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NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

Thursdays and Fridays
11:00 AM to 3:00 PM

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*Sunday Service of Worship
is at 10:30am


Preschool and Sunday School
are offered for all children
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fellowship

Tuesday Fellowship Meetings
on Zoom

Tuesday Fellowship Group will be meeting on-line at 1:00pm on Tuesdays.  The Zoom information will be emailed to everyone.

      Our Tuesday Zoom Fellowship Group got off to
a slow start, but it’s picking up speed!
roncartoon     Ron Lievendag organized this group
as a fellowship opportunity for people who don’t get out much, but would like an opportunity to visit with one another.

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REGULARLY SCHEDULED WEEKLY MEETINGS:

YOUTH GROUP  - To Be determined – contact The Fellowship Director – Debbie Eitel for more information and youth group events.

REGULARLY SCHEDULED MONTHLY MEETINGS:

Deacons - 12:00 PM—First Sunday
each Month

Committees
7:30 PM - Finance - Second Tuesday each Month.

The other committees meet at different times and different days depending on their needs-no set time or day. 

Session - 12:00 PM—Third Sunday
each Month

Prayer Shawl Ministry– 7:30 PM
Second & Fourth Wednesday

Women’s Circle Meetings

Grace Circle - Fourth Tuesday of each month - 2:00 PM
 
Joy Circle - Second Thursday of
each month
1:00 PM - Parlor

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Men’s Bible Study Group

A men's Bible study group is meeting every Thursday evening at 7 PM.   During this time we will discuss Bible passages as well as current issues that concern men.  Everyone is welcome and feel free to bring friends to share in our discussions.

Bible Study 

We are proud to offer bible study twice weekly, where all are welcomed
to learn more about the Bible:
• Pastor's Lectienary Bible Study-Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. in the
Pastor's Study
• Friday Morning Bible Study- at 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor 

During this time we discuss passages in the Bible, magazine articles, devotionals, and DVDs and share our thoughts about what the article means to us.  We welcome everyone whether you are a member or a guest of the church.

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 Thinking of joining Boy Scouts? Tired of being bored with nothing to do? Would you like to be having fun with a group of your friends? We can make that happen!

Greenlawn/Centerport Pack 877 is inviting your son to join Cub Scouting. In Cub
Scouts, your son will have lots of fun, learn new things and make new friends. But
Cub Scouts is much more than that; it is Jun with a purpose.
Scouting is a family-oriented organization.
Scouting develops character, leadership, communications skills and good
citizenship.
Any boy in grades 1 through 5 can be a Cub Scout!

If you'd like to learn more about Cub Scouts, please contact:
Rob Butler
Pack 877 Cubmaster
(516) 359-8116
Rbutler1@optonline.net

Scott Cohen
Pack 877 Committee Chair
(516) 987-7878
sdsuser@yahoo.com

CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

Since starting Cell Phones for Soldiers  
in 2004, teens Brittany and
Robbie Bergquist
have raised millions of dollars to help our heroes call home.
Proceeds from donated cell phones are used to purchase prepaid calling cards
for American soldiers. Please donate
your newer cell Phones, BlackBerries, iPhones & iPods and join the millions of Americans who have already answered the call to:
“ Help Our Heroes Call Home.”
(CellPhones For Soldiers.com)

A box for your donations can be found
in the Narthex.
With thanks the Missions Committee.

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From Our Fellowship Director:

carpool

As Fellowship Director I will be starting a new “Ride Share” program
  If you would like to be on this list to get a ride to a specific church event
Please let me know
Also ~ if you are willing to “GIVE” a ride to someone on the “Ride Share” list
Please let me know as well
We will be trying to pair up people based on your location/home address
For more info – Please contact me, 
Debbie Eitel, by leaving a message at the church office.

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 Recovery Zone

The First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn is a recovery zone for those in and outside the church who are seeking healing.  If you, or anyone you know, would be benefited by a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Al-Anon, or Nar-Anon, please contact the church office, or 12-Step websites,
for meeting times.

  One way to start such a conversation
is to ask:

  • Who goes to 12-Step meetings and in what condition?
  • What happens when they get there?
  • What is sponsorship and why is it so important?

(1) Twelve-Step members go to meetings because they’re a necessity; their very lives depend on them.  Most 12-Steppers attend meetings not because they want to, but because they realize they must.   They need the meetings, the steps, the program and the fellowship for their very survival.
Wouldn’t our church community be stronger if our members had a better sense of how our very lives depend on our continuing participation in Christian faith practices and traditions?   Wouldn’t our commitment levels deepen if we saw ourselves drawn to or compelled by a larger reality than our passing likes and preferences?  Wouldn’t our discipleship become more faithful if we engaged in Christian disciplines out of some inner sense of necessity?
Twelve Step members have a clear sense of what they need saving from (addictive processes), and what they are being saved for (abstinence, sobriety and service).
Wouldn’t our church community be stronger if its members had a better sense of what they are being saved from and for?  Wouldn’t our witness be more effective if every one of us could state in a few words what it is that is we still need saving from and what it is that is saving our lives right now?
Twelve Step members have been sufficiently humbled by the mess they have made of their lives that they don’t see much point in putting on a show anymore that everything’s fine
when it’s not.  
Wouldn’t our church community be stronger if its members achieved a similar honesty regarding the actual condition of their lives rather than how they come across to others?  Wouldn’t the church attract a wider audience if it were recognized as the site where costly truth was regularly spoken?
(2) At their meetings, Twelve-Step members talk not so much about their feelings about things, but about their experience, strength and hope.   They share stories about what they were like, how they are now, and what happened that changed everything around for them.
Wouldn’t our church community be stronger if our own words, before, during and after worship had that same shape and character?
(3) Twelve Step members are encouraged to get sponsors and, when they are ready, to sponsor others; they learn that their helping others who are sick and suffering helps their own sobriety and abstinence.  
Wouldn’t our church community be strengthened if members engaged in more intentional mentoring practices, remembering, of course, that Christ did not come to create spiritual hierarchies among us, but to form inclusive communities characterized by love, service and mutual forbearance?
Diana Butler Bass recently suggested (“The Future of Faith”) that those of us who care about our churches’ survival may need to hear what is being said on the street about conventional religiosity and church life, and to make some appropriate changes. She dared to suggest that “Right now, the church does not need to convert the world.  Rather, the world needs to convert the church.”
Perhaps our 12-Step guests who make use of our buildings for meetings, and who may or may not join us for worship (after all, anonymity is a central 12-Step tradition!), can help our church in its own conversion.  Maybe they can help us to celebrate our distinctive sacrament of defeat, and to discover again at the Cross a Power for life that becomes available only in utter surrender, “not my will,
but thine.”

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Stewardship

 A Message from the Stewardship Committee

We choose to join churches because we are inescapably drawn to our Creator. We want to learn, understand, and share the love of God. If you've chosen the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn, you're part of Christ's body in this place.
As Martin Luther said, "Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith in him is unless he knew where his believers are?"
When you receive your Stewardship letter this year, please consider pledging your financial support, but also think about what action you'd like to take in gratitude for the love God has for you.

Thoughts on Stewardship
“As followers of Jesus today, we cannot keep our money and our faith in separate compartments. By putting our money where our faith is, we tell the world what we really believe.”
(Eva Stimson, editor of Presbyterians Today).…
People give money not because the church has needs but because the church meets needs.

Send Somebody

  There was once a little church that had only four members named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.  
One day there was a really important job to be done in that little church and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.  Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.  Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.  It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

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 This is Your Church
As Christians, we are called to serve God by serving others. Here at Greenlawn, many members respond to that call by
volunteering their time and talents in one or more of the activities that support our church and community.  Volunteers care for our church and facilities, participate in our worship and music services, nurture each other in times of need, and reach out to lend a helping hand in communities
near and far. 

Ask yourself :
“How is God calling Me to His Service?”

VOLUNTEERING

Here is what some mighty fine people have said about VOLUNTEERING. 
They can’t all be wrong.

“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and verb agree to serve . . .you only need a heart full of grace.” 
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.  
1John 3:18

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  1Peter 4:10

Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. ~Anon

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. ~ Booker T. Washington   

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. ~Ghandi  

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” ~Albert Schweitzer

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” ~Mark Twain

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~William James

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” ~Edward Everett Hale

“Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Volunteering is not a choice, it's a responsibility.   ~Anon

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Steeple Chimes Deadline

Is the third Monday of each month.  
Our Administrative Assistant is always looking for poems, articles,
stories of faith, and up-coming events
to share with all of you through your newsletter.

Items for Steeple Chimes can be left in the
Steeple Chimes mailbox or
emailed to the church office at
fpcgoffice@gmail.com

Thank you for contributing to YOUR church newsletter.

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Click Here to read about our
Church's History
  

The First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn

On August 30, 1872 The First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn was incorporated.  The original, “little white church,” was dedicated in November 1878 and served the community until 1960; when it was torn down to make way for the current sanctuary.  Ground was broken for the new church in November 1960, the cornerstone ceremony was held in May 1961, and the dedication service was held on December 2, 1962.
We would like to recognize and thank the following members of the church who have faithfully served our church and the Lord for 50 years and longer.  
(Call the church office if you would like to celebrate with and for them).

Have You Named the First Presbyterian
Church of Greenlawn in Your Will?
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Where There’s A Will There’s A Way

Although the idea of inheriting the kingdom of God comes up only a few times in the letters of Paul (1 Cor 6:9-10, 15:50; Gal 5:21), it was his way of describing the future that is in store for those who are in Christ.  In Paul’s theology, “inheriting the kingdom of God” refers to our final heavenly existence when believers inherit the heavenly likeness of Christ himself,
when the Son hands over the kingdom to the Father, and God is
“all in all” (1 Cor. 15:24-25).
One of the things we do when we gather for worship is read God’s will so that all God’s children may know what their inheritance is.  In our time, as in Paul’s, there are lots of folk who don’t expect to hear their names read out loud, and so they never show up for the reading.  As Christ’s evangelists, we share with all God’s children God’s invitation to come, hear and celebrate as all of our names
are called. 

We will make that invitation to our family, friends, and neighbors because we know firsthand how wonderful it is to hear our own names on the lips of our Lord. We will make that invitation because we know the energy and purpose that is ours when we hear the words, “Dear child of God, this is yours.  Now go do something with it to bring blessing to my broken world.”    We will make that invitation because we know that when there’s a will there’s a way.

Have You Named the First Presbyterian Church
of Greenlawn in Your Will?

A properly executed will permits you to accomplish goals even after your passing.  One of those goals may be to create a legacy for the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn. 
A bequest in your will might be a specified amount, a percentage of your estate, or a residual amount (after expenses and other bequests have been deducted).
Speak with your attorney about how best to include the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn in your will given your special circumstances.  Although your attorney can assist you with specific language, here is some typical language that might help you get the conversation started with your attorney.
General Bequest.   A general bequest is among the most popular ways to make a planned gift.  In a general bequest, you leave a specified dollar amount: “I give _________ (insert dollar amount) to the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn, 497 Pulaski Rd, Greenlawn, NY 11740 as an unrestricted gift.
Percentage of Estate: You can also designate some portion or percentage of your estate: “I give______ % (insert specific percentage) of my estate to the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn, 497 Pulaski Rd., Greenlawn, NY 11740, after all debts, taxes, expenses, and all other bequests have been paid as an
unrestricted gift.”
 
Residuary Bequest.  You can also designate what some describe as a residuary bequest: “I give the remainder of the property I own at death to the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn, 497 Pulaski Rd, Greenlawn, NY 11740, after all debts, taxes, expenses and all other bequests
have been paid as an unrestricted gift.”

The First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn has a proud heritage, and your gifts and bequests can assure its continuance into the future.  Thank you for keeping the promise of that future in your prayers.

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Little Free Food Pantry

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Our Board of Deacons has voted to install a
Little Free Food Pantry in the front of our church. 
     Very similar to the Little Free Libraries that are so popular, Little Free Food Pantries are a national trend.  The idea is that those who are in need may take
what they need any hour of the day or night, and those who are able to give may place food in the pantry
at any time. 
     By building and installing a Little Free Food Pantry, we will be able to increase our outreach to the community.  We will do this on a trial basis, with hopes that the idea will not be abused. 

Take what you need.
Leave what you can.

Our Little Food Pantry is open 24/7.
It is located in the front garden of the church. 

New Clothing Bin
     The FPCG Session has voted to contract with a new clothing recycling and outreach company.  Very soon, you will see two new and aesthetically pleasing clothing recycling bins set up in our back parking lot.
photolot     The company is called H&M Leasing, and has been vetted and approved by The Presbytery of Long Island.  They will accept used clothing, shoes, toys, and bric-a-brac items (kitchenware, etc.).  The goods are sold to Third World nations where people cannot afford to purchase even inferior new clothing.  This will give people the opportunity to purchase good, clean, usable items at extremely low prices.
     Our church will receive 10 cents a pound for
any items donated, and checks will be sent to
us once a week.
     As you are changing your closets from summer to winter clothing, please put aside any items you don’t need any more.  We will let you know as soon as the new clothing bins are ready.
     Many thanks to Betty Chatfield for working
on this project. 

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An Additional Scripture Reading
     Betty Chatfield submitted this scripture reading which, unfortunately, did not fit on the Prayer Corner page.

Since this is the kind of life we have chosen,
the life of the Spirit, let us make sure that we do not just hold it as an idea in our heads
or a sentiment in our hearts, but work out its implications in every detail of our lives.  
That means we will not compare ourselves with each other as if one of us were better and another worse.  We have far more interesting things
to do with our lives.  Each of us is an original. 
~Galatians 5:22-26 Message Bible

Two Poems
     Leonora Colletti submitted the following two poems, which are related to one another.  The first one is very famous; the second one is a take-off on the first.

FOOTPRINTS IN THE SAND
Author: Carolyn Joyce Carty

One night a man had a dream.  He dreamed he was walking along the beach with the LORD.

Across the sky flashed scenes from his life.  For each scene he noticed two sets of footprints in the sand: one belonging to him, and the other to the LORD.

When the last scene of his life flashed before him, he looked back at the footprints in the sand.
He noticed that many times along the path of his life there was only one set of footprints.
He also noticed that it happened at the very lowest and saddest times in his life.

This really bothered him and he questioned the LORD about it:  "LORD, you said that once I decided to follow you, you'd walk with me all the way.  But I have noticed that during the most troublesome times in my life, there is only one set of footprints. I don't understand why when I needed you most you would leave me."

The LORD replied: "My son, my precious child, I love you and I would never leave you.  During your times of trial and suffering, when you see only one set of footprints, it was then that I carried you."

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BUTT PRINTS IN THE SAND
Author: Unknown

One night I had a wondrous dream,
One set of footprints there was seen,
The footprints of my precious Lord,
But mine were not along the shore.

But then some stranger prints appeared,
And I asked the Lord, "What have we here?"
Those prints are large and round and neat,
"But Lord they are too big for feet."

"My child," He said in somber tones,
"For miles I carried you alone.
I challenged you to walk in faith,
But you refused and made me wait."

"You disobeyed, you would not grow,
The walk of faith, you would not know.
So I got tired, I got fed up,
and there I dropped you on your butt."

"Because in life, there comes a time,
when one must fight, and one must climb.
When one must rise and take a stand,
or leave their butt prints in the sand."

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Call For Coupons!
For the Deacon Food Pantry
~ We are accepting Manufacturer Coupons ~

Any unused coupons will be donated to The Elwood Library where coupons are being collected and
sorted for military families in need
~ Please NO Store coupons or fast food
restaurant coupons!
The coupon collection box is located on the table outside
the Church Office.
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Thursday Walkers

Are you interested in walking the talk? 
Some of our members
have formed  a walkers group. 
Weather permitting, we meet
at the church Thursdays at 1:30 pm,
and stroll through the
neighborhood together, getting exercise
and making connection
with one another and with our God who
loves human bodies
so much he became one Himself.  Speak
with Pastor Fred for further details.

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Stewardship Campaign 2021

It is not too late to make a pledge of giving to our church for 2021.  Our church is facing difficult financial decisions for next year and the years ahead.  Some of these decisions will be made in the next few days and weeks.  Knowing what we can count on through your pledge will help us to make those decisions in the clearest way. If you have not already pledged, or would like to amend the pledge you’ve already made, please contact Linda in the Church’s Office (631-261-2150 or fpcgoffice@gmail.com), and she will mail you a new
Pledge Card.
Thank You!
The Finance Committee

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also"
Matthew 6:21

 

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Missions Committee Spotlight:
Christian Appalachian Project
     The Missions Committee is focusing on five charities this year, in addition to our four Presbyterian offerings.  Two are local charities (Huntington Hands Rescue Mission and Harry Chapin’s Long Island Cares); one is a local youth project (Long Island Youth Mentoring); one is a national charity (Christian Appalachian Project); and one is international (Mercy Ships).
     This article focuses on our national charity: Christian Appalachian Project.
     For over 50 years, Christian Appalachian project (CAP) has served the people of Appalachia by building hope, transforming lives, and sharing Christ’s love.
     Their work started when Rev. Ralph Beiting, a Catholic Priest from northern Kentucky, was assigned to pastor a large portion of east-central Kentucky.  Through his outreach, he witnessed tremendous poverty in Appalachia.  He saw children weak from hunger, families beaten down by hardship, seniors living in fear and isolation, and communities desperate for hope.
     With the help of family and friends, he provided food, clothing, and other essentials to neighbors in need.  What started small quickly grew, and Christian Appalachian Project
was founded in 1964.
     Through donor support, dedicated volunteers, and a selfless staff, CAP now touches the lives of more than one million people each year.  By working with other local food banks and humanitarian service providers, their reach extends to parts of all 13 states in the Appalachian region, including Alabama, Georgia, Kentucky, Maryland, Mississippi, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia.
     Each life that is lifted up reflects Christ’s love and the generous spirit of their supporters.  More information is available on www.christianapp.org

 

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Christmas Eve Service
    We held our traditional Candlelight Service at 7
p.m. on Christmas Eve. The presence of church
family and friends, the music, the prayers, and the
beauty of the Sanctuary magnified the holiness of
the night. Christ is born. Alleluia!
The Perrotta family, Christopher, Michelle, and
Mom, Susan, lit the candles on Christmas Eve.
The Sanctuary looked stunning! Thank you to
everyone who sponsored poinsettias.

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Christmas Tree Lighting
 
Outdoor Christmas Tree Lighting
Our little Christmas tree, which doesn’t look like
much in the daylight, became truly magnificent
when lit up at night. On December 19, our church,
along with members of the local community,
gathered around the tree for its inaugural lighting.
Daisy and Junior Girl Scouts charmed us with their
rendition of Jingle Bells and Rudolph the Red-
Nosed Reindeer. Song booklets were distributed,
and we sang until the crowd couldn’t stand the cold
any longer, at which point everyone went inside for
hot beverages and cookies. The doors to the
Sanctuary were flung open on cue, to a round of
applause. Many folks took pictures, and some just
sat in the church, reflecting on the beauty and
sacredness of the season.

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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
Our Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Service
was held on Sunday, December 19. Our Service is
based on the one at The Kings College in
Cambridge, England, where the nine lessons are
read by representatives of the congregation and of
the local community.
Our readers were: Claire Proctor, Betty
Chatfield, Diane Kirchhoff, Alan Walter, Leslie
Strait, Irene Lang, Rosalie Schweighardt, Linda
Rexon, and Rev. Mark Tammen. Musicians Andy
Segale (alto saxophone) and Leslie Strait (flute)
offered musical selections, and our Women’s Choir
sang two carols.

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Christmas Tea
On December 4, our church held its first ever
Victorian Christmas Tea. Congratulations to Jill
Wilson and Leonora Colletti, who co-chaired the
event, to Gary Prentiss, who prepared the food, and
to the Tea Team, who worked very hard decorating,
serving, and cleaning up. 24 people had a delightful
afternoon, and some even dressed up British-style
for the occasion. We hope to make this an
annual event.

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Christmas Fair
Our Christmas Fair was held on December 4 in
the hallway surrounding the church courtyard. We
don’t know if it was our first-ever Christmas Fair,
but it certainly was the first in recent memory.
We sold poinsettias, wreaths decorated by ladies
of the church, one-of-a-kind gifts, and Christmas
ornaments and decorations.
The funds raised at the fair will go toward
subsidizing our participation in a Women’s Retreat
that will take place at Watson Homestead (Southern
Tier of NY State) in the spring.
Stay tuned for details!

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New Members
We were delighted to welcome four new
members to our church family on Sunday,
December 12: Jane & Ken Longstreet, and Barbara
& Dan Charnews. We celebrated the occasion with
a cake at coffee hour.
We are happy to have you as members, Jane,
Ken, Barbara, and Dan.

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Carols and More Carols
December 26 was the Sunday after Christmas.
We sang the Call to Worship, the Lord’s Prayer,
and the Scripture Lessons. The sermon was about
the story behind Jingle Bells; we were surprised to
learn that the song had its origins in a church in
Massachusetts. It was originally written for
Thanksgiving; you may have noticed that Christmas
is not mentioned in the lyrics at all.
After the service, we gave prizes for the prettiest
and ugliest sweaters. Betty Chatfield, wearing a
sweater that once belonged to her mother, won for
the prettiest. Larry Foray, wearing a sweater that he
claimed was a gift, won for the ugliest. (He later
told us that this was the third time he won an
“ugliest” prize wearing that sweater.) And Leonora
Colletti, who never turns down an opportunity to
wear “fun” clothing, posed in the above
photo as well.

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Women’s Retreat
The women of our church are invited to
participate in an ecumenical retreat this spring at
Watson Homestead in Painted Post, New York (just
west of Corning). Pastor Ann, who serves on the
Board for the group that organizes these yearly
retreats, will provide more details next month.
Ladies, mark your calendar for
Thursday, May 5 through Saturday,
May 7. Then keep your fingers crossed that it
doesn’t get canceled due to
COVID. (Pictured: The Chapel at Watson)

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Memorial Fund Year-End Gifts
     As the end of 2021 approaches, the Session would like to remind you that gifts to our Memorial Fund are welcomed. 
     The Memorial Fund was established by Session, whereby contributions may be made in memory of departed loved ones, given in lieu of floral tributes, or as a personal expression of love or friendship.
     This fund is in addition to and separate from all Endowment Funds, which are used for bequests or gifts received in wills or trust accounts.
     Contributions are deposited in a special account and are used, together with income earned, for special needs of the Church not provided for in the budget as may be determined by the Session.
     Acknowledgment of each contribution is sent to the donor and to the family of the person in whose memory the gift is made.  A permanent record is also made in our Book of Remembrance.

Buildings and Grounds Update

  • Buildings and Grounds Update
    The church will be entering into a contract for snow removal with The Deck and Patio Company. Monthly coordinators from the
    Committee have been assigned to act as liaisons between the church and the contractor. (January – Jim Dean; February –
    Craig Satterlee; March – Larry Foray).
    The Buildings and Grounds Committeebudget for 2022 that was submitted to the Session was approved by that group. The
    major projects for the coming year will be:
    (1) Replace the oil tank at the Manse; (2) renovate the bathrooms at church; (3) Seal coat and repair cracks in the church parking
    lot and driveways.
    Deck and Patio has completed the fall cleanup of the church grounds.
    The ceiling fans in CE Hall have not yet
    been replaced. Electrical power to the Christmas Tree in
    front of the church will come from the outlet at the flagpole through an extension cord to the tree across the exit driveway. The cord will
    be taped down across the driveway with traffic cones positioned
    at the crossing to slow any traffic moving over the cord.
    A plot plan of the church’s property was marked up to identify the locations for the new pole markers so the snow removal
    contractor will know where to plow and
    remove snow without damaging any churchbuilding guy
    property. Craig Satterlee will install the
    pole markers.The contract for cleaning services with
    Lighthouse Catering was renewed,
    approved, and signed. The contract includes
    a monthly service fee of $1,030, which is an
    increase of 3%. The scope of work for the
    contract remains the same as last year.

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Join Us for Worship in January
January 2: A New Year’s theme – “Ringing in
the New Year,” service ending with Andy Segale
playing Auld Lang Syne on the saxophone.
Communion served.
January 9: The Baptism of Christ. Pastor Ann’s
sermon is called “Baptism 101.”
January 16: The Wedding at Cana. We will
unpack Jesus’ first public miracle.
January 23: “The Body of Christ.” We can’t all
be an eye. Or an ear. Or a foot!
January 30: “The Importance of Today.”
Yesterday has passed. Tomorrow is not yet here.
Today is important!

Masks
Due to the ongoing pandemic, we will be
wearing masks in the church building. Thank you
for your cooperation.

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missions

  •      As of July 31, we have received $134 from the new special Missions envelopes, available on the last Sunday of each month.   Additionally, $1,219 has been received thus far from benevolence pledges.  The total from both is $1,353. 
         The Little Food Pantry is also the responsibility of the Missions Committee.  Gary and Lydia Mott restock the pantry every Wednesday, and Kathie Gerlach restocks it on Saturdays.  All three people report that we have plenty of canned vegetables, but we can always use canned fruit, macaroni, and breakfast cereal.
         In addition to the four Presbyterian offerings, our charities are as follows:

    • Huntington Helping Hands Rescue Mission
    • Harry Chapin’s Long Island Cares
    • The Christian Appalachian Project
    • Mercy Ships  
    • Long Island Youth Mentoring (already sent)

         In September, Missions Chair Kathie Gerlach will educate the congregation by doing a Minute for Mission on one of our charities

  • Buildings and Grounds Update
         Buildings and Grounds co-chairs Bob Arelt and Larry Foray have reported that the following projects were undertaken this summer:

    • Emergency lighting and exit signs checked and replaced where necessary.
    • New entrance and exit signs purchased for the parking lot.
    • Heating system maintenance appointment scheduled.
    • Manse oil tank inspected.
    • Church portico and hall roof inspection scheduled.
    • Handrails for portico steps ordered.
    • Gardens edged and weeded.
    • Bushes around the church cut back.
    • New CE Hall ceiling fans ordered.

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Updates from the Vision Team

Our Mission:           
    
RETAIN our current members.
     RECONNECT with former members.
     REACH OUT to potential new members

    We hope to have a “Movies with a Message”
program in the fall, and are considering a series called “A.D.”

We looked at a flyer for a children’s Bike Safety
Rodeo sponsored by an East End Fire Department.
We will put this idea in our files for future consideration.
Pastor Ann will have some green t-shirts made
up for helpers to wear at the Church Fair. (Kathie
Gerlach brought it up, Pastor Ann was already
planning on it. Great minds think alike!)
We talked about a September Rally Day. Even
though we do not currently have Sunday School
kids, the Vision Team felt we should rally anyway.
Larry Foray updated the Team regarding the
Church Fair. Sample flyers were distributed. The
church will have several tables where we can make
a little money on yard sale items. Maps were
provided of the proposed layout of tables. The
Food Court will probably be inside; all other tables
will be outside on the front lawn. There are 28
vendor slots available at $60 each. We will try to
have some raffle baskets, and will ask the entire
congregation for help so it doesn’t fall on one
person. Larry presented these ideas to the Session
on June 17, and it was approved unanimously.

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Remembering Your Church
     In last month’s issue of The Steeple Chimes, we wrote about a bequest we received from the estate of John Everett Dodge, a former member of our church.
     Christians are called to be good stewards of their property, both now and even after passing.  Have you given consideration to making a commitment to the Lord for futustewardcshipgraphicre ministry in Christ’s name?

Stewardship
     This year, we kicked off our Stewardship Campaign on October 24.  Pastor Ann delivered the stewardship sermon.  This will be followed up with a letter and pledge cards mailed to members and friends in November.
     Whether we gather for worship inside our Sanctuary or on Zoom, we continue to be the Body of Christ through our ministries, our witness, and our care for one another.
     This is not a time to pull back in fear, but to support one another, love our neighbor, and lean into the promises of God, like never before.
     Now, more than ever, we ask you to pledge generously to support our life and ministry.

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EACH DAY IS A GIFT FROM GOD
~Anon
He has given us morning, brightness and sun,
Laughter to share, and work to be done.
He has given us rainbows, flowers, and song,
And the hands of our dear ones to help us along.
He has given us prayer, with its wonderful power
To lighten our hearts in a troublesome hour.
He has given us blessings to brighten our way,
And always—the gift of another new day.
***
The first thing I want you to do is pray.
Pray every way you know how,
for everyone you know.
Pray especially for rulers
and their governments to rule well
so we can be quietly about
our business of living simply,
in humble contemplation.
This is the way our Savior
God wants us to live.
~1Timothy 2:1-4 The Message Bible
***
GOD BE IN MY HEAD
~Unknown
God be in my head and in my understanding.
God be in mine eyes and in my looking.
God be in my mouth and in my speaking.
God be in my heart and in my thinking.
***
This is the day which the Lord has made;
let us rejoice and be glad in it.
~Psalms 118:24
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HOPE
~Pope John Paul II in speech
to 8,000 children in Guadalajara, Mexico
Prepare for life with seriousness and diligence.
Always remember that only if one builds, as St.
Paul says, on the one foundation
which is Jesus Christ, will one be able to construct
something really great and lasting.
With the liveliness that is characteristic of your age,
with the generous enthusiasm
of your young hearts, walk towards Christ.
He alone is the solution to all your problems.
He alone is the way, the truth and the life; He alone
is the real salvation of the world;
He alone is the hope of mankind.
~Submitted by Betty Chatfield
***
Flight 2022 Instructions
Good morning and welcome to Flight 2022. We
are prepared to take off into the New Year.
Please make sure your Positive Attitude and
Gratitude are secured and locked in the upright
position. All self-destruct devices: pity, anger,
selfishness, pride, and resentment should be turned
off at this time. All negativity, hurt, and
discouragement should be put away.
Should you lose your Positive Attitude under
pressure during this flight, reach up and pull down a
prayer. Prayers will automatically be activated by
Faith. Once your Faith is activated, you can assist
other passengers who are of little faith.
There will be NO BAGGAGE allowed on this
flight. God, our Captain, has cleared us for take-off.
Destination – GREATNESS!
Wishing you a New Year
filled with new HOPE, new JOY,
and new BEGINNINGS!
Stay Blessed and welcome in 2022.

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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Your prayers make a difference! 
Please lift up the following in prayer:
(Contact the church office or pastor for more information, or if you would like to be added to
the e-mail distribution of prayer partne
r) 
 

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trebleclef_crossWOMEN’S CHOIR

The Women’s Choir meets every Sunday at 9:45am.
The choir will sing on November 21 and on December 19.
Contact Pastor Ann if you are interested. 

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FOOD PANTRY NEWS

https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.Rvi6tDz03mu87zRx_CGDFgHaHa&pid=Api&P=0&w=300&h=300     You may call the church office at (631) 261-2150 to arrange for a grocery bag pick-up.  Please leave a message; we will get back to you.
     One of our Deacons learned of a local food pantry that was desperately in need of food.  We were happy to share some of the food in our pantry for the benefit of the greater community.

As you shop for food for your family!
Cereal, fruit juices, pasta, pasta sauces, and
salad dressings are
currently needed.

The Deacons thank you for your continuing
generosity and support!

The Board of Deacons is grateful to all of our church members who have helped to keep our pantry shelves stocked.  There is an on-going need for toilet paper, paper towels, cereal, canned fruit, pasta and sauces. 
Cash donations can also be used by the Deacons to
fill in items that need to be purchased.

FOOD PANTRY HOURS

The Board of Deacons has established
hours of operation
 for our Food Pantry since the number of
visits to the pantry
has increased over the past year.  
The new hours are Monday-Wednesday-Friday
from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm
.   
There is an ongoing need for cereal
and pasta.
  
Thanks to all of you who remember our pantry each week as you shop for your family.

The number of visitors to our Food Pantry has been on the rise over the past year

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The Nursery Room

CE is proud to announce that this year we will once again have a nursery available for babies through 2 years old.  The Nursery Room will be appropriately equipped for this age group.  With your help this project will help us serve the needs of all our parishioners.
Please prayerfully consider donating one Sunday to help care for our little ones. 
Wouldn’t it be fun to play Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt or Uncle for an hour or so on Sunday?

There will be three other Sunday School classes each week:
• Children from preschool to second grade will meet in the room next to the Nursery on the lower level.
• Children from 3rd grade through 6th grade will meet in the Sunday School room next to the church Parlor.
• Seventh through 12th graders will meet in the Parlor.
We will be using the Gospel Light curriculum and young peoples literature written by Jack Crabtree and other noted authors.  Help the CE Committee have another successful year.  Volunteer to teach and/or share your faith with our young people.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old
he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6

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alterflowersAltar Flowers


Each Sunday flowers beautify the Chancel of ourchurch. We would encourage any and all to donate flowers for birthdays, anniversaries, "in memory of', etc. A check for $35 should be made to Greenlawn Presbyterian Church.
To order flowers, please call
the church office (631-261-2150)

 

   laughtermedicine

    With so many sporting events cancelled due to the
Omicron variant, they’re going to televise the
World Origami championship. It’s on paperview.

Of all the things I learned in grade school, trying to
avoid cooties was the last one I expected to use later
in life.
When I was a kid, there were two ways to die:
natural causes, and talking back to your parents.

At any given time, the urge to sing The Lion Sleeps
Tonight is just a whim away, a whim away, a whim
away, a whim away ….

Turns out you can just buy a birthday cake any time
and eat it yourself. Nobody checks.

The reason I’m old and wise is because God
protected me when I was young and stupid.

You know you’re no longer in charge of your house
when the dog decides what time you wake up.

My kids laugh because they think I’m crazy. I
laugh because they don’t know it’s hereditary.

I’ve been in bed for 20 minutes, and I’ve just
remembered – I only came upstairs for a pen.

Mom’s favorite sayings:
What part of no don’t you understand?
I don’t care who started it!
Money doesn’t grow on trees.
Your face is going to freeze like that.
Your hands are not broken.
Beds are made for sleeping, not jumping.
No one said life is fair.
Eat your vegetables.
I don’t know is NOT an answer.
Because I said so … That’s why!

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