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.








Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

Even though I’m a fan of technology, it seems like there’s no escaping it, even if you wanted to.  In our modern, digital world, it’s easy to work around the clock: our cell phones are always on and everyone expects their text messages and e-mails to be answered instantaneously.  You might even crawl into bed with your phone, checking out your Facebook updates or playing a game to “wind down”.  It’s safe to say that for most of us our work and our technology can consume our days and our nights.

Citizens of the ancient world saw no such conveniences, of course.  they entertained themselves in other ways, usually in groups: true face-to-face fellowship at its finest.  Even still, they managed to be distracted from the ways of the Lord.

God wants our attention.  God wants to be He who consumes your thoughts every day and every night.  It might seem impossible; after all, how many of us are living in monastic settings?

The psalmist writes:  “But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and on his law he meditates day and night.   Psalm 1:2

He who is close to the Lord is the same one who meditates on holy things night and day.  How can that translate for us, in our world, with all of our distractions and responsibilities?  As we ready ourselves for Christ’s death and resurrection, we should turn ourselves to prayer.  Lent is a prime time for investigating God’s word, spending time in prayer, and meditating on Scripture.  Ask God to help you carve out more time to spend time talking to God and (even more importantly) listening to God, the more our thoughts return to Him and His ways.  Through regular prayer and reflection on Scripture, we become more like Him and it becomes possible to spend our days and nights thinking godly things.

This Lenten season, I invite you to join me as we dedicate more time to God through quiet times of prayer, meditation, and reflection.

In Peace and Love,

Pastor Janet.


Lenten Study Information 

We are part of a group that is a cluster of the churches in the Presbytery that are located in the Western portion of the island.   In addition, to wonderful youth activities they are offering a Lenten Study.  There will be a light supper served at each gathering.  The schedule is as follows on successive Tuesdays evenings 6:45 – 8:30pm.  The group plans to study the book of James in the New Testament with a different chapter each week.

Tuesday February 24   The Presbyterian Church in Garden City

                91 Chester Avenue    Garden City, NY

Tuesday March 3    First Presbyterian Church

                178 South Ocean Avenue   Freeport, NY

Tuesday March 10   First Presbyterian Church  

                717 St. Luke’s Place   Baldwin NY

Tuesday March 17   Community Presbyterian Church

                12-24 Nottingham Road,     Malverne NY

Tuesday March 24   The Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow

                95 Old Country Road     Melville  NY       

We hope that you will be able to come to these Lenten Studies.  They say that unless you have a faithful Lent that you don’t have a Good Easter.  It is such a good opportunity to get to know the faithful friends in our neighboring churches.  We plan to car pool and if you have questions about directions I can give you help.   Let me know if you want to attend and perhaps I can help get car pools together.   

Barbara M.


What’s Happening ?

Number 54

February 2015

By Audrey H. 

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.

         Philippians 4:13  

I thought it would be nice to start with my favorite Bible verse so this is what’s up. 

The Christmas Pageant and Birthday Party for Jesus was great as you all know and it was my privilege to be a part of it.

I have distributed some flyers for our R & R which is on May 1st to 3rd this year and April 30 if you are coming on Thursday.  I have to report to Tuscarora how many are coming so if you haven’t given me your deposit and are planning to attend please do so before Feb. 15th.  Please make checks out to me since I am not able to get an account in the name of Oceanside Presbyterian Women at this time. 

Congratulations to Ann and Les B. who celebrated their 57th Anniversary on January 25th.

We continue to have Rev. Janet Porcher in our pulpit and we enjoy having her always!  She told us that she saw a sign on the road which absolutely made her day.  It said:



Things are kind of busy in my personal life now so I think I will take a leave of absence with my column for March and April and I will be back in May.  I really can’t wait for Spring to get here as I am not enjoying all the cold weather and snow.  However, we can’t do anything about that except pray so we have to be patient. 

We are also looking forward to June when we will be welcoming our new Pastor.  An early Happy Easter to all!!

“Where flowers bloom, so does hope.”     Lady Bird Johnson



Session Notes

On January 13, Session and Deacons met together initially and then separated in to our separate meetings.

In the Session meeting, we met with the Manse Committee discussing the plans for the needed renovation of the manse.  We decided that it was time to replace the old furnace and we have decided to convert to gas heat. 

Session approved the possibility of Pastor Janet to teach an Adult Bible Study if the details can be worked out with the group and Pastor Janet satisfactorily. 

We then met with the Finance Committee and discussed the proposed budget for 2015 which was approved. 

We then heard the reports from the Nominating Committee with their recommendations for new officers.  We are aware that we will still have vacancies which must be filled. 

The Pastoral Search Committee requested to be disbanded as they believe they have completed their work satisfactorily.  Session continues  to work to enable a smooth welcome for Pastor Kally Elliott and her family. 

We heard from the Mission Committee regarding the Western Cluster and the plans for the youth activities and for the Lenten Study series.

Anita O. for the Church Life Committee , spoke of the upcoming Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper.  They are also preparing the soup for the Annual Meeting. 

Anita then reported on the Use of building groups.  Some groups are unable to give the extra donation that they had been giving and so we have turned the Adopt a Bill box into a Free Will Donation box. 

Session approved the request of the Property and Grounds to replace several raised cement slabs on the sidewalk on Oceanside Road when the weather allows. 

The meeting closed with prayer led by the Moderator Pastor Janice Moore-Caputo.   

Barbara M.                 


 Note:   As I am preparing to print this I have just learned that Steven and Cheryl S. have a new baby boy- Louis Harry.  Mom, Dad and baby seem to be doing well.  Congratulations to them!                                       


Church Life


Soon one of our favorite events could take place.  This event is the Shrove Tuesday Pancake supper.  We are hesitant in preparing for it as there was a poor show of interest last year.  If you have not yet signed up and wish to attend please do so now or Call Anita to reserve a seat.  International House of Pancakes (IHOP) very generously donates their delicious batter, sausages and syrup.  We hope to hear from you soon.  If you are unable to attend we would appreciate knowing that also. 

The date is February 17th at 6:00 PM. 

We are going to try to plan for several Pot Luck Dinner and Game nights but realize that weather conditions might make canceling at the last minute a possibility. 

Future Planned Events: 

April 18th Saturday  10:00am to 4:00 PM   White Elephant Sale

May 15th  Friday     7:00 pm   Military Bridge.   This event will also be scheduled for some time in October possibly during the day. 

Anita O.


Interfaith Council


The next meeting is at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church on Thursday, February 12th at 9:15 am.  The entrance is to the left of the front door of the church.

Anita O. and Maureen W. routinely go to represent our church but we are always looking for new folks to join them to strengthen our participation. 


Oceanside Interfaith Ash Wednesday Service


On February 18, 2015 at 7:30PM at the Oceanside Lutheran Church which is at 55 Fairview Avenue next to the Oceanside Public Library.  It is a nice service and we will have participation from the three Protestant Churches.  This is the beginning of Lent and it is good to worship together. 



















































































































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