Tuesday, February 11, 2014
Tuesday, December 3, 2013
Check out the slide show of some of the ornaments and join us for caroling on December 15 as we give them away.
Tuesday, November 26, 2013
CPC's Presbyterian Women are sponsoring a gift drive for the women of The Bowery Mission Women's Center in New York City. The gifts will go toward helping homeless women rebuild their lives.
- Any and all sizes are welcome. Gifts that do not suit women currently in the center will be stored and shared later.
- Do not wrap.
- Items should be in the church, under the Christmas tree, by Sunday, December 15.
First week of Advent
Sunday, December 1 (First Sunday of Advent)
Second week of Advent
Saturday, December 7
Sunday, December 8 (2nd Sunday of Advent)
Third Week of Advent
Sunday, December 15 (3rd Sunday of Advent)
Thursday, December 19
Saturday, December 21
Fourth Week of Advent
Sunday, December 22 (4th Sunday of Advent)
Tuesday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
Thursday, October 24, 2013
Tuesday, October 1, 2013
A six week discussion on spirituality and relationships
Starts Tuesday, October 15To register: email@example.com or (516) 599-3220.
6:30 pm - 8:00
Includes simple supper
Child care available
Individuals and couples of all orientations welcome
Marriage is one of the bedrock institutions of our church, deeply rooted in our faith. Most of us were married by a clergy person "before God," frequently in a church. For those married in the Catholic church, they experienced marriage as a sacrament: an outward sign, instituted by Christ, to give grace. Despite this, we rarely think about what makes Christian marriage different from just marriage in general. And, in a time when public perceptions about marriage are radically shifting, we rarely pause to consider what marriage means as we debate who should be married.
Over six weeks, guided by scripture, a common marriage liturgy and our personal experience we will seek to go beyond the culture wars and explore the gift of marriage, for our own lives and for society as a whole.
Culture War Neutral Zone:
This discussion will strive to be a safe place for individuals of all persuasions and orientations. The nature of marriage and the role of marriage is much debated in our society today. While it is likely that debate will enter into our discussion, it is not the role of this discussion to definitively define "Christian marriage" and enforce that definition on others.
Tuesday, September 10, 2013
Thursday, September 5, 2013
Thursday, August 1, 2013
Then Jesus summoned his twelve disciples and gave them authority over unclean spirits, to cast them out, and to cure every disease and every sickness. These are the names of the twelve apostles: first, Simon, also known as Peter, and his brother Andrew; James, son of Zebedee and his brother John; Philip and Bartholomew; Thomas and Matthew the tax collector; James son of Alphaeus, and Thaddaeus; Simon the Cananaean and Judas Iscariot, the one who betrayed him.Others would also emerge as leaders, both during Jesus' earthly ministry and in the early Christian community: Mary Madgaline; Mary and Martha, the sisters of Lazarus; Matthias, who was chosen to replace Judas; Stephen, the first deacon; James, the brother of Jesus; and Paul.
This summer we're doing a sermon series on the Apostles: who they were, what happened to them and what lessons we can draw from their lives today. Click on the links below to read the sermons.
July 7: Judas
July 14: Peter
July 28: Andrew
August 4: James, James & James
August 21: Mary Magdalene (A version of the August 25 sermon preached at The Bowery Mission chapel)
August 25: Mary Magdalene
September 1: Paul
Thursday, June 13, 2013
Tuesday, June 4, 2013
Here's an example: One familiy - a husband and wife and three kids. The parents are in their early 40's. The kids range in age from eight to twelve. The wife lost her job. The husband is a school janitor and receives no pay over the summer. The family is not eligible for food stamps because their annual income is just over the $35,000 threshold. Even if they were, they would receive less than $800/month - not nearly enough to feed their entire household.
All types of non-perishable food are welcome. Especially welcome are basics such as pasta, sauce, rice, beans, tuna, peanut butter, etc. Low sodium food are also helpful, as are foods appropriate for Hispanic or Caribbean diets.
Community Presbyterian will also accept money to give to the food pantry or you can give directly at www.liccdonate.org.
Thursday, May 16, 2013
Thursday, March 7, 2013
Palm Sunday - March 24
8:30 am - Breakfast
9:40 am - Parade of Palms
9:45 am - Worship with special music by the Little Blessings Singers
Bowery Mission Trip - March 27
Spend the day at The Bowery Mission, helping make lunch, lead worship and do whatever else needs to be done. Contact the church office to register.
Maundy Thursday - March 28 @ 4:00
Foot washing & communion
Good Friday - March 29 @ 7:30
A Tennebrae reading of the passion
Easter - March 31
6:30 am - Sunrise Service @ Jones Beach #6
9:45 am - Resurrection Celebration with special music by the CPC Sunday School, Adult Choir and others.
Tuesday, February 19, 2013
Topic: The Practices That Transform Us
Book: Spiritual Disciplines Handbook by Adele Ahlberg Calhoun
Schedule: 6:45 - 8:30; includes simple supper
Dates, locations and themes
February 19 - Malverne - The Practice of Worship
February 26 - Freeport - The Practice of Opening One's Self To God
March 5 - Massapequa - The Practice of Avoiding False Gods
March 12 - Baldwin - The Practice of Sharing One's Life
March 19 - Garden City - The Practice of Making Present the Love of Christ
Prayer is the most basic of spiritual practices and breath prayer is one of the oldest tools for prayer. Breath prayers can be powerful centering devices as well as a way to feel the calming reassurance of God in difficult and stressful situations.
The prayer is very simple. Slow down your breathing. As you breathe in, say to yourself a name of God. As you breathe out, say to your self a need or request you want God to address. The graphic below has some ancient breath prayers, but you are free to identify your own names for God and add your own requests.
Below is a chart as to how CPC is doing. We won last year, but we're currently in fifth place! Invite your neighbors, your friends, your family, even colleagues at work, to join in helping Long Island's hungry families.
Thursday, January 3, 2013
Thursday, December 13, 2012
Saturday, December 1, 2012
Morning worship with lighting of the Advent Candle - Every Sunday in December, 9:45 am
Lighting of Malverne - Saturday, December 1, 5-9 pm
Community Presbyterian will be serving free hot cider, cookies and apples from our table on Hempstead Avenue.
Advent Kick-off Pot luck & Craft Night - Sunday, December 2, 5:30 pm
Pot luck dinner, crafts, worship and music with our sister congregations from Nassau Joint Ministry.
Christmas Caroling - Date & Time TBD
A simple supper followed by going house to house brining Christmas joy to our neighbors. Then we return to the church for a quiet evening of conversation, cookies and crafts for the kids.
Christmas Pageant - Sunday, December 23, 9:45 am
We'll be starting a new tradition this year under the direction of Kimberly Birch & Bonnie Piotrowski. The pageant is open to everyone regardless of age.
Christmas Eve Services - Monday, December 24, 4:00 pm and 11:00 pm
The 4:00 family service is a relaxed, child oriented celebration of Christmas, with communion. The service lasts about a hour and fifteen minutes. The 11:00 service follows a low key lessons and carols format, and finishes around 12:05 on Christmas Day.
The Presbyterian Women this year are leading us in mission for the Christmas season.
- Bakeless Bake Sale - a fundraiser for the Presbyterian Women. Take whatever you would normally spend on the annual Presbyterian Women cookie walk and just give that to the women.
- Christmas Presents for the Bowery Mission Women's Center - The Bowery Mission gives homeless and hurting women a chance to rebuild their lives. The Presbyterian Women make sure these women have a wonderful Christmas. List of presents needed.
Saturday, June 9, 2012
Here is what the Food Pantry needs most to meet this increased need:
- Canned vegetables (low salt)
- Soup (low salt/low fat)
- Canned fruit, 100% Fruit Juice (not fruit drink)
- Pasta, rice, canned beans
- Complete pancake mix
- Oatmeal, grits, dry cereal (non/low sugar)
- Canned tuna, chicken, salmon (in water)
- Canned stew
- Nuts (low salt), peanut butter, jelly
- Dry milk, Parmalat
- Shampoo, soap, toiletries
- Clean, gently-used clothing
- Diapers (all sizes), Enfamil formula, baby cereal, baby wipes and powder
Thursday, May 10, 2012
Wednesday, April 4, 2012
Maundy Thursday - 4:00 pm
A contemplative service featuring foot washing and communion
Good Friday - 7:30 pm
A reading of the Passion Narrative from John's Gospel combined with a Tenebrae (dying of the light) service.
Day of Gladness - Saturday, April 7
A special day where the entire congregation is being challenged to intentionally make the gladness of Christ's resurrection known in ways large and small.
Sunrise Service - 6:30 am at Jones Beach #6
This is the annual Nassau County Sunrise Service sponsored by the Long Island Council of Churches. Adrian Pratt, the Pastor of Baldwin Presbyterian Church is preaching this year.
Resurrection Celebration - 9:45 am
We bring the Alleluia back into the sanctuary and raise it to the rafters. Includes the telling of the Easter Story in ways appropriate for children and adults alike. We'll also be reporting on our Day of Gladness activities.
Easter Egg Hunt - 11:15
Thursday, March 1, 2012
Here's the final standings.
Here are some pictures from Shirley Yang as they delivered all the food to the Long Island Council of Churches Food Pantry in Freeport.
Friday, February 24, 2012
Nassau Joint Ministries presents God's Abundant Table, a Lenten journey of food, community and worship across five stand-alone sessions. Topics include God's abundance, hospitality, the link between justice and food, spiritual food and giving thanks. Sessions begin with a simple dinner at 6:45 followed by a study and then closing with worship.
Dates & Locations:
February 28 - Massapequa
Presbyterian Community Church
150 Pittsburgh Street
March 6 - Garden City
The Presbyterian Church
91 Chester Avenue
March 13 - Malverne
Community Presbyterian Church
12 Nottingham Road
March 20 - Freeport
First Presbyterian Church
178 South Ocean Avenue
March 27 - Baldwin
First Presbyterian Church
717 Saint Luke's Place
Thursday, February 16, 2012
The Souper Bowl Challenge began in 2011 when Middle Island Presbyterian Church challenged other congregations in the Presbytery of Long Island to a food collection contest during the month of February. The goal: collect as many food items as possible. The congregation that collected the most per member would win. That first year Malverne & Merrick accepted the challenge. Merrick won. In 2012 two other congregations: Yaphank and Bellmore have joined in the fun.
Current Souper Bowl standings as of February 19. Graph is of cans/member.
God Sightings for 2011
Our contributions to local missions
The way the congregation held together spiritually and financially through a year of economic distress
Church on the Road (2)
The three sages in the Christmas Pageant (1)
The energy brought by new members (4)
Craft Fair (4)
Lenten series on prayer
Working together on the boiler (7)
Near balance of the budget
Our pastor (3)
Health of family & friends
Having God to guide my life
Thrift Shop ladies
Fellowship activities (2)
Meeting and overcoming obstacles
Everyone who helps keep the congregation going
Use of Elders for preaching
Increased number of children in church
Growing partnerships with other congregations on youth ministry
Prayers for 2012
That we continue our good deeds and spread our love (2)
Growth of Little Blessings Preschool (4)
Spiritual growth (2)
Meet the church budget (3)
Continue participation of young families
Continued blessing of the Lord's love
Growth in wisdom & generosity
Build up Sunday School (2)
Continue on as a congregation
Become a more vibrant, exciting pathway to a close relationship with God
Thursday, February 2, 2012
Everyone Else's (Including Brittany)
Got your own God sightings from 2011 and prayers for 2012? Leave them in the comments.
Need a copy of the Annual Report? Contact the church office.
Our congregational priorities for 2012 are:
- Increase number of congregation & community dinners
- Better care of our oldest members
- Continued focus on meeting the financial needs of the congregation.
Read Pastor Fritz's State of the Church address laying out the above priorities.
Congratulations and thank you to our new class of elders:
- Lorne Birch
- June Englese
- Shel Basch
And to our new class of Deacons:
- Dorothy Grace
- Lori Basch
- Shirley Yang
- Kayla Hospodka
Thursday, January 5, 2012
Friday, November 25, 2011
Wouldn't it be neat if you could double your impact by buying your gift for The Bowery Mission Women's Center from other programs that serve to empower women? The cool thing is you can - and you might very well save money by doing so. Here are some links to places you can shop.
Serrv - One of the largest outlets for fair trade crafts, the majority of Serrv's handicrafts are made by women through dozens of programs around the world that serve to educate and economically empower women, and through them, their communities.
Soup of Success - Soups, desserts & greeting cards by homeless women in Elkhart, IN
Women's Initiative Network - Foods stuffs & Jewelry by domestic violence survivors in Wichita, KS
Poverello Prints - amazing cards and artwork by the Sisters of St. Francis of Assisi
Women of the Cloud Forest - jewelry & embroidered bags from Costa Rica
Tutwiler Quilters - quilted bags and place mats from the Mississippi Delta
Women's Bean Project - soup mixes from Denver, CO
Here are some of the prayers of thanks that were offered. Add your own Prayer of Thanksgiving to the comments, or add it to the banner in church next time you are there.
- Family and church
- My family
- Guiding and protecting us through a difficult year
- A new addition to the family
- A loving, wonderful wife
- Every breath I take
- Family, good friends, good health
- Life, family, church
- Food, water, shelter
- Good health & Pastor Fritz's leadership
- For God keeping us strong in tough times and blessing us in good times
- Shepherds who take care of the sheep
- Love of children
- Wife, family & friends - for health & peace in their lives
- A loving family who is there when I need them
- Love, family, health
- The opportunities I have been luckily enough to be given
- Strength and good health to continue caring for my mother-in-law
- Mommy, Papa, Daddy
- That God puts up with me
- Family, friendship, patience, health, happiness
- My little boys & family
- The warm friendship found at CPC
- Amazing family & friends
- Wonderful family
- Health & family
- Church & family
- Wife, daughter, future son-in-law & church
- Wife who picks me up from the train station at 11:30 pm
- Healthy family
Tuesday, November 22, 2011
Every place has its traditions, and some are a little peculiar, so I thought I'd explain a little about what we do at CPC to keep our spirits focused on Christ during this season.
Download the entire Advent/Christmas schedule
The Advent Wreath - A devotional tool used to focus on the light that Christ brings into our lives during Christmas. Consists of four candles (either pink or purple) symbolizing the weeks leading up to Christmas and a white center candle symbolizing Christ. On Sundays during worship, starting November 27, we will light one candle each week. Then on Christmas Eve we will light the inner white candle. Many of us also have advent wreaths in our homes and light them daily during a meal or during private devotions. The church distributes a daily Advent devotional to help focus us on Christ's coming.
Poinsettias - members and friends of the congregation contribute to decorating the sanctuary by buying poinsettias in honor or remembrance of those they love. Those who desire to take their poinsettias home after the Christmas Eve service pay a premium of $12. Those who leave their poinsettias behind to decorate the sanctuary through the Christmas season pay $6. Those who are feeling generous or forgetful pay $12 and leave their poinsettia behind.
Advent Kickoff Potluck (Sunday, Nov. 27 @ 6:00) - a low key dinner to get the Christmas season started right.
Lighting of Malverne (Saturday, Dec. 3 from 5-9) - Malverne's Christmas festival. We have a table out on Hempstead Avenue (which is closed) and give away free cookies and hot cider while inviting everyone to join us for the Christmas season (and beyond).
Cookie Walk (Sunday, Dec. 11 after church) - an annual fundraiser for the Presbyterian Women. In the old days they would bake cookies and sell them to the congregation. Now everyone in the congregation bakes cookies and then buys their cookies back.
The Christmas Tree (Decorated on Dec. 11 during worship) - The sanctuary Christmas Tree is communally decorated with generations of ornaments made by church school children and others.
Caroling (Sunday, Dec. 11 @ 3:30) - We gather for a simple dinner of soup, bread and hot dogs before careening around town to sing carols at the homes of our shut ins and others. We than return to the church for a relaxing evening of hot coco, cookies and conversation in the church lounge.
Christmas Eve Services (Dec. 24, 4:00 & 11:00) - The so called "family service," the 4:oo service makes a special effort to include the congregation's children in telling the Christmas story. It also includes special music, Pastor Fritz's Christmas sermon and communion. The 4:00 service tends to run a little longer than an ordinary Sunday service. The 11:00 service is a low key service of lessons and carols. Members of the congregation read a series of scriptures beginning with Genesis that illuminate the coming of Jesus. Between readings the congregation sings carols or special music is offered. There is no sermon. The service ends shortly after 12:00 am on Christmas morning.
Download the entire Advent/Christmas schedule
Thursday, November 17, 2011
Tuesday, November 8, 2011
Fresh Vegetables • Mary’s Crafts • Fair Trade Crafts from around the world • Baked Goods • Baskets & More Baskets • Quilt Raffle • Hand made Children’s Clothes • Sausage Lady • Children’s craft project • Pork Dinner
Check out the quilt
Here's the flier. Click for a printable PDF.
Thursday, October 27, 2011
October 28, 2011
To the congregation:
After worship last Sunday, the Finance Committee presented an update on congregational finances and presented initial estimates for the cost of replacing the church hall boiler, which cracked two weeks ago.
As for the congregation’s finances, our income is up slightly due to the preschool but a 60% rise in the cost of oil in addition to staff pay raises have caused expenses to increase as well. Congregational giving has also been slightly weaker than in previous years. Taken together, this leaves us with a projected $6,000 deficit for 2011.
The boiler is expected to cost approximately $20,000 to replace, an amount that includes asbestos removal, disposal of the old boiler, purchasing the new boiler, installation and other expenses associated with a possible conversion to natural gas.
The good news is that a new boiler will considerably lower our energy use. This plus the growing preschool bodes well for the congregation’s long-term financial picture.
At this time, however, we need everybody to dig a little deeper and challenge themselves to both help balance this year’s budget and raise the funds necessary for the new boiler. By the end of the meeting last Sunday, we had already received four pledges toward the new boiler exceeding $6,500. We also received lesser commitments toward helping balance the operating budget.
Community Presbyterian is our spiritual home. It is where we gather to praise God, to raise our children in the faith, to fellowship together, to pray for each other and the world and to serve our neighbors. Enclosed with this letter is a simple form asking you to do your part to help move the congregation over the hump. If you could prayerfully consider how much you are able to give, both toward the boiler and the projected deficit, and then fill out the form, it would be of great help. Completed forms can be put into the offering plate or given to Nancy Stalb.
Download Pledge Form
Over the years, the boiler tank began to rust away with age, developing leaks and then sealing the leaks over with rust. Over the years, congregational leaders also questioned the boiler's efficiency, wondering about changes but then balking at the cost of replacement.
At its September 2011 meeting, the Session questioned once again whether, with rising oil prices we could continue affording to operate the church hall boiler. They appointed a team to begin reviewing options. And then when our Sexton John Wolfe test fired the boiler, water began running out the bottom as quickly as it went in the top. The boiler had finally rusted through.
For years, when we felt we could not afford to replace it, the good Lord kept our boiler going. And then, when we were wondering whether we could afford to run it, the boiler died. Our God watches over us in all ways.
The church is currently soliciting bids for all aspects of the boiler replacement process. We expect it will cost in the vicinity of $20,000 once costs related to a possible conversion to gas are factored in.
Thursday, September 29, 2011
Sunday, Oct. 2 - Courageous Movie Screening - Roosevelt Field theater, 3:30, followed by pizza and discussion at Garden City Presbyterian Church
Sunday, Oct. 16 - Crop Walk, Baldwin Park, 1:00 - Special fake geo caching activity & lunch
November 11-12 - Retreat @ Holmes Camp
Sunday, Dec. 4 - Out of the Box Worship, 5:00 pm, Massapequa
We've gotten a slow start with Sunday School this year, but have finally figured everything out. Here's what's going to happen:
- Toddler/Pre-K - Head Teacher Laura Eisenlau
- Elementary - Head Teacher Gloria Olson
- Middle School + - Head Teacher Mary Hallam
11:00 - 11:15 - General Gathering w/ story presented by youth and music.
11:15-12:00 - Separate classes. (Toddler class with be shorter)