Thursday, August 22, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



This Week at OSH            August 22, 2019
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Pastor Karen will be away on vacation beginning on Sunday, August 25 and returning late in the evening on September 9th. She will be back in the pulpit on September 15th. "This Week" will return on September 12. While she is away worship will be led by Alan Stevens (August 25), Brian Mullahy (September 1) and Claudia Taylor (September 8).
September Communion service will be on September 15th.

Welcome to the 2019 Season of Peace! (September 1 – October 6) This five-week pilgrimage is designed to deepen the pursuit of peace for congregations, small groups, families, and individuals. Path of Peace Daily Reflections, 36 days meditations from a diverse and varied set of voices within our church. You can download all the reflections or set up a daily subscription to come directly to your email. Go to https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/peacemaking/season-peace/

Your Church as an Asset to the Community with Joy Skjegstad, Sponsored and Hosted by Presbytery of Long Island and the PRC, Saturday, September 14th – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church – Babylon. The day includes breakfast and lunch. If you register at www.prcli.org it only casts $10 for the day. You can also pay by check to the PRC (mail to PRC, 42 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY 11725)

Calendar

Sunday, August 25    10 am        Worship, Alan Stevens leading
                            Fellowship

Saturday, August 31    8 pm        The New Students Concert

Sunday, September 1 10 am        Worship, Brian Mullahy leading
                            Fellowship

Tuesday, September 3 1 pm        Lunch Bunch at TBA

Sunday, September 8 9:30 am    Choir
                10 am        Worship, Claudia Taylor leading
        Fellowship
        Choir, after fellowship

Saturday, September 14 9 am    Your Church as an Asset Workshop @ Babylon

Sunday, September 15 9:30 am    Choir
                10 am        Worship – Communion
                            Fellowship
                            Choir, after fellowship

SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 22


Thursday, August 15, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

This is This Week - Please Disregard one dated August 8 - Apologies

This Week at OSH            August 15, 2019
It's not too Late!
Bellport Community Blood Drive
Sunday, August 18th – 9 am-3 pm
At Bellport Community Center ( 4 Bell St)

Eligibility: donor card or id, minimum weight 110 Lbs., Eat well (low fat) and drink fluids, be between 16 and 75, tattoos must be older than 12 months. Thanks for caring

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Ken Hawkins at 631.286.2559)

Pastor Karen will be away on vacation beginning on Sunday, August 25 and returning late in the evening on September 9th. She will be back in the pulpit on September 15th.

While she is away worship will be led by Alan Stevens (August 25), Brian Mullahy (September 1) and Claudia Taylor (September 8)

September Communion service will be on September 15th

Your Church as an Asset to the Community
with Joy Skjegstad
Sponsored and Hosted by
Presbytery of Long Island and the PRC
Saturday, September 14th – 9:00 am – 3:00
At First Presbyterian Church – Babylon

Joy Skjegstad is the author of the books Seven Creative Models for Community Ministry, Starting a Non-Profit at Your Church, and Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry, is a national speaker and consultant on nonprofit management and ministry development. She has over 30 years of experience starting and growing and church-based community ministry programs.

The four sessions will look at how churches can bless the community with their buildings and the importance of asset-based thinking; assessing the space in your own building; choosing Community partners/building collaborations, and asset-mapping exercises. The day includes breakfast and lunch.

If you register at www.prcli.org it only casts $10 for the day. You can also pay by check to the PRC (mail to PRC, 42 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY 11725)

Calendar

August 17    10 am        Property and Finance

August 18    10 am        Worship
                Fellowship

August 19    7 pm        Session

August 25    10 am        Worship, Alan Stevens Leading
                Fellowship

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

This Week at OSH            August 8, 2019
Bellport Community Blood Drive
Sunday, August 18th – 9 am-3 pm
At Bellport Community Center ( 4 Bell St)

Eligibility: donor card or id, minimum weight 110 Lbs., Eat well (low fat) and drink fluids, be between 16 and 75, tattoos must be older than 12 months. Thanks for caring

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Ken Hawkins at 631.286.2559)

Your Church as an Asset to the Community
with Joy Skjegstad
Sponsored and Hosted by
Presbytery of Long Island and the PRC
Saturday, September 14th – 9:00 am – 3:00
At First Presbyterian Church – Babylon

Joy Skjegstad is the author of the books Seven Creative Models for Community Ministry, Starting a Non-Profit at Your Church, and Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry, is a national speaker and consultant on nonprofit management and ministry development. She has over 30 years of experience starting and growing and church-based community ministry programs.

The four sessions will look at how churches can bless the community with their buildings and the importance of asset-based thinking; assessing the space in your own building; choosing Community partners/building collaborations, and asset-mapping exercises. The day includes breakfast and lunch.
If you register at www.prcli.org it only casts $10 for the day. You can also pay by check to the PRC (mail to PRC, 42 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY 11725)

Calendar

August 11    10:00 am    Worship
                Fellowship

August 17    10 am        Property and Finance

August 18    10:00 am    Worship
                Fellowship

August 19    7 pm        Session




Thursday, August 8, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

This Week at OSH            August 8, 2019
Bellport Community Blood Drive
Sunday, August 18th – 9 am-3 pm
At Bellport Community Center ( 4 Bell St)

Eligibility: donor card or id, minimum weight 110 Lbs., Eat well (low fat) and drink fluids, be between 16 and 75, tattoos must be older than 12 months. Thanks for caring

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Ken Hawkins at 631.286.2559)

Your Church as an Asset to the Community
with Joy Skjegstad
Sponsored and Hosted by
Presbytery of Long Island and the PRC
Saturday, September 14th – 9:00 am – 3:00
At First Presbyterian Church – Babylon

Joy Skjegstad is the author of the books Seven Creative Models for Community Ministry, Starting a Non-Profit at Your Church, and Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry, is a national speaker and consultant on nonprofit management and ministry development. She has over 30 years of experience starting and growing and church-based community ministry programs.

The four sessions will look at how churches can bless the community with their buildings and the importance of asset-based thinking; assessing the space in your own building; choosing Community partners/building collaborations, and asset-mapping exercises. The day includes breakfast and lunch.
If you register at www.prcli.org it only casts $10 for the day. You can also pay by check to the PRC (mail to PRC, 42 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY 11725)

Calendar

August 11    10:00 am    Worship
                Fellowship

August 17    10 am        Property and Finance

August 18    10:00 am    Worship
                Fellowship

August 19    7 pm        Session




Thursday, August 1, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

This Week at OSH                        August 1, 2019
This Sunday we are pleased to welcome Ms. Grace Armann to worship. Grace is the first place winner in our annual Peacemaking Essay Contest. She will be sharing her essay with us as our morning message. Please give her a warm welcome.

Your Church as an Asset to the Community with Joy Skjegstad
Sponsored and Hosted by Presbytery of Long Island and the PRC
Saturday, September 14th – 9:00 am – 3:00
At First Presbyterian Church – Babylon

Joy Skjegstad is the author of the books Seven Creative Models for Community Ministry, Starting a Non-Profit at Your Church, and Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry, is a national speaker and consultant on nonprofit management and ministry development. She has over 30 years of experience starting and growing and church-based community ministry programs.

The four sessions will look at how churches can bless the community with their buildings and the importance of asset-based thinking; assessing the space in your own building; choosing Community partners/building collaborations, and asset-mapping exercises. The day includes breakfast and lunch.

If you register at www.prcli.org it only casts $10 for the day. You can also pay by check to the PRC (mail to PRC, 42 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY 11725)

Bellport Community Blood Drive
Sunday, August 18th – 9 am-3 pmAt Bellport Community Center ( 4 Bell St)

Eligibility: donor card or id, minimum weight 110 Lbs., Eat well (low fat) and drink fluids, be between 16 and 75, tattoos must be older than 12 months. Thanks for caring

For more information or to schedule and appointment contact Ken Hawkins at 631.286.2559)

Calendar

August 4    10:00 am     Worship – Ms. Grace Armann
                Communion
                Fellowship
August 6    1:00 pm    Lunch Bunch at

August 11    10:00 am    Worship
                Fellowship

Thursday, July 25, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

This Week at OSH            July 25, 2019
Members and Friends—

A few days ago, the following article showed up in an email from The Presbyterian Foundation: "Is the Church a Business?" It is a question that has come up in a variety of ways throughout my ministry. In particular when Sessions are grappling with budgets. As long as churches have buildings and staff there will be bills to pay and to do that there must be income. And as much as we might wish to make mission giving a priority the truth is that supporting the basic infrastructure takes nearly all the income of many churches. And that shows little sign of changing in the 'traditional' church. That means we sometimes lose sight of our calling as followers after Jesus.

The church unlike a business doesn't have a product to sell. Likewise, individual contributions to a church aren't paying for a product. Instead as the article reminds us "Christian stewardship. . .[is] sharing and investing in gratitude for all that God does in our lives. The word gratitude caught my attention as I have been reading Braiding Sweetgrass. The author is a Native American botanist. Gift, gratitude, and reciprocity are terms that run through the book. Near the end she says:

    "The practice of gratitude. . .celebrates cultures of regenerative reciprocity, where wealth is understood to be having enough to share and riches are counted in mutually beneficial relationships.

When you joined the church, if you are a member, you made a commitment of gratitude to be expressed in your gifts of time, talent and treasure. But aren't those the commitments we are called to make to any relationship that matters to us. When we commit some of our treasure, in church-talk make a financial pledge, we are saying that the relationship we have with this particular band of followers and with our God is one we celebrate and treasure. We are saying that we are blessed to have enough to share in the work of this community.

One of the church treasurers I worked with early in my ministry put it this way. "No matter what, the first check I write each month is to the church." "Why," I asked him? "Because I am so grateful for all that I have and blessed to be able to share it with others." That says it all.

In Christ,

Pastor Karen

At its regularly scheduled meeting on July 22nd the Session devoted time to discuss the broad financial picture of Old South Haven. It also received the mid-year report of the Financial Secretary and the June report of the Treasurer. Members of Session are going to individually take time to reflect on information provided prior to continuing their discussion at their next meeting. In addition, the Session received the reports of the Clerk and Pastor and voted to move the September communion to the third Sunday as Pastor Karen will be away the first two Sundays.

As we enter the summer months please remember to keep your pledge up to date.

Calendar
Sunday, July 28    10:00 am    Worship
                    Fellowship
Sunday, August 4    10:00 am     Worship
                    Fellowship


Thursday, July 18, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh




This Week at Old South Haven                 July 18, 2019
Members and Friends –
The June 19 cover story of The Christian Century was "The Economics of Ministry." I have subscribed to the Century for decades as I appreciate their reporting of religion and the thought-provoking articles. Anyone who is paying attention to church matters today knows that the times are uncertain. Membership has been declining across the board and in 2018, for the first time giving to houses of worship and related entities, declined by $2 billion dollars after years of growth.( https://www.christianpost.com/news/donations-to-religion-declined-2-billion-in-2018-after-years-of-growth-study.html ). So, I was curious to see what perspective the Century would bring to the issue.
Although the articles focused largely on the financial realities faced by the clergy, in particular recent graduates there were some points that relate to the impact on local churches. But first a few basic gleanings about clergy and economics. I didn't answer the call to ministry for the money. I hold three advanced degrees in religion and theology yet I have never worked for more than the presbytery minimum plus experience apportionment. But, I also entered the ministry with minimal debt and a spouse whose comparable education led to a much more substantial income. That makes me unusual. The percentage of newly minted M.Div. graduates who leave seminary with debt has risen steadily since 2002 such that now 64% of graduates are indebted. The average debt from seminary alone is $36,000. Add to that the average $20,000 debt from prior education and you begin to understand the struggles many face just to keep a moderate standard of living.
When you pair that reality with fact that "increasingly congregations are turning to part-time clergy. . .as they find themselves with limited resources. . .Both mainline and evangelical denominations have a large proportion of clergy who are part-time or bivocational (or even trivocational) or who essentially donate their services to congregations, the number is likely to increase." Add to that the fact that part-time clergy, who may be in the most need, are often not eligible for benefits such that "many congregations with part-time clergy thus save not only on what they pay in salaries but on what they don't pay in benefits." https://www.christiancentury.org/article/critical-essay/what-pastors-get-paid-and-when-it-s-not-enough
I share the above with you because in today's church economics matter perhaps more than we like to admit. I share it because these economic realities have played a role in every conversation I have had with churches through the years. But more often than not it has been in the shadows and not discussed in the full light of day. I didn't go into the ministry for the money. The churches I have served aren't in it for the money. But the hard reality is that economics are driving many of the decisions congregations make -- be it how much of the budget goes to mission or can we afford to pay a pastor "fairly and provide for his or her welfare as he or she works among us." (Book of Common Worship, 470)
In the coming weeks, as requested by the Committee on Ministry, your called leadership, the members of Session, will be engaged in a thoughtful and careful look at the economic reality here at Old South Haven. You are fortunate to have detailed records going back numerous years which will make their work easier to complete in a timely fashion. For I believe that you believe it is important to be good stewards of the long legacy of OSH and to care for the welfare of those called to serve here now and into the future.
In Christ,
Pastor Karen

Sunday is Kirsty's final Sunday with us prior to leaving for Montreal to begin Seminary Studies at MCGill University and The Presbyterian College. She is an Inquirer in the ordination process under the care of Old South Haven and the Presbytery of Long Island.

As we enter the summer months please remember to keep your pledge up to date.

Calendar

Saturday, July 20    10:00 am        Property and Finance Meeting
Sunday, July 21    10:00 am    Worship
                            Fellowship
Monday, July 22    7:00 pm        Session Meeting

Sunday, July 28    10:00 am        Worship
                            Fellowship