Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ
131 Middle Road, Sayville, NY 11782-3158
Ray Bagnuolo, Pastor; 631-827-8611; 

Email Heather Corcoran, Editor

Tuesday, March 28, 2017


​Greetings from Pastor Ray

Dear Friends,

We are now more than a week into spring! Signs of new life are all around us and the snow and ice and sleet are behind us, please, please, please! Still, there will come a time when the first snowfall will be welcome…but not at least for another 250 days or so! And, that is just fine with me; maybe with you! In the meantime….

Each week, as I write these notes, I think of everyone who makes it possible for this congregation to thrive as it does, with kindness and energy that reflects God’s love in so many ways. To all of you, thank you! Thank you in chronos and kairos!

As for this coming Sunday…

Worship begins at 10:00 AM and our reading will be Psalm 130, “A Pilgrim Song.” It is offered below from The Message. I hope you will find this a provocative text to consider, as we move more deeply into this Season of Lent.

"Help, God—the bottom has fallen out of my life!
    God, hear my cry for help!
Listen hard! Open your ears!
    Listen to my cries for mercy.

"If you, God, kept records on wrongdoings,
    who would stand a chance?
As it turns out, forgiveness is your habit,
    and that’s why you’re worshiped.

"I pray to God—my life a prayer—
    and wait for what God will say and do.
My life’s on the line before God, my God,
    waiting and watching till morning,
    waiting and watching till morning.

"O Israel, wait and watch for God—
    with God’s arrival comes love,
    with God’s arrival comes generous redemption.
No doubt about it—God will redeem Israel,
    buy back Israel from its captivity to sin."

Following worship on Sunday, I also hope that you will be able to join us for our first Interfaith forum with Sister Sanaa Nadim, Muslim Chaplain from Stony Brook University. This forum marks the beginning of a broader effort to better understand and minister with one another in serving all those God calls us to love. Our many thanks for Mike Jayne and Robert Pierce who helped in contacting Sister Sanaa, making arrangements for her to be with us. Thanks, too, to the Social Action Committee for its commitment and encouragement in planning this day. Sister Sanaa is a highly respected leader of the Long Island Interfaith community, and we are fortunate to have her in our midst.  Please be sure to join us.

Speaking of our faith-based Social Action Committee, part of our goal has been to provide resources that make it possible for the youngest and most senior among us; the busiest and il dolce far niente; and everyone in between - to engage their hearts and voices in advocacy and activism at their own pace. A second goal has been to create opportunities for groups to develop around specific interests in the social justice area. To do these things and more, we now publish a second weekly newsletter on Fridays called “Justice Chimes.” Please offer your feedback, ideas, gatherings and activities and anything you would like to share by sending  announcements or notices to And, if you need to get something to us quickly or in case of an emergency - please call or text me at 631-827-8611. 

As a reminder, you can catch up on eChimes or JusticeChimes at or We welcome your “Likes” on Facebook as well as your comments and reviews!

I hope you find time, now and then, to pause and feel the presence of God and God's love (same thing, I think!) in your life and those around you, just as I do when we gather. And, when you are so moved, I hope you will let someone know just how much you love them…there is a good chance they are waiting and watching for your touch and those words.

Love to you,
Ray 631-827-8611

News, Announcements & Events!


Muslim Educational Forum
Sunday, April 2, 2017 11:30 AM – 1:00PM,
with Sister Sanaa Nadim, Muslim Chaplain at Stony Brook University. 
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 our troops serving in Southwest Asia, and looking forward to their safe return to the USA. We pray for all those in uniform serving in more than 150 countries around the world, with total deployment of military personnel outside of the United States of America in excess of 130,000, with nearly 1,000,000 uniformed men and women in all the branches of military service. Prayers and thanks for them all.
  • Prayers for all immigrants living in fear of deportation and disruption in their families and livelihoods.
  • Prayers for the safety of all those seeking refuge in The United States of America and other countries around the world.



​Sunday Stewards
 for April 2nd

Liturgist Mike Jayne

Music Director  Sean Cameron

Greeters & Ushers  Ron Bergmann & Sam Lent

Projectionist Casey Cunningham

Projection Slides Kimberley Reiser

Hospitality You! Just sign up!

Building Close This can be you, too! 

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

Lenten, Passion Week and Easter Worship
April 2         Fifth Sunday in Lent       Psalm 130                     Communion Sunday
April 9         Palm Sunday                  Psalm 118; Matthew       21:1 – 11
April 13       Maundy Thursday          8:00 PM
April 14       Good Friday                   Sanctuary Open 11 AM – 4:00 PM
April 16       Easter Sunday               Colossians 3:1-4; Matthew 28:1-10
                   Sunrise Service              Depart Sayville Ferry at 6:00 AM; Board 5:45 AM
                   Morning Service             10:00 AM - Sanctuary
Upcoming Calendar Dates
Tuesday      March 28th           9:30 AM      Senior Exercise in the Vestry
Tuesday      March 28th           7:00 PM      Bible Talk in Vestry: Psalm 130
Tuesday      March 28th           5:30 PM      Having Friends Inn Outreach
Wednesday  March 29th         6:00 PM      Choir Practice
Wednesday  March 29th         5:30 PM      Having Friends Inn Outreach
Wednesday  March 29th         7:30 PM      Narcotics Anonymous Meeting, Fellowship Hall
Thursday     March 30th        10:00 AM     Prayer Shawl Ministry in the Vestry
Thursday     March 30th        12:15 PM     Senior Exercise in the Vestry
Thursday     March 30th          5:30 PM     Having Friends Inn Outreach
Saturday      April 1st             11:00 AM     Twelve Step Meeting, Fellowship Hall

Sunday        April 2nd            11:30 AM     Muslim Educational Forum/Talkback

Monday       April 3rd              11:45AM     Bible Talk in Vestry: Palm Sunday
Monday       April 3rd                5:30 PM    Having Friends Inn Outreach, Fellowship Hall
Monday       April 3rd                7:00 PM    Sayville Congregational UCC Trustees Meeting
Monday       April 3rd                7:30 PM    Narcotics Anonymous Meeting, Fellowship Hall

Tuesday     April 10th               7:00 PM    Elders Meeting
Tuesday     April 17th               7:00 PM    Trustees Meeting


April 1st, Unitarian Universalist Church
11 Collins Avenue, Sayville at 4:30 PM.

ACLU 9 Model State and Local Law Enforcement Policies and Rules to Align with the Freedom Cities campaign. Register here. 

The Spirituality of Addiction & Recovery:
The Music of Those Lost & Spared

Sunday, April 2, 2017 - 7:00 PM; Congregational Church of Patchogue, 95 East Main St; 631-475-1235 ($10 suggested donation but no one turned away for lack of money) Featuring music of: The Doors, Janis Joplin, Amy Winehouse, Jerry Garcia, Prince, Whitney Houston, Johnny Cash, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Phish, James Taylor, Eric Clapton & John Lennon. Proceeds support the outreach ministries of Congregational Church of Patchogue.

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.


Stop & Shop Cards are available at coffee hour each week.
They make great gifts and are great way to purchase your groceries
while supporting Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ..

Family Table Food Ministries
Family Table Ordering is available for April!
Orders are being taken in the church office or
visit and find Sayville UCC as the Host Site.

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

As always, you can call Heather Corcoran,
our Church Administrator, at the church office for help at 631-589-1519.
Happy Shopping!



Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ
131 Middle Road, Sayville, NY 11782-3101
         Heather Corcoran, Church Administrator; eChimes Editor
Ray Bagnuolo, Pastor, 631-827-8611;