Thursday, March 28, 2019

This week at Old South Haven Churdh

March 28, 2019
TONIGHT! 6:30 pm at Islamic Association of Long Island
If you wish to carpool meet at the church at 5:45 pm, Please let Pastor Karen know if you are planning on going.
Dear BBB (Building Bridges Brookhaven) Friends,
The following announcement is sent in support of our Muslim neighbors in Selden. Here's the notice, hope you can make it: The Three Village Clergy Association had planned for its annual spring community event to be a program held at the Islamic Association of Long Island (IALI), the mosque in Selden, on the evening of March 28th. Now, as many of us are struggling with the horrific tragedy in the mosques in New Zealand, a member of the IALI and the rabbi from Temple Isaiah have suggested that we go ahead with the original program and precede it with a demonstration of solidarity with the Islamic community. This is the invitation they have sent: We ask that you join us at 6:30 p.m. and form a ring around the mosque as a symbol of solidarity following the tragic shootings at the New Zealand mosques. As a community, we will meet at the entrance of the IALI building and then form a ring around the building before entering. At the outset of the planned program, we will have a brief prayer and moment of silence. And this is the announcement for the planned program: The Three Village Interfaith Clergy Association invites the community to a conversation on"Belief and Truth from a Multi-faith Perspective: Finding Unity in Diversity," Thursday, March 28,Islamic Association of Long Island
10 Park Hill Dr., Selden, NY 11784, Refreshments will be served.
Tom Lyon, BBB co-founder

Members and Friends-
Last Sunday we had the opportunity to listen to Elder John Hile (Deer Park) tell us about the work the El Salvador Partnership is doing with villagers to ensure that they have clean potable water year-round. He also shared with us how recent drought conditions have destroyed 90% of the crops the villagers depend on to buy staples like salt and oil. Your offering in support of the Partnership's ministry was a generous one and we will be sending on $528 in support of their work. Thank you to everyone who contributed.
Putting a face to ministry and telling stories of the work being done makes a real difference. Here is another story from the Presbyterian Foundation's Stewardship Newsletter:
"One church that I have been working with saw the benefit of telling stories. Through a strategic planning process, church leaders determined that they needed to have a bigger connection to their community. Instead of always planning events at their facility for others to attend, they decided to find things in the community that they could attend. Church members started participating regularly in a community dinner. Over time, those attending had the opportunity to share things that were going on at the church. One of the ministries they shared with those attending the community dinner was the after school program they hosted for children who would arrive home after school to an empty house."
One day, a check for $100,000 showed up at the church office for the after school program. When the pastor reached out to the donor, she learned that the donor heard a member talk about the program at one of the community dinners. The donor was so moved by the program and the fact that members were an active part of their local community that he sent in the check.
Now $100,000 dollar checks aren't and everyday occurrence. But I do know this, the Good News of the Gospel travels on the words we speak, the stories we tell and the work we do in the name of God who called us into being.
In Christ, Pastor Karen

To my Friends at OSH Church—Thank you, thank you, thank you! For the most beautiful flower arrangement and the card which cheered me. Also reminded me of how much I miss you all. Sorry it's been so long but this is the first time I'm writing at all since my fall. I've been so shaky.
Karen comes every week and gives me the news of what is going on. I wish I could be a part of the "Plumb Line" meetings. Sounds interesting. Every Sunday in my mind I worship with you—in prayer, and song and scripture reading. God bless you all.
In Christian love from Peggy

This week's Lenten Wednesday soup and reflection will be held at St. Joseph the Worker Roman Catholic Church (510 Naragansett Ave., East, Patchogue) at 6:30 pm. The reflection time will begin at 7:15. Our collective mission in this season is our local food pantries. Please bring shelf-stable milk for the food pantry.
The 2019 Per Capita Assessment is $38.05 per member of Old South Haven. It is broken down as follows: $8.95 to the General Assembly, $4.10 to the Synod of the Northeast and $25.00 to the Presbytery of Long Island. 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 (USA) and benefits every congregation and every mid-council ministry. Old South Haven remits the full per capita assessment. You can help free funds for other purposes here at Old South Haven by paying your individual per capita. Mark checks or envelopes for 'per capita."
Sunday, March 31        10:00 am        Worship
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship
Tuesday, April 2        1:00 pm        Lunch Bunch in Church Gallery
Wednesday, April 3        6:30 pm        Lenten Wednesday Soup and Reflection at St. Joseph
Thursday, April 4        8:30 am        Clergy Cluster at Royal Oak Diner

Sunday, April 7            10:00 am        Worship /Communion
                                Fellowship after Worship
                                Choir Practice after Worship
                    12:30 pm        Plumb Line Team
Tuesday, April 9        1:00 pm        Presbytery Meeting at Sweet Hollow

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