Dear Family of God,
Due to icy weather conditions, the Consistory and Pastor Jenn have decided to cancel our parking lot worship service for today. You can still worship with us online though! Pastor Jenn will post a reading of scripture and short meditation later today on Facebook.
FRCB Consistory and Pastor Jenn
COVID Update - January 5, 2022
Due to rising COVID cases in the area, the consistory has agreed to postpone indoor worship services for the month of January. However, we can still worship together on Sunday morning in the parking lot by tuning our car radios to AM1590 or by watching the recording of the sermon posted later in the day on our website.
We hope that you will join us on Sunday mornings at 10:30am to worship and glorify God with us!
Dear family of God,
“Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son
Give thanks with a grateful heart
Give thanks to the Holy One
Give thanks because He's given Jesus Christ, His Son.”
Giving thanks through celebration is deeply rooted in scripture. In Exodus 12:14-20 after God’s people were saved from imminent destruction, God called them to commemorate his faithfulness by holding an annual celebration. In the Old Testament, there are three major festivals: Purim (deliverance from Haman), Passover (deliverance from slavery in Egypt), and Channukah (rededication of the Temple). Each celebration holds a unique significance that is shaped by God’s commands to remember. As Christians, Christmas, Epiphany, Holy Week, Easter, and Sunday worship services are ways that we remember and praise God for His gift of salvation for all people through the birth, death and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
Celebration is a spiritual practice that is crucial not only to our personal lives but in the corporate life of the Church as well. On Sunday January 9th, we will gather for our annual meeting to commemorate the faithfulness of God through celebration. We will take time to reflect on the past year and give thanks for how the Holy Spirit has been at work in the life of this congregation. Despite a challenging year, we have much to celebrate.
In celebrating, we will not only reflect on the past year with grateful hearts but look forward to the coming year with hopeful hearts rooted in the deeper story of our Lord.
Together in prayer with you,
Our Annual Meeting will be held this Sunday (1/9) at 1:00 PM by Zoom. The Zoom link and the Annual Meeting Packet will be sent out via email to all our congregants. If you do not have an email address, we will have Annual Meeting Packets available at the outdoor worship service. If you do not receive emails from the church but you would like to join us on Zoom, please contact Pastor Jenn by email or phone (518) 767-2243.
We look forward to gathering on Zoom to celebrate the ministry that this congregation has participated in throughout last year and looking forward to what is to come in the year ahead. Bring your lunch or snack and join us on Zoom!
We've met our match!! The Renovation Fund that commenced last October brought in $5,286 as of December 19. Our anonymous benefactor has already submitted their $2,500 match, bringing the Fund Drive total to $7,786. This brings our Renovation Fund total to $21,263 for the year, exceeding our target of $20,000 by $1,263! Thanks and congratulations to everyone!
And super extra thanks and a virtual hug to our shy Santa Claus who made this all happen with their $2,500 match! THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!
Offerings may be made on-line via Tithe.ly and the Give button below. These donations will be deposited directly into the church bank account. You have the option to give to either the General or Renovation Fund. Both Tithe.ly and the church will record your donations.
Tithe.ly deducts a small fee per credit card transaction (2.65% plus $0.30). You have the option to cover these fees, if you wish. You may also choose to have Tithe.ly automatically donate for you weekly or monthly.
As always, thank you for your generosity.