Yaphank Presbyterian Church

65 Main Street

Yaphank, NY 11980

 (631) 924-3723

                                                                                                            Pastor Ralph Wright

Office: (631) 475-3322

Home:   (631) 289-5761

29 June, 2009

 Dear Friends:

 A wet spring is past, the sun is finally shining and we can look forward to warm summer days.  At the church we have moved over to our summer schedule of services, events and activities.  The summer schedule for a 10 a.m. worship service has commenced.  The July 5th service will have a special patriotic theme reflecting on the noble ideals of our founding fathers, as well as a communion service.  This will also be a dedication service for this year’s Yaphank Day Camp counselor staff.

 Depending on the weather we will be worshiping out of doors for the July 12th, July 26th and August 9th services.  Come on by and enjoy our Chapel of the Great Out of Doors.  

 On the Fourth of July in the picnic area behind the church there will be a “Bring Your Own Picnic Basket Independence Day Celebration”.  Beginning at three o’clock in the afternoon and continuing through the evening, it will be a time for families and individuals to join together in a community time of fun and sharing food.  For further information contact Perri-Ann White at 775-9290. 

 Yaphank Day Camp for children grades 1 to 10 will be held for six weeks beginning July 6th.  Little Angel’s Summer Day Camp for Pre-Schoolers will also offer a summer program during the first four weeks. Call the church office for further information or go to www.Yaphankpc.org, the church’s web-site.  Hours are extended with pre-camp and after camp hours for children whose parents work.   There is still room for campers and some scholarship aid is available.  Registration forms are available on the church website.   Immediately following the six weeks of day camp a Vacation Bible Camp will be held for the week of August 17th

 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.   With the support of Town of Brookhaven Councilwoman Connie Kepert the church has been granted funding to begin the process of open biding for the construction of the long awaited addition to the Community Services Building.  Look for more information as the project unfolds.

 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                         



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



Church Notes

·         Please remember in your prayers these members and friends:                 

               Randy Brown who continues to recuperate from a roof top fall and has a back injury.

               Jerry and Bonita Elcock who are recovering from a motorcycle accident.

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


·         Our prayers and condolences go out to the family of Marion Pontoon who passed away on June 8th.

               For many summers Marion was a beloved counselor, cook, and friend in our Day Camp. Two 

               years ago she suffered a stroke and was a resident of the John J. Foley Skilled Nursing

               Center.  We will all miss her.


·         Happy Birthdays in July go 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), Robyn Harders (25).  If your name is not on this list

              or you know someone we missed please let the pastor know.


·         Congratulations to Richard and Ann Hurley on the baptism of their son Cormac Teagan Hurley on

              Sunday, June 26th.     


·         Congratulations go to this years Confirmation Class -  Jerry Kershaw and  Christina Goldhorn.     


·         Congratulations also go to this years graduating seniors:  James Chichester  and Ryan Bihn –

        Patchogue Medford High School and Ben Trusnovec – Longwood High School.



Summer Projects/Events

Summer is a time for light entertainment.  LYTE (Longwood Youth Theatrical Experience) Program:   Beginning June 29th through July 16th the church sponsored LYTE program will meet Monday to Friday. A second LYTE session begins July 20th through August 6th with a third session August 10th through the 27th.    Programs include;  LYTE Musical Theater Workshops; LYTE Pit Bulls/Variety Show and a MVP Combo Workshop.  Check the website www.lyte.us for further information including time and locations of workshops or call 775-7351.


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. 


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, August 1st (10 a.m. - 3 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 (504-6132) a call. 


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!