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NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

Monday through Friday
9:30 AM to 2:00 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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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.

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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
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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:

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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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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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Summer Worship at FPC Greenlawn

On July 4, we observed our country’s independence with a Lessons and Carols-type service combining inspirational readings and songs.  The sermon was titled, “Reflections on Independence Day.  Communion was served.
     We wrestled with the beheading of John (Mark 6:14-29) on July 11, with “Lessons from a Difficult Scripture.”
     On July 18, we joyfully welcomed our beloved former Pastor, Rev. Fred Woodward, who filled in while Pastor Ann and Bob were on vacation.  His sermon was titled, “Growing Up Christian.”
     We looked at the story of the Loaves and Fishes on July 25, and unpacked how our efforts can be made better with God’s help, with “Our Best, Enhanced by God.”
    On August 1, we celebrated Communion, and were reminded that Jesus is the “True Bread from Heaven.”
     We welcomed The Rev. Mary Larson, Protestant Chaplain at St. Charles Hospital, on August 8, while Pastor Ann and Bob traveled to Massachusetts.  Her sermon was called “Dancing with God.”
     On August 15, the sermon struck a chord with many of us: “When Life Gets out of Control.”
     Things did get a bit out of control on August 22.  We didn’t know what was going to happen with Hurricane Henri, so we canceled our in-person Service and worshiped via Zoom.  Oddly enough, the sermon was called, “The More Things Change, the More They Remain the Same.”
     Someone once said that summer television was nothing but home runs and re-runs.  We took that theme and ran with it. (Ouch!)  Pastor Ann sent out a list of all her sermons from the past year, and asked people to select one that may have hit a “home run” so she could “re-run” it on August 29.  The sermon that got the most votes was “The Story of Rudolph” from our “Carols and More Carols” service of December 27, 2020.  We also got a request to sing “For the Beauty of the Earth.”

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September Worship

Our September 5, worship will follow the summer schedule of beginning worship at 10:00 a.m.  On September 12, we will return to our 10:30 worship time.
     Tentative sermon titles and themes are as follows:
     Sunday, September 5: Labor Day Sunday – “Do We Work Too Hard?  (Communion Served)
     Sunday, September 12: A 9/11 tribute: “We Remember”
     Sunday, September 19: “A Less-Than-Perfect Instrument in the Hands of God”
     Sunday, September 26: “Called by God”

September 11 – A 20th Anniversary Tribute
     Anyone over 25 years of age remembers September 11, 2001.  This year, we will commemorate the 20th anniversary of that fateful day with a special Service on September 12 at 10:30 a.m. 
     Our Service will be followed by a brunch, where we can continue to reflect on our country’s past as well as its future. 

Masks and Social Distancing will be required. 
Please enter from the back parking lot. 
Ushers will be present to assist you.

No matter who you are or where you are on
the Journey of Life,
you will find a warm welcome at First Presbyterian.

ZOOM Worship will continue for
those who need it.
See Sunday Bulletin for information.

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Blessing of the Pets

       Mark your calendar!  We will hold our Blessing of the Pets Service on the back lawn of the church on
Sunday, October 3, at 1:00 p.m.

     If it rains, the Pet Blessing will be held the following Sunday, October 10.  Please help spread the word.

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Welcome to the Christian Faith,
Paris Milani Johnson
     It was our joy to welcome Paris Milani Johnson into the Christian faith through the Sacrament of Baptism on Saturday, August 21.  The Baptism had originally been scheduled for Sunday, August 22, at our church. However, with a hurricane predicted and relatives flying in from out of town, it was prudent to move the baptism (and the family gathering that was to follow) from Sunday to Saturday.  Pastor Ann officiated at the Baptism, which was held at Paris’ great-grandmother’s home in South Huntington.
    Paris was born on December 26, 2019.  She is the child of Gizel Velazquez and Curtis Johnson.


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Life at FPC Greenlawn

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 ourchurch members and friends as possible.Right now, we are looking for vendors to rent 10by 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.
There will be some organizational meetings
between now and September; the first one is
scheduled for Sunday, July 11, immediately
following coffee hour.
Please contactLarry Foray to tellhim how you can
help. You maycall the churchoffice 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

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Upcoming 2021 Events!

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The Church Fair Is Back!
Our Church Fair is a great Church Fair.
Don’t miss it.  Don’t even be late.
It’s dollars to donuts that our Church Fair
Is the best Church Fair in our state!

(Adapted from State Fair,
with apologies to Oscar Hammerstein)

     Our Church Fair is back, and chairperson Larry Foray promises it’s going to be better than ever.  About half of the vendor slots are taken, with a month yet to go before the Fair.
     Mark your calendars for Saturday, September 25, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the front lawn of the church.  In addition to the vendors, there will be food, entertainment, and yard sale tables to benefit the church.  10’ x 10’ spaces are still available for $60. 
     This is an “all-hands-on-deck” event.  Larry Foray has a sign-up sheet, and is ready to sign people up to help after church any Sunday.
     Items for the church yard sale tables may be dropped off at church any Thursday, Friday, or Sunday.

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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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“Home Runs and Re-runs”

Many years ago, there was a cartoon in amagazine. A man was sitting in front of histelevision. His wife was standing behind him, withher hands on her hips. The caption quoted her assaying, “Here we go. Another summer of
home runs and re-runs.”
We, at FPC Greenlawn are going to take thattheme and run with it. (Ugh! Sorry!)Are there any sermons from the past year that hita “home run” with you that you would like to have
us “re-run?”How about hymns? Is there a favorite hymn you
haven’t heard in a while what we can “re-run” for you?
Our “Home Runsand Re-runs” servicewill take place on
Sunday, August 29.Please contact PastorAnn and tell her
which sermon and hymns you would like to hear again.
Maybe we’ll even wear the shirts / hats / of our
favorite baseball teams that day!

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“You are never too old to set a new goal
or dream a new dream.”
~C.S. Lewis

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But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness, gentleness and self-control.
Against such things there is no law.
Those who belong to Christ Jesus
have crucified the sinful nature
its passions and desires. 
Since we live by the Spirit,
let us keep in step with the Spirit. 
Let us not become conceited, provoking,
 and envying each other.  ~Galatians 5:22-26 NIV

COURAGE
~Edgar Guest

Courage isn’t a brilliant dash,
A daring deed in a moment’s flash:
It isn’t an instantaneous thing
Born of despair with a sudden spring.
But it’s something deep in the soul of man
That is working always to serve some plan.

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PRAYER
~Gail B. Burket

I do not ask to walk smooth paths
 nor bear an easy load.
I pray for strength and fortitude
to climb the rock-strewn road.

Give me such courage I can scale
the hardest peaks alone,
And transform every stumbling block
into a steppingstone.

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CELEBRATING LABOR DAY

“If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar.  If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool.”                                                                              ~ Abraham Lincoln

I believe in the dignity of labor, whether with head or hand; that the world  owes no man a living but that it owes every man an opportunity to make a living.  ~John D. Rockefeller

It is only through labor and painful effort, by grim energy and resolute courage, that we move on to
better things. ~Theodore Roosevelt                                                                       

Don't expect to build up the weak
by pulling down the strong.  ~Calvin Coolidge

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REPUTATION AND CHARACTER
~William H. Davis

The circumstances amid which you live
determine your reputation;
the truth you believe determines your character.
Reputation is what you are supposed to be; character is what you are.
Reputation is the photograph; character is the face.
Reputation comes over one from without;
character grows up from within.

Reputation is what you have
when you come to a new community;
character is what you have when you go away.
Your reputation is learned in an hour;
your character does not come to light for a year.
Reputation is made in a moment;
character is built in a lifetime.
Reputation grows like a mushroom;
 character grows like the oak.

A single newspaper report  
gives you your reputation;
a life of toil gives you your character.
Reputation makes you rich or makes you poor;
character makes you happy or makes you miserable.
Reputation is what men say about you
on your tombstone;
Character is what angels say about you
before the throne of God.



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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_crossCHOIR PRACTICE: SUNDAYS  

Before service @ 10:00 am
Catch the singing vibe to praise God by singing with XLTD (exalted).
Contact Leonora Colletti, Music Director, for details
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.” Psalm 103:1

XLTD Choir Practice will be Sundays following service from 11:45am – 12:45pm. There will be no practice on Communion Sundays held the first Sunday of each month.  We welcome new singers!  Have a conversation with Leonora Colletti, organist, or any of our
XLTD members. . .
Arlissa Dean, Debbie Eitel,  Larry Foray, 
Meg Lawrence.

     Our choir will be singing four times this coming year: Thanksgiving Sunday, the Sunday before Christmas (Lessons and Carols), Easter Sunday, and Pentecost Sunday.  Having a women’s choir seems to work best for us.  We have 10 members, but would love to have more.  Please see Pastor Ann or Leonora Colletti if you would like to join.

 

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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     Even though our church building is closed, our Food Pantry is still available to those in need.  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 (When reopened)!

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)

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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

   laughtermedicine

     I see people my age out there climbing mountains and zip lining, and here I am feeling good about myself because I got my leg through my underwear without losing my balance.

     You can have a good morning, or you can get your kids to school on time.  But you can’t have both.

     There are two people in every relationship:
     Partner 1: “Okay, I have our passports, boarding passes, and car rental reservation.
     Partner 2: “Where are we going again?”

     I was going to cook alligator for dinner, but realized I only had a croc pot.

     Free marriage tip:  Don’t ask your wife when dinner will be ready while she is mowing the lawn.

     I hate it when I mean to buy seedless grapes but instead, I accidentally get … well, you know … Oreos.

     My Kid: I feel like you’re always making up rules and stuff.
     Me: Like what?
     My Kid: Like if I don’t clean my room a portal will open and take me to another dimension.
     Me: Well, that’s what happened to your older brother.
     My Kid: What older brother?
     Me:  Exactly.

     One minute, you’re young and fun.  And the next, you’re turning down the radio in your car to see better.

     Me at 16: This radio station is playing my song.
     Me at 21: This bar is playing my song.
     Me now: This grocery store is playing my song.

     I just had a physical.  The doctor said, “Don’t eat anything fatty.”  I said, “Like bacon and burgers?”  He said, No, Fatty.  Don’t eat anything!”


 

 


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