Thursday, October 22, 2020

This Week at Old South Haven Church -



Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

Please join us this coming Sunday on Zoom for a Reformation Sunday Church Service.  The details for joining are below.  The Sunday Service bulletin is attached, as well as a bulletin insert on Huldrych Zwingli, one of the leaders of the Reformation movement in Switzerland.  His legacy lives on in the confessions, liturgy, and church orders of the Reformed churches of today.
Please also note the Thank You letter from Pastor Glorya, John Deitz, and Richard Thomas about the state of Old South Haven Church's finance.

Peace be with you All,

Linda

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Topic: Reformation Sunday Zoom Church Service
Time: Oct 25, 2020 09:45 AM  (East)

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October 20, 2020
Dear Sisters and Brothers,

On behalf of your Session and the Financial Officers, thank you, thank you, thank you.

During this time of uncertainty with the coronavirus many individuals and businesses are experiencing financial difficulties. While they may be making it through by the squeak of their shoes financially, your church is financially stable and this is thanks to you.

Saturday, October 17th, the Property/Finance Committee met. We were informed by the officers that all bills are currently up to date and the church is financially stable. This is true not only for the month of September but income has been sufficient and stable since the beginning of the virus chaos.

This is very positive news for a congregation the size of Old South Haven. Many churches are having financial difficulties during this time. We are not! While we always like to say God provides, it's really a matter of how we take and use those provisions we receive from God. Your Session has been very conscientious when discussing the church's financial needs. And, of course, the fact is that since the church is not open at the present time for worship means utilities have been used sparingly.

So once again thank you for being so faithful in your anticipated giving to the church.

           


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The church will be open again this Sunday, 4-5 pm
 for silent meditation and prayer.
COVID safety standards will be maintained.

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We have been invited by Ellen Clyne and the Brookhaven Village Association
to the following presentation

Wednesday, October 14, 2020

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Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

I am again giving you the details for our Sunday Zoom Church Service to be held this coming Sunday, October 18, 2020, at 10:00 AM.  The details are below.  Pastor Glorya's sermon is entitled, "It's a God Thing".

The church will again be open this coming Sunday from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM for prayers and meditation.

If you have any prayer concerns, please contact Pastor Glorya at limog@aol.com.

Love and Peace,

Linda


Topic:  Sunday Church Zoom Service
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Wednesday, October 7, 2020

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Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

Please see the details for logging into our Zoom Church Service this coming Sunday, October 11, 2020.  The Bulletin and hymns are attached.  

Pastor Glorya's sermon title is:  "Partnering with God....Yipes!"

This Sunday, the church will again be open from 4:00 to 5:00 PM for those who would like to go and sit in the sanctuary.

I am always happy to see so many faces at our Sunday church service and I look forward to seeing you again this coming Sunday,

Peace and Love to you all!

Linda


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The church will be open again this Sunday, 4-5 pm
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Thursday, October 1, 2020

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Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

Again, I am inviting you to join us this coming Sunday for our Church Service on Zoom.  The details are below.  The Bulletin and Hymns are attached.

Please note that this coming Sunday is World Communion Sunday.  We will be celebrating communion so please have some bread and wine/fruit juice/water available so that you can participate.  
World Communion Sunday is our traditional time of making our gifts to the Peace and Global Mission offering. Many of you should have received an USPS mailing.


Please note also that there is a church clean-up this coming Saturday, October 3, at 10:00 A.M.  Please come and help.

Peace and Love to All of You,

Linda

Sunday Church Service
Time: Oct 4, 2020 09:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Church Exterior Cleanup & Minor Maintenance
Saturday, October 3
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Friday, September 25, 2020

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 Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

Each Sunday during our Zoom Church Service, it is always a pleasure to see all of you.  Some day, we will all be able to worship together in the church itself; but our Zoom church services give us the opportunity of keeping in touch with each other.  It also enables those, who do not live in the immediate area of our church, to participate and feel connected.

I want to invite you again to join us this coming Sunday on Zoom.  The details are below.  The bulletin and hymns are attached.  If you have any prayer concerns, please email Pastor Glorya at limog@aol.com.

Just remember that God loves each and every one of you!

Linda

Topic: Sunday Zoom Church Service
Time: Sep 27, 2020 09:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Sunday, September 20, 2020

MUSIC FOR THIS MORNING'S WORSHIP - This Week at Old South Haven Church -




Good Evening,

I do not believe that the hymns were sent out with the Reporter so I am attaching them now.

Linda



Sunday Church Service
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FOOD DRIVE this Saturday
St. James Episcopal Church 
260 Beaver Dam Road, Brookhaven
See attached flyer - please give what you can.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 9AM-12PM

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Friday, September 18, 2020

BULLETIN FOR THIS MORNING'S WORSHIP - This Week at Old South Haven Church -



Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

Please join us this coming Sunday for a Zoom Church Service.  The details are below.
The Bulletin and hymns are attached.  If you have any prayer requests, please email
Pastor Glorya at limog@aol.com.

Love and Peace,

Linda

Sunday Church Service
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FOOD DRIVE this Saturday
St. James Episcopal Church 
260 Beaver Dam Road, Brookhaven
See attached flyer - please give what you can.
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 19 9AM-12PM

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Sunday, September 13, 2020

BULLETIN FOR THIS MORNING'S WORSHIP - This Week at Old South Haven Church -


Good Morning,

Somehow I do not think I attached today's bulletin to the recent Reporter email.

I am attaching it now.

Linda Majowka

Friday, September 11, 2020

MORNING WORSHIP THIS SUNDAY - This Week at Old South Haven Church -



 Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

Please join us this coming Sunday for a Zoom Service with Pastor Glorya beginning her time with us.  The details for joining the service are below.  

Please also see Pastor Glorya's first letter to our congregation, which is attached and also pasted below.  

Old South Haven Church continues to move forward and I hope that you will make every effort to be on Zoom this coming Sunday to welcome Pastor Glorya.

Again, a thanks to Pastor Ralph who helped us through the tough times of the pandemic and gave us a wonderful sermon each week.

God Bless,
Linda

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A Message from Pastor Glorya Johnson

September 7, 2020

Dear Sisters and Brothers in Christ,

While I cannot promise I will write you an epistle each week I will attempt to do so at least once a month and more if moved by the Spirit.  However, I read something last week that seemed apropos for our time together this week. 

Earlier this year The Christian Century magazine asked for readers, who felt called to do so, to write essays on various topics.  The essays have then been printed in the magazine at least monthly.  In the August 12th edition nine essays reflecting on the word "Dawn" were printed.  Several of the first essays were frankly pretty depressing with dawn being correlated with death, addiction, cancer diagnoses, etc.   I thought….this is dawn?

However, the final essay began, "'My sister's name is Morning Dove and brother's name is Rain, I cried out to my husband.  I was trying to contemplate how I was going to fit into my biological family with which I had just made contact at the age of 28.  Every fiber of me felt the fear of not fitting in anywhere, of being different yet again.  How will they ever accept a woman from Connecticut with two children, a husband, and a dog?  For good ness sake, the only thing I don't have is a white picket fence…..I looked to my husband for reassurance, 'Honey they will love you,' he said, 'you will fit right in.'"  As she continued to voice her doubts her husband finally said, "You don't see any connection here?  Morning Dove, Rain, and Dawn?"  The essay was written by Dawn Adams of Brimfield, Massachusetts

When I originally saw the word "DAWN" on the cover of the Century I thought, I know what dawn means.  It means a new day, sunshine, brightness, and in a round about way, a new beginning.  And it hit me….this is where you and I find ourselves.  We're about to begin a new journey together.  You, and I have similar feelings with Dawn,.  As we all begin a new journey together we have our doubts, our questions, and yet…….and yet we  also have our trust in God.   No matter where this journey takes us we have God making the journey with us.  God may not steer us down a different path if it's not the right one at the time, but God will be at the end of the path to welcome us in a new direction….a new dawn.  I look forward to this journey, this ministry, with you to see where we're led.  I hope you're excited for where each dawn takes us.  I know I am.
 
Shalom,
Glorya
 
 
 
 
 
 
 


Thursday, September 10, 2020

A TIME FOR MEDITATION - This Week at Old South Haven Church -



This Sunday at 4:30 PM: Talk by the Rev Barbara Brown Taylor:  "Stardust you are and to Stardust you Shall Return."

Hello All

The Church Sanctuary has been open for quiet time - prayer, meditation, peace, breathing - on Sunday afternoons for the past month or so.  
       
This coming Sunday, September 13, we will change things a bit.  Quiet time will be from 3:30 - 4:30. 

At 4:30 we will listen to a recorded talk by the Rev Barbara Brown Taylor:  "Stardust you are and to Stardust you Shall Return."  The talk was recorded for the Chautauqua Institution, where she was scheduled to speak this summer until Covid changed everything.  Rev Taylor is an Episcopal priest and now professor of religion.  In  years past we have read and discussed two of her books for OSHC book study:  An Altar in the World: A Geography of Faith  and Learning to Walk in the Dark.
         
There should be plenty of room with  adequate social distancing.  Please bring a mask.  The talk is about 50 minutes.  Please join us.

Darcy Stevens.


Friday, September 4, 2020

This Week at Old South Haven Church



Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

Please join us this coming Sunday for a Zoom Service with Pastor Ralph and Jason Neal sharing the service. This will be a communion service so please have your bread and wine ready for that part of the service.

Please also join us at the coffee hour part of the service so that we can thank Pastor Ralph for his wonderful time with us. He will be going to the Presbyterian Church of the Moriches.

Pastor Glorya will start on Sunday, September 13, 2020.

God Bless,

Linda


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A Message from Rev. Ralph Wright

September 2, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

Labor Day Week-end! a) Is it the end of summer? b) Is it a shoppingsale/discount week-end? c) Is it a week-end to celebrate the good labor of the workers of our nation? d) Is it a Labor Union weekend of celebrations and parades? e) Is it a religious celebration of the sacredness of labor and work? f) Is it time of Bar-B-Ques and sumptuous meals and beverages? From my point of view here on Long Island, it is all of the above. And, yes, for some it is just a well-earned day off of work or school. But that is one of the problems. Though historically it goes back to the labor movement of the nineteenth century, many have no idea why we celebrate Labor Day. Plus there are still those who still disagree on the rightness of celebrating this holiday.

Allow me to quote a statement, not from Presbyterians, but from a sister Protestant denomination. "From the beginning, the Methodist movement has focused on the concerns of workers. Methodists in England were founders of the modern labor movement and the earliest labor unions. United Methodists today stand in this heritage. Justice, dignity and equality for workers are an integral part of our social teachings and heritage. For 100 years, we have fought for a living wage in every industry and our Social Principles make clear that we believe people – not profits – should be at the heart of our economic system."

In the 19th century this statement would be anathema in many Christian churches. Religious leaders often rejected support for unions despite the horrors of the Pullman Strike which was a nation-wide railroad strike. It lasted from May 11 to July 20, 1894.and pitted the American Railway Union (ARU) against the Pullman Company, the main railroads, and the federal government under President Grover Cleveland who ordered Army troops to stop the strike. Thirty people were killed in the riots and sabotage caused $80 million in damages. I recommend as part of your devotions you Google "Pullman Strike" and read more of the background to this historical American event.

As Presbyterians we have been divided on the subject of unions and the labor movement. There have been those who have been outspoken and supported the rights of workers. One such contemporary voice has been that of the Rev. Dr. Herbert Nelson II, Stated Clerk of the General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church USA, who has just been honored by the union rights organization, Jobs With Justice, for his social justice work over the years.
In Matthew 11:28 we read "Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest." In a humorous way that gives all of us the liberty to just sleep in and relax for the day. However, we should also be aware of the Gospel message to reach out and to help those in need. Today, people should be willing to break bread together and be willing to talk to each other. Faith leaders, lay people and workers, both union and non-union, need to speak to one another and play a major role in bringing livable wages for all workers, including those at the bottom end of the income spectrum, which often means low wages and the lack of standard benefits which includes family health insurance and retirement programs.
Peace and stay safe,
Pastor Ralph
631-475-3322–office; 631-289-5761–home: Others may answer but they will put you through.

Old South Haven Presbyterian Church is a Place Where Everybody Knows Your Name…..

Last Monday, we welcomed our new pastor, Glorya Johnson, with a "Meet and Greet" lawn reception.
The congregation had been asked to complete the sentence "Old South Haven Church is a place where __________." Elders Darcy Stevens and Deb Mayo edited our responses into the following poem:

Our beautiful church stands on the rise of a hill overlooking South Country Road in Brookhaven – a joy to behold! The sanctuary in its pristine simplicity takes one's breath away. The members of our congregation are more like an extended family and we welcome one and all to join us in worship. If you can tarry awhile fellowship follows the worship service.

Old South Haven Church is a place where one can step back in time into the ambiance of the 1820's when this beautiful sanctuary was built.
One can feel a part of the procession of pilgrims who worshipped here over centuries of our country's history.
One can be inspired and enriched by the beauty of the pipe organ and the hunting sound of the church bells.
Its very walls emanate its sacred history.

Our church is a place where sunlight  streams through the magnificent tall windows , casting fanciful, dancing shadows all over the sanctuary --- making it easy to feel connected to God's grandeur and joy --- to sing His praises!
It is a beautiful place for beautiful music.

It's also a place:
Where you can feel at home, and feel safe.
Where all can feel welcome, and at home for life.
Where there is a warm feeling of closeness and welcoming as a community of friends.
Where we, [who live thousands of miles away] feel welcome and where my mother is cared for.

Old South Haven is a place which sees the need for justice through the eyes of faith.
A place where God is honored.
A place where dedicated congregants recognize the needs both within and outside of our church family and are committed to addressing and seeing them through.
A place where there is a long history of service.
An estuary for community.

Old South Haven Church is a place where I entered as a stranger and found myself part of a deeply caring community of faith. One which continues to sustain me.
A place where seekers, doubters, and those of firm faith support and nurture one another.
A place where there are unlimited opportunities for engagement.
A place where all are not just welcomed, but truly embraced.
A place where the congregation calls us to remember we are Christian and helps explore what that means.

It is the place where I met and married my wife.
And it's where superior, delectable pot luck suppers are enjoyed.
It's where people feel like family.

We welcome Glorya to Old South Haven Church.

Post Script:
Old South Haven Church is also a place where the weeds and vines need pulling, the bushes need trimming, the exterior needs painting, the windows need caulking, and the roof leaks need fixing.

And we welcome Glorya to that church too!














Thursday, August 27, 2020

This Week at Old South Haven Church [CORRECTION]

"It's amazing to me...why we keep loving this country, and this country does not love us back."
It's just . . . it's really so sad.
The training has to change in the police force. ... My dad was a cop. I believe in good cops.
We're not trying to defund the police and take all their money away.
We're trying to get them to protect us, just like they protect everybody else."
We've got to do better. ... we've got to demand better."
Doc Rivers, Coach of the LA Clippers, Aug 25, 2020.

"If you watch that video, you don't need to be Black to be outraged.
You need to be American."
Stephen A. Smith, ESPN, Aug 26, 2020

When Colin Kapernick began his protests,
it wasn't to fix a system that is broken.
It was to try to change a system that works
perfectly for the people it was built to work for.
Ryan Clark, "Get Up," ESPN, Aug 26, 2020

"I had to make a choice on what side I was going to stand on.
People need to understand--that side is not white, that side is not black,
that side is right, that side is human."
Ryan Clark, "Get Up," ESPN, Aug 26, 2020

“You don't get to disrespect Black bodies in the street
and then watch Black bodies for entertainment.”
Jemele Juanita Hill, sports journalist,
The Atlantic, Aug 27, 2020.

"We decided that it is time to take a stand today,
And we feel that with this moment, right here, today,
with my brother Ryan standing next to me,
and all my brothers standing behind me,
we wanted to show solidarity and be unified."
Kevin Byard, Tennessee Titans safety, with Ryan Tannehill, QB

“We’re tired of dealing with excessive force.
We’re tired of seeing Black men and women
die in situations where they should be walking home
and spending the night with their families.”
Ryan Tannehill, QB, Tennessee Titans


Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

I again invite you to join us this coming Sunday for our service on Zoom. Pastor Ralph will be leading the service. Please see his weekly letter to the congregation, which is attached and below. Pastor Ralph and Jason Neal with be leading the September 6, 2020 Sunday Service.

Pastor Glorya Johnson will start on Sunday, September 13, 2020. I hope that you have marked your calendars for the Meet and Greet with Pastor Glorya, which will be on Monday, August 31st, at 4:00 P. M. (Raindate: September 3rd.).

I was asked to remind everyone that the church has been open on Sunday afternoons. This coming Sunday, it will be open from 3:30 PM to 5:30 PM.

God Bless,

Linda

Topic: Sunday Church Service
Time: Aug 30, 2020 09:45 AM Eastern Time (Service starts 10 am)
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A letter from Pastor Ralph Wright
August 27, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

For more than forty of my fifty plus years of being an ordained Presbyterian minister I have been bi-professional. Some would use a different term, namely a Tentmaker, others would say I am a Worker-Priest. On the one hand I have secular employment, while on the other hand my religious faith and training gives me high standards to live by, as well as many challenges that are outside the bounds of my secular position. In recent years, that has ranged from working in management for charities and non-profits or working for corporations as an accountant.

How do you provide financial advice, as well show emotional or spiritual support, to a 70 year old grandmother who by herself is raising her 8 year old granddaughter? Together they live off of grandma's monthly Social Security check and a smaller pension check. Encouraging them to live a more Scriptural based life is really not sufficient, they need good financial advice and support.
Or, how do you help a young person who has lost his job due to the Corona Virus pandemic and can't seem to get unemployment benefits because his previous employer paid him as a self- employed contractor and not as an employee? How to navigate the complexities of the Department of Labor is part of the answer. Or, how do you help a drug dependent adult who feels there is not much to life since she can't handle the pressures of the college classroom and the social life of the school? This takes the help of one trained in psychology.
There are no easy answers. But the support I receive from fellow Christians, as well as social workers and financial planners, helps me address these issues and hopefully provide good advice and referrals to those in need.

The Bible is clear that tentmaking and bi-vocational ministry is a strategic plan God uses for certain individuals. Paul spent several seasons of his life as a tentmaker. Paul provided for himself at certain times by making tents, but this was not his first priority. His calling and focus was always as a missionary first. As we look at Scripture, we see that Paul actually viewed tent making as a way to further the Gospel.

In the same way, today's tentmakers missionaries have the same focus on mission work. But they also see their second job as a way to expand God's Kingdom. There is excitement watching Jesus commission some of His people as tentmakers. We recognize that, in the end, it is all about sharing the good news of the Gospel and helping people to discover themselves, and enjoy the support and the love of God through our Lord Jesus Christ.

One doesn't have to be an ordained pastor to be a tentmaker. I know a number of lay people that are fantastic tentmakers. I really would like to encourage you to consider being a tentmaker as well. I can assure you it is not easy….but the emotional and spiritual rewards are great.

Peace and stay safe,
Pastor Ralph
631-475-3322–office; 631-289-5761–home: Others may answer but they will put you through.

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Please join us to welcome The Rev Glorya Johnson, our new pastor
Monday, August 31, 4 PM
Old South Haven Church lawn
(rain date:  Thursday, Sept 3)
There will be simple refreshments and, of course, masks, distancing, and, sadly, no hugs.

We'll have a chance to introduce ourselves individually, but we'd like to also tell Glorya a little about ourselves collectively, and we need your help.  Please finish this sentence:
Old South Haven Church is a place where ____________________.  We'll share your collective wisdom with Glorya and each other on the 31st.
Please email your sentence to Darcy:    or 
Deb:  deborah.mayo@stonybrook.edu or call Darcy: 631-398-0875 by Thursday.  A second or third sentence is more than welcome!
Thank you and we hope to see you on Monday the 31st at 4.

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Again, this Saturday, August 29, we will be joining with the community's "Let's Come Together - BLM/Justice ride" through Bellport & East Patchogue, leaving from Boys & Girls Club at 4 pm.

View attachments for additional commentary.

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During last Sunday's sermon Pastor Wright referred to a part of Richard Thomas' weekly email " To the Choir," and suggested that it be share with "Reporter" crowd. It is extracted below. Richard weekly commentary on the Sunday service has come to be distributed to quite a few more than the formal "choir" crowd. If you would like to included on his distribution list, write him at RichardAThomas@optonline.net.

        [Last Sunday was] "Public Education Sunday" and "Young Adult Volunteer Commissioning Sunday." 

        I don't recall any "young adult volunteers" being commissioned at an Old South Haven Church service.  There may have been a service for commissioning the new Sunday School teachers on Rally Day, and some of the teachers were sometimes fairly young.  Jason Neal was a Sunday School teacher in 1991 (and he preached on Youth Sunday on 03 May 1992—his sermon was on the "parable of the sower," after which we sang, "We Plow the Fields and Scatter."

In 1956, there were 136 pupils in the Sunday School, which required a staff of 19 teachers and officers. Although there were 136 registered pupils, attendance of many students was sporadic, and the record attendance on a Sunday in 1956 was 94.

There were so many kids, the church decided to pay for bus transportation to get them all to Sunday School. (The first article below is from the scrapbook of Mrs. Dorothy Jones.)
       



Sunday, August 23, 2020

Welcome The Rev Glorya Johnson, our new pastor


Please join us to welcome The Rev Glorya Johnson, our new pastor
Monday, August 31, 4 PM
Old South Haven Church lawn
(rain date:  Thursday, Sept 3)
There will be simple refreshments and, of course, masks, distancing, and, sadly, no hugs.

We'll have a chance to introduce ourselves individually, but we'd like to also tell Glorya a little about ourselves collectively, and we need your help.  Please finish this sentence:
Old South Haven Church is a place where ____________________.  We'll share your collective wisdom with Glorya and each other on the 31st.
Please email your sentence to Darcy:    or 
Deb:  deborah.mayo@stonybrook.edu or call Darcy: 631-398-0875 by Thursday.  A second or third sentence is more than welcome!
Thank you and we hope to see you on Monday the 31st at 4.
                                       

Friday, August 21, 2020

This Week at Old South Haven Church




Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

Again, I invite you to join us on Zoom this coming Sunday.  The details are below.

The church will be open this coming Sunday from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm for any one who would like to sit in the church and meditate and/or pray.

Please mark on your calendar Monday afternoon, August 31st, at 4:00 PM, for an outdoor Meet and Greet with Pastor Glorya Johnson on the church lawn.  We look forward to spending some time with her.

Pastor Ralph will be leading our service for the next three Sundays.  Please see Pastor Ralph's letter to the congregation, which is attached and included below.

Peace Be With You All,

Linda


Sunday Church Zoom Service, August 23, 2020, at 9:45 A. M.

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        ` August 19, 2020

Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church,

In a world where attack ads are considered normal, where denigration of opponents are common place, where truth is twisted and openly challenged, I turn to the Scriptures for directions. In the words of a local church sign "If you are tired of fake news, read the Bible". I also read the inspirational words of my fellow Christians….not just Presbyterians, not just social activist Christians, but also conservative colleagues who are good scholars and interpreters of the Scripture. Let me share with you some words of wisdom from a Southern Baptist minister, Pastor Joe McKeever, a native of Alabama and the son of a coal miner. He has also been writing and cartooning for religious publications since the mid-1960s. He begins a recent magazine article with the following quote from Galatians 5:22-23:


Allow me to paraphrase how he develops his thoughts.

The Lord demonstrates gentleness.

Now we knew the Lord was gentle. In Matthew 11:29 Jesus said He was, and throughout his earthly ministry that gentleness was on display. He had time for children, for the blind and crippled, the poor and needy.

What a Man. What a Savior. Who would not love such a Lord?

It makes sense that this Lord working within us wants to gentle us, also.

The Lord's Spirit moves into the life of one who has invited Jesus to become his Lord. But the long hard work of sanctification – making us look and act and speak and think like Jesus – Has just begun. It will take the rest of our earthly years.
So the next time we get into a debate with someone who disagrees with us, let us remember the gentleness of our Lord. Gentleness is not cowardice. It is a way of life, a skill which we can learn from the teachings of our Lord. And yes, we can be misunderstood for being gentle and there may be a price to pay. But that is the way of our Lord.

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Remember to join us for a virtual worship service this Fourth Sunday of August on Zoom.

Pastor Ralph
Call me, or send me an e-mail with your reflections on this story, as well as your requests for prayer for yourself, your family, and friends.
631-475-3322–office; 631-289-5761–home: e-mail: rbwright1@aol.com.

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Again, this Saturday, August 22, will be joining with the community's "Let's Come Together - BLM/Justice ride" through Bellport & East Patchogue, leaving from Boys & Girls Club at 4 pm.