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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

 

 

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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Girl’s Night Out – Monday – July 30th. – 6:30pm

Girl’s Night Out
Monday, July 30th. @ 6:30pm
Sofiya’s Grill, 2320 Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow
All are Welcome—Bring A Friend! The sign up sheet is in the Narthex

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Confirmation Sunday, June 10 @ 10:00am at the Presbyterian Community Church of Massapequa

Confirmation 2018

Confirmation Class Dinner and Presentation of Statements of Faith

Saturday, June 9th. at 5pm the Confirmation class will meet with Pastor Lou and the elders of the church. At this time, the confirmands will give their
Statements of Faith and will be formally received into the
congregation. A dinner in honor of the confirmands will follow in the
Fellowship Hall.

Confirmation Sunday, June 10th at 10:00 a.m. Worship Service.

Immediately following worship we will have a pot luck brunch in the Massapequa fellowship hall celebrating the confirmation of our younger members. Each family is asked to bring a dish.  Beverages and desserts will be provided by the choir and fellowship team.

 

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.