Dear Members and Friends of New Hackensack,
Wow! These are definitely challenging times we live in
right now! First, my prayers and condolences for all those who are
suffering from this virus as well as the many, many families that have
lost loved ones as a result of corona virus. Our prayers for God’s
intervention to help console the loss of those many loved ones. My heart
goes out to all who are working at hospitals or are caregivers in any
environment as well as all the first responders who are out on the front
I also can sympathize with everyone because we all have
had to stay home. I believe you will agree with me that we NEED to stay
home for now. Those of you who know me well, know me as one who loves to
be connected to the church family. I believe that our connections to
God, to God’s son, Jesus Christ, and to the Holy Spirit, as well as our
connections to one another bring us closer together. Hence, this has
been a very challenging time for those of us who love to stay connected.
I believe that is ALL of us at this time in history.
That is one reason why I so enjoy doing our daily
devotions on Facebook and YouTube. At least I get to connect with all of
you. My connection to you always involves our relationship with God. Our
Sunday worship services (including Daffodil Sunday), Holy Week services-
Palm Sunday, Maundy Thursday’s Lord Supper and Good Friday’s Tennebrae
service which all culminated on Easter Sunday and the Joy of the
Resurrection of Christ were all a pleasure to share and connect with so
many of you. I so look forward to when we can all worship together again
as a church family.
My thanks to the Rizzo family for the blessing of
beautiful music during Holy Week, as well as to the producer of all our
productions, my son in law - Erik Uuksalanien. These people truly
inspire me to ‘keep on keeping on’ as I like to say. I have also
appreciated your positive feedback about our worship services as well as
the daily devotions.
Our May schedule of worship will continue to be the
same– 10:00am every Sunday morning on Facebook or YouTube. Our guest
preacher for Memorial Day Sunday (May 24)
will be Don Heringa.
These challenging times require us to dig down deep to
the wells of our spiritual relationship with God and call forth God’s
divine intervention into our world. I am convinced that something good
can come from this if we all continue to support one another by sharing
the hope and love we know comes from God.
If you would like to speak to me sometime during these
coming weeks, please call the church and dial extension 101 to leave me
a message. I will return your call. Please know that I am slowly making
my way through the church directory to make calls. If I have not reached
out to you yet, please feel free to call me. I will return the call as
soon as I am able.
One last thought – it will be much appreciated if you
are able to mail your pledge to the church. Our Financial Secretary,
Ginger Trimble, comes in about every two weeks to make deposits. I am
grateful for the many who have been able to continue to pledge. But
please know this…if there is any financial hardship in your family at
this time, PLEASE DO NOT mail in your pledge. AND if you find that you
need some financial support right now, please call 462-0810 ext. 101 and
leave a confidential message on my personal extension.
Blessings – stay well, and lets all continue to pray for