Tag Archive | Reverend Dr. Louis Knowles

Pastor’s Post – December

 

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Christ and the Grinch

Shortly after Thanksgiving, my family went to see the “Grinch 2” movie, in which Benedict Cumberbatch (don’t you love that British name?) takes over from Jim Carrey as the chief Christmas gremlin, determined to ruin the holiday for his neighbors in Whoville. Early in the film, before
we were even through the first bag of popcorn, there is a seen with a group of Whoville carolers. They are singing “God Rest Ye Merry Gentlemen (and Ladies, we must presume).” Here are the words to the first verse, all of which were sung in the scene:

“God rest ye merry gentlemen, let nothing you dismay, remember Christ our Savior was born on Christmas Day, to save us all from Satan’s power, when we have gone astray, Oh, tidings of comfort and joy, comfort and joy. ”

I suddenly sat up straight (well, actually you can’t physically sit up straight in modern movie seats), startled by this unexpected appearance of religious language in the middle of a popular Christmas movie. What, one had to ask, were Christ and Satan doing in this PG rated candy cane
of a film? I immediately developed a theory that this caroling scene was a little sop given to the “put Christ back into Christmas” crowd. Why not have a bit of theology thrown in, just in case someone wanted to raise a question about the moral value of this entertainment?

Lest you think I am becoming the Grinch by raising any question about our latest sugar-plum movie for kids, I hasten to say that there wasn’t anything particularly wrong with the rest of the story. Although I’m afraid that I fell asleep before we got to the resolution, it seems that the Grinch was converted to cheeriness at last, after trying to steal all the Christmas decorations and toys in his village. The catalyst for his conversion was a kind, adorable little girl, Cindy-Lou Who, voiced by child actress Cameron Seely, who wanted to meet Santa but instead encountered the
Grinch. Cumberbatch gave an interview in which he explained that his version of the Grinch was less mean than the original Carrey version, and the audience could see that the Grinch’s behavior was rooted in his loneliness and feeling of isolation from the villagers.

Films like this can be good family fun, but our kids need to hear the real Christmas story from their parents and their church. They need to be told that Christmas began as a way of remembering God’s great gift to us, the gift of his Son, and that our seasonal giving and receiving is simply a way of reminding us of that wonderful truth. All the rest is, well, tinsel.

Pastor Lou

 

 

Pastor’s Post for October 2018

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Where We Worship

Remember!  Starting this Sunday, October 7, we will be worshiping every Sunday at 10 a.m. in the sanctuary at our Massapequa campus until the end of the year.  We will be able to watch as our amazing gingko tree located in front of the church becomes a golden torch of autumn splendor!

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Meditations to Enhance Your Christian Life

You don’t want to miss the Gathering, starting Sunday, October 14th. with a book study led by Janice Kincaid.  The book is Heart and Soul by Douglas Hood, the pastor of the Presbyterian Church in Del Ray Beach, Florida.

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Our Journey to Being United Presbyterian Church   

I am grateful to all those of you who were able to attend our joint congregational meeting on Sunday, September 30.  It appears now that we will shortly have our paperwork in hand to send to the New York State authorities who must approve our plan to become one new congregation, United Presbyterian Church.  Barring unforeseen difficulties, we should receive the green light from the state within a few months.  Maria Studer has been managing the application process, and she still needs help entering our data from the inventory of the belongings of both congregations.  Volunteers are welcome!  If this can be done in the next couple of weeks, the full application can be submitted this month.

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Church Revitalization Workshop

This past Saturday, September 29, I attended a Church Revitalization seminar offered by our Lutheran brothers and sisters in Deer Park.  I plan to share some ideas and insights from that day with the elders and any other members who are interested.   For example, testimonials from church members about how God is at work in their lives are inspiring and motivating for other members and friends.  It would be great to hear from some of you as part of our service in coming weeks and months.

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A Day with Brian McLaren

Thanks to Presbytery, we have a wonderful opportunity to be in conversation with Brian McLaren on Saturday, October 13 9:30 to 3:30 in Bethpage.  The cost is minimal, $10 in advance or $20 at the door.  McLaren has written compellingly about the future of the Christian faith in this secular age.  His reflections will be very helpful to us as we plan our church of the future right here on Long Island.  You can call 631 486 4350 to let Presbytery know you are coming.

 

Supper at Six – Sunday, September 16th. @ 6pm.

Sunday Supper at Six, September 16, 2018 6-8pm

Join us for Supper at Six in the Massapequa Fellowship Hall. This is a wonderful opportunity to spend time and get to know each other a little better!  All members of our united congregations are invited to attend. Please bring a friend or family member. Children are always welcome and there are always activities to keep them busy.

At our September dinner each attendee is asked to bring a potluck dish and a wrapped gift that is valued at no more than $10. The gift can be purchased or be a re-gift. We will again conduct our wild and crazy gift swap!

Joan and Joe Tischner and Ralph and Ruth Dettmann will provide the set-up, beverages and desserts for this dinner.

Please RSVP to Joan or Joe Tischner.

We will meet again on Sunday, October 28th and Sunday November 18th.

 

Joint Congregation Worship Schedule

Join our United Congregations for Worship on Sundays at 10am.

Summer Worship will continue in Miles Hall at the First Presbyterian Church of Levittown at through September 2nd.

Worship will return to the Levittown Sanctuary on September 9th. through the last Sunday in September.

Worship will begin at the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa on

Sunday, October 7th. at 10:00am.

 

Come & Worship

 

Special Congregational Meeting, September 30, 2018 following worship

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

The purpose of this meeting is to:

  1. approve amendments to the By-Laws of United Presbyterian Church.
  2. approve the Plan of Consolidation of the historic churches, Levittown and Massapequa, into United Presbyterian Church.
  3. approve the Legal Resolutions for the Consolidation of Levittown and Massapequa into United Presbyterian Church.

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

 

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

The purpose of this meeting is to:

  1. approve amendments to the By-Laws of United Presbyterian Church.
  2. approve the Plan of Consolidation of the historic churches, Levittown and Massapequa, into United Presbyterian Church.
  3. approve the Legal Resolutions for the Consolidation of Levittown and Massapequa into United Presbyterian Church.

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

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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 .