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 FEBRUARY 2015 EDITED FOR WEBPAGE
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.
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,
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
Chester Avenue Garden City, NY
Tuesday March 3
First Presbyterian Church
South Ocean Avenue Freeport, NY
Tuesday March 10
First Presbyterian Church
Luke’s Place Baldwin NY
Tuesday March 17
Community Presbyterian Church
Nottingham Road, Malverne NY
Tuesday March 24 The
Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow
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
What’s Happening ?
By Audrey H.
“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me”.
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:
DON’T WORRY, I GOT THIS.
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
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
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
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
The meeting closed with prayer led by the Moderator Pastor
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!
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
May 15th Friday 7:00 pm
Military Bridge. This event will
also be scheduled for some time in October possibly during the day.
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
Oceanside Interfaith Ash Wednesday
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.