Yaphank Presbyterian Church

65 Main Street

Yaphank, NY 11980

 (631) 924-3723

                                                                                                            Pastor Ralph Wright

                                                                                                            Office: (631) 475-3322

                                                                                                            Home:   (631) 289-5761



5 September 2006

Dear Members and Friends,

Times are changing and so do the times of our services of worship.  Beginning Sunday, September 10th we will have worship services at 9:00 a.m. (Traditional Service) and 10:45 a.m. (Family Worship).  Please note the Family Service is at 10:45 a.m., fifteen minutes later than in June.  As attendance has increased at both services we found a need for more time between the services in order to greet people in the fellowship hall, prepare for the second service and provide time for the music department to practice their anthems.    

We also invite you and your family to be a part of our church’s education ministry.  Our basic curriculum is “We Believe”, a curriculum of the Presbyterian Church and includes stories from both the Old and New Testaments.  Sunday morning classes for children and youth are an adjunct to the Family Service at 10:45 a.m. with classes ending at 12:00 noon.  An adult class taught by the pastor will be offered but at a time still to be determined.  This Sunday, September 10th begins the Sunday Church School year (Rally Day).  An all church potluck picnic will be part of the festivities and begins at the close of the Family Worship Service.  Ginny Chichester is heading up the church school and the picnic.  As always there is still a need for volunteer teachers (we have ‘team teaching’, you don’t have to teach every week). For more info call Ginny at 289-5562.

For the past year we have been in negotiations with Suffolk County Water Authority regarding the western boundary of the church property.  For many years members of the church and the community have parked on land which belonged to our next door neighbor with the agreement of Mr. Breslin and Breslin Realty.  The actual boundary was unclear but really was not thought to be important at the time.  When Suffolk County Water Authority purchased the land from one of the successor corporations of Breslin Realty, the boundaries were surveyed and much to our dismay we discovered that the boundary was further east than initially estimated and therefore both parking and the church basket ball court were partially on Water Authority land.  On August 29th the Board of the Water Authority finalized the sale of a one half acre of land at a cost of $23,600 that will correct the boundary problem.  Working with State Senator Caesar Trunzo’s office regarding an addition to the Community Service Building we have been granted a sum of $20,000 that will be applied to this land purchase.  Thus the name “Trunzo’s Triangle”.  Obviously, that is a few thousand dollars short of the purchase price, but we are working hard to raise the additional funds.  Your help in this endeavor will be greatly appreciated.

A Retirement Bar-b-Que/Luncheon for the Rev. Tom Castlen, former Executive Presbyter (Bishop) of the Presbytery of Long Island will be held on Sunday, September 17th at 12 Noon.  Rev. Tom will also be bringing the message at both services of worship.  This is a day to show appreciation to one who did so much to grow the congregation and physical plant of Yaphank church.  Supplies, chefs and servers are still needed.  Speak to Grace Wright to assist.

George Reeves, a retiree of the Saint Gobain Corporation was recently honored for his community volunteer services including his work as a Deacon at the church.  We congratulate him on this honor and thank the Saint Gobain Corporation for their contribution to the church in George’s name.

Thanks also goes to all who worked so hard to get the Community Service Building in shape for the new school  year.  New vinyl flooring was laid in the main classroom and storage room.  Jody Baradell along with Tony Nele and William Ganci volunteered their skills.  Dick and Jimmy Chichester, Ed and Elsie Merriam and Paul Story supplied the painting skills.  Work has also been done on the kitchen and the restrooms with the help of Eric Berninger, Bill and Kathy Jensen and Paola Damiano.  Funding for the supplies and upgrades were provided by a $3,000 grant from the Town of Brookhaven through the good offices of Town Councilwoman Constance M. Kepert.

On Friday evenings there will be a youth program which will include potluck dinners at the church as well as recreation events away from Yaphank.  The young people involved last year had a good time and are looking forward to our TGIF Fridays.  The first meeting is Friday, September 29th at 7:00 p.m.  This year there will be a one night only “Halloween Walk (Party)” sponsored by the youth that will be held on Saturday, October 28th.  For a variety of reasons the board of the church decided not to hold the annual fundraiser known to the locals as the Halloween Spook Walk.  The youth, being youth, enjoyed scaring people in the woods and asked to have one more chance for their friends and neighbors.  A small donation at the door is all they ask.  Watch the church bulletin or the church website for more information.

The pre-school nursery at the church, Totally Kids, still has room for additional children  (2-1/2to 5).  Contact 924-4456 for more information.

A new members class for adults will be held in November times to be announced.

As you can see there is a lot going on.  We look forward to the support of the entire church community to reach our goal of teaching our young people about our Christian way of life.  Your help is greatly appreciated, whether it is providing refreshments for the Church School, being a teacher’s aide, cooking for a potluck at the TGIF youth meeting, or just providing transportation.  Please volunteer by talking to any member of the church school staff or the pastor.

Being a small parish, Yaphank Presbyterian does not have a church secretary or office per se.  However you can always call me at my residence (289-5761) or at my Patchogue office (475-3322) whenever there is a need.

A final thought.  As we financially support the local mission of the church it is also important to remember the world in which we live….a world in which there is so little peace.  On World Communion Sunday, October 1st, there will be a special offering taken for peacemaking in this world.  A portion of that offering will go toward supporting the Christian church in the Middle East.  In all our endeavors your financial support is critical to our being able to make a difference in the world we live.  The enclosed envelope is for your convenience.  Just mark on it “Peacemaking” or any preferred project(s) including the general fund you want to support.


Yours in Christian service,

Ralph Wright, Pastor

Note from the Deacons


There continues to be an urgent need for food for the Deacon’s Closet.  You may bring canned and dry foods to the church and place them in the basket in the narthex or you can write a check to the Deacons and place it in the offering plate.  There is also a need for volunteers to help with the food closet.  As we approach the holiday season there is also a need for turkey certificates and toys for young children.  Speak to Jill Spillett for further information.


We Receive E-mail


From the internet we received this religious humor: 


1)       After church one Sunday a young boy was found by his parents crying in his room.  When asked what was wrong he sobbed “I don’t want to go”.  “What do you mean?” his mother asked.  The boy responded “In church today the pastor said young children should be raised in a Christian home and I don’t want to leave you guys.”

2)       A young Christian couple, just married, was trying to figure out how to divide the various chores in their home.  Being good students of the Bible they were following the traditional roles of a husband and wife until they came to the issue of who makes the coffee in the morning.  The wife quickly said to the husband, “You do”.  “And why is that?” he asked.  “Don’t be silly she said, its in the Bible, ‘He brews’.”


                                                                 Coming Events


Farmer’s Market and Luncheon-  Saturday, September 23rd  - 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Please see the attached flyer.  Needed are volunteers and yard sale items.

Parents/Teacher Meeting for the church school will be held early this fall, time to be determined at the time of Sunday School registration.  Come and ask all your questions about your child’s religious education as well as other children and youth programs of the church.

Halloween Walk   October 28th

Scouts -  Brownies (#1109) meets on Mondays at 4:30 p.m.; Daisy Brownies (# 424)  meet on Tuesdays at 4:30 p.m.; Cub Scouts (Pack 79) meets every Tuesday evening at 7:00 p.m.;  Junior Girl Scouts (#1293) meet on Thursdays between 5:30 and 7 p.m..  Senior Girl Scouts (#1509) meets the third Thursdays of each month at 7:30 p.m.  Cub Scouts (Pack 79 Den 2) meet Fridays at 6 p.m.;   For further information contact the church office.

Alcoholics Anonymous (Between the Lakes) holds meetings in the Fellowship Hall every Monday and Friday evenings at 7:30 p.m.

South Yaphank Civic Association meets the second Tuesday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Democratic Club meets the third Thursday of each month at 7:30 p.m.

Longwood Youth Soccer Association next meets September 12th.  Future meetings are TBA.

LYTE (Longwood Youth Theatrical Experience) meets on Wednesdays at 6 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

Church Choir meets on Thursday evenings at 6:30 p.m.


Prayer Requests

Prayers have been said in the Sunday services for the following individuals and activities.  Please include them in your personal prayers this coming month. 

For continued healing:   Leslie Hanley who had brain surgery this summer, her father Robert Alexander who is in St. Francis Hospital with a heart disorder, Gene Thomas who continues to walk around with this oxygen tank, John Knapp as he continues to recuperate but is in pain, Robert Monaco’s mother, Elaine Berninger with a heart condition and her older son Billy who has cancer and Helen Lewin who suffered a fall.

The ministry to children and youth in Yaphank.  The church is committed to increasing its outreach and to assist families as they raise their young people.




September  10  -  Gary Ralph             11  -  Laura Allan                October   4   George Reeves

                   10  -  Susan Brochard      21  -  Howard Ralph                         19   Ann Barlow


                             Notes from the Stewardship Committee

Yes, the church still accepts car/truck donations.  If you have an older vehicle that you would like to donate to the church for a tax deduction (new IRS regulations have lower limits) Andrew’s Towing (281-8590) will handle all the arrangements.

The following projects need to be funded by special gifts as they were not included in this year’s budget:

              Copy Machine   $1,000

              Completion of funding for Trunzo Triangle   $500.

              Replacement of furnace in manse   $ 4,200.

As of the August 2006 Session Meeting the following expenses are still outstanding.


              Salaries:          Pastor  (May, June and July)                        $ 7,690.74

                                      Music Director (July)                                      1,250.00

                                      Janitor (May, June and July)                           2,016.00

              General Mission:                                                                     1,800.00

              Per Capita (paid to Presby Ch USA/NE Synod/LI Presby):    1,784.36

              Designated Mission Giving:                                                    1,542.00

                                                                        TOTAL                     $ 16,083.10


The continual support of church and community members to the budget of the church is vital to the ministry of Yaphank Presbyterian Church.  As a small congregation we know the pressures of finances.  We are confident that the generosity of the church’s members and friends will overcome the shortfall that summer creates.  Please use the enclosed envelope to give an added contribution beyond your regular offering/pledge donations.

Thank you,

Richard Chichester

Chairman, Stewardship Committee