Restoration, Renewal, and Rejoicing

posted Sep 18, 2020, 9:11 AM by Tricia Sheffield
Dear Middletown Reformed Church Family and Friends,

Grace and peace to you!

This missive will be more informational than inspirational as I want to share some exciting news about building projects and our upcoming worship schedule.

First, starting on Monday, the painting of the sanctuary will begin! Carl Lindmark, our contractor, has already begun to unload ladders and scaffolding outside of the church. A few volunteers have been preparing for his arrival by taking our memorial plaques off the walls, moving furniture, and cleaning out spaces. We still need a few volunteers to help remove pew cushions and move items in the balcony out of the way of the painters, so if you are willing to volunteer over the weekend, please let me know. I would be grateful! Also, sometime next week the railings for the church steps will be installed. There’s going to be a lot of activity up here at the Fabulous Church of Love, and I am thankful for your generous donations that have made these renovation dreams a reality.

Second, allow me to tell you about the worship we have planned in the upcoming weeks. On September 27 we will gather in the Meditation Garden at 10:30 AM for in person worship. On this Sunday, we will welcome into the family of God through baptism Arya Irene Bussey. And then on October 4, we will worship again in the Meditation Garden at 10:30 AM and baptize into God’s church Cybil Sadie Poyner. Also on the 4th, we will have the Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper on the Great Lawn of the church. Lastly, on October 11 we will gather in person once more at 10:30 AM on the Great Lawn for our annual Blessing of the Animals. Please bring your furry and feathery beloved companions to worship and for a blessing. If you are unable to be present in person, know that all services will also be broadcast via Zoom.

But before these upcoming worship services, I look forward to welcoming you to Zoom church this Sunday, September 20 when we will gather online at 10:15 AM to chat with one another, and then worship together at 10:30 AM. I will be preaching from Matthew 19.27-20.16 and my sermon title is Do ut des. If you would like the Zoom link for worship, please email In addition, for those church members who are local, if you have not already responded to the Church Reopening Committee’s question sent to you via email, please do so by Saturday.

I am rejoicing not only for the renovation and restoration projects that are taking place, but also that we will be with each other in person to witness the joyful celebration of welcoming two little ones into the beloved family of God, pray, read Scripture, hear music, and listen for the word of God. In this time of coronatide, such things encourage me and give me hope, and I pray they do the same for you.

In gratitude for the privilege of being your pastor and the holy call of loving you. -- Pastor Trish