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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)


A Message from Pastor
Ann Van Cleef
, July-August 2020

My Beloved Congregants,

Here we are.  It’s July.  We thought this COVID-19 pandemic was going to be over by now.  We followed the rules.  We stayed home.  When we absolutely had to go out, we wore masks.  We washed our hands like crazy.  And, right now, our kitchens and bathrooms are so sanitized, one could perform open heart surgery in them!

Unfortunately, not everyone in the country took COVID-19 as seriously as we in the Northeast did.  As a result, the pandemic is not over. 
In fact, it’s getting worse. 

That leaves us in the awful position of not knowing what the future holds.  When will we be able to visit friends and relatives?  Will school start in the fall for our children and grandchildren?  When will we be able to worship together again as a congregation?  Will we have to think of new ways to celebrate Thanksgiving and Christmas?  When can we travel again?

Right now, there are no answers to any
of these questions.

For the past two months, your church officers and I have been studying the New York Forward plan to re-open, and we have designed a Safety Plan for our church that complies with the template that was given to us by New York State.  The highlights of the Safety Plan can be found elsewhere in this issue.  This plan, by the way, applies to us as well as those who
rent our building.

During my ministry of almost 20 years, I have participated in some rather unusual projects.  Each time, I’ve declared, “I must have been absent the day they taught this in seminary.”  I must say, though, this one “takes the cake.”  Closing down a church building, keeping a congregation viable during a pandemic, and then figuring out how to open the building again – they definitely forgot to teach that one in seminary! And, I don’t think it was covered in church officers’ training, either!

Nonetheless, we should not be discouraged.  Philippians 4:6-7 tells is, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God.  And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

My prayer for all of us is that we get through this – with the help of God.

With love and blessings,

Pastor Ann



Welcome Rev. Dr. Ann VanCleef!


Sunday Worship –
Questions and Answers

By Pastor Ann

Zoom Worship – Now through August 16

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: 
     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.


Sunday Bulletins - Date

Bulletin 12.15.19 Bulletin 12.22.19
Bulletin Christmas Eve 2019 Bulletin 12.29.19
Bulletin 1.5.20 Bulletin 1.12.20
Bulletin 1.19.20 Bulletin 1.26.20
Bulletin 2.2.20 Bulletin 2.9.20
Bulletin 2.16.20 Bulletin 2.23.20
Bulletin 3.1.20 Bulletin 3.8.20
Bulletin 3.15.20 Bulletin 3.29.20
Bulletin 4.5.20 Bulletin Maunday Thursday 4.9.20
Bulletin Good Friday 4.10.20 Bulletin Easter Sunday 4.12.20
Bulletin 4.19.20 Bulletin 4.26.20
Bulletin 5.3.20 Bulletin 5.10.20
Bulletin 5.17.20 Bulletin 5.24.20
Bulletin 5.31.20_Pentecost Bulletin 6.7.20
Bulletin 6.14.20 Bulletin 6.21.20
Bulletin 6.28.20 Bulletin 7.5.20
Bulletin 7.12.20 Bulletin 7.19.20
Bulletin 7.26.20 Bulletin 8.2.20