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Metro Association Spring 2013 Meeting
“Faith in Action:  Rising Up Renewed and Revived”

Saturday, April 20, 2013

First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach
320 Beach 94th Street
Rockaway Beach, NY 11693

(For more photos – see “Breakfast Through Morning Presentations” and “Worship Through Lunch”.) 

Mark Lukens
Mark Lukens
“If each of us can do just one thing, then together – WE can do ALL things!”  Rev. Mark J. Lukens said Paul, in his letter to the Philippians, felt “I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength”, but the rest of us may feel “all things” are beyond us.  Yet if each of us can do one thing, together we can do all things.

Fellowship Hall
Fellowship Hall

First Congregational Church of Rockaway Beach, the setting for Metro’s Spring 2013 Meeting, was an inspirational example of the power of a lot of people doing their one thing.  When Hurricane Sandy hit in October 2012, water filled the church basement to the ceiling; the fellowship hall had two feet of water.  On April 20, 2013, the fellowship hall floor was new, and sunlight reflected off the bright walls to welcome participants from over 40 Metro churches.  Together, many, many people had transformed this building.

Robert Coleman
Robert Coleman
Philip Lynn
Philip Lynn
Rev. Robert Coleman and Philip Lynn of The Riverside Church led us through an experience all can emulate in our home churches.  At Riverside they have gathered groups of about 20 persons who commit to sharing their personal narratives and praying for one another in “A Beloved Community Experience”.  In their hour with us they asked us to turn to those closest to us in the pews and share our experiences of oneness with God, oneness with other persons.  It was easy to see how a series of such sharings could develop deep connections with our God and with others in our congregation.  Coleman and Lynn are organizing the Network for Human Understanding to support others who wish to experience such connectedness.  Lynn can be reached for further information at plynn@networkforhumanunderstanding.org.  Their graphic representation of a church’s core process is attached.


Metro’s Spring Meeting had many other wonderful moments:

  • Welcome by the pastor of our host church, Rev. Joseph Medlin
  • Meeting leadership by Board President Lenox Grant and Moderator Elected Rev. Cynthia Jackson
  • Election of Association Officers and Committee Members; Installation of these persons.  Here is elected slate.
  • Report by Treasurer Bonnie Duval that our finances are “looking good”
  • Vote to grant licensure to three Members in Discernment
  • Update by Yvette Wynn on NY Conference Annual Meeting June 6 – 8 in Tarrytown
  • Vote to change name of “Church and the Metropolitan Committee” to “Social Justice Committee
  • Encouragement by Associate Conference Minister Freeman Palmer to support a $10/Member “UCC Covenant Share” (see attached diagram)
  • Reminder by Rev. Palmer that Hurricane Sandy Recovery is moving from short-term to long-term relief.  The UCC is partnering with New York Cares in this work.  Details can be found at http://www.ucc.org, then follow these “clicks” – Change the World, Volunteer, Disaster Recovery, New York Hurricane Sandy.
  • Invitation by Rev. Noel Vanek to participate in the May 20 Boundary Awareness Training
  • Outline by Stephanie Maddalone of the many ways the Parish Resource Center can help individuals and congregations.  Additional details can be found at http://www.prcli.org.
  • Spirit-filled worship of prayer, music, scripture and preaching
  • Inspiring step dancing by “The Evangel Stars” from the Church of the Evangel
  • Remembrance of the life and work of Rev. Ron Winley
  • Fellowship and food at the continental breakfast and bounteous lunch

There’s nothing like being part of a Metro Meeting; save the date to be part of the November 9 gathering.

In the meantime, get a sense of the fellowship and inspiration of the April 20 meeting by taking a peek at photos from this day.

Reported by Lucy Werner

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