ash wednesday

agape supper

february 17, 7:00 pm on zoom

Fellowship begins at 6:45 pm

The worship bulletin is available here.


As the season of Lent begins, join us for the traditional Agape Supper. This year we are celebrating on ZOOM. Follow the regular Sunday Worship ZOOM instructions found here


Pull up your chair to your computer or phone, bring your own simple dinner, and relax in God's presence for an evening of prayer, singing, readings, fellowship, and the Sacrament of Communion. Please prepare your own bread and cup for the celebration of Communion. And, if you'd like to partake of 'one loaf,' follow the church-wide recipe below, to make your own 'quick bread' to bless, break, share, and eat.


ONE LOAF RECIPE

'Quick Bread' is just that: quick. It's fast and made with ingredients you most likely already have, or your neighbor has :)


Ingredients:

1 cup sugar

2 cups flour

1 teaspoon baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

1 egg

1 cup milk

1/3 cup vegetable oil


Directions:

1) Preheat oven to 350. Grease the bottom and 1/2 inch of the sides of a loaf pan. Set aside. 


2) In a large bowl stir together the sugar, flour, baking powder, and salt. In a medium bowl beat the egg with a fork and stir in the milk and oil. Add the egg mixture all at once to the flour mixture. Stir just until moistened.


3) Spoon the batter into the pan. Bake for 55 or 60 minutes until a wooden toothpick comes out clean. Cool in pan for 10 minutes. Then turn out the loaf to cool entirely. Wrap and store over night. (or eat warm. I did ;)


Delicious Add-Ins (to remind us of the sweetness of God's love):

-Cinnamon and sugar. Add half the batter to the pan, sprinkle 1 teaspoon cinnamon and 1 teaspoon sugar over the batter, and follow with the rest of the batter and another 1 teaspoon of cinnamon and 1 teaspoon of sugar. Swirl the batter with a knife, making upward circles to marbleize the loaf!

-Cranberries. Fold 1 cup of chopped cranberries into the batter before putting it in the pan. (You could always add the cinnamon and sugar, too!)

-Blueberries. Fold 1 cup of fresh blueberries  into the batter before putting it in the pan. (You could always add the cinnamon and sugar, too!)


NEW!   Lunch break meditations! 

tuesdays at Noon

Join Pastor Sarah for 15 minutes of guided silent meditation on scripture, engaging a prayer practice called Lectio Divina. You do not need to be familiar with the form; you will be guided. Drop in any week and invite interested friends. All are welcome. You can expect a couple minutes of gathering time, a guided meditation, sharing prayer requests, and a short closing prayer.


Here are the ZOOM details:


Click on this link to join the Zoom meeting:
https://us02web.zoom.us/j/89632320009?pwd=OWJVRmVwMmZWY28wNGNhT0V0R2JHUT09
Meeting ID: 896 3232 0009
Passcode: 11111

Or, dial into the meeting using your land line phone or cell phone:

Dial: 1 646 558 8656

Meeting ID: 896 3232 0009

Passcode: 11111


 

A pastoral letter from Pastor Sarah

ministry during the covid-19 crisis

Dear Members and Friends,


Grace and peace to you from God our Creator and the Prince of Peace, Jesus Christ.


I met with our Session last night on an online program called ZOOM. We were able to see and hear one another, and pray together, and we are closely monitoring announcements from the CDC. We plan to follow their guidance. In person activities are all postponed, and worship is moving ONLINE! I’ll keep you updated as we move forward.


I long to be with you all in person, but being home—still and safe—is the way of love.


Join us for an interactive, virtual Worship Service on Sunday morning. All are welcome. You can access worship from your computer, cell phone, ipad, or land line. Read instructions on how to attend worship here. Weekly resources for children, youth, and families are available on our website.


These are uncertain and unprecedented times, aren’t they? I’ve never pastored a church through a pandemic, and you’ve never been in one. We need one another. I read a poem this week reminding that we are “tragically and beautifully connected.” We already know that in our bones--when one suffers, all suffer, when one rejoices, all rejoice. And, we will continue to worship and serve, together, although in new, responsible, and creative ways.


When there is great unrest, and I am responsible for guiding those around me, especially children, I turn to the wisdom of Mister Rogers, who said, “look for the helpers.” So many are helping the sick and those at risk in our community and worldwide, and I give thanks to God for their service.


We will still serve and support one another and our neighbors. We're creating a phone tree for communicating and caring for one another. We'll mail information to our members who don’t get emails. We have a regular mailing list and email list, but if you know of someone who would like to be added to our regular mailing list or weekly email list, please let me know. I’ve created uplifting spiritual resources on my blog that I'm calling a Spiritual Scrapbook.


Please check on your friends, neighbors, and those who are older than you, by phone. Being at home for long stretches can be so lonely--reach out. And, then let me know if you learn of needs! We can serve people from our food pantry with precautions taken; please let me know if you learn of food needs. Please reach out to me by email or phone.


Anxiety is high right now. Maybe you are feeling it. Jesus was familiar with worrying, too, and I take great comfort in his humanity. Jesus said, “worrying doesn’t add a single day to your life. Today’s worries are enough for today.” What are your worries? Pray about them. Write them down. Give them away and give them over. Do today’s work. Love with today’s love. Reach out with today’s reaching. And, rest, knowing that while we rest, God is ever at work redeeming, creating, and re-creating the world.


With great love, and a deep and abiding hope,

Pastor Sarah