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And “may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”
(2 Cor. 3:14)

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A Message from Pastor
Ann Van Cleef
, May 2020

My Beloved Congregants,

     As I write this, I’m looking out the window at a windy and rainy Sunday afternoon.   I think the weather is reflecting the mood that most of us find ourselves in as we enter week number 6 of “sheltering in place.”

     Most of us consider ourselves to be rather strong people.  “We can do this,” we said to ourselves.  We made sure we had enough food, and then we “hunkered down.”  We took extra precautions in our rare trips to the grocery store and the bank, and felt good that we managed to stay healthy.  But we were unprepared for what this isolation is doing both psychologically and emotionally.

     How are you holding up?  Are you finding ways to cope?

     I think of Jesus and his 40 days in the wilderness.  He coped by being deep in prayer with God.  Perhaps this is a good time for us to concentrate on our prayer lives – something we’ve all been meaning to do, but never seem to find the time.

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     Meanwhile, our church continues to worship and fellowship together with the help of the Internet.  Our 10:30 a.m. Zoom worship is extremely well attended by both members and friends.  Many folks log on at 10:00; it fills my heart with joy as long-time friends and new friends greet one another before worship.  Our fellowship continues after worship with a “virtual coffee hour.”  This love we have for God and for one another is something that makes FPC Greenlawn such a special place.  If you have not yet availed yourself of this new way that we are worshiping, I urge you to do so.

     Over the years, I have attended numerous workshops on how to make a congregation grow, how to increase church attendance, etc., etc.  “You must embrace technology,” we were told.  “The front door to your church is no longer a door.  It’s now a click of the mouse.” 

     My first official Sunday with you was
March 1.  If I had stood in the pulpit that day and said, “Folks, the experts tell us we should close up the building and worship from home, but don’t worry, attendance will increase by 50%, and we’ll manage to squeak by financially,” no one would have believed it.  (To tell you the truth, I wouldn’t have believed it myself.)  In fact, I’m sure a committee of folks would have approached me after church and said, “Thanks, Ann, but we won’t be needing you here anymore.”  But by the end of March, the church building was closed, we were worshiping from home, worship attendance increased by 50%, and we managed to scrape by financially.  I don’t know how sustainable this is for the long term, but for now, we’re making it work.   

Yes, we’ve been pulled into the 21st Century, kicking and screaming.  I’m still looking forward to worshiping with you in our beautiful sanctuary, but I think the on-line component is here to stay, particularly for those who are homebound or simply unable to get to worship on a Sunday morning.

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Several years ago, I attended a lecture on the Spanish Flu Pandemic of 1918 – 1919.  I took careful notes, because I was aware that my Great Uncle on my father’s side and my Great Grandmother on my mother’s side of the family both succumbed to this disease.  Later that month, it was my turn to present a program at my Rotary Club, so I incorporated my notes with some family history, and gave a 15-minute talk.  I found the manuscript of that talk recently, and I am sharing it in this edition of The Steeple Chimes.  As I was re-typing it, I was amazed at the parallels between the Spanish Flu and the current COVID-19.  The article is a bit long, but I hope you find the time to read it.

May God continue to bless you, your family, and friends as you deal with this pandemic.  I pray that you will stay safe, and that we can be together again very soon.

With love and blessings,

Pastor Ann

 

Welcome Rev. Dr. Ann VanCleef!

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Sunday Worship –
Questions and Answers

By Pastor Ann

How are we going to worship on Sundays?    
     We will be continuing our Sunday worship using a video conferencing system called Zoom.  You may log on as early as 10:00 a.m. for coffee and conversation.  Worship begins promptly at 10:30, followed by a virtual coffee hour until noon.  The easiest way to do Zoom is to download the Zoom App from the App Store.  Zoom will work on a computer, a laptop, an I-Pad, or a Smartphone.  

What are the Meeting IDs?
     For the May 3 and May 10 Services, the ID is:  366 237 814
     For the May 17 Service through the end of June, the ID is 936 5428 0642.  There is an additional passcode to get into these services.  The passcode is 575 074

Will I get a reminder about logging on to these services?
     If you are on the church e-mail list, you will get a weekly e-mail with the Zoom link.

I don’t have a camera on my computer, but I do have a Smartphone.
Zoom will work on your Smartphone. 

I don’t have a computer or a Smartphone.  What can I do?
     You may telephone the following number: 
1-646-558-8656
     You will be asked for a meeting ID.  The meeting IDs are outlined in paragraph 2.
     You won’t be able to see us, but you can still hear what’s going on.

Please note:
     Out here on the North Fork, where I live, the Internet has been a bit “iffy” lately.  There is a chance that I will suddenly “disappear” from your screen.  If that happens, just hang in there.  I will log back on with my iPhone.

 

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