posted Oct 14, 2021, 11:23 AM by Tricia Sheffield

Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,

Blessings of Pentecost joy be with you!

As Jamie and I eagerly anticipate our wedding this Saturday, we want to thank you for your support, kindness, and generosity, especially throughout the last few weeks. To those who are preparing delicious food for the reception, to the ones who are decorating the hall, and to those who have checked in with encouraging words, we are humbled and grateful to serve such a fabulous church of love together. Truly, we are excited to travel to Vermont next week, taking in the beauty of the fall colors and having a time to rest and rejuvenate, and to bear witness to God’s glorious creation. I look forward to being back with you in worship on October 24. 

But until then, come to worship this Sunday with your church family at 10:30 AM in person or on FaceBook live. Mike Steib is our guest preacher and he will be preaching from Psalm 104.1-9, 24, 35c and the Book of Revelation 22.1-7. His sermon title is Ecology? As you are aware, we have resumed congregational singing and since the highly contagious Delta variant of COVID-19 is present in our state everyone must wear a mask for worship and indoor church events. Thank you for your cooperation in loving yourself, your neighbor, and keeping everyone safe and healthy.

In closing, I want to leave you with a song I had the joy to hear at the installation of Rev. Gene Ryan last Sunday. It’s called “I Am Not My Own” based on the Heidelberg Catechism, Question and Answer #1. I have been singing it all week as it was so powerful, and reminded me that indeed, I am not my own, but belong body and soul, in life and in death to my faithful Savior Jesus Christ. It has filled me with a spirit of gratitude and I pray it will bless and inspire you for the coming week ahead, and reassure you that you truly belong — no matter what.

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

Pastor Trish