10/19/21 LETTER TO THE CONGREGATION RE: VFPC FUTURE VISION

GATHERING TOGETHER IN PERSON AND VIA ZOOM FOR WORSHIP

We are open for Hybrid Worship - 10am Sundays!

 

As we gather in-person once again, two important points must be noted.  Firstly, our reopening will be to a hybrid worship model. This means that our gatherings from now on will include both those gathered in-person and those gathered via Zoom. Secondly, we will wear masks and maintain compassionate and protective social distancing measures. We must offer an atmosphere of safety for ALL participants, and not just some, lest we risk betraying the mandate of Christ to do for the other what we would want them to do for us. As we reenter the Sanctuary for our worship services, the following will be part of that experience: 

  • All are asked to stay home if recently exposed, feverish, or having any respiratory symptoms.
  • All worshippers will be asked to wear a mask at all times while inside the building.
  • All worshippers will be asked to maintain distance and avoid physical contact with others.
  • Seating will be in designated areas that allow for distance between individuals/households.
  • Liturgy will be on a screen at the front of the Sanctuary and bulletins will not be utilized.
  • Worshippers will be invited to sing the hymns quietly and while masked.
  • The celebration of Communion will utilize pre-packaged disposable communion kits.
  • The weekly offering will utilize non-contact collection boxes rather than passing the plates.

Whether participating via Zoom or in-person, we look forward to sharing in fellowship, worship, and prayer with you on Sunday mornings!

 

MORE INFO ABOUT OUR WORSHIP: Our Sunday 10AM worship gatherings are warm, welcoming, and joyful!  Prayer, music, connecting and sharing, and listening for God's guidance in the weekly Scripture reading fill the hour.  On the first Sunday of each month, we celebrate our Communion with God and each other. The doors and the Zoom meeting both open at 9:15AM for anyone who wants to come early and enjoy each other's company and stories. 

 

 https://zoom.us/j/863779594?pwd=cGZ0TUxOSlZPY1hWSHEzVzZnVnhJUT09

                       Worship Meeting ID: 863-779-594

                       Worship Password: 001874

                       Dial-in Phone #: 1 929 436 2866

 
 

OTHER ZOOM GATHERINGS

We remember first that God is with us and will guide us through these stormy waters.  We remember second that we do not have to "go to church" in order to be the Church, and that our faith can be very much alive as we seek to love our neighbors! We may not be able to gather in body, but we can still gather in spirit  via Zoom! 

 

KNITTING AND CROCHETING CIRCLE: This group currently gathers via Zoom on Mondays at 1PM. For more information, email the VFPC Office.

 

MID-WEEK COFFEE GATHERING: Wednesdays at 10AM - See weekly eBlast for details!

 
 

10/10/21 Sermon: Gathered by God - No Pews Required!

A MATTHEW 25 CONGREGATION

The Mission Agency of the Presbyterian Church (USA) has put out the challenge to all of its 10,000+ congregations to prayerfully consider joining a church-wide movement called "The Matthew 25 Initiative: A Bold Vision and Invitation." This initiative challenges every congregation to more deeply identify themselves as the sheep of Jesus' famous parable of sheep and goats from Matthew 25; that is, to claim that we are those gifted and called by God to love the least of our sisters and brothers in the world around us - those most in need of food, drink, welcome, shelter, clothing, care, and friendship. 

 

The initiative proposes to focus our discernment in three different areas in order to more fully grow into this faithful and sheeply identity:

 

(1) to grow in vitality as a church,

(2) to participate in the dismantling of structural racism, and

(3) to participate in alleviating systemic poverty.  

 

The VFPC Session spent many months discerning in response to this invitation, and was compelled unanimously at the June 2019 Session meeting to accept the challenge.  The Sent to Serve Committee is helping us grow in vitality as a congregration so that we are strengthened for our mission.  The Committee leads us in discerning how we might respond as a congregation with loving action to the least of our neighbors who are affected by the systemic social ills of racism and poverty. 

 

May God guide us into this season of intentional love for neighbor!  Learn more about the PC(USA) Matthew 25 Initiative.

 

 

 

 

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