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 2014 EDITED FOR WEBPAGE
This is an article from Mission Year
Book 2013 for The Presbytery of Long Island.
ago, a Valley Stream Presbyterian Church (VSPC) youth was randomly and brutally
attacked by five young men just two houses from the church building. Through
this horrible incident, God has brought blessings of a new and relevant
ministry to the congregation and community.
leadership of Rev. Kymberley C., pastor of VSPC, and in partnership with
Memorial Presbyterian Church (Roosevelt) and the community, VSPC now ministers
to young males through the W.A.N.T.E.D. Project.
question raised was, “What do we most want our sons, even the perpetrators of
crime, to know about themselves?” The
answer was “We want them to know they are wanted.” So, instead of telling the young men of the
world that they are “wanted” in a negative sense, the W.A.N.T.E.D. Project
tells young men instead that they are worthy, accountable, named, thankful,
empowered, and determined. It has taken
the future of young males to heart and is addressing the issues that plague
many young men between the ages of 12 and 18.
2011, W.A.N.T.E.D. began its first class, with 15 young men participating. Each week of the seven-week program, the
youth learn what it means to be wanted in positive terms, and each class
culminates with an “I AM W.A.N.T.E.D.” celebration honoring graduates
completing the program. The program
continues with monthly meetings to support the young men. They also learn how to mentor incoming
participants, which gains them community-service points. 1.
outpouring of support for W.A.N.T.E.D. has been tremendous. Parents who hear about the program almost
always respond, “Thank God! When can
they start?” The congregations in the
partnership are grateful to answer God’s call to serve their community in a
loving and caring way.
Presbytery of Long Island’s 57 congregations, two New Church Developments, and
two immigrant fellowships have a total membership of 10,855.
pray: Thank you, Lord, for turning
anger into action, and sadness into hope.
Thank you that we have learned that faith, love, justice, and a sense of
community can indeed move mountains and that our work can provide the promise
of a brighter future for those in need.
Lord will guide you always”
think of a better way to start this column off then to tell you about our
Ladies R & R which was in the beginning of May. This was our 40th R & R and it
really moves me to think that we have been doing this so long. Barrie Simpson was my partner planning this
program and helped me so much. I will
have to say that this one was one of the best ever. Our program was on “Prayer and Patience” and
it was Lorraine G. who lead us in this direction. She is so good at suggestions for our themes.
We were so happy to have Edna A. with us as a newbie and we all enjoyed having
her with us and getting to know her better. While we were there some of were
looking at the sky and all of a sudden in a space in a cloud there was a
cross. We were amazed at that and knew
that God was with us. I wanted to take a
picture but it was gone in a minute.
Elsebeth T. and Clara J. were thinking of us and wishing they could be
there with us. They send their very
thank you for your kind words in church which meant so much to me. More of you should consider joining us – you
don’t know how much you are missing.
the beginning of May we celebrated Jeanne C. 70th Birthday which was
great. We were happy to see all of the Remsen family when Jessica’s baby was
baptized recently. Also it was so good
to see some of them in church again this month.
It is so nice to have them with us.
was off to Florida after Mother’s Day to celebrate her 62nd High School
Reunion and visit with old friends. What
a milestone that is. That just reminded
me that this June is the 65th anniversary of my graduation from high
celebrated my 83rd birthday this month and Fred and I celebrated our
63rd wedding anniversary. It
doesn’t seem possible!
Les went to their place in New Hampshire to vacation but they will be back
when you are receiving and reading this issue of the Presbyteer, we will be
celebrating the confirmation of Dennis S.
(June 1st). At this time we are all looking forward to
his special day because he is so special.
mark your calendars and try to attend the LI Presbyterian Women’s Retreat at
the Cormaria Retreat Center in Sag Harbor.
This is another event that is special and it is run each year usually by
a different minister. The date this year
is Tuesday October 7th over to Wednesday October 8th. Those of who have attended this can tell you
that it is a very special time.
are needed for Cathy P. who fell and dislocated her shoulder and fractured her
arm. She is on the mend and says hello
weekend is here and I hope you all have an enjoyable time.
We were at
the parade and ceremony afterwards and it was good to be there.
Now we will
be heading into summer and I hope the weather gets a bit better. The Presbyteer will be on vacation in July
and August so my next message to you will be in September. Enjoy the summer!!
The Deacon’s Doings
article is about the job of taking care of paraments. Deacon Virginia G. does a fantastic job of
all the things to be done and here is a list:
Obtain a calendar for the liturgical
year. It shows the color of paraments
used for Advent, Christmas, Lent – Easter, Pentecost and ordinary time with
For communion there’s a schedule set-up
and clean up that she makes up and reminds the deacons who set and clean up
communion each month.
She is also in charge of candles which
are for the Advent Wreath, Christmas Eve, Christmas Pew Globes and special
Christ candle. The Saturday before
Easter the church is set up for Easter.
Virginia schedules deacons for silver
polishing or she does it herself.
She also arranges the cleaning of the
paraments and the flags. You’ve seen her
volunteer to usher and she routinely helps set up coffee hour. Thank God for Deacons and all the people who
help and volunteer.
President of Deacons
would like to thank everyone who has provided refreshments after church this
past year. These coffee hours gave all
of us an opportunity for fellowship with one another each Sunday.
will be confirmation Sunday and coffee and cake will be served after
church. On June 22, our graduates will
be honored with a reception after service.
Please join us on these two occasions.
June 29, we need volunteers to serve light refreshments in Speer Parlor. A sign-up sheet will be posted on the side
door leaving the church.
up so we can catch up with each other after church during the Summer
months. Thank you.
Dennis! He is getting confirmed on June
first. We know firsthand the hard work
and dedication that brought him to this point.
All of us are very proud of the young man he has become. He will always hold a special place in our
go out to Tariek who will be graduating high school this month. We are all very excited to share in his
achievement, as we celebrate commencement Sunday. The Session will be hosting coffee hour in
his honor on June 22nd.
us as we show our support for these exceptional young men. May God bless them both now and always.
interested parties, the last day of Sunday School will be June 15. Nursery coverage over the summer is still in
the early stages of development. Anyone
interested please let me, Brenda, or Ginni know. Monday school will continue through-out the
summer months. (June, July, and August)
PS. Should anyone know of any other graduates,
from high school or college, please contact me so that we can properly invite
them and their family.
discussion titled “Love Your Neighbor” has been postponed to a future
date. Pastor P. of the Oceanside
Methodist church during the service after the Memorial Day parade. The last meeting before the summer hiatus will
be held at Temple Avodah on June 12th at 9:15am. Join in and become part of the Interfaith
Church World Service Father’s
Day Tool Cards
The CWS Father’s Day Tool Cards are
available on the table across from the church office. The expected donation is $5.00.
May 17th was a beautiful warm and sunny day, greatly appreciated
after so many cold and dreary ones.
Fellowship Hall was full of vintage clothing, artfully displayed for
men, women and children of all sizes.
the clothing was of excellent quality and priced very low to appeal to
all incomes. We considered this sale to
be a mission for all who wished to send clothing to their relatives near and
far. Several customers took advantage of
our discounts and expressed their appreciation.
have been happy to realize more than $357 but enjoyed acting as personal
shoppers for each other. We all went
home with attractive additions to our wardrobe.
Many thinks to all!
forward to our November White Elephant Sale and ask you to start looking
through your possessions now to donate to our sale.
Pentecost Offering It is time for this special offering which
is focused on children in need.
Envelopes are in the pews and the flyers are in the bulletin. Please give generously to help those in need.
We were pleased to
welcome Rev. John Odom to lead worship on May 25, 2014. He started his ministry here 25 years
ago. Some of you asked for copies of his
sermon for those who could not be in worship.
I have copies for any folks that want one.
Session met April 29, and May 27, 2014.
At the April meeting, notice was given that the Presbytery Committee on
Ministry gave permission for Barbara M. to lead Holy Communion at the East
Rockaway Nursing Home during our worship there on May 14, 2014.
has been given for the Confirmation of Dennis S. on June 1. He has attended confirmation class at the
Lutheran Church. We are very proud of
his growth in his faith and welcome his as a new member.
has been given for the Baptism of Kim T.’s son Jagger to be baptized on July
have received at each meeting the report of the Interim Search Committee. Since the new pastor will be paid by
Presbytery as well as the church, Rev. Janice M.-C. has joined the Interim
the meeting on May 27, we added three additional members Richard B., Maureen W.,
and Edna A. to the Interim Search Committee.
were modified in that Christine J. will be co-chair of Christian Education with
Ginni D. and Edna A. will be responsible for Mission.
at the meetings reported on the results of the White Elephant Sale and the
Recycled Clothing Sale. All together the
hard work of the committee resulted in raising money.
reported that we have collected money for Once Great Hour of Sharing and the
collections of per capita and benevolence have also been sent to Presbytery for
a first quarter payment. One of our
members contributed money for Heifer Project to purchase a Heifer and 2 Water
were pleased that Monday School has resumed and is again meeting each Monday
We are troubled that
the old audio tape machine is no longer working and we are then unable to tape
the worship service to take to shut-ins.
We are going to investigate replacing it.
The Deacon’s Doings For May
like spring has finally arrived. I’d
like to bring your attention to the needs of the Freeport Food Pantry. They are in desperate need of the following
Canned Vegetables/Soups ( low salt/low
Canned/Dried fruit, Fresh
fruit/vegetables (bag or bunch)
100 % fruit juice (not fruit drink) Dry
Pasta, Rice, Canned Beans,
Complete Pancake Mix/Pancake Syrup
Oatmeal, Grits, Dry Cereal (non/low
Canned tuna/chicken/salmon (in water),
Nuts (low salt), Peanut Butter (low
Infant Formula powder, Enfamil w/Lipil
or Similac Advance
Shampoo, Soap, Toothpaste, brushes,
Diapers (size 3-5), Paper Towels, Toilet
Clothing – spring/summer
Jessica C. has delivered 60 bags of food, $120.00 of gift cards, and a case of
water. There can’t be any glass
items. Please keep in mind that there is
also a need during the summer months.
We wish to
thank all who have helped us by bringing items and hope this list is helpful
for the future.
President of Deacons
now being taken for bricks that are placed along our walkways in remembrance
of, honor of, celebration of or other meaningful events that you would like to
display forever. The cost of each brick
IT’S TIME FOR A CHANGE!
January 3, 2014 CCAN, Coalition against Child Abuse & Neglect, and NCCADV,
Nassau County Coalition against domestic violence, are now merged, with a New Name, and One telephone number.
The Safe Center LI
Grumman Road West, Ste. 1000
Bethpage, NY 11714
Hotline # 516-542-0404