First Presbyterian Church at Christian Hook, Oceanside, New York


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.


Sunday Church Service: 10:30 a.m.





Reflections from the PNC

We were placed in the unique position to choose a pastor for a dual call.  A call which would require our new pastor to split her time between here in Oceanside and the City of Long Beach.  She would be our pastor but also minister to members of the Long Beach Community.  It was a daunting task.  Many prospective pastors were reviewed and discussed during our committee meetings.  Few people seemed to meet the distinct needs of each aspect of our call.  Many of us felt God directed our path, and ultimately sent Kally Elliott to us.

We first considered Kally because she is relatively young and had a family, which made her well suited to bring a freshness and vitality to our church.  The young people of our church need support and someone to relate to.  Like answers to like.  We share a hope she becomes a natural draw, while living amongst us.  Further, she has had experience with evangelistic mission.  The 1001 worshipping communities initiative has trained her for this type of work.  She come highly recommended by them and believes strongly in their principles, Namely that church can happen anywhere and does not require a building.  This concept reflects the love and acceptance of all, which Jesus preached so long ago.  We choose to support this mission.

After meeting Kally, and hearing her speak so eloquently about her faith and spiritual journey, we were moved.  She was easily approachable and a good listener.  We were very comfortable and made at ease in her presence.  She has a directness, and appears very driven.  She comes across as a goal oriented planner, who sets her mind to achieve that which she conceives.  Someone unafraid to lead and not be led. 

We were given the opportunity to hear a few of her recorded sermons, preached during her time filling in, as pulpit supply.  We were also fortunate enough to listen to her preach at a local house of worship, during the interview process.  She is well spoken and easily understood.  There is an honesty and directness to her approach.  When she speaks her passionate belief is strongly evident.  She is able to convey her point in a very meaningful and real manner.  Many of us were very impressed with her poise as well as the power of her words.  This final piece of our process truly reaffirmed Kally as our choice and removed any lingering doubts about our decision.  We stand by the choice we have made and know that in doing so we have given our church its best chance at a bright future.  

Christine J. Chair

The PNC Committee 

   Christine wants to express her thanks and gratitude to the committee.

Edna A.

Richie B.

Kurt C.

Bob S.

Barrie S.

Maureen W.

Rev. Janice Moore-Caputo

Margaret Cook – Committee of Ministry Liaison 

Note:   Pastor Kally was prepared to move to Long Island this week and to be in the pulpit as of June 7.  Unfortunately, the kitchen cabinets are not complete and so the kitchen cannot be finished in time to allow them to move as they had planned this weekend of May 31.  The new plan is that Pastor Kally will drive from Knoxville the week of June 7 and will be in the pulpit on June 14 and June 28.  Their furniture will be coming shortly after June 15 as will her husband Bryce and the children.   

Sometime the week of June 22, Pastor Kally and her family will go on vacation for two weeks for the unique event in that she will be able to perform the marriage ceremony for her mother.  The Elliott’s will return shortly after July 5.               

Barbara M.



June 2015

By Audrey H.

“God proves his love for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for us”  Romans 5:8

The R & R ladies celebrated the 41st Retreat this May at Tuscarosa Inn in Pennsylvania.  Our numbers have dropped but this was by far one of our best.

Cynthia P. and Tina W. prepared a great program on “Imagine a World Without Fear”.  They put lots of time in for this and I thank them so much for the great job done.  “Kally “ our new minister will be here on June 14th and we are all looking forward to that.  Janet Porcher has been with us for quite awhile and she is a great person and preacher.  We will be saying goodby to her the end of May but she will still be with us when we need her to fill in.  We are planning to honor her on May 31st.  

You all probably heard this already but Fred and I will become great grandparents in December.  Scary!  We are also celebrating our 64th Anniversary.  

Our military Bridge was cancelled.  Hope we get more people interested for our October schedule.  It is a fun time.  Have a great summer.  I’ll be back in September.  

“Every morning when you wake up as soon as your feet hit the floor say this prayer: “Jesus, what would you have me do today?”



Lemonade/Iced Tea in the Speer Parlor will begin Sunday July 5.  Please volunteer on the sign-up sheet to bring and serve cool drinks one summer Sunday.  Cups, Napkins, and table cloth will be provided.

Virginia G. and Maureen W. for the Deacons.


Western Cluster News

The Western Cluster is focused on raising the money for the group to attend the two mission trips to New Orleans to work with Habitat for Humanity for the older teens.  The younger group will be attending a week to learn about Heifer Project at the farm in Massachusetts.  We have a youth attending each event.  The total cost of the transportation of the group for the trips is close to $25,000.  So they are working hard.  

The events scheduled are as follows:   Car Wash May 31 at Sweet Hollow from 11 am – 4 pm.  

June 7 is the Pasta Palooza at Garden City starting at 12 noon.  The cost is $10.00 per adult and $5.00 for children.   The Garden City Presbyterian church at 91 Chester Avenue in Garden City.  Each ticket includes one raffle ticket.  They have Raffle Baskets with tickets that are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00.   The youngsters attending the mission trips will be serving at the event.  

The next event is a backyard sale Saturday with the sale from 8-4pm on June 20.  Set up will be Friday evening June 19 at 4:00pm, at the Glen Cove Presbyterian Church in Pastor Betsy Simpson’s backyard at the manse.   There will be a lot of camping, fishing, and other outdoor items available.  Pastor Betsy’s husband Joe recently died and he was a greater hunter, fisherman, camper etc.  Once again it is expected that the youngsters attending the trips will be working at the sale.  

It is still possible to contribute through donations to the Carolyn McCahon Scholarship Fund.                      



The last day of Sunday School is June 21.  Teacher recognition Sunday will be June 14.  How wonderful it would be if all our children could be there to help us honor our teachers during worship!  Child care will be provided each Sunday throughout the summer for infants through second grade.  If you are interested in helping to provide summer child care, please contact Brenda B.  All help is greatly appreciated.



We are looking for all 2015 high school and college  graduates.  Your church family would like to honor you during worship on Sunday, June 28.  If this is you, please contact the church office at 766-5916 by June 7 to let us know if you will be attending service on that day.


Church Life

The total collected from our White Elephant Sale held on April 18 and from the special items later displayed for user groups to purchase.  We give thanks again to God and all who assisted us in making this event a great success. Our next big sale will be the one combined with our popular Christmas Boutique to be held this year on November 14 from 10-4pm.  It is never too early to begin looking for gently used household items and/or new items for the Boutique. 

Military Bridge is tentatively scheduled for some time in early October.  Small, new and inexpensive gifts such as items purchased at a $ store or a lottery ticket will be needed as well as baked goods and especially, participants.  Church members, please encourage your friends to accompany you.

We are planning to hold a Pot Luck dinner and Game Night soon after our new pastor, Kally and her family are settled in the newly renovated manse.  This will be a wonderful time for us to welcome them and share in a night of fellowship.  The date and time will be announced as soon as it is determined.

Anita O. and the Church Life Committee


Oceanside Interfaith Council

The next meeting will be held here, at FPC on Thursday, June 11 at 9:15am.   



Thank you to the following people who helped spruce up the pastor’s office; Karen B., Ailie D., Maureen W., Kurt C., Brenda and Richie B..  Your physical and/or financial donation has allowed our new pastor to have a bright, clean office space in which to work.  At  no cost to the church!  Your faithfulness will be greatly rewarded.

We would also like to give a heartfelt thank you to Kurt C. for the excellent job being done on the manse renovations.  Aside from being meticulous and aware of the smallest detail, he has been an excellent steward of our money always giving the best quality at minimal cost.  Thank you also to Jessica, Connor and Kaci for sacrificing much family time with their husband/father during this time.

The Finance Committee







Thank You from the Long Island Council of Churches



One of our members made a special contribution to the Long Island Council of churches Food Pantry and we received a thanks from the Executive Director.  “On behalf of the Long Island Council of Churches’ board, staff, and those we serve thank you for your donation of $ 260.  It will be used to support and help us sustain our ministry to Long Island’s most vulnerable residents.  

More than half of our guests are the working poor, and an increasing number are seniors who never before visited a food pantry.  Without our help, these guests simply cannot make ends meet.  Here’s how we help them:

Last year we provided 218,214 meals to 24,246 hungry Long Islanders in both counties and provided family support to another 7,209.  Additional food assistance included Thanksgiving food baskets to 98 families, Christmas food baskets to 281 families, a full-course Thanksgiving Dinner for migrant and seasonal workers on the East End, and we fed 490 seniors through a partnership with the Catholic charities commodity Supplemental Food Program.  Other family support services included Christmas gift cards and toys to 559 adults and children; housing, utilities and heat assistance to 190; prescription and eyeglasses assistance to 31; transportation assistance for 243; Hurricane Sandy assistance to five; clothing, jackets/gloves/sweaters, and household items to 3,725.  We served a total of 31, 455 individuals and families in crisis through these programs.

The food, family support and other services we provide are a lifeline for our guests.  Thank you for caring and for helping us meet their urgent needs.  

Thanks so much for your help.

Sincerely yours, 

Rev. Thomas W. Goodhue




Thank you very much



…for the stamps you sent to the Stamp Ministry.  The income from their sale goes to support preparation, publishing and distribution of a Spanish language curriculum for Sunday Schools.  More than 50 lesson series have been published and are being used in churches of 40 different denominations in 19 Spanish speaking countries in South America, Central America and even the USA.

In 2013, we sent $ 37,000.00 to the Sunday School project and in 2014, we sent $ 41,000.00.  This brings us to a grand total of $854,361.00 since the inception of the Stamp Ministry back in 1972.  Thank you so much for your support of this vital ministry.  

A note of interest; in 1972, the first year of the Stamp Ministry, 

$4,100.00 was raised.  Last year, 2014, $41,000. was generated.  As of the end of 3/2015 we have raised $ 7,000.  We appreciate, very much, your including a self-addressed stamped envelope inside the top of your package so that we can acknowledge your gift.  Every penny we don’t have to use on postage, means more money for the printing of the Spanish Christian literature.  

Thank you for serving the Lord with us.  

Stamp Ministry Volunteers 





 Alzheimer's Prayer


Do not ask me to remember

Don’t try to make me understand

Let me rest and know and know you’re with me

Kiss my cheek and hold my hand.


I’m confused beyond your concept

I am sad and sick and lost

All I know is that I need you

to be with me at all cost.


Do not lose your patience with me

Do not scold or curse or cry

I can’t help the way I’m acting

Can’t be different though I try.


Just remember that I need you

that the best of me is gone

Please don’t fail to stand beside me

Love me till my life is done.


(This was contributed by a member of the congregation who does not know who composed it or where it came from.  It means a lot to her and she thought it might be meaningful to you also).



































































Presbyterian Church (USA)

Presbytery of Long Island






If you have any questions or need further information please call church office at 516-766-5916 and fax is (516) 766-5014