Yaphank Presbyterian Church

65 Main Street

Yaphank, NY 11980

 (631) 924-3723

                                                                                                            Pastor Ralph Wright

Office: (631) 475-3322

Home:   (631) 289-5761

25 January, 2010


Dear Members and Friends:

 Each year in January the Church holds its annual meeting.  Board members are elected, budgets are discussed, past events are reported and a potluck luncheon is enjoyed by all.  Some may say “it’s just another church social.”

 This year’s annual meeting on Sunday, January 31st, however, is more than just a social for it has long-term ramifications for the church and the Yaphank Community.  Yes, there is a potluck luncheon at noon time.  But the real meat of the meeting is a discussion regarding the building of an extension on the Community Service Building, a discussion regarding a proposed 2010 budget year shortfall of $ 40,000, and the election to fill a total of six seats on the Session and Board of Deacons.  In addition there will be a report and discussion regarding the process of filling the pulpit and providing pastoral services once Pastor Ralph retires, after 14 years of service, at the end of June of this year.

 We need you.  We need your input.  We need your ideas.  We need your support.  We invite all, church members and friends in the community to come and be a part of the annual meeting.  Though only church members may vote, the floor is open to all who have questions.

 Please find enclosed copies of some of the materials that will be discussed at the meeting.  These materials deal with the nuts and bolts of a church….not the spiritual and service programs. Without the nuts and bolts, unfortunately we cannot really function.  All aspects of the church’s ministry are open for discussion at the annual meeting.  Also, please find enclosed an envelope to help the ongoing mission of our parish.  As in many churches across our land, contributions have been down, while the need for services and assistance has increased dramatically.

 No reservations are needed for the annual potluck and annual meeting, but if you would like to bring a dish please let Joan Moreland know in advance, so we don’t have a dozen salads and no meat dishes (631-504-6132).

 Sincerely yours,

 Ralph Wright                                          Dick Chichester

Pastor                                                      Clerk of Session

100 Years of Scouting

Monday, February 8, 2010, marks the 100th Anniversary of the Boy Scouts of America.  Since 1910, the Boy Scouts of America has been weaving lifetime values into fun and educational activities designed to assist parents in strengthening character, developing good citizenship, reinforcing religious affiliation, and enhancing physical fitness in our youth.  These values help America’s boys and young adults to make good decisions throughout their lifetime and give them the confidence they need, as they become and adult leader of tomorrow.  Over these last 100 years, the Boy Scouts of America has positively influenced over 112 million boys, young adults, and leaders.

Join us on Scout Sunday, February 7th, and help us celebrate 100 years of Scouting in the USA.


 ‘SOUPER BOWL’ to Fight Hunger & Poverty

Yaphank joins in National Campaign



As National Football League playoff

teams clash for the right to advance

to the Super Bowl, participants in another

big game will be teaming up to fight

hunger and poverty.

But the players in this match-up, the Annual Souper Bowl of Caring; won’t need helmets.

 On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, volunteers, mostly young people armed with soup pots will be collecting canned goods and dollars at churches, businesses and Super Bowl parties for the annual Souper Bowl of Caring.  The Presbyterian-founded, anti-hunger campaign takes advantage of the NFL championship game to raise money for the poor and ill-nourished.

 The program has raised millions of dollars for charities like food banks and soup kitchens since its inception in 1990.  Organizers hope this year to get 17,000 congregations from a variety of faith groups involved and raise $ 8 million.  Youth and adults from Yaphank have been involved for the past nine years in this endeavor.  Food and monies raised in Yaphank are used by the Deacon’s Food Pantry and is given to those in need who live in our central Long Island communities.

 Every one is encouraged to take a can of soup, or of other food, put a dollar around the can and fix it firm with a rubber band and bring it to church on Souper Bowl Sunday.  Its amazing how much food and support can be raised in this manner.  Your help is greatly appreciated.