Save the date for our Holiday Edition: Meet Your Local Artisans Show & Sale on November 4!
New-Comer’s Lunch, October 15: All who have recently joined Messiah are invited to come to
lunch in the rectory, following coffee hour. Come and meet the wardens as well
as the rector.
Crop Walk, October 22: Once again we invite you to join the group from local area
churches walking to raise money for world and local hunger. This year the route
is different. We will meet at the Patriot’s Path parking lot at the bottom of
Schooley’s Mountain Road and will be walk 3 miles (1.5 miles in and back) along
the Patriot’s Path. Dogs, strollers, children, seniors – everyone is welcome!
There is a sign-up sheet and walker’s envelopes in the parish hall. Registration
is from 1:30 – 2 p.m. We start walking at 2 p.m.
Annual Harvest Dinner & Sing-A-Long & Thanksgiving
Donations, October 24: We are blessed again to have Mark Barbone provide vocal and
guitar tunes for a sing-a-long to celebrate the Fall Harvest. A sign-up sheet
will be made available in the parish hall.
Pumpkin Painting, October 29: Join us during
coffee hour for our annual pumpkin painting. Create a pumpkin to take
home or decorate Messiah! All materials will be provided.
Halloween Truck for Eats, October 31 at 5 p.m.:Instead of doing Trick or Treat visits we will be doing
"Truck for Eats." Please join us as we put on black cassocks, pick up
shopping bags, and visit homes in the downtown Chester area. We will be asking
people to give us non-perishable food items for Chester Food Pantry. All are
welcome to join the group. Please let Margaret know if you are coming.
SAVE THE DATE!November 4, Holiday Edition: Meet Your Local Artisans Show
& Sale: Several local artists have agreed to present and sell their creations.
Among the talents will be a woodworker, jeweler (cleaning offered), potter,
stained glass artist, soap maker, candle maker, weaver, and knitter. This will
be an intimate setting which offers an opportunity to meet the artisans and
learn more about their crafts. Free Admission! (But donations will be gladly
accepted.) All proceeds help support the Church’s community outreach programs. Complimentary
coffee, tea and snacks are provided. 6 – 8 p.m.
Be sure to
click on the links for our Calendar and wonderful newsletter, The Messiah Messenger, to
get all the news and events for the month.
Church Of Messiah Annual Survey - The annual survey is
now available for your input. Please return by mid-June to Julie or Margaret or
place in the basket in the Parish Hall. We look forward to everyone’s input and
reflections. Please remember to complete the front and back of the survey. CLICK HERE for a downloadable pdf of the survey
MISSION TRIP(S) 2017
Mission Trip #1: This year we returned to the Church of the Good
Shepherd in Ringwood to help with their all-day Vacation Bible Camp by
mentoring their leaders.
Mission Trip #2: - We assisted The House of Prayer in Newark with
their Vacation Bible Camp.
See our current issue of The Messenger for highlights and personal experiences from this year's mission trips.
Vacation Bible Camp!
A generous donor has recently blessed us with the gift of a
Yamaha Clavinova baby grand piano. This is an electronic instrument that
replicates the rich sound of a baby grand piano while also offering the ability
to add character to a piece with preset instruments as well as imported
accompaniments. This instrument is a wonderful addition to our music ministry.
MESSIAH IN THE NEWS!
Click on the links below and check out the “Flippin Fun” coverage of our Annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake
Party in the Daily Record...
A big thank you to both of these local newspapers for covering our events at Messiah!
Calling All Hoopsters! We have a new basketball hoop in the back parking lot! A ball is available in the closet downstairs at the end of the hall near the bathrooms. Take a break and work off some of those coffee hour calories!
New time for Pray and Play - The moms and
toddlers who come to Pray and Play service have agreed that Monday at
10:15 a.m. is a good time to meet. This service is especially tailored
for children ages 6 and under and their families. We meet in the church.
We will also offer Pray and Play on the first Sunday of every month at 9
a.m. (meeting in the lower parish hall).
Members of the Men of Messiah (MOM) at work polishing the brass.
Men of Messiah (MOM) – The next meeting of MOM is October 21 at 10 a.m., in the
Messiah kitchen. Light breakfast of bagels, fruit, coffee, and juice will be provided. Women of Messiah Encouraging & Nurturing (W.O.M.E.N.) - Our
next meeting will be October 24.
Inquirer's Class - Interested in learning more about the Episcopal Church? Please join us for a 5-session class that will enable those who are interested to discuss and learn more about the Church, Christianity, and the Bible. This is a great opportunity for discovery and to ask questions about who we are. Classes held several times a year at convenient times for those interested are interested.
Education For Ministry - This is not a program for those seeking ordination as
they go to seminary. But this is a wonderful college level program for any one
interested in learning more by reading and discussion. The program continues
for four years, each year a separate unit. Currently there is a class on their
third year of study on Mondays evenings. A new class is being formed on
Tuesdays from 3:45 - 5:45 starting in September. if you are interested please
speak with Margaret who is the facilitator for the program.
Bible Study at Messiah - We will be discussing The Old Testament on Tuesdays at 1 p.m. and The New Testament on Thursdays at 11 a.m.
Lunch Book Group - Tuesdays at Messiah on the lower level, Noonto 1 p.m. Each week's reading and destination is listed in the Sunday announcements. We will be bringing our own lunches so pack or tote your meal; coffee and/or water will be served while we discuss.
Contemplative/Centering Prayer - It meets every Tuesday at 8 a.m. in the church. You are welcome to join our group for 30 minutes of quiet prayer. Other times are possible too, contact the rector if you are interested
Tuesday Book and Movie Night - A Book discussion and bag supper usually held the first Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. followed by a movie (TBD) at around 7:30 p.m. Click on our current Monthly Messenger for book descriptions and details.
Armchair Theologians - A summer program that meets on Monday evenings at 7 p.m. ending with Compline at 8:30 p.m.
Coffee Hour is available after each Sunday Service in our Parish Hall. It's a wonderful time to enjoy friends and fellowship with members of the Congregation. Want to help out? Sign up to host coffee hour! An updated calendar will be posted soon! Sign up for an empty date by sending an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with "Coffee Hour" in the subject heading.