May 3, 2020
We miss you! We talked about you today!
We had a meeting of the Vestry today and an important part of the discussion was how to deal with the worldwide COVID crisis facing our parish here in New York. We all agreed that it was important to communicate with the people of St. Clement’s, and that’s the purpose of this letter. Here’s what’s going on:
- Sunday worship: John Fitzgerald continues to arrange for an online “virtual” meeting (in “real” time) of Clementines for a Morning Prayer service. Other parishes are doing virtual services via Facebook Live and Zoom. Those services offer a variety of experiences, including music and sermons, and if you’d like to explore, I’ll include a short list here:
- Our friends down the block at St. Luke’s Lutheran Church, offer Sunday service via Facebook Live. They use the sanctuary at St. Luke’s, and Pastor Strasser and his family are sheltering in place, and it’s quite a show! They’ve decorated the pews with pictures of their parishioners so the services are perfectly attended, and St. Luke’s has reached out to St. Clement’s specifically, offering to add your faces to the gathering, if you’d like that.
- Saint John’s in the Village (NYC), Father Graeme Napier, livestream at 11:00 a.m.
http://www.stjvny.org or ww.youtube.com/stjvny
- St. John’s Episcopal Church (Cornwall, NY), The Rev. Suzanne Toro, Rector
The service is at 10:00 a.m. (note: Suzanne was a Seminarian at St. Clement’s.) Please link via the website.
- The Church of the Good Shepherd (Granite Springs, NY), The Rev. Hal Roark, Rector
The service is at 10:00 a.m. Please go to the website for the link to Zoom.
(Note: Good Shepherd is doing live Zoom services that folks are welcome to join. To gain access, one needs to sign up for our newsletter, which tells you about all our online ministries and their respective Zoom codes and passwords. One can sign up on our website: http://www.goodshepherdny.org Also, we use Constant Contact to manage our email, so it's always easy to unsubscribe with the simple click of one button.)
- St. John’s Tuckahoe – find the service live on Facebook at 10:00 a.m.
The website is http://www.stjohnstuckahoe.com
- St. Augustine’s in Croton-on-Hudson is doing live Morning Prayer via Zoom on Sundays at 9:30 a.m.
note: (for 9:30 a.m. Morning Prayer via Zoom: the login is sent on Saturdays. Please email the Rector if you are not on the email list, via the website.)
- Food Pantry: It is open and Seth has been serving an increased number of people. It continues to be held every weekend of the month except for the first weekend. Seth and his volunteers prepare bags of groceries for pick-up at the door of the church so the Food Pantry clients don’t have to enter the building. Seth mentioned that currently there has been a lack of rice and pasta, and he’s trying to supplement by buying large bags of these items (formerly bought by restaurants) and repackaging them into smaller units for his clients.
- Vestry: We continue our monthly meetings (our next one is June 7th). We’ve been very occupied with financial projections. As you all know, the majority of our operating budget comes from theater income. Even if groups (like our congregation) are allowed to gather by this summer or fall, it’s unlikely that any theater production in New York will come together as easily and quickly. So in all honesty, I’m sorry to say that we expect our own theater income to be zero through the end of the year.
This is one reason that we want to respectfully remind you that if you signed a pledge card for 2020, we are counting on your continued commitment of financial support during this time of extreme belt-tightening!
- Your feedback: Finally, and very importantly, I would like to ask for feedback from you. As our governor says, we’re all in this together, and we need to do our best to look out for each other. Please help by giving your suggestions. Is there something you want or need that we could help you with during this difficult time? Is there anything else we could be doing as a vestry while we are apart? You can reply privately to any Vestry member, or to the group. Don’t hold back!