Yaphank Presbyterian Church
65 Main Street
Yaphank, NY 11980
Pastor Ralph Wright
Office: (631) 475-3322
Home: (631) 289-5761
3 September 2008
Dear Members and Friends,
Hurricane Hanna blew past Long Island leaving us rain and some down branches and trees. It also trumpeted the news that summer is really past and we now head for the fall. Memories of Day Camp, Bible Camp, Pre-School Nursery, car washes, outdoor services and weddings will happily remain. This Sunday, September 14th begins the fall season at the church. Our Sunday worship service times are back to 9 a.m. (traditional) and 10:45 a.m. (family).
We also invite you and your family to be a part of our church’s education ministry. Our basic Sunday School lessons come from a curriculum of the Presbyterian Church and includes stories from both the Old and New Testaments. Sunday morning classes for children and youth are an adjunct to the Family Service at 10:45 a.m. with classes ending at 12:00 noon. This Sunday, September 14th begins the Sunday Church School year (Rally Day). A potluck picnic will be part of the festivities and begins at the close of the Family Worship Service.
Homecoming is slated for Sunday, September 28th. We invite all in the community, as well as those who have moved away, to come and worship, fellowship and enjoy some good food. Two special events will also take place: 1) The rededication of the rebuilt handicapped ramp to the church in memory of Mildred Davis, mother of Herb Davis, and 2) a multi media presentation by the Yaphank Historical Society of the history of the Yaphank Presbyterian Church. The dedication will take place at the end of the Family Worship Service and the multi-media presentation will be in the sanctuary following the luncheon.
A special thanks goes to all who worked so hard to get the church grounds in shape for the church camps as well as the new school year. Special thanks to Dick Chichester who headed up the rebuilding of the handicapped ramp for the church. Also thanks to Dave Moreland and Gary Ralph who have been supervising the cleaning of the grounds and the painting of the basement areas of the church. Special kudos to Greg as painter extraordinaire.
On Friday evenings, there will be a youth program (grades five and up), which will include potluck dinners at the church, as well as selected events away from Yaphank. The young people involved last year had a good time and are looking forward to our TGIF Fridays. The first meeting is Friday, October 3rd at 7:00 p.m. Parents are needed for cooking, supervision and transportation. The October TGIF meetings will also feature work and practice for the annual “Halloween Walk”.
This year’s “Halloween Walk”, which is sponsored by the youth and parents of Yaphank will be held the last week-end of October - Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 24, 25, 26 & 27th. Thursday, October 23rd will be a dress rehearsal. See the attached flyer or check the church website for more information. Volunteers are needed as both actors and supporting staff. Also needed are adult jeans and flannel shirts for costumes as well as Halloween props and costumes. Contact Jill Kershaw to help (846-6140)
Little Angels Pre-School Nursery still has room for additional children (2-1/2 to 5). See the attached flyer or contact 662-7369 for more information.
A confirmation class is being formed for youth (seventh grade or higher). It will be held this fall at a time to be determined by those interested in joining. Speak to the pastor for more information.
Men’s Pancake Breakfast is slated for Saturday, October 4th from 8 to 11 a.m. The men will cook but are looking for eating support from both the women and men of the community.
As you can see there is a lot going on. We look forward to the support of the entire church community to reach our goal of teaching our young people about our Christian way of life. Your help is greatly appreciated, whether it is providing refreshments for the Church School, being a teacher’s aide, cooking for a potluck at the TGIF youth meeting, or just providing transportation. Please volunteer by talking to any member of the church school staff, the session or the pastor.
Being a small parish, Yaphank Presbyterian does not have a church secretary or office per se. However you can always call me at my residence (289-5761) or at my Patchogue office (475-3322) whenever there is a need.
A final thought. As we financially support the local mission of the church it is also important to remember the world in which we live….a world in which there is so little peace. On World Communion Sunday, October 5th, there will be a special offering taken for peacemaking in this world. In all our endeavors your financial support is critical to our being able to make a difference in the world we live. Be with us in worship on this special Sunday, partake of Holy Communion, pray for peace and share the gifts our Lord has given to us.
Yours in Christian service,
Ralph Wright, Pastor
Note from the Deacons
There continues to be an urgent need for food for the Deacon’s Closet. You may bring canned and dry foods to the church and place them in the basket in the narthex or you can write a check to the Deacons and place it in the offering plate. There is also a great need for volunteers to help with the food closet, particularly with the distribution of food. As we approach the holiday season there is also a need for turkey certificates and toys for young children. Speak to Diane Reeves or Chrissy Cornell for further information.
We Receive E-mail
From the internet we received this religious humor:
Halloween Walk - Discover the Haunted Trails of Yaphank – see attached flyer.
Scouts - Brownies (#1109) meets on Mondays at 4:30 p.m.; Cadet Girls Scouts (Troop 2275) meets on Mondays at 6 p.m.; Cub Scouts (Pack 79) meets every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.; Junior Girl Scouts (#1293) meet on Thursdays between 5:30 and 7 p.m.. Cub Scouts (Pack 79 Den 2) meet Fridays at 6 p.m.; For further information contact the church office.
Alcoholics Anonymous (Between the Lakes) holds meetings in the Fellowship Hall every Monday and Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m.
South Yaphank Civic Association meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.
LYTE (Longwood Youth Theatrical Experience) meets on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.
PUMPKINFEST at the County Farm is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, October 4 & 5.
Prayers have been said in the Sunday services for the following individuals and activities. Please include them in your personal prayers this coming month.
For continued healing: Gene Thomas who continues to walk around with this oxygen tank, John Knapp as he continues to recuperate but is in pain, for George Reeves as he recuperates from lung surgery and for Ed Merriam
The ministry to children and youth in Yaphank. The church is committed to increasing its outreach and to assist families as they raise their young people.
Notes on Stewardship
The following projects need to be funded by special gifts as they were not included in this year’s budget:
Replacement of Oil Tank for church $ 1,200.
Replacement of furnace in manse $ 6,120.
As of the end of August 2007 the following expenses are still outstanding.
Salaries: Pastor (March through Aug) $ 15, 381.48
Music Director (July & Aug) 2,250.00
Janitor (May, June, July & Aug) 2,256.00
General Mission: 1,800.00
Per Capita (paid to Presby Ch USA/NE Synod/LI Presby): 1,784.36
TOTAL $ 23,471.84
The continual support of church and community members to the budget of the church is vital to the ministry of Yaphank Presbyterian Church. As a small congregation we know the pressures of finances. We are confident that the generosity of the church’s members and friends will overcome the shortfall that summer creates. Please use your offering envelopes to give an added contribution beyond your regular offering/pledge donations.
Your Stewardship Committee
A Message from the Presbytery Moderator
I am writing to encourage your congregation’s full participation in the Presbytery’s upcoming Visioning Retreat at the Freeport Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 22nd. This retreat is for pastors, elders, and any and all members of the congregations of the Presbytery of Long Island. We will not be conducting business as usual, but worshiping together, getting to know one another, and discerning together what God is calling the Presbytery of Long Island to be doing in the year to come. In other words, this will be the most important business we will tend to all year!
The Visioning Retreat is the lynch pin of our new structure and ways of doing things. It represents a huge organizational shift from a top down organizational model to a bottom up model. Instead of the Presbytery telling Sessions and congregational members what their mission is, we will gather to listen to God, and to one another, to discern God’s calling for the focusing of our priorities, our energy, and our money. Drawing from the outcomes of this retreat, the Shepherding Council will “shepherd” the vision that emerges from our conversations, and the priorities identified by our time together.
The Reformed Theologian, Emil Brunner, once wrote, “Mission is the fire of the church.” I know that to be true. In my mind, the visioning retreat’s objective is to see where the fire is, and discover where our passion, energy and commitment lie. Then we can organize it and empower it.
John M. Best, Moderator
Presbytery of Long Island