What’s Happening this Week
A New Family
Whoever does the will of God is my brother and sister and mother. Mark 3:35
Yesterday, we heard Jesus define family in a brand new way. Mark writes about how Jesus has been healing and casting out demons and arguing with the Temple leaders. Now he is so mobbed by crowds that he cannot even eat. His mother and brothers have come out to “restrain him” because everyone is saying “he has gone out of his mind.” But, when told his family are looking for him, Jesus responds not with relief that they have come to rescue him, but with a question, “And who are my mother and my brothers?”
In those days, one’s first loyalty was to immediate family members. But as Jesus’ ministry unfolds, he builds a brand new community where such sibling relationships expand to include people from all across society. Suddenly, he appears to have no time for his family of origin, embracing instead anyone who does God’s will as someone who deserves his loyalty and attention. Today, we too tend to be most loyal to those closest to us – our immediate families, our various affinity groups, our congregations. Jesus, however, has a much broader vision of who should command our greatest attention and care. He sees anyone who knows God and follows God’s will as having a claim on our kinship.
What would happen, I wonder, if we began to view our neighbors who love God but belong to a different political party from us, or are a different color from us, or have fewer resources than us, as our siblings, too. How might that affect the way we allocate resources, the way we respond to conflict, the way we view our responsibility for others’ wellbeing? This week, let’s look around at our siblings and ask ourselves what God calls us to be and do for these sisters and brothers of ours.
This week …
|Monday, June 14||6:00 p.m.||Trustees meeting|
|Tuesday, June 15||7:00 p.m.||Session meeting|
|Wednesday, June 16||Summer Harbinger Articles Due|
|Sunday, June 20||10:00 a.m.||Worship, Communion|
|Fellowship Hour (right after worship ends)|
Later in June …
Mission Food / Personal Hygiene Collection: June 26 at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship: June 27 at 10:00 a.m.
Hospitality team meeting: June 27 at 11:00 a.m. (GPC Library)
Coming up in July …
Sunday Worship: July 4 at 10:00 a.m. (Communion)
Sunday Worship: July 11 at 10:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship: July 18 at 10:00 a.m.
Mission team meeting: July 19 at 7:00 p.m.
Mission Food / Personal Hygiene Collection: July 24 at 11:00 a.m.
Sunday Worship: July 25 at 10:00 a.m.
|For the month of June, the GPC office will have in-person office hours on:
Fridays from 10:00 a.m. until Noon
Regular office hours will continue virtually:
Best way to contact the office is via email at email@example.com
If you prefer to call, please leave a voicemail, as those will continue to be checked regularly.
|Welcome Back to In-Person Worship at Gates Presbyterian Church|
In order to return to in person worship, we must follow a few rules, including:
Stay tuned for a letter to come detailing all the measures that we will be taking to ensure the vulnerable in our community are protected. Session would like to thank the reopening committee for all their thoughtful work preparing for this day. Work continues as we prepare to reopen the building for meetings and other activities. Worship will continue to be live streamed for members that prefer to join remotely.
|PAVE THE WAY, our giving campaign, is underway. We need to raise $59,751 to reach our goal of $200,000. Please prayerfully consider what you can give in support of this effort. Check out the PAVE THE WAY webpage to learn more about why we need these funds and how the funds will be used. You can also see ongoing progress toward our goal! Let’s keep Pav(ing) the Way for GPC to reach out in faith to our larger community.|
|We are looking for someone to temporarily fill in for our custodian during the months of July and August. It’s a part time job with flexible working time, up to 16 hours per week, and pays $13.5 per hour. If you would like more information, please contact Keith Hadley, firstname.lastname@example.org, or TomWard, email@example.com. We do have a complete list of duties that we will gladly share with you!|
We will celebrate communion on Sunday, June 20th. Note that this date was rescheduled from June 6th.
Among the many adjustments we are facing as we return to in-person worship is that we are not able to serve each other the communion elements as has been our practice.
The Public Worship team has procured individual servings of bread and juice as shown below.
The wafers in these packets are not gluten-free but gluten-free wafers are available as well. On-line reviews indicate that these are easier to open than some other options; we hope that this is the case for you.
You are most welcome to bring communion elements with you if you would prefer to do so.
|Memorial Garden Bricks
We are again gathering brick requests for the Memorial Garden to be engraved and set in the walkway. It is more efficient to do the engraving and placing in groups so please send in your request forms with $100 fee by June 25th to the Church Office or directly to Janice Bilohlavek, 27 Kingsford Lane, Spencerport, NY 14559. A form is attached to this email and is also available on our church website here.
|Church Mouse Bazaar 2021 (the squeakquel)|
We are planning on holding the Church Mouse Bazaar this year!
Depending on the COVID-19 restrictions in place at that time.
Applications will be sent out soon.
Please HOLD the DATE!
|Our 43rd (the sequel) Church Mouse Bazaar will take place Saturday, November 20, 2021 throughout the church. GPC has developed quite a reputation providing a high quality, well-run arts and craft show with handmade items that are perfect for that hard-to-find Christmas gift. This fundraising event benefits the whole church and is run by many volunteers. So, plan on volunteering, coming or both!! Exciting things will be happening! Watch for more information or contact Larry (firstname.lastname@example.org, or 247-3296).
Larry and Kathy Wakeman co-chairs
|We invite you to join us for Weekly Fellowship Hour every Sunday,
right after worship ends.
Please refer to weekly bulletins & email blast for Zoom connection information.
|GATES PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH DAILY COVID-19 SIGN-IN HEALTH SCREENING|
|Upon entering the building, all visitors are required to perform a SELF CHECK.
Your signature on the sign-in sheet is your confirmation that you are NOT experiencing any of the symptoms listed below, which cannot be attributable to any other legitimate non COVID- 19 diagnosis (ex. seasonal allergies, chronic migraines, etc.)
If you are experiencing any of the symptoms listed below or if you have knowingly been exposed to COVID-19, you MUST immediately leave the building.
Visitors are required to (a) wear a mask or face covering, (b) keep social distancing, and (c) wash their hands or use hand sanitizer frequently while in the building.
You are confirming that you do NOT have ANY of the following symptoms:
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