Yaphank Presbyterian Church

65 Main Street

Yaphank, NY 11980

 (631) 924-3723

Pastor Ralph Wright

Office: (631) 475-3322

Home:   (631) 289-5761 


12 June, 2007


Dear Friends:


Baptisms, Fathers and Strawberries.  That’s what is on the plate for this week-end.  The first event is the annual Strawberry Festival and Jumbo Yard Sale.….all held at the same time this Saturday, June 16th.  See the attached flyer for additional information and come and support the work of the various groups of our church.  Besides the luncheon which will be prepared by members of the church there will be a church yard sale plus over 30 additional outside vendors.   Vendor locations will be around the church up in the picnic area and on the recreation field.  There will be entertainment and fun for the kids.  If you have items to donate for the yard sale just bring them to church and leave them in a safe place in the basement or around the church.  Those working the sale will thank you.


Secondly, a special Father’s Day Service is planned for Sunday, June 17th.  All dads are invited for their special day.  Thirdly, also this Sunday there will be three baptisms at the 10:45 service. 1) Cody Harders, son of Christine and Randy Harders, grandson of Robyn and Ernie Harders; 2) Stevan Trusnovec and 3) Jennifer Trusnovec, children of Ruth and Chad Trusnovec and grandchildren of Jane Cardi.. 


On Saturday June 24th there will be an open house/swim party/bar-b-que at the Pastor’s house (10 Cheryl Lane, Patchogue).  All are welcome; youth, seniors, families and friends.  Starts at 3 p.m., ends whenever.  Call the Pastor or Grace for directions (289-5761).


With the Fourth of July Sunday (July 1) the summer schedule for church services commence.  Instead of a traditional service at 9:00 a.m. and family worship at 10:45 a.m. there will be one service at 10:00 a.m.  This will continue through Labor Day Sunday, September 2nd.  The July 1st service will have a special patriotic theme reflecting on the noble ideals of our founding fathers, as well as a communion service.  


Yaphank Day Camp for children grades 1 to 10 will be held for four weeks beginning July 9th.  Little Angel’s Summer Day Camp for Pre-Schoolers will also offer a summer program during these same weeks. Call the church office for further information or go to www.Yaphankpc.org, the church’s 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.


Depending on the weather we will be worshiping out of doors for the July 8th, July 22nd and August 12th services.  Come on by and enjoy our Chapel of the Great Out of Doors.  


You may also notice as you walk around the church campus this summer there are a number of construction projects taking place.  Give a hand and help the volunteers who are working these projects by either contributing physical labor or financial support for the supplies and equipment needed.


Let me end this letter with pleasant wishes for a great summer.  Whether you stay at home or travel, may the Lord be with you.


Sincerely yours,



Ralph Wright                         



Church Notes


·         Please remember in your prayers these members and friends:                 


                Ed Merriam who continues to recuperated from surgery.

    Marion Pontoon who continues to emerge from a stroke/coma at the Foley Skilled Nursing

                   Facility in Yaphank

               Gene Thomas who continues to live with his oxygen bottle and heart condition.


·         Our prayers and condolences go out to Cheryl Anderson whose mother passed away, to John

               Hoeffner who lost his wife Gloria after almost 67 years of marriage, and to Leslie Hanley

               who lost her father, Warren Ackermann.


·         Happy Birthdays in June go to Anna Cornell (2), Ben Trusnovec (11) John Knapp (18); in July to      

               Gary Powell (7), Grace Wright (7), Dick Chichester (7), Kelly Ralph (13), Gregory Garcia (15);

               Kathy  Jensen and coming up in August Diane Reeves (2), Christine Cornell (10) Joan

               Moreland (19), Hilda Fries and Robyn Harders (25).  If your name is not on this list or you

               know someone we missed please let the pastor know.


·         Congratulations to this year’s Confirmation Class:  Gregory Lambert, Aaron Soucy, Ryan Soucy,

              Ashley White and Patrick White.  As part of their community service they, along with parental

              help, put on the May luncheon.  Proceeds were used to buy 7 trees which were planted by the

              class along the west wall of the Community Service Building.  Thanks for your help.


·         Congratulations go to Marjorie Nicodemus for being recognized by Memorial Sloan-Kettering

              Cancer Center/Sloan-Kettering Institute for completing 50 years of service.     


And please remember to bring food for the Deacon’s Food Pantry.  Special thanks go to this area’s Girl Scout Council for their assistance.




One minute … (we share some thoughts)


         "I remind myself every morning: Nothing I say this day will teach me anything. So if I'm going to learn, I must do it by listening." - Larry King


         "Courage is fear that has said its prayers." - Dorothy Bernard


         George Washington lost more battles than any victorious general in modern history – and his defeats were frequently the result of his own failures, yet he ranks as one of the most celebrated and effective military leaders in Western civilization, according to one of his biographers. - Source: Joseph Ellis, His Excellency (Faber & Faber Ltd., 2005)

         The Gross Domestic Product of the poorest 48 countries is less than the wealth of the world’s three richest people combined. - Source: Ignacio Ramonet, The Politics of Hunger, Le Monde Diplomatique (on globalissues.org)


        "I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." -  Philippians 4:13





Summer Projects/Events


Summer is a time for light entertainment.  LYTE (Longwood Youth Theatrical Experience) Program:   Beginning June 25th through July 12th the church sponsored LYTE program will meet Monday to Friday. A second LYTE session begins July 16th through August 2nd.   Programs include LYTE IMPROV Workshops; LYTE Pit Bulls Orchestra Workshops; LYTE Variety Show Workshops; LYTE Musical Theater Workshops; and LYTE Pit Bulls/Variety Show & Musical Theater Workshops.  Check the website www.lyte.us for further information including time and locations of worshops.


Little Angels’ Nursery School, the pre-school nursery program at the church has open registration for next fall.  The school’s curriculum is designed to meet early learning standards and prepares children for Kindergarten, all the while having fun.  There are programs for 2 ½ 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. 


Following Summer Camp during the week of August 13th is the church’s 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.  Don’t 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 year’s 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 serving….so give Joan Moreland (924-6919) a call. 


A Day in New York City, A Visit to Splish Splash and 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.


The First Presbyterian Church of Levittown is organizing a Work Project Mission Trip to help in New Orleans.  We are invited to join with them in Project RHINO (Rebuilding Hope in New Orleans).   This is an ongoing project of the St. Charles Avenue Presbyterian Church in New Orleans working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance.  The Levittown project is scheduled for one week, Sunday, September 30 to Saturday, October 6th.   For further information contact Maria Studer at (516) 579-8790 or e-mail her at rstuder@optonline.net.  Literature regarding the work project is also available at the Yaphank church.





QUOTE  (A repeat but worth repeating)

 .   “Small congregations excel in many areas…small churches are especially good at helping people grow spiritually,…participate in congregational life….and encourage a sense of belonging.”  Or as one of our members recently said, “A small church like Yaphank is really an extended family.  In today’s world many people have lost track of their own family and the church in turn becomes their extended family.”  We invite you to be a part of our family.


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