A PCUSA Congregation - A Covenant Network Church
affirming inclusive ministry

315 N. Cayuga St.
Worship Sunday at 10:00 AM Ithaca, NY 14850
Education for All Ages at 11:20 AM 607-272-2800

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Halloween Party!
October 25 at 5:00 p.m. in Dodds Hall

All children and families are invited and bring your friends too.

Wear your costume! There will be games and a costume parade!

The party will be immediately followed by the Halloween Organ Spooktacular.



Halloween Organ Spooktacular!
October 25 at 7:00 p.m. in the Sanctuary

As you're getting ready for Halloween, come hear some spooky organ music

in the sanctuary on Saturday, October 25 at 7:00 p.m., on our fantastic Russell Organ.

Special guest John Weaver and David Peckham will by joined by Ian Woods and other local

musiciansin a concert of Halloween favorites and other fun organ works.

The concert will be free of charge and kid-friendly.

Come in costume and be ready for a good time!



Youth Lock-In, November 7

All youth are invited to our Fall Lock-in on Nov. 7th.

Drop off is at 6pm and pick-up is the |following morning at 10am.

Dinner and breakfast provided. Feel free to invite friends. Permission slips are required.

They can be found at the church, as well as on the church’s website.

Please let John Yao ( This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. ) or the church know if you are planning to attend.

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Dear Church,

When I was growing up, a gallery near us on Madison Avenue had a painting in its window which was the work of Victor Vasarely. Vasarely, who generally painted large canvases of geometric design, liked optical illusions: three-dimensional effects, banded swirls that seemed to be moving, and color-blocking.  He was brought to my mind by a speaker, Jeff Collins, at a Hospicare event this past week.  He spoke about life seeming to him more "real" as he involved himself in Hospice, and sat beside those who faced death.

The painting I remember was color-blocked: blues and purples alternated with bright yellows in a checkerboard.  Each square was solid, and relatively plain: the kind of painting a museum-goer might scoff at.  It was the overall effect, however, that made it worth looking at: these little solid blocks of blue or butter, though to objective measurement a single hue, took on for the human viewer a shaded effect. Each was most vibrant at the edges, especially where in contrast.  Each faded at the middle, looking almost white in the riot of color surrounding.

This speaker reminded me of this effect we human beings experience.  We face it constantly: a new idea, contrasting an old one, is exciting and dominant.  A tradition we keep so well we do it without thinking fades to white.  A day with nothing on the schedule feels liberating after a long week's work; a week's stay in the hospital, with everything erased from the schedule, grows tiresome.  We crave, and need, both these aspects of life: what is fresh and brings variety, as well as what we can count on and what makes us feel grounded and sure.

There are times, however, when our lives as a whole start to feel less colorful than they once were.  Perhaps the boundaries we have drawn around ourselves don't include enough contrast.  If you are looking for something new and different, try reaching out through one of the ministries of the church.  Don't just attend a program; pray about people who are different from yourselves, and then get involved.  Nothing decorates a home like the feeling of gratitude that you have a place to live.  Nothing makes one happier at work than remembering what it feels like to not have a job.  Don't get involved for yourself, I'm not saying that; but Jesus tells us that we were made for contrast.  Love your enemies!  Help the poor and needy in distress!  If you are the rich man (Matthew 19), and you ask Jesus what you need to do to inherit eternal life, what does he say?  Sell it all, and give the money to the poor, and then come, follow. Contrast.  Color.  Life.

The Hospicare worker says, "Life feels more real when I sit beside those who are dying." Vasarely tells me, "Colors are their most vibrant when they are next to their opposites." Jesus says, "The first shall be last, and the last shall be first;" and, "the one who believes in me, even though they die, shall live."  What, then, should we say?  Where shall we find the richness of life?

Try something new, and good.  Put yourself in an unfamiliar place.  Sit beside the colors of another's life, and pray there... and you may find new color in your own.

In this colorful season, I am yours in Christ,



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