Our next Food Bank delivery will be this Monday, Oct. 20th, with the trucks arriving at Donegan Hall at about noon. Our volunteers have mastered the art of cheerful efficiency under pressure. Please join them for the fun if you have time on Monday. There will be many, many boxes of food to unload, sort and stack.
Once again, we will be this area’s point of giveaway for the Dutchess Outreach Annual Coat Drive. The coats will be arriving on Nov. 9th, and we will start to give them away on the following Friday, Nov. 14th, from 10:00 until 3:00. Last year we distributed coats to over 150 men, women and children. The coat give-away is an extraordinarily valuable county-wide cooperative activity, benefitting many hundreds of families.
Thank you all in advance for your cooperation with the Thanksgiving outreach activity of our Youth Program. Our kids have started filling bags with Thanksgiving meal “trimmings” to be given to our pantry clients, and they want to encourage other parishioners to fill such bags as well. We are grateful for the wonderful initiative of our children, and for Anne Schmidt’s leadership in making this project possible.
The next vestry meeting will be this Tuesday, October 21st at 7 pm in Donegan Hall.
Messiah’s food pantry, like most in the country, is experiencing a surge in the number of families in need of assistance. We would like to help by dedicating our service project this weekend to meeting part of that need.
Our students decorated paper shopping bags and handed them out during coffee hour last Sunday. We ask that you fill the bags with items needed for the Thanksgiving food distribution. There is a wish list attached to the shopping bag. This family activity will reinforce the theme of social justice and gratitude, which was the focus of our parish picnic service. Father Richard will bless the filled bags at the 10:00 service on Sunday, Nov. 16th. If you did not receive a bag, but still wish to participate, please see Anne Schmidt during coffee hour.
Thank you for your continued support!
Are you eager to more deeply explore your faith and the history of church? Join our exciting EFM group on Wednesday evenings for an in-depth study, including focused theological reflections. Only a few spaces left!! The first meeting will be Wednesday, September 17th at 6:30 pm. For further information call 845-876-3533
No Thursday Morning Service this week. Service will resume Thursday October 23th.
Fr Richard has discovered that our commemoration of the men and women of Messiah who served in the armed forces ends with WW II. We would like to create an accurate list of our Messiah veterans from subsequent armed conflicts, if you know of a veteran from our parish please submit their name and when they served to the parish office.
Thank you to all who have submitted their pledges and have responded so generously. To date we have received 92 pledges totaling $150,900. This brings us closer to our goal of 105 pledges and $160,000. Our winter expenses for snow removal and heating oil have been far higher than we budgeted for. Please consider making your pledge to help Messiah meet its expenses. There are green pledge cards available on the table in the narthex. Thank you for your continued support of Messiah with your time, talent, and treasure.