Exerpts from the Newsletter
Please email the church office to be added to the newsletter distribution list.
A message from Pastor Laurie:
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
We were so blessed to find a way to safely share in our annual picnic! Despite the unexpectedly chilly weather, we were able to enjoy Rally Day and a modified picnic together. People were also seen snacking on treats like Twinkies along with their ice cream! As the morning progressed the sun began to warm us physically but the true warmth we felt was from the camaraderie. Thank you, Calvary council for serving, to everyone who helped clean up and for following all the safety protocols.
We have been on a roller coaster of emotions during these last months. When the pandemic first hit every-one had to swiftly adjust to a new way of life in all aspects of our being. We adjusted to the “new normal” amazingly quickly but not without trauma. Life was somewhat easier during the summer. Outdoor gatherings were possible including being together for worship. Now it is almost as if we are in another holding pattern. We are tired of being restricted yet we know we must still be careful. We honored the 19th anniversary of 9/11, always a difficult day to get through. Yet even as we acknowledge our frustrations we persevere. Our faith in God’s promise helps us to remember we live in the light of God’s love and compassion. That gives us the strength to do whatever we must to get through the next months and to support one another.
In support of our local community we honored God’s Work, Our Hands Sunday with a collection for the Smithtown Emergency Food Pantry. Thanks to your generosity we raised $776! Due to the over-whelming need and the inability to do other more “hands on” projects (such as HIHI) Social Ministry has designated the second Sunday of each month through December for a special offering for the food pantry. Individuals in the congregation have also reached out to others, offering help that can be given while following safe protocols.
If you have not yet completed the worship survey, we ask that you do so as soon as possible. We have had a great response, but we are still waiting for surveys from a few people. We are working on plans for safe indoor worship and we need your input so we can accommodate as many people as possible with two services. We are trying to honor all preferences, with seniors and those with extenuating circumstances coming first. Normally the weather re-mains warm during September and well into October. But this Sunday was unseasonably chilly. If that continues, we may have to move up our timeline for moving inside, so we need all those surveys! Thank you so much. We are also planning for a safe and special Christmas celebration. We will keep you in-formed as soon as our plans are finalized. Thank you to Worship & Music. Executive Committee, Proper-ty and Council for all the hard work on this.
Life may be different now but we remain united in
our mission to proclaim the Gospel message of Mer-cy and compassion, to love and support one Mercy and compassion, to love and support one another and to honor the two most important commandments, to love God and to love our neighbors as God loves us. May we continue to find comfort and joy during these challenging times.