From the Pastor:
Special events this Lenten-Easter Season
This year, we are adding two activities that I hope you will support by your attendance. First, we are arranging home communions to occur each week of Lent. You will receive a personal invitation to one of these, a week or ten days in advance of the event. The communion service will take place either in the home of a member or at one of our two church buildings. We will meet at 7:30 on a week night and be done by 9. People from both congregations will be invited to the evenings, to create an opportunity to get to know each other better as we move closer to merger. In addition to sharing the Lord’s Supper, we will spend some time sharing about our respective church experiences and what we hope for from a merged and renewed congregation.
Our second innovation will be an early Easter morning service on the lawn at Levittown Church. We will gather at 7:30 a.m. on Sunday, April 16 to celebrate the events of that long-ago Easter dawn when the world was changed forever. (If the weather is bad, we will go inside.) This will be an act of public worship that will demonstrate to one and all the promise of our new life together in Christ. There will be a breakfast following worship, and many of you I’m hoping will stay to attend the 10 a.m. service, also at Levittown.
You are invited to join the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown and the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa for Joint Worship Services as we continue our journey of friendship, fellowship and worship.
Dear Members & Friends,
FPC’s Easter Plant sale is underway. Print your order form from our website, Deacon Speakin’ or get an order form in the Church Narthex. Easter Plants are $10.00 we are offering Hyacinths, Tulips and Lillies. Please place your orders by March 13th.
Lent and Holy Week We will begin Lent with an Ash Wednesday service at 7 p.m. in the Levittown sanctuary on February 10. This will be a welcome moment of reflection and a quiet time together to prepare for the special season of Lent and Holy Week.
During Lent, we will emphasize our relationship to the Old Testament, otherwise known as the Hebrew Scriptures. These sacred texts make up for more than half the Bible, and our understanding of how we relate to them and use them is a very important part of our faith that we sometimes neglect.
We will kick off a series of Sunday evening sessions on the Old Testament with a guest appearance by Rabbi Marci Bellows from Temple B’nai Torah on February 21. She will talk with us about how the Jewish community understands their Scriptures and uses them in worship and as a moral guide for life. This will help us lay a foundation for a clear understanding of our Christian perspective on the Old Testament and how we can draw inspiration and guidance from it.
These Lenten study sessions will be held at Massapequa Church, beginning at 6:20 p.m., following the contemporary service, which runs from 5:30 to 6:15 p.m. After Rabbi Bellows appearance on February 21, we will meet on the next three Sundays: February 28 and March 6 and 13. The specific topics for each discussion will be announced a week in advance.
Our holy week schedule will be as follows:
Palm Sunday, March 20, 10 a.m. service at Levittown Church
Maundy Thursday, March 24, 7 p.m. service at Levittown Church
Good Friday, March 25, 7 p.m. service at Massapequa Church
Lenten Vigil service, 6:30 p.m. Presbyterian Church of Sweet Hollow (more info later)
Easter Sunday, March 27, 10 a.m. Massapequa Church
The contemporary service will be held on both Palm and Easter Sundays at its usual hour of 5:30 p.m.