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NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

Monday through Friday
9:30 AM to 1:30 PM

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Please Join us every Sunday
at 10:30 AM for Worship!

Preschool and Sunday School are offered for all children
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REGULARLY SCHEDULED WEEKLY MEETINGS:

SUNDAY ADULT BIBLE STUDY
12:00 NOON

We are proud to offer bible study twice weekly, where all are welcomed to learn more about the Bible:

FRIDAY MORNING ADULT BIBLE STUDY 10:30 AM

Wednesday 2:00 PM Pastor Fred’s Lectionary Bible Study 

YOUTH GROUP  - Youth Group Meets Sunday Evenings 7:00 PM
(see Youth Group Happenings
for specific dates)

Chancel Choir Rehearsals
Sundays 9:30 AM & Thursdays 8:00 PM

 

REGULARLY SCHEDULED MONTHLY MEETINGS:

Personnel    7:30 PM—First Tuesday /Month

Deacons  7:30 PM—First Tuesday /Month

Committees
7:30 PM—Second Tuesday/Month

Session     7:30 PM—Third Tuesday /Month

Prayer Shawl Ministry– 7:30 PM
Second & Fourth Wednesday

Women’s Circle Meetings

Grace Circle Fourth Tuesday of each month - 2:00 PM
 
Joy Circle    Second Thursday of each month
1:00 PM - Parlor

Lectionary Bible Study

Beginning on Wednesday May 4th, Pastor Fred will be hosting an afternoon Lectionary Bible Study.   In a Lectionary Bible Study, church members (and friends) gather around the biblical texts that come before the congregation each week in worship.   They discover a bit more about not only what the biblical text brings to them, but also the specific questions and concerns that they bring to the Bible.
This study will not be the forum for expert opinions delivered from on high, but a humble gathering of the faithful before the word of God.   The hope is that all the participants, including the pastor, will rediscover in communal study the transformative power of the Bible to shape Christian life.  
Lectionary studies have another recognizable benefit.  They help pastors become better preachers by helping them to better understand the congregations they serve. As Thomas Long has once remarked, “when preachers go to scripture, they must take the people with them, for what will be heard is a word for them.”  Lectionary studies help preachers take their people with them wherever
they go.
 If you think such an informal bible study might be of interest you, come and see.  Our first meeting will take place at 2 p.m., Wednesday, May 4th, in the parlor.

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Men’s Bible Study Group

A men's Bible study group is meeting every Thursday evening at 7 PM.   During this time we will discuss Bible passages as well as current issues that concern men.  Everyone is welcome and feel free to bring friends to share in our discussions.

Bible Study 

We are proud to offer bible study twice weekly, where all are welcomed
to learn more about the Bible:
• Pastor's Lectienary Bible Study-Wednesdays at 2:00 p.m. in the
Pastor's Study
• Friday Morning Bible Study- at 10:30 a.m. in the Parlor 

During this time we discuss passages in the Bible, magazine articles, devotionals, and DVDs and share our thoughts about what the article means to us.  We welcome everyone whether you are a member or a guest of the church.

 


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 Thinking of joining Boy Scouts? Tired of being bored with nothing to do? Would you like to be having fun with a group of your friends? We can make that happen!

Greenlawn/Centerport Pack 877 is inviting your son to join Cub Scouting. In Cub
Scouts, your son will have lots of fun, learn new things and make new friends. But
Cub Scouts is much more than that; it is Jun with a purpose.
Scouting is a family-oriented organization.
Scouting develops character, leadership, communications skills and good
citizenship.
Any boy in grades 1 through 5 can be a Cub Scout!

If you'd like to learn more about Cub Scouts, please contact:
Rob Butler
Pack 877 Cubmaster
(516) 359-8116
Rbutler1@optonline.net

Scott Cohen
Pack 877 Committee Chair
(516) 987-7878
sdsuser@yahoo.com

CELL PHONES FOR SOLDIERS

Since starting Cell Phones for Soldiers  
in 2004, teens Brittany and
Robbie Bergquist
have raised millions of dollars to help our heroes call home.
Proceeds from donated cell phones are used to purchase prepaid calling cards
for American soldiers. Please donate
your newer cell Phones, BlackBerries, iPhones & iPods and join the millions of Americans who have already answered the call to:
“ Help Our Heroes Call Home.”
(CellPhones For Soldiers.com)

A box for your donations can be found
in the Narthex.
With thanks the Missions Committee.

 

 Recovery Zone

The First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn is a recovery zone for those in and outside the church who are seeking healing.  If you, or anyone you know, would be benefited by a meeting of Alcoholics Anonymous (AA), Narcotics Anonymous (NA), Al-Anon, or Nar-Anon, please contact the church office, or 12-Step websites, for meeting times.

  One way to start such a conversation is to ask:

  • Who goes to 12-Step meetings and in what condition?
  • What happens when they get there?
  • What is sponsorship and why is it so important?

(1) Twelve-Step members go to meetings because they’re a necessity; their very lives depend on them.  Most 12-Steppers attend meetings not because they want to, but because they realize they must.   They need the meetings, the steps, the program and the fellowship for their very survival.
Wouldn’t our church community be stronger if our members had a better sense of how our very lives depend on our continuing participation in Christian faith practices and traditions?   Wouldn’t our commitment levels deepen if we saw ourselves drawn to or compelled by a larger reality than our passing likes and preferences?  Wouldn’t our discipleship become more faithful if we engaged in Christian disciplines out of some inner sense of necessity?
Twelve Step members have a clear sense of what they need saving from (addictive processes), and what they are being saved for (abstinence, sobriety and service).
Wouldn’t our church community be stronger if its members had a better sense of what they are being saved from and for?  Wouldn’t our witness be more effective if every one of us could state in a few words what it is that is we still need saving from and what it is that is saving our lives right now?
Twelve Step members have been sufficiently humbled by the mess they have made of their lives that they don’t see much point in putting on a show anymore that everything’s fine when it’s not.  
Wouldn’t our church community be stronger if its members achieved a similar honesty regarding the actual condition of their lives rather than how they come across to others?  Wouldn’t the church attract a wider audience if it were recognized as the site where costly truth was regularly spoken?
(2) At their meetings, Twelve-Step members talk not so much about their feelings about things, but about their experience, strength and hope.   They share stories about what they were like, how they are now, and what happened that changed everything around for them.
Wouldn’t our church community be stronger if our own words, before, during and after worship had that same shape and character?
(3) Twelve Step members are encouraged to get sponsors and, when they are ready, to sponsor others; they learn that their helping others who are sick and suffering helps their own sobriety and abstinence.  
Wouldn’t our church community be strengthened if members engaged in more intentional mentoring practices, remembering, of course, that Christ did not come to create spiritual hierarchies among us, but to form inclusive communities characterized by love, service and mutual forbearance?
Diana Butler Bass recently suggested (“The Future of Faith”) that those of us who care about our churches’ survival may need to hear what is being said on the street about conventional religiosity and church life, and to make some appropriate changes. She dared to suggest that “Right now, the church does not need to convert the world.  Rather, the world needs to convert the church.”
Perhaps our 12-Step guests who make use of our buildings for meetings, and who may or may not join us for worship (after all, anonymity is a central 12-Step tradition!), can help our church in its own conversion.  Maybe they can help us to celebrate our distinctive sacrament of defeat, and to discover again at the Cross a Power for life that becomes available only in utter surrender, “not my will, but thine.”

Stewardship

 A Message from the Stewardship Committee

We choose to join churches because we are inescapably drawn to our Creator. We want to learn, understand, and share the love of God. If you've chosen the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn, you're part of Christ's body in this place.
As Martin Luther said, "Anyone who is to find Christ must first find the church. How could anyone know where Christ is and what faith in him is unless he knew where his believers are?"
When you receive your Stewardship letter this year, please consider pledging your financial support, but also think about what action you'd like to take in gratitude for the love God has for you.
Your Finance Committee
“I’m Glad My Church Needs Money”
I’m glad my church needs money! If it didn’t, it would mean it wasn’t supporting missionaries and preaching the Gospel in other places and had no missionary zeal.
I’m glad my church needs money! If it didn’t, it would mean it wasn’t doing anything to support the homeless and needy and had no compassion.
I’m glad my church needs money! If it didn’t, it would mean it wasn’t interested in expanding into other areas of service and had no vision.
I’m glad the church needs money! If it didn’t, it would mean it wasn’t interested in providing wholesome activities for our teenagers and had no concern.
I’m glad the church needs money! If it didn’t, it would mean it wasn’t interested in teaching children in those impressionable years and had no future.
Yes, I’m glad my church needs money! The fact that it does means that it has not forfeited its zeal, compassion, expansion, vision, concern, evangelism, and future.
My church needs my gifts and I’m glad. I wouldn’t want to be a member of any other kind.
[Source: The Varyldea Magazine] Submitted by Pastor Fred

Thoughts on Stewardship
“As followers of Jesus today, we cannot keep our money and our faith in separate compartments. By putting our money where our faith is, we tell the world what we really believe.” (Eva Stimson, editor of Presbyterians Today).…
People give money not because the church has needs but because the church meets needs.

Send Somebody

  There was once a little church that had only four members named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody and Nobody.  
            One day there was a really important job to be done in that little church and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it.  Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it.  Somebody got angry about that, because it was Everybody’s job.  Everybody thought Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it.  It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done.

 This is Your Church
As Christians, we are called to serve God by serving others. Here at Greenlawn, many members respond to that call by
volunteering their time and talents in one or more of the activities that support our church and community.  Volunteers care for our church and facilities, participate in our worship and music services, nurture each other in times of need, and reach out to lend a helping hand in communities near and far. 

Ask yourself :
“How is God calling Me to His Service?”

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Have You Named the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn in Your Will?

A properly executed will permits you to accomplish goals even after your passing.  One of those goals may be to create a legacy for the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn.  A bequest in your will might be a specified amount, a percentage of your estate, or a residual amount (after expenses and other bequests have been deducted).
Speak with your attorney about how best to include the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn in your will given your special circumstances.  Although your attorney can assist you with specific language, here is some typical language that might help you get the conversation started with your attorney.
General Bequest.   A general bequest is among the most popular ways to make a planned gift.  In a general bequest, you leave a specified dollar amount: “I give _________ (insert dollar amount) to the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn, 497 Pulaski Rd, Greenlawn, NY 11740 as an unrestricted gift.
Percentage of Estate: You can also designate some portion or percentage of your estate: “I give______ % (insert specific percentage) of my estate to the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn, 497 Pulaski Rd., Greenlawn, NY 11740, after all debts, taxes, expenses, and all other bequests have been paid as an
unrestricted gift.”
 
Residuary Bequest.  You can also designate what some describe as a residuary bequest: “I give the remainder of the property I own at death to the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn, 497 Pulaski Rd, Greenlawn, NY 11740, after all debts, taxes, expenses and all other bequests have been paid as an
unrestricted gift.”

The First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn has a proud heritage, and your gifts and bequests can assure its continuance into the future.  Thank you for keeping the promise of that future in your prayers.

Have You Named the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn in Your Will?
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Where There’s A Will There’s A Way

Although the idea of inheriting the kingdom of God comes up only a few times in the letters of Paul (1 Cor 6:9-10, 15:50; Gal 5:21), it was his way of describing the future that is in store for those who are in Christ.  In Paul’s theology, “inheriting the kingdom of God” refers to our final heavenly existence when believers inherit the heavenly likeness of Christ himself, when the Son hands over the kingdom to the Father, and God is “all in all” (1 Cor. 15:24-25).
One of the things we do when we gather for worship is read God’s will so that all God’s children may know what their inheritance is.  In our time, as in Paul’s, there are lots of folk who don’t expect to hear their names read out loud, and so they never show up for the reading.  As Christ’s evangelists, we share with all God’s children God’s invitation to come, hear and celebrate as all of our names are called. 

We will make that invitation to our family, friends, and neighbors because we know firsthand how wonderful it is to hear our own names on the lips of our Lord. We will make that invitation because we know the energy and purpose that is ours when we hear the words, “Dear child of God, this is yours.  Now go do something with it to bring blessing to my broken world.”    We will make that invitation because we know that when there’s a will there’s a way.

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Church's History
  

The First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn

On August 30, 1872 The First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn was incorporated.  The original, “little white church,” was dedicated in November 1878 and served the community until 1960; when it was torn down to make way for the current sanctuary.  Ground was broken for the new church in November 1960, the cornerstone ceremony was held in May 1961, and the dedication service was held on December 2, 1962.
We would like to recognize and thank the following members of the church who have faithfully served our church and the Lord for 50 years and longer.  
(Call the church office if you would like to celebrate with and for them).

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Joint Worship with the
Ebenezer Wesleyan Church
 

On October 2, 2011, members of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn joined with members of the Ebenezer Wesleyan Church up in the C.E. hall to celebrate World Communion Sunday.  What a worship-full experience we had in each other’s company.   And what amazing hospitality!
As I later wrote Pastor Rochemond, the coffee hour fellowship our Haitian brothers and sisters hosted for us would have put most Presbyterian churches to shame.    But the hospitality we experienced exemplified a generosity of the Spirit, further testimony to the will of our Lord who prayed that we may all be one.
And so we discovered, as we often do in our mission relationships, that although we sometimes suppose ourselves to be the benefactors, we are really the ones on the receiving end, recipients of the triune love
of God in the neighbors God has given
us to love. 

 

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Solar and Lunar Spirituality

A few Sundays ago I hinted at a distinction I found helpful between solar and lunar spirituality. In her book, Learning to Walk in the Dark, Barbara Brown Taylor talks sadly about churches that express what she calls “full solar spirituality.”  In such churches the members are relentlessly positive in attitude, and emphasize their ever sure sense of God’s presence, their certainty of belief, and their continuing sense of divine guidance in all things.  That sounds great, of course, except that life is not all sunshine and roses and to pretend that it is falsifies the character of Christian experience.  When we seek to ward off the intrusion of reality, suppress the negative, and seek refuge from everything that is ambiguous or cloaked in shadow, we are at risk of entering a zone of untruth that betrays the One we call the Way, the Truth and the Life.
When darkness falls on our lives, when because of a death or an illness or some other catastrophic event, the foundations of our faith are shaken to the very core, we may find ourselves drifting out of the church that is too brightly lit. The first time we try to tell the truth of our experience, our friends in the congregation may be all ears. They will probably tell us that God will not let us be tested beyond our strength, and that all that is required of us is that we believe. But eventually, if we don’t seem to be getting it, if say, our season of grieving extends past what is “normal,” we may hear the not-so-subtle message that the darkness is our own fault, that we lack sufficient faith.
 One problem with full solar spirituality is that it tends to ignore our rich scriptural tradition that honors the hiddenness of God as much as God’s dazzling brightness.  Another is that it fails to give us sufficient skills for operating in the dark where all of us must at times live our lives.  Full solar spirituality may also express a strategy of spiritual bypass that pretends, but ultimately fails, to protect us from what we take to be the threat of darkness.
Those of us for whom “nothing but blue skies” is not our truth may wonder what is wrong with us.  But perhaps the problem lies rather with a religious ideology that equates faith with sight and certitude, what Luther called a “theology of glory” as opposed to the “theology of the Cross.” Perhaps a lunar spirituality more faithfully represents the ebb and flow of our spiritual lives, in which the light of God waxes and wanes like the phases of the moon.
I had a friend who used to joke, “I have a deep and abiding faith that comes and goes.”  Perhaps he was onto an important truth about spiritual life. Maybe if we were not  so well-defended against the hiddenness of God, we would discover that our suffering may have less to with all the things that go bump in the night, and more to do with our rush to turn on the lights at the first hint of darkness.  As we come to the appreciate that there are no viable spiritual bypasses to emotional and spiritual healing, that we cannot will away the darkness around us and in us through an act of jollied and resolute optimism, we may become more skillful in walking together in the dark, and more open to what, by God’s grace, we may discover there.

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Deacon Spring Festival & Craft Fair
Saturday June 3, 2017
9 AM – 4 PM
First Presbyterian Church
497 Pulaski Road
Greenlawn, NY 11740
      (Corner of Broadway & Pulaski Rd)

*Many Various & Assorted Craft Vendors

pieFresh cooked Hot Dogs with all the fixings 
Assorted Beverages
Delicious Slices of Fresh Pies!

~Come out and bring your family, friends & the kids for a day of fun in the sun!
           ~ There is something for everyone! ~

VENDORS ON THE FRONT LAWN
CAFÉ WITH FOOD AND DRINKS

DONATIONS FROM THE CONGREGATION WELCOMED
(NO BOOKS, SHOES OR CLOTHING, PLEASE)

* All proceeds to benefit the Food Pantry & Deacon Outreach ministries.

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Annual Mother ~ Daughter Breakfast 2017
Team of men who helped cook and serve!!
Many thanks to all of you
From all the women of your church family!

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Congratulations to All our 2017 Graduates!

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PLEASE LET US KNOW WHO WILL BE GRADUATING FROM HIGH SCHOOL
OR COLLEGE SO THAT WE MAY RECOGNIZE THEM IN THE BULLETIN.
Let the church office know their name, where they are graduating from, their degree, where they will be attending school or working, and who they are related to. 
We’ll need the information in the church by Monday, June 12th.

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Thursday Walkers

Are you interested in walking the talk? 
Some of our members
have formed  a walkers group. 
Weather permitting, we meet
at the church Thursdays at 1:30 pm,
and stroll through the
neighborhood together, getting exercise
and making connection
with one another and with our God who
loves human bodies
so much he became one Himself.  Speak
with Pastor Fred for further details.

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Healthy Giving

One of the realizations of Christian faith is that as we get our minds off of ourselves and our narrow concerns, as we give of ourselves, even lose ourselves in the act of giving, we begin to find ourselves.  In Christian discipleship, healthy living is marked by healthy giving.  Healthy giving, an expression of stewardship, is our response to God’s grace, not an exchange intended to win God’s favor- we already have that.
There are two ways we can die of asphyxiation, the one, when we are unable to breathe in, and the other when, as in an acute asthma attack, we are unable to breathe out.  There is a parallel with our spiritual lives.  The experience of the amazing love of God in Jesus Christ is a kind of in-breath.  Service in Christ’s name is our out breath.  Both are necessary for fully oxygenated spiritual well-being.
But it is easy to slip into patterns of unhealthy giving, to gasp and hyperventilate. If my “charitable acts” are motivated by shame, guilt, pity, or other forms of moral superiority, my faith life becomes short of breath. If through my giving I am trying to create a sense of obligation or dependency in others, I am choking off our common air supply. If I am giving because I am afraid to say “no”; or if I am catering to others to such an extent that I am beginning to live in resentment, I am poisoning the air we are breathing together. If my giving is manipulative, if, that is, I am giving so as to control people, places or things, I am at risk of asphyxiation. If I am giving to prove to myself, others or God that I am worthy, if, in summary, my giving evidences compulsion, addiction and idolatry, I am smothering the Spirit and doing no one any favors, least of all, God. But God is merciful and intends our healing in Jesus Christ teaches.  The invitation, should we accept it without reservation, is to share what and who we are and have with an attitude of respect and love for ourselves and others. As we better discern to whom to give, when and how much, we will no longer feel victimized by our own giving and will, along with those to whom we offer ourselves, breathe at last a sigh of relief.

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Stewardship Campaign 2017

It is not too late to make a pledge of giving to our church for 2017.  Our church is facing difficult financial decisions for next year and the years ahead.  Some of these decisions will be made in the next few days and weeks.  Knowing what we can count on through your pledge will help us to make those decisions in the clearest way. If you have not already pledged, or would like to amend the pledge you’ve already made, please contact Linda in the Church’s Office (631-261-2150 or fpcgoffice@gmail.com), and she will mail you a new Pledge Card.

Thank You!
The Finance Committee

"For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also" Matthew 6:21

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FOOD PANTRY NEWS

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The Board of Deacons is grateful for the generous support of our Food Pantry by the members of this congregation.  Use of our Pantry is increasing and we have already surpassed the number of visits from last year.  Please continue to check the Weekly Messenger for the items needed each week as you shop for your family.

NEW FOOD PANTRY HOURS!

The Board of Deacons has established
hours of operation
 for our Food Pantry since the number of visits to the pantry
has increased over the past year.  
The new hours are Monday-Wednesday-Friday from 9:30 am to 1:30 pm.   
There is an ongoing need for cereal
and pasta.
  
Thanks to all of you who remember our pantry each week as you shop for your family.

The number of visitors to our Food Pantry has been on the rise over the past year

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The Nursery Room

CE is proud to announce that this year we will once again have a nursery available for babies through 2 years old.  The Nursery Room will be appropriately equipped for this age group.  With your help this project will help us serve the needs of all our parishioners.
Please prayerfully consider donating one Sunday to help care for our little ones. 
Wouldn’t it be fun to play Grandma, Grandpa, Aunt or Uncle for an hour or so on Sunday?

There will be three other Sunday School classes each week:
• Children from preschool to second grade will meet in the room next to the Nursery on the lower level.
• Children from 3rd grade through 6th grade will meet in the Sunday School room next to the church Parlor.
• Seventh through 12th graders will meet in the Parlor.
We will be using the Gospel Light curriculum and young peoples literature written by Jack Crabtree and other noted authors.  Help the CE Committee have another successful year.  Volunteer to teach and/or share your faith with our young people.

Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.
Proverbs 22:6

VOLUNTEERING

Here is what some mighty fine people have said about VOLUNTEERING. 
They can’t all be wrong.

“Everyone can be great because everyone can serve. You don’t have to have a college degree to serve. You don’t even have to make your subject and verb agree to serve . . .you only need a heart full of grace.” 
~Martin Luther King, Jr.

Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth.  
1John 3:18

Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.  1Peter 4:10

Volunteers are not paid -- not because they are worthless, but because they are priceless. ~Anon

If you want to lift yourself up, lift up someone else. ~ Booker T. Washington   

The best way to find yourself, is to lose yourself in the service of others. ~Ghandi  

“I don’t know what your destiny will be, but one thing I know: the only ones among you who will be really happy are those who have sought and found how to serve.” ~Albert Schweitzer

“The best way to cheer yourself up is to try to cheer somebody else up.” ~Mark Twain

“Act as if what you do makes a difference. It does.” ~William James

“I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.” ~Edward Everett Hale

“Not only must we be good, but we must also be good for something.” ~Henry David Thoreau

Volunteering is not a choice, it's a responsibility.   ~Anon

 

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Reminder: Please return your 2017 Pledge Card to the church as
soon as possible so the Finance Committee can begin budget
planning for next year.  Thank you.

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FLOWERS FOR THE CHANCEL
Each Sunday flowers beautify the Chancel of ourchurch. We would encourage any and all to donate flowers for birthdays, anniversaries, "in memory of', etc. A check for $35 should be made to Greenlawn Presbyterian Church.
To order flowers, please call
the church office (631-261-2150)
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PRAYER CORNER
June 2017

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PRAYERS OF THE PEOPLE
Your prayers make a difference! 
Please lift up the following in prayer:
(Contact the church office or pastor for more information, or if you would like to be added to the e-mail distribution of prayer partner) 
        

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My son, keep your father’s commands, and do not forsake your mother’s teaching.
Bind them upon your heart forever; fasten them around your neck.
When you walk, they will guide you; when you sleep, they will watch over you;
and when you awake, they will speak to you.  Proverbs 6:20-22 NIV

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Give Us, O Lord, a Steadfast Heart
~ Thomas Aquinas

Give us, O Lord, a steadfast heart,
which no unworthy affection may drag down;
Give us an unconquered heart,
which no tribulation can wear out;
Give us an upright heart,
which no unworthy purpose may tempt aside.
Bestow upon us also, O Lord our God,
understanding to know Thee,
diligence to seek Thee,
wisdom to find Thee,
and a faithfulness that may
finally embrace Thee,
even through Jesus Christ our Lord.

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FOR OUR MALE GRADUATES:
IF
    ~Rudyard Kipling

If you can keep your head when all about you
Are losing theirs and blaming it on you;
If you can trust yourself when all
men doubt you,
But make allowance for their doubting too;
If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,
Or, being lied about, don't deal in lies,
Or, being hated, don't give way to hating,
And yet don't look too good, nor talk too wise;
If you can dream - and not make
dreams your master;
If you can think - and not make
thoughts your aim;
If you can meet with triumph and disaster
And treat those two imposters just the same;
If you can bear to hear the truth you've spoken
Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,
Or watch the things you gave your
life to broken,
And stoop and build 'em up
with worn-out tools;
If you can make one heap of all your winnings
And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,
And lose, and start again at your beginnings
And never breath a word about your loss;
If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew
To serve your turn long after they are gone,
And so hold on when there is nothing in you
Except the Will which says to them: "Hold on";
If you can talk with crowds and
keep your virtue,
Or walk with kings - nor lose the common touch;
If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you;
If all men count with you, but none too much;
If you can fill the unforgiving minute
With sixty seconds' worth of distance run -
Yours is the Earth and everything that's in it,
And - which is more - you'll be a Man my son!

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AND FOR OUR FEMALE GRADUATES:
"IF" For Girls

J.P. McEvoy 

If you can hear the whispering about you,
And never yield to deal in whispers, too;
If you can bravely smile when
loved ones doubt you,
And never doubt, in turn, what loved ones do;
If you can keep a sweet and gentle spirit
In spite of fame or fortune, rank or place,
And though you win your goal or only near it,
Can win with poise and lose with equal grace;
If  you can meet with Unbelief, believing,
And hallow in your heart a simple Creed,
If you can meet Deception, undeceiving,
And learn to look to God for all you need;
If you can be what girls should be to mothers:
Chums in joy and comrades in distress,
And be unto others as you'd have the others
Be unto you - No more, and yet no less;
If you can keep within your heart the power
To say that firm, unconquerable "No";
If you can brave a present shadowed hour,
Rather than yield to build a future woe;
If you can love, yet not let loving master,
But keep yourself within your own self's clasp,
And not let dreaming lead you to disaster,
Nor pity's fascination loose your grasp;
If you can lock your heart on confidences,
Nor ever needlessly in turn confide;
If you can put behind you all pretenses
Of mock humility or foolosh pride:
If you can keep the simple, homely virtue
Of walking right with God - then have no fear
That anything in all the world can hurt you-
And - which is more - you'll be a Woman, dear.

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45 LIFE LESSONS
~Regina Brett, 90 years old, of the Plain Dealer, Cleveland , Ohio.

  "To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me. It is the most requested column I've ever written.
My odometer rolled over to 90 in August, so here is the column once more”:

1.  Life isn't fair, but it's still good.
2.  When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3.  Life is too short – enjoy it.
4.  Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends and family will.
5.  Pay off your credit cards every month.
6.  You don't have to win every argument. Stay true to yourself.
7.  Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8.  It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.
9.  Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.
10. When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11. Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.
12. It's OK to let your children see you cry.
13. Don't compare your life to others. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14. If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.
15. Everything can change in the blink of an eye, but don't worry, God never blinks.
16. Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.
17. Get rid of anything that isn't useful. Clutter weighs you down in many ways.
18. Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.
19. It's never too late to be happy. But it’s all up to you and no one else.
20. When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21. Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.
22. Over prepare, then go with the flow.
23. Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.
24. The most important sex organ is the brain.
25. No one is in charge of your happiness but you.
26. Frame every so-called disaster with these words 'In five years, will this matter?'
27. Always choose life.
28. Forgive
29. What other people think of you is none of your business.
30. Time heals almost everything. Give time time.
31. However good or bad a situation is, it will change.
32. Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.
33. Believe in miracles.
34. God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35. Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.
36. Growing old beats the alternative of dying young.
37. Your children get only one childhood.
38. All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.
39. Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.
40. If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.
41. Envy is a waste of time. Accept what you already have, not what you need
42. The best is yet to come...
43. No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.
44. Yield.
45. Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift."

 

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