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Pastor’s Post January, 2019

Now that Christmas, 2018 is behind us, it’s time to close the books on our poet friend, W. H. Auden and his long Christmas poem, “For the Time Being.”  Here are some of his final words as he brings the story to an end:

Well, so that is that.  Now we must dismantle the tree,

Putting the decorations back into their cardboard boxes—

Some have got broken—and carrying them up to the attic.

The holly and the mistletoe must be taken down and burnt,

And the children got ready for school.  There are enough

Left-overs to do, warmed-up, for the rest of the week—

Not that we have much appetite, having drunk such a lot,

Stayed up so late, attempted—quite unsuccessfully—

To love all of our relatives, and in general

Grossly overestimated our powers. Once again

As in previous years we have seen the actual Vision and failed

To do more than entertain it as an agreeable

Possibility, once again we have sent Him away,

Begging though to remain His disobedient servant,

The promising child who cannot keep His word for long.

Sort of captures the mood of the days just after Christmas, doesn’t it?  Those feelings of joy, love and warmth wear off, and we are back in the rut of everyday existence before we know it.  As Auden says, “we have failed to do more than entertain it (the spirit of Christmas) as an agreeable possibility.”  Auden says we are like children who can’t keep a promise for very long.

Does Christmas simply offer a momentary respite from the ordinary?  Or, can we learn to live the whole year in the spirit of that special day?  You may read this after January 1, but there is still time for a resolution or two.  I would suggest more regular attendance at church—try to be present at least three out of four Sundays.  Don’t get upset if we are worshipping in “the other” church building.  All the buildings, all the meeting rooms are now “ours.”  Nothing is “theirs” any more.  The more time we spend together in worship and prayer, the easier will be our transformation into a united congregation.

Here are some special dates that I would like you to put in your appointment calendar:

Sunday, February 24.  We are planning to hold the final annual meeting of the two historic congregations and also the first congregational meeting of the new United Presbyterian Church. The session of the new congregation will be elected that day, along with its board of deacons.  This will take place immediately after the worship service.

Wednesday, March 6.  Ash Wednesday.  Please plan to attend the traditional evening service.  This is the beginning of Lent, and this will be an important season of prayer and re-commitment for all of us as we begin the adventure of being a revitalized, unified congregation.

Thursday evenings in Lent, March 7, 14, 21 and 28 and April 4 and 11.  These evenings will be dedicated to the study of our church’s mission in community—our relationship as a congregation of Christ’s followers to the social issues that affect us and those around us.  We will also spend some time at each meeting in group prayer.  Time and location to be announced

Sunday, April 21.  Easter.  We will have our third annual “sunrise” service on the lawn at Levittown and our 10 a.m. service at the Massapequa campus.

I hope you will be present for these events.  Please be a part of this new enterprise of the spirit as we begin life as a new church!  As poet Auden said in the closing lines of his Christmas poem:

“He is the Way.

Follow Him through the Land of Unlikeness;

You will see rare beasts, and have unique adventures.”


-Pastor Lou







Worship Schedule


Join our United Congregations for Worship at the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa starting October 7th.

Sunday Worship Service 10a.m.

Sunday School children will be dismissed from Worship to attend Sunday School.

Coffee Hour will immediately follow worship in the Fellowship Hall.

Meet Your Deacon on April 30th. at Levittown & May 14th. at Massapequa



Meet the Deacons of the Church


 Levittown will host Meet the Deacons on April 30th in Miles Hall.


 Massapequa will host Meet the Deacons on May 14th in the Fellowship Hall.


 Meet your Deacon during Coffee Hour…  The Deacons will be in-touch with their “flock” to let everyone know, especially if there are some people they don’t know.  Enjoy some coffee and sweets while we meet!




St. Paddy’s Day Dinner, Saturday, March 4, 2017 6-9pm



Saturday, March 4, 2017 6-9 pm in the Fellowship Hall at the  Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa, 150 Pittsburgh Avenue.

The cost is $30 for ages 14 to adult.  (Children 13 and under are free.)

A traditional Irish buffet will be served.  Children will dine on Chicken Nuggets and Mac & Cheese.  Entertainment will be dancers from the Irishfree School of Irish Dance.

If interested in purchasing a ticket, please see Joan Tischner or Diane Floody.

All are Welcome!

All Saints’ Day Worship Service Sunday, October 30 at 10:00 a.m.



ALL SAINTS’ DAY will be observed on Sunday, October 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. worship service at the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown.  We will remember with thanksgiving the lives of church members and spouses of members who have died since October of 2015.  If you have someone you wish to be listed in the remembrance, please call the church office at Levittown at 516-731-3808 or Massapequa at 516-799-7989 before Tuesday, Oct. 25.  Thank you!


Supper at Six – September 18th at 6pm

Sunday Supper at Six – September 18, 2016  6-9pm

 Massapequa and Levittown congregations are invited to dinner.  Please bring your children, family & friends.  Dinner will be held in the Fellowship Hall at the               Presbyterian Community Church of  Massapequa.

Each person or couple is asked to bring a potluck dish.  Beverages and dessert will be provided.

Each person is asked to bring a wrapped gift that is valued at no more than $10. The gift can be purchased or be a re-gift.  We will again conduct our wild and crazy gift swap.

We will meet again on Sunday October 16th and November 20th. The dates after January 2017 will be determined.

Joe and Joan Tischner and Ralph and Ruth Dettman will provide the setup, beverages and desserts for this dinner.

Please RSVP for the September 20th, 2016 dinner to Joan and Joe Tischner.


Supper at Six, Saturday, May 2st. 6-9p.m. hosted by the Presbyterian Church of Massapequa

“Supper at Six”  will again take place on Saturday, May 21 from 6 to 9 p.m. in the fellowship hall at the Massapequa church.   Members of both congregations are invited to attend as well as friends and family.  Please bring a dish.  Beverages and desserts will be provided.  Each person is asked to bring a wrapped gift or re-gift that is valued at no more than $10.  We will conduct our traditional gift swap which is always lots of fun!

Hope to see everyone there!