From Rev. Heather Shortlidge

Dear Friends,

Join us for Zoom worship this Sunday, July 18th at 10:00am. I’ll be back in our virtual pulpit and preaching. Our liturgy will include a celebration of all those who have served as NYAPC deacons as well as many of the mission and ministry projects of this influential board, now gracefully retired as part of the new church governance structure.

Join us on Zoom at 10:00am
Dial: 1-929-436-2866 with Meeting ID: 150 620 342

Our Board of Trustees received news this week that our HVAC construction project has unfortunately been delayed by another six weeks. Our new goal for substantial completion is October 20th. Although not the news anyone was hoping for, it’s not surprising for a project of this scope and size to have delays. Be assured that church staff and leaders are working through a pivot for the months of September and October. We will keep you updated as plans come together. A special thank you to Karl Hoffman, Jim Spearman, and Elias Bazezew for their dedication to making sure this construction project is completed well.

And a poem, “The Summer Day” by Mary Oliver to nourish your spirit this week:

Who made the world?
Who made the swan, and the black bear?
Who made the grasshopper?
This grasshopper, I mean-
the one who has flung herself out of the grass,
the one who is eating sugar out of my hand,
who is moving her jaws back and forth instead of up and down-
who is gazing around with her enormous and complicated eyes.
Now she lifts her pale forearms and thoroughly washes her face.
Now she snaps her wings open, and floats away.
I don’t know exactly what a prayer is.
I do know how to pay attention, how to fall down
into the grass, how to kneel down in the grass,
how to be idle and blessed, how to stroll through the fields,
which is what I have been doing all day.
Tell me, what else should I have done?
Doesn’t everything die at last, and too soon?
Tell me, what is it you plan to do
with your one wild and precious life?

Peace and Courage,
Heather

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