January 23, 2019
Dear Members and Friends --
We have a busy and important Sunday this week. At its heart is our time gathered as a community of faith for worship. Then immediately following worship we will convene for our annual meeting of the congregation where we will elect a new class of Elders and Deacons. Say a warm thank-you to those who are completing their terms of service in those offices. In addition we will receive reports regarding the work of committees and our finances. Then at 5 pm we will gather for a potluck meal (bring a desert) of soup and salad and bread arranged by the Deacons. This will be our first of three Plumb Line conversations. The Plumb Line is a pivotal part of the work needed to move into the future here at Old South Haven. And it is your opportunity to be part of the process. The Plumb Line team appointed by the Session needs your input to in order to create the best picture of who OSH is and is hoping to be as a community in Christ in the coming years. Please make joining the conversation a priority.
The Annual Meeting of the Congregation and Corporation of Old South Haven Presbyterian Church will be held on Sunday, January 27th following worship. The purpose of the meeting is to elect officers, and to receive annual reports.
Elder Sean Moran, Clerk of Session The Rev. Karen Sue Hybertsen, Ph.D., Moderator
Plumb Line Potluck and Conversation Dates Set—The Plumb Line is a self-study of the congregation and the community. It is an integral part of the process in seeking and calling a new pastor. The Session has appointed a team consisting of Judi Bird, Linda Majowka, Alan Stevens, Claudia Taylor, Richard Thomas and Kappy Tilney to guide the congregation through the study. Your participation is a vital part of the study. The team has set up three potluck and conversation dates. Please make them a priority on your calendar. If you need a ride please contact a member of the team or Pastor Karen.
The dates are as follows:
Sunday, January 27th at 5 pm
Sunday, March 3rd at 5 pm
Sunday, March 24th at 5 pm
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."
Financial Secretary Needed – After many years of dedicated service John Dietz has decided that it is time for him to step down from the position of Financial Secretary. The position takes about 3 hours per week and includes handling deposits, issuing contribution statements, recording and managing all income and funds, and keeping records of all non-cash income. The church uses a software management program for this work. If you believe you have the time and skills necessary please speak to Pastor Karen, Clerk Sean Moran or Property and Finance Chair Ken Asselta.
Have a Heart Blood Drive – Mary Immaculate Church (4 Bell Street, Bellport) is sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday, February 10th between 9 am and 3 pm. For more information please call Ken Hawkins @ 631.286.2559
Remember if you do not have email, the weekly email is available in print format each Sunday. Ask the greeter when you arrive for your copy
If you happen to notice activity at the manse it is work being done to correct a number of issues including some related to health and safety.
Saturday, January 26 9:00 am Presbytery at Valley Stream
Sunday, January 27 10:00 am Worship, Scriptures: Nehemiah 8.1-10 and Luke 4.14-21
11:00 am Annual Meeting
Fellowship after Worship
5:00 pm Potluck and Plumb Line Conversation
Tuesday, January 29 12:00 pm Project Regeneration Luncheon at Sweet Hollow
Thursday, January 31 11:30 am Pastor with Bellport Clergy
Sunday, February 3, 10 am Worship – Communion
Fellowship after Worship
Plumb Line Team Meeting after Fellowship
To reach Pastor Karen: 973.592.7392, email@example.com, or firstname.lastname@example.org