Dear Sister and Brothers in Christ.
During the past year we have been open and faithful to the Holy Spirit, and
it has been evident to me that we have received much encouragement, guidance,
direction and many blessings as a result. This church has many faithful
servants of Christ who are working visibly and quietly who share their time and
who bring their God given gifts to the ministry of this Church.
A Church Family is also a family who cares for one another when there is a
need. I have seen the fruits of this love amongst you.
It has been a joy and privilege to Pastor and Shepherd all of you for over a
year. The opportunities for me to continue to Preach the Word, pastoral
care and visitation have truly been a blessing to me. I am grateful for
this church family who took a faith and trust in God who opened a new
opportunity for the church and for all our lives.
I am excited for you by the new journey of ministry together that awaits,
with the arrival of your new Pastor The Rev. Kally Elliott and her
family. There is no doubt within my heart and spirit that she will find
the same excitement of renewed joy and spirit that I have found.
I would encourage you to do what you can this year, with the help of the
Holy Spirit to make an impact in the world and the community around you by simply
being faithful and obedient to God’s leading in your life. Be sensitive
to His voice and you will be amazed at what He will do! Spread the Joy
and Spread the Word so that we may always run out of bulletins!!!
May our Lord Jesus continue to walk with us and strengthen us to become a
true disciple of Christ by serving this world with love and grace.
In Love and Peace
The picture is from the work on our steeple roof taken by Pastor
Janet. We are delighted with our new roof on the steeple and the
Fellowship Hall. Aspen Contracting Company did a fine job and we now have
a 50 year warranty on those roofs.
Have you served coffee lately?
If you have never served coffee before there is no time like the
present. This is our plea… We need you! The Deacons would like to
thank Virginia G. for her continued dedication to our weekly coffee hour.
Thanks also goes out to Maureen W. for taking the time to make sure we have
coffee to drink as well as the plates and cups needed to serve
refreshments. We are so grateful to have so many willing disciples each
week who assist these ladies in their efforts. Without their offered
treats and willing hands coffee hour would not be possible. We all enjoy
the fellowship. It’s important to grow in friendship as well as faith,
while here at church.
Thank you everyone for all you do.
On April 18th, 2015 our doors opened to invite a long line of treasure
seekers waiting to attend our Spring White Elephant Sale. We cannot
remember the last time The Barbara Pastor Fellowship hall was so crowded with
happy and excited people. It was necessary to open an extra check out
even though the bake, jewelry and collectible tables handled their own
transactions. In spite of not having an over-abundance of items for sale
our profit passed the $ mark and is still growing as many items are on display
for our users groups to purchase.
The Committee gives thanks to all the people who helped this event to be
such a great success. Many donated, priced, baked, set up, washed, made
delicious salads, cleaned up and advertised for this sale. There are so
many to name that I fear omitting one by mistake but we would like to thank 3
young men, Dennis, his friend Matt and our new member Hungji who did everything
asked of them with a smile. Without you all it would never have taken
place. Our next White Elephant/Holiday Fair will be November 14.
Please start planning to donate items no longer wanted to this event.
I thank my wonderful committee of hard working and loyal members, but more
importantly dear friends for everything they do. You are the BEST!
Note: The Military Bridge has been cancelled due to the recent
death of the callers husband and inadequate attendees.
Getting Ready for our New Pastor
Our new Pastor, The Rev. Kally Elliott will be leading worship on June 7,
Holy Communion Sunday. She and her family will be driving from Knoxville
about May 27 and will be moving in the end of May. The manse renovations
are moving along and Kurt C. is working so hard to be sure the manse is all set
for the Elliott’s. We realize that we have only to learn 6 new names but
that Pastor Kally and her family have a whole congregation and more to
learn. In order to help them with that we ask that you give a recent
snapshot to Barbara M. of you or your family so that she can prepare a
pictorial directory for Pastor Kally. We will also have name tags for
each of us to wear for the first several Sundays.
The Session met on April 16, 2015. Session approved the
establishment of a special fund to collect money for the Allain Family, a local
family in great need after the death of the father. We discussed a report
from the Nominating Committee. Session approved the call of a special
congregational meeting to vote to allow Bob Seiffert to resign his positon as
congregational representative to the Nominating Committee and to be replaced by
Erin Smith. He can then be nominated for the positon of Elder to fill a
vacancy. The Congregational meeting will be held on April 26.
Committee on Ministry must approved a Moderator for that meeting.
We discussed the excellent time we had at the Malverne Community
Presbyterian Church at the Agape Meal on Maundy Thursday. A group of
about 12 people joined the folks at Malverne in a service led by Pastor Janice
We heard the reports of the various committees. The Stewardship Committee
will join with the Stewardship Committee from Malverne to learn about new
programs and to plan a new compaign for 2015.
We discussed the worship schedule between now and when Pastor Kally
arrives on June 7. We intend to have a coffee hour to enable us to say
thanks to Pastor Janet for all that she has done for us in the last
We approved additional monies to complete the renovations of the
manse. We learned that our church was named in the will of Marion T. and
we will be receiving that money in the next month or so after the closing on
We discussed the various assignments for Elders for committees.
We closed with prayer led by Pastor Janice.
By Audrey H.
“Perfect Love Casteth out Fear” I John 4:18
Well here I am back at home and beginning my column again after taking time
off. We spent March in Florida and were very happy to have 82 degree
temperatures instead of snow. Now we are having an April with the
strangest weather (not nice) for this time of year. I hope it will become
Spring and warmer soon. Anyway, it is nice to be back home with all of
our church family.
We just had our Elephant Sale which was a big success. I always enjoy
helping with that and being with all of you who also give your time. Many
thanks to Anita O. for all she does for this event.
We are now on the brink of our 41st Ladies Retreat which is being held at
Tuscorora Inn in Pennsylvania. We don’t have as many attending as we had
in the past but it is still a very meaningful time together.
Our Military Bridge is coming up on May 8th which we had last year for the
first time. It is such fun and we are looking forward to that. Hope
you are planning to come.
I spoke to Pat McC. recently who is a former member and now in
Florida. She sends regard to all.
Well, I am sure there is a lot I am forgetting but I will try to do better
next month. Happy Mother’s Day!
“Give thanks for unknown blessings already on their way”
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
No Easy Way
(This is a letter from the Vice-Moderator of General Assembly who is
undergoing Cancer Treatment. )
On Sunday, a congregation member from a church that worships in our
sanctuary greeted me with a warm smile. She said “Your scarf is
beautiful. But did you cut your hair? Why wear it?”
I paused for a moment and said, “Oh, thank you. Well, it’s
because my hair started falling out because of my chemotherapy.”
About halfway through my sentence, I could tell that she had
registered (on her own) why I was wearing a scarf. Her face said it all
and then she became apologetic. She was embarrassed and sorry she had asked.
I’ve come to realize that there is no easy way to tell people that
I’ve got cancer. It’s even more glaring now that I am regularly wearing
hats and scarves to cover my head. but the thing is, I am not embarrassed
that I had to shave my head a few weeks ago. In fact, it’s been quite
freeing! My morning routine has been cut in half and I don’t have to
worry about bad hair days anymore.
So a note to those to have or will cross paths with me: You
don’t have to feel sorry for me. I know the look of pity as people
register that I am young and battling cancer. It’s sad and hard
sometimes, that’s for sure. Yet I have hope. I caught this early
enough that the prognosis is very good. I pray each day not only for
myself or my own family, but for everyone who is battling an illness alongside
their friends, family, and loved ones. The greatest gift is knowing that
I do not travel on this path alone.
That’s all the reassurance I need for now.
The Rev. Larissa Kwong Arazia
Vice Moderator of the 221st
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
Out of Chaos, Hope
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
responds to earthquake disaster in Nepal
The death toll from the massive earthquake in Nepal continue to rise.
Nearly 4,000 are known dead and more than 6,000 were injured when the 7.8 quake
struck just west of the capital of Kathmandu on April 25. The quake, the
worst in more than 80 years, along with many serious aftershocks has also
caused damage in parts of India and Bangladesh.
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is providing emergency relief and
short-term recovery in the impacted areas with our partner, ACT Alliance and
its members who are already on the ground. Immediate response will help
provide needed food, water, suppllies and medicine to the impacted towns and
villages. As long term recovery plans are developed, PDA will accompany
and further financially support our partners in the area to insure that a
comprehensive recovery is sustained.
The needs for the response will be great. God’s people are once again
called on to stand in the “GAP” – Give. Act. Pray.
Your special offerings can be placed in a pew envelope marked Disaster
Relief Nepal. In a sense the money we give is to help with this
relief effort which will continue for a long time, but also to have the funds
to deal with the next great disaster. Because of the unexpected nature of
disasters they need to have resources ready to help.
Harold F. has moved to:
Sunrise at Marlboro
Marlboro, N.J., 07746
He will now live nearer his daughter B.J. and her husband. The friends
from Oceanside and particularly our church remain very important to him.
Prayers of comfort and peace to Fred B. He has been ill and in the
hospital and has now moved to his home for further care.