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Sunday Worship Service 7/11/21

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Let’s Meet Jon Paul
Rev. Jon Paul Sydnor, PhD is Professor of World Religions at Emmanuel College in Boston. He is a graduate of the University of Virginia, Princeton Seminary, and Boston College. Jon Paul happily includes what he learns from other faiths into his Christian practice. In addition to his academic work, Jon Paul serves as theologian-in-residence at Grace Community Boston where his wife, Rev. Abigail A. Henrich, is pastor. When not teaching or writing or unloading the dishwasher, he spends as much time as possible with his beloved family. JP is also obsessed with chess, soccer, and his Netflix queue.

Sunday Worship Service 6/20/21 – Good bye Pastor Cheryl

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Dear Church,

My goodness, what can I say?  It’s been nearly 13 years of worship and action and mission and learning and faith-building and caretaking.  So many new babies, born and baptized.  So many of our beloved friends and members memorialized and interred.  Together we’ve raised dozens of children, shared even more meals, carried each other through crises and showed up for one another to celebrate.
And then there was that time I danced joyfully around the organ wearing a long, blond wig…
We have assuredly made some great memories together.  We’ve etched this time into the long history of the Allin Church and nothing can erase it.
Tomorrow we will say good-bye, putting a period on this era, opening space for all that the next will hold.  Thank you – every single one of you! – for all that you’ve given to this church by your faith.  Thank you, for your patience and forgiveness when I’ve come up short on expectations.  Thank you, for your support when my family required a greater share of my energy and thank you for stepping up to fill in while I attended to them.  Thank you for trusting me with your deepest fears and concerns. Thank you for loving one another, for loving this church, for loving God.  Thank you for these past 12+ years of friendships, shared confidences, joys, and growths.
You will always be my first call to ministry which puts you in a very special place in my heart.  And I can’t imagine anyone else taking that place.
Tomorrow – Sunday – we will say good-bye.  Please let’s hug or bow (per your health needs).  Let’s thank one another and let’s cry and laugh together.  Let’s eat cake and tiny sandwiches and share silly and serious stories.  And when the crowds clear and it’s time to go home, may we remember that these memories will always be with us whether our paths cross some day in the future or not.  I can confidently say that you all have formed me to be the minister that I am today and I will always remember that.
I love you all and CANNOT WAIT to see you tomorrow!
Peace,
Cheryl

Second Sunday after Pentecost Worship 6/6/21

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Dear Church,

Welcome to JUNE!  Just weeks from the beginning of Summer, the end of the school year, and the time when New Englanders TAKE. A. BREAK.  

And this year, as COVID regulations are lifted and groups are allowed to gather; as masks slowly get pulled and hugs cautiously come back into fashion I’m sure you’re looking forward as much as I am.  

But also, for Allin Church, there is a space of unknown.  We are pregnant with questions about the future of the church:  who will lead us?  What will we become?  What will church look like?  What about our children?  Yes, we’re tired and burned out from survival but also we’re anxious about this “new thing” that is before us.  

How do we go forward?  Some of you are jumping into the anxiety with lists and plans and schedules.  Others are running away because all of life is unwritten at this point and new anxiety is certainly not welcome.  

What I know, however, is that no matter our running or our planning, it is not our efforts that will bring out this new thing.  It is not our fear, sleepless nights, or even waiting on a sign of greater stability.  

 Because, it is not OUR new thing that is happening right now but GOD’s new thing.  And NOTHING can separate us from the love of God through Christ Jesus.  Not a single thing.

So. In the weeks ahead, as we share in memories and recall all that we’ve done together; as we wonder about what will come next, let’s be sure we are following GOD’s lead and not that of our fear.  Let’s trust that God has never stopped loving us, never stopped having faith in the good work of this centuries old church, never stopped hoping for our faithful discipleship.  

In the weeks ahead, let’s celebrate!  Let’s love one another and LOVE this amazing church!  And, in doing so, we will be loving God.

***. Just a couple of notes:  I will not be here next Sunday, June 13th.  Please show up anyway.  Come to church or to Zoom and be the Body of Christ.  Sunday, June 20th is my final Sunday with you all and we have ALL THE THINGS planned.  So mark your calendars and, especially if I haven’t had the chance to say good-bye, please join us for worship and for the party I hear is happening afterwards!

All my love and see you Sunday!

Peace,

Cheryl

PS… attached is the Allin Church COVID safe re-opening guidelines!

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** WEDNESDAY VESPERS IS BACK!!
Behind the church at 5:30pm by our beautifully blooming garden.  Bring a chair, a mask, and yourself!  We will have readings, prayers, music and each other (Weather permitting).  See you then!
 
** CUPPA FAITH FORMATION – every Thursday @ 9:45am
Join us for casual conversation, reading the scripture for the coming Sunday, and a safe space to wonder about faith and  each of our individual relationships with God.