pastormasthead

Welcome to the Pastor’s Corner, and welcome to the website of the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn! We hope that you will find here helpful resources for your spiritual journey.
That early Christians were called the “people of the way” is a reminder to us that we have not yet reached our destination, but continue to make our way along the path of discipleship. What is true of our lives as Christians is also true of this page and site. It, like us, is “a work in progress.”

And “may the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit be with you all”
(2 Cor. 3:14)

lightshinephrase

A Message from Pastor
Ann Van Cleef
, June 2020

My Beloved Congregants,

     On Tuesday, June 2, I sent a Pastoral Letter to you via e-mail.  I would like to start my message to you by reprinting that letter.

     George Floyd.  Breonna Taylor.  Ahmad Arbery.  These people deserved to live their lives in relative privacy, and then die of old age, surrounded by children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren.  Now, because of hateful acts of murder, their names have become household words, a consequence of the racism that is alive and well in our country.

     Violence against any member of our society is unacceptable.  Every human being has the right to live without fearing for his/her life, health, family, or property.

     We, as Christians, condemn these immoral murders, as well as all acts of racism, bigotry, and discrimination.  With you, I am appalled and angered.  Hateful philosophies and acts do not coexist with the message of love and peace that Jesus taught.

     The late Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. said, “There is no easy way to create a world where men and women can live together.  But if such a world is created in our lifetime, it will be done by rejecting the racism, materialism, and violence that has characterized Western civilization, and especially by working toward a world of brotherhood, cooperation, and peace.”

     Friends, let us resolve to speak up and to work to dismantle racism – a task that will involve the transformation of both minds and hearts.  Dr. Joel N. Lohr, President of Hartford Seminary, put it this way: “God is up to something in our world.  In whatever ways we can and whatever ways we are, let’s work for the change we need to see in our country
and world.”

     As is written in the Book of Amos, let us “not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters, and righteousness like a mighty stream. 

     As we are all too well aware, COVID-19 has not gone away.  But the numbers have gone down in New York State, thanks to the great care everyone has shown in wearing masks and maintaining social distancing.

     Let me digress for a minute and offer a silent prayer of thanks for the health professionals and essential workers who have kept our country running for the past three months.  May we always value their gifts and their service to the community.  May we never, ever take these people for granted!

So, where does that leave us, the First Presbyterian Church of Greenlawn?  When will we be together again?

     We are working on re-opening.  Churches will be part of Phase 4 of the New York Forward initiative.  (As of this writing, we are about to enter Phase 2.)  Before we open, we have to develop a written COVID-19 Reopening Safety Plan, and then file it with New York State.  We are in the beginning stages of working on that plan.  We will keep you informed.  

     To quote William Shatner / Captain James T. Kirk, albeit a bit out of context, we are seeking “To boldly go where no man has gone before.”  Or, to put it another way, “We’re building this plane while we’re flying it.”

     Speaking of new things, our Vision 2020 Team has come up with a wonderful Wednesday night program called Coffee with Friends.  It’s a fun fellowship experience that takes place on your computer through Zoom every Wednesday night at 7:00.  Please see the article on page 3 for more information.

     Meanwhile, we continue to worship and fellowship on Sunday mornings at 10:30 via Zoom.  Many people log on at 10:00 to greet and catch up with friends.  Our fellowship continues with a virtual coffee hour after worship.  Attendance at worship has been quite good as we worship God and share the love we have for one another.  You will find the sign-in information below.

     May the Lord bless you and keep you until we meet again!

With love and blessings,

Pastor Ann

 

 

Welcome Rev. Dr. Ann VanCleef!

vancleef

Sunday Worship –
Questions and Answers

By Pastor Ann

Zoom Worship – Now through August 16

How are we going to worship on Sundays?    
     We will be continuing our Sunday worship using a video conferencing system called Zoom.  You may log on as early as 10:00 a.m. for coffee and conversation.  Worship begins promptly at 10:30, followed by a virtual coffee hour until noon.  The easiest way to do Zoom is to download the Zoom App from the App Store.  Zoom will work on a computer, a laptop, an I-Pad, or a Smartphone.  

What are the Meeting IDs?
     Please check your weekly email for ID's and Passcodes for each service.

Will I get a reminder about logging on to these services?
     If you are on the church e-mail list, you will get a weekly e-mail with the Zoom link.

I don’t have a camera on my computer, but I do have a Smartphone.
Zoom will work on your Smartphone. 

I don’t have a computer or a Smartphone.  What can I do?
     You may telephone the following number: 
1-646-558-8656
     You will be asked for a meeting ID.  The meeting IDs are outlined in paragraph 2.
     You won’t be able to see us, but you can still hear what’s going on.

Please note:
     Out here on the North Fork, where I live, the Internet has been a bit “iffy” lately.  There is a chance that I will suddenly “disappear” from your screen.  If that happens, just hang in there.  I will log back on with my iPhone.

 

Sunday Bulletins - Date

Bulletin 12.15.19 Bulletin 12.22.19
Bulletin Christmas Eve 2019 Bulletin 12.29.19
Bulletin 1.5.20 Bulletin 1.12.20
Bulletin 1.19.20 Bulletin 1.26.20
Bulletin 2.2.20 Bulletin 2.9.20
Bulletin 2.16.20 Bulletin 2.23.20
Bulletin 3.1.20 Bulletin 3.8.20
Bulletin 3.15.20 Bulletin 3.29.20
Bulletin 4.5.20 Bulletin Maunday Thursday 4.9.20
Bulletin Good Friday 4.10.20 Bulletin Easter Sunday 4.12.20
Bulletin 4.19.20 Bulletin 4.26.20
Bulletin 5.3.20 Bulletin 5.10.20
Bulletin 5.17.20 Bulletin 5.24.20
Bulletin 5.31.20_Pentecost Bulletin 6.7.20
Bulletin 6.14.20 Bulletin 6.21.20
Bulletin 6.28.20 Bulletin 7.5.20