Facing the Challenges of COVID-19
After almost 10 months as your interim pastor, I want you to know how much I’m enjoying being here and working with you. I want to thank you for the Masked Ball 80th birthday party for me. It was a total surprise. It was the best birthday party I’ve ever had. Janet Grant, as you would expect, did a great job of planning it. We had 50 people in attendance. Everyone wore a mask and kept a safe distance. It was so good to see all of you, members of the congregation and people from the community. It was a beautiful day and I think it felt good for everyone to be able to see each other. I began to realize why the Fair and the other community events that usually happen each summer are so popular.
Living through this COVID-19 time has been a challenge for everyone. Things have been changing so rapidly that it is very difficult to plan from one day to the next. Long range planning is impossible. I’ve been amazed by your good spirit and your flexibility as we’ve been living through this time of radical change. We really do not know what is coming next. I’m thankful that I’m here. I can’t imagine a better place to be during this time then with you.
One of the few bright spots in the midst of COVID-19 has been our meditations. We are producing our 16th one this week. We have an extraordinary team working together: Carol Hess is our producer photographer, Gene Faxon, Janet Grant and Betsy Feiker are our musicians, and Lisa Bostnar is our lay reader. It is such a joy to work with these people. Each one is quite gifted, and each person’s gifts are different. Together we are able to create something far better than any of us could do on our own. It’s a great image for what the church is called to be.
Looking ahead to Fall
I think that many of you know that the Rev. Richard Slater, Associate Conference Minister for New Hampshire will be on sabbatical from September 15 to December 31. The conference has asked me to fill in for him for that time as Interim on a half-time basis. I’m hoping to stay serving you at the same time. Because the virus has thrown off everyone’s schedule, I suspect that you will need me at least part of next year. I have no plans for the future at present, so I’m happy to stay as long as you and I both think this is helpful for the church. This is still an interim time. I will not become the called pastor. That is considered unethical. Let us use the time God has given us as productively as possible.
Thank you for the privilege of serving as your interim pastor.
This weekend, which would have been AFTER-THE-FAIR, is quite different in 2020. A century-old tradition has needed to be placed to one side…. As this world moves along, we need to hold in thoughts, hearts and minds ways to continue the PURPOSE of the FAIR, which is:
Caring for others, here in our midst, in ways that are appropriate.
The meditation materials this weekend hold up this concept of sharing, and in this weekend’s thoughts David Felton also opens the doors to conversation about how difficult it is to share with one another during these times of ‘Social Distancing’…. You’ll hear more about encountering these aches and considerations next week, David tells us. THE BIBLE TELLS US SO ??
For this weekend, these are the offerings:
We go through motions, sometimes without thinking much about them. For example, perhaps you eat without consciously enjoying the food, just stuffing what is there into your mouth because you're interested in the conversation or wanting to 'get it done with'! David Felton, Interim Minister at the First Church in Jaffrey at this time, proposes we take a ritual of the church and turn it upside down to make this experience for OUR TIME.
In this season where so many are alone, or kept at 'social distance' from one another, we may need to be reminded that as isolated as we feel, we are not truly alone. The Music Meditation folks at the First Church in Jaffrey sing to this thought. While we are not all sheep, most of us have spent time beside streams where the presence of 'living waters' is very real. You get the message both ways here.
Moderator, the First Church in Jaffrey
No matter who you are, or where you are on life's journey, you are welcome here.
NO FAIR THIS SUMMER
We believe it would be prudent to cancel the Fair for August 5th. Considering the absence of most if not all of Wa-Klo camp, the susceptible age of most workers, possible reluctance of visitors, the nature of contact and interaction required, and the lack of confident projections that would deem it safe to hold a public event by early August leads us to recommend this action.
However, we are open to consideration of some smaller scale event, if the threats and distancing requirements have abated, later in August or September.
EASTER SEASON MEDITATIONS & MUSIC
The Seventh Sunday of Easter
The Sixth Sunday of Easter
God is Our Refuge and Strength Rev. David Felton May 14 2020
Creator God, You Are There May 14 2020
The Fifth Sunday of Easter Mothers' Day
Mothers Akin to Eagles Rev. David Felton May 7 2020
A Musical Tribute to Mothers May 7 2020
You Raise Me UP May 7 2020
The Fourth Sunday of Easter
She Shall Carry You Pastor David Felton April 30 2020
Hear Thou my Prayer, oh Lord April 30 2020
The Third Sunday of Easter
Exodus in Our Times Pastor David Felton April 24 2020
Be Not Afraid April 24 2020
My Lord, What a Morning April 24 2020
Second Sunday of Easter
April 16 2020
April 16 2020
Best Friends April 16 2020
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P.O. Box 673
Jaffrey, NH 03452
14 Laban Ainsworth Way
Jaffrey, NH 03452
Rev. Dr. David Felton
The Video Worship Team at Work
MEDITATIONS & MUSIC
Since the middle of Lent, First Church in Jaffrey has not been offering live Services. The church has been closed, but we have created video meditations with music weekly. We are now starting the season of Pentecost. You can see and hear these meditations and music by clicking on the underlined links below.
Ninth Sunday After Pentecost
Eighth Sunday After Pentecost
Seventh Sunday After Pentecost
Sixth Sunday After Pentecost
Fifth Sunday After Pentecost
Fourth Sunday After Pentecost
Third Sunday After Pentecost