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The “Special Club” will meet on Tuesday, October 10th. 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.”

According to a recent government estimate, some 19 percent of children in the U.S. fall into the ‘special needs’ category, with 35 percent of all children having some type of learning or intellectual disability.

The first meeting will be October 10th from 7pm – 8pm, and will continue, on the second Tuesday of every month thereafter. “The Gathering,” which is the Outreach Program of The Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa is serving as host, at 150 Pittsburgh Ave. in Massapequa in the Church Fellowship Hall. A social worker will act as the facilitator and church members will watch and entertain the children.

“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.”

“Raising a child with special needs is a full-time job in itself,” says Armstrong” And for a single, working parent, it can, at times, be overwhelming, so it’s good to know there’s support and assistance available to help out. Plus, it’s a night out.”

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.



Join us at the Gathering Sundays at 11:30am



The Gatherings will meet Sundays after coffee hour.


Starting Sunday, September 10 11:30-12:15. 


 This year the goal is to provide an opportunity for members to talk about their faith and grow in their individual walk with God.  With this goal in mind, this is the proposed format for the upcoming year.  Stella and Janice is alternate leadership of The Gathering.  Stella will lead the Gathering at the Levittown Church on the first and third Sunday’s of each month.  Janice will led the Gathering at the Massapequa Church on the second and fourth Sundays of each month.


Janice will lead a special activity on the Fifth Sunday of October.  Activities for the remaining fifth Sundays of the year will be announced as they occur.




The sessions led by Stella will focus on centering prayer and meditation.  Some Yoga may be included in her sessions.




Janice will lead a book study on: Life of the Beloved: Spiritual Living in a Secular World,by Henri J. M. Nouwen.  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:

From the Back Cover
“All I want to say to you is, ‘You are the Beloved, ‘ and all I hope is that you can hear these words as spoken to you with all the tenderness and force that love can hold. My only desire is to make these words reverberate in every corner of your being – ‘You are the Beloved.'” This personal witness to a God who calls us the Beloved is the fruit of a long friendship between journalist-writer Fred Bratman and Henri Nouwen. Henri is trying to respond to Fred’s concern to live a spiritual life in the midst of a very secular world. A remarkable aspect of this book is that while Henri writes to a personal friend, he in fact found a language that speaks clearly and convincingly to all who search for the Spirit of God in the world. Here is a ringing affirmation that everyone is loved by God and can enjoy “the life of the beloved”. It reveals the wonders of the spiritual journey and renews the fire of faith.




Senior Scams, Sunday, March 12th. at 11:30am at The PresbyterianCommunity Church of Massapequa

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Long Island Director of Intergovernmental Affairs

Sunday, March 12th. 11:30am

The Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa

150 Pittsburgh Ave

Massapequa 11758

(Across from Lockhart Elementary School)

Coffee & Cookies

 This is a FREE Community Event

The Gathering Sundays at 11:30.

 The Gathering, an opportunity for conversation with the Lord. This short service will be held every Sunday from 11:30-12:15pm at the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa in the Fellowship Hall. Bring your coffee, take a seat and join the conversation as our pastor, members of our congregation and local community leaders share their passions and perspectives. Be part of the conversation!


Pastor’s Post – September 2016

From the Pastor

Looking forward to a year of blessings and inspiration on the South Shore:

Our start-up Sundays are right around the corner:  September 11 at Massapequa and the 18th at Levittown.  Now is a good time to think about someone (or some two) that you could call to invite to join you in church on these Sabbaths.  Maybe it is a member of the congregation you haven’t seen in a while, or a friend from work or the neighborhood that might enjoy experiencing our worship.  Perhaps there is a child who would like to visit our Sunday School.  On the 11th, stick around for the Gathering at 11:30 when Nancy Gallagher will be sharing a personal testimony about God acting in her life.

Last Sunday at the first Gathering of the New Year, Janice Kincaid led us in a reflection on what it means to be “living stones” as described in the second chapter of I Peter.  Christ is the cornerstone as well as the architect, and we have a role to play as the stones that he shapes and assembles to build his church of compassion and forgiveness in a needy world.  In my sermon earlier that morning, we reflected on another passage in which our Lord is depicted as a master artisan.  I am referring to Jeremiah 18 in which the prophet visits the potter’s house and sees the craftsman shaping a pot on the wheel just as God shapes his church to create a thing of usefulness and beauty.  So, we are the Lord’s building stones, and his potter’s clay, the materials from which he shapes the future.

In the next two months, you and all other church members will have an opportunity to help shape our new church that will emerge from our study and conversations over the next year—two great stories of faith and witness will be brought together to form one mighty river of commitment.  The planning committee needs to hear from you and will continue to ask for your input in coming weeks.  Look for the short survey that will be available at church the next several Sundays. When you fill it out, please take a few minutes to give some thought to your answers.  Later in the fall you can be sure there will be more questions, and everyone will be asked to review the planning document that will be available for reading and review within the next two to three months.


-Pastor Lou



The Gathering Worship Service 11:30am on Sundays starting September 4.

The Gathering, an opportunity for conversation with the Lord.  This short service will be held in the Massapequa Fellowship Hall, 150 Pittsburgh Avenue, Massapequa, every Sunday, 11:30-12:15pm, starting September 4th and ending in June.  We will grab coffee, take a seat and join in the conversation as our pastor, members of our congregation and local community leaders share their passions and perspectives.  Be part of the conversation!




The Gathering, Contemporary Worship Service, Sundays at 5:30pm hosted by the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa

Worship Music

The Gathering, Contemporary Worship Service

Sundays at 5:30pm at the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa.  Music by Stella LaMassa & The Gathering worship team.

 That last meeting of The Gathering before the summer break will be Sunday, June 26, 2-4pm at Homecoming Farm in Amityville (555 Albany Ave, 11701). William LaMassa will give us a quick tour of the farm, then we will enjoy some praise music and reflect on what we have learned from our time together before we look forward to re-uniting in September.   All are welcome.