On Sunday, Aug. 2, the First Congregational Church at North Hyde Park was open again at 10 a.m. It was a great time of rejoicing, even though we were wearing masks, keeping distances of at least 6 feet, and following other safety measures.

Currently we are studying the book of 2 Chronicles for our Sunday School lessons. This past Sunday, we discussed the interesting character of Joash.

Christian faith is not just faith in God, it is also about having faith in each other. It is this second aspect of faith that we often struggle with because, ironically, it is easier to have faith in the idea of God than it is to have faith in our brothers and sisters here in the world.

Two dozen parishioners gathered at church for our first indoor service on Sunday morning at 8:30 a.m. We proceeded into the building maintaining social distance and wearing masks.

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On the 9th Sunday of Pentecost, worship was scheduled to be held at Rev. Pat’s and Vernon’s home along with a Zoom service. Because of the rainy weather, we worshipped only with Zoom.

“You Give Them Something” was the theme of the communion worship service this first Sunday in August. As in the Biblical passage in Matthew 14:16, it reads: “They need not go away, you give them something to eat.”

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Join Rabbi David Fainsilber for a welcoming, uplifting, meditative Musical Shabbat service on Friday, Aug. 7 at 6 p.m., via Zoom. Click on jcogs.org for login information. Guests and visitors are most welcome to connect with our virtual haimish community.

On the 8th Sunday of Pentecost, worship was held outside at the Binghamville church along with Zoom.

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