E-votional and E-vents Dec. 2 – 8
Advent Comfort and Joy
E-votional by Rev. Harry Heintz
Some Christmas cards and lawn signs say, “Keep Christ in Christmas.” That has a certain ring to it, but I also find it troubling. I don’t think the one who first pointed others to Jesus would agree with that sentiment. I’m thinking, of course, of the one we call John the Baptist. He seemed intent on getting Jesus out of Christmas and into the world where he lived. That world was as spiritually needy as our world is, not more and not less.
In all times and places, people are people, with their aspirations and their joys; and their needs, hurts, and struggles. How would the message of John the Baptist play today? Probably the way it played 2,000 years ago.
We will look at John and his role in the story of Jesus’ coming, this story of comfort and joy, on the second Sunday of Advent, December 6. Our scriptures are Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8. Please read them in advance. I will look for you in worship, whether in the sanctuary or in your own home this Sunday at 11:00am.
Scripture for Sunday: Isaiah 40:1-11 and Mark 1:1-8
Celebrating 99 Years
Jean Daniel, our most senior (by age) church member, will be celebrating her 99th (!) birthday on Sunday, December 13. She’s a remarkable lady and until Covid hit, was working full time running the East Rochester senior center– her passion for the past 50 years. In fact the center is named after her!
We’d like to honor Jean’s extraordinary 99th birthday by sending special birthday wishes from our church family. Her address is,
Jean Daniel, 55 Ayrault Road, Apt. 11, Fairport, NY 14450
Jean, who’s been a PPC member for almost 25 years, loves our church and being able
to stay connected through Sunday online worship has meant a lot to her
during Covid. Many thanks for helping celebrate this special birthday!
Advent Worship: Please see the attached invitation from the Worship Committee, with all the details for worship during Advent this year as well as our poinsettia order form.
Every year our Christian Education program leads a family Advent craft. This year we invite you to join the 2020 Advent Project on either Thursday, Dec 3, 6-7:30pm or Sunday, Dec 6, 2-3:30pm in the Fellowship Hall or sign up to pick up a kit at church. We will be safely socially distanced and masked throughout this event.
RSVP for December 3
RSVP for December 6
RSVP to pick up materials and Make Your Craft at Home
Please note that this project is a continuation of one begun at the 2019 Advent Project. If you are new to PPC or did not participate last year and wish to do so this year, we can provide you with the first part of the craft as well. Simply email Sherri Frederick to reserve last year’s supplies if you need them: [email protected]
Invest in Faith, Hope, and Love for 2021. You still have time to make your pledge to PPC’s ministry by mail (Perinton Presbyterian Church, attn: Al Norby, PO Box 611, Fairport, NY 14450 or by emailing Al directly ([email protected]). Our pledge card is attached. Thank you for your generous investment in PPC’s ministry!
As a reminder: All committees and church groups are invited to send in any announcements they would like included in the e-votional. Email your submissions to [email protected] by Tuesdays at noon.
Events this Week:
Wednesday, 12/2, 10 am: Spiritual Zoom with Jennifer Ransome
Thursday, 12/3, 6-7:30 pm: Advent Project in the Fellowship Hall
6:30 pm: Nominating Committee meets by Zoom
6:30 pm: Missions Team meets by Zoom
Sunday, 12/6, 9-10 am: Zoom Bible Study on the Gospel of Mark. For more information contact Lisa Chormann.
11 am: Worship for the Second Sunday of Advent in the sanctuary and through Facebook Live.
Sign up links for worship are below.
2-3:30 pm: Advent Project in the Fellowship Hall
3:30-5 pm: Youth Group Outdoor Scavenger Hunt
Monday, 12/7, 7 pm: Communion Vesper Service by Zoom. The meeting room will open at 6:45 pm for those who wish to join early for a time of conversation facilitated by Harry Heintz. The Vesper Service will begin at 7 pm.
Dial by your location
+1 646 558 8656 US (New York)
Meeting ID: 935 8703 2798
Tuesday, 12/8, 7 pm: Deacons meet by Zoom
Sign Up for Worship:
December 6, 11 am: https://inpersonworshipdec6.eventbrite.com
December 13, 11 am: https://inpersonworshipdecember13.eventbrite.com
December 13, 3 pm, “Blues Comfort and Hope”: https://bluescomfortandhope.eventbrite.com
December 20, 11 am: https://inpersonworshipdecember20.eventbrite.com
Our COVID Response Team continues to closely monitor local COVID spread and guidelines. For now worship remains open to up to 40 people; we encourage church meetings to occur by Zoom; and the gathering size limit for events in the Fellowship Hall is 25 people. We will continue to keep you update on any changes.
Please click here for the complete list of Advent and Christmas events and worship opportunities.
Christmas Poinsettia Ornaments
We will not be ordering poinsettia plants for the sanctuary this year because of our COVID worship service protocols. However, you can still honor or remember your loved ones by purchasing a poinsettia ornament in their name. Since our Advent services will feature a service of hope, also called a “Blue Christmas” worship service, the ornaments will be blue and white. To order, click here.
With Great Joy We Announce our New Parish Associate: Rev. Harry Heintz
On Tuesday evening, October 27, the PPC session received a unanimous recommendation from our Parish Associate Interview Team that we select the Rev. Harry Heintz to serve as Parish Associate of PPC. Session received this news with joy and excitement and unanimously approved the recommendation. Pending final approval by our Presbytery’s Committee on Ministry, we anticipate a start date of November 16, 2020.
Rev. Heintz is well-known to many in our congregation, having worked with us throughout the interim process and having preached in worship many times, including at my service of installation last November. Our hearts are full of gratitude and excitement that now God has opened the way for Pastor Harry to join our church staff.
As many of you know, this summer our session began to discern God calling us in a new direction with our staffing model. Instead of seeking a Director of Youth Ministries, we felt led to incorporate many aspects of youth ministry leadership into my role as Pastor. Office Administrator Jill Bazer has become our center point for youth ministry communication and planning, and this shift opened the opportunity for us to call a second pastor to our staff.
The Parish Associate position is a part-time (10-12 hour a week) position, with a one-year, renewable contract. Pastor Harry and I will be sharing in congregational care, worship leadership, preaching, and other ministry opportunities as they arise. He will have primary leadership for pastoral care to the homebound, those in nursing homes, and caregivers, with some assistance to me in responding to pastoral emergencies, hospital visits, and care for those who have lost loved ones. Pastor Harry will offer shared staff support to deacons, will be preaching for us approximately once a month, and sharing in other forms of ministry, as time, gifts, and needs of the church may present.
We extend our gratitude to the Parish Associate Interview Team: Ed Daniel (convener), Sylvia Frederes, Tom Force, Lynn Judd, and Maureen Thayer—for their faithful working in finding this wonderful match for PPC.
Join me in welcoming Pastor Harry to PPC, beginning November 16!
(Click here for the Rev. Heintz’s biography.)
JOB OPPORTUNITY: Co-Leader for Youth Ministry
Our Vision: Guided by God’s Spirit and Grace, we are called as disciples to share Christ’s love with the world.
Perinton Presbyterian Church is seeking a Co-Leader for our Youth Ministry (approximately 5 hours per week), to collaborate with our pastor in leadership of our youth group. This position includes:
- Planning and leading games and facilitating fun in our youth ministry.
- Building relationships with youth and parents.
- Collaborating with our pastor in planning, attending, and leading youth group meetings, retreats, and work camp (annual trip in February).
- Shared leadership during our regular youth group meetings, including preparation of materials and refreshments.
- Collaborating with our pastor and office administrator to plan retreats, work camp, and other activities.
- Planning and organizing Local Youth Group Activities
- We are seeking a candidate with strong Christian faith and commitment, who relates well with youth.
This is a twelve-month, part-time, salaried position. Employment is subject to background check. This position may be renewed annually, at the discretion of the Head of Staff, session, and Co-Leader for Youth Ministry.
Benefits include vacation time.
Anticipated start date September 2020. Interested candidates please send cover letter and resume to: [email protected]