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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
, February 2021

My Beloved Church Family,

    My Beloved Church Family,

     One afternoon recently, my husband was sitting in the family room, poring over some papers.  I was at the kitchen sink.  Bob came into the kitchen and asked, “Did I hear you talking in here a few minutes ago?”  “Yes,” I answered.  “I was talking to a fly who was banging his head against the window.

     Bob didn’t say anything, but I’m sure he was wondering if there were any psychiatrists around who could take a new patient on very short notice.

     The issue with the fly had started the previous week, when a big black fly started flying around our kitchen.  Under normal circumstances I would have killed the insect, but to tell you the truth, I admired his tenacity in being able to survive into the middle of January.  So, I decided that he and I would coexist peacefully.  I even gave him a name: Charles Lindbergh, but ended up calling him “Charlie the Fly.”

     I observed Charlie the Fly as he slept, and watched as he flew around the house for pure enjoyment.  He somehow knew I didn’t want him on the kitchen counter; instead, he feasted out of the kitchen trash pail.  On this one sunny afternoon, though, he started crashing repeatedly against the kitchen window, anxious to get out.  “You can’t go out, Charlie,” I said.  “You’ll freeze to death.  You don’t know how cold it is out there.  You’ll never survive.”  And it was at that point that my husband came into the kitchen.

     I’ll bet that God’s encounter with humanity is not too dissimilar to my encounter with Charlie the Fly.  God provides for us and knows what is best for us.  Sometimes, when we start to do things that are only going to lead to sin, or even death, God tries to warn us, but we are simply unwilling or unable to hear.  We bang our heads in frustration, longing for things we shouldn’t have and don’t need.  We ignore God’s will for us, and then find ourselves in situations where we have no business being.  We call out to God for help, not realizing that God’s help was there from the beginning, if only we had known where to look.

     We are about to enter the holy season of Lent, a time to take a good look at ourselves and our relationship with God.  Rather than frustrating ourselves by trying to live life on our own terms, let’s use this time to become more aware of God’s presence, to listen more for God’s voice, and to discern just what it is that God wants us to do with our time here on Earth.  

     Our Lenten Services will be on line this year, every Wednesday evening at 7:30 p.m., starting on February 17, and going through March 24, for a total of six Wednesdays.  Log-in information may be found below.

     And what about Charlie the Fly, you may ask?  Well, I haven’t seen him in a few days. 
I hope he found a nice place to hibernate; I’ve kind of grown attached to the little fellow.

     Stay safe and healthy!

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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