eChimes for Tuesday, July 11 - Monday, July 17, 2017


sFrom Ray

Hello Folks,

All prayers, spoken and silent, reflect our relationship with God and one another. Last Sunday's prayers of joy and concerns touched me as they always do - in their sacredness and soulfulness.

One prayer on Sunday powerfully reminded us of the courage and danger those who protect us live with every day. A member of our congregation, who is also a member of the NYPD, lifted up prayers for Officer Miosotis Familia, who was shot and killed last week as she sat in her patrol car. It was a senseless act of "madness" beyond words. Our friend's prayer for Officer Familia included requests to remember all those who serve us and the risks they and their families endure every moment they are on the job. Our member then closed his petition with a request for prayers for the individual whose insanity led him to commit this horrible act.

Think about that for a moment, if you will.

I have thought about it a lot since Sunday and am awed by and grateful for such love and faith, that even when we are in our deepest sorrow, we can consider the person who perpetrated the tragedy. This is who we are and strive always to be.

As Officer Familia was laid to her rest today, as she entered into the time of her eternal reward I found myself in the same place I did on Sunday. A place that moved me to ask Sean not to play the Offertory Hymn and, instead, allow us to sit in silence. A time to sit in God's presence; to seek the Joy that exceeds all sorrow. Quietly. I am still seeking...still saddened.

If you can, please find some time and silence to remember these prayers and others; to remember how we are called beyond our anger and resentments and fear - to love. If you can, take a moment to let someone know how much you love them - maybe even forgive them, too. Pray for the heart and the courage to love those we forgive, regardless of their response. To love those who have wronged us, regardless of the wrong.

And remember, this is not easy...but so?

My prayers and arms around you all,


  • We need help with stewards for Sundays. Please sign up in the Vestry or contact Heather.
  • We are training folks to project the slides for Sunday worship and prepare for future livestreaming. If you are interested, please see Craig Hicks on Sunday.
  • Have you been through physical rehab? Are you interested in helping Dominic, a friend of our congregation, with physical therapy to strengthen his legs, mostly through walking? Then please contact Ray. Hours are negotiable and travel and time related expenses are covered. This is a private contract in addition to the services already being received and would be for a short period of time. Dominic and his husband live in Cherry Grove and are two of the sweetest people I know! What could be better than walks around the boardwalks in Cherry Grove! :)
  • Bake Sale at the Sayville Ferry is this Friday. Please bring baked goods to the church by noon on Friday, July 14. Please contact Sue Lanchantin to donate baked goods or help at the dock! See you there!
  • Ray will ​be on vacation the last week of July and the first week of August and remain available for emergencies.
  • ​Rev. Robert Pierce will be leading worship and preaching on Sunday, July 30.
  • Rev. Jeanne Baum will be leading worship and preaching on Sunday, August 6.
From Jane Macgowan and the Food Pantry:
  • Thanks to everyone for the donations that are brought to church each Sunday. As a reminder, the pantry does not accept pet food or people food that has an expired date! Otherwise we are good! Woof!
​More below....

Prayer Requests... Let us pray...

  • Prayers for the Lucas, the Grandson of Kimberley and Frank Reiser who continues to struggle with being sick and has returned to the hospital for care. Prayer for his parents Jess and Lou and all those who are caring for Lucas.
  • Prayers for the continued recovery of Roberta and Patsy's daughter Wendy, who underwent surgery last Friday and continues to heal. 
  • Prayers for Jack Nix who underwent thyroid surgery on Sat, July 8th
  • Prayers for Karl Hasselriis as he recovers from injury to his feet.
  • For those in uniform, serving in Southwest Asia, I pray for a safe return to the USA.
  • We are excited and grateful to find a loving and accepting church! 
  • Prayers for Brenda Jayne Young
  • Prayers for Julia who is awaiting a liver transplant.
  • Prayers for Susan Ryan's sister-in-law, Celia Muller, receiving chemotherapy for several cancer outbreaks


Annual Bake Sale
at the Sayville Ferry Dock
Friday, July 14th

Please have all goodies at the church by noon on Friday so that we can package and price the delicious items!

Please see Sue Lanchantin to sign up for one or more activities!

Exciting Summer Program!
One Community: Many Voices
A Musical Workshop on Diviersity

See more below....


Upcoming Calendar Dates

Tuesday        July 11       7:00 PM        Bible Talk in Vestry

Thursday      July 13       10:00 AM       Prayer Shawl Ministry in the Vestry
Thursday      July 13       12:15 PM       Senior Exercise in the Vestry

Friday            July 14       12:00 PM       Annual Bake Sale at Sayville Ferry

Monday         July 17       11:45 AM       Bible Talk in Vestry
Monday         July 17        7:00 PM        Trustees Meeting in the Vestry

​Tuesday        July 19        9:00 AM        Senior Exercise in the Vestry

Thursday      July 20        10:00 AM       Prayer Shawl Ministry in the Vestry
Thursday      July 20        12:15 PM       Senior Exercise in the  Vestry

Monday        July 24         11:45 AM       Bible Talk in the Vestry
Monday        July 24           7:00 PM      Full Board Meeting in the Vestry

Note: Choir Practice will resume in September as the Choir takes a summer hiatus!

Monday - Thursday       
5:30 PM      Sharing a Meal (Formerly Having Friends INN)

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


Sunday, July 16th Stewards

Liturgist  Kimberley Reiser

Music Director  Sean Cameron

Greeters & Ushers  Lorraine Severin and Pat Mahar

Projectionist  Vacant

Projection Slides   Kimberley Reiser

Building Close    Vacant

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


Justice Chimes Announcements

Jen's Activation Checklist  Click Here
Ready to Resist Videos from can be viewed on demand here.
Show Up Long Island's Facebook Page
Accompaniment Ministry Opportunities
Members and friends of our congregation continue to accompany individuals appearing before immigration courts, both on Long Island and in New York City. Accompaniment is a powerful way to witness – just by your presence – that folks facing immigration hearings have community among us. If you would like to learn more about accompaniment or be placed on the email list to learn of upcoming accompaniment opportunities, please contact 
​Ray at 631-827-8611 or

Many Thanks

We are so grateful to all of the generous contributions from every member of our church family!
Your generosity allows us to accomplish what we strive to do for each other and our community!!

With Summer upon us and so many enjoying time away, please take this gentle reminder to keep your pledges current.


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.
Sharing a Meal (Formerly Having Friends In
 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

Note: Choir Practice will resume in September as the Choir takes a summer haitus!

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;