Wednesday, February 20, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


This Week                                        February 20, 2014

Lectionary Texts for Sunday, February 24th
    Genesis 45.3-15, Psalm 37.1-11, 39-40, 1 Corinthians 15.35-38 and Luke 6.27-38

Dear Members and Friends:

The lectionary reading from Genesis for this Sunday is Joseph's great reveal to his brothers. Famine has sent the brothers to Egypt in search of much needed food. Little did they know that the 'Egyptian' who could help them was the brother whom they sold into slavery years earlier. Like most family stories, it is a complicated one filled with favoritism, lies, bad (even evil acts), grief and more. Where is God in this family drama? Do you like anybody as the tale unfolds? To better appreciate the drama, I encourage you to read the whole story beginning at Genesis 37. Try reading it from different perspectives -Jacob, Joseph, the brothers, and last (but not least) God.
On other fronts, the Session held its regularly scheduled meeting on Tuesday. Among the matters covered were the status of the ongoing repairs to the manse, approval of the 2019 budget, approval of a special offering to the work of the El Salvador task force of the Presbytery (more about that soon), and other regular reports. Many of you have asked about the repairs to the bell. At present the Property and Finance Committee is seeking a third estimate.
On March 3rd we will have our second Plumb Line/Potluck conversation. Our first conversation was lively and well attended. Please be sure to make time to be a part of this important conversation about the future of ministry and mission here at OSH.
Finally, the season of Lent is almost upon us. This year OSH is joining with other Bellport congregations for a Wednesday Lenten Series. The first will be an Ash Wednesday Service at Mary Immaculate Church on March 6th at 7:30 pm.
In Christ,
Pastor Karen

SAVE THE DATES: PLUMB LINE POTLUCK AND CONVERSATION: Sunday, March 3rd at 5 pm and 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."

            Schedule
Sunday, February 24        10:00 am    Worship
                            Sunday School
                            Fellowship after Worship
                            Choir Practice after Worship

Sunday, March 3,        10 am        Worship with Communion
                            Fellowship after Worship
                            Choir Practice after Worship
                5 pm        Plumb Line Conversation and Potluck

Wednesday, March 6    7:30 pm        Joint Ash Wednesday Service at Mary Immaculate Church

Thursday, February 14, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


February 14, 2019\

Dear Members and Friends-

First it is good to be back. I had a good study leave with a chance to do some reading, reflection and relaxation.
Today is Valentine's Day. I have to admit that it is not a day I give that much thought to as a general rule. But as I looked at this week's scripture, I realized that I do think a lot about love. Just not the kind of love that brings on candy, roses, and candlelight dinners. When I think about love it is about God's enduring love for us that is steadfast in spite of all the ways in which we fail to love ourselves, our neighbors, strangers and even enemies. I think about a God that loved us so much that he sent signs, prophets and even his Son to show us how to love.
But in particular, as Paul reflects in our text (1 Corinthians 15.12-20), I think about a God who wants us to live. A God who can pick us up when we are broken and put us back together to live anew. A God for whom death was not an obstacle but an opening to show us what life really looks like. That is what resurrection is really about.
In case you are wondering how we got from Valentine's Day to Easter in a single step. I do know that the beginning of Lent is still a few weeks off and Easter further yet. But resurrection isn't a reality (or story, depends on where you stand) for a single day. It is about faith day in and day out. As we come to this Sunday's service, I invite each of you to reflect on how you see resurrection, what questions and doubts do you have? What grabs you and excites you when you hear, He is risen?
See you Sunday,
Pastor Karen

SAVE THE DATES: PLUMB LINE POTLUCK AND CONVERSATION: Sunday, March 3rd at 5 pm and 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."

Schedule
Saturday, February 16        10 am        Property and Finance
Sunday, February 17        10:00 am        Worship
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship
Tuesday, February 19        7 pm            Session Meeting
Sunday, February 24,        10 am        Worship
                                Sunday School
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship


Wednesday, February 6, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh


February 6, 2019

Pastor Karen is on Study Leave this week. She will return on the 14th and be in the pulpit on the 17th. For pastoral care please contact Kirsty Dickson-Maret.

SAVE THE DATES: PLUMB LINE POTLUCK AND CONVERSATION: 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

Schedule
Sunday, February 10        10:00 am    Worship, Kirsty Dickson-Maret preaching
                            Sunday School
                            Fellowship after Worship
Saturday, February 16        10 am    Property and Finance
Sunday, February 10,        10 am    Worship
                            Fellowship after Worship