Yaphank Presbyterian Church

65 Main Street

Yaphank, NY 11980

 (631) 924-3723

                                                                                                            Pastor Ralph Wright

Office: (631) 475-3322

Home:   (631) 289-5761

4 September 2007


Dear Members and Friends,


    This past summer has been a fun and exciting time at the church.  Whether it was Day Camp, Bible Camp, Pre-School Nursery, car washes, outdoor services or a wedding with an ambulance and fire truck the Yaphank parish was jumping.  Now we leave summer and head for fall.   This Sunday, September 9th begins the fall season at the church.  Our worship service times change each Sunday to 9 a.m. (traditional) and 10:45 a.m. (family).  You might note that there has been no change to our basic schedule.  We read with care the questionnaires returned to us and the vote of members was to keep it as it is.

    We also invite you and your family to be a part of our church’s education ministry.  Our basic Sunday School lessons come from 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 9th 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.    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 the pastor at 475-3322.

    Thanks also goes to all who worked so hard to get the church grounds in shape for the church camps as well as the new school  year.  Special thanks to Dave Moreland and Jimmy Chichester and all the campers, counselors and parents who worked on rebuilding the road past the red shed to the recreation field.

    On Friday evenings, there will be a youth program (grades six and up), which will include potluck dinners at the church, as well as selected 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 21st at 7:00 p.m.  Skate boarding will be a part of the recreation.  A note of warning: without a helmet, pads and a parental permission slip one can only watch or participate in another sport.  Parents are needed for cooking, supervision and transportation.  September and October TGIF meetings will also feature work and practice for the annual “Halloween Walk”.

    This year’s “Halloween Walk”, which is sponsored by the youth and parents of Yaphank will be held the last week-end of October - Friday, Saturday and Sunday, October 26, 27 & 28th.  Thursday, October 25th will be a dress rehearsal.  See the attached flyer or check the church website for more information.

    Little Angels Nursery School still has room for additional children (2-1/2 to 5).  Contact 662-7369 for more information.

    A new member’s class for adults will be held this fall at a time to be determined by those interested in joining.  Call the pastor for more information.

    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, Session 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 7th, there will be a special offering taken for peacemaking in this world.   In all our endeavors your financial support is critical to our being able to make a difference in the world we live.  Be with us in worship on this special Sunday, partake of Holy Communion, pray for peace and share the gifts our Lord has given to us.

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 Diane Reeves for further information.


We Receive E-mail

From the internet we received this religious humor:

Mark Welk of Temora, New South Wales,  Lutheran Community Church sends this story…..

We were teaching our 4 year old to say the Lord’s prayer. We would say a line and then prompt him to repeat it. He did pretty well to keep up until we got to “Lead us not into temptation.”

We are not sure whether he had not fully mastered the language or whether he had not heard us properly but he responded:

“Lead us not into Playstation.”

How true, though Long Island Railroad Commuters going to Brooklyn for years have been known to say, “Lead us not into Penn Station.”


Coming Events

 Farmer’s Market and Luncheon - Saturday, September 22nd  - 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  - Discover the Haunted Trails of Yaphank – see attached flyer.

Scouts - Brownies (#1109) meets on Mondays at 4:30 p.m.; Cadet Girls Scouts (Troop 2275) meets on Mondays at 6 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..  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.  The September meeting with Supervisor Brian Foley will be held on Monday, September 10th at 7 p.m.

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

PUMPKINFEST at the County Farm is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, September 29 & 30.


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: Gene Thomas who continues to walk around with this oxygen tank, John Knapp as he continues to recuperate but is in pain, for  Phyllis Bobinsky who is in the Woodhaven Convalescent Home, for  Florence Craig who is convalescing in Florida, and for Inge Rasmussen, wife of Bob Rasmussen the electrician, who has cancer.

 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 September 11 - Laura Allan October 4 - George Reeves
September 10 - Susan Brochard September 16 - Gene Thomas October 12 - Jimmy Chichester
September 21 - Howard Ralph  

October 19 - Ann Barlow

Notes on Stewardship

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

              Replacement of Oil Tank for church    $ 1,200.                     

              Replacement of furnace in manse         $ 6,120.


As of the end of August 2007 the following expenses are still outstanding.

               Salaries:          Pastor  (March through Aug)                    $ 15, 381.48

                                      Music Director (July & Aug)                          2,250.00

                                      Janitor (May, June, July & Aug)                     2,256.00

              General Mission:                                                                     1,800.00

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

                                                                         TOTAL                   $   23,471.84


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 your offering envelopes to give an added contribution beyond your regular offering/pledge donations.


Thank you,

Your Stewardship Committee


A Message from the Presbytery Moderator

Dear Friends,

     I am writing to encourage your congregation’s full participation in the Presbytery’s upcoming Visioning Retreat at the Freeport Presbyterian Church on Saturday, September 22nd.  This retreat is for pastors, elders, and any and all members of the congregations of the Presbytery of Long Island.  We will not be conducting business as usual, but worshiping together, getting to know one another, and discerning together what God is calling the Presbytery of Long Island to be doing in the year to come.  In other words, this will be the most important business we will tend to all year!

     The Visioning Retreat is the lynch pin of our new structure and ways of doing things.  It represents a huge organizational shift from a top down organizational model to a bottom up model.  Instead of the Presbytery telling Sessions and congregational members what their mission is, we will gather to listen to God, and to one another, to discern God’s calling for the focusing of our priorities, our energy, and our money.  Drawing from the outcomes of this retreat, the Shepherding Council will “shepherd” the vision that emerges from our conversations, and the priorities identified by our time together.

    The Reformed Theologian, Emil Brunner, once wrote, “Mission is the fire of the church.”  I know that to be true.  In my mind, the visioning retreat’s objective is to see where the fire is, and discover where our passion, energy and commitment lie.  Then we can organize it and empower it.

John M. Best, Moderator

Presbytery of Long Island