Saturday, June 5, we will have a Blessing of the Animals at the Massapequa Campus. Join us at 10am in the Fellowship Hall or starting at 11am in the parking lot for a drive-thru blessing! Dogs on leashes are welcome. Cats in carriers are welcome. Other animals contained appropriately are welcome. Houseplants are welcome. Stuffed animals are welcome. Toys for your pets who prefer to stay home, are welcome. Please use your best judgment regarding both Covid and whether your pet should come inside.
UNITED PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH
Levittown Campus Massapequa Campus 474 Wantagh Avenue, Levittown 150 Pittsburgh Avenue, Massapequa
March 26, 2020
Weekly Pastor’s Letter…
Dear Church, I hope this letter finds you safe and healthy and sheltered in your homes. As we go through this time together, please reach out if you have any needs. We know that many people in our church have underlying medical conditions, and we are urging our “older” folks to use caution about even going out to the stores for supplies. Please reach out to your deacons or elders, call the church office, or call me at (805) 448-9641 if there’s any way we can be of assistance.
I am sad to share that Eleanor Novotny passed away on March 23. Eleanor was a long time member of the United Presbyterian Church, Levittown Campus and lived to be 101 years old. Please say a prayer for Eleanor and her family. Eleanor requested that there not be a service. When we gather in person again we will honor her during our regular Sunday worship service. If you have stories or memories of Eleanor, please take a few minutes to email them to the church office and we will make sure Janice Newsome and the family receives them.
I’m happy to share that Wendy is home from her surgery and is recuperating. She is grateful for all of your prayers and hopes to join us for the Zoom calls again soon.
I’m also happy to share that Wayne is doing well. He joined our worship call on Sunday last, and I look forward to working with him in April to add more music into the worship services!
We continue to meet daily by Zoom conference calls (M/W/F at 12noon and Su/Tu/Th at 7pm), and we will be worshiping on Sundays at 10am, also by Zoom conference call. Thanks especially to Feiona, Ella, Stella, Robin, Joan, Sharon, Paul and others who made worship possible last week and this week! If you are interested in reading scripture, singing, or participating in other ways with worship, please contact Sharon or myself.
To join the zoom calls from any phone, cell phone, tablet or computer:
Call in by phone: (646) 558 8656 when prompted, enter the meeting number: 832 316 0543
Using the Zoom app join with the meeting number: 832 316 0543
Using a computer, click on this link: https://zoom.us/j/8323160543
Sunday’s sermon will be on the valley of the dry bones depicted by the prophet Ezekiel. I hope you’ll join us for worship as we figure out how to do this without our buildings…
We expect that we will not be gathering in person for Holy Week. However our Worship Committee will be meeting next week to talk about some ways to celebrate that time through our conference call gatherings. We know that not everyone has the technology to see video, so we are committed to creating worship services that are accessible by a regular phone. We will also be working to create some video content to compliment the audio. If you are interested in being part of that conversation, please contact Sharon or myself and we’ll add you to the call.
Many thanks to our Deacons and Elders who have made it possible for UPC to pivot on a dime and keep our community connected, even as we cannot gather physically. I couldn’t have asked for a better group of people to work with in the first month of my ministry as we navigate a global disaster together!
Finally, in this time of enforced isolation (even as some of us are isolated in larger groups!), I offer you this reflection by Mecca Jamilah Sullivan:
“I am not a quiet person. But I can use quiet. To let myself choose quiet is to value my voice, my time, my energy, my words. It is to know that if the words are not there, they will come. To let myself choose quiet is to know that, sometimes, the most important thing is not to change or teach unwilling others, but to take care of myself. Sometimes the loudest thing we can do—the most generative, most disruptive, most rambunctious, most radical, most revolutionary thing we can do—is give ourselves what we need. Time. Space. Rest. Energy. Love. Quiet.”
No matter where you are right now, no matter who you are with, take some time to be quiet as the world is shutting down temporarily. There will be plenty of time to be productive, make noise, celebrate, be LOUD. But for right now, rest and refresh. Regain lost energy. Allow yourself to know who you are when everything slows down.
And for those of you who are still working, essential personnel who are keeping the world alive right now, you have our deepest gratitude for that work. If we can be helpful to you, please let us know. If we can treat you with dinner or supplies or a friendly ear, please let us know.
Blessings to all and I hope to see you soon…
Rev. Katie Mulligan
Pastor, United Presbyterian Church (805) 448-9641 firstname.lastname@example.org
It is good to finally be with you! If we haven’t yet found time to meet up in person, please email me at email@example.com or call me at (805) 448-9641 and let’s make that happen. I’m looking forward to getting to know you and your families over the coming months and working together to continuously create a vision for United. This is a time of change for many of us personally and professionally, for our church(es), and for our communities and nation. Octavia Butler wrote in her Earthseed series: “All that you touch, you change. All that you change, changes you.” This is both exciting and terrible at the same time! For many of us, change brings anxiety and worry and grief as we cling to what we’ve known. It can often feel like the foundations of all that we trust are dissolving out from under us.
One of my favorite television series, Mr. Robot, shared this observation: “Every day, he said, we change the world. Which is a nice thought, until I think about how many days and lifetimes l would need to bring a shoe full of sand home until there is no beach. Until it made a difference to anyone. Every day we change the world. But to change the world in a way that means anything that takes more time than most people have. It never happens all at once. It’s slow. It’s methodical. It’s exhausting. We don’t all have the stomach for it.”
As we go through Lent, I invite you into the centuries old ritual of Lenten practices. Traditionally the three pillars of Lent are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. Many people choose to give up something for Lent (chocolate, coffee, meat, etc). Others choose to add a something to their routine (prayer, exercise, volunteer time). One year I gave up Lent for Lent. Another year I gave up a person for Lent. There are so many ways of observing this time, and I invite you to choose some way to honor God and your own humanity, some way of addressing brokenness within or out in the community. It’s a time of recognizing brokenness and seeking healing, a time to seek after wholeness and health.
I am grateful to be walking with you this year during Lent. I hope you’ll join us for meals and gatherings in addition to Sunday mornings, and I look forward to becoming a regular part of the community.
Love the Lord your God with all your heart and all your soul and all your strength and all your mind; and love your neighbor as yourself. ~Mark 12:30-31
A SPECIAL GNO to welcome Pastor Katie.
Join us on Wednesday, March 4th at 6:30 at Jani Restaurant in Wantagh. The sign up sheet is in the Narthex.
Boy Scout Troop 323 & 776 will serve as the Lay Leader in the Boy Scout Sunday worship service on February 2, 2020. Following worship a pancake brunch will be served to the Congregation by the Boy Scouts.
GIRLS (AND GUYS) NIGHT OUT: A SPECIAL SPRING EVENT
All are invited join the girls for a special GNO on Sunday, March 29, 2020.
We will be gathering for a late lunch at The Argyle Grill & Tavern (in Babylon) at around 1:30. After lunch the group will head to the Babylon Chorale Holiday Concert featuring the talent our own Arlene Griemsmann.
Tickets can be purchased at the door. The cost for concert tickets is $20.00 for general admission and $15.00 for seniors and students. If you would like to attend, please sign-up in the Narthex.
Don’t miss out on a great time! Join us!
Join our Guest Preachers as they lead the United Presbyterian Church in Worship. We hope to see you on Sunday!
September Worship – Levittown Campus, 474 Wantagh Avenue, Levittown
September 8, Rally Day, Guest Preacher, Reverend Wright
September 15, Guest Preacher, Reverend Wright
September 22, Guest Preacher, Reverend Stanton
September 29, Guest Preacher, Reverend Stanton
October Worship – Massapequa Campus, 150 Pittsburgh Avenue, Massapequa
October 6, World Communion Sunday, Guest Preacher, Reverend Wright
October 13, Mission Sunday, services will be led by the members who volunteered in Puerto Rico.
October 20, Guest Preacher, Reverend Wright
October 27, Reformation Sunday, Guest Preacher, Reverend Wright
November & December Worship Services will be held at the Massapequa Campus.