Monday, June 21, 2010

Summer READ: Forgiving Ararat

We forgot to add to this week's News:

As mentioned last week, the book selected for this summer's READ is "Forgiving Ararat" by Gita Nazareth. Ten copies were made available last Sunday, and we SOLD OUT.  Additional copies have been ordered, and should be available this coming Sunday at $10 each.  Sometime late Summer/early Fall we will have a group discussion.  Discussion questions have been prepared.


                           This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church

Monday  -  Friday    Pastor Tom attending the Annual Meeting of the
                             National Campus Ministry Association in Washington, D.C.
                             For pastoral needs contact The Rev. Erik Rasmussen,
                             Pastor of Bellport Methodist Church, who is on call  631 286 3525

Sunday, June 27    10:00 am       Morning Worship
                             Sermon:    "Intermission"
                              Lessons:  Isaiah 40: 28-31; Matthew 11: 28-30

Monday, June 28     7:30pm       Presbytery's Task Force on the Middle East
                              Rev. Ralph Wright's Office, Patchogue

Tuesday, June 29     2:00noon   Presbytery Meeting in Amagansett
                               Workshop: "Breaking News about the 219th General Assembly"
                               1:30pm - 6:00pm  Business Meeting
                               6:00pm     Dinner

A Presbyterian young boy opened the big family Bible, fascinated with the old pages. When he turned one page, something suddenly fell out. It was an old leaf someone had pressed into the book. "What have you got there?' his mother asked. He answered: "I don't know, but I think it might be Adam's underwear."

A few selected photos of the church picnic held after church Sunday, June 13, 2010


Tuesday, June 15, 2010

This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church

Tuesday, June 15            1:00 pm        Lunch Bunch Group at Nancy Best's
                                       7:30 pm        South Country Peace Group Board in the Gallery
Thursday, June 17           Hopefully an article in The Advance and publication of Taylor Drenzyk's essay.
Saturday, June 19           10:00 am       Memorial service for Didi Kelley
Sunday, June 20           10:00 am      Morning Worship       Father's Day
                                                                  Sermon:     "Three Cheers For Fathers"
                                                                  Scripture:   Proverbs 4: 1-13, 20-27  and  Ephesians 6: 1-4
Monday, June 21  -  Friday, June 25      Pastor Tom attending annual meeting of the National Campus Ministry Association in Washington D.C.

Report from Presbyterian News Service
       Presbyterian Haiti relief contributions now top $9.5 million dollars through the Presbytyerian Disaster Fund. The money has been used for 15 food and water distribution sites, thousands of temporary shelters, and more than 35,000 hygiene and baby kits. PDA continues to work with its ecumenical and international partners. "We're trying to listen carefully to our Haitan partners," said the Rev. Joe Brown, director of Mission Interpretation, "they must be the ones to shape the recovery efforts."
Footnote: Members of Old South Haven are to be congratulated for their generosity in responding to this need.

Looking Ahead
       On action of the Session, Old South Haven has elected to participate in "One Book+One Parish+One Summer 2010."  This is a grassroots movement in which members of congregations elect to read a book, selected by organizers, during the summer and then have opportunity to discuss the book with others in the congregation at the close of the summer. The book selected for this summer is "Forgiving Ararat" by Gita Nazareth. Session is ordering ten copies of the book (more will be order if needed) and you will have opportunity to purchase a copy at a reasonable price (ca.$10.) Some discussion questions have been prepared. So far more than 120 churches in 30 states representing at least 9 different Christian denominations are participating.  Further information will be coming to you later.

Taylor Drenzyk wins 2010 Peacemaking Essay contest

This past Sunday, June 13, 2010, we welcomed Taylor Drenzyk, our 2010 Peacemaking Essay Winner, and his family.   Taylor read his winning essay to the congregation.

Taylor is a junior at the Bellport High School and attends Grace Lutheran Church in Mastic Beach. In July 2009 he went on a youth Mission Trip sponsored by his church on the Eastern Shore, Virginia, "for an action-packed week of service to the community." In 2006, while still in the Bellport Middle school, he won first in Martin Luther King, Jr. essay contest.

L-R:  Pastor Tom Philip, Taylor Drenzyk, Elder Nancy Best, Chairperson

To hear Taylor reading his essay, visit

The Peacemaking Essay contest is annually sponsored by the Old South Haven Presbyterian Church, and is open to students at the Bellport High School.  The winner is awarded a U.S. Saving bond by the church.  In addition to the reading of the essay to the congregation, it is published in the local newspaper, the Long Island Advance.