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
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
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
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.
Christ-In Resurrection we have Promise.
We Have Hope. We have Love.
you all have a Blessed Easter.
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
Survivor Art Camp
Finding Independence Through Art
Botting is the Executive Director for Opportunities unlimited for the Blind,
and she means exactly what the organization’s title suggests.
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
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.
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
includes Survivor Art Camp – a program challenging campers and staff members in
even more ways.
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.
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.
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.
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
Art Camp is supported by Self-Development of People through your gifts to One
Great Hour of Sharing.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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
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
News of Holy Week Events
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
concerns In worship, we have
been praying for the following folks:
remember them in your prayers.
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.
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
each of you a very happy and blessed Easter.