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PREPARING FOR SUNDAY WORSHIP Saturday, 17 October 2020 Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost

Included in today's update: Birthdays this Week, Stewardship Campaign Begins, Ushers Needed, Community Donation Days, A New Recipe, Yoga Benefits Local Agencies, Liturgy For Tomorrow's Worship, and more.


Saturday,17 October 2020

Dear Friends: Rather than one Election Day, we now have a Voting Season with the vote-by-mail option being expanded. In fact, voting has already begun here in Pennsylvania, as in many states across the nation. Over the next several weeks, I will be offering a number of prayers from a variety of sources appropriate for these days running up to November 3rd. This first prayer comes from The Book of Common Prayer.

Almighty God, to whom we must account for all our powers and privileges: Guide the people of the United States in the election of officials and representatives; that, by faithful administration and wise laws, the rights of all may be protected and our nation be enabled to fulfill your purposes; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Blessings! Peace! Grace! And love!

- Keith


O God, our times are in your hands: Look with favor, we pray, on these your servants as they begin another year. Grant that they may grow in wisdom and grace, and strengthen their trust in your goodness all the days of their life; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

  • Barb Krisan

  • Kelly Schneider

  • Barbara Kelly

  • Eileen Wallace

  • Lee Champlin

  • Judy Snyder

  • Kate Murphy

  • Dave Kreibel

  • Alyssa Evangelisto

  • Hunter Behm

  • Pam Schunke

  • Eric Wertz

  • Cyndi Smith

  • George Brackin


Watch your mailbox and be on the lookout for a letter explaining the pledge campaign for the coming year. Also in the envelope you will find a pledge card and return envelope, along with information explaining, an on-line giving platform recommended by the diocesan offices and being incorporated by many parishes throughout the area. The vestry asks that you please complete and return your pledge card by Sunday, November 8th in order for the 2021 parish operating budget to be prepared.


We are in desperate need for volunteers to serve as Sunday morning ushers! Due to some retirements (after lengthy times of service), some unfortunate deaths, and some reluctance at this time to serve for in-person services, the corps has been severely depleted. This places a great strain on our ability to staff this important Sunday morning ministry. BTW: This ministry is not a “males-only” opportunity! We are an equal opportunity ministry! Perhaps you and your spouse, or you and your teenager, or you and your friends would like to serve together. If you are interested in serving or wish more information, please contact Ed Steinbauer (; 215-661-9956).




NOVEMBER 7 & 8, 2020

Your help is needed to help others! Most likely, you are fortunate enough to have three healthy meals a day. But everyone is not so fortunate. Right now, there are many individuals and families in our local area who don’t know where their next meal will come from. And now, because of conditions associated with COVID-19, there are many more people facing this reality. The food supply in local food cupboards is dwindling and needs to be replenished so that people in need can have nutritious food during this challenging time.

    Several churches in the North Wales/Gwynedd communities are joining together to help alleviate this situation by hosting Community Donation Days. We are asking you, your neighbors, and your friends to participate by donating non-perishable food, paper products and cleaning/sanitizing products. Bring your donations to Church of the Messiah:

  • Saturday, November 7th, 7:00am-7:00pm;

  • or Sunday, November 8th, 7:00am-12:00noon.

Collection bins will be located at the doors to the Parish House. After church on Sunday, the Youth of Messiah will organize and package your donations. The food collected will then be delivered to local food cupboards: Manna on Main Street, Inter-Faith Housing Alliance, Mattie N. Dixon Community Cupboard.

Items Needed Most: § Peanut Butter & Jelly § Canned Proteins (Chicken, Salmon, SPAM, Beef Stew, Ham, Sardines, Tuna) § Canned/Dried Fruits & Canned Vegetables § Soups and Broths (canned or boxed) § Whole Grain Pasta & Sauce, Stuffing, Potato Flakes § Rice, Quinoa, Beans (dried/canned) § Coffee, Tea, Juice, Condiments, Crackers § Baking (Flour, Oil, Sugar, Spices, Muffin Mix) § Toilet Paper, Paper Towels/Plates, Tissues § Sanitizing Wipes, Baby Wipes, Diapers § Dish/Laundry Detergent, Cleaning Products

If You Prefer to Make a Monetary Donation: If you wish to make a monetary donation that will be used to purchase items to be given to the food cupboards, please make your check payable to "Rector's Discretionary Fund", with "Community Donation Days" on the memo line. These monetary donations will then be used to purchase items that were not collected, and will be included in the food delivery.


We are collecting recipes and craft ideas to pass along during this unusual times we find ourselves in. Please submit your recipes and craft instructions to Barbara Stevenson ( and we will publish one with each edition of the parish email. Thank you!


  • 4-6 oz. (1½c) macaroni

  • 1 # ground meat

  • 1 onion, diced

  • 1 8 oz. canned corn, drained

  • 1 10½ can tomato soup

  • ½ can water

  • 2-3 t chili powder

  • 10 oz. cheddar cheese

  • Cook macaroni according to package instructions, drain and set aside. Cook beef and onion until no longer red. Drain off fat. Stir in chili powder, corn, soup and water. Add salt and pepper to taste. Cover and simmer about 10 minutes.

  • In a 1/12 qt. casserole, alternate layers as follows: meat, sauce, macaroni, cheese, with cheese as the last layer. Bake uncovered at 350° for 15-20 minutes




Classes, led by Diana Mulroy, are held outdoors when weather permits and in the Parish Hall when necessary. Each session costs $10, and all proceeds benefit local social service agencies usually supported through Belfry Bargains funds. In the month of September, almost $900 was raised and distributed to Laurel House, Interfaith Housing, Manna on Main Street, and Community Cupboard. Classes are appropriate for all levels - beginners, as well as more advanced participants. Use this link to sign up:



18 October 2020

The bulletin for the Sunday service posted on the church website ( This is the same bulletin used in church, so all the responses are provided, along with the weekly lessons, announcements and weekly parish schedule. We hope you will find this to be a more complete resource for participating in the service from home.



If you are unable to join us in-person, several options for participation are available: 

  • The service will be live-streamed on YouTube at 9:30am.

  • For those without computer access, an audio-only option is available by phone. Simply dial 609-663-5164 to listen to the service.

  • At the conclusion of worship, a link to the service will be posted on the church website:

  • In addition to the Messiah online worship postings, Bishop Gutierrez will continue to post weekly services on the diocesan website:

  • Weekly mailings of the liturgy, readings and sermon will continue to be sent to homebound parishioners without computer access. Should you wish to be added or removed from this list, please contact the church office: 215-699-9204.

I am so looking forward to welcoming many more of you back to church, but if you choose not to return until more time has passed, please be assured that your decision is understood and respected.


Each week, the text of the Sunday sermon is posted to the website. Feel free to print it out if you find that helpful. And perhaps you might also print a copy and send to someone who doesn't have computer access. This would be greatly appreciated and provide a way for these parishioners to also stay connected.


Bishop Gutierrez continues to broadcast Sunday morning Eucharist services. Each week, the Bishop or another cleric from around the diocese will preach the sermon. You can watch at 9 a.m. on YouTube and Facebook (@Episcopal PA) and any time afterward on the Diocesan website.


Thank you to all of you who have dropped off or sent in your pledge over the past several weeks! Your faithfulness has allowed us to stay current with payroll and bill payment. Please remember to submit this month's pledge. Thank you!

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