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 MARCH 2015 EDITED FOR WEBPAGE
Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,
I am excited to join you all in ministry this summer and am
grateful that you have called me to be your pastor. I hope to get to know all of you soon as we
work alongside each other to share God’s love in Christ with the Oceanside
So that you can begin to get to know me and my family I
thought I would write you a letter of introduction. My husband Bryce and I grew up in southern
California. I spent my teenage years in
San Diego and Bryce was born and raised in Thousand Oaks. We met when we both attended the same campus
ministry at the University of California, Davis. We knew it was “true love” when we found
ourselves spending hours in the dining hall talking about anything and
After graduating from UC Davis I taught fifth grade for two
years at a small private school in Woodland, CA while Bryce finished graduate
school. We then moved to Decator, GA so
that I could attend Columbia Theological Seminary. In my last year of seminary I had my first
son, Rylan who is now twelve.
After graduating from seminary I took the call I am
currently serving as Campus Minister and Executive Director of the Presbyterian
Campus Ministry at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. I have loved my time with college
students. They are fun, full of life,
and let’s face it, they keep me up to date with what is “cool”. While serving the campus ministry I also
spent many Sundays supply preaching in churches around Knoxville and starting a
new worshiping community of young adults and families.
Since we moved to Knoxville I have had three more children,
Spencer age 9, Kellen age 7, and Eve age 3.
Life at our house is chaotic, lively, messy, loud, and all in all,
pretty great. We have neighborhood kids
running in and out of our doors every day and I can’t seem to keep the
refrigerator stocked. Bryce and I
wouldn’t have it any other way though.
One of the main reasons I love Christian ministry is because
I get to walk with others as we discover grace in the every day experiences of
life and then we try to share love and grace with others. People ask me all the time why, in this
culture that offers us so many other choices I am still a Christian. I tell them it’s because of Jesus. Jesus’ command to love for our neighbor, his
offer of hope in times of darkness, the way he offered radical hospitality and
invitation to all people, but most of all his message of grace. Grace to be who and what we are made to
be. Grace to be forgiven when we mess
up. Grace to be loved when we feel
unlovable. Grace to be able to walk with
each other on this journey. Grace to be
called his “friend” and “child of God.”
Those are some of the reasons I love Christian ministry.
I hope to get to meet each of you soon and hear what excites
you about the ministry at First Presbyterian Church, Oceanside.
To First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside Congregation.
Fred and I wish to thank all of you for your support and
sympathy on the passing of my brother Dick.
All of your calls and cards were such a help to us as we were grieving
our loss and we shall never forget it.
Our Congregation is so caring and you are so very much appreciated. God Bless you all!
Audrey and Fred H.
The children and I have been having a great winter. We have been studying the parables (stories
with a moral or lesson) Jesus told, to help the people of his time, understand
how God wants them to act and behave. We
are discovering how we can translate his lessons so they make sense in our
lives. What can we do to act on God’s
love for us?
The Parable of the Sower (farmer) taught us
the importance of learning about God but also sharing his message ( the love
and acceptance of everyone) with others.
Using the Parable of the Good Samaritan Jesus preached God’s
Greatest Commandments – To love the Lord your God with all of your heart with
all of your soul and with all of your mind, And to love your neighbor as
yourself. God considers everyone “your
neighbor. God wants you to treat
others the way you want to be treated. (The Golden rule). To do this we must show love to everyone even
those who are mean or cruel to us. Or “our enemies”. This week we will be discussing the Parable
of the Prodigal Son which deals with the concepts of jealousy and
forgiveness. What does it mean to be
jealous? Why its so important to God
that we find forgiveness in our hearts for those who have hurt us. The Bible verse for this week is Romans 12:15
“Be happy with those who are happy and weep with those wo weep.” Meaning have compassion for others and
celebrate their happiness. I try to
present each lesson in a fun relevant way, which entertains, but stresses each
moral of the stories Jesus told.
During the month of March we will be visiting the events of
Holy Week leading up to Jesus’ resurrection on Easter Sunday. We will discuss and, I will try to explain,
why Jesus washed his disciples feet, the
meaning behind the Last Supper, why the disciples left Jesus to be arrested in
the Garden of Gethsemane, how Peter denied Him, why Pilate agreed to crucify an
innocent man, and ultimately why Jesus conquered death to forgive our
I am lucky enough to have bright excited children who come
ready to learn each week. I hope they
have as much fun as I do. many thanks to
Dennis, Brianna and all my adult helpers, you have been a great pleasure and
much needed help each week.
Letter from Pastor Janet Porcher
Dear Sisters and
Brothers in Christ,
As you stroll through the local stores, you’ll see an
abundance of bunnies, baskets, and candy for sale, and those may be the only
signs of Easter you’ll find outside of church.
Unlike its Christmas counterpart Easter is largely un-commercialized,
which is pretty wonderful; the day that we celebrate the glory of Christ’s
resurrection remains untainted by retailers.
However, just because we’re not receiving Easter and upon Easter ad in
our newspapers and inboxes doesn’t mean we should pigeonhole the holiday as a
minor celebration; on the contrary, Easter is perhaps the most crucial holiday
on the Christian calendar – even the word crucial has its roots in
Christianity, stemming from the term for crucify.
* * *
And the Spirit immediately drove him out into the
wilderness. He was in the wilderness
forty days, tempted by Satan; and he was with the wild beasts; and the angels
waited on him. Now after John was
arrested, Jesus came to Galilee, proclaiming the Good News of God, and saying,
“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God has come near; repent and
believe in the Good News.”
Mark 1: 12-15
* * *
The season we call Lent, the forty days prior to Easter,
represents the forty days Jesus spent in the wilderness, continually tempted by
Satan. When He emerged from the
wilderness, He knew it was time for the prophesy of His death and resurrection
to be fulfilled.
As believers, we remember this. We look to this time of Lent as a way to go
into our own ‘wilderness’ of sorts; we pray, we fast, we meditate, we worship,
we focus on God. We ready ourselves for
the grief of Christ’s death and we take joy in the gospel of His rising again.
We are granted eternal life through Christ, the Messiah lifted up.
I invite you to join us as we take a closer look at the life
of Christ these next few weeks as we recall what this season is all about.
In Peace and Love,
Western Cluster Lenten Study Series
Last evening (Tuesday February 24 ), Edna A., Maureen W. and
I attended the Lenten Study Series at the Garden City Presbyterian Church. It was a very good time which included a
light dinner, study of the Book of James, and a brief worship. At the same time, the Confirmation Class was
meeting and was taught by Pastor Janice Moore-Caputo. There was a wonderful group of about 30 young
people in the Confirmation class and about 30 adults in Lenten study. The study was well prepared and
interesting. Please join us for the rest
of the session which are as follows:
Each time we meet from 6:45 – 8:30pm.
If you want to car pool please call the church office to make
Tuesday March 3 First Presbyterian Church
South Ocean Avenue Freeport, NY
Tuesday March 10 First Presbyterian Church
St. Luke’s Place Baldwin NY
Tuesday March 17 Community Presbyterian Church
Nottingham Road, Malverne NY
Tuesday March 24 The Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow
Old Country Road Melville
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).
Patrick’s Day items are displayed in the Fellowship Hall for purchase.
user group members, Pumpkin Patch staff and parents and members of the
congregation purchased most of our Valentine items. We will be setting up Spring and Easter items
as the day and season grows closer. A
long awaited day it is indeed.
begin looking for items to donate for our White Elephant Sale on April 18th. New items are needed for our Military Bridge
on May 15th.
you to all who volunteered to help with the Pancake Supper. We are planning a pot luck dinner and game
night for the near future. Weather
permitting. Fellowship is so important
for all of us.
package of cancelled stamps was sent to Stamp Ministry in Florida on February
15th to support the printing of Spanish written Sunday School
Booklets in South America. There is a
container on the table opposite the office for donations.
next meeting of the Interfaith Council is Thursday, March 12th, 9:15
am at SNCH in a meeting room off of the main lobby. All are welcome.
for Western Cluster Trips this Summer
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.
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
Butter in Mild Choc. (Blue Foil)
Butter in Dark Choc. ( Orange Foil)
Coconut (Purple Foil)
Peppermint (Gold Foil)
Cream (Green Foil)
Cream (White Foil)
3.00 - each egg $15.00 - ½ dozen
eggs $ 30.00 – Dozen Eggs
you are interested please see Barbara M. for an order blank.
EASTER FLOWER ORDER FORM
If you would like to dedicate a lovely
Daffodil, Lily or Tulip plant for the Chancel at Easter, please fill in the
order form below. Envelopes are found in
the flower order box in the hall.
ORDER DEADLINE: MARCH 22, 2015
Jeanne C. Through church office 766-5916
if you have any questions.
TULIP_____________________ 12.50 ________
LILY______________________ 16.50 ________
check payable to FIRST PRESBYTERIAN
CHURCH, note that the check is for Easter Plant and Paper Clip it to
Dedicated to the glory of God and
in: (circle one)
MEMORY HONOR LOVING MEMORY CELEBRATION
will take the flowers after the service..
______Leave at church to be planted on
the church grounds.
Lenten Study Information
We are part of a group that is a cluster of the churches in
the Presbytery that are located in the Western portion of the island. In addition, to wonderful youth activities
they are offering a Lenten Study. There
will be a light supper served at each gathering. The schedule is as follows on successive
Tuesdays evenings 6:45 – 8:30pm. The
group plans to study the book of James in the New Testament with a different
chapter each week.
Tuesday February 24
The Presbyterian Church in Garden City
Chester Avenue Garden City, NY
Tuesday March 3
First Presbyterian Church
South Ocean Avenue Freeport, NY
Tuesday March 10
First Presbyterian Church
Luke’s Place Baldwin NY
Tuesday March 17
Community Presbyterian Church
Nottingham Road, Malverne NY
Tuesday March 24 The
Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow
Country Road Melville NY
We hope that you will be able to come to these Lenten
Studies. They say that unless you have a
faithful Lent that you don’t have a Good Easter. It is such a good opportunity to get to know
the faithful friends in our neighboring churches. We plan to car pool and if you have questions
about directions I can give you help.
Let me know if you want to attend and perhaps I can help get car pools