Yaphank Presbyterian Church

65 Main Street

Yaphank, NY 11980

 (631) 924-3723

                                                                                                            Pastor Ralph Wright

Office: (631) 475-3322

Home:   (631) 289-5761

 19 July, 2007

Dear Friends:

    As summer storms are interspersed with heat waves we are left with feelings of living on a roller coaster. But itís also a reminder that we also need to begin planning for the new school year.  Religious education for our children is an important part of each school year and this year is no exception.   Just as important is our own religious education, for we need to keep growing in our understanding of Godís vision for our lives.


    The Session, the ruling board of the church, has been discussing various ways to integrate the needs for Christian education and worship with the frantic schedules that most of us live.  But to be sure that the ideas and needs of everyone is being heard, a questionnaire has been developed. Obviously the more input we have the better the data will be to made some basic decisions, i.e. what time should our Sunday Worship Service begin?  Because of strong feelings expressed by some members, the board has already decided not to change the 9 a.m. Traditional Service time. However, there are a number of options for the Sunday School and the Family Worship Service.  Please take the time to fill out the attached questionnaire.  We need everyone to complete the questionnaire.  You can add more if you want, but the basic questionnaire shouldnít take more than 10 minutes to fill out.


    Please return the completed questionnaire by August 15th so that we can announce before Labor Day the times of Sunday worship.  As we complete our summer service schedule on Labor Day week-end we will move the following Sunday into our fall schedule.


    Also enclosed are some reminders on church and community activities.  Itís been a busy summer at church and we look forward to an even more ambitious schedule come the fall.


Sincerely yours,

Ralph Wright                 Dick Chichester

Pastor                           Clerk of Session


Summer Projects/Events

Yaphank Day Camp for children grades 1 to 10 continues for another two weeks. Call the church office for further information or go to www.Yaphankpc.org, the churchís web-site.  Hours have been extended this year with pre-camp and after camp hours for children whose parents work.   There is still room for campers and some scholarship aid is available.  Plan on attending the closing Bar-B-Que and Show on Friday, August 3rd.  Festivities begin at noontime.


Following Summer Camp during the week of August 13th is the churchís annual Daily Vacation Church School.  DVCS blends the out of doors with basic Bible and church teachings.  The final session includes a cook-out to which all members of the church and community are invited.  Call the church office (475-3322) for further information.


    We have a great tradition of meals and bar-b-ques at Yaphank.  Donít forget to put on your calendar the annual Bar-B-Que which is Saturday, July 28th (1-5 p.m.).  The committee has been working overtime this year on making sure this yearís event will be the biggest and best.  With music, food, and fellowship, it has got to be a great time. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for children 10 and under.  Tickets may be purchased at the door.  If you can, we are looking for volunteers for the cooking and the servingÖ.so give Joan Moreland (924-6919) a call.


Little Angelsí Nursery School, the pre-school nursery program at the church has open registration for next fall.  The schoolís curriculum is designed to meet early learning standards and prepares children for Kindergarten, all the while having fun.  There are programs for 2 Ĺ year olds, 3 & 4 year olds, Mommy & Child play groups as well as fun time play groups for 3 & 4 year olds.  There are 2, 3 and 5 day programs. For further information and a schedule of open houses please contact Penny Hines, the director of the school at 924-4456.


A Day in New York City, a Visit to Splish Splash and a Trip to the Mall are planned for the youth group this summer.  These are not solely youth activities for we need some parents/friends to help out.  Contact the Pastor for further information.


Yaphank Day Camp Staff & Friends Pool Party  & Bar-b-que is Sunday, August 5, from 3 to 7 p.m. (or whatever).  Will be held at the home of Pastor Ralph and Grace Wright, 10 Cheryl Lane, Patchogue NY.  Call 289-5761 for directions.


Parents and campers of Yaphank Day Camp will be heading up this yearís Halloween Walk.  Dates are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 26, 27 & 28.  More info to follow.


Sunday Worship Outdoors will be Sunday July 22 and August 12 at 10 a.m.  Worship under the trees in the picnic area of the church.  In case of rain services will be indoors.


And please remember the Deaconís Food Pantry needs food for the less fortunate.



Your financial support of the church this summer is greatly appreciated!


The Questionnaire Regarding Christian Education Can Be Found Here