OUR JOURNEY TO THE CROSS
Lent is a time of renewal, prayer, sacrifice and preparation. Lent is 40 days before Easter, not including Sundays. It is meant to represent the time Jesus spent in the desert.
This year our journey to the cross is overshadowed by COVID. Things are still different. Stephentown Federated Church is sending you this set of devotionals with hope that you use them during the season.
Sending you Love and Peace! Stay safe and well. If you need us, please contact us.
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George H. Eckhardt, Jr.
Wesley R. Edwards
Tuesday 2nd of March 2021
Sept 7, 2020
To Our Church Family,
On Tuesday, August 17 our General Committee met to discuss the business of the church which included the discussion of opening the church for Sunday Services.
As New York State continues to open we find there are challenging considerations that we find we must discuss. We all want a return to normal church worship, but sadly now we feel this is not the time to reopen. Students are trying to go back to school, children bring their germs home from school to all people in the family. College students are returning. The reality is we have a majority of our congregation that are part of the 60+ age group and a number of us are in the high risk with chronic health conditions.
If we were to go back to the in-person services we have been advised to refrain from singing or any responsive readings, no coffee hour, wearing of masks, social distancing for everyone in the sanctuary. Being a small church limits the people available to provide an on-line service and an in-person service. We have guest ministers and not a minister of our own that could deal with this. Considerations of cleaning the sanctuary after each church service is far above what we do now. Our sanctuary is cleaned once a month and if we were to go to in person cleaning as is mandated after each service, the amount quadruples what we do now. And we are not sure if we will have someone who will do the job.
Given all these considerations the General Committee decided it was in the best interest of all to continue the on-line services. We are open to any and all suggestions from all of you. We will continue each month to review the situation and make decisions in the best interest of our congregation and our community.
We thank you from the bottom of our hearts for all your financial support that you have sent to our treasurer each week. Don’t forget the new button for giving on the website that is available if you wish to do it that way.
Our General Committee is meeting on zoom each month. The worship committee is meeting on zoom to discuss the planning of services for the fall, Thanksgiving, Advent and Christmas. Check our website for guest ministers through January 2021. The Search Committee is also meeting on zoom as necessary.
I invite you to be a part of our active coffee hour on zoom each Sunday morning at 10:30. If you are interested, please contact
Arlene Longo at:
and she will send you an invite.
Any prayer concerns please send to:
or Bev Westfall
by Thursday morning at the latest.
This gives our ministers a chance to incorporate your concerns in their video for Sunday.
Please know that you all are in our prayers. We are called by God to treat others as we would want to be treated and to serve and love those around us in the way they most need to be served and loved.
We are still the Stephentown Federated Church whenever or however we gather in church or online. Thanks be to God. Keep safe!
Blessings to each of you and your family,
General committee chair
We welcome you to our website page.
Services are now Online
Our guest speakers are:
14 Rev Bob Lowenthal
21 Rita Pickett....1st Sunday in Lent
28 Rev Betsye Mowry...2nd Sunday in Lent
FROM CHURCH TREASURER
Then, the people rejoiced because they had given willingly, for with a whole heart they had offered freely to the Lord: 2 Chronicles 29:9
Let us all rejoice for our continued giving while we are apart!
Income: With steady giving from our congregation our income is on budget. A big thank you to our everyone who has kept up with their giving.
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Stephentown Federated Church
Attn: Treasurer, PO Box 10, Stephentown, NY 12168
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Prayers and blessings to you all. May you continue to be healthy and safe!
Barbara Terpening, Treasurer