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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
, May 2022

My Beloved Church Family,

     I belong to a terrific clergy group on the North Fork.  We call ourselves Greenport Ecumenical Ministries (GEM), and we invite clergy from Mattituck to Orient to participate. 

     Once a year, we do a “field trip,” and have gone to places like a Greek Orthodox Monastery, a Buddhist Temple, Our Lady of the Island Shrine, and    The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. 

     This year, our GEM President suggested that because of the stress of the current times, perhaps a clergy retreat might be in order, so he arranged for us to have a Day of Prayer at a retreat center.

     Much thought and planning was put into this Day of Prayer.  When the day arrived, eleven of us headed for the Villa Immaculata Retreat House in Riverhead.  But when we got there, things began to go wrong.

     The morning started out with a fallen tree blocking the driveway to the Retreat House.  We had to wait while it was removed, and ended up starting late.  Then we learned that the toilets weren’t flushing properly.  The stairs going down to the beach were in need of repair, so there were no prayerful walks in the sand.  And, the lawn furniture had not yet been moved out to the patio, so there was no comfortable place outside to sit.

     But none of that mattered, because we are all good friends, and we had a wonderful indoor time of sharing, praying, and supporting each other’s ministries.  We left feeling refreshed, and when our President said, “We’ll do this again next May,” we replied “No!  We need to do this twice a year!”

     Some folks think that clergy have all the answers.  Others are under the impression that we have a unique closeness to God that members of the congregation do not possess.  None of that is true.  What we do have is a lot of responsibility, a feeling of confusion coming out of a 2-year pandemic, and a sincere hope that God will help us to slow our lives down long enough to discern what the “new normal” is going to be.  Those few hours at the Retreat Center apart from the world (the cell phone reception was lousy) with God and friends energized us enough to get ourselves through the next several weeks.  I hope.  

     I don’t know what it is about the month of May.  Everyone I run into is being pulled in a dozen different directions, myself included.  “I’ve got to slow down,” we say to ourselves.  But how do we accomplish that? My Beloved Church Family,

     I belong to a terrific clergy group on the North Fork.  We call ourselves Greenport Ecumenical Ministries (GEM), and we invite clergy from Mattituck to Orient to participate. 

     Once a year, we do a “field trip,” and have gone to places like a Greek Orthodox Monastery, a Buddhist Temple, Our Lady of the Island Shrine, and    The Holocaust Memorial and Tolerance Center of Nassau County. 

     This year, our GEM President suggested that because of the stress of the current times, perhaps a clergy retreat might be in order, so he arranged for us to have a Day of Prayer at a retreat center.

     Much thought and planning was put into this Day of Prayer.  When the day arrived, eleven of us headed for the Villa Immaculata Retreat House in Riverhead.  But when we got there, things began to go wrong.

     The morning started out with a fallen tree blocking the driveway to the Retreat House.  We had to wait while it was removed, and ended up starting late.  Then we learned that the toilets weren’t flushing properly.  The stairs going down to the beach were in need of repair, so there were no prayerful walks in the sand.  And, the lawn furniture had not yet been moved out to the patio, so there was no comfortable place outside to sit.

     But none of that mattered, because we are all good friends, and we had a wonderful indoor time of sharing, praying, and supporting each other’s ministries.  We left feeling refreshed, and when our President said, “We’ll do this again next May,” we replied “No!  We need to do this twice a year!”

     Some folks think that clergy have all the answers.  Others are under the impression that we have a unique closeness to God that members of the congregation do not possess.  None of that is true.  What we do have is a lot of responsibility, a feeling of confusion coming out of a 2-year pandemic, and a sincere hope that God will help us to slow our lives down long enough to discern what the “new normal” is going to be.  Those few hours at the Retreat Center apart from the world (the cell phone reception was lousy) with God and friends energized us enough to get ourselves through the next several weeks.  I hope.  

     I don’t know what it is about the month of May.  Everyone I run into is being pulled in a dozen different directions, myself included.  “I’ve got to slow down,” we say to ourselves.  But how do we accomplish that?

    
I don’t have the answers, but I have some suggestions.  Time with God.  Time with nature.  Time with friends.  Time away from the hustle and bustle of the world.  It worked for a bunch of East End Clergy.  Perhaps it will work for you as well.
   
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.

 

Sunday Bulletins - Date

 
Bulletin 12.12.21 Bulletin 12.19.21
Lessons & Carols
Bulletin 12.24.21
Christmas Eve
Bulletin 12.26.21
Bulletin 1.2.22 Bulletin 1.9.22
Bulletin 1.16.22 Bulletin 1.23.22
Bulletin 1.30.22 Bulletin 2.6.22
Bulletin 2.13.22 Bulletin 2.20.22
Bulletin 2.27.22 Ash Wednesday Bulletin 3.2..22
Bulletin 3.6.22 Lenten MidweekServ 3.9..22
Bulletin 3.13.22 Lenten MidweekServ 3.16..22
Bulletin 3.20.22 Bulletin 3.27.22
Bulletin 4.3.22 Palm Sunday Bulletin 4.10.22
Maunday Thursday
Bulletin 4.14.22
Good Friday
Bulletin 4.15.22
Easter Sunday
Bulletin 4.17.22
Bulletin 4.24.22
Bulletin 5.1.22 Bulletin 5.8.22
Bulletin 5.15.22 Mercy Ship Bulletin 5.22.22
Bulletin 5.29.22