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

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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

Thursday, May 30, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


This Week                    May 30, 2019

Members and Friends—

Pentecost Offering—
"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.




REMEMBER TO INVITE SOMEONE TO OUR UPCOMING CONCERT!
                   
Session--
At a special meeting the Session approved proceeding with a contract
to repair the church bell. The funds will come from our Memorial
Fund.

In Christ,
Pastor Karen

Calendar

Sunday, June 2    10:00 am    Worship –
– Kirsty Dickson Maret preaching
Fellowship after Service
Choir
            12:00 pm    Plumb Line Team
Tuesday, June 4    1:00 pm    Lunch Bunch at J. Bird
Saturday, June 8    2:00 pm    Commemorative Concert
               
Sunday, June 9    10:00 am    Worship—Communion
                    Sunday School
                    Fellowship after Service
                   

Thursday, May 23, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


This Week                    May 23, 2019

Members and Friends—

Pentecost Offering—
"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.

Session--
At its regularly scheduled May meeting the Session took the following
actions:

Designated the proceeds of Bake and White Elephant sales on May
25th to replenish the Deacons' Fund.

Allocated 2019 Designated Mission Contributions as follows:
$660 to Soup Kitchen/Food Pantry
$200 to Long Island Council of Churches
$100 to Thursday's Child
$100 to More Light
$100 to Progressive Christian
$25 to Brookhaven Fire Department.

Set June 16th for Church School Picnic

Approved spending $1400 from Maintenance to replace two rotted windows as the manse.

Met with the Committee on Ministry Liaison.
                   
In Christ,
Pastor Karen

Calendar

Sunday, May 26    10:00 am    Worship –
Disability Inclusion Sunday
                    Sunday School
Fellowship after Service
               
Sunday, June 2    10:00 am    Worship
– Kirsty Dickson Maret preachin



Friday, May 17, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

This Week                    May 16, 2019   

Members and Friends—

On June 8 we will be holding the second memorial concert celebrating the life of Pastor Tom. This second concert will also celebrate the life of Michael Jones.

Our two concerts came about because musicians who knew Tom and had performed in previous concerts here at OSH wanted to do something in recognition of his support of music in the community and the opening of OSH for concerts.

The first concert back in the fall was a wonderful afternoon of music as I am sure this next one, on June 8, will be as well.
Thank you to the musicians who are donating their time and gifts to benefit OSH.

Please invite your neighbors and friends to join us.

In Christ,

Pastor Karen



STAKES in the Lawn are gone replaced by lovely new trees Thanks to everyone who made it possible

Senior Services Fair – Wednesday, May 22, 3-6 pm (drop in) Includes Social services, housing, recreation, health, legal services and more at South Country Library, 22 Station Road in Bellport

Calendar

Saturday, May 18 10:00 am Property and Finance, Gallery
Sunday, May 19 10 :00 am    Worship
                        Fellowship Hour
                        Choir
Monday, May 20 7:00 pm Session

Sunday May 26 10:00 am Worship
                        Sunday School
Fellowship
                        Choir


Thursday, May 9, 2019

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This Week                    May 9, 2019   

Members and Friends—

Thanks to those of you who took the time after worship last Sunday to discuss mission here at OSH. We had the opportunity to discuss the various organizations to which we make contributions. In particular we learned something about what motivated our giving whether it was an organization that we had a part in initiating or it addressed an issue that we felt was important for us to support. We also had a chance to lift up areas where we might want to increase or expand our contributions and hand on involvement. Two that have come up numerous times are hunger and homelessness.

The members of Session will be continuing the discussion at their next regular Session meeting on May 20th. In particular they will be considering where to give our 2019 mission money.

In Christ,

Pastor Karen

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.
Schedule
Saturday, May 11 10:30 am Deacons @ E. Fuka's home

Sunday, May 12 10 :00 am    Worship
                        Sunday School
                        Fellowship Hour
                        Choir
Saturday, May 18 10:00 am    Property and Finance

Sunday May 19 10:00 am Worship
Fellowship
                        Choi

Coming in June - - Invite your friends and neighbors for a wonderful afternoon of music. If you know a place to put up a poster see Pastor Karen for a poster






Thursday, May 2, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



May 2, 2019

Pluralism Sunday
Pluralism isn't just diversity;
it's something we create out of this diversity.
Dr. Diana Eck, founder and director of the Pluralism Project

"The first Sunday of May is the day that many progressive Christian congregations observe as Pluralism Sunday. Since 2007, we have been affirming that . . .By calling ourselves progressive Christians, we mean we are Christians who affirm that the teachings of Jesus provide but one of many ways to experience the Sacredness and Oneness of life, and that we can draw from diverse sources of wisdom in our spiritual journey. (from The 8 Points of Progressive Christianity)It doesn't matter where you are on the spectrum – just dipping your toes into the water or completely embracing a pluralistic program – Pluralism Sunday is a great time to reflect on where you are, where you'd like to go, and what you'd like to do."
--Susan Strouse
Progressive Christianity.org
Members and Friends—
What is the Church's mission? Our understanding of mission has gone through many transitions. At one time it was all about "foreign missions" and bringing the gospel to "the heathen." Sometimes it has been seen as those cash donations we make to "good" causes for the "less fortunate." But what is mission really? David Bosch, in his excellent book Transforming Mission, offers a multifaceted interim definition. Basic to it is that we must always "refer back to the ground of our faith: God's continuing self-communication in Jesus Christ." He suggests that the "entire Christian existence is to be characterized as missionary existence." Our task is as broad as the need is deep and always has evangelism as one of its dimensions. The church-in-mission is witness to what God desires for us and "God's experimental garden on earth, a fragment of the reign of God, having the 'first fruits of the Spirit 'as a pledge of what is to come."
In Christ, Pastor Karen

Be a Part of the Conversation—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. Our focus for this first gathering will be on mission. What is mission here at OSH? Is it the cash we donate and send on in church-wide offerings? Is it the money in the annual budget that is sent on to groups and causes that the Session designates on your behalf? Is it the work of the Deacons to care for those in need in our midst? Is it the donations of food made to the Food Pantry? Is it providing a quality Sunday School program? Is it making our building available to groups that serve needs of the community? Is it hands on work? How do you see mission? What do you think? Come and tell your leadership in the gallery after fellowship.

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.
Schedule
Sunday, May 5    10 :00 am    Worship-Communion
                            Pluralism Sunday
                        Fellowship Hour
                        Mission Focus –
        Session and Congregation Conversation
                            Gallery following fellowship

Saturday, May 11 10:30 am Deacons @ E. Fuka's home

Sunday May 12 10:00 am Worship
                Sunday School
Fellowship

Thursday, April 25, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh



April 25, 2018

Members and Friends –

HE is risen! Easter Sunday has come and gone. The spring flowers brought into the sanctuary by the children of the church have made their way to garden beds and long-term care homes. The wonderful music sung by our choir is a faint echo in our minds. Our contributions to the One Great Hour of Sharing will soon be used to support the work of Presbyterian Disaster Assistance, Presbyterian Hunger Program and Self-Development of People. And, I think, that all the Easter Eggs were found in record time.

But Easter is not a single day to celebrate and then move on. I was struck this year by the number of people I chatted with in supermarket lines and in the neighborhood, who asked what I was doing for 'my holiday' or who told me about looking forward to a special meal at Mom's. It made Easter sound like just another holiday on the calendar. On our liturgical calendar Easter is a season. The scriptures drawn from the Acts of the Apostles relate how those first followers picked themselves up, or were raised up by a risen Lord. How they began to tell the story of his life, death and resurrection. How they banded together to break bread and care for one another in his name. But even when our calendar comes to Pentecost we are not yet done with Easter, for each and every Sunday when we gather to worship, we celebrate a 'little Easter.'
Jesus Christ lives in us and in the gathered community of faith.

So , we aren't done with new creation and the risen Lord. The question is where in our work and ministry, do we find Jesus with us today? On Sunday, May 5th, we are going to share our thoughts and ideas on the mission of OSH. Where do we want to put our mission dollars? Where do we want to put our hands and hearts to work? Join us after fellowship time in the gallery.

Oh, and about Easter Sunday, special thanks to Sandy and the choir for the wonderful music both on Easter Sunday and Good Friday, thanks to readers who helped make the Palm Sunday (especially Jeanne), Maundy Thursday, and Good Friday services richer. To Darcy (and helpers) for hiding Easter eggs and to Richard for his fantastic and delectable Easter Cakes.

In Christ, Pastor Karen

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 28        10:00 am    Worship – Kirsty Dickson Maret preaching
                        Fellowship after Service
                12:00 pm    Plumb Line
Sunday, May 5        10 :00 am    Worship-Communion
                        Pluralism Sunday
                        Fellowship Hour
                        Mission Focus – Session and Congregation Conversation
                        Gallery following fellowship

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