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, 

I am excited to join you all in ministry this summer and am grateful that you have called me to be your pastor.  I hope to get to know all of you soon as we work alongside each other to share God’s love in Christ with the Oceanside community. 

So that you can begin to get to know me and my family I thought I would write you a letter of introduction.  My husband Bryce and I grew up in southern California.  I spent my teenage years in San Diego and Bryce was born and raised in Thousand Oaks.  We met when we both attended the same campus ministry at the University of California, Davis.  We knew it was “true love” when we found ourselves spending hours in the dining hall talking about anything and everything. 

After graduating from UC Davis I taught fifth grade for two years at a small private school in Woodland, CA while Bryce finished graduate school.  We then moved to Decator, GA so that I could attend Columbia Theological Seminary.  In my last year of seminary I had my first son, Rylan who is now twelve. 

After graduating from seminary I took the call I am currently serving as Campus Minister and Executive Director of the Presbyterian Campus Ministry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.  I have loved my time with college students.  They are fun, full of life, and let’s face it, they keep me up to date with what is “cool”.  While serving the campus ministry I also spent many Sundays supply preaching in churches around Knoxville and starting a new worshiping community of young adults and families.                                                  

Since we moved to Knoxville I have had three more children, Spencer age 9, Kellen age 7, and Eve age 3.  Life at our house is chaotic, lively, messy, loud, and all in all, pretty great.  We have neighborhood kids running in and out of our doors every day and I can’t seem to keep the refrigerator stocked.  Bryce and I wouldn’t have it any other way though.

One of the main reasons I love Christian ministry is because I get to walk with others as we discover grace in the every day experiences of life and then we try to share love and grace with others.  People ask me all the time why, in this culture that offers us so many other choices I am still a Christian.  I tell them it’s because of Jesus.  Jesus’ command to love for our neighbor, his offer of hope in times of darkness, the way he offered radical hospitality and invitation to all people, but most of all his message of grace.  Grace to be who and what we are made to be.  Grace to be forgiven when we mess up.  Grace to be loved when we feel unlovable.  Grace to be able to walk with each other on this journey.  Grace to be called his “friend” and “child of God.”  Those are some of the reasons I love Christian ministry. 

I hope to get to meet each of you soon and hear what excites you about the ministry at First Presbyterian Church, Oceanside. 




To First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside Congregation. 

Fred and I wish to thank all of you for your support and sympathy on the passing of my brother Dick.  All of your calls and cards were such a help to us as we were grieving our loss and we shall never forget it.  Our Congregation is so caring and you are so very much appreciated.  God Bless you all! 

Audrey and Fred H.  



Christian Education Update 

The children and I have been having a great winter.  We have been studying the parables (stories with a moral or lesson) Jesus told, to help the people of his time, understand how God wants them to act and behave.  We are discovering how we can translate his lessons so they make sense in our lives.  What can we do to act on God’s love for us? 

The Parable of the Sower (farmer) taught us the importance of learning about God but also sharing his message ( the love and acceptance of everyone) with others.  Using the Parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus preached God’s Greatest Commandments – To love the Lord your God with all of your heart with all of your soul and with all of your mind, And to love your neighbor as yourself.  God considers everyone “your neighbor.  God wants you to treat others the way you want to be treated. (The Golden rule).  To do this we must show love to everyone even those who are mean or cruel to us.  Or  our enemies”.  This week we will be discussing the Parable of the Prodigal Son which deals with the concepts of jealousy and forgiveness.  What does it mean to be jealous?  Why its so important to God that we find forgiveness in our hearts for those who have hurt us.  The Bible verse for this week is Romans 12:15 “Be happy with those who are happy and weep with those wo weep.”  Meaning have compassion for others and celebrate their happiness.  I try to present each lesson in a fun relevant way, which entertains, but stresses each moral of the stories Jesus told.

During the month of March we will be visiting the events of Holy Week leading up to Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday.  We will discuss and, I will try to explain, why Jesus washed his disciples feet,  the meaning behind the Last Supper, why the disciples left Jesus to be arrested in the Garden of Gethsemane, how Peter denied Him, why Pilate agreed to crucify an innocent man, and ultimately why Jesus conquered death to forgive our sins.   

I am lucky enough to have bright excited children who come ready to learn each week.  I hope they have as much fun as I do.  many thanks to Dennis, Brianna and all my adult helpers, you have been a great pleasure and much needed help each week. 


Christine J.


Letter from Pastor Janet Porcher


Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,


As you stroll through the local stores, you’ll see an abundance of bunnies, baskets, and candy for sale, and those may be the only signs of Easter you’ll find outside of church.  Unlike its Christmas counterpart Easter is largely un-commercialized, which is pretty wonderful; the day that we celebrate the glory of Christ’s resurrection remains untainted by retailers.  However, just because we’re not receiving Easter and upon Easter ad in our newspapers and inboxes doesn’t mean we should pigeonhole the holiday as a minor celebration; on the contrary, Easter is perhaps the most crucial holiday on the Christian calendar – even the word crucial has its roots in Christianity, stemming from the term for crucify.

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And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the wilderness.  He was in the wilderness forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels waited on him.  Now after John was arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the Good News of God, and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and believe in the Good News.”  

Mark 1: 12-15

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The season we call Lent, the forty days prior to Easter, represents the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness, continually tempted by Satan.  When He emerged from the wilderness, He knew it was time for the prophesy of His death and resurrection to be fulfilled. 

As believers, we remember this.  We look to this time of Lent as a way to go into our own ‘wilderness’ of sorts; we pray, we fast, we meditate, we worship, we focus on God.  We ready ourselves for the grief of Christ’s death and we take joy in the gospel of His    rising again.  We are granted eternal life through Christ, the Messiah lifted up. 

I invite you to join us as we take a closer look at the life of Christ these next few weeks as we recall what this season is all about. 

In Peace and Love,

Pastor Janet.



Western Cluster Lenten Study Series


Last evening (Tuesday February 24 ), Edna A., Maureen W. and I attended the Lenten Study Series at the Garden City Presbyterian Church.  It was a very good time which included a light dinner, study of the Book of James, and a brief worship.  At the same time, the Confirmation Class was meeting and was taught by Pastor Janice Moore-Caputo.  There was a wonderful group of about 30 young people in the Confirmation class and about 30 adults in Lenten study.  The study was well prepared and interesting.  Please join us for the rest of the session which are as follows:  Each time we meet from 6:45 – 8:30pm.  If you want to car pool please call the church office to make arrangements. 


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        



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).


Church Life


St. Patrick’s Day items are displayed in the Fellowship Hall for purchase.


All user group members, Pumpkin Patch staff and parents and members of the congregation purchased most of our Valentine items.  We will be setting up Spring and Easter items as the day and season grows closer.  A long awaited day it is indeed. 

Please begin looking for items to donate for our White Elephant Sale on April 18th.  New items are needed for our Military Bridge on May 15th. 

Thank you to all who volunteered to help with the Pancake Supper.  We are planning a pot luck dinner and game night for the near future.  Weather permitting.  Fellowship is so important for all of us. 

A package of cancelled stamps was sent to Stamp Ministry in Florida on February 15th to support the printing of Spanish written Sunday School Booklets in South America.  There is a container on the table opposite the office for donations. 

Anita O.


Oceanside Interfaith Council


The next meeting of the Interfaith Council is Thursday, March 12th, 9:15 am at SNCH in a meeting room off of the main lobby.   All are welcome.


Anita O.



Additional Fundraiser for Western Cluster Trips this Summer


At the Lenten Study, we learned of an additional fundraiser to help support the mission trips this summer for our youth.  We will have probably at least two or more attending each of the trips – the older group of youth will be going to New Orleans to help build housing with Habitat for Humanity.  The younger group will be going to Massachusetts to the Heifer Project farm.  This is a good opportunity for youth to help with the animals.  They also have a section where they have sections from each of the areas in the world where they are.  The youth then spend time in each of these areas working as they would in those scenes.  These are good opportunities for young people.  There is no individual cost to the youth as there are many different incomes levels represented.  That is why they must engage in fund raising efforts because for the two trips they need about $25,000.   Every little bit helps.                                        

The new fundraiser in addition to the M & M canisters is for Homemade Chocolate Easter Eggstravaganza.  Our goal is to sell over 1000 eggs.  These eggs are homemade by Fishing Creek Salem United Methodist Church in Etters, Pa.  Each egg is about 3” x s.5” x 1”.  The choices are

Peanut Butter in Mild Choc.  (Blue Foil)

Peanut Butter in Dark Choc.  ( Orange Foil)

Double Coconut    (Purple Foil)

Peppermint   (Gold Foil)

Coconut Cream   (Green Foil)

Vanilla Cream    (White Foil)


$ 3.00 - each egg    $15.00 - ½ dozen eggs       $ 30.00 – Dozen Eggs


If you are interested please see Barbara M. for an order blank.   





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:  MARCH 22, 2015


Contact Jeanne C.  Through church office 766-5916 if you have any questions.


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             







______I will take the flowers after the service..


______Leave at church to be planted on the church grounds.



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.





















































































































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