May 18, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri

May 18, 2020 Message from Pastor Alessandri (pdf)

May 18, 2020

Christ is Risen! Alleluia
(He is risen, indeed! Alleluia!)

Today Doug Wright, Council President, Dick Hess, Worship Team Chair, Dave Resh and Susan Strobl will have our first meeting to prepare for Haven’s reopening for worship and other activities. We were pleased that Susan, with her career experience in scientific research and Dave, with a career that included health inspections were both willing to be a part of this team and effort. We ask for your patience and prayers. The safety and wellbeing of anyone who would attend worship or coming into our building is of paramount importance. Please excuse us if we err on the side of caution and love of neighbor.

This morning’s Herald-Mail had a photograph of one church’s return to worship. I was disappointed that the Herald-Mail chose to use a picture of a worship service that was singing, only somewhat practicing social distancing, and not wearing masks. While I fully appreciate the joy of being able to come together again in worship at the church, this particular picture did not give a good example of following the Maryland State recommended best practices for houses of worship. I don’t know if the Herald-Mail was aware of this or if they were making an editorial comment. In either case, it set incorrect expectations for what worship will initially look like for churches following the safety guidelines for the protection of all in attendance.

I will share all news about our directions and plans for re-opening Haven’s worship. Know that one part of that plan is to continue taping a worship service to post on-line for those who will not initially want to venture out yet. Keep flexing those muscles of patience, flexibility, love and prayer.

God IS with us!
Pastor Linda M Alessandri

A Lutheran Emoji!
(That is Luther’s Rose/Seal that it is holding.)



Kathy Amos & Doug Wright



Well, to be frank. I’d have to change my name.
Our mountains aren’t just funny. They’re hill areas.
Irony  The opposite of wrinkly.
Sweet dreams are made of cheese.  Who am I to dis a brie?  (Showing my age. 80’s Eurythmics’ song)


I came across this “Share” plate in cleaning cupboards and realized it was an easy dish for an evening meal that I could carry with one hand out to my patio table.   I acquired it in a raffle when Haven’s Youth group sponsored Potomac Playmakers evening a few years ago to raise funds for their upcoming Mission Trip. Found myself reflecting on the blessing our youth bring to Haven and so sharing this picture on this glorious evening… yes out on my patio, glorious breeze and a chorus of birds in the background while I’m enjoying a turkey burger with cooked Vidalia onion slice over wild rice and a side of red beets.
There truly are many blessings even in these trying times.   Clare Newcomer

My great nephew, Hudson, learning to pitch in with the chores. Pastor Alessandri



Yesterday during worship, we said good-bye to our seminarian, Katy Moran. Usually the choir would have surrounded the altar to sing a farewell blessing.  Instead, our oh so talented Grant Wills and Steve Pastena were able to sing a duet of “God Be With You Till We Meet Again” (ELW #536)
Yesterday, I opened my e-mail to find the Sunday edition of Luther’s Seminary on-line devotion, God Pause. What did I find?

“God Be with You till We Meet Again” (ELW 536)

1 God be with you till we meet again;

by good counsels guide, uphold you,

with a shepherd’s care enfold you;

God be with you till we meet again.


Till we meet, till we meet, till we meet at Jesus’ feet;

till we meet, till we meet,

God be with you till we meet again.

2 God be with you till we meet again;

holy wings securely hide you,

daily manna still provide you;

God be with you till we meet again.


3 God be with you till we meet again;

when life’s perils thick confound you,

put unfailing arms around you;

God be with you till we meet again.

Heidi Hyland Mann (“God Pause” Editorial Coordinator, Ely, Minnesota) wrote:

The three hymn verses are … fitting for any time we must be apart from others. As I write, the coronavirus and isolation affect people in different ways, so we pray that God’s “holy wings securely hide” especially our elders, those who are immunocompromised or who live with mental illnesses exacerbated now, health care workers, and others who are struggling. God indeed provides “daily manna”—sustenance—for us, often through one another: an email or card sent, an errand run, a virtual coffee date. “Life’s perils thick confound [us],” especially now. But when we can’t be with one another physically, how comforting that God is always there—and here: guiding and upholding our loved ones and us; enfolding all in loving arms.

Prayer:  God, thank you for sheltering us under your holy wings. May all people, especially those in need, feel your presence. Amen.

“God Be With You Until We Meet Again”
Mormon Tabernacle Choir

“10,000 Reasons” Matt Redman