To members and friends of the First Church in Jaffrey
Grace and peace be with you. The leaders of the church decided that in the interest of your safety and good health that we would not have church this Sunday. This is disappointing because our worship time together is special. But it is necessary to do this in order to keep everyone safe.
The first thing that I want to remind you is that all of us are in this together. All of us are in culture shock where everything is changing rapidly. All of us have some anxiety – what is going to happen? Will I be safe? Will I have enough to eat? I think it is helpful to realize that you are not alone with these feelings. We all have them.
One thing I've learned about you is that in a crisis this congregation's instinct is to pull together, to reach out to each other and to find ways of to work through the problems together. And I expect that this is what you will do with each other in the days and weeks ahead as we move through this crisis. We are so much stronger together than we are apart. The most beautiful part of this church is not the wonderful music or the beautiful building, but the ways that you pull together in times of crisis.
First Church is so blessed to have friends and members with many talents, who share these generously with us all. Today, thanks to our Music Minister Gene, Betsy Feiker and Pastor David, we offer three different opportunities for mediation and connection. Yes, I’m sharing a photo experience that may be helpful, too transporting you to a place nearby that you may never have seen.
The text of the music offered by Gene and Betsy is a work by Charles Ives. The text of this music will be familiar to many of you:
Serenity, by John Greenleaf Whittier
O, Sabbath rest of Galilee!
O, calm of hills above,
Where Jesus knelt to share with Thee,
the silence of eternity
Interpreted by love.
Drop Thy still dews of quietness,
till all our strivings cease;
Take from our souls the strain and stress,
and let our ordered lives confess,
the beauty of Thy peace.
Gene’s contribution is Morning On The Milkweed by Jeanne Cotter
Moderator, the First Church in Jaffrey
Notes of Spring 2020, with music by Gene Faxon & photos by Carol Hess
You can see David’s first video message by clicking on the underlined text below.
No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
AMID SOCIAL DISTANCING
Due to the threat of the Coronavirus we are not worshiping together but we are supporting each other and our community in other ways:
“Every hand that we don't shake must become a phone call that we place.”
“Every embrace that we must avoid must become a verbal expression of warmth and concern.”
“Every inch and every foot that we physically place between ourselves and another must become a thought as to how we might be of help to that other, should the need arise.”
(Words of Rabbi Yosef Kanefsky)
Phone: (603) 532-7979
P.O. Box 673
Jaffrey, NH 03452
14 Laban Ainsworth Way
Jaffrey, NH 03452
Puerto Rico earthquake project of UCC Disaster Ministries, funded in part by One Great Hour of Sharing.
PLANS FOR EASTER
First Church in Jaffrey will not offer Services on Palm Sunday or Easter, in accordance with Governor Sununu’s pronouncement. The church has been closed, but we are creating video meditations with music weekly. We plan a special meditation with resurrection music using One Great Hour of Sharing (OGHS) as our ‘theme’ for the spring reunion in our beloved Brick Church.
As you may know, One Great Hour of Sharing is a major initiative of the UCC and other denominations that involves all of us in disaster, refugee, immigration and development ministries throughout the world. When a disaster strikes or people are displaced or made refugees by violence or extreme poverty, these donations allow individuals to be part of the immediate response and of the long-term recovery. This spring may well be present the most urgent crisis for the OGHS support in decades. Along with other churches, we will collect donations in any amount from now through Easter. They can be mailed to FCIJ at P.O. 673 or 14 Laban Ainsworth Lane, Jaffrey, NH 03452. Please put OGHS in the check’s memo line or cover letter for One Great Hour of Sharing.