Christmas Dinner Party for Massapequa & Levittown Members at Sergio’s Restaurant Friday, December 1st. 6:00p.m.
Come celebrate Christmas! Dinner will include unlimited soda and wine. The cost is $23.50. Checks should be made out to The Presbyterian Community Church / Sharon Slade is collecting the checks. Payment deadline is November 26, 2017.
I hope that each and every one of you had the opportunity to rest and recreate a bit during the summer months. I am writing this on Labor Day afternoon—a bright and beautiful end-of-summer experience. One can already feel fall creeping in around the edges of the sunshine, but then, the crisp, cool days we can expect during that season are a treasure to anticipate.
Something else to anticipate is the exciting progress we will be attempting this year toward a full and complete merger of our two congregations into one. There won’t be many dull moments! Although I know that we all have our fears and concerns about the process, we should also know that there will be a lot of inspirational conversation and creativity. For example, we shall soon be choosing a name for our new fellowship. I hope that all of you will be involved in this process.
We also will be selecting a new mission statement. Our “Plumbline Committee,” ably co-chaired by Marilyn Rodahan and Wendy Moran, convened again in August, and they are bringing to us a proposed Mission Statement. Here it is: As an open and welcoming Community of Christian Faith, we accept and honor that responsibility as we partner with all faiths in bringing hope and love to our world. Using Christ as our example, we are committed to reaching out to one another, showing God’s love through service to our community, and seeking new and relevant ways to involve ourselves in meeting the needs of others. Through continual prayer, worship and study of scripture, we are an ever transforming church.
In addition, the committee is offering us a “branding statement” that could easily fit on letterhead, brochures and web sites: Our Transforming Church: Join us and develop a personal relationship with Christ through study, worship, and service.
Please read these statements over carefully and thoughtfully. Is this the way you think our church should represent itself to the world? Is anything missing? We will have an opportunity to vote on both statements in congregational meetings in coming months. Your thoughts about them at this moment are welcome.
The Gatherings will meet Sundays after coffee hour.
Starting Sunday, September 10 11:30-12:15.
This year the goal is to provide an opportunity for members to talk about their faith and grow in their individual walk with God.With this goal in mind, this is the proposed format for the upcoming year.Stella and Janice is alternate leadership of The Gathering.Stella will lead the Gathering at the Levittown Church on the first and third Sunday’s of each month.Janice will led the Gathering at the Massapequa Church on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.
Janice will lead a special activity on the Fifth Sunday of October.Activities for the remaining fifth Sundays of the year will be announced as they occur.
The sessions led by Stella will focus on centering prayer and meditation.Some Yoga may be included in her sessions.
Janice will lead a book study on: Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World,by Henri J. M. Nouwen.Books will be made available for purchase for all those who chose to participate.
The following is the information on the back cover of the book:
From the Back Cover
“All I want to say to you is, ‘You are the Beloved, ‘ and all I hope is that you can hear these words as spoken to you with all the tenderness and force that love can hold. My only desire is to make these words reverberate in every corner of your being – ‘You are the Beloved.'” This personal witness to a God who calls us the Beloved is the fruit of a long friendship between journalist-writer Fred Bratman and Henri Nouwen. Henri is trying to respond to Fred’s concern to live a spiritual life in the midst of a very secular world. A remarkable aspect of this book is that while Henri writes to a personal friend, he in fact found a language that speaks clearly and convincingly to all who search for the Spirit of God in the world. Here is a ringing affirmation that everyone is loved by God and can enjoy “the life of the beloved”. It reveals the wonders of the spiritual journey and renews the fire of faith.