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

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Tuesday, May 9, 2017

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"What does God require of you but to do justice and to love kindness and
​to walk humbly with your God?" ~ Micah 6:8

​From Pastor Ray

Dear Friends,

Thanks to everyone who serves this congregation in so many ways and prepares our worship space and all of its elements with such loving care. It is a pleasure to be among you!

Rev. Freeman Palmer, Guest Preacher

And, among us on Sunday will be Rev. Freeman Palmer, Associate Conference Minister for Congregational Development of the United Church of Christ. Freeman will be our guest preacher and will bring a message using the text of 2 Peter 2:2-11. The title of his sermon will be, "Got Milk?" Looking forward to having Freeman with us on Sunday morning, as we celebrate Mother's Day - Parents/Guardians Day!

Refugee Action Committee Forum - May 21st

The following weekend, our Refugee Action Committee will present the second in their series of forums on ways that we can become informed and assist those caught in the grips of finding themselves refugees. All are invited to a luncheon in our vestry and after worship on May 21st. 

​We will be hosting two presenters. The first speakert will be Carmen Maquilon on behalf of Catholic Charities,who will present and answer questions about the legal process experienced by those who are refugees. The second speaker will be Dot Beardslee, who sponsored a family from Pakistan in October of 2016. Dot will be talking about her experiences of actually helping a family in the settlement process. Please share this news widely, and we hope to see you there.

On this Thursday, May 11, a small group of us will be traveling into NYC as part of an accompaniment support for 15-year of student Javier from West Islip. Javier is facing deportation and we will be be in the courtroom with Javier, standing beside him and his family with our prayers and presence. There is still time to join us. If you are interested please call Ray at 631-827-8611
Installation Date - October 1, 2017

And,makr the date! The Deacons of Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ have chosen an installation Sunday for my serving as pastor: Sunday, October 1st. It will be a wonderful time and one that I envision with much joy for the chance to be together with so many friends here and those who will visit for the day.

By now you know....

​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....

Upper Room Bullet Points

On Sunday, I suggested that maybe Jesus gave the disciples "bullet points" for them to keep in mind, as they went out into the world. I thought I would share some of those here in closing. 

  • My gift of peace goes beyond anything you understand. So, don’t try to figure it out. Just know you have it. More. Believe you have it. If you do, you will know it.
  • Don’t expect everything to follow the order you think it should. Everyone will not come along with you at the same speed or get there at the same time.  Don’t be discouraged. You haven’t all come along at the same rate, either!
  • Don’t look for a finish line. There is none, not here, anyway. Pace yourself. Be in this for the long run. Enjoy each moment of my sweet presence even in - no - especially in the most bitter of times.
  • Know joy. Be joy. It’s hard to care for others and help them if you always look like you are coming from a funeral. You don’t have to be happy all the time - just joyful deep inside, knowing I am with you.
  • Stay connected. OK? Even when you are apart for a while, pray for each other, think of each other. Whether alone or with two or more… I am always with you. Check in with me and one another and when you gather - well, be joyful again!
  • And try not to stress too much. I love you, I love your anxiety for doing good in the midst of a world that needs so much good done…do whatever you can and I’ll take care of the rest. Trust me. Don’t grade me… ‘cause you really don’t know how to do that.
  • Oh - and I really mean this, no kidding - judge no one in my name. You have no idea what I am doing. Don’t judge each other, Judas, Pilate, no one. I’ll take care of that, too. If you start to judge you are going to get all tangled up in resentments and worse. As hard as it is not to judge — it’s really easier not to judge compared to the consequences.
  • And gosh, remember how many times I told you that I love you and God loves you. It’s true. And its a love so different than the world knows… so, let me be clear…
  • I want you to love one another as God loves me and as I love you, even if you are not sure what I mean… just try it. Loving actions grow a loving heart. So, I say this… If you believe in me: love one another. If you don't believe me yet: love one another; if you leave this planet not being sure you believe in me: love one another. Everything else, I mean everything else, will work out.


​​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. 

The Refugee Action Committee would like to invite you to a luncheon on May 21, 2017, after church in the vestry. We will be continuing our discussion on refugees.

At that time, we will be hosting two presenters:
Carmen Maquilon, on behalf of Catholic Charities, will be discussing the legal process on how refugees are sponsored and then supported when they arrive in America.  

Our second speaker is Dot Beardslee, who sponsored a family from Pakistan in October of 2016,  brought them to her home to live and is now helping them assimilate to life in West Islip.

All are welcomed to listen and ask questions.
Prayer Requests... Let us pray...

Please keep Jean Newcombe and family in your prayers as they grieve the passing of her first cousins Maxwell Robertson and Douglas Anderson
Prayers for Mike and Judie Jayne in the loss of their nephew, Talan
Prayers for Jim Batura on the passing of his father
Prayers of healing for Helen Maloney who in Rehab in Riverhead.
Please pray for Karen Maust's sister, Marilyn, as she starts treatment for lung cancer.
Prayers for the family of Charlie Schlener who passed away on May 4th.  Charlie worked in the Sayville Schools in his retirement for many years.
Please pray for my brother Fred Sauter V (the Fifth) from San Diego
\suffering from oral cancer. ~ Diane Nowicki
♦ I pray that the missions of our troops serving in Southwest Asia are successful, and that they will return safely. ~ Ron Bergmann

♦ Prayers for all immigrants facing deportation.
♦ Prayers for displaced children in the world.
♦ Continued prayers for Helen Maloney in her continuing recovery. 
♦ Prayers for the United States of America on the path before us. 
♦ Prayers for all babies around the world impacted by the Zika virus.

Upcoming Calendar Dates

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 15      11:45AM        Bible Talk in Vestry
Monday         May 15      7:00PM         Trustees Meeting

Tuesday        May 16      9:00 AM         Senior Exercise in Vestry
Tuesday        May 16      7:00 PM         Bible Talk in Vestry

Wednesday   May 17      6:00 PM         Choir practice
Thursday      May 18      10:00 AM       Prayer Shawl Ministry in the Vestry
Thursday      May 18      12:15 PM       Senior Exercise in Vestry

Saturday       May 21       11:30 AM     
The Refugee Action Committee Luncheon

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      SCA Meeting, Fellowship Hall
Thursdays       6:45 PM      Nar-Anon Recovery Group, Fellowship Hall
Saturdays       11:00 AM     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 Deacon Trustees would like to send out a heartfelt thank you to all who helped with the All-church Clean-up on Saturday. So much was accomplished! 

Many hands make light work!

Deacon Trustees 

Matthew 18:20
"For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

Sunday, May 14th Stewards


Music Director  Sean Cameron

Greeters & Ushers  Sue Lanchantin and Kathy Leis

Projectionist  Casey Cunningham

Projection Slides   Kimberley Reiser

Hospitality   Alice and Don Gray

Building Close   Kathy Leis

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 at 7:30 PM; Sat. at 11:00 AM
SCA Meetings in Fellowship Hall – Wed. at 7:30 PM
Naranon Meetings in Fellowship Hall – Thurs. at 6:45 PM
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;