Welcome to Caroline Church Online!
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



 

Friday, May 29, 2020

CAROLINE CHURCH AT HOME - Month 3

Dear Parishioners:

As surreal as it may seem, we now enter month three of our home confinement due to the Coronavirus Pandemic. No one would have thought this invisible disease would cripple the usual functioning of our world. It has and continues to bring down even the mightiest of nations.

Fortunately, we see some positive signs that the spread of the virus has slowed. This, of course, is due to the shelter in place requirements that most states and nations have required, as well as the strict adherence to the CDC guidelines of maintaining a 6 feet physical distance from others, diligent hand-washing, and the wearing of masks everywhere outside of your hom

As some states, re-open their businesses and economies, Long Island still has a couple of weeks to go in earnest. This is understandable since we were at the national epicenter of the outbreak. The Episcopal Diocese of Long Island has taken a very conservative approach when considering the regathering of our congregations for sacred worship.

The new target date for a phased-in Sunday worship is July 1.

A joint Episcopal task force, made up of Bishops, priests, and laity, throughout the four counties are developing a plan for the re-opening of our church buildings. When completed sometime in June, we will have a better handle as to what we will be able to do. Indeed, at the outset, we will not be going back to the way things were until a safe and effective vaccine is developed and widely distributed.

In the meantime, we will continue our outreach with one another through the means we have been doing over these past two months. We will continue to offer two weekly on-line worship experiences each week: a Thursday Healing service and Sunday morning worship experience broadcast from Caroline Church. A weekly Wednesday Bible Study in the afternoon will continue to be offered on Zoom for all who desire to take part.

Dial-The-Word, our Prayer and Scripture of the Day accessed through our church telephone number (631-941-4245), every day will continue to be offered. Also, our Gospel of the week chat room discussion called Caroline Conversation is open to all those who would like to “wrestle with Holy Scripture.” You can sign-up to take part by contacting me at carolinerector@gmail.com.

We have expanded our parishioner e-blast roster, but if you are not receiving them regularly, please call the parish office. These frequent e-mail blasts contain worship links, bulletins, and lectionary readings, as well as occasional updates and biblical and theological reflections.

Our Church School Director, Virginia Cash, continues to send out to all Church School parents lesson plans, bible stories, and children bulletins for parents to spend some Sabbath time teaching their children at home about their faith. Our Church School teachers are also meeting with their classes on-line with Zoom to do some faith teaching and bible story lessons. I know the children and parents appreciate their efforts in continuing their faith development during these most challenging times.

The Church Office remains open during the week, and I am always available. If you have a need that Catherine, our Parish Administrator, can help you with, please contact her at the church office number.

I have been very gratified to learn from Nancy, our Financial Clerk, that many of you have been able to keep up with your yearly financial pledges to support the mission and ministry we continue to do. In fact, there have been several of you who have given very generously to help alleviate the needs within our community. That generosity is a hallmark of what a faith community is called to be.

Food distribution is an acute need throughout Long Island. Caroline Church continues to help in that area, by soliciting your donations for canned and glass-enclosed food to be placed in bins outside at the back north-side of the MCS building. When full, members of our Outreach team take it to St. Cuthbert’s Episcopal Church in Selden for their food pantry. The need is acute.

Although we are not yet gathering together for worship on the weekends, you can continue to support our parish through your weekly donations in several ways: You can mail them to the office, make a bank transfer, or use our secure VANCO "Online Giving" option on our website, here on the home page (right upper corner). Whichever way you choose, your contributions are vital to our ministry. !

Every day, keep this Holy Scripture verse from the New Testament close to your hearts:
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

Let Us Pray:

God of quiet moments and holy rest, we lay our fear and anxiety at your feet. Help us to find comfort in your peace, and rest in these strange and challenging times. Help us to feel your presence here with us. May we hold on to our sense of community in the chaos so that we might foster relationships built on trust and not fear, even from afar. Extend grace and blessings to us, our neighbors, and especially to the most vulnerable among us. In the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, we pray. Amen!

Pentecost Blessings to you,
Cn. Richard+

 

COFFEE HOUR AT CAROLINE CHURCH
(suspended until July 1, 2020 due to Covid-19)

On the Sunday of May 31st, 2020, we will start a "virtual coffee hour", at 10 am EST.

A ZOOM link will be provided in the email you will receive on Sunday with the vimeo link to the service.

To join the premier of this virtual event and the others that will follow, simply follow the instructions in Sunday's e-blast from Cn. Richard, or call the church office for details.

 

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 SUNDAY SERVICES
(suspended until July 1, 2020 due to Covid-19)

Parishioners can instead attend online virtual services during this time.
Follow Cn. Richard email notifications regarding the schedule of online virtual services, or call church office for details.
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May 24th, 2020

Good morning on this Memorial Day Weekend!

I'm sure you will join me in praying for the memories of all those who have served our country so that we can enjoy our many freedoms.

The past several days have certainly presented additional challenges for all of us as we inch towards a return to some sense of normalcy.

We share a common desire to once again worship publicly within the walls of our beloved Caroline Church, but despite the fact that Governor Cuomo has said that we are permitted to hold services for less than 10 people, please know that in keeping with Bp. Provenzano's previously announced time line, this will not take place within the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island until at least the beginning of July.

Please know that this is done, as they say, "out of an abundance of caution" and a need to ensure the safety and well being of all those involved in our public worship services.

We will continue to update you with additional information via email and the parish website as it becomes available.

For the 7th Sunday in Easter Online Service, please click on this link:
7th Sunday in Easter Online Service, 10am EST, May 24th, 2020

For this week's worship service aids, please click here:
Seventh Sunday in Easter Bulletin, May 24th, 2020

Continued blessings for good health and an enjoyable holiday weekend,
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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