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Holy Week – already. It seems like it was just yesterday that we gathered for Ashes on our foreheads and gathering at Christ’s Table.

But at that time, we were just beginning to hear the words Covid-19 and Corona Virus. Little did we know what was ahead of us at that time. Little did we know of the Global reach of the virus, the ease at which it is transmitted, and the horrifying effect it would have on our world. The words Global Pandemic were not words I was expecting to know in my lifetime, and yet here we are.

Here we are, protecting ourselves and thereby protecting others. That is what Stay at Home is all about – protecting others. Showing that we love the world enough NOT to go out. Not to socialize face to face, not to attend sporting events, not to attend social events. Everything is different.

And, as I mentioned yesterday, we follow the One who proposed a different path, a different way of being community, a different love. This is the week when we hear Jesus tell the disciples – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another as I have loved you. Jesus also said greater love has no one than this, than to lay down one’s life for a friend. He then reminded those gathered that he was their friend.

Such love. How broad, how deep, how high. In the midst of the different, I will still be upholding my Holy Week devotion, by listening to both the Durufle and Faure Requiems. I sang these in the church choir when I was in college, and they move me greatly. These are the links:

Durufle – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XRzPi0CA1rg
Faure – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TtJeTMRzn8A

And this year, for something a little different, on Saturday night I am going to watch the Easter Bunny from the Vicar of Dibley. Hilarious, and uplifting, all at the same time!

Vicar - https://www.dailymotion.com/video/x5w3f1b

I will see you at various times and places this week.. .

May you find joy, in unexpected places. May you walk the different paths with hope and love. May you know Christ in all you meet, and may they know Christ in you.

Peace, peace, peace –

Pastor Janice

 

Announcements

  • From Your Session:
    State and federal social distancing rules are still in place, so for the foreseeable future we will not be able to worship or meet in our buildings. This will include Holy Week and Easter. Pastor Janice is working on several online services, including at-home Communion. Please watch your mail and email for more information, as well as our Facebook page Hamilton Union Presbyterian Church - HUPC.

    Please also pray for those most affected by the COVID 19 virus, especially our health care workers, first responders, those who have lost their jobs, and those feeling isolated.

  • Many HUPC events are now online via Zoom. IF YOU DO NOT FEEL COMFORTABLE ON ZOOM, please call or text Pastor Janice OR send an email to revjcw@gmail.com and she will set up a personal chat with you so that you feel more comfortable.  There are standard instructions for Zoom and some that change for each event/meeting.  Standard instructions can be found at the end of Upcoming Events; those that change will be noted with the event.

  • The April Good News monthly newsletter is now available. If you normally pick up a hardcopy at church or who would like to receive a hardcopy via mail, you may request one by calling the Church office phone number (518-456-5410 ext. 10) and leaving a message. Please see the HUPC phone messaging instructions at the end of the newsletter.

  • Revised Church Directories are now available electronically (as a .pdf file you can print at home) or hardcopy. We encourage you to request a .pdf via email and print it yourself since Ann D. is presently working from home. To request either a .pdf or hardcopy, please call the Church office.  Please see the HUPC phone messaging instructions at the end of the newsletter.

  • Gade Farm is now open and has lots of Easter flowers. If you would like to purchase and donate a plant to seniors at The Grand in Guilderland Center and/or Avila Retirement Community (both The Lodge and The Grand Lodge), Gade Farm will deliver them, wrapped in colorful foil and with a handwritten note from you.  These seniors are unable to have visitors and many of their activities have been canceled due to social distancing.  For more information and to choose an Easter plant, go to http://www.gadefarm.com/.

  • The Guilderland Food Pantry is in need of food, household products, and especially financial donations. Needs have greatly increased due to job losses and school closings resulting from the Coronavirus pandemic. Financial donations can be made online at guilderlandfoodpantry.com, or mailed to Guilderland Food Pantry, 4 Charles Park, Guilderland, NY 12084.  Donations of food can be brought to the Pantry at Christ's Church, 4 Charles Park, Guilderland, which is located on Route 155.  Hours for donations are Monday through Saturday, 9:30 to 11:00 AM.  Donors are asked to call ahead to 518-930-1001 and leave items outside at the entrance door.

  • Volunteers are needed at 10:00 AM on April 9th to deliver food for Easter dinners to clients.  This does not involve close contact with others. If you can help, please email Sue Hennessey, Director, at henn1219@hotmail.com or call the Pantry at the above-mentioned number.  Your assistance in helping our food-insecure neighbors is greatly appreciated.

    For more information, contact Cindy Schultz, HUPC liaison to the Guilderland Food Pantry, cschult3@nycap.rr.com.

If you have submissions for Upcoming Events, please email them to Ann Duncan, who is working from home at aduncan002@nycap.rr.com .  Please provide the date and time, title, brief description of the subject, contact person (with phone and email), and Zoom information if applicable:  link and meeting ID.


FOR MORE INFORMATION, SEE THE "GOOD NEWS" OR CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE AT 518-456-5410.