Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ
131 Middle Road, Sayville, NY 11782-3158

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Tuesday, March 21, 2017


Greetings from Pastor Ray

Dear Friends,
I write to you today from Palo Alto and San Anselmo, California. Part of my work over the last year has been with San Francisco Theological Seminary and the Janie Spahr Initiative - an outreach for Justice and Love in the Presbyterian Church (USA). These are folks you would love - for their spirit, their heart and for their determination that this world will be a better place for all if they have anything to say about it! They remind me of you!
The last time we gathered was in June of 2016, so there has been some catching up to do, as well as planning for change! I listen to myself talking with my friends and colleagues here about the wonderful congregation I have been called to serve. Over and again, I am reminded how kairos surround us; how God's time does have a rhythm and a tempo and a purpose to it that is impossible to predict and that is unrelenting in its love. With time, I continue to learn how to be open and welcoming to "letting go" of worry and outcomes. I learn instead to trust in this unbound and unrelenting God and in God's time, putting one foot in front of another, day by day.
It's how I came to you; so, I know it works! :)
This Sunday, our reading will be Psalm 23. I imagine that most of the world knows or has heard "the 23rd Psalm" at one point in time or another. I also imagine that many of us have sat quietly with the words of this prayer when comfort and hope needed a touch of grace, when God's time was needed in our soul. There are not many short works, scriptural or otherwise that have such easy access to the heart.
And, it seems right that as we approach Easter, now less than a month away; as we inch nearer to the Week of the Passion of Christ - that we allow the discomfort of past and present times to touch our heart, for that, too, reflects our humanity. Sorrow, as a touchstone of life is unavoidable; our own trials remind us of that. And, we know that days ahead for Jesus bring this and more to the forefront of our worship and meditations. We also know that deep inside us all there is something the psalm reveals, something that shines through even the cloudiest of moments. It's the promise I think; the promise that we are loved every moment of our lives by a God that entered into this world to make sure we knew that beyond any shadow of a doubt.
And therein exists the unlimited joy that underpins all of life and
eternity: God's love for us and our shared love of one another. It's a combined God-presence that is totally reliable and absolutely inexhaustible! "Good News!", I say!
Friends, thank you for all the ways you share this love and Good News with which we have been blessed, and if you get a chance, maybe check in on someone who just needs to hear that gentle voice of yours! It gets lonely now and then for someone who just crossed your mind! :)
See you soon,


Talkback with Sister Sanaa Nadim, Muslim Chaplain
Sunday April 2, 2017
11:30 AM - 1:00 PM


Muslim Educational Forum
Sunday, April 2, 2017 11:30 AM – 1:00PM,
with Sister Sanaa Nadim, Muslim Chaplain at Stony Brook University. This will conversation will take place during our Talkback time following worship. This is the beginning of a broader discussion to follow in the months ahead, as we learn more about the lives of our sisters and brothers who are Muslim and how we can grow together in the love of God we share. Sister Sanaa is a highly respected leader of the Long Island Interfaith community, and we are fortunate to have her with us for this informative gathering.  Please be sure to join us.

Meditation Times…

We are working on a schedule for the sanctuary to be open during the week, so that it can be a place for meditation, prayer or just to sit quietly in the welcoming of the space. If you are in the area and wish to stop in, please do so! If it happens to be closed, come on over to the office and we will open the doors!



Prayers for those in uniform serving in Southwest Asia, to keep us safe.
Prayers for Helen De Bellis.
Prayers for the immigrants who fear for their deportation.
Prayers of thanksgiving for Gabe Nolan's recovery.
Prayers for the family of Carl Gardiner - Jean Gill's cousin.



Sunday Stewards
March 26th

Karen Maust

Greeters & Ushers
Gini McLaughlin
Jerry Avolio

Casey Cunningham


Building Close
Karen Maust

Please contact the church office if you're interested in helping.
April 13:  Greeters and Ushers Needed
April 16: Greeters and Ushers Needed
April 23: Liturgist, Greeters
and Ushers Needed
April 30:  Greeters and Ushers Needed


Wednesday, March 22th @ 6:00 PM
Choir Practice

Thursday, March 23th @ 10:00 AM
Prayer Shawl Ministry

Thursday, March 23th @ 12:15 PM
Senior. Exercise

Saturday, March 25th
Family Table Distribution

Monday, March 27th @ 11:45 AM
Bible Talk (Vestry)

Tuesday, March 28th @ 7:00 PM
Bible Talk (Vestry)

Easter Plant Orders

Find hard copies of the order form on the Resource Table in the Vestry and in this weekend's bulletin...or print the order form below by right-clicking your computer mouse and choosing View Image or Print Image.  It's that easy!!

And always feel free to call Heather in the office for help.



What is One Great Hour of Sharing®?
One Great Hour of Sharing, as part of Our Churches Wider Mission, is the special mission offering of the United Church of Christ that carries God’s message of love and hope to people in crisis. The UCC works with international partners to provide sources of clean water, food, education and health care, small business micro-credit, advocacy and resettlement for refugees and displaced persons, and emergency relief and rehabilitation.  OGHS also supports domestic and international ministries for disaster preparedness and response.  

You will find donation envelopes in the the bulletin on Sunday, March 26th. Please consider an offering to this worthy cause. Click to learn more.