Wednesday, June 22, 2016

Misison Possible IV

It is time for the next summer Mission Possible brought to you by our Outreach Team! This year we are taking on the ELCA challenge to engage in learning about best practices with water conservation, keeping local water sources clean and engaging the the international crisis of limited access to clean water in so many communities. The Outreach Team has prepared several mission opportunities including: 

Community Garden: The community garden is already planted and ready to go! We are inviting the congregation to engage in watering the garden and weeding...all the supplies are there already all you you need to do is show up! More information can be found on the sign-up sheet. 
Produce from the garden will be taken to local food pantries in the area. 
Water is central to the cultivation of food crops. We are fortunate to have ready access to water for our gardens while we are reminded of so many who must walk miles for access to water. 

Water Pledge Wednesday: Are you up for the challenge? Take a water bottle from the Narthex and start collecting. We are asking folks to only drink tap/filtered water on Wednesdays. The money you would normally spend on other beverages such as coffee, soda, juice, beer etc. would then be put in the water bottle. All proceeds will go towards ELCA World Hunger. Give it a try....only water on Wednesday!

Chemung River Clean-Up:  On Sunday, June 26th we will be cleaning up the Chemung River between the Walnut St. bridge and the Main. St. Bridge.  Following worship we will eat some lunch and then head on our way. Folks from the community will lead us on this clean-up and we will have an opportunity to lean about the importance of the river to the life of Elmira and the greater ecosystem. Please wear your God's Work, Our Hands t-shirts if you have them and some good shoes for mucking around! 
Time to clean!

Walk for Water: On July 31st Jim Pfeiffer will lead those willing to walk on a informative tour of the Chemung River. Those who walk will be asked to gather pledges for the walk. Walkers are encouraged to gather pledges from all over the community! This is a chance to share with others what the church is doing and why we feel the call to serve others in this world. What a wonderful opportunity to reach out! Don't forget to wear you God's Work, Our Hands t-shirts on the day of the walk

Mission Possible Prayer Pledge (MP3): This is a mission that we do each year. It is a simple, but mighty opportunity to be in conversation with God. We invite you to take 5min. each day to pray for those involved in Mission Possible including those from the congregation, those in the community and those around the world. we invite you to pray for access to clean water and that the thirsty may be satisfied. Pray in whatever way is most helpful for you. Suggestions will be offered along the way. Thank you for your prayers! 

More information is coming.....look for it soon! Our kick-off is June 26th, 10am. See you there!

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Mid-Week Soup, Supper and Study

This year we gather each Wednesday from 5:30pm-7:00pm to enjoy soup, bread and discussion around the ELCA's focus of 40 Days of Giving centered on World Hunger. Each week we will explore a new aspect of World Hunger, its connection to Scripture and our Spiritual Life as called disciples of Christ. We hope this Lenten study, devotion and meal will nourish mind, body and soul. 
Want to know more about the 40 Days of Giving? Check out: 40 Days
There is a daily devotion you can sign-up for as well: Devotion Sign-Up

Tuesday, February 9, 2016

Ecumenical Ash Wednesday Service

This year the Community-wide, Ecumenical Ash Wednesday service will be held at Trinity Episcopal Church located at 304 North Main St. in Elmira, NY. For directions to the church please see their website at

The service will include the Imposition of Ashes and Holy Communion. A combined choir will offer special music for the service. Clergy from local Baptist, UCC, Presbyterian, Lutheran, Episcopal and Methodist congregations will lead the liturgy alongside lay leaders from participating congregations. Father Bill Lutz will off the sermon. He is the rector of Trinity Episcopal Church. 

Service will begin at 7:00pm on Wednesday, February 10th
Trinity Episcopal Church  - 304 North Main St.

Not sure what Ash Wednesday is all about? Here is one person's reflection on the Holy Day: Telling the Truth and here is another perspective: What is Ash Wednesday?

No matter what your church affiliation or if you have never been to church, you are welcome at service of remembering who we are and whose we are.  


Tuesday, January 5, 2016

AARP Tax Service Open to Schedule Appointments

Happy New Year! Bethany is hosting the local AARP Tax Aide program. Currently the group is accepting calls to set-up appointments. Please call 607-542-9303 anytime Monday-Friday from noon to 5:00pm. Check out the website for more information!  AARP Tax Aide Information

This is FREE tax preparation service for all ages.