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.
THE PRESBYTEER FOR DECEMBER 2013 EDITED FOR WEBPAGE
December 1, 2013
This Sunday is the first Sunday of Advent. We spoke about the ending of the church year and the beginning of the church year. We completed our study of the Gospel of Luke and we began our study of the Gospel of Matthew. We also spoke about beginnings and endings in the cycle of life and the changes different events in our lives bring.
I have often heard retired people say they have so much to do that they never knew how they ever had time for work. Our recently retired Methodist minister tells me she is doing more now than she did when she pastored her parish. I constantly am asked what are you going to do with yourself when you retire. I have honestly not had time to think about it even though I am just around the corner. Let me give you an example. The Presbytery has asked me to moderate the Session of the Massapequa Presbyterian Church and to provide pastoral care as requested.
Well last Sunday I celebrated worship in our church in Oceanside. Monday morning I came to Oceanside at 9:30 AM and had our two hour Bible study from 12:00 to 2:00pm. After that I had my piano lesson at 2:45 and returned to my home somewhere between 4:30 and 5:00. We ate dinner soon after I arrived and then I had to drive to James Funeral Home in Massapequa to celebrate the life of a member of the Massapequa Church. I got back home around 9:30 and to bed around 11:00. Early to rise on Tuesday so I could get back to Massapequa in order to accompany the family to Calverton cemetery to pray with them as they brought their Mom to her final rest. Got home around 2:00 in the afternoon and started planning the worship service for this Sunday. After that I spent an hour and half in practice on the piano before we ate dinner early so I could be back in Oceanside by 7:00 for the Interfaith Thanksgiving worship service. Got home late that night and slept late the next day. Children and grandchildren from New Jersey arrived Wednesday afternoon and we had Thanksgiving at Bill’s the next day.
When I arrived at church this morning I was reminded that it was Stewardship Sunday and we had planned several activities with the Sunday school children. I needed to remember it was the First Sunday of Advent and it was also communion Sunday. I also needed to remember that today is my wife’s birthday. We also needed to make some decisions about the role the Sunday school children would play during the rest of the Advent season. Several other pieces of information and discussion came to me before I put my robe on as I prepared for Worship.
The most important part of all this is that it is all glorious. It is all a gift from God and I wouldn’t trade a moment of any of it. Time has a way of going before we know it. And when a vacuum is created there is more than one item standing by to fill the space. Once more I say Thanks be to God.
Amen and Amen
December 1, was Stewardship Sunday and we gratefully received a substantial number of Pledge Cards/ Estimate of Giving Cards. We received pledges from children and adults in our congregation. It is extremely important for each of us, to submit the Estimate of Giving card so that the Finance Committee is able to prepare an accurate budget for 2014. This church exists to serve God which is enabled because of our generous donations of Time, Talents, and our Treasure ( Financial support). We have each been given so very much from a generous God and have the responsibility to share that love in gratitude for all that we have been given. Over the next several weeks we will be following up in order to be certain we have received commitments from our members. Without the help of all, we cannot fulfill our responsibilities as ministers of the Lord.
Also just as a reminder, we are reaching the end of the year and if you have not yet contributed your Per Capita offering per member of $30.58 you might want to do so now.
By Audrey H.
This is Number 44
“For there is born to you this day in the City of David, a savior who is Christ the Lord” Luke 2:11
This column is written early since Thanksgiving Day is late and we will be very busy with Thanksgiving activities which we are, of course, very thankful for.
Our Elephant Sale and Christmas Fair was a huge success and we are always to glad to raise a nice amount for our church. The fellowship we have while getting everything done is something we always enjoy while working hard as well. Many thanks go to Anita O. who organizes everything which is a blessing.
Our condolences go out to Edna A. on the recent loss of her mother. She has been in Florida and we hope to have her back here soon.
Many of us went to the funeral service for Marcy and Ken G. at Towers. The service done by the Firemen of Oceanside was very moving.
We were in the Wander Inn recently and ran into Judy and Mike B. and they are doing ok after having much damage from “Sandy.”
The Choir is preparing music for Christmas and we will be having a concert during worship on December 15th.
Brenda is working on the Annual Children’s Christmas Pageant which is on Dec. 8th. I will report on that in the January issue.
Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!!
“All I have seen teaches me to trust the Creator for all I have not seen”
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Sunday, December 22 we will visit “Hay! A Stable Experience” with the children of our Sunday School (and some adults, too) in this year’s rendition of our annual Christmas pageant. the pageant will take place during our regular worship service at 10:30am. following worship, everyone is invited to the Barbara Pastor Fellowship Hall where there will be a birthday party for Jesus. Dress rehearsal for all involved will take place Sunday, December 8 immediately following worship. So be sure to mark your calendars for this special event. If you have any questions or would like to help plan or set up for the birthday party, please contact Brenda B. or Nancy S.
PLEASE NOTE: There will be no Sunday school classes on December 29, however, childcare will be provided. Classes will resume on January 5.
On Saturday, November 16th from 10am to 4pm our combined White Elephant and Christmas boutique Sales took place in the Barbara Pastor Fellowship Hall and the Speer Parlor.
We were kept busy the entire day with many expectant buyers. Our baked cakes and cookies completely sold out. Even the Lionel trains were taken on consignment.
We, on the church Life Committee thank all of our wonderful helpers. We shared some special fellowship time with each other, working side by side.
Christmas items are currently on sale in the BPFH until after Christmas. The remaining items will be donated to Vietnam Veteran’s charity of Long Island. Many thanks are given to James L.’s Scouts who carried bags full of items to be collected by the Vietnam Veterans first pick up. They will be helping us again for the 2nd pick up. We thank all involved and are happy to report our success.
Your Grateful Church Life Committee.
Oatmeal Cake Recipe
Virginia G.’s friend Bev gave us a recipe for a great cake. She made it for the
Presbytery meeting at her church, Merrick. It was delicious. She used mini chocolate chips instead of nuts.
INGREDIENTS 2 eggs
1 cup quick-cooking rolled oats 1 cup flaked or shredded coconut
1 ½ cup boiling water ½ teaspoon salt
1 ½ cups all-purpose flour ½ cup shortening
1 ½ teaspoons ground cinnamon Topping
1 teaspoon baking soda 2/3 cup packed brown sugar
1 cup granulated sugar 6 tablespoons butter
1 cup packed brown sugar 2 tablespoons milk
2/3 cup chopped walnuts ( or mini
1. Grease a 9x13 inch baking pan or dish; set aside. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F. if using a baking pan or 325 degrees F if using a baking dish. In a small bowl combine oats and the boiling water; let stand for 20 minutes. Meanwhile, in a medium bowl combine flour, cinnamon, baking soda, and salt.
2. In a large bowl combine shortening, granulated sugar and the 1 cup brown sugar; beat with an electric mixer on medium speed until combined. Beat in eggs. Beat in oatmeal mixture. Add flour mixture; beat until combined. Spread batter evenly in prepared pan or dish.
3. Bake for 30-35 minutes or until a toothpick inserted near center comes out clean. Place pan or dish on a wire rack.
4. For topping in a small saucepan combine coconut, the 2/3 cup brown sugar, the butter, and milk; cook and stir until boiling. Stir in nuts. Spoon topping over hot cake; cool completely.