About the Heat: This Sunday, July 24 -- Change in Worship Location

posted Jul 22, 2022, 7:36 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,


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


I hope you are all staying cool during this terrible heat wave in New Jersey. If you, or someone you know is struggling without air conditioning, Middletown Township has cooling stations for residents in need at the Middletown Township Public Library (55 New Monmouth Road) and the Senior Center (900 Leonardville Road) beginning Wednesday, July 20th at noon through Friday, July 22nd. The library is open from 9:00 AM to 9:00 PM on Wednesday and Thursday, and from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM on Friday. The Senior Center is open from 8:30 AM to 4:30 PM. 


Yes, it's been hot and it's going to continue to be very hot for the rest of the weekend through Monday and that means the church is uncomfortably warm. Sunday is predicted to be the worst day at 97 degrees with the heat index in triple digits. That said, I checked in with Vice President Dolores Hofmann and the Consistory and we’ve decided to move worship up to the Education Building this Sunday for the health and safety of all. Unfortunately, we are unable to connect our Mevo camera with the WiFi in the building, so worship will not be on Facebook live. We will record worship and I will send out the link on Monday.


In addition, because of the extreme heat, I am rescheduling the Coventry House Summer Nights Gathering that was to be held tonight to July 29 when hopefully the weather will be a bit more agreeable.


So, come to church in the air-conditioned Education Building in the big room closest to Coventry House this Seventh Sunday after Pentecost to learn about God’s generosity through our insistent, persistent prayer. Tom Martucci will be leading us in song as we worship our God with music. I will be preaching from Luke 11.1-13 — Jesus teaching the disciples to pray — and my sermon title is Got Prayer? 


See you Sunday. Please stay safe in this awful weather, beloved ones of God. Heat stroke can happen in a minute and is a medical emergency.


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


Pastor Trish

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