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A Message from Pastor
Ann Van Cleef
, April 2020


Dear Friends,

Do you remember the 1960s program called That Was the Week that Was?  I think we can look back on the month of March and tell ourselves, “That was the month that was!” 
We started out with regular Sunday worship, Wednesday Lenten Worship and Soup Suppers, and committee meetings.  Sure, we were aware of this COVID-19 thing, but we kept telling ourselves that everything was going to be okay as long as we washed our hands and sneezed into our elbows.
Then things started to become serious.  Really serious.  It became no longer safe to gather in groups of more than 50.  Then the 50 became 20, 10, and then 5.  Finally, we were told
to stay home.
Even so, it was painful for the Session to make the decision to close our church building temporarily, and it was even more painful to see the “Church building closed” signs on the doors. 
So, here we are.  Some of us are doing well, and others are going stir-crazy.  Some are working constructively on projects, and others are telling themselves that they’re going to get down to some serious organizing business very soon.  All of us are frustrated by the fact that we don’t know when life is going to go
back to normal.
Meanwhile, your Church Officers have been working on your behalf.  E-mails have been going back and forth like mad, the Session has already had two on-line meetings, and telephone calls and e-mails have gone out to congregants to check in and make sure they are doing well.  We will be having our first on-line Sunday Worship service on March 29, using a video conferencing system called Zoom.  This will even work for people who do not have computers, it contains both computer and call-in features.  (Please read the article on the next page of this newsletter.)
One last thing.  The original plan was for me to serve as your Temporary Supply Pastor until May 17.  However, I don’t feel that I should leave you during this COVID-19 event.  Therefore, with the blessing of Rev. Dr. Mark Tammen, the General Presbyter of The Presbytery of Long Island, and by vote of the Session, we have extended my stay here until such time as an Interim Pastor can be found. 

With love and blessings,

Pastor Ann

Welcome Rev. Dr. Ann VanCleef!


Sunday Worship –
Questions and Answers

By Pastor Ann

How are we going to worship on Sundays?    
     We will be worshiping for the next several weeks using a video conferencing system called Zoom.  By now, you should have received an e-mail from me with a link that will log you on to our 10:30 a.m. Sunday Worship Service.  I will log in 10:00 a.m., and you might want to log in early as well, in case there is any difficulty.    Zoom will work best with computers that have a camera feature.

• What if I didn’t get the link?  Or, suppose I want to invite a friend to tune in?
     Type the following into your browser, which is located at the very top of your screen: (see Steeple Chimes April 2020).
Feel free to share this with anyone who wants to join us. 

I don’t have a camera on my computer, but I do have a Smartphone.
Zoom will work on your Smartphone.  Just open up the e-mail that I send to you and press the link that says : (see Steeple Chimes April 2020).

• I don’t have a computer or a Smartphone.  What can I do?
     You may telephone the following number: 
    : (see Steeple Chimes April 2020).
     You won’t be able to see us, but you can still hear what’s going on.

• Will the link, meeting code, and phone number be the same from week to week?
     Yes, they will.  I will send a reminder e-mail each week.

• April 5 is Communion Sunday.  How are we going to do that?
     Bread and wine were the common foods of the First Century.  So, let’s use foods that are common to us today.  Certainly a piece of bread or a roll.  But if you don’t have grape juice available, and you don’t care to drink wine in the morning, any beverage will do.  We will break our own bread and sip whatever is in our cup!

• April 5 is also Palm Sunday.  How do we do Palm Sunday without palms?
     In the First Century, people greeted Jesus waving what they had available: their cloaks, and palms that they pulled down from the trees.  In that same spirit, we will use what we have available – some branches from your yard, a sweater, or even a handkerchief.  It’s the joy that’s in our hearts that counts!

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
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