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Pastor Katie’s Weekly Letter

UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH

Levittown Campus Massapequa Campus 474 Wantagh Avenue, Levittown 150 Pittsburgh Avenue, Massapequa

March 26, 2020

Weekly Pastor’s Letter…

Dear Church, I hope this letter finds you safe and healthy and sheltered in your homes. As we go through this time together, please reach out if you have any needs. We know that many people in our church have underlying medical conditions, and we are urging our “older” folks to use caution about even going out to the stores for supplies. Please reach out to your deacons or elders, call the church office, or call me at (805) 448-9641 if there’s any way we can be of assistance.

I am sad to share that Eleanor Novotny passed away on March 23. Eleanor was a long time member of the United Presbyterian Church, Levittown Campus and lived to be 101 years old. Please say a prayer for Eleanor and her family.  Eleanor requested that there not be a service. When we gather in person again we will honor her during our regular Sunday worship service. If you have stories or memories of Eleanor, please take a few minutes to email them to the church office and we will make sure Janice Newsome and the family receives them.

I’m happy to share that Wendy is home from her surgery and is recuperating. She is grateful for all of your prayers and hopes to join us for the Zoom calls again soon.

I’m also happy to share that Wayne is doing well. He joined our worship call on Sunday last, and I look forward to working with him in April to add more music into the worship services!

We continue to meet daily by Zoom conference calls (M/W/F at 12noon and Su/Tu/Th at 7pm), and we will be worshiping on Sundays at 10am, also by Zoom conference call. Thanks especially to Feiona, Ella, Stella, Robin, Joan, Sharon, Paul and others who made worship possible last week and this week! If you are interested in reading scripture, singing, or participating in other ways with worship, please contact Sharon or myself.

To join the zoom calls from any phone, cell phone, tablet or computer:

Call in by phone: (646) 558 8656 when prompted, enter the meeting number: 832 316 0543
-or-
Using the Zoom app join with the meeting number: 832 316 0543
-or-
Using a computer, click on this link:
https://zoom.us/j/8323160543

Sunday’s sermon will be on the valley of the dry bones depicted by the prophet Ezekiel. I hope you’ll join us for worship as we figure out how to do this without our buildings…

We expect that we will not be gathering in person for Holy Week. However our Worship Committee will be meeting next week to talk about some ways to celebrate that time through our conference call gatherings. We know that not everyone has the technology to see video, so we are committed to creating worship services that are accessible by a regular phone. We will also be working to create some video content to compliment the audio. If you are interested in being part of that conversation, please contact Sharon or myself and we’ll add you to the call.

Many thanks to our Deacons and Elders who have made it possible for UPC to pivot on a dime and keep our community connected, even as we cannot gather physically. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to work with in the first month of my ministry as we navigate a global disaster together!

Finally, in this time of enforced isolation (even as some of us are isolated in larger groups!), I offer you this reflection by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan:

“I am not a quiet person. But I can use quiet. To let myself choose quiet is to value my voice, my time, my energy, my words. It is to know that if the words are not there, they will come. To let myself choose quiet is to know that, sometimes, the most important thing is not to change or teach unwilling others, but to take care of myself. Sometimes the loudest thing we can do—the most generative, most disruptive, most rambunctious, most radical, most revolutionary thing we can do—is give ourselves what we need. Time. Space. Rest. Energy. Love. Quiet.”

No matter where you are right now, no matter who you are with, take some time to be quiet as the world is shutting down temporarily. There will be plenty of time to be productive, make noise, celebrate, be LOUD. But for right now, rest and refresh. Regain lost energy. Allow yourself to know who you are when everything slows down.

And for those of you who are still working, essential personnel who are keeping the world alive right now, you have our deepest gratitude for that work. If we can be helpful to you, please let us know. If we can treat you with dinner or supplies or a friendly ear, please let us know.

Blessings to all and I hope to see you soon…

Rev. Katie Mulligan

Pastor, United Presbyterian Church (805) 448-9641 katiesmulligan@gmail.com

Girl’s Night Out – Monday – July 30th. – 6:30pm

Girl’s Night Out
Monday, July 30th. @ 6:30pm
Sofiya’s Grill, 2320 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow
All are Welcome—Bring A Friend! The sign up sheet is in the Narthex

Girls Night Out april

Pastor’s Post – June 2016

From the Pastor

Dear Friends,

Sundays in June offer exciting and interesting events that deserve your participation.  This coming Sabbath, the 5th, we will be worshipping at Levittown and holding an unofficial, non-business meeting of both Levittown and Massapequa members after service. As Maria and Joan, the Clerks of Session, have told you, we will be holding an advisory vote on the question of going forward with a study process to prepare for a formal merger of the two congregations.  We are going to do this by paper ballot.  We will take some time before the vote to talk about the study process that we are planning and how you can be part of it.  If it is impossible for you to be with us this Sunday, we still would appreciate hearing from you.  What have you appreciated about our joint worship and other cooperative activities over the past year or so?  What do you wish we could do more of?  What thoughts do you have about our mission?  Would it change if we merge?  How can you imagine our use of our two church buildings in the future?

On June 12 at Massapequa, we will bring into membership eleven young people who have been participating in the confirmation class this year.   This will be a great opportunity to catch a glimpse of the faith that is alive in these bright young people.

The afternoon Contemporary Service known as “The Gathering” will resume this Sunday, the 5th at 5:30 p.m. and continue through June 26th.  The last meeting of the Gathering will be held on June 26th. from 2-4pm at the Homecoming Farm in Amityville (555 Albany Ave).  The service will honor God’s creation and give us an opportunity to pray and praise God together in the great outdoors.

-Pastor Lou

Welcome Back, Welcome Back…Worship Services are Back at FPC in August!

Welcome Back, Welcome Back…Worship Services are Back at FPC in August!

Please join us at The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown along with members from the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa for Worship Service Sundays at 10:00a.m.

We have lined up some great Guest Preachers for August.

Sunday, August 2th. Elder Margaret Cook will lead FPC in worship.

Sunday, August 9th. Reverend Dr. Louis Knowles, our new Pastor, will lead us in worship.
Come out to warmly welcome Rev. Knowles to our Church.

Sunday, August 16th. & 23rd. worship services will be led by Rev. Mark Applewhite

Sunday, August 30th. our very own Bryn Mader will be the guest preacher.

We hope you join us to Meet God & Friends Here!

65th. Church Anniversary Celebration, Sunday, January 25th. from 1-4pm

65th. Anniversary

The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown is celebrating our 65th anniversary this year!

All who love and care about this church please come celebrate our

65th ANNIVERSARY with a Spaghetti Dinner.

Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 1:00 to 4:00p.m.

Members, Friends and the Community are invited to celebrate our Anniversary!

We hope you can join us to Meet God & Friends Here!

 

Church School – Sunday, September 21st.

 

Church School

Church School is back in session starting Sunday, September 21st. at 10:00 a.m.   To celebrate National Back to Church Sunday FPC will host Rally Day, a mini carnival, for the children of the church, members and the congregation at 12:00 p.m. on our front lawn.

Catch the excitement!

Pastor’s Post

Cornell Bulletin                           

Do You See What I See?

 The song “Count Your Blessings” is a favorite childhood hymn. The first verse says, “When upon life’s billows you are tempest tossed, when you are discouraged thinking all is lost, count your many blessings name them one by one and it will surprise you what the Lord has done.”  When I was young I had no idea what it meant to be tempest tossed but I knew it was something that was so terrible that it made you want to count every good thing that ever happened in your life.  The world is a scary place and bad things happen to good people. When we get hurt or disappointed it causes us to look at the world through dark sunglasses. Our outlook on becomes dim.  It is only those with a commitment to looking at life with a sense of thankfulness (not necessarily through rose colored glasses) and gratitude, can see the world in a different light.

There is a quote from Meister Eckhart which says, “If the only prayer you ever say in your entire life is thank you that will be enough.” For most of us “thank you” probably won’t be our entire prayer, but we should spend time in prayer thanking God for what we have rather than always asking for help. If we want to grow strong in our faith, we must begin by having a heart of gratitude.  So how do we learn to count our blessings amidst the regular challenge and turmoil of our lives?  We must develop an attitude of gratitude that sees the glass half full rather than half empty. This way of thinking or looking at things helps us to change our perception.

This brings to mind another favorite song that I loved to sing at Christmas time. The song “Do You Hear What I Hear?” is mistakenly assumed to be a Christmas carol, but the truth is it was written as a protest song during the Cuban Missile Crisis in 1962.  The songwriter, challenged listeners in this popular song to see the world differently in the midst of war. He was able to pen a powerful plea for peace because he had experienced the horrors of war during Hitler’s regime. A refrain from the song rings in my ears “Pray for peace, people everywhere…”

With these songs in mind I challenge all of us to count our blessings and to look at our lives through a different lens.  What do you see when you look at our church? Do you see a church in despair? Do you see what I see, the church triumphant, and the church of Jesus Christ?  I see a church that continues to come together for worship through difficult and changing times.  I see a church that is still willing to try and is still holding open its doors for whoever wants to come in. I see a church that is still giving, still loving each other and still singing songs of praise to God in the midst of uncertainty.

We are a blessed congregation and blessed people! Collectively we have more wealth than most people in many parts of the world.  Our church doors are still open and we are still worshipping together in the same building. Unfortunately, many of our Christian brothers and sisters cannot say the same.

The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown is celebrating its 65th anniversary this year! As we approach this milestone in our congregation, I ask that you count the many l blessings that you have experienced in this church.  When you finish counting your blessings take time to thank God for the wonderful memories and moments where you met God and friends here.  Then ask God to open your eyes and to help you see this worshipping community in a different light.  Ask God to give you a renewed faith and a restored hope that this church will be around for at least another 65 years.

I am asking all who love and care about this church to attend our 65th anniversary spaghetti dinner on November 2nd from 4 – 8pm.  We are inviting the community to come celebrate with us. I am also asking all who are able and willing to donate a love offering of $65 in honor of our church that the work of Christ may continue.  We have been blessed by the labor of love of those who have gone before us.  Now, it is now our turn to continue the legacy by giving of our time and talent to maintain this wonderful faith community for the next generation.

 

Yours in Christ,

 

Reverend Terri Ofori,

Interim Pastor.

Verse of the Day

For as in one body we have many members, and not all the members have the same function, so we, who are many, are one body in Christ, and individually we are members one of another.

Romans 12:4-5 NRSV