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NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

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

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* Summer Sunday Service
of Worship is at 10:00am
July 3rd - September 4th, 2022

*Sunday Service of Worship
is at 10:30am


Preschool and Sunday School
are offered for all children
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Tuesday Fellowship Meetings
on Zoom

Our Tuesday Fellowship Group has suspended
meetings indefinitely.
Many thanks to those who participated, and a
special thanks to Ron Lievendag for coming up with
this idea.

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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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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

 

 

Early Summer Worship at FPC Greenlawn

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         June 19 was Father’s Day.  We honored our fathers and other important men in our lives with photos on the Communion Table. Special gifts were given to all of the men in the church.
     On June 26, Pastor Ann’s sermon was titled, “Being a Christian – Not as Easy as You Would Think.”   The Minute for Mission was delivered by Beth Del Giudice, Case Management Supervisor at Long Island Youth Mentoring.
     July 3 was part of Independence Day Weekend, and the Service was patriotic in nature.  Communion was served.
     On July 10, we unpacked the parable of the Good Samaritan with a sermon called “A Higher way of Loving.”
     Dr. Don Russo returned to us as guest preacher on July 17 to share a message titled, “The World’s True Novelty: Forgiveness.”

 

Upcoming Worship   

     July 24: We will unpack The Lord’s Prayer with “A Lesson on Prayer.”
     July 31:  God blesses us abundantly.  The sermon is called “How Do We Handle Our Blessings?”
     August 7: We humans put too much emphasis on things of this world, and not enough emphasis on God’s Kingdom.  We will explore this with “The Fear of Loss.”  Communion will be served.
     August 14:  A seminary classmate of Pastor Ann’s, Glenn Rubin, will be our guest preacher.  Glenn comes to us from the Methodist tradition.
     August 21: Christianity is more about compassion than in rule-following.  The sermon is called, “Compassion vs. Legalism.”
     August 28: Today, we will re-run your favorite sermon from the past year – whatever that happens to be. 
(See article on page 6.)

Looking Toward September …

     September 4 is Labor Day Weekend.  The sermon will be about the blessings of work.  Communion will be served.
     On September 11, we will observe the 21st anniversary of 9/11.  At the conclusion of the Service, we will dedicate our new Peace Pole which will proclaim “May Peace Prevail on Earth” to the community – in eight different languages.  (See article on page 7.)

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Thank You, God, for the Fathers in Our Lives
     On Sunday, June 19, we thanked God for our fathers and other special men who may have been like fathers to us.  We placed photos on the Communion Table, and said special prayers of blessing and thanks.  Fellowship Director Debbie Eitel arranged for some special gifts for all the men who were present.
     Thank you, gentlemen, for all that you do for God’s Creation. 
We hope you had a happy Father’s Day, and may
God bless you abundantly!

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Communion

Here at The First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn, The Sacrament of the Lord’s Supper is available to all. 
     If you are home-bound and would like Pastor Ann to come to your home with Communion, please e-mail her at pastorannsutton@yahoo.com to set up a mutual time.

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Our Church Fair is Back!

Mark your calendar for Saturday, September 25.  Our Church Fair is back!   Larry Foray is chairing this event, with the assistance of as many of our church members and friends as possible. 
     Right now, we are looking for vendors to rent 10 by 10-foot spaces at the Fair.  Do you know someone who might be interested?
     Larry has a list of jobs for people to do prior to the Fair as well as on the day of the event itself.  Some of these jobs can
be done sitting down.
     We need people to chair the publicity and raffle teams.  Additionally, our rummage sale and food concession team chairs
need people to help.  
     This is an “all hands on deck” event.  Please contact Larry Foray to tell him how you can help.  You may call the church office at (631) 261-2150 and leave a message; Larry will get back to you.
     This is an important outreach into our community, and a chance to share what we are all about at FPC Greenlawn.

The Pentecost Offering
     Our Pentecost Offering was received on June 26.  Thank you to everyone who supported this offering.
adean     40% of the offering will be given to Long Island Youth Mentoring.  The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults through ministries of the Presbyterian Mission Agency.
     We were delighted to have Beth Del Giudice, Case Management Supervisor at Long Island Youth Mentoring, as our guest on the 26th, who spoke of the fine work that this organization does.  Many thanks to Jim Dean, a longtime Youth Mentor, who arranged for
Beth to speak to us.

Church Theatre Outing
     On Saturday evening, June 25, nine church members and friends gathered at the Harry Chapin stage in Heckscher Park to stheateree FPCG friend, Peter Osterman, perform the lead role (Sir Lancelot) in Camelot.
     Congratulations, Peter (pictured in white), and many thanks to those who attended this excellent performance. 

 



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Presbyterian Church Pentecost Offering


     With everything that was going on in late May and early June, we were unable to receive the Pentecost Offering on June 5.  Instead, we will receive it on June 26.  Please be generous.
     A gift to the Pentecost Offering helps the church encourage, develop, and support its young people, and also address the needs of at-risk children. 40% of the Pentecost offering can be retained by individual congregations wanting to make an impact in the lives of young people within their own community. The remaining 60% is used to support children-at-risk, youth, and young adults through ministries of the Presbyterian
Mission Agency.

      Our 40% will be shared with Long Island Youth Mentoring, a favorite charity of ours

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Our Church’s 150th Anniversary

Celebrating our 150th Anniversary
 We held a Congregational Meeting to discuss ways to celebrate out 150th Anniversary.  Some of the suggestions were:

  • Commemorative lapel pins
  • A Peace Pole
  • Gala Anniversary Luncheon at the Moose Hall on Sunday, October 23
  • Anniversary journal
  • Booklet of memories
  • Update our timeline
  • Photos of church activities through the years printed on the Sunday bulletins, including Flowered Cross and Living Nativity
  • A fashion show of clothing styles over the past 150 years
  • A time capsule
  • Music at the Anniversary Luncheon
  • A hymn fest – hymns through the ages
  • Inviting former Pastors and former members
  • Invite the SpiritLifters
  • A group photograph
  • Coverage by News 12
  • 150th Anniversary banner in front of the church

150graphic     A Task Force will be organized to sift through these ideas.  Please see Pastor Ann if you are interested.

 

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

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Church Growth

By: Pastor Ann
     My denomination, The United Church of Christ, requires that Clergy take 25 hours of Continuing education every year.  While I was at the New York Conference Annual Meeting last week, I took advantage of an opportunity to attend a workshop on church growth.  Here are some highlights from the notes I took.

  • Your church isn’t going to grow simply because you want it to.  You must develop a written Church Growth Plan, and then implement it.
  • The reason you want your church to grow shouldn’t be about money.  It should be about bringing people to God through Jesus Christ.
  • Is your church willing to invest time, effort, resources, and money toward the goal of church growth?
  • What we do inside the church on Sunday morning does not necessarily lead to church growth.  It’s what we do outside the church walls that will bring people in.
  • Ask each church committee to put one additional event on their calendar that is about church growth.
  • Take a good look at your surrounding community.  What are the demographics?  The social hubs?  The community needs?
  • What kind of “competition” is there for people’s time on Sunday mornings?  In other words, what other choices does your community have on a Sunday morning?
  • What is the community’s perception of your church?
  • Where do people in your community tend to gather?  (Fire department, golf course, coffee shop, etc.)  Can some of your church members become part of those organizations?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses of your church?
  • Do you have an “elevator speech” (25 words or so) prepared for when people ask you about your church?
  • When some unexpected money comes in, certainly save part of it.  But use some of it to strengthen your existing ministry in the area of community outreach.
  • When there is a large community activity, are you a part of it?  The very least you can do is give out water bottles!
  • Other outreach ideas:  literacy, building homes, Halloween activities, day camp, ESL classes, scholarships.
  • Do you have a slogan?  “The little church with a big heart,” for example?
  • Is your slogan on a banner outside your church?
  • When you participate in a community activity, wear your church T-shirts so you get noticed!  (And be sure to have your elevator speech ready.)
  • Sponsor a Little League team.  (The church name will be on their uniforms.)
  • Be willing to give up things that aren’t working.  Don’t continue to do something because “Mrs. Jones will be upset if we stop.”
  • Church growth is a process, and not just one meeting.

     Your thoughts?

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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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ONE
~E. Hale
I am only one, but I am one.
I cannot do everything, but I can do something.
What I can do, I should do and,
with the help of God, I will do!

OUTWITTED
He drew a circle that shut me out—
Heretic, rebel, a thing to flout.
But Love and I had the wit to win;
We drew a circle that took him in!

And now these three remain: faith, hope and love.
But the greatest of these is love. 
~1 Corinthians 13:13

TESTIMONY
Personal prayer, it seems to me, is one of the simplest necessities of life, as basic to the individual as sunshine, food and water---and at times, of course, more so.  By prayer I believe we mean an effort to get in touch with the Infinite.  We know that our prayers are imperfect.  Of course, they are.  We are imperfect human beings.  A thousand experiences have convinced me beyond room of doubt that prayer multiplies the strength of the individual and brings within the scope of his capabilities almost any conceivable objective.
~Dwight D. Eisenhower

QUOTES WORTH REMEMBERING
“Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.”
 ~Will Rogers

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” 
~Thomas Edison

What lies behind us and what lies before us are small matters compared to what lies within us.”
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

“Intelligence plus Character…that is the goal of true education.”
 ~Martin Luther King Jr.

“Never let the fear of striking out keep you from playing the game.”
~Babe Ruth

“If opportunity doesn’t knock – build a door.” ~Thomas Edison

“I have not failed.  I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.”
~ Thomas Edison

Submitted by Betty Chatfield

 

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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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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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)

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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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A LAUGH IS THE BEST MEDICINE
Feeling rundown?  Try chuckling more.  Some researchers think laughter truly might be the best medicine, helping you feel better and putting that spring back in your step.
So, here’s a joke you may have forgotten:

Q:  Why should you never iron a four-leaf clover?
A:  You don’t want to press your luck.
~brought to you by former member: Evelyn Starost

     I leave my house a mess so when friends visit, they go home feeling better about their own housekeeping skills.
     I’m just that good of a friend!

     I’ve finally reached “The Wonder Years.”  I wonder where I parked the car?  I wonder where I left my phone?  I winder where my glasses are?  I wonder what day it is?

     Young people – if you think you are smarter than the previous generation … 50 years ago the owner’s manual of a car showed you how to adjust the valves.  Today it warns you not to drink the contents of the battery.

     If we decided to switch to cursive writing and stick shift cars, we could cripple an entire generation!

     I just realized today that the paper towels by the gas pump are for wiping away the tears after you fill up your gas tank.

     The inventor of autocorrect died.  The funnel will be held tomato.

     Once you lick the frosting off a cupcake it becomes a muffin
… and muffins are healthy.
     You’re welcome.

     I was wondering why music was coming from my printer.  Apparently, the printer was jamming.

     “You’re not the boss of me,” I say as I let the dog in and out,
17 times in a row.

     Some days I amaze myself.  Other days, I put my keys
in the refrigerator.

     Things that used to hurt my back:  Jumping off of garages, crashing my bike, falling out of a tree, diving into the shallow end, contact sports.
     Things that hurt my back now:  Sneezing, mopping the floor, washing the dishes, brushing my teeth, tying my shoes, rolling over in bed.



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