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Caroline Church is a US landmark and historical place church founded in 1723.


The Reverend Canon Richard D. Visconti, D. Min., Rector

Mark LaSorsa, Sr. Vestry Warden         |          Barbara Russell, Jr. Vestry Warden



 

September 1, 2020

A Message from the Rector:

We have completed our second month of reinstituting our in-person worship at Caroline Church. As we re-gather, more of you have felt comfortable attending our Evening and Morning Prayer services in our historic sanctuary. It is clear how serene and spiritually fulfilling it is back together in the house of Our Lord.

We continue to maintain high standards of sanitization after every worship service. Although we are spread out, masked, and have sanitized our hands upon entering the church, it has been a truly joyful experience not only worshipping together but chatting with each other after the service, catching up on what has been going on in our lives and our loved ones. The emotional and spiritual fulfillment in coming together cannot be duplicated on-line.

As we begin the fall season, our worship service times will remain approximately 30 minutes in length; there is no coffee hour. Although singing is not encouraged at this time, organ music will continue to be played during the Sunday 10am service. All visitors are asked to register their name and contact information in our guest book to facilitate contact-tracing if needed.

Attendance is usually light at the Saturday evening and Sunday 8:00 a.m. worship services, with plenty of space for parishioners to sit. The 10 a.m. Sunday service is well attended but has enough room for all to worship comfortably. Couples and families can be together as they always had been. Everyone has been very respectful of each other, observing the latest CDC guidelines.

Of course, those who are ill, or who cannot attend church because of age or pre-existing conditions will continue to have the opportunity to view and pray on-line each Sunday morning, beginning at around 9:00 a.m. through the Vimeo link e-blast sent out to everyone on Sunday morning. The necessary worship aids will be included as well.

Beginning September 20th , we will once again offer a Church School program for our children and teenagers, as well as celebrating Children’s Chapel and Christian Education in the MCS building at 9:30 a.m. Classes will be small, with face masks and sanitizers available for all. We anticipate the environment will be conducive to learning for our elementary and middle school-aged children.

We have made excellent progress in putting down the Coronavirus as residents of New York State, and we are now slowly re-gathering as a parish family. With Our Lord’s help and guidance, we will continue our progress forward in advancing the Kingdom of God as a parish family.

Cn. Richard+

 

WORSHIP AT CAROLINE CHURCH

May the Holy Spirit fill your hearts to praise the Lord for all the blessings of his grace.

God has an incredible journey waiting for each of us.

Whether you are taking that first step or you are more mature in your faith, there is a place for you at Caroline Church.

We hope you will join us!

 

2020 STEWARDSHIP PLEDGE CARD

Live Each Day as a Steward - Love Thy Neighbor as Thyself

The 2020 Estimate Giving Pledge Card is now online.

Click on the thumbnail Pledge Card image below to go to the electronic interactive Pledge Card for the year 2020.

After opening the interactive Pledge Card, fill it out thoroughly and then click the "Submit My Pledge to the Church" button at the bottom of the interactive Pledge Card.

Note:
Print a copy of the Pledge Card once it is completed, as a reminder of your Pledge. The Pledge Card is your estimate of giving for the year 2020. It is not the transfer of funds.

 

CAROLINE CHURCH IN-PERSON SERVICES SCHEDULE

Saturday 5pm – Evening Prayer

Sunday 8am– Morning Prayer
Sunday 9:30am- Morning Prayer with music

Thursday 12pm – Healing Holy Eucharist Service

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ONLINE SERVICES

Sunday, September 20th, 2020

Good morning my dear friends,

On this bright, sunny and chilly Fall-like morning, I find myself marveling at the message in today's Gospel. Jesus liked to use parables to get his point across to his followers and some of those parables probably felt more like riddles.

At first blush, this Gospel could be considered more of a riddle, especially when the sacred author speaks about God's ways being different from ours. Of course God's ways are different because after all, God is God! We are simply humans doing our best to live our lives in a manner that will be pleasing to God. But there is so much more to it than that.

In this parable, God is depicted as the landowner who has a vineyard that requires tending, and the workers who toil in the vineyard are all of us. Some work all day, while some work in that vineyard for a very short period of time, yet the landowner is equally generous to all. We may think to ourselves, well, that's not especially fair is it, to compensate everyone equally when not everyone has expended the same amount of effort? I think that's a very human response, and that, dear friends, is where our ways differ from God's, and we are challenged to become more like God in the way we look at things.

As we see in the conclusion of the parable, the landowner not only pays everyone equally, but he asks a very poignant question of those who question his generosity; am I not allowed to do as I please with my belongings? Or are you jealous because I am generous with what I have?

Food for thought for this week: can we accept the generosity and endless love of our God as He pours it out on all of us, or are we focused more on whether someone else is getting more than we are?

For today's online service, click here:
16th Sunday After Pentecost, September 20th, 2020

For this week's worship service aids, click here:
16th Sunday After Pentecost Bulletin, September 20th, 2020

Continued blessings,
Cn. Richard+

 

CALLING ALL KNITTERS AND CROCHETERS!!

We are always, and desperately, in need of prayer shawls.

You don't need to attend meetings, but if you enjoy knitting or crocheting, we would love to have you join our team!

Please contact Sue Seel for additional (and delivery) information: T: 631.312.4204

 

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