Wednesday, February 20, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


This Week                                        February 20, 2014

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, February 24th
    Genesis 45.3-15, Psalm 37.1-11, 39-40, 1 Corinthians 15.35-38 and Luke 6.27-38

Dear Members and Friends:

The lectionary reading from Genesis for this Sunday is Joseph's great reveal to his brothers. Famine has sent the brothers to Egypt in search of much needed food. Little did they know that the 'Egyptian' who could help them was the brother whom they sold into slavery years earlier. Like most family stories, it is a complicated one filled with favoritism, lies, bad (even evil acts), grief and more. Where is God in this family drama? Do you like anybody as the tale unfolds? To better appreciate the drama, I encourage you to read the whole story beginning at Genesis 37. Try reading it from different perspectives -Jacob, Joseph, the brothers, and last (but not least) God.
On other fronts, the Session held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday. Among the matters covered were the status of the ongoing repairs to the manse, approval of the 2019 budget, approval of a special offering to the work of the El Salvador task force of the Presbytery (more about that soon), and other regular reports. Many of you have asked about the repairs to the bell. At present the Property and Finance Committee is seeking a third estimate.
On March 3rd we will have our second Plumb Line/Potluck conversation. Our first conversation was lively and well attended. Please be sure to make time to be a part of this important conversation about the future of ministry and mission here at OSH.
Finally, the season of Lent is almost upon us. This year OSH is joining with other Bellport congregations for a Wednesday Lenten Series. The first will be an Ash Wednesday Service at Mary Immaculate Church on March 6th at 7:30 pm.
In Christ,
Pastor Karen

SAVE THE DATES: PLUMB LINE POTLUCK AND CONVERSATION: Sunday, March 3rd at 5 pm and Sunday, March 24th at 5 pm

The 2019 Per Capita Assessment is $38.05 per member of Old South Haven. It is broken down as follows: $8.95 to the General Assembly, $4.10 to the Synod of the Northeast and $25.00 to the Presbytery of Long Island. Per Capita is – "the tie that binds" –annual support that unites the entire church in the ongoing and essential work that guides the Office of the General Assembly, the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and benefits every congregation and every mid-council ministry. Old South Haven remits the full per capita assessment. You can help free funds for other purposes here at Old South Haven by paying your individual per capita. Mark checks or envelopes for 'per capita."

            Schedule
Sunday, February 24        10:00 am    Worship
                            Sunday School
                            Fellowship after Worship
                            Choir Practice after Worship

Sunday, March 3,        10 am        Worship with Communion
                            Fellowship after Worship
                            Choir Practice after Worship
                5 pm        Plumb Line Conversation and Potluck

Wednesday, March 6    7:30 pm        Joint Ash Wednesday Service at Mary Immaculate Church

Thursday, February 14, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


February 14, 2019\

Dear Members and Friends-

First it is good to be back. I had a good study leave with a chance to do some reading, reflection and relaxation.
Today is Valentine's Day. I have to admit that it is not a day I give that much thought to as a general rule. But as I looked at this week's scripture, I realized that I do think a lot about love. Just not the kind of love that brings on candy, roses, and candlelight dinners. When I think about love it is about God's enduring love for us that is steadfast in spite of all the ways in which we fail to love ourselves, our neighbors, strangers and even enemies. I think about a God that loved us so much that he sent signs, prophets and even his Son to show us how to love.
But in particular, as Paul reflects in our text (1 Corinthians 15.12-20), I think about a God who wants us to live. A God who can pick us up when we are broken and put us back together to live anew. A God for whom death was not an obstacle but an opening to show us what life really looks like. That is what resurrection is really about.
In case you are wondering how we got from Valentine's Day to Easter in a single step. I do know that the beginning of Lent is still a few weeks off and Easter further yet. But resurrection isn't a reality (or story, depends on where you stand) for a single day. It is about faith day in and day out. As we come to this Sunday's service, I invite each of you to reflect on how you see resurrection, what questions and doubts do you have? What grabs you and excites you when you hear, He is risen?
See you Sunday,
Pastor Karen

SAVE THE DATES: PLUMB LINE POTLUCK AND CONVERSATION: Sunday, March 3rd at 5 pm and Sunday, March 24th at 5 pm

The 2019 Per Capita Assessment is $38.05 per member of Old South Haven. It is broken down as follows: $8.95 to the General Assembly, $4.10 to the Synod of the Northeast and $25.00 to the Presbytery of Long Island. Per Capita is – "the tie that binds" –annual support that unites the entire church in the ongoing and essential work that guides the Office of the General Assembly, the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and benefits every congregation and every mid-council ministry. Old South Haven remits the full per capita assessment. You can help free funds for other purposes here at Old South Haven by paying your individual per capita. Mark checks or envelopes for 'per capita."

Schedule
Saturday, February 16        10 am        Property and Finance
Sunday, February 17        10:00 am        Worship
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship
Tuesday, February 19        7 pm            Session Meeting
Sunday, February 24,        10 am        Worship
                                Sunday School
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


February 6, 2019

Pastor Karen is on Study Leave this week. She will return on the 14th and be in the pulpit on the 17th. For pastoral care please contact Kirsty Dickson-Maret.

SAVE THE DATES: PLUMB LINE POTLUCK AND CONVERSATION: Sunday, March 3rd at 5 pm
Sunday, March 24th at 5 pm

The 2019 Per Capita Assessment is $38.05 per member of Old South Haven. It is broken down as follows: $8.95 to the General Assembly, $4.10 to the Synod of the Northeast and $25.00 to the Presbytery of Long Island. Per Capita is – "the tie that binds" –annual support that unites the entire church in the ongoing and essential work that guides the Office of the General Assembly, the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and benefits every congregation and every mid-council ministry. Old South Haven remits the full per capita assessment. You can help free funds for other purposes here at Old South Haven by paying your individual per capita. Mark checks or envelopes for 'per capita."
Financial Secretary Needed – After many years of dedicated service John Dietz has decided that it is time for him to step down from the position of Financial Secretary. The position takes about 3 hours per week and includes handling deposits, issuing contribution statements, recording and managing all income and funds, and keeping records of all non-cash income. The church uses a software management program for this work. If you believe you have the time and skills necessary please speak to Pastor Karen, Clerk Sean Moran or Property and Finance Chair Ken Asselta.
Have a Heart Blood Drive – Mary Immaculate Church (4 Bell Street, Bellport) is sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday, February 10th between 9 am and 3 pm. For more information please call Ken Hawkins @ 631.286.2559

Schedule
Sunday, February 10        10:00 am    Worship, Kirsty Dickson-Maret preaching
                            Sunday School
                            Fellowship after Worship
Saturday, February 16        10 am    Property and Finance
Sunday, February 10,        10 am    Worship
                            Fellowship after Worship


Wednesday, January 30, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


Dear Members and Friends-
Yesterday I attended the first session of Project Regeneration sponsored by the Presbyterian Foundation. It was informative and it was good to see 14 churches represented by just over 50 participants. The Foundation is sponsoring these workshops with the goal of helping congregations be more sustainable and hopefully to thrive. These are concerns of churches regardless of size but are often of special concern for smaller churches. Did you know, for example, that 30% of PC(USA) churches have a membership of 50 or fewer and 14% of 25 or fewer members. OSH is just, at 53, over the first category. The Foundation has a number of tools and resources that can help OSH going forward. With that in mind I would like to encourage anyone who is interested to join me for the second session on March 26th from noon to two, lunch included. Let me know.
Plumb Line Potluck and Conversation -- We had a lively first conversation last Sunday evening along with four wonderful soups. Thanks to everyone who participated in the discussion and for all the food. Our next two potluck conversations will be in the month of March.
    Sunday, March 3rd at 5 pm
    Sunday, March 24th at 5 pm
Your participation is a vital part of the study. Please make them a priority on your calendar. If you need a ride please contact a member of the team or Pastor Karen.
In Christ, Pastor Karen

Peggy Angus is recovering from her broken hip at Westhampton Care Center, 78 Old Country Road, Westhampton, NY. 631.288.0101. Cards, calls and visits all appreciated

The 2019 Per Capita Assessment is $38.05 per member of Old South Haven. It is broken down as follows: $8.95 to the General Assembly, $4.10 to the Synod of the Northeast and $25.00 to the Presbytery of Long Island. Per Capita is – "the tie that binds" –annual support that unites the entire church in the ongoing and essential work that guides the Office of the General Assembly, the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and benefits every congregation and every mid-council ministry. Old South Haven remits the full per capita assessment. You can help free funds for other purposes here at Old South Haven by paying your individual per capita. Mark checks or envelopes for 'per capita."
Financial Secretary Needed – After many years of dedicated service John Dietz has decided that it is time for him to step down from the position of Financial Secretary. The position takes about 3 hours per week and includes handling deposits, issuing contribution statements, recording and managing all income and funds, and keeping records of all non-cash income. The church uses a software management program for this work. If you believe you have the time and skills necessary please speak to Pastor Karen, Clerk Sean Moran or Property and Finance Chair Ken Asselta.
Have a Heart Blood Drive – Mary Immaculate Church (4 Bell Street, Bellport) is sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday, February 10th between 9 am and 3 pm. For more information please call Ken Hawkins @ 631.286.2559
Schedule
Sunday, February 3        10:00 am    Communion Worship
                        Fellowship after Worship
                12:00        Plumb Line Team
Tuesday, February 5        Morning    COM Meeting
                1:00 pm    Lunch Bunch, Janet Berry
Wednesday, February 6    Pastor on Study Leave to February 13
Sunday, February 10,        10 am    Worship, Kirsty preaching
                        Fellowship after Worship

Wednesday, January 23, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


January 23, 2019

Dear Members and Friends --

We have a busy and important Sunday this week. At its heart is our time gathered as a community of faith for worship. Then immediately following worship we will convene for our annual meeting of the congregation where we will elect a new class of Elders and Deacons. Say a warm thank-you to those who are completing their terms of service in those offices. In addition we will receive reports regarding the work of committees and our finances. Then at 5 pm we will gather for a potluck meal (bring a desert) of soup and salad and bread arranged by the Deacons. This will be our first of three Plumb Line conversations. The Plumb Line is a pivotal part of the work needed to move into the future here at Old South Haven. And it is your opportunity to be part of the process. The Plumb Line team appointed by the Session needs your input to in order to create the best picture of who OSH is and is hoping to be as a community in Christ in the coming years. Please make joining the conversation a priority.

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

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
The 2019 Per Capita Assessment is $38.05 per member of Old South Haven. It is broken down as follows: $8.95 to the General Assembly, $4.10 to the Synod of the Northeast and $25.00 to the Presbytery of Long Island. Per Capita is – "the tie that binds" –annual support that unites the entire church in the ongoing and essential work that guides the Office of the General Assembly, the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and benefits every congregation and every mid-council ministry. Old South Haven remits the full per capita assessment. You can help free funds for other purposes here at Old South Haven by paying your individual per capita. Mark checks or envelopes for 'per capita."
Financial Secretary Needed After many years of dedicated service John Dietz has decided that it is time for him to step down from the position of Financial Secretary. The position takes about 3 hours per week and includes handling deposits, issuing contribution statements, recording and managing all income and funds, and keeping records of all non-cash income. The church uses a software management program for this work. If you believe you have the time and skills necessary please speak to Pastor Karen, Clerk Sean Moran or Property and Finance Chair Ken Asselta.
Have a Heart Blood Drive – Mary Immaculate Church (4 Bell Street, Bellport) is sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday, February 10th between 9 am and 3 pm. For more information please call Ken Hawkins @ 631.286.2559

Remember if you do not have email, the weekly email is available in print format each Sunday. Ask the greeter when you arrive for your copy
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 26        9:00 am    Presbytery at Valley Stream
Sunday, January 27        10:00 am    Worship,    Scriptures: Nehemiah 8.1-10 and Luke 4.14-21
                        Sunday School
                    11:00 am    Annual Meeting
                        Fellowship after Worship
                    5:00 pm    Potluck and Plumb Line Conversation
Tuesday, January 29        12:00 pm    Project Regeneration Luncheon at Sweet Hollow
Thursday, January 31        11:30 am    Pastor with Bellport Clergy
Sunday, February 3,        10 am    Worship – Communion
                            Fellowship after Worship
                            Plumb Line Team Meeting after Fellowship



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






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