Weekly eNewsletter from
July 10, 2020
The Reopening Committee has asked our buddy group captains to call all parishioners this week to ask two questions:
1. Have you been able to participate in our virtual worship offerings?
2. Do you plan to attend in person worship when it restarts in the churchyard on July 19th?
The committee is doing this because we want to try to get a handle on how who's coming so that we can adjust our planning accordingly, so please expect a call this week.
For more information on what our Phase One worship will look like, please be sure to review carefully our reopening letter, which was published earlier this month.
SUNDAY SCHOOL PLAY
This Sunday, July 12th
The Sunday School children and
Mtr. Leigh present:
ST. NICK'S COMMITTEE MEETINGS
Finance Committee - July 14th at 7:30pm
Reopening Committee - July 14th at 6:15pm
Vestry - July 22nd at 7:30pm
WHERE IS OL' FLAT NICK?
This week he decided to paddle Black Creek!
HOW DOES IT WORK? Just take Ol' Flat Nick with you and take a picture with him, practicing social distancing of course :) at the beach, at the campground, in him the mountains, wherever! Then, send us your photo so we can post it in our newsletter and keep up with you. Or upload to your own social media platforms with the hashtag #olflatnick. We can't wait to see where our patron lands this summer!
Ol' Flat Nick's can be printed HERE or can be found in the narthex of the church.
2020 SUMMER READ-A-THON
Thank you for signing up to participate in the
2020 Friends of Darbonne Read-A-Thon!
For those of you who signed up to be Sponsors, you will be contacted separately to assign you to a Youth Reader. And the families of Youth Readers will be copied so they know who is sponsoring them!
We are still waiting (and hoping!) for more Youth Readers to sign up.
We’ve had to change things up a bit this year and thought we would join in the fashion of having a yard sign to help communicate our interests and support. We have had small yard signs (12” x18”) made for those who are reading and/or are sponsors (image above). Please reach out to Joan Freeman at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like a yard sign (they have a small wire frame that can be inserted into the ground… or the sign can be used to hang in a window if you would like) and in keeping with how we are living in 2020, I’ll deliver the sign to you.
- What to be a reader or sponsor? sign up as a reader and/or a sponsor using this link: https://forms.gle/WCo5PPtC7aHuNGLU6
Questions? Mother Leigh or Mother Mag can help or Joan Freeman 845-897-2404 email@example.com OR Marcy Wagman 845-298-0634 firstname.lastname@example.org.
BEWARE: Email Scam
Email scammers are preying on our parishioners. In two different cycles now, someone has created an authentic looking email address in Gmail, and then reached out to parishioners claiming to be Mtr. Leigh. Once you respond to the initial email asking you to get in touch, the scammer attempts to engage you in a gift card scam. Please be advised that the only two email addresses in use in the parish are: leighellenhall at gmail and stnicholasnewhamburg at gmail. Mtr. Leigh will never solicit money or donations from you through email. If you have any questions about any email or request, please contact Mtr Leigh at once. Please also forward any suspicious emails to the email provider -- "Report Phishing." We are sorry this has become such a problem, but we've heard from many other clergy that this is a real issue in churches these days, that has only been exacerbated by the pandemic.
LATEST FROM THE BISHOP:
CLICK HERE for the latest correspondence from the diocese.
A NOTE TO PARENTS: Vacation Bible School 2020 has been canceled.
" IN CASE YOU MISSED IT "
Weren't able to catch a service? Don't fret, we have got the link to them right HERE.
FOR OUR ZOOM ROTA Mtr. Leigh needs folks to volunteer for Sunday service roles. If you are interested in participating check out the different roles and signup HERE.
Here's what you need to know...
Organ prelude, worship, coffee hour, and children's Sunday School will all be contained in one Zoom call. The Zoom link to join will be found in your inbox prior to the time on Sunday morning. Begin joining as early as 9:15am.
-During worship, your audio will be automatically muted by me, the host. You can un-mute yourself to speak, but if your background noise becomes disruptive, I will mute your audio.
-We will pray together virtually but live. One person will be designated to say the responses during the prayers
-A shared slideshow will allow you to fully participate in the service at home
-We have taken all appropriate and recommended steps to make Zoom more secure
-When the service ends, we will have Zoom coffee hour at 10am, followed by children's Sunday School at 10:30am.
Thank you for joining us in virtual worship!
Office Hours with Mtr. Leigh
Wednesdays and Thursdays
Each Wednesday from 10am to 12pm and now Thursdays from 1pm to 4pm, Mtr. Leigh holds Zoom office hours. New this week, office hours are scheduled, meaning that you'll need to make an appointment for a 15, 30, or 60 minute meeting. To make an appointment, please use Mtr. Leigh's new scheduling app: https://calendly.com/leighhall
Once you've scheduled your appointment, you'll receive the Zoom meeting information in a separate email.
CONTINUE YOUR PLEDGE OR DONATE ONLINE
DURING THE CORONA VIRUS CRISIS
We are grateful for each and every dollar we receive here at St. Nick's, and each one of those dollars goes to good use. We keep a lean budget, and our finance committee carefully monitors every line.
While we are not meeting in person for worship on Sunday mornings, we expect that plate donations will drop. And with so much economic uncertainty, we know that home budgets might change. In order to facilitate continued giving, we have reactivated our church PayPal account. Using the button below, you can make your pledge or donation online.
Additionally, you can also set up auto-draft from your own bank account using your online banking. This will cause a paper check to be sent to our mailbox at 37 Point St., which we are checking each day. The Vestry are doing the normal count, and our parish administrator, Dana, continues to record pledges in our system.
ZOOM! HAPPY HOUR Join your St. Nick's community weekly for Happy Hour via Zoom conference call. Grab your favorite beverage -- coffee, tea, beer, wine, seltzer, whatever -- and hang out with us for an hour. There is no agenda! Zoom Happy Hours are on Thursdays, 4:45pm to 5:45pm and will continue throughout the coronavirus crisis. The links for Zoom Happy Hour will be sent in a later email on the corresponding day so keep a look out for them in your inbox. Hope to see you there!
Art by Sophia Gauzza
UPDATE: Storytime with Mtr. Leigh
Storytime is taking a break for the month of July (and possibly longer) as we prepare to re-open the church for worship. Please be sure to sign up for our summer Read-a-Thon which supports the Holy Spirit School in Darbonne, Haiti. Keep reading!
BUDDY GROUPS Our parish has been broken up into nine groups of six or seven households and assigned parishioners to be captains of those groups. The captains are a mix of vestry and other lay leaders in the parish. They will be in touch with you to check in and to make sure all is well with you. They will also help me to know what your needs are, be they pastoral or logistical. While you should feel free to call any member of the parish now, Buddy Groups will ensure that no one slips through the cracks, and that our elders, in particular, are getting the care they need right now.
For Buddy Groups and captain contact information
please click: HERE
CORONATIDE CONTACT SHEET Dana, our parish administrator, has created a temporary Coronatide contact sheet with the most updated contact information we have for all of you. If you would like a digital copy of the Temporary Coronatide Contact Sheet, please email the church office. A more complete parish directory, with photos and expanded information, will be available in September.
AA GROUP MEETINGS St. Nick's does have regular AA meetings but due to the Corona Virus restrictions they are currently on hold until further notice.
INTRA OFFICE DEADLINES Want to put an announcement in the weekly e-news? The deadline for submission is: Thursdays @12pm
PASTORAL MINISTRY If you have concern for yourself, a family member or friend, please contact Mtr. Leigh Hall, at 845-432-HOLY, or email email@example.com. The Rector observes Friday as her Sabbath. Please emergency calls/texts/emails on Fridays.
AGING NEWS: SENIOR RESOURCES Click on this link for the recent enews from Dutchess County Department For The Aging:
PRAYER REQUESTS You can choose to submit a general request for the public parish prayer list or a confidential request for her only. You can submit requests using this online form.
In Our Prayers
For those for whom prayers have been asked:
Jean + Lori + Aunt Totsie + Stu + Paul + Cathy + Friends + Michael + Jake + Ashley + Teresa + Norma + Dale + Cara, Bob & Charlotte + Alex & Alison + The Howes Family + Rick + Bea + Jenn & Becky + Kim + Ashley + Tony + Christopher + Kristina & Pete + Ray John + Henry & Sue + Peggy & Tom + Kelly + Violet + Will + Those who have COVID-19 & those who have passed from COVID-19 + Steve + Bob + Donna + Danny + Charman + Chris + Henry & Family + Al + Lorraine + Helen + Eliot + Barbara + Sean + Mike + Scott
- For compassion and empathy to others
- For the birth of Gabriella
For the departed:
Felice Mauro + Richard + Lori Williams Minchew
+ Laurel Alksnis + Drew Hoffman + Tony Cipriano + Anthony Dass + Mike Tomkovitch + Susan Guerriero + Louie Nardella +