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 JUNE 2015 EDITED FOR WEBPAGE
Reflections from the PNC
We were placed in the unique position to choose a pastor for a dual
call. A call which would require our new pastor to split her time between
here in Oceanside and the City of Long Beach. She would be our pastor but
also minister to members of the Long Beach Community. It was a daunting
task. Many prospective pastors were reviewed and discussed during our
committee meetings. Few people seemed to meet the distinct needs of each
aspect of our call. Many of us felt God directed our path, and ultimately
sent Kally Elliott to us.
We first considered Kally because she is relatively young and had a family,
which made her well suited to bring a freshness and vitality to our
church. The young people of our church need support and someone to relate
to. Like answers to like. We share a hope she becomes a natural
draw, while living amongst us. Further, she has had experience with
evangelistic mission. The 1001 worshipping communities initiative has
trained her for this type of work. She come highly recommended by them
and believes strongly in their principles, Namely that church can happen
anywhere and does not require a building. This concept reflects the love
and acceptance of all, which Jesus preached so long ago. We choose to
support this mission.
After meeting Kally, and hearing her speak so eloquently about her faith and
spiritual journey, we were moved. She was easily approachable and a good
listener. We were very comfortable and made at ease in her
presence. She has a directness, and appears very driven. She comes
across as a goal oriented planner, who sets her mind to achieve that which she
conceives. Someone unafraid to lead and not be led.
We were given the opportunity to hear a few of her recorded sermons,
preached during her time filling in, as pulpit supply. We were also
fortunate enough to listen to her preach at a local house of worship, during
the interview process. She is well spoken and easily understood.
There is an honesty and directness to her approach. When she speaks her
passionate belief is strongly evident. She is able to convey her point in
a very meaningful and real manner. Many of us were very impressed with
her poise as well as the power of her words. This final piece of our
process truly reaffirmed Kally as our choice and removed any lingering doubts
about our decision. We stand by the choice we have made and know that in
doing so we have given our church its best chance at a bright future.
Christine J. Chair
The PNC Committee
Christine wants to express her thanks and gratitude to the
Rev. Janice Moore-Caputo
Margaret Cook – Committee of Ministry Liaison
Note: Pastor Kally was prepared to move to Long Island this week
and to be in the pulpit as of June 7. Unfortunately, the kitchen cabinets
are not complete and so the kitchen cannot be finished in time to allow them to
move as they had planned this weekend of May 31. The new plan is that
Pastor Kally will drive from Knoxville the week of June 7 and will be in the
pulpit on June 14 and June 28. Their furniture will be coming shortly
after June 15 as will her husband Bryce and the children.
Sometime the week of June 22, Pastor Kally and her family will go on
vacation for two weeks for the unique event in that she will be able to perform
the marriage ceremony for her mother. The Elliott’s will return shortly
after July 5.
By Audrey H.
“God proves his love for us in that while we were sinners Christ died for
us” Romans 5:8
The R & R ladies celebrated the 41st Retreat this May at Tuscarosa Inn
in Pennsylvania. Our numbers have dropped but this was by far one of our
Cynthia P. and Tina W. prepared a great program on “Imagine a World Without
Fear”. They put lots of time in for this and I thank them so much for the
great job done. “Kally “ our new minister will be here on June 14th and
we are all looking forward to that. Janet Porcher has been with us for
quite awhile and she is a great person and preacher. We will be saying
goodby to her the end of May but she will still be with us when we need her to
fill in. We are planning to honor her on May 31st.
You all probably heard this already but Fred and I will become great
grandparents in December. Scary! We are also celebrating our 64th
Our military Bridge was cancelled. Hope we get more people interested
for our October schedule. It is a fun time. Have a great
summer. I’ll be back in September.
“Every morning when you wake up as soon as your feet hit the floor say this
prayer: “Jesus, what would you have me do today?”
Lemonade/Iced Tea in the Speer Parlor will begin Sunday July 5. Please
volunteer on the sign-up sheet to bring and serve cool drinks one summer
Sunday. Cups, Napkins, and table cloth will be provided.
Virginia G. and Maureen W. for the Deacons.
Western Cluster News
The Western Cluster is focused on raising the money for the group to attend
the two mission trips to New Orleans to work with Habitat for Humanity for the
older teens. The younger group will be attending a week to learn about
Heifer Project at the farm in Massachusetts. We have a youth attending
each event. The total cost of the transportation of the group for the
trips is close to $25,000. So they are working hard.
The events scheduled are as follows: Car Wash May 31 at Sweet
Hollow from 11 am – 4 pm.
June 7 is the Pasta Palooza at Garden City starting at 12 noon. The
cost is $10.00 per adult and $5.00 for children. The Garden City
Presbyterian church at 91 Chester Avenue in Garden City. Each ticket
includes one raffle ticket. They have Raffle Baskets with tickets that
are $1.00 each or 6 for $5.00. The youngsters attending the mission
trips will be serving at the event.
The next event is a backyard sale Saturday with the sale from 8-4pm on June
20. Set up will be Friday evening June 19 at 4:00pm, at the Glen Cove
Presbyterian Church in Pastor Betsy Simpson’s backyard at the
manse. There will be a lot of camping, fishing, and other outdoor
items available. Pastor Betsy’s husband Joe recently died and he was a
greater hunter, fisherman, camper etc. Once again it is expected that the
youngsters attending the trips will be working at the sale.
It is still possible to contribute through donations to the Carolyn McCahon
SUNDAY SCHOOL UPDATE
The last day of Sunday School is June 21. Teacher recognition Sunday
will be June 14. How wonderful it would be if all our children could be
there to help us honor our teachers during worship! Child care will be
provided each Sunday throughout the summer for infants through second
grade. If you are interested in helping to provide summer child care,
please contact Brenda B. All help is greatly appreciated.
CALLING ALL GRADUATES
We are looking for all 2015 high school and college graduates.
Your church family would like to honor you during worship on Sunday, June
28. If this is you, please contact the church office at 766-5916 by June
7 to let us know if you will be attending service on that day.
The total collected from our White Elephant Sale held on April 18 and from
the special items later displayed for user groups to purchase. We give
thanks again to God and all who assisted us in making this event a great
success. Our next big sale will be the one combined with our popular Christmas
Boutique to be held this year on November 14 from 10-4pm. It is never too
early to begin looking for gently used household items and/or new items for the
Military Bridge is tentatively scheduled for some time in early
October. Small, new and inexpensive gifts such as items purchased at a $
store or a lottery ticket will be needed as well as baked goods and especially,
participants. Church members, please encourage your friends to accompany
We are planning to hold a Pot Luck dinner and Game Night soon after our new
pastor, Kally and her family are settled in the newly renovated manse.
This will be a wonderful time for us to welcome them and share in a night of
fellowship. The date and time will be announced as soon as it is
Anita O. and the Church Life Committee
Oceanside Interfaith Council
The next meeting will be held here, at FPC on Thursday, June 11 at
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!
Thank you to the following people who helped spruce up the pastor’s office;
Karen B., Ailie D., Maureen W., Kurt C., Brenda and Richie B.. Your
physical and/or financial donation has allowed our new pastor to have a bright,
clean office space in which to work. At no cost to the church! Your faithfulness
will be greatly rewarded.
We would also like to give a heartfelt thank you to Kurt C. for the
excellent job being done on the manse renovations. Aside from being
meticulous and aware of the smallest detail, he has been an excellent steward
of our money always giving the best quality at minimal cost. Thank you
also to Jessica, Connor and Kaci for sacrificing much family time with their
husband/father during this time.
The Finance Committee
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
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
Thanks so much for your help.
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
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
Thank you for serving the Lord with us.
Stamp Ministry Volunteers
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).