A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN – January 19, 2021
I write this note with a very anxious heart. Tomorrow is inauguration day, a day that, regardless of political affiliations, joins us together as Americans in celebration of a new start. Granted, there are years when we celebrate more than others. Every inauguration days brings some disappointment to those who “lost” the election. But, as we live in a democracy, even at our unhappiest, we know that in another four years, there will be another chance to cast a vote and possibly make a change.
Tomorrow we will tune in to an inauguration with few attendees. The bulk of the persons gathered will be military personnel sent to guard and defend our nation’s capital. It seems incredulous that this is happening. It caused me to reflect on the “inaugurations” of many of Israel’s kings. Very many of them ascended to the throne in the midst of national turmoil. Some were truly good kings and many were truly awful.
Some of our Psalms were written for the occasion of the anointing of a king. Psalms such as Psalm 2 assure God’s guidance for the people, God’s rule for the land. These Psalms were read as part of the installation as a reminder to the people that kings may rise and fall, but God remains steadfast and true.
The Psalms are a great source of comfort still. This week I have been pondering the words of Psalm 27, “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the stronghold of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?”
It is to the cross of Christ that we cling, nothing else is a strong instrument of salvation for us. In doing so, we continue with the mission of the church, even while the world is in turmoil around us.
Which brings me to the second thing I wanted to mention, please join the Finance Team this week for a review of the proposed church spending plan for 2021. We will gather during the usual Coffee Hour after worship for a time of conversation. How we use our financial resources is one of the ways we live out our faith and demonstrate our reliance on the power of God.
I hope to see you there!
For those of us still anxious, I offer this prayer for part of your daily devotion tomorrow:
Almighty God, you have given us this good land as our heritage. Make us always remember your generosity and constantly do your will. Bless our land with honesty in the workplace, truth in education, and honor in daily life. Save us from violence, discord, and confusion; from pride and arrogance; and from every evil course of action. When times are prosperous, let our hearts be thankful; and, in troubled times, do not let our trust in you fail. We pray in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. (From ELW Occasional Services)
Peace, my friends!
Finance Forum January 24 after 10 am worship. We have had an incredible year and anticipate our ministries will thrive in 2021. Come and discuss the budget and our spending plan. Ask your questions and be part of the team of disciples who challenges us to be the best we can be with our finances. The zoom link will 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.
The Annual Meeting is January 31 after 10 am worship. Gather with your siblings in Christ as we look forward to another year of being the Body of Christ, loving our neighbors in this place. Again, the zoom link will that used for coffee hour: https://us04web.zoom.us/j/367670353 with the same process as above to call in.
The Annual Report has been sent out via email using googlegroups, along with this message. Hard copies are available for those without computer access at the handicapped entrance.
Food distribution is the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays and Thursdays of the month. Needed items are Laundry detergent, toothpaste, feminine products, shampoo, peanut butter, canned vegetables, and side dishes. 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), please 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.
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
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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.
Racial Justice Opportunity Greece Ubuntu concludes their discussion of the book, The Color of Law, by Richard Rothstein tonight, Tuesday Jan 19 at 7:30 PM.
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