Congregation of the Messiah

A Lively Church for Lively People












June 12, 2020


Dear Friends,

It seems that the pandemic in New York has subsided and our membership has been protected by the Lord. We have had no loss of life by the grace of God.


WOODLOT CHRISTIAN PRESCHOOL

Woodlot Christian Preschool will reopen on Monday June 29, 2020 in a limited capacity. Over the past three months our teachers have kept in contact with the student by providing fun and encouraging lessons on Zoom. The parents have been grateful for the bi-weekly sessions.


THE FAMILY

We have grown closer as a family more than ever before from our time in quarantine. The Flores boys have become a real brotherhood and it is quite enjoyable to see interact with each others. Among the brothers, there is love, witty humor, academic support, games, a little wrestling and encouraging of one another; a real sight to see. All of them have drawn closer to the Lord even if it is just little steps. Jonathan plays for the church regularly and has started to sing with Yvonne; Christopher, once he discovered three of his co-workers were sick, turned to the Lord in prayer; and Joshua is more comfortable in leading his brothers in prayer. He is excited about going to Messiah College. Something seems to be happening in the Lord.


THE CHURCH

The parishioners of the Congregation of the Messiah have done well through the pandemic. Dawn Galente has fully recovered.  Others who have been infected with the virus have antibodies now. The few who did get the virus didn't even know they were sick.


We continue to be very cautious at church with social distance, and providing masks and gloves. This is so the elderly and all are concerned with the virus may come and have a degree of assurance of safety.


THE COUNTY

Westchester County has over 35,000 who tested positive for Covid-19. This week 951 active cases down from 1,200 last week.  On Saturday, June 6, 2020, no life was lost to the virus. Praise you Jesus.  


How are we to live through this pandemic? We are to make the necessary adjustments to live with the virus. The elderly must continue to be careful and try at best to either stay at home or if you must go out avoid crowds, wear mask, and wash hands.  When going out, choose open air areas like parks and large stores and go during hours when less people congregate. 


What is God saying to us right now? Continue to draw close to the Lord.  Remember your life is secured in Christ. As the Apostle Paul assures us, “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Phil. 4:6-7).


In Service to Christ,

Bishop David Flores, Pastor