Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Church:
The Session has appointed a committee to look into opening the church for services. It is their goal to open the church for those who choose to attend but also continue to provide Zoom services for those who do not.
The Session is continuing the search for a new pastor but has hit some roadblocks. Please be patient and enjoy Pastor Ralph leading our services for the present time.
Please see below for the details for this Sunday's Zoom service and also Pastor Ralph's letter to the congregation.
Linda Majowka is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.
Topic: Sunday Church Service
Time: Jun 21, 2020 09:45 AM Eastern Time (US and Canada)
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Happy Father's Day
June 18, 2020
Dear Members and Friends of Old South Haven Presbyterian Church,
Allow me to share some advice I just found in the New York Times. Thanks go to Sara Aridi who wrote this article. Share these ideas with the younger members of your family or circle of friends.
"Celebrating Father's Day is shaping up to be tricky. The country is reopening, but experts have said to remain cautious and limit indoor gatherings. And, with millions of Americans out of a job, this may not be the best time to splurge on a present. What to do instead? Below, some meaningful ways you can honor Dad this year.
"Show your appreciation.
"Tell your father how much he means to you in a handwritten letter. To make it really personal, use a plain piece of paper, rather than a card, suggests Linda Nielsen, a professor of educational and adolescent psychology at Wake Forest University.
"The key is to recall specific moments where he made a lasting impact on you. "It can't be generic," Dr. Nielsen said, adding, "It can't have anything to do with money."
"Thanking him for his financial support places more value on his ability to provide than on who he is as a person, so jot down instances when you truly connected. Younger children can either recite a letter to an older sibling or a parent who can write it down for them, or draw a picture that says it all.
"Wendy Mogel, a Los Angeles-based clinical psychologist and author on parenting, also recommends writing a letter. "The gift is a gift of memory," she said. So many significant moments from our lives are displayed on social media posts that are public, impermanent and curated for a big audience, she added. "This is really intimate, specific and personal."
"Or, make a shared journal. , the author of a guide for new fathers called "Diaper Dude," and the creator of a diaper bag company of the same name, says the whole family can write entries in a personalized notebook under the prompt: "I love you because … " Decorate the pages with pictures or drawings to make it pop.
"And the gift doesn't have to end. You can add an entry every week or month, giving your father new reasons to smile."
This Sunday we will be, throughout the service, highlighting "Dad". For its more than a signed card plus a 'new tie' time for all of us. It's a time to recognize the role that Dad plays or played in our lives. I should also add that when I speak of Dad, I am also speaking of stepfathers, grandfathers, uncles and even neighbors who have supported us like a Dad. In fact the Presbyterian Church (USA) calls this Sunday "Men of the Church Sunday" to recognize the contributions of all men who have been called by God to share their time, talents, spirit and energies, fulfilling their call to be disciples of Jesus Christ.
And if you happen to be Dad or Grandfather or Uncle or whatever, take pride in how you are a father figure. You too can give out Father's Day gifts to your loved ones. You can write, or bring them ice cream or just a good hug. It is really a time for the whole family of God to celebrate and show love.
Peace, and please share your concerns, joys and prayer requests with all of us, including the pastor.
Rev. Ralph B. Wright, Jr.
516-606-7671 (cell) 631-289-5761 (home) 631-475-3322 (office) or email@example.com