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

Thursday, November 22, 2018

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


November 22, 2018

A Thanksgiving Prayer

O God, our Provider, you open your hand and lavish good gifts upon us. So we give you thanks. You create the beauty of the earth and stock it with abundance to sustain human life. You give us friends who share the journey of our lives; family who make us laugh with joy and dry our tears of sorrow; strangers who minister to our needs with generous kindness. You knit us into your larger family called church to encourage us in your Way. You have blessed us with the freedoms of a great nation. "Thank you" seems insufficient for all your blessings, yet we say it with all we are as an offering of gratitude for our many blessings that we name before you. {Enumerate all you're thankful for; count your blessings}. Though we may have seen our fortunes fall this year, we praise you for hiding our treasure in Jesus Christ our Lord, whom not even death can destroy. Though we miss those whose places sit empty at this year's table, we give you thanks for lending them to us for what time we had. For all your providence with the feast of life that you set before us, we give ourselves to you with all we are in thanks and praise. Amen. [tls]

Peace,
Pastor Karen

This Week
Sunday, December 2nd     10:00 am    Communion Worship, First Sunday of Advent
                        Fellowship after Worship           
Tuesday, December 4th        1:00 pm    Lunch Bunch at tbd
Wednesday, December 5th    11:30 am    Pastor meets with Bellport Clergy
Sunday, December 9th         10:00 am    Worship
                        Sunday School
                        Fellowship after Service

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


This Week at Old South Haven                November 14, 2018

Members and Friends-

This week we are blessed with a musical gift in memory of Pastor Tom. The South Country String Band will entertain us on Saturday, November 17th at 2 pm in the Chapel followed by a reception in the Carriage House. Thanks to the generosity of the band members all funds received will go to support the work and ministry of Old South Haven. It is a perfect opportunity for you to reach out and invite neighbors and friends to this afternoon of live music.

Then on Sunday afternoon, November 18th at 4:30 pm, as we enter Thanksgiving week you are invited to come together for and ecumenical service of Thanksgiving at St. James Episcopal Church just down the road at 260 Beaver Dam Road. The service is sponsored by the South Country Clergy Group. You are encouraged to bring something to share at the fellowship hour following the service.

See you there.

Pastor Karen

Annual Christmas Boutique at OSH will be held on December 1st. For more information contact a Deacon

Please remember those who are hungry next Sunday with your donation of non-perishable food or cash to support area food pantries. The most needed food items are shelf-stable milk, tuna, jelly, fruit (not pineapple as everybody seems to donate it), vegetables and as the weather cools hearty soups and stews.

This Week
Sunday, November 18th     10:00 am    Worship
                        Fellowship after Worship
                4:30 pm    Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service (see above)
Monday, November 19th     7:00 pm    Session
           
Thursday, November 22nd             Happy Thanksgiving have a Blessed Day
Sunday, November 25th     10:00 am    Worship
                        Sunday School
                        Fellowship after Service

Friday, November 9, 2018

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


This Week at Old South Haven                November 9, 2018

Dear Members and Friends-

It is November and in most churches that means Stewardship season. While I am a firm believer that being a good steward is basic to our call to follow after Christ I have never really been a great fan of Stewardship Season, Stewardship Sunday or the Stewardship Sermon. Here's why. Being a good steward is fundamentally about building good relationships. Relationships with our planet, our neighbors, those in need, our community of faith—really everyone. You can't be a good steward part time. You also can't be a good steward is you hoard your time, your talents, and your resources. In the parable of the talents (Luke 19.11-27 and Matthew 25.14-30) Jesus describes three servants entrusted with their master's money. Two of them invest and increase the funds they are charged with. But the third is afraid and buries the money to keep it safe. Who do you think the master praises? The two who took a risk and reaped rewards. We need to think of our stewardship of what God has given us not as something to be parsimonious with but rather something we are willing to risk day in and day out. Because this is how to bring the good news to a world that is in need of hope, generosity and peace.
In Christ,
Pastor Karen
Adult Book Study—The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding Discussion this afternoon at 4pm. Even if you didn't read the book please join us for what is sure to be a lively discussion.

Invite your Neighbors and Friends – Rev. Thomas Philipp Memorial Concert featuring the South Country String Band here at OSH on Saturday, November 17th at 2 pm. Suggested Donation $20.00. All proceeds will go to benefit OSH. Support your church and enjoy an afternoon of toe-tapping music

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service—The South Country Clergy are sponsoring a service on Sunday, November 18th at 4:30 pm at St. James Episcopal Church (260 Beaver Dam Road, Brookhaven). Please bring something to share at the fellowship time following the service.


This Week
Sunday, November 11th     10:00 am    Worship
                        Sunday School
                        Fellowship after Worship
                4:00 pm    Adult Book Discussion           
Thursday, November 15th    8:30 am    Pastor meets with Clergy Cluster
Saturday, November 17th 2:00 pm     South Country Strings Memorial Concert
               
Sunday, November 18th     10:00 am    Worship
                        Fellowship after Service
                4:30 pm    Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service at St. James Episcopal
                            260 Beaver Dam Road