FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF BYRON
Sunday, October 18, 2020, 9:45 AM Worship
For those participating from home: Check in via Zoom
(video & audio) Go to www.zoom.us, Click on “Join a
Meeting”, Enter Meeting ID# , Password:. Telephone check-in (audio only) Call 1-929-205-6099, Meeting ID#, Password:.
Prelude: “Turkey in the Straw” (trad, Rev. Renfrew)Welcome and Announcements
• We need ushers/greeters on Sundays to help with our
re-opening. Please sign up with Tom Nesbitt.
• Weekly virtual Coffee Hour / Tea Time on Tuesdays at
4 PM on Zoom. The access information is not the same
as the Sunday service – 12481632. Call in 929-205-6099.
• Choir is back! Join us on Wednesdays at 7:00 PM.
Facemasks and distancing, of course.
• We allow for congregational singing, soft voices, with
face masks. We allow you to remove your mask while
seated at least 6 feet from others. While speaking,
singing or moving around the aisles, the masks must go
back on. Wneed to be mindful of others at all times.
• We continue to receive the Special Offering for Peace
and Global Witness during October. One quarter of
your contributions will be used to support of the
Food Pantry at the North Bergen.
• It’s Turkey Dinner time, today, 11 AM until 2 PM for
our Drive-Thru Take-Out Annual Turkey Dinner. All
tickets are $10. Enter the parking lot at the Pauline St.
entrance. Follow the turkey on tractor to move through
the line and exit onto Route 262. Jordan & Todd Sloat
will be on hand to help direct you through! If you have
not done so already, please move your car from the main
parking lot to the adjacent lawn or to the parking slots
along Pauline Street. We need to keep the way clear for
• Next Sunday we have a special Sunday School
gathering planned in the Dining Room, of course with
masks and physical distancing. UNICEF is our theme for
the day.Stewardship Moment – Shannon Thompson
When we see all the cars lined up for today’s Turkey
Dinner it should remind us of the pairs of animals lined up
to get into Noah’s ark! While waiting for your turn for
take-out, you and your family can practice making animal
sounds – elephants, wolves, and roosters! That should
wake up Byron!
There were lots of animals in a small space for many,
many days, as it rained and rained and rained. Somehow
all of those animals were able to get along peacefully
during that lengthy boat ride! It appears that the story of
the Ark is not only about bringing all the passengers to
safety, but demonstrating the possibility and power of
God’s peace along the way. We could use some of that
peace from long ago as we face the storms of our own
Yes, this has been a stormy year for our church. And
though not a mighty flood, the pandemic has upended so
much of what we are able to do, and for much longer than
40 days and forty nights! Some of us havgone many
months without being able to come to the church, but we
have learned to be the church wherever we find ourselves.
We are so grateful for your steady stewardship
commitments in spite of the “storm”. We are all learning to
adapt to new circumstances, but the heart of who we are
and what we do continues as before: Knowing Christ,
Living Christ, Sharing Christ. We look forward to new
possibilities in 2021! One by one, two by two, all aboard!Call to Worship & October Scriptural Theme:
Wherever you are, wherever you are going, whatever
challenges you face, we take heart from this Genesis story.
Noah learned to walk with God, and so can you! “Noah
was a righteous man, blameless in his generation; Noah
walked with God.”Hymn of Praise:
#12 “Immortal, Invisible, God Only Wise”Confession and Forgiveness
God’s forgiveness is as everlasting as the ages.
God’s mercy is as wide as the seas.
Surely God will forgive our iniquities.
God will restore a right spirit within us. AmenChildren: “How Do You Know That You Are in a Storm?”Scripture Genesis 7:11-24 “In the six hundredth year
Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day
of the month, on that day all the fountains of the great
deep burst forth, and the windows of the heavens were
opened. The rain fell on the earth forty days and forty
nights.”Message “Surviving the Storm” Rev. James R. RenfrewPiano Interlude: “For the Bread Which You Have
Broken” (V.Copes/L.Benson)Offering & Prayer of Dedication
(please use offering plates by the doors)Hymn: #30 “O God, in a Mysterious Way”Prayers / The Lord’s Prayer (If on Zoom, please
send these to Pastor Renfrew before Sunday)Hymn: #93 “Lift Up Your heads, Ye Mighty Gates”Blessing & Postlude:
“This is My Father’s World” (M.Babcock/F.Sheppard)
• Today, 9:45 AM Live & Virtual Worship. 11:00 AM – 2:00
PM Turkey Dinner
• Tuesday, 4:00 PM Weekly virtual Coffee Hour/Tea Time
• Wednesday, 7:00 PM Choir – bring choir folders, masks,
water bottles, and a joyful spirit!
• Next Sunday, 9:45 AM Live & Virtual Worship, Baptism
of Luke Geissler, and Sunday School Celebration in the
Dining RoomOfferings & Gifts: There are offering plates at the front
and rear of the sanctuary where you can place your
offerings as you enter or depart. No plates are passed. Or
send offerings by check to: Byron Presbyterian Church, PO
Box 206, Byron, NY 14422-0206. We have a secure on-line
donation feature. Please visit our website at
http://byronfpc.com and click the big “Give Now” button
at the top.
• Our Prayer Chain is always ready for your prayers,
contact Chrystal Britt by e-mail or text.Additional Announcements
• Looking ahead: On Sunday, November 8 our service
will feature members of Mary Ann Blair’s hammered
dulcimer group Striking Strings.
• If you are joining us on Zoom, please double-check
that your microphone is OFF at all times.
• Church wi-fi access, password “BYRONPC2020”. Please
visit our Web Page “Byron Presbyterian Church” and
our Facebook Page “Byron First Presbyterian Church”.
• We are beginning to schedule Sunday morning baptisms
at the church. Plese contact Rev. Renfrew.
• has not been meeting, but we have sent
Sunday School packets to every family with
children. We’ve sent invitations to a Sunday School
UNICEF event for children on October 25 th .
• Foodlink Free Food Distribution. At North Bergen
Presbyterian Church on 3 rd and 4 th Wednesdays, 5:30-
8:00 PM, and 3 rd and 4 th Saturdays, 9:30 – Noon. The
church also welcomes your food donations. Many thanks
to Jordan Sloat who is a steady volunteer there.