, thousands!—over these months and provided hygiene, cleaning and paper products to our neighbors. Even in the work that has been done to the church parking lot, the wellbeing and safety of our disciples and our visitors has been our driving force.
The strength of our community lies in the common bond we have of faith in Jesus Christ to save and sustain us from all evil. We are committed, through our faith, to sacrifice as necessary in order to love our neighbor as ourselves. Our actions speak loudly of our trust in Christ Jesus and our strong desire to follow where he leads.
I ask you to please continue loving and serving one another as the pandemic continues and we must remain separated for a while longer. As the days get shorter and it becomes more difficult to get outside, please consider one of the following activities to keep us connected:
Pick the next three names on the directory and give them a call
Send a card to one or more of our nursing home residents or shut ins to let them know you’re thinking about them
Send a thank you note to the musicians or worship assistants who help lead worship on any given Sunday
Pick up an extra can of food and drop it off at the church (the list of needed items is contained in this email)
Send me a picture of your home altar to add to the pre-worship loop. (With or without pets!)
I want to thank you for your commitment to your faith, your Lord, your church in these days. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all that you continue to do as faithful disciples of Christ! I am humbled to be your pastor.
All Saints Sunday is November 1 If you have a loved one who died in the past year, either call the church office or send an email by October 26 so we can include their name in our remembrance.
Another Opportunity to Serve: There is a need for 2 to 4 people to serve on the Nominating Committee for this year. This is a one month obligation to select candidates for church council. Those who serve on the nominating committee are ineligible to be elected to Church Council. Please contact Pastor Aileen or Jeff Gerstenberger if interested or if you have any questions.
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. Our first delivery is scheduled for Thursday, October 22.
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. Any questions, contact Rhonda Eastland.
Food distribution: October 20 and 22 we will be giving Halloween bags to the children we serve. If you would like to donate candy or other goodies, please drop them off by Thursday October 15. Other general needed items are cereal, side dishes and jelly. Donations may be brought to the main door during distribution hours Tuesdays 10 am – noon, Thursdays 1 pm – 3 pm, or to one of the outdoor prayer services. 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 has resumed meeting at 10:00 via Zoom on the following link: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84124197592?pwd=RlU3Y3BpQnRjUWFtWkRnUVd3SGtDZz09 Meeting ID: 841 2419 7592 Passcode: 137975
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We will be exploring the words contained in the Beatitudes in the Gospel of Matthew. What does it mean to be meek? Pure in heart? Merciful? Peacemakers? Are these some sort of heavenly requirement? Or, are they eschatological blessings? And what in heavens name does eschatological mean??? We will begin with conversation around the word “Blessed.” How is one blessed? Who does the blessing? What does this mean for our daily lives?
Greece Baptist Church is hosting a 6 week study of the book White Fragility by Robin DiAngelo. Tuesdays at 7:30pm.
Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85102494643
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Our silent rallies for Racial Justice will be concluding at the end of October due to the time change and weather. Our final rallies:
Friday, October 16: 4-5pm at Trinity Episcopal (3450 W. Ridge Rd.)
Friday, October 23: 11:30 am-12:30 at Greece United Methodist (1924 Maiden Ln.)
Sunday Night Study has been extended one week, and will end October 25. Please note: Zoom has changed its requirements and now a passcode is needed. Please use this new link to sign in. Discard the old link as it will no longer work. Join Zoom Meeting https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81735101124?pwd=V1RxL1F5ZWsreWh2ZVJhWXlPVUt1QT09 Meeting ID: 817 3510 1124 Passcode: 694271
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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#
Outdoor Prayer Services Bring a lawn chair and meet at the main entrance of the church for a brief prayer service that will include prayers, scripture and a benediction. You must bring your own chair and face mask and we will ask that you remain 6 feet apart for the duration of the service. The schedule is: Sunday evening at 5:00 pm and Tuesday evening at 6:00 pm.
Sunday worship continues to be available to everyone at 10 am through the Internet or the phone. The links are the same for each week. If you have an internet connection, join via Zoom using this link: us04web.zoom.us/j/573579627 If you do not have internet access, you can listen to the service by dialing 270-2524. After the greeting, enter the conference ID of 291-1296 followed by the # key. At the prompt, state your name, and then press the # key again. If you are not able to join worship at 10 am, the service is recorded and can be accessed through Messiah’s Facebook page. Coffee hour will also be held after worship via zoom, using the following 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
Try this 5 minute break: Sit up straight in a chair with feet flat on the floor. Place hands together in front of you like your praying. Inhale, expanding your belly, as you lift your hands, reaching for the ceiling. Exhale bringing your straight arms down to your side. Repeat 4 times.
Mindful Meditation Ripples of Wellness offers the opportunity to practice Mindful Meditation with Joyce Callen each Thursday after Chair Yoga. We begin at 9:45 am and end at 10:05. Try this quick and easy relaxation technique that can be practiced anywhere. Pull your shoulders up to your ears and then relax them slowly. Take a deep breath through your nose, feeling your breath rasp down your throat, filling your lungs and continue until your belly below the navel pooches out. Reverse the process slowly exhaling through your nose. Repeat as necessary. This deep breath engages your diaphragm and the lower aspects of your lungs as opposed to the high chest breathing that we do all day.. Come join us to learn how 20 minutes of meditation can bring composure and calmness to your life. Need more information? Contact Joyce.