Thursday, April 18, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



April 18, 2019

Members and Friends –


Holy Week and Easter Services
    Maundy Thursday    7:30 pm    Communion
    Good Friday        7:00 pm   
    Easter Vigil            Scriptures & Liturgy
                            See below
    Easter            10:00 am

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering – Your generous contribution to this annual offering goes to make a difference in the lives of those seeking to build a better life, those facing starvation, hunger and food insufficiency, and those desperately needing assistance in the wake of disaster.
(Self-Development of People, Presbyterian Hunger Program and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance)

Mark YOUR Calendar for Sunday, May 5th—Why? The members of the Session invite you to join them in the first of 4 annual meetings to listen, focus, discuss and lay out plans for the work of Old South Haven. OSH is small, the Session even smaller. So we need to come together to go forward in ministry together. On May 5th our focus will be on Mission – in our neighborhood, our nation and our world. We are looking for hands-on ideas and where we should put our monetary gifts to the best use. Be there in the gallery following fellowship time.

STAKES in the Lawn -- Keep an eye out for the three red tagged stakes on our lawn. Soon there will be three new trees in their place. The trees will come to us courtesy of the Brookhaven Village Association.
The 2019 Per Capita Assessment is $38.05 per member of Old South Haven. It is broken down as follows: $8.95 to the General Assembly, $4.10 to the Synod of the Northeast and $25.00 to the Presbytery of Long Island. Per Capita is – "the tie that binds" –annual support that unites the entire church in the ongoing and essential work that guides the Office of the General Assembly, the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and benefits every congregation and every mid-council ministry. Old South Haven remits the full per capita assessment. You can help free funds for other purposes here at Old South Haven by paying your individual per capita. Mark checks or envelopes for 'per capita." Many Thanks to those of you who have already paid your per capita.

Schedule
Thursday, April 18     7:30 pm    Maundy Thursday/Communion
Friday, April 19     7:00 pm    Good Friday with Bellport Methodist
Sunday, April 14     10:00 am    Worship -- Easter
                        Fellowship after Worship
                        Easter Egg Hunt

Easter Vigil Readings

The Scriptures (a minimum of three of the twelve sets of readings, with reading "Deliverance at the Sea" always included

The Story of Creation
Genesis 1:1–2:4a
Psalm 136:1–9, 23–26   
Almighty and eternal God,
you created all things in wonderful beauty and order.
Help us now to perceive
how still more wonderful is the new creation,
by which in the fullness of time
you redeemed your people
through the sacrifice of our Passover, Jesus Christ,
who lives and reigns forever and ever. Amen.BAS

The Great Flood
Genesis 7:1–5, 11–18; 8:6–18; 9:8–13
Psalm 46   
Faithful God,
you placed the rainbow in the skies
as the sign of your covenant with all living things.
May we who are saved through water and the Spirit,
worthily offer to you our sacrifice of
thanksgiving.
We ask this in the name of Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.BAS

Abraham Is Tested
Genesis 22:1–18
Psalm 16   
Gracious God of all believers,
through
Abraham's obedience
you made known your faithful love
to countless
numbers.
By the grace of Christ's sacrifice,
fulfill in your church and in all creation
your promise of a new covenant. Amen.
MBW

Deliverance at the Sea
Exodus 14:10–31; 15:20–21
Exodus 15:1b–6, 11–13, 17–18   
God of steadfast love,
your wonderful deeds of old shine forth even to our own day.
Through the waters of the sea
you once delivered your chosen people from slavery,
a sign for us of the salvation of all
nations
through the grace of Baptism.
Grant that all the peoples of the earth
may be numbered among the offspring of Abraham,
and rejoice
in the inheritance of Israel;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Wisdom of God
Proverbs 8:1–8, 19–21; 9:4b–6
Psalm 19   
Fountain of wisdom,
by your word you set the universe in space,
and with your hands you molded us in your image.
Everywhere we see signs of your loving
care.
Guide us always into your ways,
that in your wisdom we may find life abundant,
and live forever in the splendor of your
glory;
through Jesus Christ, the way, the truth, and the life. Amen.

The Free Gift of Salvation
Isaiah 55:1–11
Isaiah 12:2–6   
Eternal God,
by the power of your Word you created all things,
and by your Spirit you renew the
earth.
Give now the water of life
to all who thirst for
you,
and nourish with the spiritual food of bread and wine
all who hunger for
you,
that our lives may bear the abundant fruit of your heavenly reign;
through Jesus Christ, the firstborn of the
dead,
who, with you and the Holy Spirit,
lives and reigns forever.
Amen.

The Garments of Salvation
Isaiah 61:1–4, 9–11
Deuteronomy 32:1–4, 7, 36a, 43a
Lord God, we rejoice in your presence,
for you have clothed us in
grace
and covered us with righteousness.
Now, by the power of your Spirit,
anoint us for your
service
so that we may declare the good news
of Jesus Christ our Savior.
Amen.

A New Heart and Spirit
Ezekiel 36:24–28
Psalms 42 and 43   
God of holiness and light,
in the mystery of dying and rising with Christ
you have established a new covenant of reconciliation.
Cleanse our hearts
and give a new spirit to all your people,
that your saving grace may be professed
and proclaimed to the whole world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
MBW

The Valley of Dry Bones
Ezekiel 37:1–14
Psalm 143   
Living God,
by the Passover of your Son
you have brought us out of sin into righteousness,
and out of death into
life.
Grant to those who are sealed by your Holy Spirit
the will and power to proclaim you to all the world;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Fiery Furnace
Daniel 3:1–29
   
Holy One, our creator and redeemer,
when we pass through the waters
we know that you are with
us;
when we walk through the fire
you will not let the flames consume us.
Teach us to worship and serve only you,
and to bless your holy name forever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

The Deliverance of Jonah
Jonah 1:1–2:1
Jonah 2:2–3 (4–6), 7–9
Merciful God,
you are slow to anger
and abounding in steadfast love.
As you delivered Jonah from danger
and spared the people of Nineveh from judgment,
deliver us from
evil
and save us from the time of trial
so that we may glorify you
forever;
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

The Gathering of God's People
Zephaniah 3:14–20
Psalm 98    1023; GTG 276, 371; PH 218, 219; PS 94, 95
Eternal God of unchanging power and light,
look with mercy on your whole
church.
Bring to completion your saving work,
so that the whole world may
see
the fallen lifted up,
the old made new
,
and all things brought to perfection
by him through whom all things were made,
your Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Amen.

PRAYER OF THE DAY
Eternal giver of life and light,
this holy night shines with the radiance of the risen Christ.
Renew your church with the Spirit given to us in Baptism,
that we may worship you in sincerity and
truth,
and shine as a light in the world;
through Jesus Christ our
Lord,
who is alive and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, now and forever. Amen.


NEW TESTAMENT READINGS

Epistle Reading
Romans 6:3–11
Psalm
Psalm 114
Gospel Reading
John 20:1–18

Monday, April 15, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



Don't Forget

An Old South Haven Tradition

Bring your spring flowers
And brighten our sanctuary for
Easter Worship

Thursday, April 11, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



April 11, 2019

Members and Friends –
It gives me great joy to invite you to worship with us this Palm Sunday. As we begin our Holy Week journey to the cross and beyond; we will also be celebrating the ministry of the Rev. Jeanne Baum as we confer on her the honor of Pastor Emeritus of Old South Haven Presbyterian Church. Join us as we welcome her home to a congregation she (and husband Bob) served faithfully and well. And wave a palm while shouting Hosanna!
In Christ,
Pastor Karen

Holy Week and Easter Services
    Maundy Thursday    7:30 pm    Communion
    Good Friday        7:00 pm   
    Easter Vigil            Scriptures & Liturgy in This Week
    Easter            10:00 am

One Great Hour of Sharing Offering Your generous contribution to this annual offering goes to make a difference in the lives of those seeking to build a better life, those facing starvation, hunger and food insufficiency, and those desperately needing assistance in the wake of disaster. (Self-Development of People, Presbyterian Hunger Program and Presbyterian Disaster Assistance)
Mark YOUR Calendar for Sunday, May 5th—Why? The members of the Session invite you to join them in the first of 4 annual meetings to listen, focus, discuss and lay out plans for the work of Old South Haven. OSH is small, the Session even smaller. So we need to come together to go forward in ministry together. On May 5th our focus will be on Mission – in our neighborhood, our nation and our world. We are looking for hands-on ideas and where we should put our monetary gifts to the best use. Be there in the gallery following fellowship time.
STAKES in the Lawn -- Keep an eye out for the three red tagged stakes on our lawn. Soon there will be three new trees in their place. The trees will come to us courtesy of the Brookhaven Village Association.
The 2019 Per Capita Assessment is $38.05 per member of Old South Haven. It is broken down as follows: $8.95 to the General Assembly, $4.10 to the Synod of the Northeast and $25.00 to the Presbytery of Long Island. Per Capita is – "the tie that binds" –annual support that unites the entire church in the ongoing and essential work that guides the Office of the General Assembly, the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and benefits every congregation and every mid-council ministry. Old South Haven remits the full per capita assessment. You can help free funds for other purposes here at Old South Haven by paying your individual per capita. Mark checks or envelopes for 'per capita." Many Thanks to those of you who have already paid your per capita.
Schedule
Sunday, April 14        10:00 am    Worship/Pastor Emeritus Recognition
                        Sunday School
                        Fellowship after Worship
                        Choir Practice after Worship
Thursday, April 18    7:30 pm    Maundy Thursday/Communion
Friday, April 19    7:00 pm    Good Friday with Bellport Methodist
Sunday, April 14        10:00 am    Worship -- Easter
                        Fellowship after Worship
                        Easter Egg Hunt

           

Thursday, April 4, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



April 4, 2019

Members and Friends—

This Sunday is Self-Development of People Sunday (SDOP). Our One Great Hour of Sharing Offering supports this program along with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance and the Presbyterian Hunger Program. SDOP is on the ground ministry that affirms God's concern for all of humanity and its wellbeing. SDOP is made up of Presbyterians and other ecumenical partners committed in faith to act to empower those who are economically poor, oppressed and disadvantaged who desire to change the structures that perpetuate poverty, oppression and injustice.

Here are just two examples of the partnerships SDOP is invested in. In Rock Hill, South Carolina with the Catawba Cultural Preservation Project, families of the Catawba Tribe are working together to address issues of current and future food security. Many families are unable to acquire fresh, healthy food because they are without transportation and live far from a store that sells fresh vegetables. The grant will help this group of families learn how to grow food on their own land through hydroponic and permaculture methods. And in Detroit, Michigan SDOP partners with the youth collective
Stitching up Detroit. A non-profit youth-run screen print and graphic design collective that helps provide a source of income to students. The project does live screen printing events. Project members developed workshops for the Detroit-based nonprofit Alternatives For Girls and four Detroit public schools, which resulted in participants each printing their own designs on T-shirts.

In Matthew 25, Jesus asks his disciples, "where have you seen me?" The answer comes in what we do. Be it water for the thirsty, food for the hungry, clothing for the naked, welcome for the stranger, care for the sick or visiting the prisoner. It is about seeing that God has a preferential option and redeeming love for the poor. As disciples of Jesus Christ, Matthew 25 also shows us that we are implored to recognize that Jesus' ministry was one of anti-poverty in which he promoted justice, encouraged the building of relationships and established economic equity. These are also the pillars on which Presbyterian Committee on the Self-Development of People (SDOP) stand.
Please remember that supporting SDOP is just one of the many things that your gift to One Great Hour of Sharing helps us to do as part of the body of Christ.

Peace, Pastor Karen

This week's Lenten Wednesday soup and reflection will be held at St. James Episcopal Church (269 Beaverdam Rd., Brookhaven) at 6:30 pm. The reflection time will begin at 7:15. Our collective mission in this season is our local food pantries. Please bring shelf-stable desert items for the food pantry.
The 2019 Per Capita Assessment is $38.05 per member of Old South Haven. It is broken down as follows: $8.95 to the General Assembly, $4.10 to the Synod of the Northeast and $25.00 to the Presbytery of Long Island. Per Capita is – "the tie that binds" –annual support that unites the entire church in the ongoing and essential work that guides the Office of the General Assembly, the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and benefits every congregation and every mid-council ministry. Old South Haven remits the full per capita assessment. You can help free funds for other purposes here at Old South Haven by paying your individual per capita. Mark checks or envelopes for 'per capita."

Schedule
Sunday, April 7        10:00 am    Worship
                        Fellowship after Worship
                        Choir Practice after Worship
                12:30 pm    Plumb Line Team
Tuesday, April 9        1:00 pm    Presbytery Meeting at Sweet Hollow
Wednesday, April 10 6:30 pm    Lenten Wednesday Soup and Reflection at St. James
Sunday, April 14        10:00 am    Worship – Palm Sunday
                        Recognition of Rev. Jeanne Baum as Pastor Emeritus
                        Fellowship after Worship
                        Choir Practice after Worship
Thursday, April 18 7:30 pm    Maundy Thursday Service/Communion
Friday, April 19        7:00 pm    Good Friday Service
Sunday, April 21        sunrise    Sunrise Service at Bellport town dock
10:00 am    Easter Sunday
                        Fellowship after Service
                        Easter Egg Hunt after Service

Thursday, March 28, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



March 28, 2019
TONIGHT! 6:30 pm at Islamic Association of Long Island
If you wish to carpool meet at the church at 5:45 pm, Please let Pastor Karen know if you are planning on going.
Dear BBB (Building Bridges Brookhaven) Friends,
The following announcement is sent in support of our Muslim neighbors in Selden. Here's the notice, hope you can make it: The Three Village Clergy Association had planned for its annual spring community event to be a program held at the Islamic Association of Long Island (IALI), the mosque in Selden, on the evening of March 28th. Now, as many of us are struggling with the horrific tragedy in the mosques in New Zealand, a member of the IALI and the rabbi from Temple Isaiah have suggested that we go ahead with the original program and precede it with a demonstration of solidarity with the Islamic community. This is the invitation they have sent: We ask that you join us at 6:30 p.m. and form a ring around the mosque as a symbol of solidarity following the tragic shootings at the New Zealand mosques. As a community, we will meet at the entrance of the IALI building and then form a ring around the building before entering. At the outset of the planned program, we will have a brief prayer and moment of silence. And this is the announcement for the planned program: The Three Village Interfaith Clergy Association invites the community to a conversation on"Belief and Truth from a Multi-faith Perspective: Finding Unity in Diversity," Thursday, March 28,Islamic Association of Long Island
10 Park Hill Dr., Selden, NY 11784, Refreshments will be served.
Tom Lyon, BBB co-founder

Members and Friends-
Last Sunday we had the opportunity to listen to Elder John Hile (Deer Park) tell us about the work the El Salvador Partnership is doing with villagers to ensure that they have clean potable water year-round. He also shared with us how recent drought conditions have destroyed 90% of the crops the villagers depend on to buy staples like salt and oil. Your offering in support of the Partnership's ministry was a generous one and we will be sending on $528 in support of their work. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Putting a face to ministry and telling stories of the work being done makes a real difference. Here is another story from the Presbyterian Foundation's Stewardship Newsletter:
"One church that I have been working with saw the benefit of telling stories. Through a strategic planning process, church leaders determined that they needed to have a bigger connection to their community. Instead of always planning events at their facility for others to attend, they decided to find things in the community that they could attend. Church members started participating regularly in a community dinner. Over time, those attending had the opportunity to share things that were going on at the church. One of the ministries they shared with those attending the community dinner was the after school program they hosted for children who would arrive home after school to an empty house."
One day, a check for $100,000 showed up at the church office for the after school program. When the pastor reached out to the donor, she learned that the donor heard a member talk about the program at one of the community dinners. The donor was so moved by the program and the fact that members were an active part of their local community that he sent in the check.
Now $100,000 dollar checks aren't and everyday occurrence. But I do know this, the Good News of the Gospel travels on the words we speak, the stories we tell and the work we do in the name of God who called us into being.
In Christ, Pastor Karen

Thank-you
To my Friends at OSH Church—Thank you, thank you, thank you! For the most beautiful flower arrangement and the card which cheered me. Also reminded me of how much I miss you all. Sorry it's been so long but this is the first time I'm writing at all since my fall. I've been so shaky.
Karen comes every week and gives me the news of what is going on. I wish I could be a part of the "Plumb Line" meetings. Sounds interesting. Every Sunday in my mind I worship with you—in prayer, and song and scripture reading. God bless you all.
In Christian love from Peggy

This week's Lenten Wednesday soup and reflection will be held at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church (510 Naragansett Ave., East, Patchogue) at 6:30 pm. The reflection time will begin at 7:15. Our collective mission in this season is our local food pantries. Please bring shelf-stable milk for the food pantry.
The 2019 Per Capita Assessment is $38.05 per member of Old South Haven. It is broken down as follows: $8.95 to the General Assembly, $4.10 to the Synod of the Northeast and $25.00 to the Presbytery of Long Island. Per Capita is – "the tie that binds" –annual support that unites the entire church in the ongoing and essential work that guides the Office of the General Assembly, the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and benefits every congregation and every mid-council ministry. Old South Haven remits the full per capita assessment. You can help free funds for other purposes here at Old South Haven by paying your individual per capita. Mark checks or envelopes for 'per capita."
Schedule
Sunday, March 31        10:00 am        Worship
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship
Tuesday, April 2        1:00 pm        Lunch Bunch in Church Gallery
Wednesday, April 3        6:30 pm        Lenten Wednesday Soup and Reflection at St. Joseph
Thursday, April 4        8:30 am        Clergy Cluster at Royal Oak Diner

Sunday, April 7            10:00 am        Worship /Communion
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship
                    12:30 pm        Plumb Line Team
Tuesday, April 9        1:00 pm        Presbytery Meeting at Sweet Hollow

Thursday, March 21, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



March 21, 2019

Dear Members and Friends—

Sunday morning, we will welcome Elder John Hile from the El Salvador Partnership of the Presbytery of Long Island to our service. He will be sharing some of the work the Partnership has been doing over the last few years. In addition, with the approval of your Session we will be collecting a special offering for a current project. In a letter to all members and churches of the Presbytery the Partnership Pastoral Team described the need for food staples and asked each of us to help make a difference.

Food relief assistance is needed at this time as the drought has ruined everyone's crops. Rural Salvadorans live off of the corn and red beans they harvest. This past summer, on average families lost 90% of their crops. If you need help imagining a loss of 90% of your available food, then close your eyes. Picture your cupboards, pantry and fridge after you have shopped for the coming week. Odds are you had enough money to pay for those groceries and the store where you shopped has a ridiculous amount of food from which to choose. Now imagine 90% of that food gone. Picture that. And you have no resources to replace what was lose. And you need to feed your family for a whole week on what remains on those shelves. Now imagine this will be your year. You have children who need to be fed. And you have, pretty much, nothing to offer.

This is why the Partnership is asking for your help. $35 will provide a good-sized basket of food staples about what it would cost for a fast food meal for a family of four. There will be offering envelopes in the bulletins this Sunday. Please give as you are able and know that your gift will make a real difference in someone's life.

In Christ, Pastor Karen

The Session held its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, March 18. The committee structure was rearranged to hopefully better suit our activities and responsibilities of the Elders. The following areas were set up: Worship, Stewardship, Education, Outreach, Mission

(Peace and Justice), Property and Finance, and Personnel. In addition,
a quarterly planning meeting was set up to which anyone interested in life of the church is welcome to attend. The first of these meetings will be held on Sunday, April 7 following Fellowship. In other action it was noted that a third company has been contacted for an estimate on repairing the bell. Three trees are to be donated and, with Eric's assistance, planted on the property this spring. May 25th was set as the date for the next church fair. And, dates for the Pastor's vacation this summer were approved.

The final PLUMB LINE POTLUCK AND CONVERSATION will be held this Sunday evening at 5 pm. Even if you haven't been able to attend the first two please make an effort to join us for this discussion. Your input is important to us. Please bring a dish to share. The Deacons are providing beverages and desert.

This week's Lenten Wednesday soup and reflection will be held here at Bellport United Methodist Church (185 S. Country Rd, Bellport) at 6:30 pm. The reflection time will begin at 7:15. Our collective mission in this season is our local food pantries. Please bring a non-perishable snack item, such as granola bars or nuts.
Schedule
Sunday, March 24        10:00 am        Worship
                                Sunday School
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship
                    5:00 pm        Plumb Line Potluck/Conversation

Tuesday, March 25        12:00 pm        Project Regeneration at Sweet Hollow

Wednesday, March 2    6:30 pm    Lenten Soup/Reflection at Bellport Methodist        

Sunday, March 31        10:00 am        Worship
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship

Thursday, March 14, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



April 13, 2018

Members and Friends:

This week I'd like to share with you selections from one of the "Minutes for Mission" for the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering this year.

"Here is the big question: What is 'the church?'. . .Think about this: As the wider culture becomes less traditionally religious, the church—something we share as a congregation and individually dear in our hearts—becomes less understood, or misunderstood, by many. Like it or not, it is a fact.

And as hard as it is to admit, sometimes we too fall into the trap of reducing 'the church' to the buildings where people gather on Sunday morning. . . .Many of us learned in our childhoods that 'the church' is the people –its you and me. "here is the church, here is the steeple, open the doors, see all the people.". . .this rhyme is a useful reminder that the church isn't a building. . .I think we might unlock something else in that simple rhyme. . .As we sit inside the building today, we need to open the doors and se ALL the people outside the doors: people whose home have been washed away by hurricanes and floods, people trapped in systems of injustice and oppression, people who will go to bed tonight hungry or without a roof over their heads.
. . .The church's identity is defined by opening its doors and joining with the most vulnerable of God's children in the world. . .The church's identity reflects the call of Isaiah to become repairers of the breach. It is through One Great Hour of Sharing that Presbyterians together open our doors to become the church with all the people we see.

In Christ,

Pastor Karen

SAVE THE DATES: The final PLUMB LINE POTLUCK AND CONVERSATION will be on Sunday, March 24th at 5 pm.

This week's Lenten Wednesday soup and reflection will be held here at Christ Episcopal Church (64 South Country Road, Bellport) at 6:30 pm. The reflection time will begin at 7:15. Our collective mission in this season is our local food pantries. Please bring a non-perishable lunch item, such as peanut butter, jelly or canned tuna.

Schedule
Sunday, March 17    10:00 am    Worship
                        Fellowship after Worship
                        Choir Practice after Worship
                        Plumb Line Team
Wednesday, March 20    6:30 pm    Lenten Wednesday Soup and Reflection at Christ Episcopal
Sunday, March 24    10 am    Worship
                        Sunday School
                        Fellowship after Worship
                        Choir Practice after Worship
                5 pm        Plumb Line Potluck/ Conversation


Thursday, March 7, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

March 7, 2019 - Calendar Correction

Schedule
Sunday, March 10        10:00 am        Worship/ Ordination and Installation   
                                Sunday School   
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship
                                Plumb Line Team
Wednesday, March 13    6:30 pm    Lenten Wednesday Soup and Reflection at OSH
           
Sunday, March 17        10 am        Worship, Kirsty Dickson-Maret preaching
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

March 7, 2019



Sunday, March 10th – Wear Blue – It is PDA Blue T-shirt Sunday

Members and Friends –
We began the season of Lent last night with a moving joint service at Mary Immaculate Roman Catholic Church. It was the first of our Lenten Wednesday gatherings which will take us to our sister churches in the Bellport Clergy Group. Next week, March 13, we will be the host church for the first soup and reflection evening. (See calendar below for times.)
For many Protestants the celebration of Lent is not something we grew up with. This morning I chanced on an article in the Presbyterian Outlook where author Leslie Scanlon spoke to Jennifer Lord (professor of homiletics at Austin Theological Seminary) about its place in the history of the church and for Protestants. I thought I would share with you her key points:   
    Lent is connected to the way in which our celebration of Easter developed. Scholars believe that the early church celebrated the resurrection on a weekly
    basis. It was not until the Council of Nicea (325 AD)that Easter became an annual celebration with the date tied to Passover. The forty days of Lent became
    a time of preparation for adult baptism.
   
    A mistranslation that traces back to the Middle Ages turned a word that meant "paschal mystery" into "passion" with an emphasis on the suffering
    of Christ. Returning the word to its original meaning provided and opening for Protestants to observe Lent as a time for renewal of discipleship and
    exploring life in Christ.
I hope that each one of us will find time for reflection on our own faith journey, time to wait upon God, and renew our faith this Lenten season.
In Christ,
Pastor Karen


One Great Hour of Sharing—Presbyterian Disaster Assistance
PDA is the emergency and refugee program of the PC(USA). Here are some numbers that show you where the Blue Shirts are and have been. In the first half of 2017 20 countries received aid and support after catastrophic events. 28 states after natural and human-caused disasters. A budget of $10.4 million has been established for Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria. There have been 50 deployments of 132 National Response Teams totaling more than 1000 days in the field. And that is just part of the story. One-third of the One Great Hour of Sharing Offering goes to support the work of the PDA. To see more go to www.pcusa.org/oghs for an interactive world map.

SAVE THE DATES: The final PLUMB LINE POTLUCK AND CONVERSATION will be on Sunday, March 24th at 5 pm.

This week's Lenten Wednesday soup and reflection will be held here at Old South Haven in the Gallery at 6:30 pm. The reflection time will begin at 7:15. Our collective mission in this season is our local food pantries. Please bring a non-perishable breakfast item, such as cereal or shelf table milk.
The 2019 Per Capita Assessment is $38.05 per member of Old South Haven. It is broken down as follows: $8.95 to the General Assembly, $4.10 to the Synod of the Northeast and $25.00 to the Presbytery of Long Island. Per Capita is – "the tie that binds" –annual support that unites the entire church in the ongoing and essential work that guides the Office of the General Assembly, the life of the Presbyterian Church (USA) and benefits every congregation and every mid-council ministry. Old South Haven remits the full per capita assessment. You can help free funds for other purposes here at Old South Haven by paying your individual per capita. Mark checks or envelopes for 'per capita."

Schedule
Sunday, March 10        10:00 am        Worship/ Ordination and Installation   
                                Sunday School   
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship
                                Plumb Line Team
Wednesday, March 13    6:30 pm    Lenten Wednesday Soup and Reflection at OSH
           
Sunday, March 10        10 am        Worship
                                Sunday School
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship

Wednesday, March 6, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh




Joint Ash Wednesday Service
Tonight
7:30 pm

At
Mary Immaculate Catholic Church
16 Browns Lane, Bellport

Please bring a non-perishable breakfast item for our local food pantries

Participating Churches
St. James Episcopal, Old South Haven Presbyterian
Bellport United Methodist, Christ Episcopal,
St. Joseph the Worker, and Mary Immaculate