Thursday, June 21, 2018

Obituary for Thomas Philipp

                The following was posted on the web site of the NF Walker funeral home in Merrick.

Thomas J. Philipp
1936 – 2018
Philipp, Rev. Thomas J, 82, on Wednesday, June 13, 2018, of Brookhaven, NY, following a brief illness. Son of the late William B. and Martha Philipp. Loving uncle of the Rev. Rachel Philipp Vione (Joseph), Elizabeth Philipp (David Pettker), Timothy Philipp and Joseph Philipp. Dear brother of the late Rev. William P. Philipp, and brother-in-law of Lois Philipp. Great uncle to Joseph and Amanda Vione and Andrew, Nicholas and Katherine Pettker. Beloved pastor of the wonderful congregation at Old South Haven Presbyterian Church in Brookhaven, NY, since April 2006.
Tom graduated from Minnehaha Academy, and Macalester College in St. Paul, MN; the State University of NY at Oswego, and Union Theological Seminary in New York City. He was ordained to the Christian Ministry on June 17, 1962, at Randolph Heights Presbyterian Church in St. Paul. Tom dedicated his life to caring for others and championing the underdog and those in need. He was the former President of the Nassau County Coalition on Family Planning, Executive Director of United Campus Ministries, Protestant Chaplin at Hofstra and Stony Brook Universities, Chair of Personnel for the Long Island Council of Churches, Moderator of the Presbytery of Long Island, founding member of HOME (Housing Opportunities Made Equal), member of the Board of Directors of Planned Parenthood, President of South County Peace Group, supporter of More Light, Honoring All Voices, and Presbyterian Welcome. Tom was a tireless advocate for inclusivity and welcoming all persons, regardless of race, age, sexual orientation, background or social position, into the fellowship of the church.
In 2012, Tom was awarded the Unitas Award from Union Theological Seminary, which is given to the Distinguished Alumni/ae of the seminary. Tom was honored for his commitment to the "two-legged" gospel:  the ministry proclaiming Jesus Christ as savior and the ministry of social justice.

On June 17, 1987, the Community Presbyterian Church of Merrick, where Tom served as pastor for 24 years, held a celebration in honor of the 25th anniversary of his ordination. On June 17, 2012, the Old South Haven Presbyterian Church held a celebration in honor of the 50th anniversary of his ordination. Tom preached his last sermon at Old South Haven on Sunday, May 3, 2018 and celebrated the Sacrament of The Lord's Supper that day. He maintained his wit, sense of humor, convictions and kindness right to the end. At the time of his death, he was the oldest, actively serving pastor in the Presbytery of Long Island. Tom previously served as pastor in Watervliet and Oswego, NY. Tom's passion was for education, and he taught many in the classroom and in life. His true vocation in life was as a faithful disciple of Jesus Christ.

Tom was a patron of the arts and a lover of music and theater as well as a good scotch. He was a mentor, counselor, wisdom-bearer and friend to many. He will be missed by all who knew him.

Visitation will take place on Friday, June 22 from 7:00-9:00 PM at the NF Walker Funeral Home; 2039 Merrick Ave, Merrick, NY. 11566.

The Funeral Service and Witness to the Resurrection will be held on Saturday, June 23 at 11:00 AM at Old South have Presbyterian Church; 329 S. Country Rd., Brookhaven, NY 11719 with Tom's niece the Rev. Rachel Philipp Vione officiating.

In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Tom's memory to:
Old South Have Presbyterian Church, 329 S. Country Rd, Brookhaven, NY 11719, or
Union Theological Seminary, 3041 Broadway, New York, NY 10027.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Funeral arrangements for the Rev. Tom Phillip

Dear Old South Haven Church Family and Friends,
The funeral arrangements for the Rev. Tom Phillip are:

Visitation at NF Walker Funeral Home on Friday, June 22, from 7PM-9PM.
The Funeral Home is at 2039 Merrick Ave, Merrick.

Funeral at OSHC on Saturday, June 23 at 11 AM

a message for Old South Haven Family

Dear Old South Haven Family and Friends,
This is to let you know that our worship service this Sunday will be an opportunity for us to join together in our grief over Tom's passing, and to express our gratitude for all the ways he has  touched our lives.
Instead of  following the normal order of worship, we invite you to bring a thought, a remembrance, a hymn suggestion, a prayer, a meaningful physical token, or simply your love, to share with our church family, so saddened by the loss of our dear pastor.
We'll let spirit guide us in this time of joining.
I look forward to being with you all at this sad time
and to honoring Tom's life, his  embodiment of an "open heart, open mind, anchored in Christ's love".
Deb Mayo (Elder and Worship Committee member)

Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Pastor Tom Philipp Died

It is with heavy hearts that we share that our beloved Pastor Tom passed away early this morning, June 13, 2018, at Brookhaven Memorial Hospital. A number of us were blessed to be able to see and sing to Tom last evening. He seemed at peace and aware of Old South Haven's love for him. Arrangements are not yet made but the service will be at OSHC at the end of next week.

Elder Darcy Steven

Saturday, February 10, 2018

This Week at Old South Haven Church

Sunday, Feb. 11                    10:00am                               Morning Worship
                                                                            (though this is ' Transfiguration of the Lord"
                                                                             this will not be the theme today)
                                                                             Sermon: "When the Church Shuts Down"
                                                                             Lessons: 2 Kings 5:1-14   Mark 1: 40-45
                                                                             Sunday School
                                                  5:30pm               Pot Luck Supper
Wednesday, Feb. 14                                                          ASH  WEDNESDAY
Saturday, Feb. 17                      9:30am              Property/Finance Committee
                                                  1:00pm               Celebration of the Life of Craig Tenke
                                                                             United Methodist Church, Bellport                          
                                                                             Pastor Tom officiating
Sunday, Feb. 18                       10:00am              First Sunday of Lent
Monday, Feb. 19                        7:00pm              Session Meeting
Wednesday,  Feb. 21                 8:30am             Mid Suffolk Presbyterian Clergy
                                                                            Royal Oak

Friday, February 2, 2018

This Week at Old South Haven Church

Sun., Feb.4                      10:00 am                 Ordination and Installation of  Elders and Deacons
                                                                                           Holy Communion
                                                                         Sermon:  "It Was the Best of Times"
                                                                         Lessons: Isaiah 40: 21-31  Mark1: 29-39
                                          2:00 pm                  Brookhaven Library Annual Tea
Tues., Feb. 6                    1:00 pm                    Lunch bunch at Judi Bird's
Sun., Feb, 11                   10:00am                    Morning Worship
                                                                           Sermon:  "When the Church Shuts Down"
                                                                           Lessons:  II Kings 5: 1-14  Mark 1: 40-45
                                         5:30 pm                     Pot Luck Supper
Wed., Feb. 14                                                               ASH  WEDNESDAY
Sat., Feb. 17                    9:30am                       Finance/Property Committee
                                        1:00 pm                     Celebration of the Life of Craig Tenke
                                                                           United Methodist Church of Bellport
                                                                           Pastor Tom officiating
Mon., Feb. 19                  7:00 pm                      Session Meeting
Wed., Feb. 21                  8:30 am                      Western Suffolk Presbyterian Clergy
                                                                            Royal Oak Diner
Linda Scott has sent out an e mail indicating we would like to schedule our next NEWSletter for just before Holy Week, therefore, she is asking people to start submitting articles

Hello everyone,

Hope you re well as we enter the new year.

It s hard to believe the Lenten season begins in two weeks. Once again Old South Haven will be mailing a spring issue of the NEWS.

Please email me your articles, annual reports and inspirational messages as soon as possible. Linda Scott <>

Thank you and have a blessed day!

Warm regards,

Thursday, January 25, 2018

This Week at Old South Haven Church

NOTE: We received word on Thursday from Tom Wiswall of his brother John. We extend to John's wife Julia,
daughter Celeste and son Aaron our deepest sympathies.. John was predeceased by his bothers Stephen
(1947-1997) and Benjamin (1961-2012). A Memorial Service will be held on Saturday, March 3 in the Boston area
                                                                                                                                     Pastor Tom
Saturday, Jan 27                9:00am                          Presbytery Meeting
Sunday, Jan.28                 10:00am                          Morning Worship
                                                                                  Sermon:   "A New Teaching"
                                                                                  Lessons:  Deuteronomy 18: 15-20
                                   2:00pm-5:00pm                      South Country Peace Group
                                                                                   Peace Party
                                                                                   St. James Episcopal Church, Brookhaven
Sunday, Feb. 4                  10:00am                          Morning Worship/Holy Communion
                                                                                   Ordination/Installation Deacons/Elders
                                                                                   Sermon:   :It Was the Best of Times"
                                                                                    Lessons:  Isaiah 4: 21-31
                                             2:00pm                          Brookhaven Library Tea
Saturday, Feb. 17                                                        Memorial Service for Craig Tenke
                                                                                     Bellport United Methodist Church
                                                                                     Combined Choirs
                                                                                     Pastor Tom officiating