Blown away by the
“What would you like to do for
Christmas this year?” the new worshiping community leaders asked their
Pastor Gad Mpoyo of Shalom
International Ministry in Clarkston, Georgia, still remembers the immigrant and
refugee children pondering the question.
Their answer blew him away. “What you expect from kids is for them to ask
for what they need,” he said. But this
year the kids at Shalom wanted to give something back.
It was a “remarkable experience” to
hear the children thinking out loud as they decided to pool their money to buy
mittens for people who live at a nearby homeless shelter, Mpoyo said. The kids and leaders from Shalom plan to
present their gifts to the homeless shelter sometime on Christmas Eve.
About 20 miles southwest of Atlanta,
Clarkston is home to an estimated 8,000 residents from at least 30
countries. Many have had their lives
ripped apart by the devastating consequences of war and natural disaster.
“To hear these kids saying, ‘We see
that we’re OK. God has blessed us. We want to do what we can to share the
gesture of wellbeing and peace,’ is incredibly gratifying,” Mpoyo said. “We
have worked so hard to empower our young kids to be leaders. They are learning how, becoming disciples of
Mpoyo credits that learning, in
part, to a new after-school program for middle school children that Shalom
started this fall. In just two months,
leaders who worked on reading, academics and community building activities with
the children noticed a change in the kids.
“They are more comfortable now interacting with those who are from a
different part of the world,” Mpoyo aid.
“It’s by application only. Already
there’s a waiting list. It’s been very
Shalom is hosting a fundraiser for
the school in January and hopes to increase the number of students currently in
This was an
article from the PCUSA website which talks about what is happening in our
Presbyterian Church nationwide. I was
very moved by it and thought you might be as well.
Church Life Committee
Elephant/Holiday Fair Update:
still on display for purchase in the Barbara Pastor Fellowship Hall until after
Christmas. The total collected up to
12/15/14 is $2810.81 We anticipate that
the sales will rise as Christmas gets closer and last minute gifts are
needed. The committee will meet on a to
be determined date to pack up unsold items to be saved for an upcoming event
and the rest to be donated to Big Brothers and Big Sisters.
events will include a White Elephant Sale in April and a Military Bridge in
May. Several Pot Luck Dinner and Game
nights will be scheduled, too.
“I bring you tidings of great joy –
unto you is born this day-
A Savior” Luke 2:10-11
I don’t know where December
went. It just seemed to fly by and
Christmas is just about here. It has
been busy so if I repeat something or forget something please forgive me.
I know I have mentioned how great it
is to have Janet Porcher in our pulpit but I can’t help saying it again. It is a joy to have her with us.
Thanks to the Deacons who did such a
good job decorating the church for Christmas.
Everything is beautiful.
Our choir had a Christmas concert on
December 14th and I have been hearing that everyone enjoyed it. Dan worked hard with us putting it
together. He is great. We are now looking forward to our Choir
Christmas party which we always have the end of December.
The Christmas Pageant is coming up
and it should be great. The kids are great
and it is a pleasure for me to join them as a shepherd. I have enjoyed the rehearsals with them. It is such fun. I will comment more on this in my next
I went to a concert in the Grace
Methodist church in Valley Stream where George S. is Music Director. He was our director years ago. It was so enjoyable and it was nice to see
him and Jeanne.
Happy New Year to all!!
“Peace is always beautiful.” Walt Whitman
Thank you to all who contributed to
our adopt a family. As I’m writing this
Virginia and I are going to the family with everything that was bought. Thanks to our church this family will have a
Merry Christmas. Thank you, Lord, for
helping us to look into our hearts and give to a needy family.
Have a Merry Christmas and a
healthy, Happy New Year!
Session met on December 16, with Rev. Janice Moore Caputo as our
Moderator. We spent most time consulting
with Nancy S. on issues related to Nomination of Officers. We will need the final report for our next
Session meeting which will be January 13, 2015.
We are aware of the importance of the church leadership for our New
Beginnings in the New Year of 2015.
Just subsequent to the meeting we learned that the Philadelphia
Insurance company has approved the full cost of the replacement of the
Fellowship Hall roof as well as the roof for the steeple. We anticipate that this will be completed the
week following Easter during the Pumpkin Patch spring vacation.
At the meeting Barbara expressed her gratitude for the lovely year- end
Session has scheduled the Annual Meeting for January 18 following the
worship service. The Annual Meeting will
be moderated by Margaret Cook.
CALL OF THE ANNUAL
OCEANSIDE, NEW YORK
To be held on
Sunday January 18, 2015, immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service of
worship in Barbara Pastor Fellowship Hall.
is hereby given that the Annual Ecclesiastical and Corporate Meeting of the
First Presbyterian Church of Oceanside, New York will be held at First
Presbyterian Church of Oceanside, 2701 Oceanside Road, Oceanside, New York on
Sunday, January 18, 2013 immediately following the 10:30 a.m. service of
worship for the purpose of electing church officers, and transacting other such
business as may regularly come before the meeting.
Clerk of Session By order of Session