Thursday, November 7, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh




This Week at OSH         --         November 7, 2019

Members and Friends -

Last Sunday thirty people came together to view the film,TRIGGER: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence, here at OSH. It was a moving and stark reminder that long after the attention of the media moves on families, friends and communities continue to live with the devastation those few minutes of horror unleashed on their lives. We, as one said, do not need more 'heroes.' those left in the aftermath who become advocates. We need everyday people fortunate enough not to be part of the tragedy of gun violence to speak up and say there has to be a better, more responsible way to bring an end to gun violence in our lives. What comes next is action be it as simple as letter writing or as direct as participating in vigils and demonstrations. We need to light candles and pray for victims. But, wouldn't it be better to work for a time when those vigils were no longer needed.

Want to know more. . .Do more?
If you missed seeing the film we have a copy, just ask.
If you would like to be part of a group coming together for action, see Jason.
If you want to be better informed about gun violence, one good web-site is https://www.thetrace.org. It is an independent, nonpartisan, nonprofit newsroom dedicated to shining a light on America's gun crisis

Save the Date: Gun Violence Vigil, Monday, December 16th at Setauket Presbyterian Church

Pastor Karen


Intention Cards – By now you should have received the stewardship mailing. (if not let us know). We ask that you prayerfully consider what you intend to give to support the mission and ministry of Old South Haven in 2020. And then, please return your intention card letting us know your intention.

All Church Potluck, Sunday, November 17 at 5pm. Good food and great conversation. Bring yourself and a side dish. Everything else is provided. See you there.




Calendar
   
Sunday, November 10        9:30 am        Choir
                    10 am        Worship
                                Church School
                                Fellowship
                                Choir after Fellowship

Saturday, November 16    10 am        Property and Finance

Sunday, November 17        9:30 am         Choir
                    10 am         Worship
                                Fellowship
                                Choir after Fellowship
                    5 pm         All Church Potluck
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Thursday, October 31, 2019

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This Week at Old South Haven Church            October 31, 2019
Standard Time resumes Sunday, November 3. Please remember to set your clocks back one hour when you turn in Saturday evening.
A service of interment will be held for the Rev. Tom Philipp Sunday afternoon, November 3 pm on the church grounds. The family invites all those who knew and loved Tom to join them as his remains are laid to rest on the grounds of Old South Haven.

The Mission and Social Justice Committee of Old South Haven will be screening TRIGGER: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence Sunday, November 3rd at 5:00 pm. Old South Haven Presbyterian Church sheds light on relevant societal issues and the importance of building intergenerational empathy and interpersonal connections in our community.Ê invite your neighbors and friends. There is no charge and all are welcome.

Sunday, November 3, is Stewardship Sunday here at OSH. This year, as you prepare to call a new pastor to serve here at OSH in the coming years, your estimate of what you intend to give to support ministry and mission is particularly important. Although paying a pastor is not the only commitment you make as a church it is the one which matters most for the ongoing life of the congregation. That said it is vital that the giving of the congregation be such that the members can bear the expenses that are associated with the pastor. And that means that giving by the congregation as a whole needs to increase. Given that we ask that you prayerfully consider what you intend to give in 2020 and that you return an estimate of giving card Sunday

Calendar

    Sunday, November 3        9:30 am Choir
                    10 am Worship/Communion
                            Stewardship Sunday
                                Fellowship
                                Choir after Fellowship
                        3 pm Interment Service, Rev. Phillip
                        5 pm        Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence

Tuesday, November 5        1 pm    Lunch Bunch at Nancy Best
Sunday, November 10        9:30 am Choir
                    10 am    Worship
                            Sunday School
                            Fellowship
                            Choir after Fellowship

Thursday, October 24, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh




This Week at OSH    -- October 24, 2019
A service of internment will be held for the Rev. Tom Philipp on Sunday, November 3 at 3 pm. The family invites all those who knew and loved Tom to join them as his remains are laid to rest on the grounds of Old South Haven Church

The Mission and Social Justice Committee of Old South Haven will be screening TRIGGER: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence at 5:00 pm on Sunday Nov. 3. Old South Haven Presbyterian Church sheds light on relevant societal issues and the importance of building intergenerational empathy and interpersonal connections in our community.invite your neighbors and friends. There is no charge and all are welcome.

Sunday, November 3, is Stewardship Sunday here at OSH. This year, as you prepare to call a new pastor to serve here at OSH in the coming years, your estimate of what you intend to give to support ministry and mission is particularly important. Although paying a pastor is not the only commitment you make as a church, it is the one which matters greatly to the ongoing life of the congregation. That said it is vital that the giving of the congregation be such that the members can bear the expenses that are associated with the pastor. And that means that giving by the congregation as a whole needs to increase. Given that we ask that you prayerfully consider what you intend to give in 2020 and that you return an estimate of giving card on the third.

Calendar

Saturday, October 26    9 am    Presbytery Meeting at Elmont Presbyterian

Sunday, October 27 9:30 am Choir
Ê                10 am Worship
Ê             Sunday School
Ê            Fellowship
Ê         Choir after Fellowship

    Sunday, November 3    9:30 am Choir
                10 am Worship/Communion
                        Stewardship Sunday
                            Fellowship
                            Choir after Fellowship
                    3 pm Internment Service, Rev. Phillip
                    5 pm    Trigger: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence


Friday, October 18, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh




This Week at OSH    October 20, 2019

The Mission and Social Justice Committee of Old South Haven will be screening TRIGGER: The Ripple Effect of Gun Violence at 5:00 pm on Sunday Nov. 3. Old South Haven Presbyterian Church sheds light on relevant societal issues and the importance of building intergenerational empathy and interpersonal connections in our community.  invite your neighbors and friends. There is no charge and all are welcome.


St. James Episcopal Church invites you to Whine & Wings on 2 November 2019 6-8 PM. A fundraiser to support the mission and ministry of St. James Adults $20 Children 6-12 $10 Under 5 Free. There will be a variety of beverages, salads and vegetarian fare along with the wings graciously donated by community restaurants. Please RSVP or purchase tickets by 29 October to 631.286.0726 or stjamesbrookhaven@gmail.com. Join us and have fun whining in a playful, fun tone about the weather, sports, traffic, the economy or whatever else you may wish.


Calendar


Saturday, October 19    10 am        Property and Finance Meeting
   
Sunday, October 20    9:30 am        Choir
                10 am        Worship
                            Fellowship
                            Choir after fellowship

Monday, October 21    7 pm            Session Meeting

Saturday, October 26    9 am            Presbytery Meeting at Elmont Presbyterian

Sunday, October 27    9:30 am        Choir
                10 am        Worship
                            Sunday School
                            Fellowship
                            Choir after Fellowship

Thursday, October 3, 2019

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This Week at OSH    October 6, 2019
A called meeting of the Congregation of Old South Haven Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, October 6th, following worship. The purpose of the meeting is to: 1) elect an at-large member of the Nominating Committee, 2) Present information regarding the broad financial picture of the church, and 3) Hear from the chair of Stewardship.
Elder Sean Moran, clerk of session
The Rev. Karen Sue Hybertsen, Ph.D., Moderator

We will be receiving the Peace and Global Witness offering on Sunday, October 6th.

Pastor Karen is away on Study Leave. She will be back on the 14th and in in the pulpit on the 20th. She will also be at the Clergy Retreat for the Presbytery of Long Island from midday on October 16th through the afternoon of the 17th.

This Week will return on October 17, 2019

Calendar
Saturday, October 12    10 am        Church Fair
Sunday, October 13    9:30 am Choir
                10 am        Worship
                            Sunday School
                            Fellowship
                            Choir after fellowship   

Wednesday, October 16            Pastor at Clergy Retreat
Thursday, October 17

Saturday, October 19    10 am        Property and Finance Meeting
   
Sunday, October 20    9:30 am        Choir
                10 am        Worship
                            Fellowship
                            Choir after fellowship

Thursday, September 26, 2019

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This Week at OSH                September 26, 2019
Called Meeting of the Congregation
A called meeting of the Congregation of Old South Haven Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, October 6th, following worship. The purpose of the meeting is to: 1) elect an at-large member of the Nominating Committee, 2) Present information regarding the broad financial picture of the church, and 3) Hear from the chair of Stewardship.
Elder Sean Moran, clerk of session
The Rev. Karen Sue Hybertsen, Ph.D., Moderator

Peace and Global Witness Offering – Mending Lives
No life is free from challenges. Be it learning to tie one's shoes or doing a dive into the water two things I remember as early and, at the time, seemingly insurmountable goals, challenges are part of living. One group that faces a tremendous challenge are those seeking to re-enter the workforce with a criminal conviction. Employers are frequently hesitant to take a chance. And failure to find employment means that someone with a record becomes far more likely to end up in jail again. And it is not just in employment that there are challenges. Years ago, a member of a congregation, who was in jail when I became the pastor, came to worship once after he was released. In talking to him he expressed appreciation for the way members kept in touch with him while he was inside, but he couldn't escape the feeling that he would now always be looked at with some reservation by the congregation. In Iowa City, Iowa a program called Inside Out Re-entry Community offers job assistance, mentoring and other resources for those returning from incarceration. And this program is one of many supported by gifts to the Peace and Global Witness Offering. In this case because First Presbyterian Church of Iowa City devotes part of their offering to this work.

We will be receiving the Peace and Global Witness offering on Sunday, October 6th.

Potluck BBQ. Join us this afternoon at 5 pm for some BBQ and conversation. Bring yourself, some friends and a side dish. The Deacons are providing everything else. See you there.

Calendar
   
Sunday, September 29        9:30 am    Choir
    10 am    Worship
                            Fellowship
                            Session Meeting
                            Choir after Fellowship
                    5 pm Potluck BBQ (Bring side dish)

Tuesday, October 1        1 pm        Lunch Bunch at to be announced

Sunday, October 6        9:30 am    Choir
World Wide Communion    10 am    Worship and Communion
                            Fellowship
                            Choir after Fellowship

Thursday, September 19, 2019

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This Week at OSH                September 19, 2019

A called meeting of the Congregation of Old South Haven Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, October 6th, following worship. The purpose of the meeting is to:
1) elect an at-large member of the Nominating Committee,
2) Present information regarding the broad financial picture of the church,
and 3) Hear from the chair of Stewardship.

Elder Sean Moran, clerk of session
The Rev. Karen Sue Hybertsen, Ph.D., Moderator

Peace and Global Witness Offering

What's in your mailbox these days? For most of us it is mainly bills and junk. Once in a while we find a handwritten envelope with a card or a letter from a friend or loved one, or perhaps even an invitation.

Church can be like the contents of our mailboxes, real or virtual. We have sign-up sheets. We think of the time commitment being asked of us and wonder where it might fit into our already busy lives. It starts to feel more like another obligation. What if we thought of those times when we are asked to give of ourselves as an invitation instead? On World Communion Sunday we are issued an invitation to the Table. And not just us but to believers wherever they may be found. Here despite differences we are joined together into one body and invited to fling wide the doors of our hearts and churches even wider. To those who are struggling, suffering, caught in the wake of all the violence we humans have unleashed on our good home.

It is a personal invitation from Christ to work for the end of violence, to seek reconciliation, and build new ways of community that seek the common good of all. We seek Shalom which is more than just peace but wholeness for the entirety of God's good creation.

One way that we do this is through the Peace and Global Witness offering. A portion of the offering we collect each year is retained by
the congregation. In 2019 we used some of these funds to award two prizes to young writer in the annual Peace Essay Contest.

Potluck BBQ. Join us on Sunday, September 29th at 5 pm for some BBQ and conversation. Bring yourself, some friends and a side dish. The Deacons are providing everything else. See you there.

August Income and Expenses

Net Deposits $6,842.52 Net Withdrawals $6,973.02 These totals include both capital/gift and routine income & expenses
August expenses exceeded deposits by $130.50.
Year-to-date routine withdrawals have exceeded income by $8,438.36


Fish and Chicken Dinner at Ruth A.M.E. Church
(105 Station Road, Bellport) this Saturday, September 21st. The meal includes sides, soda and desert all for $12.00. Call the church at 631.803.2251 to place an order.

Calendar

Sunday, September 21    9:30 am    Choir
10 am    Worship
        Church School
                        Fellowship
`                        Session
                        Choir after Fellowship

Sunday, September 29    9:30 am    Choir
                10 am    Worship
                        Fellowship
                        Choir after Fellowship
                5 pm        Potluck BBQ






Thursday, September 12, 2019

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This Week at OSH            September 12, 2019


It's not too late!
Your Church as an Asset to the Community
with Joy Skjegstad
Sponsored and Hosted by
Presbytery of Long Island and the PRC
Saturday, September 14th – 9:00 am – 3:00
At First Presbyterian Church – Babylon

Joy Skjegstad is the author of the books Seven Creative Models for Community Ministry, Starting a Non-Profit at Your Church, and Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry, is a national speaker and consultant on nonprofit management and ministry development. She has over 30 years of experience starting and growing and church-based community ministry programs.

The four sessions will look at how churches can bless the community with their buildings and the importance of asset-based thinking; assessing the space in your own building; choosing Community partners/building collaborations, and asset-mapping exercises. The day includes breakfast and lunch.

If you register at www.prcli.org it only casts $10 for the day. You can also pay by check to the PRC (mail to PRC, 42 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY 11725)


Calendar
Saturday, September 14    9 am – 3 pm    Your Church as an Asset to the Community
            At First, Babylon
        10 am        Property and Finance

Sunday, September 15        9:30 am        Choir
        10 am        Worship with Communion
                                    Fellowship
                                    Choir after Fellowship

Sunday, September 21    9:30 am    Choir
    10 am        Worship
                Church School
                                Fellowship
                                Choir after Fellowship

Thursday, August 22, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



This Week at OSH            August 22, 2019
Please scroll past poster to see full contents of This Week



Pastor Karen will be away on vacation beginning on Sunday, August 25 and returning late in the evening on September 9th. She will be back in the pulpit on September 15th. "This Week" will return on September 12. While she is away worship will be led by Alan Stevens (August 25), Brian Mullahy (September 1) and Claudia Taylor (September 8).
September Communion service will be on September 15th.

Welcome to the 2019 Season of Peace! (September 1 – October 6) This five-week pilgrimage is designed to deepen the pursuit of peace for congregations, small groups, families, and individuals. Path of Peace Daily Reflections, 36 days meditations from a diverse and varied set of voices within our church. You can download all the reflections or set up a daily subscription to come directly to your email. Go to https://www.presbyterianmission.org/ministries/peacemaking/season-peace/

Your Church as an Asset to the Community with Joy Skjegstad, Sponsored and Hosted by Presbytery of Long Island and the PRC, Saturday, September 14th – 9:00 am – 3:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church – Babylon. The day includes breakfast and lunch. If you register at www.prcli.org it only casts $10 for the day. You can also pay by check to the PRC (mail to PRC, 42 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY 11725)

Calendar

Sunday, August 25    10 am        Worship, Alan Stevens leading
                            Fellowship

Saturday, August 31    8 pm        The New Students Concert

Sunday, September 1 10 am        Worship, Brian Mullahy leading
                            Fellowship

Tuesday, September 3 1 pm        Lunch Bunch at TBA

Sunday, September 8 9:30 am    Choir
                10 am        Worship, Claudia Taylor leading
        Fellowship
        Choir, after fellowship

Saturday, September 14 9 am    Your Church as an Asset Workshop @ Babylon

Sunday, September 15 9:30 am    Choir
                10 am        Worship – Communion
                            Fellowship
                            Choir, after fellowship

SUNDAY SCHOOL BEGINS ON SEPTEMBER 22


Thursday, August 15, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

This is This Week - Please Disregard one dated August 8 - Apologies

This Week at OSH            August 15, 2019
It's not too Late!
Bellport Community Blood Drive
Sunday, August 18th – 9 am-3 pm
At Bellport Community Center ( 4 Bell St)

Eligibility: donor card or id, minimum weight 110 Lbs., Eat well (low fat) and drink fluids, be between 16 and 75, tattoos must be older than 12 months. Thanks for caring

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Ken Hawkins at 631.286.2559)

Pastor Karen will be away on vacation beginning on Sunday, August 25 and returning late in the evening on September 9th. She will be back in the pulpit on September 15th.

While she is away worship will be led by Alan Stevens (August 25), Brian Mullahy (September 1) and Claudia Taylor (September 8)

September Communion service will be on September 15th

Your Church as an Asset to the Community
with Joy Skjegstad
Sponsored and Hosted by
Presbytery of Long Island and the PRC
Saturday, September 14th – 9:00 am – 3:00
At First Presbyterian Church – Babylon

Joy Skjegstad is the author of the books Seven Creative Models for Community Ministry, Starting a Non-Profit at Your Church, and Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry, is a national speaker and consultant on nonprofit management and ministry development. She has over 30 years of experience starting and growing and church-based community ministry programs.

The four sessions will look at how churches can bless the community with their buildings and the importance of asset-based thinking; assessing the space in your own building; choosing Community partners/building collaborations, and asset-mapping exercises. The day includes breakfast and lunch.

If you register at www.prcli.org it only casts $10 for the day. You can also pay by check to the PRC (mail to PRC, 42 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY 11725)

Calendar

August 17    10 am        Property and Finance

August 18    10 am        Worship
                Fellowship

August 19    7 pm        Session

August 25    10 am        Worship, Alan Stevens Leading
                Fellowship

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

This Week at OSH            August 8, 2019
Bellport Community Blood Drive
Sunday, August 18th – 9 am-3 pm
At Bellport Community Center ( 4 Bell St)

Eligibility: donor card or id, minimum weight 110 Lbs., Eat well (low fat) and drink fluids, be between 16 and 75, tattoos must be older than 12 months. Thanks for caring

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Ken Hawkins at 631.286.2559)

Your Church as an Asset to the Community
with Joy Skjegstad
Sponsored and Hosted by
Presbytery of Long Island and the PRC
Saturday, September 14th – 9:00 am – 3:00
At First Presbyterian Church – Babylon

Joy Skjegstad is the author of the books Seven Creative Models for Community Ministry, Starting a Non-Profit at Your Church, and Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry, is a national speaker and consultant on nonprofit management and ministry development. She has over 30 years of experience starting and growing and church-based community ministry programs.

The four sessions will look at how churches can bless the community with their buildings and the importance of asset-based thinking; assessing the space in your own building; choosing Community partners/building collaborations, and asset-mapping exercises. The day includes breakfast and lunch.
If you register at www.prcli.org it only casts $10 for the day. You can also pay by check to the PRC (mail to PRC, 42 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY 11725)

Calendar

August 11    10:00 am    Worship
                Fellowship

August 17    10 am        Property and Finance

August 18    10:00 am    Worship
                Fellowship

August 19    7 pm        Session




Thursday, August 8, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

This Week at OSH            August 8, 2019
Bellport Community Blood Drive
Sunday, August 18th – 9 am-3 pm
At Bellport Community Center ( 4 Bell St)

Eligibility: donor card or id, minimum weight 110 Lbs., Eat well (low fat) and drink fluids, be between 16 and 75, tattoos must be older than 12 months. Thanks for caring

For more information or to schedule an appointment contact Ken Hawkins at 631.286.2559)

Your Church as an Asset to the Community
with Joy Skjegstad
Sponsored and Hosted by
Presbytery of Long Island and the PRC
Saturday, September 14th – 9:00 am – 3:00
At First Presbyterian Church – Babylon

Joy Skjegstad is the author of the books Seven Creative Models for Community Ministry, Starting a Non-Profit at Your Church, and Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry, is a national speaker and consultant on nonprofit management and ministry development. She has over 30 years of experience starting and growing and church-based community ministry programs.

The four sessions will look at how churches can bless the community with their buildings and the importance of asset-based thinking; assessing the space in your own building; choosing Community partners/building collaborations, and asset-mapping exercises. The day includes breakfast and lunch.
If you register at www.prcli.org it only casts $10 for the day. You can also pay by check to the PRC (mail to PRC, 42 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY 11725)

Calendar

August 11    10:00 am    Worship
                Fellowship

August 17    10 am        Property and Finance

August 18    10:00 am    Worship
                Fellowship

August 19    7 pm        Session




Thursday, August 1, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

This Week at OSH                        August 1, 2019
This Sunday we are pleased to welcome Ms. Grace Armann to worship. Grace is the first place winner in our annual Peacemaking Essay Contest. She will be sharing her essay with us as our morning message. Please give her a warm welcome.

Your Church as an Asset to the Community with Joy Skjegstad
Sponsored and Hosted by Presbytery of Long Island and the PRC
Saturday, September 14th – 9:00 am – 3:00
At First Presbyterian Church – Babylon

Joy Skjegstad is the author of the books Seven Creative Models for Community Ministry, Starting a Non-Profit at Your Church, and Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry, is a national speaker and consultant on nonprofit management and ministry development. She has over 30 years of experience starting and growing and church-based community ministry programs.

The four sessions will look at how churches can bless the community with their buildings and the importance of asset-based thinking; assessing the space in your own building; choosing Community partners/building collaborations, and asset-mapping exercises. The day includes breakfast and lunch.

If you register at www.prcli.org it only casts $10 for the day. You can also pay by check to the PRC (mail to PRC, 42 Hauppauge Rd, Commack, NY 11725)

Bellport Community Blood Drive
Sunday, August 18th – 9 am-3 pmAt Bellport Community Center ( 4 Bell St)

Eligibility: donor card or id, minimum weight 110 Lbs., Eat well (low fat) and drink fluids, be between 16 and 75, tattoos must be older than 12 months. Thanks for caring

For more information or to schedule and appointment contact Ken Hawkins at 631.286.2559)

Calendar

August 4    10:00 am     Worship – Ms. Grace Armann
                Communion
                Fellowship
August 6    1:00 pm    Lunch Bunch at

August 11    10:00 am    Worship
                Fellowship

Thursday, July 25, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

This Week at OSH            July 25, 2019
Members and Friends—

A few days ago, the following article showed up in an email from The Presbyterian Foundation: "Is the Church a Business?" It is a question that has come up in a variety of ways throughout my ministry. In particular when Sessions are grappling with budgets. As long as churches have buildings and staff there will be bills to pay and to do that there must be income. And as much as we might wish to make mission giving a priority the truth is that supporting the basic infrastructure takes nearly all the income of many churches. And that shows little sign of changing in the 'traditional' church. That means we sometimes lose sight of our calling as followers after Jesus.

The church unlike a business doesn't have a product to sell. Likewise, individual contributions to a church aren't paying for a product. Instead as the article reminds us "Christian stewardship. . .[is] sharing and investing in gratitude for all that God does in our lives. The word gratitude caught my attention as I have been reading Braiding Sweetgrass. The author is a Native American botanist. Gift, gratitude, and reciprocity are terms that run through the book. Near the end she says:

    "The practice of gratitude. . .celebrates cultures of regenerative reciprocity, where wealth is understood to be having enough to share and riches are counted in mutually beneficial relationships.

When you joined the church, if you are a member, you made a commitment of gratitude to be expressed in your gifts of time, talent and treasure. But aren't those the commitments we are called to make to any relationship that matters to us. When we commit some of our treasure, in church-talk make a financial pledge, we are saying that the relationship we have with this particular band of followers and with our God is one we celebrate and treasure. We are saying that we are blessed to have enough to share in the work of this community.

One of the church treasurers I worked with early in my ministry put it this way. "No matter what, the first check I write each month is to the church." "Why," I asked him? "Because I am so grateful for all that I have and blessed to be able to share it with others." That says it all.

In Christ,

Pastor Karen

At its regularly scheduled meeting on July 22nd the Session devoted time to discuss the broad financial picture of Old South Haven. It also received the mid-year report of the Financial Secretary and the June report of the Treasurer. Members of Session are going to individually take time to reflect on information provided prior to continuing their discussion at their next meeting. In addition, the Session received the reports of the Clerk and Pastor and voted to move the September communion to the third Sunday as Pastor Karen will be away the first two Sundays.

As we enter the summer months please remember to keep your pledge up to date.

Calendar
Sunday, July 28    10:00 am    Worship
                    Fellowship
Sunday, August 4    10:00 am     Worship
                    Fellowship


Thursday, July 18, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh




This Week at Old South Haven                 July 18, 2019
Members and Friends –
The June 19 cover story of The Christian Century was "The Economics of Ministry." I have subscribed to the Century for decades as I appreciate their reporting of religion and the thought-provoking articles. Anyone who is paying attention to church matters today knows that the times are uncertain. Membership has been declining across the board and in 2018, for the first time giving to houses of worship and related entities, declined by $2 billion dollars after years of growth.( https://www.christianpost.com/news/donations-to-religion-declined-2-billion-in-2018-after-years-of-growth-study.html ). So, I was curious to see what perspective the Century would bring to the issue.
Although the articles focused largely on the financial realities faced by the clergy, in particular recent graduates there were some points that relate to the impact on local churches. But first a few basic gleanings about clergy and economics. I didn't answer the call to ministry for the money. I hold three advanced degrees in religion and theology yet I have never worked for more than the presbytery minimum plus experience apportionment. But, I also entered the ministry with minimal debt and a spouse whose comparable education led to a much more substantial income. That makes me unusual. The percentage of newly minted M.Div. graduates who leave seminary with debt has risen steadily since 2002 such that now 64% of graduates are indebted. The average debt from seminary alone is $36,000. Add to that the average $20,000 debt from prior education and you begin to understand the struggles many face just to keep a moderate standard of living.
When you pair that reality with fact that "increasingly congregations are turning to part-time clergy. . .as they find themselves with limited resources. . .Both mainline and evangelical denominations have a large proportion of clergy who are part-time or bivocational (or even trivocational) or who essentially donate their services to congregations, the number is likely to increase." Add to that the fact that part-time clergy, who may be in the most need, are often not eligible for benefits such that "many congregations with part-time clergy thus save not only on what they pay in salaries but on what they don't pay in benefits." https://www.christiancentury.org/article/critical-essay/what-pastors-get-paid-and-when-it-s-not-enough
I share the above with you because in today's church economics matter perhaps more than we like to admit. I share it because these economic realities have played a role in every conversation I have had with churches through the years. But more often than not it has been in the shadows and not discussed in the full light of day. I didn't go into the ministry for the money. The churches I have served aren't in it for the money. But the hard reality is that economics are driving many of the decisions congregations make -- be it how much of the budget goes to mission or can we afford to pay a pastor "fairly and provide for his or her welfare as he or she works among us." (Book of Common Worship, 470)
In the coming weeks, as requested by the Committee on Ministry, your called leadership, the members of Session, will be engaged in a thoughtful and careful look at the economic reality here at Old South Haven. You are fortunate to have detailed records going back numerous years which will make their work easier to complete in a timely fashion. For I believe that you believe it is important to be good stewards of the long legacy of OSH and to care for the welfare of those called to serve here now and into the future.
In Christ,
Pastor Karen

Sunday is Kirsty's final Sunday with us prior to leaving for Montreal to begin Seminary Studies at MCGill University and The Presbyterian College. She is an Inquirer in the ordination process under the care of Old South Haven and the Presbytery of Long Island.

As we enter the summer months please remember to keep your pledge up to date.

Calendar

Saturday, July 20    10:00 am        Property and Finance Meeting
Sunday, July 21    10:00 am    Worship
                            Fellowship
Monday, July 22    7:00 pm        Session Meeting

Sunday, July 28    10:00 am        Worship
                            Fellowship

Thursday, July 11, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh




This Week at Old South Haven             July 11, 2019

Plumb Line Study---
Elder Judi Bird, Clerk Sean Moran and Pastor Karen met with the Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery of Long Island on Tuesday, July 9, to present the Plumb Line Report. The committee felt that the report was very well done and provided a good picture of both the church today and its future potential. The Plumb Line Report was approved however, the committee has asked the Session to do some further work prior to approving the beginning of a pastoral search. In particular they have asked the Session, your leadership, to examine the financial aspects of going forward. They have asked that OSH report back no later than January 2020.
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As we enter the summer months please remember to keep your pledge up to date.

Calendar

Sunday, July 14    10:00 am    Worship
                            Fellowship

Saturday, July 20    10:00 am Property and Finance Committee

Sunday, July 21    10:00 am        Worship
                            Fellowship

Monday, July 22    7:00 pm        Session Meeting


Friday, June 21, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



This Week at Old South Haven             June 21 , 2019

Plumb Line Study---
The members of Session and the Plumb Line team wish to thank all those who took time to carefully read the report and make suggestions for its improvement. At its regularly scheduled meeting the Session incorporated some of those suggestions into the report. The revised report has now been submitted to the Committee on Ministry of the Presbytery of Long Island for review at its July 9th meeting. Representatives of the Session and the Plumb Line Team will be attending that meeting to answer questions from the Committee.

Other Session Items—
At the June 17th meeting the Session appointed John Deitz as Financial Secretary and Linda Majowka as Assistant Financial Secretary. Approved the awarding of a first and second prize in this year's Peace Essay Contest. Noted that a deposit has been made to begin work on the repair of the bell and that a generous contribution has been received to help pay for the repair.

Pastor Karen on Vacation—
She will be away between June 22 and July 6 and back in the pulpit on July 7. For Pastoral Care while she is away please contact Deacons.

This Week—
This Week will return on Thursday, July 11.


Calendar

Sunday, June 23    10:00 am    Worship – Elder Jason Neal preaching
                    Fellowship
Sunday, June 30    10:00 am    Worship – Elder Linda Majowka preaching
                    Fellowship
Tuesday, July2    1:00 pm    Lunch Bunch at tbd
Sunday, July 7    10:00 am    Worship/Communion
                    Fellowship

Thursday, June 13, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


This Week at Old South Haven        June 13, 2019

Plumb Line Report—
On Thursday, June 6th, the final draft of the Plumb Line Team's report was emailed or sent by USPS to all people in our most recent directory. If you have comments, questions or concerns please email to
khybertsen@aol.com or call Pastor Karen at 973.592.7392 by Friday, June 14. On Sunday immediately following worship we will take time to address questions, comments and concerns about the report.

The Church School (All Church) Picnic is today after the plumb line conversation. The Sunday School is providing sandwiches and the Deacons the beverages. Please bring a salad or desert to share.

Pastor Karen will be on vacation beginning on Saturday, June 22. She will be back in the pulpit on Sunday, July 7. Please contact the Deacons for any Pastoral care needs.

Calendar

Saturday, June 15    10:00 am    Property and Finance Committee
Sunday, June 16        10:00 am    Worship
                        Plumb Line Report Conversation
                        Church School Picnic after Conversation
Monday, June 17        7 pm        Session Meeting
Sunday, June 22        10:00 am    Worship – Elder Jason Neal preaching

Friday, June 7, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


This Week at Old South Haven             June 7, 2019
                                        Remember to Invite a Friend and join us for an afternoon of music tomorrow
Gifts of the Spirit—
A long-standing Pentecost custom in many churches is the wearing of red to worship. But the gift of the Spirit in our lives is about so much more than the fiery moment recorded in the book of Acts. As Paul reminds the Corinthian community -- "Now there are varieties of gifts, but the same Spirit; and there are varieties of services, but the same Lord; and there are varieties of activities, but it is the same God who activates all of them in everyone. To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good." So I invite you this Sunday to bring something that symbolizes your gift of the Spirit. Something that speaks to how you through that gift build up the common good. Oh, and go ahead and wear red too.

Pentecost Offering—Sunday "When we give, young adults engage in a year of service while discerning how best to love God and neighbor, through the Young
Adult Volunteer program. When we give, our congregation joins with others in shaping the education provided as public schools, through the 'Educate a Child, Transform
the World,' national initiative. As Presbyterians we believe that every child deserves access to high-quality education. When we give, more than 5,000 youth gather at
the Presbyterian Youth Triennium to worship, learn, and serve together.

Plumb Line Report—
On Thursday, June 6th, the final draft of the Plumb Line Team's report was emailed or sent by USPS to all people in our most recent directory. On Sunday, June 16th,
immediately following worship we will take time to address questions, comments and concerns
about the report. To facilitate that conversation, we are asking you to submit them to Pastor Karen by June 14th via email at khybertsen@aol.com, USPS at 200 Suydam Ln,
Bayport, NY 11705 or hand them to her at church.

The Church School (All Church) Picnic is next Sunday. Sandwiches will be provided. Please bring a salad or a desert to share.

Calendar

Saturday, June 8    2:00 pm    Commemorative Concert
Sunday, June 9    10:00 am    Worship – Pentecost
                            Sunday School
        Fellowship after Service
Saturday, June 15    10:00 am        Property and Finance Committee