The lectionary reading for June 3 includes a passage from Paul’s second letter to the Christians in the city of Corinth. In the 4th chapter, verse 7, Paul writes that we carry the treasure of the Gospel in “clay jars,” or, in the more colorful language of older translations, in “earthen vessels.” Paul is referring to himself and his fellow preachers in these terms to express the frailty of human nature, and how little we deserve to be so closely associated with the glorious message of Christ’s love and mercy.
It has occurred to me that we have another type of “earthen vessel” to deal with, and that is the earthly organizational structure of the church. As spiritually restorative as our worship and fellowship may be, it must be carried on in real time in real property and in the form of a non-profit organization with all the red tape and legal rigmarole that is implied in that status. In coming months, we will encounter a lot of rigmarole as we move toward full union of the two congregations. I ask for your patience and your participation as we proceed. The next milestone for our congregation(s) will be a meeting following worship on Sunday, June 24. We will vote to approve by-laws for the new congregation, and each of the two congregations, meeting together but voting separately, will vote on motions to bring us together that our lawyers have drafted using language that will meet the requirements of the government agencies that will be involved in approving the bringing together of the congregations.
After the votes of June 24, we will take our proposal to become United Presbyterian Church to Presbytery, going through the Presbytery Trustees.
Please try to be present for the June 24 meeting. It will be held immediately following worship on Sunday, June 24 at Levittown. It is important not only to have a quorum of members of both churches present, but we should show to Presbytery and government agencies that our process has benefited from the active involvement of as many members as possible.
Confirmation Class Dinner and Presentation of Statements of Faith
Saturday, June 9th. at 5pm the Confirmation class will meet with Pastor Lou and the elders of the church. At this time, the confirmands will give their
Statements of Faith and will be formally received into the
congregation. A dinner in honor of the confirmands will follow in the
Confirmation Sunday, June 10th at 10:00 a.m. Worship Service.
Immediately following worship we will have a pot luck brunch in the Massapequa fellowship hall celebrating the confirmation of our younger members. Each family is asked to bring a dish. Beverages and desserts will be provided by the choir and fellowship team.
Supper At Six
Sunday, February 18th. 6:00 – 8:30 p.m.
This is not an exclusive dinner club. All members, family and friends of our merging congregations are invited to attend, Children and grandchildren are also welcome to participate. There are games always available for the young ones. We will be playing bingo after dinner. Each attendee is asked to bring a $1 scratch off card to be used as a prize for the Bingo winners. Please bring a covered dish of your choice. Judy and Bill Lee and Paul Clifford will provide setup, beverages and desserts for the evening. Please RSVP to Paul Clifford at 516- 799-4049. Looking forward to
“The Annual Ecclesiastical/Corporate Joint Meeting of the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown and Presbyterian Community Church of
Massapequa is called for Sunday, March 4, 2018 in the sanctuary of the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown immediately following worship to conduct the following business: Receive reports, receive the annual budgets and to consider any other business that may properly be brought before the Annual Meeting. By order of the Sessions, Maria Studer, Clerk of the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown and Joan Tischner, Clerk of the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa.”
A potluck lunch will take place following the meeting in Miles Hall. Volunteers are needed for set up and donations of beverages and desserts are needed. Each member is asked to bring a covered dish or salad. Please contact Cathy Ernst at 516 241 0832 if you are able to help or are able to donate. Thank you.