Wednesday, February 26, 2014

[news] This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church

This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church


Fri., Feb.28-Sat.Mar 1      Pastor Tom at Union Theological Seminary

                                          Alumni/ae Council Meeting


Sun. Mar.2          10:00am      Transfiguration Sunday/ Holy Communion

                       Sermon: “…Jesus took with him Peter and John and James…”

                       Text: “…he took with him Peter and John and James,

                                      and went up on the mountain to pray.” Luke 9:28

                       Lessons:         Exodus 34: 29-35   Luke 9: 28-36

                       Sunday School


Tues. Mar. 4         6:00pm     Shrove Tuesday: Pancake Supper in the Gallery


Wed, Mar. 5                             ASH WEDNESDAY  

                12noon and 7:00pm:  Service at Bellport United Methodist Church

                         Pastor Yuri Ando leading worship: Pastor Tom assisting

                                               Imposition of Ashes


Sat., Mar. 8     12:30 pm     South Country Peace Group on the Gallery


Sun., Mar.9      10:00am       First Sunday in Lent

                              DAYLIGHT SAVINGS TIME BEGINS


LOOKING AHEAD            

                                 Wednesday Night Lenten Series

                     “Engaging the Difficult Issues In Light of The Faith”

     The issues to receive our focus during this series are presently on the

                    agenda  of our Presbyterian Church, USA)


Wed., Mar. 12      7:00pm     East Moriches Presbyterian Church

                              Introduction to the series led by Rev. Ralph Wright


Wed., Mar.19        7:00pm       Old South Haven Presbyterian Church

                                                  “The Palestinian/Israeli Conflict”

 Different perspectives presented by members of the Presbytery’s Middle East Study Group, chaired by Pastor Tom. We will look at overtures to come before this year’s General Assembly which are bound to be controversial.



Wed., Mar. 26         7:00pm      Remsenburg Presbyterian Church

                                                “Immigration Issues on Long Island”

The Rev. Tom Goodhue, Executive Director of the Long Island Council of Churches will be invited to speak to this issue. The Presbytery has a work group addressing the issues involved.


April 2                      7:00pm       Quogue Chapel

                                          “The Changing Face of Racism”

                     A dialogue between Rev. Charles Cary, Westhampton Presbyterian Church and Rev. Andrew Teagle, St. Paul’s AME Zion Church of Quogue.


April 9       5:00pm (note earlier time)  Shrine of Long Island, Manorville

                   “Preparing for Holy Week: Walking the Stations of the Cross”

                              Light dinner following (to be announced)



Monday, February 24, 2014

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           Elder Magalene McClarrin, COM Moderator

          February 24, 2014

           "We are One in God's Sight"


"Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth."   1 John 3: 18 (NIV)


In July 2013 during an exit interview with COM, Rev. Jinsuk Kim, from the Faith Korean Presbyterian Church, voiced an idea that had been percolating under the surface of our meetings since Arumdaun announced its intentions to leave this Presbytery.  One lesson Rev. Kim hoped the Presbytery would embrace is being "more proactive and interested in the culture and life of the Korean Church". 


Propelled by alienation and a lack of connecting during Presbytery meetings, Arumdaun members expressed this as one of their bases for leaving.  Their isolation was further exacerbated because of cultural and language differences.  COM looked at the impact of this disaffection beyond the gates of Arumdaun to see that others within our bounds may feel disenfranchised and disconnected: Hispanics, Blacks, women, and other ethnic or racial minorities.   Whether teaching or ruling elder, deacon, or the neighbor in the pew,  some of us face a dissonance created by a lack of understanding, empathy, and "thoughtfulness" on the part of some of the majority.


By lack of "thoughtfulness", I mean a Korean, Hispanic, Black, or female member's name may not come to mind in order to fill a vacant slot on a committee as often or as quickly as it may with other members of our Presbytery.  We sometimes lack sensitivity about how the nuances in our decisions may impact a member of color as opposed to another member, even if the circumstances are similar.  Even the choice of words, unwittingly, may wound.  Racial and ethnic diversity helps us to minimize or avoid hurtful and exclusionary actions and words. 


The establishment of a Racial/Ethnic Committee or our consciously intentional act of inclusiveness can help move us toward more togetherness and strength and help lessen the hold of an insular mentality.  We would be better equipped to understand and tolerate our differences and to embrace our diversity, becoming the relational church Christ calls has called us to be. 


"I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts from every nation the one who fears Him and does what is right.  So, if God gave them the same gift He gave us who believed in the Lord Jesus Christ, who was I to think that I could stand in God's way?"  Acts 10:34-35; 11:17 (NIV)

Please pray for: 

All those congregations that feel disconnected and disenfranchised and
That this Presbytery may move toward a more conscious intentional inclusiveness.

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

[news] This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church

         This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church


Food and Coat drive- donations needed

Attached is a flyer for those wanting to drop off donations at Bellport United Methodist Church BUMC) – Tues, Wed, and Thurs. (Feb. 18-20) and next week and, even

the next week.  BUMC will have collection boxes on the porch of Wesley House, 185 South Country Road, Bellport, between the hours of 10 am and 2 pm on those

days.  Sponsored by the South Country Leadership Network.






Sunday, February 23      10:00am       Morning Worship

                 Sermon: “The Need To Hear Words of Encouragement”

                 Lessons:   Isaiah 40: 21-31  I Corinthians 9: 16-23

                                              Mark 1: 29-39


Wednesday, February 26  12noon    Bellport/Brookhaven

                                                           Clergy Luncheon


Thursday, February 27 – Saturday, March 1

                          Pastor Tom attending Union Theological Seminary                                            

                                    Alumni/ae Board meeting, NYC


Sunday, March 2     10:00am    Transfiguration of the Lord Sunday


Tuesday. March 4      6:00pm    Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper

                                                    Served in the Gallery

     This is the last chance to indulge yourself. Christians are (were) to use up the foods that aren’t (weren’t) allowed during Lent. In Brazil it is called Terca-feira gorda (Fat Tuesday) and is the final day of Brazilian Carnival. In France and New Orleans it is called Mardi Gras ( which means grease or Fat Tuesday. In Germany it is known as Fastnacht. In Iceland known as Sprengidagur (Bursting Day). And in Greece it is called Apocreas which means “from the meat” since they don’t eat meat during Lent, either. Pancakes are eaten on this day because they contain fat, butter and eggs which were forbidden during Lent.


Wednesday, March 5        ASH WEDNESDAY: first day of Lent

                12:00noon and 7:00pm           Identical services

                         Bellport United Methodist Church.

         Pastor Yuri Ando leading worship with Pastor Tom assisting

                             .     Imposition of ashes,



Wednesday, February 12, 2014

[news] This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church

        This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church


Sun. Feb. 16        10:00am             Morning Worship

                      Sermon: “Letting Challenges Become Opportunities”

                      Lessons: Isaiah 43: 18-25  II Corinthians 1: 17-22

                                                        Mark 2: 1-12

                      Installation of Elders and Deacons

                      Church School


Mon. Feb. 17         7:00pm              Session Meeting


Thur. Feb. 20       10:00am             Clergy Book Study at Commack


Sun. Feb. 23         10:00am         Morning Worship

                                                    Sermon:  “The Need To Hear

                                                         Words of Encouragement”

                                       Isaiah 40: 21 -31  I Corinthians 9: 16-23

                                                        Mark 1: 29-39


Looking Ahead


Sun. Mar. 2                10:00am      Transfiguration Sunday


Tues. Marc 4                6:00pm   Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper


Wed. Mar. 5              12:00noon         Ash Wednesday Service at

                                       7:00pm         Bellport Methodist Church





Friday, February 7, 2014

[news] This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church

            This Week At Old South Haven Presbyterian Church


Sunday, Feb.  9       10:00am            Morning Worship

                                          Sermon: “Called To Be, To Do, To Go”

                                          Lessons   Isaiah 6: 1-8     Luke 5: 1-11


                                        11:30am     Annual Meeting of the

                                                        Congregation and Corporation


                                          6:00pm         Pot Luck Supper


Sunday, Feb. 16      10:00am            Morning Worship

                                                  Installation of newly reelected

                                      Members of Session and Board of Deacons


At the January meeting of the Session Pastor Tom shared a prayer of the late Archbishop Oscar Romero(1917-1980) of El Salvador, assassinated, March 24, 1980. Session Members suggested that it be contained in this week’s e mail. It is fitting as we begin the New Year of 2014


“It helps, now and then, to step back and take a long view. The kingdom is not only beyond our efforts, it is even beyond our vision. We accomplish in our lifetime only a tiny fraction of the magnificent enterprise that is God’s work.


“Nothing we do is complete, which is a way of saying that the kingdom always lies beyond us. No statement says all that could be said. No prayer fully expresses our faith. No confession brings perfection.


“No pastoral visit brings wholeness. No program accomplishes the church’s mission. No set of goals and objectives includes everything. That is what we are about.


“We plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise. We lay foundations that will need further development. We provide yeast that produces far beyond our capabilities.


“We cannot do everything, and there is a sense of liberation in realizing that. This enables us to do something, and to do it very well. It may be incomplete, but it is a beginning, a step along the way, an opportunity for the Lord’s grace to enter and do the rest.


“We may never see the end results, but that is the difference between the master builder and the worker. We are workers, not master builders; ministers, not messiahs. We are prophets of a future not our own”. Amen