No one has ever seen God; but if we love one another, God lives in us and his love is made complete in us. 1 John 4:12
A NOTE FROM PASTOR AILEEN - January 31, 2023
Children are a gift from God. They are one of God’s noisiest, most rambunctious gifts, but they are a gift, nonetheless. When we welcome an infant into our faith community in the sacrament of Holy Baptism we make promises as the gathered people of God. We promise to pray for the child and their parents (and siblings). We promise to help raise the child in faith. We promise to support the parents as they raise their child/ren. We promise to embrace and love this family.
We participate in baptisms with smiles on our faces and the occasional tear in our eyes. All seems well and good. And then the children grow. And they squirm and fuss and don’t want to sit and ask loud questions and spill cheerios. Sigh. And it’s hard to hear the sermon or enjoy the choir and there is a distraction when the sermon seems that it just won’t ever end! So what do we do about this conundrum?
There are several things that parents can do to help their children in church. They can remove shoes that clatter on the floor. They can provide quiet toys and snacks. They can encourage movement and noise during appropriate times, like when we sing. And, contrary to public opinion, sitting up front is best for little people. They can see and participate better.
But what about you? You too made promises to support and raise this child in faith. How can you be helpful to our parents of young children on Sunday morning? First, you can smile and be welcoming. Talk to our littlest disciples. Answer their questions. If you are sitting nearby, point out colors or anything that catches your eye. When it’s time to sing, sing boldly and feel free to clap or dance. It will give children permission to join you. Feel free to join the children’s moment with the pastor. If a parent is struggling, invite the children to join you in your pew. If you are the sort to tuck a special coloring page or quiet toy in your pocket or purse to share, please do so. And if the child near you is engaged in an activity, express interest. And demonstrate for children different poses for prayer and how you approach the communion rail. They love to follow the examples that we set. And if you have a task to do, feel free to ask them to help. And please, please remember that it’s OK to laugh and even be silly at times during worship.
All of these things are not geared to necessarily keep the children still and quiet at all times, but to engage them in our community, to make them feel part of God’s beautiful family. Your attention will make them feel loved and included.
There is one more thing. We will be offering a children’s Sunday School during the season of Lent. It would be wonderful if enough of you would volunteer in teams of two to lead just one week and give our parents a quiet break in the sanctuary. Sunday School will begin at the end of the children’s time and the little ones will be returned to the sanctuary in time for communion.
Remember, no matter our age, we are all special children in the eyes of God, all gathered at the feet of Jesus to learn and receive blessing. May we all approach our hour together on Sunday in awe and with the wonder and curiosity of the children.
Sunday is Scout Sunday Welcome, Boy Scout Troop 130! Messiah is the charter organization supporting this troop. Please greet the Scouts as they help with serving coffee hour Sunday morning.
Worship at 10 am and 5 pm. Masks are encouraged, but optional. Selected bulletins have a reading or prayer highlighted for those who wish to read. The 10 am service is on Zoom with the following link: 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 press the # key again. The service will be recorded and can be accessed through Messiah’s Facebook page. Join us downstairs for Coffee hour following the 10 am service. Servers are needed A signup sheet in on the communications board.
New office hours: Monday-Friday 8 am – 1 pm.
Attention Families with children!!! We are planning to have Children's Sunday School for the season of Lent this year. A meeting will be held Saturday, February 4 at 9:00 am for all interested persons. Please join us. If you can't make the meeting but are interested in being part of the teaching team, please contact Amy Trichanh or Pastor Aileen. The materials are provided and the children will be accompanied to class after the children's time and returned to the sanctuary for communion. We will also need volunteers to assemble the craft kits so please let us know if that is of interest to you.
Black/White Churches: Addressing Systemic Racism. All are welcome to a free workshop on Racism and White Privilege 101 February 25, 2023 - 9 am to 3 pm at John Knox Presbyterian Church, 3233 W. Ridge Rd. “An awareness and understanding needs to be created of how racism hurts everybody, and this awareness needs to extend beyond our physical walls into the wider community. Educating individuals about the effects of racism on both people of color and white people is a necessary step to begin the healing process of wounds caused by racism. In this workshop, we will explore how racism, through power, privilege, and difference can affect our capacities in shared sacred and candid dialogue, reflection and action for racial and social justice. Our focus will be engaging a common language on racism; exploring white privilege, fragility, supremacy; and ways local congregations can begin to make a difference.” To Register: Contact First Presbyterian Church of Medina at (585) 798-1264 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org Include email & phone contact information and number attending.
Annual Reports have been sent out by email. Hard copies are available on the benches outside the sanctuary. If you would like one mailed to you, please let the office know.
THANK YOU!! Thank you so much for your generosity to our Food Pantry Ministry in 2022. With the ongoing support of our disciples, we have been able to provide over 55,000 meals to food insecure neighbors in our community (that is over 150 meals/day for 365 days).
Thank YOU!! Your contributions included:
* $19,000 above and beyond the Messiah Budget
* $9,000 from The Grocery Run
* Numerous gift cards
* Thrivent debit cards
* Actual food donations throughout the year
* 2 Successful Thrivent 500 campaigns.
There are some changes to our distribution beginning in February:
* Food distribution will happen during the fourth week of the month on Tuesday morning and
* We will continue to distribute 3 meals a day for 3 days for each individual
* As we are able we will offer more items
* New Government Requirement: We now are surveying our clients for the Department of
Agriculture to attest to the effect we are having on local hunger
In Greece this tax season, AARP plans again to be in Dean Hall at Greece Baptist Church every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday beginning on Thursday, February 2nd. Appointment taking has started and appointments will be available every Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday from 10 am until 4 pm through April 7th. This year's appointment line phone number is: 351-3400. Any questions please call Wayne Reabold.
Thrivent Night at the Strong National Museum of Play Sunday, February 19, 2023 4 to 8 p.m.
Event details 4 to 5:30 pm - Thrivent Member Pre-event Gathering: Enjoy dinner and a Thrivent update. Each Thrivent client with membership can bring up to three guests. 5:30 to 8 pm - Open Play – Thrivent Members, friends and family can enjoy all the museum has to offer. Non-members can register for Open Play. Admission & parking are free. Pre-event registration is necessary for all attendees. Space is limited so register today at bit.ly/thriventstrongmuseum, or visit the Events page on thrivent.com/northeast.
Thursday morning Bible Study All are welcome as we study the book of Proverbs. Join us in person in the conference room from 10:00 am to 11:30 or on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/85946152750?pwd=d2ZONTVESFg5MVhKL2ZPNWVYY2lyZz09
Meeting ID: 859 4615 2750 Passcode: 369438
Covid Test kits on benches outside the sanctuary. Even though these kits have a printed expiration date of 10/31/22, the FDA has approved for the dates to be extended until 4/30/2023.
Food Distribution needs: Canned veggies and fruits, peanut butter, pasta, and white rice. Place in bin under the table by the stairs or call the church office to arrange a time. Checks and gift cards (Aldi’s especially helpful) are always welcome. Place in the offering plate or mail.
The Spiritual Growth Group meets by zoom the 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of each month at 7 pm for study, prayer, lively discussion, and discovery to understand how we can engage the world as Christ’s disciples. Please join us at: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/81810845014?pwd=S2VhaStUVEIvQXZDRGc4elFmUHBldz09
or Audio only: (929) 205 6099 Meeting ID: 818 1084 5014# Please note, we will not meet February 14
Ripples Chair Yoga every Wednesday at 10 am. Zoom link for Yoga & Meditation: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89642768133?pwd=Y0JpcjF6eUNoKzBQN3pFYzBhMGxLZz09
If you prefer to navigate from the Zoom interface: Meeting ID: 896 4276 8133
Mindful Meditation with Joyce Callen each Wednesday after Chair Yoga from 10:45 am - 11:05. Join us to learn how 20 minutes of meditation can bring composure and calmness to your life. Any ?s, contact Joyce.
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