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



Wednesday, October 31, 2018

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


This Week at Old South Haven                October 31, 2018

Members and Friends—

Tomorrow is All Saints' Day a day created to honor all the saints of the church even those long since forgotten. In the Reformed tradition our emphasis has been on the ongoing sanctification of all the people of God. We give thanks for the witness of both the well-known and the ordinary believers past, present and lives to come. We may especially remember those who, like Pastor Tom, whose baptism was complete in their death in the year past.

We would not be the church we are today without those who have gone on before us. Their faithfulness first and foremost to God as well as to this community of faith makes it possible for us to gather together and go forwards. May we be as faithful stewards as those we remember.
In Christ,

Pastor Karen

Please feel free to contact me at anytime; Phone - 973.592.7392 or email pastor@OldSouthHavenChurch.org or khybertsen@aol.com

An invitation to special Shabbat service after Pittsburgh-- "The horrific bloodshed that took place in Pittsburgh this past Shabbat (Saturday) not only desecrated the sanctuary of Tree of Life Congregation, it defiled every synagogue and place of worship, as well. The sanctity of the Shabbat everywhere was broken. The lives of those who were in synagogue, the lives taken and the lives shaken by this unholy incident have been attacked by a senseless hatred, which we, as Jews, and all of us as citizens, know only too well. As a community we should respond by gathering together, sharing our thoughts, and praying together. We cannot be silent at a time like this. Our services this Shabbat, November 3, will be dedicated to those whose lives were lost as well as to the resilience that the Jewish community always has demonstrated during its darkest times. We have an ongoing responsibility as Jews and as citizens of a community to continue to strengthen our community and always reach out to those who are in need, and to all who come here for safety, support and a new life."
We invite you all to this special Shabbat (Saturday) service, which will begin at 11:30am.
Rabbi Azriel C. Fellner -- Temple Beth El of Patchogue -- 45 Oak Street, Patchogue


Adult Book Study—The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby. "When an American Muslim woman befriends two other mothers, one Jewish and one Christian, they decide to educate their children about their respective religions. None of them guessed their regular meetings would provide life-changing answers and form bonds that would forever alter their struggles with prejudice, fear, and anger. Personal, powerful, and compelling, The Faith Club forces readers to face the tough questions about their own religions. Pioneering, timely, deeply thoughtful, and full of hope, The Faith Club's caring message will resonate with people of all faiths." I have one copy of the book left for purchase ($13.00) or you can get it on Kindle. Discussion on Sunday, November 11th at 4 pm. Even if you did not read the book I encourage you to come and join in the discussion.

Save the Date – 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. I have posters in need of posting please pick up one or two on Sunday.

Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service—The South Country Clergy are sponsoring a service on Saturday, November 17th at 4:30 pm at St. James Episcopal Church (260 Beaver Dam Road, Brookhaven)

We remember in our Prayers. . .the community of Pittsburgh as they mourn, Robbi, Betty Ann, Barbara, Carol, Joanna, Pete, Jack Geoff, Anne Lynette and Richard, Lynn, Joan

This Week
Saturday, November 3rd        Don't forget to turn back your clocks
Sunday, November 4th    10 am Worship (Celebration of Rev. Jeanne Baum as Pastor Emeritus has been postponed)
            Fellowship after Worship
Monday, November 5th 1 pm Lunch Bunch at Judi Bird's home
    6 pm Committee on Preparation Meeting, Gallery

Wednesday, November 7th 1:30 pm Pastor meets with South Country Clergy
                3 pm    Pastor at Clergy Retreat through 3 pm November 8th

Tuesday, October 23, 2018

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


October 23, 2018
Members and Friends--
Last night your Session met and passed two items that are examples of faithful stewardship in action. First, your elders voted to endorse Kirsty Dickson-Maret to the Committee on Preparation for Ministry of the Presbytery of Long Island. It is the first step in a journey both for Kirsty and for Old South Haven. Kirsty will begin a process of inquiry and study that will run at least three years. Old South Haven will support her along her journey with everything from prayers to conversation to a shared meal. Your support of Kirsty is also part of being stewards of the PC(USA) and the ministers who will serve the church in the coming years.
The second item was to approve a company to do the restoration work on the church bell. I know that many of you have missed the ringing of the bell at the start of worship and will be glad to know that the work will go forward. Many thanks to Ken and Richard who have done the leg work. And I do mean leg work as they have climbed into the steeple and taken measurements. Their time and attention has made a real difference in getting us to this point.
I'd also like to invite you to take a fresh look at our grounds. Thanks to Eric Searles and his crew our grounds have been spruced up and you can once again really see our lovely chapel as you drive by. Eric had the means and the skill to make it happen and that too is stewardship at work.
Finally, on a personal note. My daughter is feeling much better. There are still some answers needed but she has begun getting back to work for half days. Thank you again for your prayers and support.
In Christ,
Pastor Karen
Please feel free to contact me at anytime; Phone - 973.592.7392 or email pastor@OldSouthHavenChurch.org or khybertsen@aol.com
Adult Book Study—The Faith Club: A Muslim, a Christian, a Jew—Three Women Search for Understanding by Ranya Idliby. "When an American Muslim woman befriends two other mothers, one Jewish and one Christian, they decide to educate their children about their respective religions. None of them guessed their regular meetings would provide life-changing answers and form bonds that would forever alter their struggles with prejudice, fear, and anger. Personal, powerful, and compelling, The Faith Club forces readers to face the tough questions about their own religions. Pioneering, timely, deeply thoughtful, and full of hope, The Faith Club's caring message will resonate with people of all faiths." Books available for purchase ($13.00) Sunday or contact Pastor Karen. Discussion on Sunday, November 11th at 4 pm.

Save the Date – 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 Saturday, November 17th at 4:30 pm at St. James Episcopal Church (260 Beaver Dam Road, Brookhaven)

This Week
Sunday, October 28th     10 am        Worship
                    Sunday School
                    Fellowship after Meeting
Wednesday, October 31st    8:30 am    Pastor meets with Interim Pastor Group
Sunday, November 4th    10 am        Communion Service
                    Recognition of Rev. Jeanne Baum as Pastor Emeritus
                    Fellowship after Service



Friday, August 17, 2018

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



Hello Friends

The Rev. Karen Hybertsen will be leading us in worship this coming Sunday and the following. The readings for Sunday, August 19 will be:
1st Kings Chapter 2, 10-12 and Chapter 3, 3-14 Ephesians, Chapter 5
15-20

Many of us were delighted to celebrate Debra and Jason's wedding with them on August 3. It was great to see the newlyweds back at church last Sunday. It was also good to see Linda Scott at the wedding , who has definitely landed on her feet after a hard first year in New Hampshire. She is working on her final newsletter, which will be in honor of and in memory of Tom. If you have a memory, a story, or thoughts to share about him, please send (soon) to Lyn at: lynscottmk@aol.com

The Session will meet this Monday, August 20. They will be meeting for the first time with The Rev Don Hammond, who was recently appointed as our liaison to the Committee on Ministry. Rev Hammond is currently the Interim Minister at the First Presbyterian Church of Amagansett. His job as liaison is to help and guide OSHC through our "current season of transitions."

A tentative date for the Fall Yard Sale: September 15, rain date: Sept 29.

Monday, August 27, 7PM at Christ Episcopal Church in Sag Harbor: "Forum
on Morality and Ethics", sponsored by nine East End churches and
synagogs. They have invited the candidates for Congress for our
district. Only Perry Gershon has agreed to attend.

Darcy Corrral Stevens <darcyhc@optonline.net> has taken on the job of composing our weekly newsletter. Contact her should you have items that should be included.

Thursday, July 26, 2018

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


Hello everyone

Kirsty Dickson-Maret will be leading  the service this Sunday.  The readings will be:
     2Samuel 11:1-15
     Psalm 14
     Ephesians 3:14-21
     John  6:1-21
The Sermon: " Enough"

Rev Karen will preach on Aug 5.

And in between, on Aug 3 at 3pm, Deborah Denis and Jason Neal will be married!!  The Rev Jeanne Baum, pastor of OSHC when Jason joined at a teenager, will marry them.   We wish them a lovely day and a lifetime of love and growth together. 

Our 100 (or so) year old church bell was unable to announce the beginning of  last Sunday's service, just as it was unable to ring 82 times for each year of Tom's life at his Funeral.   The session has authorized an estimate for repair of the bell, and will consider using some memorial funds to pay for repair.  We welcome your input.  

If you've driven toward the church from the northeast and have stopped at the light you may have spotted this banner on the corner of the church property:  "Joseph, Mary and Jesus were refugees."  We ordered two, with a plan to  will trade off:  "Love your Neighbor as yourself"     These are meant as a response to the atrocities our border.  Suggestions for alternative responses/signage are welcome.   Thanks to Jessica, Eric, Abby, Emily, Linda, and Alan for help with getting it up!