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.
THE PRESBYTEER FOR OCTOBER 2014 EDITED FOR WEBPAGE
GIVING PEACE A CHANCE
General Assembly Moderator Rada joins Boulder Interfaith Peace Walk
So, an iman, a
rabbi, and a Presbyterian minister met in a parking lot… To be precise, they met on the afternoon of
Sept. 11 in the parking lot of the Islamic Center of Boulder Colorado, along
with 150 members from local Muslim, Jewish, and Christian faith groups. They congregated to commemorate, celebrate
and cross-pollinate with an organized “Walk for Peace and Solidarity.”
This unlikely band
of men, women, and children gathered to commemorate the 13th anniversary of the
September 11 attacks. While not uncommon
for interfaith groups o recall the tragic events of 9/11, this group had an
additional and much more personal reason to gather.
The buildings of
the three main participants – the Islamic Center, Congregation Har HaShem, and
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church are lined up just blocks from each other along
one of Boulder’s busiest thoroughfares.
They also sit squarely in the floodplain of Boulder Creek, a normally
tranquil trickle that roared to life during the worst deluge in Colorado
history on 9/11/13.
According to St.
Andrew pastor and event co-coordinator the Rev. Stan Adamson, “This date to
coincide with the one year anniversary of the 2013 floods that devastated
Boulder. Muslims at the Islamic Center,
who had experienced flooding in the basement of their building, were deeply
moved that it was Christians and Jews who came to help them clean up.”
Indeed, the walk
served as a joyful show of celebration for acts of goodwill, cooperation, and
Finally, the event
organizers affirmed the local cross-pollination opportunities that are allowing
these ancient faith groups to shed their inhibitions and really get to know
each other. “Jesus taught us that the
second of the two great commandments from the Torah (Leviticus 19:18) calls
upon us not just to tolerate, but rather to ‘love our neighbor as ourselves,’”
“September 11 can
be redeemed as Jews, Christians, Muslims, and members of other faith groups
learn to love each other as individuals, and not allow external prejudices to
be imposed, “ he added, “We tried to
model this friendship with a walk – not a protest or demonstration – but a
celebration of our solidarity s neighbors.”
interfaith event was the newly-minted moderator of the 221st Presbyterian
Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly, Heath Rada.
“As Moderator, I am participating in this event (to show) that the PCUSA
embraces our fellow human beings and does not affirm the hatred and divisions
which the radical elements of all of our faiths hide behind to support their
selfish motives.” Rada said, “Our denomination has had a reputation of
being a force for justice for many years.
Likewise, the Lord we serve modeled for us the importance of being
Rada continued: “It
weighs heavy on my heart that our world is so divided in regard to religions
that we are willing to kill one another.
The commemoration of Sept. 11 in Boulder provided people of different
faith traditions an opportunity to join hands and show our unity and our
support for positive relations. Though
we may differ in our understandings and interpretations of God, we share a
belief in the goodness of each other and our desire to stand up for justice and
to provide hope to those who feel hopeless.
Sept 11 is a day of remorse and horror.
May we seek to find ways to turn it into a day for coming together as
So what’s the punch
line to the seemingly disparate spiritual leaders who met in a parking lot?
The imam says Salaam.
The rabbi says Shalom.
The minister says Peace.
No joke… only when we say it, walk it, and do it together
can we give peace a chance!
This was a letter on PCUSA website and the Presbytery of LI
The Sunday School is up and running. We have had some exciting lessons and great
fun together. All are welcome, don’t
stay away, we love to see our students!
We invite you to join us as we honor Ginni D. on October 12th at a
special coffee hour reception in her honor.
I know she would love to see you all there.
The Monday school study group has been reading and
discussing the book “Why prayer makes sense” by Ed Strauss. I know they enjoy new members with fresh
thoughts and perspectives. Join the conversation! Call Brenda if interested.
A group of Presbyterian churches have banded together to
form the West End Presbyterian Cluster.
This roaming youth group includes your people from seven Long Island
Churches. (Baldwin, Freeport, Garden City, Glen Cove, Malverne, Massapequa,
Sweet Hollow in Melville and now Oceanside).
One of the goals of this cluster is to provide opportunities
for youth fellowship. Upcoming events
include Rise of Jack –O-Lantern, Sweet Hollow
Smashing pumpkins November 2 and a retreat weekend at Holmes
November 7 & 8. In addition fun
events are planned monthly. Any young
adult in 7-12 grade is welcome. Our
Church Session has agreed to pay the annual dues for this year. We will join this roaming cluster of churches
and welcome these young people to our church in rotation throughout the coming
Akousa and I will be reaching out to each of you in the
coming month, to determine if any of you have an interest in fellowship among
your peers. We hope that you will
contact either of us as well if you feel comfortable.
We hope to bring everyone together some time in early
October to discuss our options and explain more about the workings of the
Cluster as we receive more information.
Our first pot luck dinner and game night was held on Friday
26th at 6 pm. It was attended by twelve
church members and one guest who quickly became our “friend”. We all enjoyed a delicious array of specialty
dishes and desserts followed by several games, many laughs and great
Military Bridge will be making a come- back on October 17
and the White Elephant/Christmas boutique is scheduled for November 15th.
We need to borrow many card tables for the Military
Bridge. There is a sign-up list on the
Church Life bulletin board. Please list
your name and the quantity you are able to offer or call Anita. Also we are asking for donations of ne items
to be offered as prizes. Several items
already received have included candle holders, figurines and wind chimes. Anything you are able to give will defray the
cost of purchasing enough prizes so that everyone receives one. That seems to
be the “norm” when hosting this event.
The cost of admittance is $10. We
have engaged a professional caller and will be serving refreshments which we
are also hoping will be donated. Chances
will be sold for Merchant gift Certificates and any other donated gifts. Reservations must be made in advance. Please contact Anita , Maureen, or Barrie for more information and tickets.
Our sale in November is progressing with many donations
already received from people who have recently moved or are in the process of
moving. We have been storing the donations
in the Manse until ready for set up in the Barbara Pastor Fellowship Hall on
Wednesday, November 12th.
We are very excited about the plans we have made for the
Fall and look forward to working with all of you who can manage to donate some
time to help us.
Anita and Committee
Interfaith Thanksgiving Service will be at St. Anthony’s Roman Catholic Church on Tuesday November 25, at 7:30
The Deacon’s Doings
We had our first meeting and it was a busy one. There’s a need for willing disciples to sign
up for coffee hour. It gives all of us
an opportunity for fellowship with one another each Sunday. Thank you to everyone who has provided
refreshments after church this year.
Please keep in mind to bring items needed from the list for
the Food for the Needy.
Here’s the list for items needed for the Freeport Food
Vegetables /soups (low salt/low fat)
fruit juice (not fruit drink)
rice, canned beans
grits, dry cereal (non/low sugar)
tuna, chicken, salmon (in water)
(low salt), peanut butter/ jelly
used clean clothes/ new clothes
formula powder Enfamil w/lipi or Similac advance
Soap, toothpaste/brushes, toiletries
(3-5), paper towels, toilet paper
A Way Forward
On Sunday September 28, Edna and I attended a workshop at Garden City
Presbyterian Church. The event was
organized by the Presbytery Committee on Ministry because there are a group of
churches in Western Nassau County that have different but similar
problems. The churches include
Oceanside, Baldwin, Malverne, Massapequa, who are without Pastor’s at this
point. Massapequa has an Interim but he
may be leaving soon after the New Year.
Membership is lower than in previous times and there are also financial
concerns in some of the churches. In
addition to the churches without Pastors there were included Garden City,
Freeport, Merrick, Glen Cove, Great Neck, Levittown. We were well armed with the answers to the 4
questions from the members of our congregation.. There were excellent presentations on
possible models for organizing churches.
We all agreed that we need to work cooperatively as “We are stronger
together.” We discussed some ways to
move ahead and you will hear more of that in the near future.
Edna & Barbara
“Peace I leave with you: My peace I give unto you.” John 14:27
Well, even though summer is over it doesn’t feel like it
when it is
80 degrees! Let’s
enjoy it while it lasts.
Fred and I ushered on August 31st and I have to confess that
it was the only time I have done so since I joined the church in 1961. However, during that time I was teaching
Sunday School for quite a few years and after that I joined the Chancel Choir.
The LI Presbyterian Women’s Fall Gathering in Southampton
September 24th and Anita, Barrie and I were able to
attend. It was a
very good gathering of people from all over but most were
there and we were the ones who came farthest. The program
was done by Jeanne B. and it was very spiritual and enjoyed by all. Jeanne has done one of the programs at
Cormaria and I remember her from that.
One thing that she mentioned is that if you rearrange all the letters
in “Presbyterian” it reads “Best in
Prayer”. We did a lot of praying with
each other and we were separated from those who we came with and mixed with
those who were from other places which was very interesting.
Cormaria is coming up and we have five attending that event
which is always great. I will report on
that in my next column.
We had a Pot Luck supper and game night recently and we all
enjoyed all the good food that folks brought.
More of you should try to put these events on your calendar.
Your Choir is glad to be back on the Chancel now that fall
is here. We always enjoy worshiping with
you with music.
Elsebeth T. a former member of our congregation who is now
living in Maine always enjoys reading our Presbyteer. She sends her best to everyone here.
“Nobody can make you feel inferior without your consent.”
Rev. Janice Moore-Caputo now moderates our Session since
Rev. Adrian Pratt left Baldwin Presbyterian and moved to Maryland. This month Session met alone but next month
will meet the same night as Deacons.
The Deacon’s have chosen to provide visitation to our shut
in’s rather than to go to East Rockaway Progressive Care. We would be grateful if members of the
congregation would volunteer to help when we go each month. We believe that we will be going during the
week rather than on Sundays.
Richie B. and I have been working with the sound system
trying to help make the remarks of the Pastor more audible. I think we have made some progress. We also have a large print bulletin if anyone
needs one. It will help if you let
Barbara know before Sunday so that it is printed for you.
The broken fence has been repaired. Edna A. and Barbara were appointed to attend
The Way Forward event at Garden City.
The per capita cost will increase in 2015 by 5 cents to $30.83 per
Rev. Janet Porcher is now preaching more consistently at our
church and is also available to provide pastoral care and counseling.
Ginni D. is working in behalf of the Christian Ed committee
to update the policy on Sexual Abuse which will be finalized at the next
We have joined the Western Nassau County cluster which will
enable us to gain access to youth programs, confirmation class, and some
education programs for times like Lent and possibly Advent.
Each year at this time we are given an opportunity to
consider what we give to the church in response to God’s amazing gifts to
us. Throughout the Bible there are
teachings about giving of our time, talents and treasure for God for the work
of the church. In Proverbs 3:9 it says,
“Honor the Lord with your substance and with the first fruits of all your
produce.” For the last few weeks in
worship, we have been learning from Jesus teachings in Matthew about rightful
use of that which God has given us.
Think carefully about God’s goodness and our responsibility to therefore
reach out to help others to further his kingdom.
Edna A. and