A Beehive of Ministry

posted Oct 21, 2022, 9:59 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,

Grace and peace to you in this season of Ordinary Time!

The church campus this Friday morning was a beehive of ministry! In partnership with the Middletown Arts Center the floors in the Education Building are being stripped and waxed; our lawn service did the final mowing of the season; Lowe’s delivered the new dryer for Coventry House since the old one broke on Monday, and Bob Hofmann is installing it now as I type (he and Dolores generously donated so that we could have a new dryer); and Charlie Allocco dropped off 3 plants and a bunch of mulch for the repurposing of the garden in front of the Education Building tomorrow morning at 10, led by the Buildings and Grounds Committee. In keeping with the spirit of generosity that seems to be the theme this morning, Charlie kindly donated the plants and mulch to the church. 

Not so visible beehive ministry that the church participated in this week: we partnered with the Calico Cat Thrift Shop so that a woman could get work clothes and a gift card, and we are currently in motion to help another person who is struggling to pay her utility bills.

My goodness, beloved ones of MRC, look at what God is doing through God’s church! And because you give your time, talents, and treasures, we are able to be a beacon of light, love, hope, and care in our community and beyond. This morning was a reflection of the power of the Holy Spirit at work within us and I couldn’t help but recall a certain part of the liturgy for the Ordination and Installation of Elders and Deacons as I witnessed all the activity: By the Holy Spirit all who believe and are baptized receive a ministry to witness to Jesus as Savior and Lord, and to love and serve those with whom they live and work. We are ambassadors for Christ, who reconciles and makes whole. We are the salt of the earth; we are the light of the world.

Come to church this Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost in person or on Facebook Live. The New Jericho Choir will bring us a word through song “Holy Ground” and “Hosanna.” Sarah Hanvey and Dan Pannebaker are singing “Waterlife” for the Anthem, accompanied by Brian Kolins on drums. I am preaching from Luke 18.9-14 and my sermon title is Saved!

I’ll see you on Sunday!

In gratitude for the privilege of being your pastor and the holy call of loving you,

Pastor Trish