This Week at Old South Haven November 29, 2019
A Prayer for this Thanksgiving Day
Father Mother God, thank You for Your presence during the hard and mean days. For then we have You to lean upon. Thank You for Your presence during the bright and sunny days, for then we can share that which we have with those who have less. And thank You for Your Presence during the Holy Days, for then we are able to celebrate You and our families and our friends. For those who have no voice, we ask You to speak. For those who feel unworthy, we ask You to pour Your love out in waterfalls of tenderness. For those who live in pain, we ask You to bathe them in the river of Your healing. For those who are lonely, we ask You to keep them company. For those who are depressed, we ask You to shower upon them the light of hope. Dear Creator, You the borderless sea of substance, we ask You to give to all the world that which we need most—Peace. Amen -Maya Angelou
Members and Friends—
One of the realities of interim ministry is that when the work of transition is done one leaves people and a congregation which one has come to love. When I came to serve here at Old South Haven I also knew that when I came to the end of my work with you I intended to retire, to move into a new phase of my life. As with all such transitions there is planning and timing involved. Though I had hoped to be with you until a new pastor was ready to begin serving it is now no longer possible. With our daughter, who is going to join our household, we began looking for a home that met our requirements. And we also tried to determine the amount of time it would take to sell our own home here on Long Island. We have found a new home in West Milford, New Jersey. And, quite to our surprise, we had a buyer for our home here on Long Island almost immediately.
Therefore, I informed Session at its November meeting that Sunday, January 12th will be my final Sunday with you. I will miss this resilient community of faith and everyone I have come to know in my time with you. It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve you in your time of transition. I believe that you have done the work needed in your time of transition and are ready to move into your future and that you have much to offer and work still to do.
Thank-you to everyone who returned an Intention Card. If you have not yet returned yours please do so.
Save the Date: Gun Violence Vigil, Monday, December 16th at Setauket Presbyterian Church
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 (U.S.A.) and benefits every congregation and every mid council ministry. Empowered by the Holy Spirit, the Office of the General Assembly encourages the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) to be a people of hope. The 2020 Per Capita is $8.95 for the General Assembly, $4.10 for the Synod of the Northeast, and $25.00 for the Presbytery of Long Island for a total of $38.05 for each member of OSH. We pay our full per capita assessment. Every designated contribution to the Per Capita assessment means more funds available for ministry here at OSH.
Small is Big—Presbyterian Giving Catalog. Have enough ties and scarves? How about a gift that you can feel good about giving? Pick up a Presbyterian Giving Catalog this Sunday. Inside you'll find small gifts brimming with big potential, like an ox, which reduces manual labor to help make farmers more efficient or a piglet that can provide vital income to a family, making a world of difference in their lives.
Sunday, December 1 9:30 am Choir
First Sunday in Advent 10:00 am Worship/Communion
Choir after Fellowship
Tuesday, December 3 1:00 pm Lunch Bunch
Sunday, December 8 9:30 am Choir
Second Sunday in Advent 10:00 am Worship
Trimming the Tree after Fellowship