First Presbyterian Church
“ Loving God by Serving All”
You may come as a stranger to us;yet you are known to Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and in His name we bid you welcome, praying that you find peace, inspiration and our friendship in this, His House.
THE PRESBYTEER FOR MARCH 2014 EDITED FOR WEBPAGE
God’s Salad Bowl “Where are you in the salad? Rev. A. asks the Presbyterian Mission Board.
On the Presbyterian Church website I found this article written by Emily Enders O.. Emily works for the national church as a communicator and used to be a Pastor on Long Island.
The Rev. CeCe A., pastor of Grace Presbyterian Church in Lantana, Fla, opened the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board meeting here Feb. 5 by tossing a big salad.
Preaching from Ephesians 2:11-22 on Christian unity, Rev. A. said she had only five minutes to present a picture of what it might look like to come together and be one. And so she prepared a salad.
“America was once considered to be a melting pot.” she said as she proceeded to throw ingredients into a large bowl. “But lately and obviously in the word of God, the intent is that we become more like a salad bowl. There are all sorts of greens coming into the salad, each bringing whatever we have to offer.”
Identify church members varyingly as oranges, squishy tomatoes, cranberries, cheese and nuts, Rev. A. said that these different components “get tossed together in all kinds of things.”
What’s interesting about the love of God is that at some point the Holy Spirit is poured out over us, in us, through us. It then becomes our responsibility to be mixed in with everyone with the Holy Spirit blending us.” she said. “ Then, as the church, it becomes our responsibility to share this salad – this mixture- with so many other folks so that they can taste and see how good God really is. Where are you in the salad? Consider that as you consider God’s business.”
Rev. A. was called to her current position through For Such a Time as This, a program launched by the Presbyterian Mission Agency in 2009 to renew and grow small churches and help them to become healthy, missional congregations.
Joining her in worship leadership was Mary J., a member of the mission agency board and the moderator of the Church-wide Coordinating Team of Presbyterian Women. Rev. J. and Rev. A. used the liturgy written by Carmen R. – an honorably retired Presbyterian teaching elder and a member of the Presbytery of New York City – for Celebrate the Gifts of Women Sunday, the church-wide special emphasis scheduled for March 9.
Clerk of Session
Heifer International’s mission is to work with communities to end world hunger and poverty and to care for the Earth.
How it works –
We empower families to turn hunger and poverty into hope and prosperity but our approach is more than just giving them a handout. Heifer links communities and helps bring sustainable agriculture and commerce to areas with a long history of poverty. Our animals provide partners with both food and reliable income, as agricultural products such as milk, eggs and honey can be traded or sold at market.
When many families gain this new sustainable income, it brings new opportunities for building schools, creating agricultural cooperatives, forming community savings and funding small businesses.
That “teach a man to fish” philosophy is what drove West to found Heifer International. And now nearly 70 years later, that philosophy still inspires our work to end world hunger and poverty throughout the world once and for all.
The core of our model is Passing on the Gift. This means families share the training they receive, and pass on the first female
offspring of their livestock to another family. This extends the impact of the original gift, allowing a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in improving their communities.
The goal of every Heifer project is to help families achieve self-reliance. We do this by providing them the tools they need to sustain themselves, and it’s thanks to the generosity of donors like you.
You have the power to give a hungry family the training it takes to feed themselves and their children; to give a young girl a chance at an education; to empower a woman to have a voice in her community. Together, we can change the world, one family, one community, at a time. And it all starts with a gift.
Each month, the first Sunday is birthday Sunday. You have an opportunity at coffee hour to contribute a gift to Heifer Project in honor of friends and family members birthdays or your own. Come to coffee hour and make the world a better place with your gift to those in need.
The Deacon’s Doings
We have welcomed our new Deacon’s and have settled in with our different jobs. Deacon Barrie S. is in charge of Care and Concern and sends cards and makes posters for anyone who needs a little cheering up. If you know of anyone from our congregation who could use some cheering up please contact her. We also have an Angel list of people that the Deacon’s send cards to on a regular basis that are unable to attend church. We continue to ask you to please bring food for the food pantry that is in desperate need of food donations. Please sign up and help do coffee hour and also to usher, it really can be a fun experience, and we wish to thank all who have helped us in the past, present and future.
Recipe of the Month
At the Pot Luck Supper, Saturday night, (and if you weren’t here you missed some really good food and fellowship), Denise C. brought Portuguese Cabbage Soup which had rave reviews. So we asked her for the recipe and she sent it to us. Thanks Denise.
Portuguese Cabbage Soup
4-6 T. Extra Virgin Olive Oil
6 Garlic Cloves (minced)
2 Cup Yellow Onion (chopped)
1-1/2 lbs. Sweet or Hot Italian Sausage Links (sliced)
10 cups Beef Stock
2 Cups Ketchup
¼ cup Apple Cider Vinegar
1 can of Red Kidney Beans – no liquid (light or dark)
10 small Red Potatoes (chopped)
1 Small Head of Cabbage (chopped)
Salt and Pepper to taste
Sauté chopped garlic cloves and onions in olive oil over medium heat until cooked.
Add sausage and cook until outside is done.
While sausage is cooking start chopping potatoes and cabbage.
Add beef stock, ketchup, vinegar and can of kidney beans. Stir.
Add potatoes and cabbage.
Cover and bring soup to a boil.
Salt & pepper to taste.
Turn down to a simmer.
Soup is ready when potatoes and cabbage are cooked through ( about 1 hour).
Session met February 5 with Rev. Adrian P. as the Moderator. We discussed the joy that Lauren and Ben P. request membership in our church and that they also wish to have their son Hudson baptized. We have another request for a baptism from Jessica R. for her 3 month old daughter Haylie Ann. We hope for this in April or May.
We have changed insurance brokers and now have a more reasonable deductible. The previous deductible was too high and was focused on losing the entire facility rather than the smaller damages that can occur. We discussed the status of the church and the Interim Search Committee. There was discussion of the new assignments for this year. Elder Christine J. will chair the Mission Committee and Ginni D. and Edna A. will co-chair Christian Education and Use of Building committees together. We reviewed the various committee reports. There was discussion of the plans for the Lenten Season. The worship committee has been busy recruiting Supply Pastors for each Sunday worship.
The meeting adjourned with prayer.
Barbara M. Clerk of Session
On Saturday, February 22, we held our Pot Luck Supper and Game night. Over 20 people – 8 of them friends of Jeanette B. from Sandel’s Senior Center in Rockville Centre attended. They had attended several times before with Jeanette and plan to come again as they enjoyed the time spent with all. As usual, the donated food was delicious with a special soup made by my dear friend, Denise C., a wonderful cook of all healthy dishes. I speak from experience. Our choir director/organist Dan, also attended the dinner and seemed to enjoy the conversations at the table. We hope that he will return again for this and future events and thank him for al lthe desserts he donated for our Sunday coffee hours and other functions.
April 12 beginning at 10am: White Elephant Sale – Please start collecting items that you might desire to donate to the sale- Please contact either Maureen W. or Anita O. if you need to bring the items to the church before the scheduled drop off days beginning on Wednesday April 9th.
May or June: A Parking Lot Garage Sale is being considered as a fund raiser. Members will be invited to bring items that they wish to sell. They will be asked to set up and work their area. The Family Closet will choose certain items for sale also. All proceeds will be donated to the church.
August, September, and October events will be determined at a future date.
Oceanside Interfaith Council
Human Relationship Day at Oceanside High School will be held on March 19th. clergy and 3 members of the council will address several classes of students o nthe interfaith relationships of the council. This has been a well attended forum for several years and a favorite of the students
Ash Wednesday Service will be held this year at the United Methodist Church on March 5th at 7pm. It is a combined service and all are invited.
The next council meeting is at South Nassau Community Hospital on March 13.
An Interfaith learning session will be held at the Oceanside Lutheran Church, on Thursday April 3. Topics to be discussed are to be determined. More information will be available soon.
EASTER FLOWER ORDER FORM
If you would like to dedicate a lovely Daffodil, Lily or Tulip plant for the Chancel at Easter, please fill in the order form below. Envelopes are found in the flower order box in the hall.
ORDER DEADLINE: APRIL 06, 2014
Contact Jeanne C.or put your order and payment in the Church Mail Box marked "FLOWERS" which is located in the church office.
DAFFODILS________________$ 15.00 ________
TULIP_____________________ 12.50 ________
LILY______________________ 16.50 ________
TOTAL $ _________
Make check payable to FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH, note that the check is for Easter Plant and Paper Clip it to this form.
Dedicated to the glory of God and in: (circle one)
MEMORY HONOR LOVING MEMORY CELEBRATION
______Will pick up after the service.
______Please deliver to a home-bound.
If you desire your plant to be delivered to a member of the congregation in need of cheer, please indicate below.