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



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!

Monday, July 23, 2018

A Request from Linda Scott


Dear Old South Haven family,

We have been receiving heartfelt emails from Darcy Stevens since Pastor Tom's passing. Weeks have gone by, but our thoughts and sadness are still with us.

I was unable to attend the services in his memory as I was in the process of relocating my Mom to New England. She is now only minutes from me in her new Assisted Living, and is so thankful to be near me.

The Session of Old South Haven has asked me to format a Newsletter in Tom's memory. I'll be reviewing issues of the OSH News and select a few special messages from the Pastor's Corner for this issue. I feel blessed and honored to do so.

We would like to reach out to our church family to include tributes, memories and stories of your time with Tom as our pastor that you would like to share.

I look forward to hearing from you. Your tribute's can be emailed to me at lynscottmk@aol.com, or feel free to contact me at (603)965-4324.

God bless,
Linda
[Linda Scott was the long-time editor of our church newsletter, and has recently moved to New Hampshire.]

Friday, July 20, 2018

This Week at Old South Haven Presbyterian Church


Hello Old South Haven Family


How nice to see Nancy back at church and to be together with everyone on warm summer Sundays. Jason will preach this coming Sunday, July 22.
Kirsty will preach on July 29 and The Rev Karen Hybertson will lead us in Communion the first Sunday in August. We have been so fortunate to have congregants who can lead our worship services and are very grateful for their help over the past months. A special thank you to Deb whose job of chairperson of worship has become a very big one!


The Presbytery has appointed The Rev Karen Hybertson to moderate our Session meetings for the near future. Since she is away, The Rev. Kate Jones-Calone moderated the meeting this past Monday. The Committee on Ministry (of the LI Presbytery) deferred until August the decision on who will be our Committee on Ministry representative. This is the person who will guide us in the decision on a new pastor. Kate was able to give us a general sense of the process. As stated last week, when we have some more information we will have a get-together to share what we know.


Tom's nieces are in the process of sorting out things at the manse.
They ask that anyone in need of some furniture to please contact them.
Rachel: 516-652-1804 Liz: 949-500-8466


A special thank you to Sandy who has been sprucing up the gardens at the Manse. Lovely.


Hope to see you Sunday.

Darcy Stevens

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

This Week at Old South Haven Presbyterian Church



Hello to OSHC family


After a beautiful OSHC Memorial Service and then Funeral for our dear Pastor Tom, many of us are still feeling his loss acutely. But we have questions about the future as well. This week the Session will get more information about who from the Presbytery's Committee on Ministries will be assigned to give us some guidance in the next months. When we have more information we will schedule a Congregational gathering to share what we know and what we expect to happen.

In the meantime, Linda Majowka will preach and lead the service this coming Sunday, June 15, and Jason Neal will preach the following Sunday, June 22. We are so fortunate to have members who so ably lead us in worship. Thank you to Linda and Jason and to all who have done so already.


Wonderful news! Deborah Denis and Jason Neal will be married at Old South Haven Church on August 3. The Rev Jeanne Baum will officiate. We celebrate them with joy, love, and good wishes.


Several people have asked for Rachel and Liz Philipp's addresses. They are:
The Rev Rachel Philipp Vione
106 Meadow St
Garden City, NY11530


Elizabeth Philipp
1220 Park Ave, Apt 4A
New York, NY 10128


If anyone noted a bunch of keys this past Sunday (10-12 keys on a long black and white key ring) please let Darcy know. 631-286-9278


Darcy Stevens

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 <lynscottmk@aol.com>

Thank you and have a blessed day!

Warm regards,
Linda

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
                                                                                  Bridgehampton
 
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