Wednesday, January 16, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


-January 16, 2019

Dear Members and Friends-

Plumb Line Potluck and Conversation Dates Set—The Plumb Line is a self-study of the congregation and the community. It is an integral part of the process in seeking and calling a new pastor. The Session has appointed a team consisting of Judi Bird, Linda Majowka, Alan Stevens, Claudia Taylor, Richard Thomas and Kappy Tilney to guide the congregation through the study. Your participation is a vital part of the study. The team has set up three potluck and conversation dates. Please make them a priority on your calendar. If you need a ride please contact a member of the team or Pastor Karen.
The dates are as follows:
    Sunday, January 27th at 5 pm
    Sunday, March 3rd at 5 pm
    Sunday, March 24th at 5 pm

In Christ,
Pastor Karen

The Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of Old South Haven Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, January 27th following worship. The purpose of the meeting is to elect officers, and to receive annual reports.
Elder Sean Moran, Clerk of Session
The Rev. Karen Sue Hybertsen, Ph.D., Moderator

If you happen to notice activity at the manse it is work being done to correct a number of issues including some related to health and safety.

Saturday, January 19        10:00 am    Property and Finance
Sunday, January 20        10:00 am    Worship
                            Fellowship after Worship
Tuesday, January 22        7:00 pm    Session
Saturday, January 26        9:00 am    Presbytery
at Valley Stream



To reach Pastor Karen: 973.592.7392, pastor@oldsouthhavenchurch.org, or khybertsen@aol.com






Wednesday, January 9, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


January 9, 2019

Dear Members and Friends-
As I indicated last week, we have begun the work of the Plumb Line. I am pleased to tell you that the following people have agreed to be a part of the organizational team:
    Judi Bird, Linda Majowka, Alan Stevens, Claudia Taylor, Richard Thomas (for demographics), and Kappy Tilney.
The team will have its first meeting shortly.
But it is important to note that they need your input. In fact your participation is at the heart of the work to be done in the next few months. At their first meeting three potluck and conversation dates will be set. Please put these on your calendars when they are announced. Make them a priority. You are the church today and going forward.

Pastor Karen

If you happen to notice activity at the manse it is work being done to correct a number of issues including some related to health and safety.

Looking to Start a Personal Bible Study in 2019?—There are two, actually hundreds, Bible study platforms online that are worth a look. www.Biblia.com has a reading plan and supporting resources. www.TheBibleProject.com has a number of study resources including some with video content. Check one out.

Sunday Scriptures: Isaiah 43.1-7 and Luke 3.15-22
Sunday, January 13        10:00 am    Worship,
                            Fellowship after Worship
                            Plumb Team (tentative)
Thursday, January 17        11:30 am    Pastor w/ Clergy Cluster





To reach Pastor Karen: 973.592.7392, pastor@oldsouthhavenchurch.org, or khybertsen@aol.com






Wednesday, January 2, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


January 2, 2019
Prayer for the New Year by Jill Duffield (Presbyterian Outlook)
God of our past, present and future, as the calendar turns and we greet another year, we ask not so much for answers to those questions that perplex us, but for confidence in your never-failing care for us.

As we reflect on the year we leave behind, we begin with gratitude for the moments and the milestones in which we experienced your presence. As we look to the year ahead, we start with hope for a kinder, more just, lavishly loving world. Through all the years, we depend on the abundance of your grace, the generosity of your mercy and the unwavering promise of your compassion.

Aid us, Almighty God, when we fail to be the people you create and call us to be. Comfort us, Abba, when we face times of sadness, loss and grief. Admonition us, Lord of all, when we neglect the teachings of our Savior, Jesus Christ. Guide us, Triune God, all the days of this new year, and indeed, every day of our lives until that time when we see you face to face. Amen.
Dear Members and Friends-
At its December 29 meeting the Session laid some of the ground work for the upcoming Plumb Line Study. This is the process used by the Presbytery to help congregations in transition be best prepared for the future God intends for them. It is a self-study with three basic questions: Who is OSH (today)? Who are OSHs neighbors? And What is God calling OSH to do and or be? Though simple these questions provide the base for a lively and engaging conversations.
This week I am inviting people, selected by the Session, to be a part of the organizational and writing team. Once a team is built they will meet to set up the full study. You also are a key part of the study, be you a member or a part of the community. All voices are important. The core of your involvement will be at three potlucks and conversations in January and February. Once the dates are selected the dates will be published. This is important work so please, when dates are published, make room for them in your schedule.
Pastor Karen

Looking to Start a Personal Bible Study in 2019?—There are two, actually hundreds, Bible study platforms online that are worth a look. www.Biblia.com has a reading plan and supporting resources. www.TheBibleProject.com has a number of study resources including some with video content. Check one out.
On Sunday we will take down the Christmas tree and other decorations. If you can, please remain after service and lend a hand.
Calendar
Sunday, January 6            10:00 am    Worship,
                Intern Kirsty Dickson-Maret preaching
                                Fellowship after Worship
Tuesday, January 7            1:00 pm    Lunch Bunch in Gallery
Wednesday, January 8    1        1:30 am    Pastor w/ Bellport Clergy


To reach Pastor Karen: 973.592.7392, pastor@oldsouthhavenchurch.org, or khybertsen@aol.com






Thursday, December 27, 2018

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



This Week                    December 27, 2018
Members and Friends
As we return to our normal routines this week let us remember that while most of us gathered around abundant tables for Christmas not everyone had that luxury and blessing. From neighbors who live among us who must make difficult choices between food and heat and which bills to pay, to migrants seeking hope and better life along so many borders. To those trapped by wars and politics or huddled on city streets. Countless people are hungry and not simply for a good meal. It costs so little for most of us to add a few extra non-perishable items to our food carts. Remember Jesus' words, "I was hungry and you fed me. . .when you fed the hungry one you fed me."
Peace,
Pastor Karen

It's not too late: Please remember that the Session needs your input as they prepare for 2019. Please return your pledge card today if you have not yet done so. Every pledge regardless of size matters. Thank-you for your ongoing support of Old South Haven.

Remember the Food Basket: Bring your non-perishable food items Sunday, January 6th. Especially appreciated are shelf stable milk, hearty stews and soups, canned vegetables and fruit, jam, tuna and spices. Every donation makes a difference to neighbors who are food insecure in our midst.

Sunday, December 30     10:00 am    Worship
                    Fellowship after Worship

To reach Pastor Karen: 973.592.7392, pastor@oldsouthhavenchurch.org, or khybertsen@aol.com






Thursday, December 13, 2018

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



This Week                    December 12, 2018
Members and Friends-
This Advent season I have been pondering some actions that all of us find challenging from time to time—Watching and Waiting. Watching for something that has yet to be requires of us a clear idea of what we are looking for lest we miss the signs of its appearance in our midst. Here I think of the regularly befuddled disciples who ask Jesus when was it that they clothed and nourished him. His reply: each time you do so to another, you do so to me. Then there is waiting. Not something we do well. We live in a culture rushing ahead without much regard for that which we rush over or by. We want what we want right now. Yet that is not always the best path forward as in our rush to get there we all too often find that we arrive somewhere else altogether often missing what is most important. We fail to consider what is our next best step forward, to ponder where we have been, or to listen to one another or wait on God. Watching and waiting are the active side of patience or discernment. As we move into a period of reflection and conversation in the New Year we will need to practice patience to give full measure to the next steps in Old South Haven's journey. Remember the journey is of this faithful community of which pastors are but a small part.
In Christ,
Pastor Karen
A special thank-you to everyone who helped put up the tree and trim the Chapel for this season.
Stewardship Reminder: Please remember that the Session needs your input as they prepare for 2019. Please return your pledge card today if you have not yet done so. Every pledge regardless of size matters. Thank-you for your ongoing support of Old South Haven.
Poinsettias: If you wish to have a poinsettia in memory or in honor of someone in this season of Advent and Christmas please speak to or contact a Deacon.
"Blue Christmas Service": Christ Episcopal Church will hold a "Blue Christmas service Sunday, December 16th at 3 pm. This service is for anyone experiencing a sense of loss this Christmas season – whether a loved one or a personal setback. It will be a quiet contemplative service with hymns and is open to all. The church is located at 64 South Country Rd in Bellport
Interfaith Blood Drive - Temple Beth El in Patchogue is attempting to organize a blood drive for a date in January 2019. The blood center now requires a verbal commitment of at least 70 donors before committing to hold a drive at Temple Beth El. Their deadline for this commitment is Friday, December 14th. Currently they are short of this number. If you are interested in being a part of this drive please let Pastor Karen know by the 14th.

Calendar
Wednesday, December 13    8:30 am    Pastor w/Clergy Cluster
Saturday, December 15    9:30 am    Property and Finance
Sunday, December 16     10:00 am    Worship
                        Sunday School
                        Fellowship after Worship
Monday, December 17    7:00 pm    Session Meeting
Sunday, December 23        10:00 am    Worship - Pageant
                        Fellowship after Service
Monday, December 24    11:00 pm    Christmas Eve Service

To reach Pastor Karen: 937.592.7392 or pastor@oldsouthhavenchurch.org
khybertsen@aol.com








Wednesday, December 5, 2018

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

December 5, 2018

Members and Friends:

The Session has asked me to provide you with an update as to where you are in the process of moving to call a new pastor. The first step of the process was to bring on board an interim pastor something that has happened numerous times in the long history of Old South Haven. An interim pastor's job is two-fold. First, to guide the congregation through the process of transition and the issues that arise when a pastor leaves. Here at OSH, as we all know, Pastor Tom died while in service here. It is a different kind of transition than most churches face when a pastor leaves. There is an element of grieving but not enshrining Pastor Tom so that the congregation is prepared to make a healthy transition for the future of the church. Grief is a process that takes time and it is important to allow that time in the life of the congregation. The next step of the interim process is to begin, what the Presbytery of Long Island calls a Plumb Line Study (other terms are Mission or Self-Study). This is an intentional process of assessment that will engage the entire congregation of OSH. While the questions may appear simple and easily addressed they are intended to encourage serious intellectual and spiritual reflection on OSH today and going forward. This process will begin at the New Year as the Session first designs the process and then seeks your input. Beyond this step will be approvals from Committee on Ministry (remember that any pastor's call is tripartite –pastor, congregation and presbytery), preparation of a Mission Information Form (think resume for a church), and finding a new pastor.
As your interim pastor my goal is to work with you through this process so that at its end you are able to bring to OSH the pastor with the best gifts for leading you into the future. In essence my job is to, when that day comes, to leave you.
One other update: Recently the Session endorsed Kirsty Dickson-Maret to the Committee on Preparation to become an Inquirer (the first step in the ordination process). The Committee concurred and enrolled Kirsty as an Inquirer. As a way of supporting Kirsty in this process the Session approved her serving OSH as a Pre-Seminary Intern under my supervision. In addition they approved her living in the manse while so serving.
Questions? Concerns? Talk to me.
In Christ,
Pastor Karen

This Week
It is time to Trim the Church Tree. Please join us December 9th at 6:30 pm as we decorate the Sanctuary. Pizza will be provided.
This Afternoon (4 -6 pm): Deborah Mayo and Steven McCloskey, with music by cellist Laurinel Owen, will present a fire-side performance of two American Holiday classics; The Gift of the Magi and A Christmas Memory, at the Brookhaven Free Library. Donation- 2 lbs of non-perishable food. Refreshments following.
Community Caroling: Bring some holiday cheer to patients at Bellhaven center for Rehabilitation and Nursing Care. Tuesday, December 11, 6:30 -8 pm All are welcome. Please register with Brookhaven Free Library
Stewardship Reminder: Please remember that the Session needs your input as they prepare for 2019. Please return your pledge card by December 16th. Every pledge regardless of size matters.
Poinsettias: If you wish to have a poinsettia in memory or in honor of someone in this season of Advent and Christmas please speak to or contact a Deacon.

Sunday, December 9     10:00 am    Worship
                        Sunday School
                        Fellowship after Worship
Thursday, December 13    8:30 am    Pastor Meets with Presbytery Clergy Cluster
Saturday, December 15     9:30 am    Property and Finance
Sunday, December 16 10:00 am    Worship
                        Sunday School
                        Fellowship after Service




Wednesday, November 28, 2018

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


This Week at Old South Haven                        November 28, 2018

Members and Friends-

My neighbors have been busy these last few days. Christmas decorations abound all around me. But wait, are we even ready for a journey to the manger? It is easy to rush ahead to the secularized Christmas that surrounds us in our neighborhoods, stores and media. But we are called to a different way. The season of Advent is one of watchful waiting set in the reality of our lives. It calls us to believe that the promises of God are certain even if we have trouble imagining a kingdom of peace and light coming to being.
It asks of us faithfulness and hope no matter what. Right now OSH is in transition and no one of you knows what this time will ask of you, no one knows exactly what your future looks like. What you are asked to do is journey together faithfully in expectation of the new future that lies before you. So take this time in Advent to be still, prepare your hearts to watch and wait. Trust that God is still with you as you continue to follow after his Son.

In Christ,
Pastor Karen

The Christmas Boutique is this Saturday, December 1st, from 10 am – 3 pm --Baked goods are needed. Also, I am told that a true treat is waiting for you so come and bring friends and neighbors.

Last week you should have received the Stewardship 2019 letter. So that the Session can make the best plans for the coming year please return your pledge card no later than Sunday, December 16th. Thank-you

Christmas Joy Offering – "Every generous act of giving . . .is from above. (James 1.17)
During the Advent season we celebrate leadership; past present and future through this church wide offering. Each of us has been influenced at some point in our faith journey by pastors who have led our congregations. Your contributions help to support current and retired church workers in need through income supplements, housing supplements and emergency grants. It also serves to support our historic commitment to higher education at schools such as Menaul School in New Mexico, Presbyterian Pan American School in Texas and Stillman College in Alabama. Watch for more information in the coming weeks.
This Week
Saturday, December 1st    10 am -3 pm        Christmas Boutique
Sunday, December 2nd     10:00 am        Communion Worship, First Sunday of Advent
                            Fellowship after Worship           
Tuesday, December 4th        1:00 pm        Lunch Bunch at Judi Bird's
Wednesday, December 5th    11:30 am        Pastor meets with Bellport Clergy
Sunday, December 9th         10:00 am        Worship
                            Sunday School
                            Fellowship after Service