Wednesday, December 22, 2010
Featuring hand bells, youth band, special activities for children, communion and more.
Lessons and Carols - 11:00 pm
A quiet service of music and scripture. Featuring special music by Elina Akselrud and Joe Sortino.
Tuesday, December 14, 2010
Here are some video clips:
O Holy Night at Saint Albans
Jingle Bell Rock at Shirley Hsieh's house
Silent Night at the Bristol
We Wish You a Merry Christmas at Gladys Sutcamp's house
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
First week of Advent
Sunday, November 28 (First Sunday of Advent)
9:45 – 12:00 Worship & church school
6:00 – 8:00 Family Advent kick-off (Pot Luck Dinner, Family Advent activity & evening worship)
Saturday, December 4
5:00 pm Saturday Service
5:00 – 9:00 pm Lighting of Malverne table w/ hot cider & cookies
Second week of Advent
Sunday, December 6 (2nd Sunday of Advent)
9:45 – 11:00 Worship & church school
Saturday, December 11
9:00 am Decoration of Sanctuary
5:00 pm Pre Caroling Simple Supper
6:00 – 9:00 pm Christmas Caroling I – Church members
Third Week of Advent
Sunday, December 12 (3rd Sunday of Advent)
9:45 am Worship & Church School, Decorating of Christmas Tree
11:15 Presbyterian Women Cookie Walk
TBA Christmas Caroling II – Nursing Homes
Saturday, December 18
10:00 – 12:00 Christmas pageant rehearsal
5:00 pm Saturday Service
Fourth Week of Advent
Sunday, December 19 (4th Sunday of Advent)
9:45 am Worship, Children’s Christmas Pageant
Dedication of Blessing Boxes
Friday, December 24 (Christmas Eve)
4:00 pm Family Service w/ Communion11:00 pm Service of lessons and carols
This Christmas we're partnering with the LICC Freeport Feeding Center to create "Blessing Boxes." A blessing box is a shoe box (or other similarly sized box) filled with enough toiletries for a family of four along with a personal prayer, note or scripture verse. We're encouraging every household in the church to make at least one complete box, and to invite friends, neighbors, family members, scout troops, work colleagues, etc. to join you.
Bring your blessing box to the church any time between now and December 18. We'll be dedicating the boxes during the service on December 18th.
Here's what should be in your blessing box:
Soap, Shampoo, Deodorant, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes (4) Shaving Cream, Safety Razors & small toys.
You can also add make-up or other cosmetics.
We will also welcome new: underwear, socks, hats & gloves. (Don't put into the box.)
Thursday, November 18, 2010
Monday, November 15, 2010
Maria Studer, chair of the Partnering Congregations team at the Presbytery of Long Island stopped by on Sunday to receive CPC's donation to the team's work. Partnering Congregations encourages Presbyterians on Long Island to work together to accomplish ministries they couldn't do alone. Examples include multi-congregation youth work, new church development, elder and deacon training, local outreach to the Hispanic community and more.
Thursday, November 11, 2010
- We would be on time to church
- We would have someone at the door to welcome people
- We would have a "host" for the service
- We would be sure to introduce each other to guests
- We would "freshen up" the space, children's activity bags, etc.
The Session also decided to make Advent 2010 a time of intentional inviting and welcoming others into our worship and our congregational activities. If we do that, we need to get ready.
What would you do differently if you knew visitors were coming to church? Leave your thoughts in the comments.
Tuesday, October 5, 2010
On Sunday, the host, Krista Tippet, interviewed Dr. Doris Taylor, one of the leading stem cell researchers, most known for using stem cells to rebuild and revive a heart. What she said fascinated me.
Stem cells, she says, are the cells used to regenerate our bodies. We have thousands of them. When we get cut, stem cells are what allow our skin and muscle to rebuild. If we suffer heart, lung or kidney damage, stem cells are what repair that damage. The reason why bone marrow transplants work so well on cancer patients is that bone marrow is full of stem cells, which flood the body and rebuild the damage caused by the cancer.
So here is the amazing thing: Her research shows that stress kills stem cells. It also shows that prayer (both the act of prayer and the act of being prayed for) increases the number of stem cells in the body. So when we pray for somebody we are literally, through divine intervention, increasing the number of stem cells in their body, thus enabling them to get well. Isn't that amazing?
Friday, September 24, 2010
Monday, September 6, 2010
- Multi-cultural hymn sing
- Taste of Long Island
- Prayer Shawl knitting
- All Presbytery choir
- Evangelism workshop
- Issues discussions on both immigration and the Middle East
See the flier
Where is Setauket
Tuesday, July 20, 2010
Elder Gordon Moore - Despite differing theological positions, moral stances and social agendas, commissioners and advisory delegates were able to come together, debating a broad spectrum of complex and controversial issues in a spirit of love and mutual respect. In my view, much was accomplished, and throughout the entire process we were guided, refreshed and energized by “rivers of living water.”
One more thing – I am fully convinced that without the involvement and vital contributions of our young adult advisory delegates (YAAD’s), we could not have come close to accomplishing all that we did!
Elder Lorna Lisa – [Going to General Assembly] was a great privilege and a responsibility that I took very seriously but I absolutely loved!! I served on the Peacemaking and International Issues Committee which recommended to the Assembly that they call upon the United States government to end combat operations in Afghanistan. The PC(USA) had not taken a stand on the war since it began in 2001.
I left General Assembly with a feeling of renewed hope for our denomination (especially after listening to our YAAD’s) and a deep appreciation for the PC(USA).
The Rev. Wanda Lawry Hughes - Whenever I am asked to describe what it means to be a Presbyterian I always say that it means that every member has a voice and a vote. Unfortunately I suffered a bout of laryngitis and as I sat in my committee meeting and listened to the arguments about the Belhar Confession, a confession of faith written at the time of apartheid in South Africa in opposition to racism, God reminded me that countless peoples over the centuries have lost their voices due to racism and oppression. As I remembered that many voices had been silenced, I realized that I could not keep quiet. I had to speak out against racism and oppression. I had to speak out against fear. I had to speak up for justice, reconciliation and unity. And so I did.
Tuesday, July 13, 2010
Cynthia Bolbach, an elder from Washington DC, was elected moderator.
122 Young Adult Volunteers and 17 Missionaries were commissioned for work around the globe.
The Belhar Confession, a confession of Christian unity written by South African Christians protesting Aparthide, was approved for inclusion in the PC(USA) Book of Confessions. (Must be ratified by a majority of presbyteries.)
A new, simpler, more flexible Form of Government was approved to govern the church. (Must be ratified by a majority of presbyteries.)
Marriage as defined between a man and a woman was reaffirmed.
A comprehensive report on the Middle East was accepted which, among other things:
- Called for an immediate cessation of violence on all sides.
- Reaffirmed Israel's right to exist
- Called for an end to Israel's occupation of Palestinian territories
- Called for a freeze on the establishment of settlements
Called for an end to the war in Afghanistan.
Tuesday, July 6, 2010
Offering will support The Bowery MIssion and Family Promise of Nassau County.
Music includes: Songwriter John Guardino, Men from the Bowery & Grace Lutheran's Becky Elfman
Speakers include: Father Frank Parsi of Our Lady of Lourdes, Pastor Fritz Nelson of Community Presbyterian, Darcel Whitten-Wilowski, Diocese of Rockville Centre and Evangelist Mary Bell
Bring your own chair.
Monday, July 5, 2010
Click here to go to the video of Beatrix asking her question and the candidates' responses.
Note: This is the video of the entire three hour plenary session. Beatrix's question comes around 2:38. You may have to let the video finish streaming before you can fast forward. Elder Cynthia Bolbach, the third woman to speak, won the vote and is now Moderator.
Thursday, July 1, 2010
Tuesday, June 22, 2010
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
Thursday, June 3, 2010
Here is why we do this:
On the phone today I talked with a neighbor, a well respected leader in Nassau County, where budget cuts by her employer reduced her job from full time to part time. Her husband had a stroke, leaving her the only wage earner. She is afraid she's going to loose her house. She may very well be a client at the Long Island Council of Church's Freeport Food Pantry.
Julie is a client. She works full time in an accounting office. She drives a new car, which she could not afford. The car, and other choices made during an addiction fueled out of control life, left her in debt and struggling to pay her bills. Now she's getting help for her addiction, paying down her debt and retaking control of her life. The food pantry helps her stretch her pay checks; its staff provide moral support and counsel.
Combine the stories and you get the statistics.
In 2008, the LICC Food Pantry served 3642 households. In 2009, almost 1,000 more. These households contained 13,000 individuals. Half were children. Six percent were senior citizens. The remaining adults were mostly employed, or recently laid off. Every month an additional 50 to 100 individuals come to the pantry who have never asked for assistance before.
CPC's annual food drive seeks to stock the pantry before the summer season, when donations drop off and the lack of free or reduced cost school meals increases the strain on family grocery budgets. To help, bring some of the below items to the church on Saturday, June 12 between 10 and 3.
Here is what the Food Pantry needs most to meet this increased need:
- Canned Vegetables (low salt)
- Soup (low salt/low fat)
- Canned fruit and 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.
Life in Difficult Times - How to Make It Through is a series of pod casts produced by the LICC that both inform those in need on how to get help and educate about the best ways to help. The series of three podcasts are available for $1.25 each by clicking the link above.
Friday, May 21, 2010
I just learned this about Pentecost - and its really cool.
Pentecost is the Greek for the Jewish holiday Shavuot, which both celebrated the Spring grain harvest and celebrated the giving of the law to Moses by God.
Some parallels which suggests to me that God knows his Jewish holidays pretty well:
Bush that burned but was not consumed -> tongues of fire that didn't burn anything.
God gives Moses the law -> the Holy Spirit enables interpretation and understanding of scripture.
The law created and guided the Jewish people -> the Holy Spirit creates and guides the church.
The law was given on Mount Sinai, the holiest of ground -> the Holy Spirit infuses sacredness to whatever it touches.
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
Pentecost literally means "fiftieth" and one of the three major feast days in ancient Judaism marking the fiftieth day following Passover. In Acts chapter 2, we learn that the disciples were all gathered together on that day when a "sound like the rush of a violent wind" filled the house and "tongues as of fire rested on each of them. All were filled with the Holy Spirit." The Holy Spirit empowers the disciples, who until then had been passive to say the least, to rush out into the crowded city and talk about Jesus. Miraculously, when they talk, everyone can understand regardless of their native language. Peter preaches what is perhaps the greatest sermon ever and over 1,000 people are converted.
Christians consider Pentecost to be the birthday of the church and along with Easter and Christmas is one of the most important liturgical holidays.
In some Christian traditions, churches are decorated in red for Pentecost. Somebody back in the Middle Ages decided that the color red symbolized the Holy Spirit, and that tradition has been passed down through the churches ever since.
Thursday, May 6, 2010
A prayer for our nation taken from the Presidential Proclamation marking today as the National Day of Prayer:
On this day, let us give thanks for the many blessings God has bestowed upon our Nation. Let us rejoice for the blessing of freedom both to believe and to live our beliefs, and for the many other freedoms and opportunities that bring us together as one Nation. Let us ask for wisdom, compassion, and discernment of justice as we address the great challenges of our time.
Let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those suffering from natural disasters in Haiti, Chile, and elsewhere, and the people from those countries and from around the world who have worked tirelessly and selflessly to render aid. Let us pray for the families of the West Virginia miners, and the people of Poland who so recently and unexpectedly lost many of their beloved leaders. Let us pray for the safety and success of those who have left home to serve in our Armed Forces, putting their lives at risk in order to make the world a safer place. As we remember them, let us not forget their families and the substantial sacrifices that they make every day. Let us remember the unsung heroes who struggle to build their communities, raise their families, and help their neighbors, for they are the wellspring of our greatness. Finally, let us remember in our thoughts and prayers those people everywhere who join us in the aspiration for a world that is just, peaceful, free, and respectful of the dignity of every human being.
Friday, April 16, 2010
Friday, March 26, 2010
View pictures of the Nassau Joint Youth gathering where some of the kits were assembled.
Thursday, March 18, 2010
At first I was puzzled by the imagery and then came to use it myself. It is not biblical, although some link it to the cloud and the fire that God used to protect the Israelites from the Egyptians as they escaped from Egypt.
Hedge of protection language echos the fortress language of the psalmists and picked up by Martin Luther in his famous hymn. I see the hedge of protection as a mess of brambles between us and the evil of this world which threatens us and our faith. I take comfort in God's promise to protect me and keep me secure.
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
Presbyterian Church USA Ready to Declare War Against Israel
The attached article referenced a leaked draft of a press release describing a yet-to-be finished statement regarding the Middle East that will be before the PC(USA) General Assembly this summer. According to the Wiesenthal Center, the finished document will contain extensive language threatening to the security of the state of Israel.
Nobody outside of the committee that is writing the statement seems to know what it will actually say, and the Wiesenthal Center has not posted a copy of the press release it claims to have received, so denominational leaders are struggling to understand where this complaint came from.
In response Gradye Parsons, Stated Clerk of the PC(USA) issued a statement reaffirming the PC(USA)'s historic and ongoing support of the state of Israel within secure borders, while also expressing the church's ongoing concern for the violence and human rights abuses by both parties in the Israeli/Palestinian conflict.
Here is my take, and what I would say to anyone who asked by opinion of this mater:
1. The PC(USA) has been one of the longest and staunchest defenders of the State of Israel and has long been a leader in Jewish/Christian relations. Statement after statement by the church has affirmed the right of Israel to exist. Presbyterian theologians, Bible scholars and preachers have been among the leaders in promoting a Christianity that combats, rather than supports, antisemitism.
2. The PC(USA) has very old, historic and close relationships with its sister churches in the Middle East including the Arab Christian communities in Israel, Gaza and the West Bank. PC(USA) peacemakers and missionaries are working in those churches and in Arab communities helping them prosper and promote peace within the context of the Israeli occupation. The PC(USA) desperately wants a secular, Palestinian state that co-exists with Israel because current policies by both Israel and Hamas are killing the Arab Christian church.
We are called as a church to stand with our sisters and brothers in Christ and to use whatever political power we have, and whatever power of presence our peacemakers and missionaries can provide, to ensure that they have the right to worship, the ability to pursue an education, build an economy, farm their land, raise their children in the faith.
The Presbyterian Church (USA) has long affirmed that support of the state of Israel and support of Arab Christians are not mutually exclusive. Others disagree. I do not.
Your thoughts? Leave a comment.
Tuesday, February 2, 2010
- The quilt was appreciated and great friendship and cooperation developed in its making.
- Our many accomplishments as a small congregation – Outreach, fellowship etc.
- Our ability to meet our budget.
- Involvement of some folks not ordinarily active.
- The many happy faces of the seniors who came together at the first “social” at the village hall.
- We are still here when some thought we would go under
- Prayer meetings for Stan
- Love and support of the church family through difficult times.
- Our church continues to welcome all people who wish to join us. We continue to welcome those of the different background, faith and race. Our good pantry work and our mission working in this country and abroad.
- Accepted into colleges,
- Pinebrook Clean up;
- Baby Eric Thomas Nelson and Elisabeth back in church
- We did not close this year in the red, we are financially okay.
- A thriving thrift shop
- Our church is not static – with Fritz and the Elders’ leadership, CPC seems to constantly renew and revitalize itself. It is really amazing how mission has become the focus and purpose of our activities and prayers
- Our church fellowship and continue to prosper in many ways. And my life with my mom… blessings from above.
- The SWAP – generosity abounds on all sides
- Stan’s memorial service
- Thanks for being alive to experience all the beauty of the world and the wonderful people I know
- Our ability as a small congregation to make substantial differences for people in need
- All the accomplishments and goals that were made
- Health for many in Haiti
- That we respond to the disaster in Haiti and the needs of the neglected of the world empowered by the Holy Spirit
- Service and the great time we had at the Craft Fair
- Caroling for the shut-ins this past Christmas of the joy and healing brought to them
- Our prayerful vigil for Stan
- Craft Fair
- Birth of Eric Thomas Nelson
- Bringing our daughter through a difficult pregnancy
- May we grow and do more deeds of service
- To continue to grow and to be as productive as we were this past year.
- Continued solvency, continued mission outreach, continued blessing for us all
- That we continue to increase the size of our congregation so that in turn our mission work will increase as well.
- Pray for peace on earth
- That the church will have a positive effect on the world, Long Island and Malverne
- Continued solvency for our church and continued welcoming into our presence people from the community to join us. Give us the strength to carry on His work. (We are few but we need to be strong.)
- Help us welcome
- Help us stay financially afloat
- Help us increase membership.
- Continued growth in spiritual and physical areas
- That we continue to grow, that we are able to discern God’s mission for our church and to carry it out.
- We remain welcoming and generosity
- We widen our circle of faith
- We bring more families back
- For everyone to stay safe and healthy for 2010. A good year
- To continue our mission work and to keep thinking of ways to invite our community into our church
- That giving continues
- Outreach is successful
- More young people come out to church and know our Saviour
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Continue Mission Outreach
To continue the work of the Mission Outreach Team and follow in their lead as they host the Sunday Afternoon Socials and find other ways to serve our neighbors living alone.
Invitation and Engagement
To intentionally invite our neighbors into worship and mission with us both one on one and by increasing our visibility in the community.
Presbyterian Mission Partnership
To identify specific Presbyterian ministries, one on Long Island and one international, where we can partner through prayer, through giving and through involvement.
Priority Teams have been set up to lead our congregation forward in these areas. To join a priority team, sign up in the back of church or talk with Pastor Fritz.
Read Pastor Fritz's State of the Church address
Thursday, January 14, 2010
Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
PDA is working through our church partners and our PC(USA) Mission Personnel to assess the situation and channel relief. Initial relief is provided through our One Great Hour of Sharing Easter offering, but they are seeking $1,000,000 in additional funds.
To give: Put a check in the offering plate at church marked "PDA-Haiti" or give online.
Partners in Development
PID is a small, dynamic economic development organization that has specialized in working with Haiti's poorest of the poor for over twenty years. I personally know the Executive Director and many of their Haitian staff. They have some of the lowest administrative overhead costs of any development organization, ensuring that almost every dollar you give will go on the ground in Haiti. PID is also recruiting a team of "medical professionals and experienced travelers" to provide support for their Haitian staff, especially at their medical clinic in the Port-au-Prince suburbs. If you are interested, talk to Pastor Fritz.
To give: Put a check in the offering plate at church marked "PID - Haiti" or give online.
CPC is partnering with Church World Service to collect Hygiene Kits for use in the tent cities that have sprung up all over Haiti. For information on what to put into the kit, click here. Then bring your kits(s) to the church.
Neighbor to Neighbor
DONNA HAS REACHED CAPACITY AND CANNOT ACCEPT ANY MORE STUFF! EXTREME THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO DONATED.
We live in a small world where personal connections transcend international boundaries. Donna Flud and her American Airlines colleagues regularly fly into and out of Haiti and have regularly been delivering relief supplies for years. Once commercial flights resume, Donna will be able to personally deliver clothes, shoes, hygene items, etc.
I would suggest that those wishing to partner with Donna make Hygiene Kits for her to distribute through her Haitian contacts. These compact, self contained kits are proven tool for helping in times of extreme need.
To give: Go to the Church World Service Kits Web Page and assemble a Hygine Kit according to the directions provided. Drop it off at church. Or put a check in the offering plate at church marked "Hygine Kits - Haiti."
The Power of Prayer
Please hold the people of Haiti up in prayer as well as all those seeking to bring aid and support. Pray for your Haitian neighbors and co-workers, who may very well be mourning friends and family members lost in the disaster. Please pray especially for PC(USA) Missionary Sharon Babe, who was injured in the quake and is hospitalized. Pray also for our church partner, the Episcopal Diocese in Haiti, which lost almost all their buildings.
A prayer for Haiti
God of compassion
Please watch over the people of Haiti,
And weave out of these terrible happenings
wonders of goodness and grace.
Surround those who have been affected by tragedy
With a sense of your present love,
And hold them in faith.
Though they are lost in grief,
May they find you and be comforted;
Guide us as a church
To find ways of providing assistance
that heals wounds and provides hope
Help us to remember that when one of your children suffer
We all suffer
Through Jesus Christ who was dead, but lives
and rules this world with you. Amen.