Tag Archive | “The Gathering”

The Gathering Sundays following Worship

During Lent, the Gathering will meet in Miles Hall following a brief coffee hour.

The following four Sundays, March 17, 24, and 31 and April 7th the Gathering will  offer opportunities for group discussion on our new life as one congregation under the following themes:

March 17               How we worship

March 24               How we govern ourselves

March 31               What is the future of our buildings?  Issues and ideas.

April 7                    What is our Mission both local and global?  How do we achieve it? –                                         Massapequa location

These sessions will be planned and led by the Pastor with input from elders and other members.

 

Pastor’s Post

Dear Members of United Presbyterian Church:

What a joy it is to address you in this new way!  We have traveled a long way over the past three years, we have gotten to know each other well, and we have learned to worship and work as one body of Christ’s followers.  Now, our shared experience is being validated in official unification of the two historic churches.

I am thankful that the ecclesiastic and legal processes of unification have synchronized, so that we can move in coming weeks to consolidate our legal and financial management even as our new, unified session will begin to make decisions.  We need to work on creating a new system of committees, being clear about the tasks each committee is assigned, and appointing chairs.

 

Most important, I believe, is that during the next several months, we need to systematically think about the nature of our life together and our mission in this new era.  In 2016, almost three years ago, a joint committee wrote a “Plumbline Report” to assess the community we serve and the direction we wished to take in congregational life and mission.  The Report was accepted by both sessions.  Now, we need to re-visit that report, and see if we can develop a more specific set of goals as we consider where we are now.

To assist with this new process of discernment and planning, I am organizing the Gathering sessions for the Lenten season Sundays of March 17, 24, and 31 and April 7.  We will meet in Miles Hall (4/7 will be held in the Massapequa Social hall) following a brief coffee hour.

 March 17         How we worship

March 24         How we govern ourselves

March 31         What is the future of our buildings?  Issues and ideas.

April 7              What is our Mission both local and global?  How do we achieve It? 

These sessions will be planned and led by me with input from elders and other members.

I will create a summary of points made and ideas brought forward.  This will become a background paper for a one-day member planning retreat I hope to organize sometime in May.  (I should add that this plan of mine will be discussed at the first meeting of the unified session, so it is subject to change.  Stay tuned.)

 

-Pastor Lou

 

 

Welcome Back the “Gathering”

THE GATHERING:  FALL, 2018

The Gathering will begin to meet on Sunday, September 16th.

The September session s will meet at the Levittown church.  The October and November sessions will meet at the Massapequa Church.

 

DATE TOPIC LEADER
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

9/16

 

What the Bible Teaches About Immigration

 

On Sunday, September 16 and Sunday, September 23 the Gathering will present a discussion series about what our Scriptures have to say about immigration and refugees.  The discussions will use Bible verses and contexts and personal experience to look at a very important and controversial current topic.

Please join us.

 

 

“What the Bible Teaches About Immigration”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Maria Studer

 

9/23 “What the Bible Teaches About Immigration” Maria Studer
9/30 The Gathering does not meet on this date  
10/7 The Gathering does not meet on this date  
10/14

10/21

10/28

Book Study:

Heart and Soul by W. Douglas Hood Jr.

Janice Kincaid
11/4

11/11

11/18

11/25

Book Study:

Heart and Soul by W. Douglas Hood Jr.

Janice Kincaid
December The Gathering will not meet in December.

The Gathering will resume on January 6, 2019

 

What the Bible Teaches About Immigration.

What the Bible Teaches About Immigration

On Sunday, September 16 and Sunday, September 23 following worship, the Gathering will present a discussion series about what our Scriptures have to say about immigration and refugees.  The discussions will use Bible verses and contexts and personal experience to look at a very important and controversial current topic.

Please join us.

Bible

 

The Special Club will meet on March 13th. at 7pm at the Massapequa Church.

“THE GATHERING”  WELCOMES THE SPECIAL NEEDS COMMUNITY

The “Special Club” will meet on Tuesday, March 13, 2018 at 7pm. hosted at the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa

(Massapequa, NY) — In an almost club-like environment, parents of local “special needs children and teenagers” are coming together, in an informal way, to share stories and offer support.

“Parents have ‘special needs,’ too,” says Stacie Armstrong, organizer of the group. “We all share a common bond, have common challenges and need to recognize that we’re not alone with facing the challenges to provide a satisfying life for our children without losing ourselves.”

“It’s an outreach to special needs families to provide a welcoming environment within the community” says Armstrong. “We’re looking forward to seeing the group expand and, eventually, divide into other groups devoted to various age ranges, as each experience different struggles as children grow older.”

Reservations are required so we can allocate our resources accordingly. For further information on this “Special Club” call Joan Tischner.  There is no cost to join, but donations will be accepted to defray the cost of coffee and pastry.

The Gathering Meeting Dates for March and April.

THE GATHERING: MARCH AND APRIL 2018

Mar. 4 Congregational meeting. The Gathering does not meet.
Mae. 11, 18, 25 Janice leads book study on Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down
Apr. 1 Easter: The Gathering does not meet
Apr. 8 Janice continues the book study
Apr. 15 Janice leads final meeting for book study
Apr. 22, 29 Stella leads The Gathering

THE GATHERING FEATURES A BOOK STUDY IN MARCH

All four Sundays in March and April 8th Janice will lead a book study on: Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down, by Kirk Byron Jones.
Books will be made available for purchase for all those who chose to participate.

The following is the information on the back cover of the book:
Does life have to be fast to be fun and fulfilling? In Addicted to Hurry, Kirk Byron Jones debunks the “need for speed” mentality that so many people have embraced. He goes beyond social and psychological analysis to include spiritual perspectives on the dangers of letting hurry become a chronic condition.