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That early Christians were called the “people of the way” is a reminder to us that we have not yet reached our destination, but continue to make our way along the path of discipleship. What is true of our lives as Christians is also true of this page and site. It, like us, is “a work in progress.”

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
, September 2020

My Beloved Congregants,
For all intents and purposes, the summer is over.  It certainly wasn’t the summer we had planned, was it?  Vacations, visits to family, birthday parties, barbecues, get-togethers with friends – either they didn’t occur, or they were changed almost beyond recognition.

You may be asking, “Why did God allow this pandemic to happen?”  Or, “Where was God in all of this?” 

In my own personal theology, I do not believe that God “allows” bad things to happen.  I don’t believe that God is trying to punish us or teach us a lesson because the world has gone astray.  No, I cannot worship a God who hugs me one  minute, and then smacks me alongside the head the next.

I believe there is an evil presence in the world.  Call it Satan, the Devil, or whatever you want; it’s there.  But do not fear.  When evil does strike, God is there to pick us up, dust us off, give us a big ol’ bear hug, and send us on our way, refreshed and equipped to resume battle with the wickedness that exists among us.  And if that evil should result in death, we are secure in the knowledge that Jesus has prepared a room for us in the Kingdom of Heaven, where we will live eternally in the presence of God, surrounded by goodness and peace.

Meanwhile, with the help of the Holy Spirit, here on Earth we are “making do,” adjusting our way of life, and praying that things will eventually return to normal.

Not only does that apply to our everyday lives, it applies to our church life as well.  We’re thinking “outside the box” here at FPCG.  Let me tell you about some of our plans for the next six or so weeks.  This is just an outline; details on most of these items may be found elsewhere in this issue.

  • We are going to worship in the Sanctuary on Sunday, September 20, at 10:30 a.m.  This service will be simulcast on Zoom.  That week, we will do an on-line evaluation of the worship experience, and see if we want to continue worshiping in the Sanctuary.
  • Worship will be followed by a short “Homecoming Celebration” brought to you by our wonderful Vision 2020 Team.
  • On October 4, we going to have an outdoor “Blessing of the Pets” Service, with the local community invited.  Rain Date is October 11.
  • The former choir room, beneath the Sanctuary, has been vacated.  We are in the beginning stages of planning what to do with the room, and welcome any suggestions you may have. 
  • Our Director of Music, Leonora Colletti, has added mask-making to her list of talents.  She will be selling her masks, and generously donating the proceeds to our church.

 

There is an old expression: “When life gives you lemons, make lemonade.”  Well, my friends, we are surrounded by lemons. But guess what?  Lemonade is delicious!  Try some!

With love and blessings,

Pastor Ann

 

 

 

Welcome Rev. Dr. Ann VanCleef!

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Sunday Worship –
Questions and Answers

By Pastor Ann

Zoom Worship

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?
     Please check your weekly email for ID's and Passcodes for each service.

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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