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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
, November 2020

My Beloved Congregants,

     Back in the “olden days,” when I was teaching music, several of my sixth grade instrumental students came into my office during lunchtime one day  and asked for some extra help with their band music.  They were quite insistent that this help needed to last for the entire lunch period.  I became suspicious; usually my students weren’t this concerned about extra help until the week before report cards came out.     

     “Okay, guys, what’s going on?” I asked.  “It’s Mix-it-up Day,” they explained.  “We have to sit with people we don’t know at lunch, and we don’t want to do it.  So we figured we’d come to lessons, instead.”

     Mix-it-up Day was a nation-wide movement that took place in November.  I don’t know if it’s still done or not.  Its purpose was to get students to become acquainted with people outside of their comfortable social circles.  The school I taught in was very diverse, ethnically, and the hope was to get the different groups of students to realize how much they had in common. 

     It was obvious that some of the students were quite uncomfortable with this idea.  It’s hard to sit and talk to someone new, especially when one’s best friend is sitting at the next table.  No one likes when the status quo becomes “shaken up.”

     I began to think of the way Jesus “shook up” the status quo two thousand years ago.  He healed on the Sabbath.  He said that the first shall be last and the last shall be first.  And, he told us we should be like little children.  Because of Jesus, nothing was the same as it had been before.  And yes, people were not comfortable.

     The kids did get their extra lesson that day; I did not send them back to the cafeteria.  However, I also made them sit in a group and talk to one another.  Their conversation was awkward at first, but as soon as they found some common ground, they actually started enjoying themselves.  (Okay, I’ll admit, the common ground was the fact that they all thought it was really rotten that I had tricked them into doing a “Mix-it-up” activity.)

     As I think about it, some of my most interesting conversations in life have been with people I don’t know.  Talking to people on line at the grocery store, in the next seat on an airplane, or across the dinner table at a party has been rewarding, even though it may have been uncomfortable at first.
         When Jesus commissioned us to spread the Gospel to all the nations, he meant for us to step out of our comfort zones and talk to people who may be a bit different than we are.  Because, as children of God, we are more alike than we are different.

     Why not introduce yourself to a new neighbor, talk to a different person after church, or come to church if you haven’t attended in a while?  And, while you’re at it, smile at someone in the grocery store, talk to a stranger in the post office, and say “good morning” through your face mask to those you pass on the street.

     As we prepare to give thanks to God for our blessings, perhaps we can be a blessing to someone in return.

     Have a joyous Thanksgiving holiday.

 

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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