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Special Congregational Meeting, September 30, 2018 following worship

A special congregational meeting of the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown is called for Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Miles Hall located in the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown. The meeting will take place immediately following the worship service.

The purpose of this meeting is to:

  1. a) approve the consolidation of the two congregations to become the “United Presbyterian Church.”
  2. b) approve the new bylaws for the  “United Presbyterian Church.”

Called  by order of the Session:  Rev. Louis Knowles Moderator, Maria Studer, Clerk of Session, Joan Tischner Clerk of Session.

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A special congregational meeting of the Presbyterian Community  Church of Massapequa is called for Sunday, September 30, 2018 in Miles Hall located in the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown.  The meeting will take place immediately following worship service.

The purpose of this meeting is to:

  1. a) approve the consolidation of the two congregations to become the “United Presbyterian Church.”
  2. b) approve the new bylaws for the  “United Presbyterian Church.”

Called  by order of the Session:  Rev. Louis Knowles Moderator, Maria Studer, Clerk of Session, Joan Tischner Clerk of Session.

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Special Congregational Meeting, Sunday, June 24th. following worship in Miles Hall.

A special congregational meeting of the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown is called for Sunday, June 24th, 2018 in Miles Hall located in the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown. The meeting will take place immediately following worship service.

The purpose of this meeting is to:

a) approve the consolidation of the two congregations to become the ” United Presbyterian Church”.

b) approve the new bylaws for the  “United Presbyterian Church”.

Called  by order of the Session:  Rev. Louis Knowles Moderator, Maria Studer, Clerk of Session, Joan Tischner Clerk of Session
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A special congregational meeting of the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa is called for Sunday, June 24th, 2018 in Miles Hall located in the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown. The meeting will take place immediately following the worship service.

The purpose of this meeting is to:

a) approve the consolidation of the two congregations to become the ” United Presbyterian Church”.

b) approve the new bylaws for the  “United Presbyterian Church”.

Called  by order of the Session:  Rev. Louis Knowles Moderator, Maria Studer, Clerk of Session, Joan Tischner Clerk of Session .

 

Pastor’s Post – June 2018

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Pastor’s Post

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.

 

Pastor Lou

Pastor Post for May

Pastor’s Post

At its April meeting, our joint session decided on the following worship plan for the remainder of 2018.

1. We will continue to alternate on the present schedule between
Massapequa and Levittown through Confirmation Sunday,
June 10.

2. Beginning Sunday, June 17 and continuing through September, we
will worship in Miles Hall at Levittown. For those of you who may
be unfamiliar with the Levittown building, Miles Hall is what we
sometimes call “the Social Hall” where we have coffee after
worship. It is an air conditioned space that will work well for the
hot summer months.

3. Beginning with Sunday, October 7, we will worship at 10 a.m.
Sunday in our Massapequa sanctuary and will be there every
Sunday through December.

4. Decisions about our worship location beyond this year will be made in the fall.

Personally, I have thought about the idea of holding an additional worship service, maybe twice a month, on Sunday afternoons in the Levittown sanctuary during the cold months. It could be held around 4:30 in the afternoon, or possibly even a little earlier, so that worshipers could get home before dark. In such a setting we could try different things—longer periods of prayer, alternative music, poetry, dialogue sermons, audiovisual presentations, guest preachers/speakers etc. We would have communion at the afternoon service on the same Sundays it was being celebrated at 10 a.m. Once again, this is just an idea of mine, it has not been discussed or voted on by the session. I would be interested in hearing from anyone who thinks they might want to be involved in such a service, either as a supplement to Sunday morning or as a substitute on those Sundays it took place.

-Pastor Lou

Pastor’s Post for April

Pastor’s Post: Our Connectional Church, Part 1

As I have often said, there are a great many advantages to being part of a “connectional” church such as the Presbyterian Church in the United States of America. Sadly, we often don’t think about this dimension of our church experience except when we read headlines about controversial decisions made by our General Assembly, which meets every other summer. If we can put that thought aside for a moment, I’d like to share some of the real positives we gain from our relationship to the PCUSA nationally and regionally. This is a big topic, and I will spread my comments over the next several newsletters.

During our recent stewardship drive, we shared information about the “per capita” donation (currently about $37 for each member) that we are obligated to send to fund the work of the church regionally and nationally. We learned that most of this money is utilized by the Presbytery of Long Island to support the life and work of congregations in our area. Presbytery is the body that maintains the standards for education, skills and conduct for our professional clergy. It also oversees a variety of educational and training resources for church members in things like how to be an elder, how to serve as a deacon, how to manage finances, and so forth. Presbytery has a variety of ways it can help local churches when they encounter challenges and difficulties. It also organizes support for many different forms of local mission and manages relations with other denominations and faith groups. The Presbytery board of trustees exercises stewardship of Presbytery’s funds and interacts with local congregations in matters of property and financial management.

Presbytery is composed of all active PCUSA clergy on Long Island and lay representatives of all congregations. The Presbytery meets five or six times a year to conduct business. The Massapequa session appoints a person as “commissioner” or representative for each meeting of presbytery. Clerk Joan Tischner has been a frequent representative. Levittown session elects a representative each year, and Maria Studer is the current commissioner with Marilyn Rodahan serving as alternate. Presbytery meetings are held in different churches, so sooner or later it meets near us. The next meeting of Presbytery will take place on Tuesday, April 17 at Bellmore Presbyterian Church, beginning at 12:30 p.m. and will last several hours. If you would like to visit Presbytery and witness it at work, please feel free to do so. If you let me know your plans, I will arrange to introduce you, so the commissioners are aware of your presence and interest. I should add that not all Presbytery meetings are held on week days. It meets, frequently on a Saturday, to allow for greater participation from lay Presbyterians.

Beyond our local area, we are connected with the Synod of the Northeast, which keeps offices in upstate New York and covers New England and the greater New York area. Then, of course, we are part of the General Assembly which includes representation from all parts of the United States. Next month, I will give you a report on the activities of Synod, and then, as we move toward the meeting of General Assembly in St. Louis in June, I will brief you on the activities of the national church and what important issues will be brought up at GA this year.

 

-Pastor Lou

Pastor’s Post for February 2018

From the Pastor:

Sermons in Lent
Easter is early this year, which means that Ash Wednesday is just around the corner (February 14, 7 p.m. Massapequa). We are planning a confirmation class for this year, which will begin to meet during Lent. I am planning a series of Lenten sermons around the Apostles’ Creed, and I am asking the confirmands to attend church services during Lent, to hear and think about these sermons. At the same time, I want these sermons to be an opportunity for all church members, not just the confirmands, to return to the roots of their faith, to be reminded of the core beliefs that give us our identity as followers of Christ. In each case, we will also talk about how the Presbyterian Church looks at the elements of the Creed, and how our point of view is the same as or different from that of other denominations. This is a good time to re-examine the faith that brings us together, as we are in the process of re-organizing our life together to fashion one congregation out of two, so that Presbyterian-style Christianity can continue to witness in this area.

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Congregational Merger Process

If you have not already done so, please fill out and return the worship location survey, which is printed on pink paper. You can mail it in or put it in the basket in the narthex, or hand it to me. You can also provide an e-mail response.

On Sunday, February18 following the service at Levittown there will be an open discussion session on the state of repair of our two church campuses. A number of people have asked for more information on this subject, and those of us most knowledgeable about the buildings are expected to be there to answer questions.