5125 Main Street  (just east of the I-290) Williamsville, NY  14221  
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This weekend was full of moments of both joy and sorrow for me.  And what always strikes me during times like this, is not only how closely joy and sorrow are related to one another, but also how even during the moments of loss and pain, God finds ways to give us enough love and hope and joy to get us through.  Kind of like mana in the wilderness.  It may not seem like much, but surprisingly, it can fill us and help us to see what is still possible when it comes to life with God. 

As we continue on into the green season at church, this week we hear the parable of the mustard seed. The mustard seed becomes a great shrub that shelters the birds, recalling ancient images of the tree of life. We’d  expect a cedar or a sequoia, but Jesus finds 
the power of God better imagined in a tiny, no-account seed. It’s not the way we expect divine activity to look. Yet the tree of life is 
here, in the cross around which we gather, the tree into which we are grafted through baptism, the true vine that nourishes us with 
its fruit in the cup we share. It may not appear all that impressive, but while nobody’s looking it grows with a power beyond our understanding.

Your updates this week:
*Worship continues in-person for the time being with masks. While we are wearing masks, we are now taking communion in church. You are welcome to join us in-person or online anytime!

*Our Annual Meeting will take place on Saturday, June 12th following worship. You are welcome to join us in-person.  We will be talking about the call committee, welcoming a new council member, doing member recognitions, etc.  I hear there is also going to be food!!

*This weekend our synod elected a new Bishop, the Rev. Lee Miller, II, who is currently serving as the pastor of Holy Trinity in Buffalo. 

Please keep Pastor Miller in your prayers during this time of transition.

*Please let the office know of any graduations for you or the people that you love so that we can publish them and celebrate with all of you!

Faithfully yours,
Pastor Rebecca