Session II, open to everyone, will be held via Zoom on Thursday, October 15 from 7:00-8:30 PM, is for lay leaders and will explore the role of emerging treatments, vaccines, and measures needed to ensure equitable access to an effective vaccine. It will explore best practices in ending pandemics and in ensuring communities come together to emerge healthier, stronger, and more united.
Read more: MNYS Webinar: Reflection for Action: Faith Leadership Amidst Covid-19 - 10/15
Join us to learn how COVID-19 is affecting asylum seekers and celebrate with this year's Outstanding Friends of Immigrants: Christopher Vergara, Metro NY Synod. Kelly Agnew-Barajas, Catholic Charities. Lorna Henkel, First Friends of NJ & NY. Maryam Zoma Kiefer, Seafarers International House. For more information see: https://www.sihnyc.org/upcoming-events
During worship on SUNDAY, OCTOBER 4 we will celebrate a BLESSING OF THE ANIMALS.
On this day, many ELCA congregations will remember Francis of Assisi, who died on Oct. 4, 1226. Well-known for his love for all creatures, we commemorate this day with a blessing of our animals.
During worship you will be invited to join in prayer and stand next to or hold your pet for a blessing.
Available each week on the ELCA worship blog are materials for “Worship in the Home.” Although various formats of livestreaming worship work well in many contexts, you are encouraged to worship as you are able in homes on Sunday and throughout the week. Consider ways to pray and sing using this resource at home. If you don’t have a hymnal at home, perhaps churches might safely distribute copies for home use. In addition to Sunday worship resources, Daily Prayer in the Home is available, providing simplified forms of Morning Prayer, Evening Prayer and Night Prayer, as well as table prayers.”
Misa Anderson, the Director of our Open Arms Preschool, is working very hard to prepare our school to open in September. This is truly a joyful time as we look forward to a new year of this important ministry, welcoming new and returning children and parents. Learn how you can help.
Read more: Open Arms Preschool - Welcome Back
A REMINDER FROM THE REOPENING THE BUILDING TASK FORCE: Other than OAPS, the building remains closed. The Task Force has recommended that we work to open the building for our preschool but wait until the new year to resume worship in the sanctuary or welcome back our building partners. This recommendation will be evaluated monthly.
Read more: A Reminder from the "Re-opening the Building" Task Force