03/17/2021: Holy Week at LAC


Dear LAC,
Many of you have been writing in and calling the office to ask about Holy Week!
Here is the game-plan for our online worship together:
  • Palm Sunday (3/28) will be a regular Sunday morning (10 AM) worship service, led by Rev. Jed Koball. We invite you to have a palm frond or hard house-plant ready to wave while we shout “Hosanna!” and sing “All Glory, Laud, and Honor.” (Read more below about a special opportunity to submit your Palm Sunday Greetings!)
  • Maundy Thursday (4/1) will be led by our Hudson River Presbytery leaders and will be streamed Live on Facebook (and not LAC’s website) at 6:30 p.m.
  • On Good Friday (4/2), we will share in a midday service with special music and space to meditate on scripture at 12:00 p.m.
  • For early risers, our ecumenical partners will gather for an in-person sunrise service on Easter morning. Details regarding time and location are still being confirmed, but watch out for an update in Church Notes.
  • Finally, LAC will hold one service on Easter (4/4) morning at 10:00 a.m. Rev. Jed Koball will preach and Rev. Daniel Yang will preside over Communion–so save a hot cross bun (or special Easter treat of choice) to celebrate with the Sacrament with us virtually!
With Grace and Peace,
Your LAC Worship Team

Share Video Greetings for Palm Sunday & Easter!

For Palm Sunday, rustle up some houseplants (paint your hands green) and shout, “Blessed is the One who comes in the name of the Lord! HOSANNA!” and submit your clip by Wednesday, March 24.
For Easter, greet your LAC family by saying “Hallelujah! Christ is Risen! He is Risen Indeed!”
Please submit your recordings by Wednesday, March 31.

Call Crafters & Creators of All Ages!

As we move through this Lenten season and anticipate Easter, we invite you all to join the Sunday School classes this year as they are in the midst of ‘hiding the alleluias.’ We are inviting you to show off your artistic flair and color in the Alleluia design. We will be ‘hiding’ them as we await Easter when they can be revealed during Easter worship along with our celebration of the risen Lord! Please color and send in your art to LACoffice@lacny.org by Monday, March 29th.

03/03/2021: Intergenerational Bible Study

Dear LAC,
Thank you to all who participated in our first round of Stories from the Wilderness! Last Sunday, we read through some of Exodus and met Miriam and the Israelites as they begin their journey into the wilderness. This week we will meet Jephthah’s daughter in Judges 11:29-40!  If you missed our first session, you are more than welcome to join when you are able for our INTERGENERATIONAL journey of (re)discovering some of the lesser told stories from the wilderness found in our Bible. Inspired by SHIFT’s question “What is that doing in the Bible?” we will gather via Zoom (1:30 PM) to read, learn and discuss some of these difficult texts and take a deeper dive in the many wildernesses that we encounter not only in the bible, but perhaps also in our world today. Due to the violent nature of some of these texts we will be engaging with, we ask that any middle schoolers who will be attending MUST bring a parent.

02/17/2021: On Ashes, Grief, and New Life

Dear LAC,
Today is Ash Wednesday, a time when we mark the beginning of the season of Lent. Our liturgical calendar blocks out these forty days before Easter to parallel Christ’s time in the wilderness. Traditionally, Lent is a season of repentance, of starting over. A time of nurturing the parts of ourselves that are works in progress, of churning the soil and making space for our spiritual roots to grow deeper in faith. It’s a time of quieting our hearts to listen for God’s voice speaking to us once more and opening ourselves to follow God in a new (or perhaps familiar) direction. For some, this means trying out a new spiritual discipline like meditation, and for others, this could be a time of cultivating gratitude and connection with loved ones through more regular check-ins or a practice of writing letters.
On Ash Wednesday, we orient ourselves towards Christ’s journey to the cross by reflecting on our own mortality. This year, however, we don’t need a reminder that we are fragile nor of the preciousness of life. We face our finitude every time we don a mask to exit our homes, or internally debate the risk of hugging a friend outside our “bubble.” We are more aware than ever that we rely on God and on one another for support.
In past years, LAC has gathered for a simple meal and a service with the imposition of ashes. This year we will not gather for a service, though our denominational leaders have created a video for those who would enjoy time to reflect with scripture and music. Instead, we invite you to reflect on what has become “ash” in your life in the wake of the pandemic. As we approach the one-year mark, let us make space to grieve for the cancelled plans, the lost jobs and the security of “normal,” the rites of passage from graduations to proms that felt different over Zoom, the time we hoped to spend with our families and friends, and of course, the deaths of loved ones within our community.
This year, we do not anoint ourselves with ashes, but instead name our loss, and take comfort that our God does not abandon us in our suffering, but draws near to us with compassion. Our scripture tells us that God breathed life into dust at our creation, and the Spirit of God can spark life from what looks dead and dormant. Our faith takes root in the impossible good news of Christ’s death and resurrection. What wonders will God work from our ashes? Where will we experience new life? As the days lengthen, and the snow slowly melts, may you feel the Holy One stirring in you, watering seeds of hope with unending grace.
Marranda Major
Church Secretary & Communication Coordinator

Journeying Together Through Lent


Have you noticed that recent bulletins have included the Lord’s Prayer in both English and Spanish? During Lent, we will explore the theme “praying in the language of our hearts.” We will focus on heart-felt and Spirit-led sharing during the Prayers of the People, and we will feature folks sharing the Lord’s Prayer in their native tongue as a way of honoring the diversity within our community. If you are interested in participating in this project, please contact the office to learn how you may get involved!

Stories from the Wilderness:

a Lenten Bible Study

On February 28th, March 7th, 14th, 21st at 1:30 p.m., LAC will hold an intergenerational Bible study via Zoom. Inspired by a question from LAC high schoolers (“What is this doing in the Bible?”), we will look at four Biblical characters and their experiences in the wilderness as we journey through Lent and walk alongside Jesus during his wilderness experience. Curious to learn more? Contact Ekama Eni at eeni@lacny.org or (914)834-1800 (ext. 306).