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

Email Heather Corcoran, Editor

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

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"That same day two of them were walking to the village Emmaus, about seven miles out of Jerusalem. They were deep in conversation, going over all these things that had happened. In the middle of their talk and questions, Jesus came up and walked along with them. But they were not able to recognize who he was." (Luke 24:13-16)

​From Pastor Ray

Dear Friends,

Over the last few days, I have been sharing all about you with some friends of mine at Stony Point Center in Rockland County, NY. Considering that, I thought it right that I introduce you to at least one of them! Pictured above is Kitty-Ufford Chase at the May Day Rally near Nanuet Mall on Monday. Kitty and her husband Rick are Co-Moderators of Stony Point Center place that has been an integral part of my journey for the last twenty years. I have been honored to serve on its advisory board with the most diverse group of board leadership I know of -- anywhere! Meeting on May Day, it was no surprise that Kitty and Rick offered a lunch-time portion to join the rally! 

Part of the work of Stony Point Center is to exuberantly provide radical welcoming and hospitality to many disparate groups and organizations throughout the year. While I was there these last two days, there were ministers in early training, a study group from Ghana, a local YMCA Board group, foreign boarding students for Rockland Community College staff and the fifteen advisors and leaders. The cross-currents of such gatherings are inherently important and powerful in themselves. To see everyone in the dining room together - at the table - underscores the way God moves through all our activities - even when we may be unaware.

Additionally, in the last eight years, Rick and Kitty have brought together a community of twelve members (and growing families) of the Abrahamic Faiths, living intentionally in community determined to break the stereotypes and conflicts between Muslims, Christians and Jews and learn ways to share those experIences. I hope that you will have a chance to meet these friends and others of mine in the near future. You would like them very much - and they you! In the meantime, if interested, you can read about the work of these folks at

Installation Date - October 1, 2017

And, speaking of meeting friends, Deacons and Trustees of Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ have chosen an installation Sunday for my serving as pastor: Sunday, October 1st. Please mark the date. It will be a wonderful time and one that I envision with much joy and the chance for my own disparate groups of friends to be together! 

But before then - CLEAN UP!

No, not you! The church and its grounds! :) The fun begins on Saturday, May 5th at 9:30 AM with all sorts of tasks for everyone! Lunch will be provided, as well! So, please join us if you can. Spring is - indeed - here!

By now you now....

​I am learning names each week, but it does take me a while! With folks returning for the first time since I've joined you, as well as new visitors each week - if you can - wearing name tags is enormously helpful for me and others. It is a gift for visitors to be able to call us by name -- a simple yet warm and safe thing to be able to do. If you don't mind....

Refugee Action Committee

Enormous appreciation to this committee for its careful, thoughtful and beautifully designed presentation, bringing those gathered more deeply into a discussion of our times: the plight of refugees seeking welcome and safety from  beyond experiences the great majority of us have never known. The response of Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ to whether the committee should continue this informative process was a resounding "Yes!" As is the openness to learning how we might help a family to settle in our own community.

In response to questions about the difference between refugees and migrants, Kris Minschke has provided a response that you will find immediately following my comments. Thank you Kris and all members of the committee and the Social Action Committee for leading us with such skill and such important ways.

Accompaniment to Deportation Hearings - Javier

We are forming a group to accompany Javier on Thursday, May 11th at the Federal Immigration Court at 26 Federal Plaza in New York City. The hearing begins at 9 AM. I will travel with others into the city by train, catching the 6:08 AM out of Sayville. If you would like to join us or meet us in the city, please let me know by Sunday. It is an early rise, which means that we will likely be home by late afternoon. 

These accompaniments are organized by Long Island Jobs with justice. Here is the bit of background that they provided about Javier: Javier is 15-year-old student in the Comsewogue School District. David recently fled Central America because his life was being threatened by gangs. He was apprehended at the border and held in a Texas detention center for 3 months before being released to his mother who lives on Long Island. David is now required to routinely appear in court. Due to his mother's undocumented status, she was advised by their attorney to not accompany her son. Therefore, our community accompaniment is critical. 

Your presence - in all the ways you offer it to others is so important and central to our shared faith that reminds us, "Wherever two or more are gathered in my name, I am there."

"Where have we been?" "Here" is the answer - in all sorts of ways. "Right here." Where else would we be?

​See you soon,

With love,



GENEVA, July 11 (UNHCR) – With more than 65 million people forcibly displaced globally and boat crossings of the Mediterranean still regularly in the headlines, the terms ‘refugee’ and ‘migrant’ are frequently used interchangeably in media and public discourse. But is there a difference between the two, and does it matter? Yes, there is a difference, and it does matter. (By Adrian Edwards, Geneva This article was originally published on 27 August 2015)
Last Sunday (April 30, 2017) the Committee on Refugee Action began a dialog about refugees and how we as a congregation might get involved in helping them. We are delighted that so many of you stayed and watched the presentation. For those of you who weren’t able to be there, and for those who were but are still unclear about just what a refugee is and why we should be helping them, we wanted to more clearly define the difference between a refugee and a migrant.

Let’s start with the term immigrant. This refers to anyone who migrates to another country, usually for permanent residence. This is an umbrella term that covers each one of our families – whether we are a 1st generation American or are descended from the earliest settlers. Refugees and migrants are subsets of this group. Migrants include undocumented immigrants, illegal aliens, among others and are distinguished from refugees by their lack of any legal documentation AND their reasons for moving to a new country. Unlike refugees they are not fleeing violence or persecution and could return home without risk.

Refugees are clearly defined by International law as persons fleeing violence and persecution. Before entering the United States they must go through an extensive vetting process which takes upwards of 18 months. They enter this country with full documentation and legal status with the protection of our government. 

Upcoming Calendar Dates

Tuesday        May 2       9:00 AM      Senior Exercise in Vestry
Tuesday        May 2       7:00 PM      Bible Talk in Vestry

Wednesday   May 3       6:00 PM      Choir practice
Thursday     May 4     10:00 AM        Prayer Shawl Ministry in the Vestry
Thursday     May 4     12:15 PM        Senior Exercise in Vestry

Friday          May 5       7:00 PM        United Church Preschool Annual Chinese Auction

Saturday      May 6        9:30 AM       All Church Clean Up - See below for more information.

Monday       May 8       7:00 PM         Elders Meeting

Tuesday      May 9       7:00 PM         Bible Talk in Vestry

Wednesday  May 10       6:00 PM     Choir practice

Thursday     May 11      10:00 AM      Prayer Shawl Ministry in the Vestry
Thursday     May 11      12:15 PM      Senior Exercise in Vestry

Monday         May 1      11:45AM        Bible Talk in Vestry

Monday - Thursday     5:30 PM     Having Friends Inn Outreach

Weekly Support Meetings:
Mondays         7:30 PM       Courage to Change (NA), Fellowship Hall
Wednesdays   7:30 PM       Recovery Group Meeting, Fellowship Hall
Thursdays       6:45 PM      Nar-Anon Recovery Group, Fellowship Hall
Saturdays       1:00PM        Serenity in Sayville (NA), Fellowship Hall

Paint and Pasta Party Fundraiser for Having Friends In
Please join us on Thursday, May 18, 2017 as we enjoy a night out for a good cause!

We’ll gather at Bluestone Tavern in Sayville at 6 pm for pasta and salad. Wine, beer and a summer cocktail will be available for $4. From 7-9 pm, artist Lisa will lead us step by step to paint the pictured design on a tote bag. A basket raffle and coffee and dessert are part of the fun as well. Tickets are $45 and 50% will be donated to the soup kitchen.

Contact Jerry or Gini for tickets at 631-363-6696 until 4/29. After 4/29, tickets will be available at the Bluestone hostess station or by contacting Jen Brown 631-356-5418 or



All-Church Clean-Up Day

The Board of Deacons announces the All-Church Clean-Up Day on Saturday, May 6th  at 9:30am. Lunch will be provided, as well.  There many chores to do both inside and outside.  A sign-up sheet will available in the vestry or see any member of the Board of Trustees to participate.

Thanking you in advance,

Sunday, May 7th Stewards

Liturgist  Kimberley Reiser

Communion Set-up  Mark and Karin Conrad

Music Director  Sean Cameron

Greeters & Ushers  Don and Alice Gray


Projection Slides Kimberley Reiser


Building Close 

Help Wanted

Sunday Stewards Needed!
Check the Sign-up Sheets in The Vestry Hallway!
Many hands make light work!




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.


Weekly Events:
Check calendar above for any weekly changes.

Bible Talks! in the Vestry - Mondays at 11:45 AM & Tuesdays at 7:00 PM
Please join us! Visit our website at for upcoming readings.
Choir Practice in the Vestry - Wednesdays at 6:00 PM
No practice on Wednesday, April 26th.
Having Friends Inn in Fellowship Hall - Mondays through Thursdays at 5:30 PM
NA Meetings in Fellowship Hall – Mon & Wed. at 7:30 PM; Sat. at 11:00 AM
Prayer Shawl Ministry in the Vestry - Thursdays at 10:00 AM
Senior Exercise in the Vestry - Tuesdays at 9:00 AM & Thursdays at 12:15 PM

United Church of Christ congregations pays its own bills, hires its own staff, and maintains its own facilities from the voluntary gifts of members and friends. Donations are accepted in the basket on Sundays, as well as through our online giving program or through direct payments. Please call Heather in the office to answer any questions you may have about how we can best to accommodate your gifts.  And, please consider buying Stop & Shop Gift Cards to support the church. Available at coffee hour each week, a portion of their cost goes to Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ.

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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;