22 September 2004
Dear Members and Friends,
The “fear factor.” Too often we let our lives be run by fear rather than by calm reason. In a dangerous and hectic world it is easy to let the fears and passion of the moment take over. One antidote to such run-a-way fear is meditation and worship. While meditation, prayer and spiritual readings supports our individual faith, regular worship provides us with the energy to be a working part of our families and community.
“Worship matters!” For worship holds us together in both our historical past and contemporary present. As we assemble together on a Sunday, we remember baptism; we experience the word proclaimed in scripture, preaching, song and prayer; we share the meal of Holy Communion; and we are sent out to continue God’s mission.
And so as we start out another school year let me invite you to be a vital part of the worshipping community here in Yaphank. Join us at either our 9 or 10:30 a. m. services. One service not to miss is the annual World Communion Sunday Service on October 3rd.
We also invite you and your family to be a part of our church’s education ministry. Our basic curriculum is “Seasons of the Spirit” 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 10:30 a.m. with classes ending at 11:50 a.m. An adult class taught by the pastor is offered immediately following the Family Service.
On Friday evenings there will also be a youth program which will include potluck dinners at the church as well as recreation 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 1st at 7:00 p.m. Some of the young people will also have an opportunity to be a part of our annual Halloween Walk and Autumn Festival which is held on the last three week-ends in October.
The new pre-school nursery at the church, Totally Kids, has been successfully launched. We are excited about this new ministry to families. There is still room for additional children (2-1/2 to 5). Contact 924-4456 for more information.
A communicants class for youth will commence in January with Confirmation Sunday early in June. A new members class for adults will be held in November.
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 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 3rd there will be a special offering taken for peacemaking in this world. A portion of that offering will go toward supporting the Christian church in Iraq. Please return the enclosed envelope with a contribution for this most important part of our global ministry.
Yours in Christian service,
Ralph Wright, pastor
We receive E-mail
From Chazzs we received this story:
Two friends were walking through the desert
During some point of the journey they had an argument, and one friend
slapped the other one in the face. The one who got slapped was hurt,
but without saying anything, wrote in the sand:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SLAPPED ME IN THE FACE.
They kept on walking until they found an oasis, where they decided to
take a bath. The one who had been slapped got stuck in the mire and started
drowning, but the friend saved him.
After he recovered from the near drowning, he wrote on a stone:
TODAY MY BEST FRIEND SAVED MY LIFE.
The friend who had slapped and saved his best friend asked him,
"After I hurt you, you wrote in the sand and now, you write on a stone, why?"
The other friend replied "When someone hurts us
we should write it down in sand
where winds of forgiveness can erase it away. But, when someone does
something good for us, we must engrave it in stone where no wind can ever
LEARN TO WRITE YOUR HURTS IN THE SAND AND TO CARVE YOUR
BENEFITS IN STONE.
They say it takes a minute to find a special person, an hour to appreciate
them, a day to love them, but then an entire life to forget them.
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: John Knapp, Ann Barlow (a new knee surgery), Gene Thomas, Robert Monaco’s mother, and Diane Reeves.
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.
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 need for volunteers to help with the food closet. As we approach the holiday season there is a need for turkey certificates and toys for young children. Speak to Diane Reeves for further information.
September 10 - Gary Ralph 11 - Laura Allan October 4 George Reeves
10 - Susan Brochard 21 - Howard Ralph 19 Ann Barlow
Parents/Teacher Meeting for the church school will be held on Wednesday evening, October 13th at 7:30 p.m. Come and ask all your questions about your child’s religious education as well as other children and youth programs of the church.
The Transformation Teams of the Presbytery will meet Sunday, September 26 from 2 to 5 p.m. at the church. All are invited to attend as hosts and to participate in the meetings and discussions.
Annual Halloween Walk & Family Autumn Festival - Be a part of the annual “Spook Walk”. The Walk is scheduled for Friday and Saturday evenings, October 15, 16, 22, 23, 29, and 30 (6:30 to 11:00 p.m.) The Saturday afternoon Autumn Festival will be held from 11 a.m. to 4p.m. on October 23 (with October 30 as a rain date). Needed for the Festival are pumpkin painters, actors, game organizers, refreshment staff, etc. If you can’t volunteer, just bring the family and enjoy. Call 475-3322 for further information. Each Sunday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. and Tuesday evenings at 6:00 p.m. there will be a work party in the woods behind the church. Other days and Saturdays will also be times for additional work parties and practices. Funds raised from the Halloween Walk will help support the programs of the church..
Scouts - Cub Scouts (Pack 79) meets every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m. Tiger Cubs meet Fridays between 4 & 5:30p.m. Girl Scouts (Brownies #1109) and Junior Girl Scouts (#1293) meet on Thursdays between 5 and 7 p.m. For further information contact the church office.
Alcoholics Anonymous holds meetings in the Fellowship Hall every Monday and Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m.