Sunday, July 31, 2011

[news] 2011 Peacemaking Essay Contest Winner Sean Burke

On Sunday, July 31, 2011, we welcomed Sean Burke, our 2011 Peacemaking Essay contest winner, and his family. Sean is a 2011 graduate of Bellport High School, and will be attending Temple University, majoring in music education. He has a wide musical background, including piano solos, Jazz Band and trumpet. He has performed with Bellport Playcrafters and is the recipient of their Margaret W. Smith scholarship.

Hear Sean deliver his essay [7/31/2011 (AN: 213)]

This award is given annually by the Session of the Old South Haven Presbyterian Church, Brookhaven, NY, to a student at the Bellport High School for the best peacemaking essay, using funds from the church's Peacemaking Fund.  Money in this Fund is the congregation's retained portion of the annual Presbyterian Church USA's Peacemaking Offering.

Thursday, July 28, 2011

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                  This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church


Sunday,  July 31        10:00 am        Morning Worship

                                                          Sermon: “Precious Memories That

                                                                             Enhance the Present”

                                                          Lesson:    Philippians 1: 3-11; 2: 1-5

                                    11:00am        Church Picnic on  the church lawn

                                                          food and drink provided


Tuesday, August 2      11: 00am       Ground Breaking for  Boys and Girls

                                                          Club new facility, 471 Atlantic Ave,

                                                          North Bellport


                                      7:00pm       Annual “National Night Out” at Martha

                                                         Avenue Park in Bellport. Sponsored by

                                                         Bellport- East Hagerman-East Patchogue      



Saturday, August 6      10:30am        Hiroshima Day, South Country Peace

                                                           Group’s World Peace Procession. Walk

                                                           begins at Woodlawn Cemetery and

                                                           ends with brief ceremony at Gazebo

                                                           next to Porter’s


                                       6:00pm       Country Chicken Dinner followed by

                                                           live music from “Pure Country”

                                                           Bellport United Methodist Church

                                                           Donation: Adults $15;Children under

                                                           12 $8 – 6rs and under: free



Tuesday, July 19, 2011

[news] This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church

                This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church


Wednesday, July 20       7:00pm         Book Discussion

                                                             Barbara Brown Taylor’s

                                                              “An Altar in the World”

                                              Some discussion questions have been prepared

                                              Come even if you have not finished the book.


Thursday, July 21           12 noon        Pastor Tom has lunch with Rev. Mark

                                               Tammen, General Presbyter, to discuss several

                                                Presbytery and denominational concerns.


Sunday, July 27               10:00am       Morning Worship

                                                              Sermon: “A Pessimistic Optimist”

                                                              Lessons: Exodus 17: 1-7,

                                                                             Revelation 21: 1-6a


Looking Ahead


Sunday, July 31                                  Church picnic after Morning Worship

                                                                           on church lawn


Tuesday, Aug. 2                 7pm          14th annual “National night Out” at

                                                             Martha Avenue Park in Bellport.

                                                             Event addresses crime and drug

                                                             prevention awareness. Sponsored by

                                                            Bellport-Hagerman East Patchogue Alliance


Saturday, Aug. 5              7:15pm       Hiroshima Day

                                                            South Country Peace Group’s World

                                                            Peace Vigil and Community Dedication

                                                            to Peace. Woodlawn Cemetery. Walk

                                                            to Great South Bay


Hi-Lites from Session Meeting on July 18.

1.      Heard mid year reports from our Financial Secretary and Treasurer. Both income and expenses are running very close to similar period in 2010 which is good.

         2.  Received an update on the plastering and painting in the Sanctuary:

plastering finished, painting should begin within in a week.

  1. Voted to join the other congregations of the Mid Suffolk Parish to

    disband operations and forward monies to the Presbytery for the

    Small Church Task Force or the Church Development Committee.

  1.  Heard a report on a couple of possible fund raising events.
  2.  Received invitation from Linda Majowka to hold August 15 Session

Meeting at her home.


Wednesday, July 13, 2011

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                    This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church



     Sunday, July 17           10:00am          Morning Worship

                                                                  Sermon:     “Focus”

                                                                  Lessons:  Matt. 6:24-34

                                                                                  Philippians 3: 1-14


     Monday, July 18            7:00pm          Session Meeting


     Wednesday, July 20       7:00pm          Book Discussion

                                                                   Barbara Brown Taylor’s

                                                                   “An Altar in the World”

                                                                       meeting in the Gallery


     Sunday, July 24            10:00am          Morning Worship

                                                                   Sermon:  “A Pessimistic Optimist”

                                                                   Lessons:  Exodus 17:1-7

                                                                                  Revelation 21:1-6a


     Looking Ahead


     Sunday, July 31                               Church picnic after Morning Worship

                                                                    on church lawn



      The work has begun:    Plastering in the Sanctuary began on Monday,

                                                 painting will begin in a week or so.

Thursday, July 7, 2011

[news] Old South Haven Presbyterian Church News

               This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church


Oops:   In last week’s sermon, I made an aside that President Woodrow Wilson was a Presbyterian minister. I knew as soon as I said it that was in error but I did not correct myself.  Wilson’s father was a Presbyterian minister, President Wilson was a lawyer and had served as President of Princeton University. ( I was surprised, however, that no one pointed out my mistake at the Coffee Hour!)     (TJP)


Saturday, July 9       5:00pm     Wedding of Amy Starke and Jerome Mathieu

                                                       Held at Helen Starke’s home


Sunday, July 10        10:00am    Morning Worship;  More Light Sunday

                                 Sermon: “The Significance of NYS’s Marriage Equality

                                                        Law for the Religious Communities”

                                  Lessons:  Romans 5:1-5  and John 16: 12-15


            As a More Light Presbyterian congregation working for the full inclusion of gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual within the life and work of the church, we have each year for the past five years observed More Light Sunday on the first Sunday of June. This year I was in Peru on that Sunday and it looked as though we would bypass the observance this year. Upon my return, however, I received an email from the More Light Network recommending an observance on July 10 to recognize the positive vote of our presbyteries and removing the restrictive clause which prohibited GLBT individuals from being ordained to the office of deacon, elder or, clergy. Our Call to Worship is provided by the Network (edited) In our situation we can couple this ‘celebration’ with the passage of the Marriage Equality Law in New York State. Therefore we have opportunity to observe a late More Light Sunday with good reasons. The sermon will point out that all is not yet settled! There is still work to be done.  (TJP)


Looking Ahead

     Monday, July 18          7:00pm      Meeting of Session

     Wednesday, July 20     7:00pm      Discussion of Barbara Brown Taylor’s

                                                                  “An Altar in the World”

                                                                       (place to be announced)

Note: We anticipate knowing by Sunday when the plastering and then painting of the Sanctuary will begin.