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Pastor’s Post – February 2019

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A few days ago, members of Session and I attended a lunch with representatives of a new program of the Presbyterian Foundation called “Project Regeneration.”  Along with people from several other Long Island congregations, we listened to a presentation that provided information about congregations around the country much like ours:  that is, established churches that once had hundreds of members and now are much smaller and struggling to maintain their ministry.  This lunch was designed to be the first of four gatherings to be held over the next year on Long Island to explore ways churches are responding to their situation, especially financial strategies.

Although it was not said in so many words, the theme of this first lunch seemed to be: “You are not alone in your experience of decline.”  Here are just a few of the facts that were shared with us:

The national Presbyterian Church in the USA (PCUSA) has lost over a third of its membership in the last fifteen years and has 13% fewer congregations.

A “typical” Presbyterian is 63 years old.  The average American is 38 years old.

The median Presbyterian congregation has 81 members.

85% of mainline Protestant churches (Presbyterian, Methodist, Episcopalian etc) have plateaued in membership or are declining.

If the sanctuary is less than 40% full for worship, visitors are much less likely to return.

Congregational mergers are rare.  (Nice to know that we here are special!)

In the face of these sobering facts, churches around the country have found ways to re-define their mission and to maintain their financial viability.  I am hoping that over the course of the next three lunches, we will learn about creative and inspiring examples that will help us to think “outside the box” in terms of continuing ministry in these difficult times.  Our guests from the Foundation provided this helpful thought:  “The situation you and your church find yourself in is not your fault, but it is your problem.”   I would only add: “It is our problem but also our opportunity.”  Although our situation may not always feel hopeful, I believe we have the resources to fashion a new way of being a Christian church here and now.  God is challenging us to use our creativity and to gather our courage.

Please let me know if you would like to be included in the next lunch, which will take place on Tuesday, March 26 also at Sweet Hollow.

Pastor Lou

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Girl’s Night Out – June 13th. @ 6:30pm

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Join us for Girl’s Night Out – Wednesday – June 13th. @ 6:30pm

All are invited to meet at Jani’s Restaurant located at 1175 Wantagh Avenue, Wantagh.

Bring a friend and don’t miss a fun night out!

The sign up sheet is on the Narthex table in Levittown and on the bulletin board in Massapequa.

Cast Your Vote! Naming our Church

  

Whats in a Name

Naming Our New Church    

As our congregations continue to move forward toward merger, we need to begin to think about a name for our new ministry together. We are asking all of you to think about a name for what will be our new church. During the months of May & June suggestions may be submitted to Maria Studer or Joan Tischner, the Clerks of our         Sessions. We look forward to your ideas. The final decision on the new name will be made by the Joint Sessions.

Please write down your name suggestion and drop it in the suggestion box on the Narthex table at Levittown & Massapequa.

Optional – Member’s Name_________________________________________

New Church Name_______________________________________________

 

Honoring our Veterans, Sunday November 13th. at the 10a.m. Worship Service

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During our 10am worship service on Sunday, November 13 we will be honoring the Veteran members of our congregations at the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa. We want to include all those who served, please sign the sheet in either of the church narthexes with your name and your specific service to  our country so that we may recognize you during the service.  The Joint Mission Team is making a $200 donation to the Fisher House (a reputable charitable Veteran organization) in honor and gratitude of all of our Veterans.