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NEW CHURCH OFFICE HOURS

Monday through Friday
9:30 AM to 2:00 PM

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Sunday Service of Worship is at 10:30am

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

YOUTH GROUP  - To Be determined – contact The Fellowship Director – Debbie Eitel for more information and youth group events.

 

REGULARLY SCHEDULED MONTHLY MEETINGS:

Deacons - 12:00 PM—First Sunday
each Month

Committees
7:30 PM - Finance - Second Tuesday each Month.

The other committees meet at different times and different days depending on their needs-no set time or day. 

Session - 12:00 PM—Third Sunday
each 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

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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.

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From Our Fellowship Director:

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As Fellowship Director I will be starting a new “Ride Share” program
  If you would like to be on this list to get a ride to a specific church event
Please let me know
Also ~ if you are willing to “GIVE” a ride to someone on the “Ride Share” list
Please let me know as well
We will be trying to pair up people based on your location/home address
For more info – Please contact me, 
Debbie Eitel, by leaving a message at the church office.

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 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.”

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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.

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.

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 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?”

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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Steeple Chimes Deadline

Is the third Monday of each month.  
Our Administrative Assistant is always looking
for poems, articles,
stories of faith, and up-coming events
to share with all of you through your newsletter.

Items for Steeple Chimes can be left in the
Steeple Chimes mailbox or
emailed to the church office at
fpcgoffice@gmail.com

Thank you for contributing to YOUR church newsletter.

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Click Here to read about our
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).

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.

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.

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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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Lessons from 2020

The world can change quickly.
Friends matter greatly.
Alone and lonely are different.
Hope matters.
Learn from the past.
Small moments are beautiful.
Kindness is a great gift.
Optimism is priceless.
Be grateful for family.
Heroes truly exist.
Give back generously.
Never stop trying.
Reach out to those you love.
Live with bravery.


Worship at FPC Greenlawn

https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.LU_EWlo3_fWoAfuMP87BRgHaFj&pid=Api&P=0&w=213&h=161    https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.LU_EWlo3_fWoAfuMP87BRgHaFj&pid=Api&P=0&w=213&h=161     December 6 was the Second Sunday of Advent and a Communion Sunday.  The Advent theme was “Faith,” and the candles on the Advent Wreath were lit by Althea and Andrew Segale.  The sermon title was “The Voice of a Prophet.
      On December 13, the Third Sunday of Advent, Barbara and Dan Charnews lit the candle called “Joy.”  The sermon was called “The Stranger Among Us.”
     Please see the separate articles in this newsletter for Advent 4, Christmas Eve, and The Sunday After Christmas.
     Upcoming services are tentatively as follows:

  • January 3 – Communion, and Celebration of the Epiphany.
  • January 10 –  “The Baptism of the Lord.”
  • January 17 – “Can Anything Good Come Out of Nazareth?”
  • January 24 – “Follow Me, and I Will Make You Fish for People.”
  • January 31 – “Jesus Casts Out an Unclean Spirit.”

Masks and Social Distancing will be required. 
Please enter from the back parking lot. 
Ushers will be present to assist you.

No matter who you are or where you are on
the Journey of Life,
you will find a warm welcome at First Presbyterian.

ZOOM Worship will continue for
those who need it.
See Sunday Bulletin for information.

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A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
     A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols Service will
be held on Sunday, December 20, the Fourth Sunday of Advent, at 10:30 a.m.
christmasball&musicsheet     This Service tells the story of the fall of humanity, the promise of the Messiah, and the birth of Jesus.  It is told in nine short Bible readings from Genesis, the Prophetic Books, and the Gospels, and is interspersed with the singing of Christmas carols, hymns, and other music.
     The original format was based ion an Order of Worship for Christmas Eve, 1880, in Cornwall, England.  It is said that a key purpose of the Service at that time was to keep men out of the pubs on Christmas Eve!
    The Service at FPC Greenlawn will be based on the one at The King’s College in Cambridge, England, where the nine lessons are read by representatives of the congregation and of the local community.  We already have several community leaders who have agreed to read.  We also have some soloists from our congregation. 
     This will be a very inspiring Service of worship.  Please plan to attend, and invite a friend!

A Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols
     Our Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols was held on Sunday, December 20.  Borrowing from British tradition, we invited members of the community as well as members of the church to read the lessons.  We were pleased to welcome:
Rev. Mark Tammen, General Presbyter, Presbytery of Long Island; Kathleen E. Fitzgerald, Retired, US Internal Revenue Service; Althea Segale, Professional Musician & Retired Music Educator; Larry Foray, Senior Systems Analyst; Gerry Parrinello, Retired Educator & President of Project Nicaragua & Beyond; Diane Kirchhoff, Attorney; Mike Kulsiski, Junior Past Governor of the Huntington Moose Lodge; Chad Lupinacci, Supervisor, Town of Huntington; and  Joe Senatore, Administrator of the Huntington Moose Lodge.
     We were also pleased to have musicians Leonora Colletti (organ), Colin Van Tuyl (Trumpet), Ann Van Cleef (Soprano), Andrew Segale (Alto Saxophone), Debbie Eitel (Mezzo Soprano), and Choir Members Arlissa Dean, Debbie Eitel, Larry Foray, Meg Lawrence, Ann Van Cleef,  Robert Van Cleef, and Colin Van Tuyl.
      The Vision 2020 Team, Leonora Colletti, Debbie Eitel, and Larry Foray, lit the Advent candles.

 

 

Rev. Mark Tammen reads the 1st Lesson

 

 

Supervisor Chad Lupinacci reads the 8th Lesson

 

Christmas Eve at FPC Greenlawn

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     This year, we had two Christmas Eve Services, because we didn’t know how many people from the community were going to attend, and we wanted the congregation to be able to maintain social distancing.  We were pleased that several community members did attend, and we had many people Zoom into the 5:00 service.
     Claire and Paul Proctor lit the Advent Wreath at the 5:00 Service; Arlissa and Jim Dean lit the Advent Wreath at 7:00.
     The service had many Christmas prayers and carols.  Pastor Ann gave a short reflection on the Nativity from the point of view of the Innkeeper.  This was followed by the traditional candle lighting and singing of Silent Night.  The congregation was sent out into the world with the words, “Let us go, for Christ has come.  Let us go in celebration.  There is light in the dark.  There is joy, even in sorrow. 
There is hope in all the world.”
     Our beautiful Sanctuary was made even more lovely by the 45 poinsettias that were dedicated by members
and friends of our church. 
     The above photo shows what the Chancel looked like on Advent 4, Christmas Eve, and the
First Sunday After Christmas.

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New Clothing Bin
     The FPCG Session has voted to contract with a new clothing recycling and outreach company.  Very soon, you will see two new and aesthetically pleasing clothing recycling bins set up in our back parking lot.
photolot     The company is called H&M Leasing, and has been vetted and approved by The Presbytery of Long Island.  They will accept used clothing, shoes, toys, and bric-a-brac items (kitchenware, etc.).  The goods are sold to Third World nations where people cannot afford to purchase even inferior new clothing.  This will give people the opportunity to purchase good, clean, usable items at extremely low prices.
     Our church will receive 10 cents a pound for
any items donated, and checks will be sent to
us once a week.
     As you are changing your closets from summer to winter clothing, please put aside any items you don’t need any more.  We will let you know as soon as the new clothing bins are ready.
     Many thanks to Betty Chatfield for working
on this project. 

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Masks by Leonora
leonoramasl     The new Christmas Collection has arrived! Each mask is handmade, reversible, adjustable, contoured to shape your face, and made with 100% cotton fabric. One size fits all.
     Masks are $10.00 each with all the proceeds going into the Room Improvement Fund. If you would like to help FPCG by promoting additional sales, reach out to your family, friends, and neighbors. Masks make excellent gifts. Leonora Colletti has pictures of her collection and order forms to give you for community outreach. Contact her any Sunday after Service, or call the church office to have the forms mailed to your home.

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An Invitation to Greenlawn from Greenport

     On the North Fork, we have a wonderful interfaith clergy group called Greenport Ecumenical Ministries.  We meet once a month for business and fellowship. 
     Every January, we do an Interfaith Service, and I would like to invite you, my Greenlawn Church Family, to attend.
     Called “Journey to Reconciliation,”   the service is built on the story of Joseph and his brothers as found in the Book of Genesis, and will take place on
Sunday, January 24, at 3:00 p.m. via Zoom. 
(The Zoom log-on will open at 2:30 for a time of fellowship.)
Meeting ID: 953 1821 4176
Passcode: 537894
     Those without access to Zoom may telephone: 
1-646-558-8656.  When prompted, punch in the
Meeting ID and Passcode. 
     The members of Greenport Ecumenical Ministries invite you to join them as they reflect upon the need for reconciliation in today’s world.

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     Vision 2020 is a committee of FPC Greenlawn.  Its mission can be defined with three Rs:

  • RETAIN our current members.
  • RECONNECT with former members.
  • REACH OUT to potential new members.

     This past year, Vision 2020 has had several programs that have touched at least one of the above categories.  These programs include:

  • Assisting with the logistics and refinement of our Zoom services
  • “Coffee with Friends,” a series of Wednesday night fellowship events that took place in the spring
  • “Homecoming Sunday,” a celebration of our first Sunday together again in our Sanctuary on September 20
  • Equipping the Sanctuary with WiFi
  • Renovating the old choir room and turning it into a community room
  • Assisting with our Blessing of the Pets Service in October
  • Taking steps in the de-cluttering and beautification of our church building.

     The Vision 2020 Committee consists of Larry Foray, Leonora Colletti, and Debbie Eitel, with Pastor Ann sitting in on meetings and offering encouragement.
     The more people who get involved with this project, the stronger our church will grow.  Please see Larry, Leonora, or Debbie to find out how you can help in 2021. 

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Little Free Food Pantry

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Our Board of Deacons has voted to install a
Little Free Food Pantry in the front of our church. 
     Very similar to the Little Free Libraries that are so popular, Little Free Food Pantries are a national trend.  The idea is that those who are in need may take
what they need any hour of the day or night, and those who are able to give may place food in the pantry
at any time. 
     By building and installing a Little Free Food Pantry, we will be able to increase our outreach to the community.  We will do this on a trial basis, with hopes that the idea will not be abused. 

Take what you need.
Leave what you can.

Our Little Food Pantry is open 24/7.
It is located in the front garden of the church. 

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NEW YEARS PRAYER
God, thank You for a New Year. 
May everyone in our family be willing
To begin anew with a clean slate. 
We know that You are always ready to forgive us. 

Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and
to forgive one another.
As we begin a New Year, remind us
of our truest values and our deepest desires. 
Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what You want us to do.

 Help us to put aside anxiety about
the future and the past,
so that we might live in peace with You now,
 one day at a time.
~Loyola Press

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Therefore, if anyone is in Christ,
he is a new creation.
The old has passed away;
behold, the new has come.
~2 Corinthians 5:17

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Your life is your garden,
Your thoughts are the seeds,
If your life isn’t awesome,
You’ve been watering the weeds.
~Anon.

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Be at war with your vices,
At peace with your neighbors,
And let every New Year
Find you a better man.
~ Benjamin Franklin

The real issue in life is
not how many blessings we have
but what we do with our blessings.
Some people have many blessings and hoard them.
Some have few and give them away.
~ Mr. Rogers

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“The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases; his mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” ~ Lamentations 3:22

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PRAYER FOR THE NEW YEAR
~Robert Louis Stevenson

Lord, we thank Thee for this place
In which we dwell;
For the love that unites us;
For the peace accorded us this day;
For the hope with which we expect the morrow;
For the health, the work, the food,
And the bright skies that make our lives delightful;
For our friends in all parts of the earth.

Give us courage, gaiety, and quiet mind.
Spare to us our friends, soften to us our enemies.
Bless us, if it may be, in all our innocent endeavors.
If it may not, give us the strength
To encounter that which is to come,
That we may be brave in peril,
Constant in tribulation, temperate in wrath
And in all changes of fortune,
And, down to the gates of death,
Loyal and loving one to another.  Amen

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They might not need me; but they might.
I'll let my head be just in sight;
A smile as small as mine might be
Precisely their necessity.
                                                 ~Emily Dickinson

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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 partne
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Call For Coupons!
For the Deacon Food Pantry
~ We are accepting Manufacturer Coupons ~

Any unused coupons will be donated to The Elwood Library where coupons are being collected and
sorted for military families in need
~ Please NO Store coupons or fast food
restaurant coupons!
The coupon collection box is located
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trebleclef_crossCHOIR PRACTICE: SUNDAYS  

Before service @ 10:00 am
Catch the singing vibe to praise God by singing with XLTD (exalted).
Contact Leonora Colletti, Music Director, for details
“Bless the Lord, O my soul, and all that is within me bless His holy name.” Psalm 103:1

XLTD Choir Practice will be Sundays following service from 11:45am – 12:45pm. There will be no practice on Communion Sundays held the first Sunday of each month.  We welcome new singers!  Have a conversation with Leonora Colletti, organist, or any of our
XLTD members. . .
Arlissa Dean, Debbie Eitel,  Larry Foray, 
Meg Lawrence.

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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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Stewardship Campaign 2021

It is not too late to make a pledge of giving to our church for 2021.  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

https://tse2.mm.bing.net/th?id=OIP.Rvi6tDz03mu87zRx_CGDFgHaHa&pid=Api&P=0&w=300&h=300     Even though our church building is closed, our Food Pantry is still available to those in need.  You may call the church office at (631) 261-2150 to arrange for a grocery bag pick-up.  Please leave a message; we will get back to you.
     One of our Deacons learned of a local food pantry that was desperately in need of food.  We were happy to share some of the food in our pantry for the benefit of the greater community.

As you shop for food for your family!
Cereal, fruit juices, pasta, pasta sauces, and
salad dressings are
currently needed.

The Deacons thank you for your continuing
generosity and support!

The Board of Deacons is grateful to all of our church members who have helped to keep our pantry shelves stocked.  There is an on-going need for toilet paper, paper towels, cereal, canned fruit, pasta and sauces. 
Cash donations can also be used by the Deacons to
fill in items that need to be purchased.

FOOD PANTRY HOURS (When reopened)!

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

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Internet and Telephone Scams

     This is just a reminder that your Pastor will never text you or call you to ask for money
or gift cards.
     Medicare will never call you to offer you a back brace or anything else.  Never give your Medicare information to anyone except your doctor!
     American Airlines will not give you a free flight if you “like” them on Facebook.  Neither will any other airline.
     And speaking of Facebook ….
https://i.pinimg.com/originals/69/57/cb/6957cbca00bdf90df4e8f7f3be5f6d08.jpg     Congresspersons do not receive a full salary pension for life after serving one term.  Their pension system is based on years served.
     If you add your age to your year of birth, you will always come up with the current year.  This is not something that happens once in a thousand years.  It’s basic math.
     Michelle Obama’s mother does not receive a $13,000 federal pension every month for watching her grandchildren.  She was never a
federal employee!
     Be smart.  Double check things before passing them along as “facts.” 

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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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IRemember back when we used to eat cake after someone blew all over it?  Man, we were wild!
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Legend says when you can’t sleep at night, it’s because you’re awake in someone else’s dream.  So, if everyone would please stop dreaming about me, that would be great!
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Today, I plan on being as useless as the G in Lasagna. 
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At 12:01 a.m. on January 1, for the first time ever, hindsight really was 2020.
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You don’t realize how old you are until you try to get up after wrapping presents on the floor.
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Mary, exhausted, having just gotten Jesus to sleep, is approached by a young man who thinks to himself, “What this baby needs is a drum solo!”
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The world has turned upside down.  Old folks are sneaking out of the house, and their kids are yelling at them to stay indoors!
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I need to practice social distancing from the refrigerator.
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Never in a million years could I have imagined that I would go up to a bank teller wearing a mask and asking for money!

 


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