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Update: Meetings at Greenpoint Reformed Church

Dear leaders and attendees of meetings held at Greenpoint Reformed Church, The church consistory, which comprises eight members, including Reverends Jennifer Aull and Ann Kansfield, has been closely monitoring the phased COVID-19 RESTART guidelines set forth by Governor Cuomo. As of this week—commencing July 20—we are in Stage 4 of scheduled reopenings. A few of you have inquired about our plans to…

Congregational Meeting – 6/28/2020

CONGREGATIONAL MEETING Sunday, June 28, 2020 Commenced 11:48am   Church Reopening Committee – Meeting summary from Camille Ongoing conversation pre-pandemic about doing work to benefit hunger program. Follow-up on this with Joan, Adam, Jen. Worship Ideas/options:  Ann and Jen preaching out of church  Socially distanced musicians Space-sharing to enable 25% capacity – “velvet rope”  Decisions:  Immediate-term: Not yet reopening to parishioners  Medium-term:…

Restoring Balance to The Force: The Canticle of Mary

Warning: This contains some Wonder Woman and Star Wars: The Last Jedi movie spoilers! Suggestion: Listen to The Revival’s performance of The Canticle of Mary as you read this. The slew of action-hero movies of the last 15 years have been fun. With the right technology, we have seen our favorite comic and sci-fi heroes…

Authenticity of Spirit

Take a drive up Highway 49 from Jackson to Clarksdale, the Mississippi Delta, cradle of American music. Savor the view of vast fields of cotton, small towns, and many place markers where towns used to be, before time and machines wore them away. Breathe the sweet country air. By the time you intersect Highway 61,…

September 24th, 2017 Congregational Meeting Minutes

  Congregation Meeting Minutes for September 24, 2017 Introductions The Current State of Congregation and Participation Jennifer Aull tells everyone we will be using Robert’s Rules to govern the meeting. She gives a brief background on the committees that were recently set up to explore ways that our church could be more welcoming. The outstanding question is how to coordinate and organize…

The Importance of Doubt

What do Metallica and Marvin Gaye Have in Common? I don’t need the second week of Easter to shine a light on Doubting Thomas and all “ye of little faith.” Questioning faith is a year-round practice for me, and one I recommend to stay aligned with God. The hearty congregation of our beautifully edgy Greenpoint…

Your Favorite Musician May Die This Year

“We are all in a process of actively dying, or not thinking about it,” to paraphrase Reverend Jennifer Aull, Co-Pastor of Greenpoint Reformed. Don’t worry… I am not going down a dark trail here. I think, and I hope, I have something helpful to say on this subject. Within the past decade, I lost my…

Beach House and the Spirituality of Music

“We need music. I really think it’s one of the most versatile, powerful art forms, because it’s how people figure out why they’re existing, and helps people to believe in something.” -Victoria Legrand of the band Beach House, 2015 Beach House were the answer to my prayers. This past summer I was feeling distressed that…