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That early Christians were called the “people of the way” is a reminder to us that we have not yet reached our destination, but continue to make our way along the path of discipleship. What is true of our lives as Christians is also true of this page and site. It, like us, is “a work in progress.”

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
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January-February 2024

My Beloved Church Family,

     It’s been a couple of months since the last edition of The Steeple Chimes was published.  Thank you for understanding, as dealing with my husband Bob’s final illness and passing took priority for me.

     There are times in life when we reach a crossroad and ask ourselves “What am I to do next?” High school graduation, choosing a career, marriage, the birth of a child, the death of a loved one, these are all occasions for introspection and discernment. For people of faith, that means listening for what God has to say, because we know that God is still speaking. 

     Last Sunday, the Lectionary reading included the call of Samuel (1 Samuel 3:1-10).  After I read that passage, I looked at the congregation and said, “Wouldn’t it be easy if God were to speak to us as in Old Testament times?”  That would make discernment so much more efficient.  But sometimes, we need the process of discernment.  If you tell a child not to touch the hot stove, there’s a chance that the child won’t listen.  But if (s)he touches the stove and it hurts a little, the child goes through a discernment process and learns very quickly that hot stoves should be avoided. 

     Most of us are not going to hear voices in the night or be visited by angels in dreams.  Yet, God speaks to us in other ways: through people who come into our lives, through obstacles placed in our paths, and through experiences that make us both stronger and wiser human beings.

     Looking at my own life, I have never been a risk taker.  I chose teaching as a career because there weren’t many career options open to women, and I didn’t want to be a nurse or a secretary.  Years later, when I took a battery of psychological tests required for ministers-to-be, the results of the career recommendations test said: (1) religious leader, (2) attorney, and, believe it or not, (3) school superintendent!  What would my life have been like had I trusted God and taken a few risks?

     As we get older, many of us think to ourselves, “Have I used God’s gifts wisely?  Have I made my little corner of the world a better place?  What will my legacy be?  What will they say about me at my Memorial Service?”  If we’re not satisfied with the answers, we need to ask ourselves, “How can I fix that?” 

     In my case, I’m going to be more of a risk taker.  I’m not going to turn down invitations.  I’m going to look at people who have crossed my path and discern why God has placed them there.  I’m going to look at rocks in my path, and if I can’t kick them out of the way, I’m going to figure out how to get around them, climb over them, or even tunnel under them.

     This past week, I came across the following.  I have shared it with a few friends, and now I share it with you.  I hope it will make a difference in your life, and maybe bring you closer to your goal of discerning what God wants you to do and to be.

There are 5 things in life you cannot recover:
1.  A stone ... after it's thrown.
2. A word ... after it's said.
3. An occasion ... after it's missed.
4. The time ... after it's gone.
5. A person ... after they die.

Life is short.  Break the rules.  Forgive quickly. 
Kiss slowly.  Love truly.  Laugh uncontrollably.
And never regret anything that made you smile!  Enjoy Life!!

With love and blessings,
Pastor Ann

  

Pastor 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 1.8.23 Bulletin 1.22.23
Bulletin 1.29.23 Bulletin 2.5.23
Bulletin 2.12 & 19.23 Bulletin 2.26.23
Bulletin 3.5.23 Bulletin 3.12.23
Bulletin 3.19.23 Bulletin 3.26.23
Bulletin 4.2.23 Bulletin 4.9.23
Bulletin 4.16.23 Bulletin 4.23.23
Bulletin 4.30.23 Bulletin 5.7.23
Bulletin 5.14.23 Bulletin 5.21.23
Bulletin 5.28.23 Bulletin 6.4.23
Bulletin 6.11.23 Bulletin 6.18.23
Bulletin 6.25.23 Bulletin 7.2.23
Bulletin 7.9.23 Bulletin 7.16.23
Bulletin 7.23.23 Bulletin 7.30.23
Bulletin 8.6.23 Bulletin 8.13.23
Bulletin 8.20.23 Bulletin 8.27.23
Bulletin 9.3.23 Bulletin 9.10.23
Bulletin 9.17.23 Bulletin 9.24.23
Bulletin 10.1.23 Bulletin 10.8.23
Bulletin 10.15.23 Bulletin 10.22.23
Bulletin 10.29.23 Bulletin 11.5.23
Bulletin 11.12.23 Bulletin 11.19.23
Bulletin 11.26.23 Bulletin 12.3.23
Bulletin 12.10.23 Bulletin 12.17.23
Lessons & Carols
Bulletin 12.24.23_Advent 4 Bulletin 12.24.23
Christmas Eve
Bulletin 12.31.23

Bulletin 1.7.24
The Ephiphany

Bulletin 1.14.24 Bulletin 1.21.24
Bulletin 1.28.24 Bulletin 2.4.24
Bulletin 2.11.24 Bulletin 2.18.24
Bulletin 2.25.24 Bulletin 3.1.24