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, 

Once again, we are nearing the time of year when we celebrate that great and powerful event… the Resurrection of Jesus Christ!


If there is anything that sets Christianity apart from all the religions of the world, it is the Resurrection.  The Bible tells us that “the wages of sin is death!, and even though Jesus Christ died on the Cross.  He was taking our penalty upon Him, Death could not hold Him in the grave because it had not right or authority to do so!


Jesus declares in Revelation 1:18 (KJV) 18  I am he that liveth, and was dead; and, behold, I am alive for evermore, Amen; and have the keys of hell and of death.


When I think of someone “having the keys”, I think of someone who has the authority and right to use them.  Rest assured.  He does have that authority, and one day will use it to the fullest extent.  All of this happened as a result of our Lord’s victory over death 2,000 years ago!


Because of this, you and I also have the power needed to share the good news of the Gospel with friends, family and neighbors we come into contact with on a daily basis.  Friends, we are not alone!


The early church was led by bold apostles who were there to witness the fact that Jesus arose from the dead, and they weren’t fearful or timid to share!


Acts 4:33 (KJV)22 And with great power gave the apostles witness of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus; and great grace was upon them all.


We live in a world filled with great challenges right now.  I don’t have to use this space to recite the news headlines we are seeing on a daily basis which are filled with people God willing to lay down their lives for the sake of Christ.


I want to encourage you today to remember the power of the Resurrection, and

 realize that one day we will all die unless Jesus comes first.  However, it is because of the Resurrection that we are filled with hope concerning the wonderful future we have with Christ!

I want to encourage you to take a little extra time to pray for those who are being persecuted around the world because of their love of Jesus Christ.  The Word is clear that the Christian may even at time be hated because of the one they love, but it WILL be worth it all one day.


In Christ-In Resurrection we have Promise.  We Have Hope.  We have Love.

May you all have a Blessed Easter.

Pastor Janet


    The Presbyterian Church has 4 major mission offerings each year.  They are One Great Hour of Sharing which is during Lent.  It is composed of three major focuses.  Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in which 40 countries and 24 States received help for natural and human-caused disasters in 2014.  The Presbyterian Hunger program helped 154, 733 people who were living in extreme poverty.  The Self-Development of People served 4, 619 children/parents received improved educational opportunities.  This is the story of one such project.


                                        Survivor Art Camp

Finding Independence Through Art


Gwen Botting is the Executive Director for Opportunities unlimited for the Blind, and she means exactly what the organization’s title suggests.

We are helping to raise children who are blind or visually impaired to become adults who can do anything they want to do,” says Botting, whose own son Greg is a junior at Alma College and at 20, has already traveled the world on his own. 

The nonprofit group works with blind and visually impaired people by providing education and recreation through several camps and activities.  Botting says the group approaches its work in a unique way – by empowering those taking part. 

“All of our staff, most of whom are blind or visually impaired, work together with the campers to plan their camps and create projects that will help them develop social skills, skills of daily living (like cooking) and job skills,” she says.   

That includes Survivor Art Camp – a program challenging campers and staff members in even more ways.  

“They live in tents, go to another camp to take showers and use the pool, and have to cook all of their own food in teams that work together.” says Botting.  “That’s the survivor part.  But we’re also focused on art.  Kids who are blind or visually impaired are often left out of art classes altogether because the well-meaning but somewhat misguided adults in their lives believe they can’t get anything out of it. This denies them an important form of self-expression.

Those taking part learn to make their own three-dimensional painting, how to mold clay, and how to use air-dry clay, natural materials, and fiber arts.  They also take part in music activities and produce their own skits.   

“Schools routinely leave blind and visually impaired students out of theater programs and few are successful in band or music programs that depend on reading print music,” she says.    

Here all kids are given the power to decide activities during the week.  They can make choices about the whole group or individuals.  Everything we’re doing is meant to help them develop their leadership skills and employability, increase their independence and self-esteem, and improve their social and communication skills.” 

Survivor Art Camp is supported by Self-Development of People through your gifts to One Great Hour of Sharing.   

“It’s critical to give them this opportunity to explore.  Several of the kids are very gifted artists, and progressive vision loss can be very traumatic for them.  Some kids come to camp feeling very limited and their goals reflect a very small world.  We help them ‘see’ a much brighter future.  

“This program gives them guidance and hope.  It gives the kids and the staff an expanded view of what their goals can be, because they’re no longer pigeonholed by those around them.”

Please give generously.    


God’s Gracious Generosity


   As you know it is nearly time for our spring White Elephant sale.  Some of the folks on the committee were very worried that we didn’t have many items for sale.  Last Friday, the doorbell at the church rang and I found a wonderful fellow, Joe I. at the door.  He explained that his son had purchased a house in the neighborhood the day before and found that it had been owned by a woman who had to go to a nursing home.  She had been a “collector” who had many craft and household and collectable items.  They wanted to donate them and wondered if we could use the items. 

He brought about 6 loads later on Friday and carried them up to the third floor.  Yesterday, ladies from the committee went over to the house and returned with a truck load of wonderful items for our White Elephant sale that filled Speer Parlor.  They ( Anita O., Maureen W., Virginia G., Barrie S. and Jeanne C.) carried items in to the church and then found places in the church to store them until time for the sale.   

He explained to them that when he first saw the house he realized that he needed to make first even a pathway to be able to get around.  When he and his son, decided to donate the items he, not knowing the area, decided to drive to the first church he saw which thanks be to God was our church.   

We are very grateful to their wonderful generosity and the hard and dedicated work of our church life committee.  They are truly doing God’s work.  In addition, to helping our church financially, we are well aware that many folks who use our White Elephant sale do so to help their family meet their very real needs.  So while the White Elephant sale is a fundraiser it is truly a mission as well.  Please thank and offer your help to our dedicated Church Life Committee.



Sunday School News


There will not be Sunday School on Easter Sunday.  I have been hearing from some of the members of the congregation who help in the Sunday School about the wonderful, curious, and loving children in our Sunday School.  They seem to have a great time volunteering to help Christine J. each week.   Thanks to them and to our really neat youngsters. 


News of Holy Week Events


As you know Holy Week begins with worship this Sunday, Palm Sunday.  We are issuing the Presbyteer early so that we don’t need to hand it out on Easter Sunday. 

On Maundy Thursday, a sizable group of members including Pastor Janet,  plan to gather at the church by 6:30 pm to go to Malverne Presbyterian Church to worship with them and the Great Neck Presbyterian Churches via car pool.  There will be an Agape Feast – a Love Feast which will remind us of the Last Supper that Jesus had with the disciples.  The service is scheduled for 7 pm.   Each person should bring a piece of cheese, fruit, figs, or dates to be shared with 3 or 4 people. 

Pastor Janice Moore-Caputo will lead the service.  Pastor Janice has been moderating our Session for a few months and is now the Pastor of both the Malverne and the Great Neck churches.  This is a service that is related to our service of Tennebrae that we held here for many years.  It can be very meaningful and faith-filled.   We do hope you will join us.  

On Easter Sunday, we will once again join with the Oceanside Lutheran Church and the Oceanside United Methodist church to have an Easter sunrise service at Lido Beach.  The service is at 6:00am at the beach and we will gather here in our parking lot at 5:30am to car pool to the beach.  It is a very special time as we witness the Sunrise and once again welcome our Resurrected Savior.   

We have had an Easter Sunrise service for over 20 years.  Many years ago when I was teaching Sunday School for a group of older youth we were studying worship.  As part of the exercise we were to develop a worship service and so they prepared an Easter Sunrise Service.  Steven S. along with his Dad, Dave, built a large cross which we plant in the sand.  The first year it poured cats and dogs and we held the service in one of the mushroom structures.  Never since has that happened.  It is such a special service and we do hope you join us Easter morning.  It is so special to see the sunrise behind the cross as we share in Holy Communion. 


Deacons Doings


I am back among the deacons!  It’s been awhile since they have met, freezing temperatures and way too much snow prevented the ladies from gathering this past month.  It has been great to catch up with the latest news and learn about up-coming events and activities.  Lorraine has shared with us our new responsibilities for this year and all of us are excited to get started.  Each of us works very hard at our given task, although we try to pitch in wherever else we are needed. 

We want to thank our congregation for their continued assistance and support each year.  It does make a difference.  Anyone that would like to help out, but may be feeling a bit shy or nervous, I am a good teach.  The ladies and I will gladly show you the ropes and make sure you are comfortable, no matter if it’s ushering or helping out with coffee hour.  We are there for you.  Remember we are all in this together, no one should feel alone.

Christine J. 


Prayer concerns     In worship, we have been praying for the following folks:

Please remember them in your prayers.

Linda H., Nancy S. and her family, Pastor Janet’s husband Bob and grandchildren, Harold F. now in Meadowbrook Care Center, Marion Z., Janet C., Joan C., Lenny and Mildred McC., Leslie, Steven, Jean, Loretta, Edvard.   Also the Rev. Larissa Kwang Abazia, the Vice Moderator of the General Assembly who is also the Pastor of the Forest Hills Presbyterian Church in Queens who has been recently diagnosed with cancer.   

Prayer:  You hear the cry of the sick and the afflicted.  Save them from their distress, heal them of their disease, and deliver them from the destructive power of suffering.  For all who sorrow in distress, Merciful God Hear our prayer. 

O God, in Jesus Christ you have shown your love for the world.  Receive our prayers, grant us what we need, save us from perishing, and bring us to

everlasting life.   Amen


We wish each of you a very happy and blessed Easter.






 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.   






























































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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