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Association of Presbyterian Tentmakers

Yaphank Presbyterian Church

65 Main Street

Yaphank, NY 11980

 (631) 924-3723

                                                                                                            Pastor Ralph Wright

Office: (631) 475-3322

Home:   (631) 289-5761

13 February, 2010

 Dear Friends:

 It seems like only a few weeks ago we were in the midst of celebrating a white Christmas.  Now with two more winter storms behind us we begin the Lenten Season with the Ash Wednesday Service this coming Wednesday, February 17th at 7:30 p.m.  “Lent” for many Christians is a time for self-examination, penitence, delayed gratification, fasting, renewal, commitment, and sacrifice.  Thus it is appropriate that each year we do take the time for self examination and prayer. 

 Lent gives us an opportunity to reflect on and study the teachings of Jesus, as well as a time to reflect on our own goals and aspirations.  We invite you to reflect and study with us at the church beginning with the Ash Wednesday Service.  The ashes to be distributed were prepared by the young people following the Transfiguration Sunday’s Service on February 14th.    

Each Wednesday following Ash Wednesday through out Lent, you can join us for fellowship and study at a 7:30 p.m. service at the different churches of the Mid Suffolk Presbyterian Parish. 

February 24th – Remsenburg Community Presbyterian Church

March 3rd – Old South Haven Presbyterian Church

March 10th  – Yaphank Presbyterian Church

March 17th – First Presbyterian Church of East Moriches

March 12th – Grace Presbyterian Church, Selden

Holy Week services will include Palm Sunday (March 28th at 10:00 a.m.), Holy Thursday (April 1st at 7:30 p.m.), Good Friday (April 2nd – Meditation from 12 Noon to 3 p.m. & The Stations of the Cross Service at 7 p.m.) and Easter (April 4th  -  Sunrise Service at the lake at 7:00 a.m., Breakfast at 8:00 a.m. and Easter Services at the church at 10:00 a.m.).

As a Lenten project the young people of the church and community are invited take home Lenten offering boxes which will benefit the humanitarian work of Church World Service. Looking forward to seeing you this Lenten Season, I remain,

Sincerely yours,

Ralph Wright



Notes & Dates

 Happy Birthday Greetings to Ryan Bihn – February 2nd,  Marjorie Nicodemus – February 26th, Betty Ralph – February 26th, Billy Berninger – March 10th,  Logan McGinn – March 29th,  Ludwig Stahl – March 30th, to Steve Trusnovec –  April 16th, Cheryl Anderson – April 18th, Herb Naumann – April 17th, Jason Bihn – April 26th, and Carolyn Young – April 22nd.

 Please remember in your prayers George Reeves, Betty Ralph, Gene Thomas, and Jimmy Ashton as they are home bound.  Also prayers for the family of Buddy Schaeffer, retired member of the Yaphank Fire Department who passed away in January.

 ‘SOUPER BOWL’ to Fight Hunger & Poverty

 As National Football League playoff teams (Colts and Saints) clashed in the Super Bowl, participants in another  big game teamed up to fight hunger and poverty. On Super Bowl Sunday, February 7, nationwide young people armed with soup pots collected canned goods and dollars at churches, businesses and Super Bowl parties for the annual ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’.  The Presbyterian-founded, anti-hunger campaign takes advantage of the NFL championship game to raise money for the poor and ill-nourished.  There is still time to bring your can of soup, with a dollar attached to the can, to the church. Food will benefit the YPC Deacons’ Food Pantry.

 Annual Meeting Note

 The annual meeting of the church was held on Sunday, January 27th.  Newly elected to the Board of Elders were Kathy Jensen and Perri Ann White.  Newly elected to the Board of Deacons was Bill Jensen.  If you did not have the opportunity of attending reports of the various committees, the financial statement of the church and an up to date mailing and telephone list of parishioners are available in the narthex of the church or call 475-3322 and ask Kathy to mail you a copy.

 Building Update

 Good News.   A Building permit has been issued by the Town of Brookhaven for the extension to the Community Services Building.  With the help of Councilperson Connie Kepert and Johan McConnel of the South Yaphank Civic Association monies from the Caithness Funds have been released by the Town Board. Bayview Custom Construction has been awarded the contract.  For more info on Bayview go to www.bayviewcustomconstruction.com.   Construction will start as soon as the weather permits.  Drive by and watch the progress.  Funds are still being solicited to cover the costs of chairs, tables, furniture, landscaping, asphalt paving, etc. 

 In Memoriam

 Deli Copithorne, who had just moved to be with Nancy, her daughter, in the Brownsville, Texas area has been called to be with the Lord.  She was a beloved member of this parish, a member of the Board of Deacons, and a supporter of the many projects of the church.  Services will be held in Yaphank this summer with interment to be in Massachusetts. 

 Carroll Neger John, formerly of Shannon Blvd., Yaphank, the daughter of Henry and Anna Neger, who were lifelong members of the Yaphank Church, passed away February 8, 2010 in the Florida Keys.  The interment Service will take place Saturday, February 20th at 11:30 a.m. at the Yaphank Cemetery.  She is survived by her husband Edward Charles John and their children, Linda, Robert, Donna, and their families.