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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
, April 2021

My Beloved Church Family,

     As some of you may know, I received my Doctor of Ministry degree from Hartford Seminary.  The D.Min. is a professional degree, a course of study designed specifically for clergy who want to sharpen their skills in their area of ministry.

     One of the requirements at Hartford Seminary is that one must take a class outside of one’s own faith tradition.  I chose a course called Building Abrahamic Partnerships, called BAP for short.

     “BAP is eight solid days long, but it’s the best course the Seminary offers,” I was told by some of my fellow students.  So, I signed up for the class, which ran from a Sunday night through a Sunday night one January.

     “Intensive” is the word I would use to describe my week in BAP.  Classes went from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. most days, with breaks for lunch and dinner.  At least half of the meals were eaten together as a group, with lectures or reflection exercises taking place so as to maximize our time together.  By my count, we had almost 60 contact hours, which is quite a lot for a three-credit course.

     The class had Christians, Muslims, and Jews in it, and was taught by instructors from all three faiths.  We studied the history and practices of each faith tradition, we wrestled with difficult Scripture from each faith, and we attended religious services in all three traditions.  For the week I was there, I lived in an apartment on campus; my apartment-mates included three lovely Muslim women from Syria.

     Up until I took the BAP course, I don’t believe I had ever talked to a Muslim person, other than the ones who operate the local 7-11 store.  So, living and learning with Muslim people for a week was going to be a unique opportunity for me.

     What does one say to people who wear headscarves, and have names like Khloud, Omama, and Reem?  People who drop everything to pray five times a day, who leave their shoes at the door, and who like food made out of chick peas and cucumbers?  I guess you say, “Hello.  My name is Ann.  I’m your room-mate for the week.  Tea?  Why yes, I’d love a cup!  Thank you.”

     Tea became a nightly ritual in our apartment, and before long we felt comfortable enough to discuss stereotypes and cultural misunderstandings.  We talked politics, we discussed the role of women in our respective societies, and we even used the “T” word (terrorism).  We talked about our families, our careers, and our hopes for the future.

     Thanks to FaceBook, I am able to keep in touch with my Muslim friends, even after all these years.   Khloud is now living in Saudi Arabia, and has two adorable daughters.  Reem works as a researcher in Syria.  Omama teaches Arabic on the West Coast; Bob and I flew out there and visited her, her husband, and daughter a few years ago.  (She now has a son, as well.) 

     These ladies taught me a lot about their faith, and they listened respectfully when I spoke about mine.  I wish that people of different faiths and cultures could just sit down and talk.  If they did, they would discover that we have much in common as humans and as children of God.  And, when common ground is found, differences can be respected and even honored.

     May the God of Abraham bless all of us.
    
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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Bulletin 4.5.20 Bulletin Maunday Thursday 4.9.20
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Bulletin 3.21.21 Palm Sunday Bulletin 3.28.21
April 1 Maundy Thursday Bulletin April 2 Good Friday Bulletin
April 4 Easter Sunday Bulletin Bulletin 4.11.21
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