Christmas Caroling & Pizza Party
When: Sunday, December 17th
Time: 3:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Contact: Nancy Gallagher or Melissa Gallagher for further info
Looking forward to Breakfast
Plan now to join us for breakfast at the Bellmore Applebees on Saturday, August 27. From 8:00 to 10:00 the menu will be pancakes, sausage, scrambled eggs and a beverage of choice including coffee, juice, soda, and tea. This is a fund raising event to help support the work of the Long Island Food Center in Freeport. The cost will be $10.00 for adults and $5.00 for children under five. Applebees is only asking $4.00/person for the food and the rest will be donated to the food center. We are also asking help in that we will need for the morning people to serve, greet, and clear tables. Please plan on coming to join with us.
Please join us for Girl’s Night at Pulcinella Pizzeria & Restaurant located at 624 Broadway in Massapequa – one block north of Pittsburgh Avenue.
Afterwards, all are welcome to attend a Christmas Bible Study lead by Pastor Knowles at the Massapequa church beginning at 7:30PM. Bring a friend.
Dear Members & Friends,
The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown has made arrangements with a local nursery to order Christmas poinsettias. Each plant will be $12.00 2 for a 6 1/2”. Please write flower fund in the memo section of your check. Orders should be placed by December 13th. Please give your orders to Joyce Senior or place in Joyce’s inbox in the Church office.
During September and most of October my sermons will be built around the Great Ends of the Church. This is a six point document that is part of the constitution of the Presbyterian Church in the USA. Here are the Great Ends in their entirety:
The proclamation of the gospel for the salvation of humankind
The shelter, nurture, and spiritual fellowship of the children of God
The maintenance of divine worship
The preservation of the truth
The promotion of social righteousness
The exhibition of the Kingdom of Heaven to the world
Please read this brief list carefully and think about how our churches are or are not pursuing these “Ends” or goals. As we go forward together, it is important to articulate a clear understanding of what we are called to do as the church of Jesus Christ here in this place and time. Given the great diversity of churches that people can choose from these days, we must ask ourselves what is special about our mission. We Presbyterians have a great heritage of theology, church organization and mission, and we need to become more aware of that history and be clearer in our own minds about what we are called by God to accomplish now and how we should go about the work of the Kingdom. Studying and discussing the Great Ends will give us a good start.
Beginning in October, I would like us to learn a “memory verse of the month.” This will be a Bible verse that carries an important message for all of us. It will be printed in the bulletin for three Sundays and we will recite it during the service. On the fourth Sunday, we will not print it, and we will recite it from memory! Please help me select the verses by giving me your favorite two or three verses.
Introduction of Rev. Dr. Louis L. Knowles.
This is an exciting time for me and my family! I am looking forward to getting to know everyone in the Levittown and Massapequa congregations. The challenge of building a shared ministry is something that makes this call to service special and of great interest to me. I deeply appreciate the confidence you have shown in me, and I will work hard to help you reach your goals.
I have been a Teaching Elder in the Presbytery of New York City for the past eighteen years. During that time, I worked for two mission-oriented organizations, Oikocredit and the Vellore Christian Medical College Foundation. My family and I been living in Forest Hills since 2005, although we spent most of 2010 living in southern India. My first interim pastorate took me to University Heights Presbyterian Church in the Bronx for two years, and my second engagement was in central Queens at the First Presbyterian Church of Newtown for three years. Along the way I picked up three weeks of interim ministry training. The past three years I have chaired the Presbytery Committee on Developing Congregations, working with immigrant worshiping communities that identify as Presbyterians.
I grew up in southern California in a congregation affiliated with the Orthodox Presbyterian Church. My education took place in a Baptist day school and a high School organized by the Christian Reformed Church. During my college years at Stanford I moved my membership to the United Presbyterian Church in the USA and did my seminary work at the University of Chicago divinity School and San Francisco Theological Seminary. I lived for fifteen years in Washington DC, working for philanthropic and religious organizations and serving a Parish Associate at Chevy Chase Presbyterian Church.
I believe that the congregations of mainline Protestant denominations are a great spiritual treasures that benefit millions of Americans through our witness to God who loves all people and wants us to find personal and communal salvation in becoming disciples on the Lord Jesus Christ. Although Presbyterians are declining in numbers nationally, we continue to be a called people, chosen by God to uphold the Reformed faith. Like Gideon in the Old Testament, we carry on in faith, regardless of our size and strength as measured by the world.
Maria Guadalupe Gonzalez and I were married ten years ago and we have two children, Velma, age 9 and Louis, age almost 8. We are all looking forward in living in a real house instead of an apartment and enjoy all the simple pleasures of suburan life.
In faith and hope,
Pastor Lou Knowles