First Presbyterian Church at Christian Hook, Oceanside, New York


 

First Presbyterian Church

“ Loving God by Serving All”

…Welcome…

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 MAY 2015 EDITED FOR WEBPAGE



 

 

Dear Sister and Brothers in Christ.

 

During the past year we have been open and faithful to the Holy Spirit, and it has been evident to me that we have received much encouragement, guidance, direction and many blessings as a result.  This church has many faithful servants of Christ who are working visibly and quietly who share their time and who bring their God given gifts to the ministry of this Church.

A Church Family is also a family who cares for one another when there is a need.  I have seen the fruits of this love amongst you.

It has been a joy and privilege to Pastor and Shepherd all of you for over a year.  The opportunities for me to continue to Preach the Word, pastoral care and visitation have truly been a blessing to me.  I am grateful for this church family who took a faith and trust in God who opened a new opportunity for the church and for all our lives.

I am excited for you by the new journey of ministry together that awaits, with the arrival of your new Pastor The Rev. Kally Elliott and her family.  There is no doubt within my heart and spirit that she will find the same excitement of renewed joy and spirit that I have found.

I would encourage you to do what you can this year, with the help of the Holy Spirit to make an impact in the world and the community around you by simply being faithful and obedient to God’s leading in your life.  Be sensitive to His voice and you will be amazed at what He will do!  Spread the Joy and Spread the Word so that we may always run out of bulletins!!!

May our Lord Jesus continue to walk with us and strengthen us to become a true disciple of Christ by serving this world with love and grace.

In Love and Peace

Pastor Janet

The picture is from the work on our steeple roof taken by Pastor Janet.  We are delighted with our new roof on the steeple and the Fellowship Hall.  Aspen Contracting Company did a fine job and we now have a 50 year  warranty on those roofs.

 

 

DEACONS DOINGS

 

 

Have you served coffee lately?

If you have never served coffee before there is no time like the present.  This is our plea… We need you!  The Deacons would like to thank Virginia G. for her continued dedication to our weekly coffee hour.  Thanks also goes out to Maureen W. for taking the time to make sure we have coffee to drink as well as the plates and cups needed to serve refreshments.  We are so grateful to have so many willing disciples each week who assist these ladies in their efforts.  Without their offered treats and willing hands coffee hour would not be possible.  We all enjoy the fellowship.  It’s important to grow in friendship as well as faith, while here at church.  

                              Thank you everyone for all you do.

Christine J.

 

 

Church Life

 

 

On April 18th, 2015 our doors opened to invite a long line of treasure seekers waiting to attend our Spring White Elephant Sale.  We cannot remember the last time The Barbara Pastor Fellowship hall was so crowded with happy and excited people.  It was necessary to open an extra check out even though the bake, jewelry and collectible tables handled their own transactions.  In spite of not having an over-abundance of items for sale our profit passed the $ mark and is still growing as many items are on display for our users groups to purchase.

The Committee gives thanks to all the people who helped this event to be such a great success.  Many donated, priced, baked, set up, washed, made delicious salads, cleaned up and advertised for this sale.  There are so many to name that I fear omitting one by mistake but we would like to thank 3 young men, Dennis, his friend Matt and our new member Hungji who did everything asked of them with a smile.  Without you all it would never have taken place.  Our next White Elephant/Holiday Fair will be November 14.  Please start planning to donate items no longer wanted to this event.

I thank my wonderful committee of hard working and loyal members, but more importantly dear friends for everything they do.  You are the BEST!

Note:   The Military Bridge has been cancelled due to the recent death of the callers husband and inadequate attendees.

           Anita O.

 

 

Getting Ready for our New Pastor

 

 

Our new Pastor, The Rev. Kally Elliott will be leading worship on June 7, Holy Communion Sunday.  She and her family will be driving from Knoxville about May 27 and will be moving in the end of May.  The manse renovations are moving along and Kurt C. is working so hard to be sure the manse is all set for the Elliott’s.  We realize that we have only to learn 6 new names but that Pastor Kally and her family have a whole congregation and more to learn.  In order to help them with that we ask that you give a recent snapshot to Barbara M. of you or your family so that she can prepare a pictorial directory for Pastor Kally.  We will also have name tags for each of us to wear for the first several Sundays. 

 

  

Session Notes

 

 

 The Session met on April 16, 2015.  Session approved the establishment of a special fund to collect money for the Allain Family, a local family in great need after the death of the father.  We discussed a report from the Nominating Committee.  Session approved the call of a special congregational meeting to vote to allow Bob Seiffert to resign his positon as congregational representative to the Nominating Committee and to be replaced by Erin Smith.  He can then be nominated for the positon of Elder to fill a vacancy.  The Congregational meeting will be held on April 26.  Committee on Ministry must approved a Moderator for that meeting.  

 We discussed the excellent time we had at the Malverne Community Presbyterian Church at the Agape Meal on Maundy Thursday.  A group of about 12 people joined the folks at Malverne in a service led by Pastor Janice Moore-Caputo.  

 We heard the reports of the various committees.  The Stewardship Committee will join with the Stewardship Committee from Malverne to learn about new programs and to plan a new compaign for 2015.  

 We discussed the worship schedule between now and when Pastor Kally arrives on June 7.  We intend to have a coffee hour to enable us to say thanks to Pastor Janet for all that she has done for us in the last year.  

 We approved additional monies to complete the renovations of the manse.  We learned that our church was named in the will of Marion T. and we will be receiving that money in the next month or so after the closing on her home.  

 We discussed the various assignments for Elders for committees.  We closed with prayer led by Pastor Janice.  

Barbara

 

 

 

What’s Happening?

 

 

May 2015

By Audrey H.

“Perfect Love Casteth out Fear”   I John 4:18

Well here I am back at home and beginning my column again after taking time off.  We spent March in Florida and were very happy to have 82 degree temperatures instead of snow.  Now we are having an April with the strangest weather (not nice) for this time of year.  I hope it will become Spring and warmer soon.  Anyway, it is nice to be back home with all of our church family.

We just had our Elephant Sale which was a big success.  I always enjoy helping with that and being with all of you who also give your time.  Many thanks to Anita O. for all she does for this event.

We are now on the brink of our 41st Ladies Retreat which is being held at Tuscorora Inn in Pennsylvania.  We don’t have as many attending as we had in the past but it is still a very meaningful time together.  

Our Military Bridge is coming up on May 8th which we had last year for the first time.  It is such fun and we are looking forward to that.  Hope you are planning to come.

I spoke to Pat McC. recently who is a former member and now in Florida.  She sends regard to all.  

Well, I am sure there is a lot I am forgetting but I will try to do better next month.    Happy Mother’s Day! 

“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way”

A.H. 

 

 

 

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 

 

 

No Easy Way

 

 

(This is a letter from the Vice-Moderator of General Assembly who is undergoing Cancer Treatment. )

On Sunday, a congregation member from a church that worships in our sanctuary greeted me with a warm smile.  She said “Your scarf is beautiful.  But did you cut your hair? Why wear it?”

 I paused for a moment and said, “Oh, thank you.  Well, it’s because my hair started falling out because of my chemotherapy.”

 About halfway through my sentence, I could tell that she had registered (on her own) why I was wearing a scarf.  Her face said it all and then she became apologetic.  She was embarrassed and sorry she had asked.

 I’ve come to realize that there is no easy way to tell people that I’ve got cancer.  It’s even more glaring now that I am regularly wearing hats and scarves to cover my head.  but the thing is, I am not embarrassed that I had to shave my head a few weeks ago.  In fact, it’s been quite freeing!  My morning routine has been cut in half and I don’t have to worry about bad hair days anymore.

 So a note to those to have or will cross paths with me:  You don’t have to feel sorry for me.  I know the look of pity as people register that I am young and battling cancer.  It’s sad and hard sometimes, that’s for sure.  Yet I have hope.  I caught this early enough that the prognosis is very good.  I pray each day not only for myself or my own family, but for everyone who is battling an illness alongside their friends, family, and loved ones.  The greatest gift is knowing that I do not travel on this path alone.

 That’s all the reassurance I need for now.  

The Rev. Larissa Kwong Arazia

Vice Moderator of the 221st 

General Assembly

 

 

 

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance

Out of Chaos, Hope

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance responds to earthquake disaster in Nepal

 

 

The death toll from the massive earthquake in Nepal continue to rise.  Nearly 4,000 are known dead and more than 6,000 were injured when the 7.8 quake struck just west of the capital of Kathmandu on April 25.  The quake, the worst in more than 80 years, along with many serious aftershocks has also caused damage in parts of India and Bangladesh.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is providing emergency relief and short-term recovery in the impacted areas with our partner, ACT Alliance and its members who are already on the ground.  Immediate response will help provide needed food, water, suppllies and medicine to the impacted towns and villages.  As long term recovery plans are developed, PDA will accompany and further financially support our partners in the area to insure that a comprehensive recovery is sustained.  

The needs for the response will be great.  God’s people are once again called on to stand in the “GAP” – Give. Act. Pray.

Your special offerings can be placed in a pew envelope marked Disaster Relief  Nepal.  In a sense the money we give is to help with this relief effort which will continue for a long time, but also to have the funds to deal with the next great disaster.  Because of the unexpected nature of disasters they need to have resources ready to help.  

Harold F. has moved to:

Sunrise at Marlboro

Marlboro, N.J., 07746

He will now live nearer his daughter B.J. and her husband.  The friends from Oceanside and particularly our church remain very important to him.

Prayers of comfort and peace to Fred B.  He has been ill and in the hospital and has now moved to his home for further care.

 

 

 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).

 

 

                       

 

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.   

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Links:

Presbyterian Church (USA)      www.pcusa.org

Presbytery of Long Island         www.presbyteryofli.org

 

FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

2701 OCEANSIDE ROAD

OCEANSIDE, NEW YORK 11572

 

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