Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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​​Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ
131 Middle Road, Sayville, NY 11782-3158
631-589-1519; 
www.sayvilleucc.org
Ray Bagnuolo, Pastor; 631-827-8611; ray@sayvilleucc.org 
Do you have an announcement for us to add? Email Heather Corcoran, Editor

Office Hours - Monday - Thursday for 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM

Tuesday, December 5, 2017

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Dear Friends,

Peter Dellegrazio wan't my first friend to die of HIV/AIDS complications. Between 1982 and the early 1990's, I lost dozens of friends to the virus. It's just that Peter was the one I loved the most; the one most alive in spirit and life - who made me laugh like no other; the one in different times I would never have let get away! He comes to mind often, especially this time of year.

I know that referring to HIV/AIDS stirs memories for many of you. Stay with me, if you can, remembering those you do sweetly. If you can't, it's ok, too. Come back another time... 

Last Sunday we formally entered into Advent together, a time marked with the Hope and Trust in God as revealed for us in the birth of the one named Jesus. It profoundly reminds us that in this grand universe of ours, the Light shone upon us and we were forever changed in Love.

A few days before the First Sunday of Advent, on World AIDS Day (December 1), we, again, remembered those we have lost, pledging our determination to end the the virus through advances in treatment, vaccines and education. Rallied in recent years by the elimination of a diagnosis of HIV/AIDS as the death sentence it once was, many see our Hope as justified and the driving force in the work yet to be done.

While it is always true that we are neither immune to life nor the frailty of the human condition we share - we don't give up hope, ever. Opportunistic immunological diseases and viruses are among the greatest of our medical challenges - and there are many great medical challenges. Gratitude does not describe the thanks for those in these and other fields diligent in their research and treatment for all of humanity.

As we celebrate Christmas together, it is natural to think of those we wish were still here. In a way, it brings them closer and more present, not as we wish - but closer, nonetheless. It's part of the mystery and the wonder of Christmas, a stimulus that reveals what is always accessible to us. A friend of mine says that we have "built-in forgetters" and Christmas reminds us to remember.

In all this, it is so important for me, perhaps for you, to remember how integration of our human condition and our spirit is what creates the broad highway upon which we travel. I don't really get over loss or tragedies within our world, I just sort of find myself "widened" in a growing reliance on God and a belief that God is with us; we are not alone -- and no one is ever really lost in the grand design of the loving God that Jesus reveled to us.

In the midst of this world and our lives together, Peace is knowing just how real we are and how human and embraceable our feelings and emotions are - whether they tickle us or squeeze us a bit too hard -- the are ours and ours to share. 

There is no immunological deficiency in the presence of God and the Love of God in our world. It's the welcoming and the embrace of others that we're always working to improve; a path that is exquisitely followed in this congregation and many others around the globe. Each Christmas, a few more catch the wave!

Hope, Peace, Love and Joy - are always with us, as we are with one another. Let someone know you are thinking of them, and let's keep each other and in prayer, in all the ways we pray. Yes, and always remember....

Love,
Ray
Christmas Eve Services
10 AM Morning Service
5 PM Christmas Family Service
11 PM Lesson and Carols

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Do you love to sing and bring joy to others?  
Please join us for Christmas caroling on
Friday, December 15th at 6:30pm at the church.
All ages are invited: bring a friend.
After caroling through Sayville,
​we will enjoy hot chocolate and cookies in the vestry.


​Long Island Jobs with Justice News

Become involved in supporting our Immigrant Neighbors... from Kris Minschke

Below are some upcoming events which may be of interest to you. For more info you can visit their website http:longislandjwj.orgor by contact me at kminschke@gmail.com / (516) 353-1538.

Sunday 12/10 4-6pm Human Rights Dinner honoring immigrant youth and their families. It will be held at St. Hugh of Lincoln RC Church at 21 E. 9th St. in Huntington Station.
Tickets are $30 and 50% of the proceeds will go to their Solidarity Fund - a community-raised initiative that seeks to provide financial assistance for the families of workers facing deportation. If you can not attend feel free to make a donation.

Wednesday 12/13 11am There will be a vigil at Lee Zeldin’s Patchogue office located at 31 Oak St. calling on him to support the Dream Act. They will be delivering hundreds of letters collected from organizations and congregation (ours!). 

Tuesday 12/19 7-9pm Offering Immigrants Court Accompaniment and Sanctuary: responding to your practical concerns.  It looks like they have an interesting agenda.



Victorian Tea News...
Hear ye, Hear ye!!

The 26th Victorian Tea Committee would like to thank all those who helped so willingly and generously to present what, by all accounts, was the most superlative tea yet! Even as the raffle baskets are being picked up, we are hearing that it is hoped this was not the last one.

We may need help moving some furniture before Sunday. Stay tuned.

We begin with asking for your prayers....

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  • Prayers for Ann B. Walker recovering from a stay in the hospital, now at home!
  • Thanks for Second Opinions! Karl Hasselriis reports that earlier an earlier diagnosis of sever COPD has been ruled out and he is on the mend and very grateful for the reversal of news!
  • Prayers for Karen and Hank Maust, as Karen's brother prepares for surgery next week.
  • I pray for Teresa Heaney. I hope her surgery goes well and she comes out okay. I hope she won't need another surgery. Amen.  ~ Matthew Lypen
  • Prayers for Carol Lynne Campanella who had emergency surgery and is on a ventilator.
  • I pray for the safe return of our troops serving in Southwest Asia.  This coming Thursday, 7 December is Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day. Please attend the ceremony at the Johnson Avenue Memorial at 11am.
  • Prayers for the family of Rosemarie Torre who passed away last week.
  • Prayers for Carol Passerell with her fight with cancer.
  • Prayers for healing for Jenna Lund Murphy.
  • Great news from Marjorie Taylor-Thomas…Jenny is on the mend with a new antibiotic and is making great progress. If all continues this way she might be able to go home Tues and finish healing there. They cancelled her move to NYC, she slept well last night, showered today, was able to walk around and eat well, and her white cell #s continue to come down and her docs are happy with her progress! Praise God! Thanks everyone for your prayers, they are much appreciated. Love, Marjorie
  • Please pray for my husband and I and for our children. Please pray for my patience.
  • Continued prayers for Peter Ryan's father-in-law, Brendon Chiappino, for a full recovery from his neck surgery and subsequent complications.
  • Continued Prayers for Susan Ryan's sister-in-law, Celia Muller, facing aggressive cancer treatments.
  • Please pray for my husband's clarity and strength. Please pray for my children's comfort and feeling of security.
  • Prayers for Sue Lanchantin's son, Paul, who continues with treatment for recently diagnosed cancer.
  • Prayers for Don Ketcham who is now home! Prayers for Donna, too, as she cares for her dad.
  • Prayers for Karen Maust's sister, Marilyn, as she continues chemotherapy treatment.
  • Prayers for Ray's friend Craig Eberhardt, beginning another protocol for cancer.
  • Continuing prayers for Anthony, the great grandson of Mike and Judie Jayne
  • Prayers for warmth for those who lack shelter for the cold nights.
Please send your prayer requests to Heather and any pastoral care needs to Ray. If you can, please let us know how long you would like the prayers listed in eChimes. Also, thanks for letting us know of any information that should be updated.

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For all the cards, concern and prayers during my recuperation days - thank you very much.
And your contributions for the food pantry were tremendous and much appreciated.
Jane MacGowan

Happy Birthday!

December 6 ~ Jude Ramsaywak
December 7 ~ Bill Heacock
December 7 ~ Laura Newcombe
December 7 ~ Randolf Pearson
December 11 ~ Dina Mirabile

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Soup Kitchen Volunteers Needed: Sharing a Meal is in need of volunteers willing to serve as cooks. The most urgent need is for the 3rd Wednesday Team; an occasional substitute cook for the 4th Tuesday Team; and after the new year, a cook for the 2nd Tuesday Team. We are also looking for local people willing to serve as last minute “substitutes” when scheduled volunteers need to cancel.

For more information please contact our volunteer coordinator, Donna Keller, at 631-833-1957. Or Jerry or Gini at 631-363-6696.

Christmas Flowers
Do you have someone, or an event, you would like to
commemorate this Christmas season?

Orders are now being taken for poinsettias for the chancel. Donations will be taken now through Monday, December 18th. 

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Calendar

December Deacon and Congregational Meetings
Sunday, December 10: Annual Meeting of the Congregation


Wednesday, December 6
 7:30pm Choir Rehearsal - Note time change
 
Thursday, December 7
10:00am – 12:00pm Prayer Shawl Ministry
12:15 – 1:15pm Seniors Exercise – Vestry
 
Sunday, December 10
12:00pm – 1:00pm Annual Meeting

Weekly Events:
-        Bible Talks! in the Vestry - Mondays at 11:45 AM & Tuesdays at 7:00 PM.
-        Having Friends Inn in Fellowship Hall – Mon. through Thurs. at 5:30 PM
-        NA Meetings in Fellowship Hall – Mon. at 7:30 PM; Sat. at 11:00 – 1:00 PM
-        SCA Meetings in Fellowship Hall – Wed. at 7:30 PM
-        Nar-Anon Meetings in Fellowship Hall – Thurs. at 6:45 PM
-        Prayer Shawl Ministry in the Vestry – Thurs. at 10:00 AM
-        Senior Exercise in the Vestry – Tues. at 9:00 AM & Thurs. at 12:15 PM

Be sure to visit our website at www.sayvilleucc.org 
and our Facebook page at www.facebook.com/sayvilleucc
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Sunday, December 10th Stewards

Liturgist ~ Kimberely Reiser
Music Director ~ Sean Cameron
Greeters & Ushers ~
Kathy Leis and Sue Lanchantin
Projectionist & Livestreaming ~ Casey Cunningham
Projection Slides ~  Kimberley Reiser
Hospitality ~
Building Closing ~ Kathy Leis


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December 10th Worship Readings

Call to Worship        (Adapted from Isaiah 40)
 
“Comfort, oh comfort my people, says God to us.”
Peace be with us, God’s peace with us all.
 
“Speak softly and tenderly to one another. No need to shout…”
For God is here with us, and God hears us just fine!
 
God’s Presence shines for all to see:
It is the reflection we bring to one another and the world.
 
Comfort, oh comfort, and peace be with us as we worship God together.
 
Unison Prayer  (Adapted from The Book of Joy p. 330)
 
We recall our parents and guardians who gave us life; nurtured us;
        the teachers who taught us; those who grew the food; made our clothes…
 
We recall the countless others responsible for our having the life we have
         each and every day.
 
We think of all the ancestors who had to live, and survive,
        so that we could be born, who braved enormous hardships
            so that we could have the life we do today.
 
And we know that none of these things is ever evenly applied in our lives,         
​ except for the Love of God and the one named Jesus
            who opened his eyes on this earth long ago…
 
So we could know God and God’s love then, now and always.
 
First Reading            “Seeking Out Our Sparks,”
                                    Adapted from Seek My Face, A Jewish Mystical Theology
 
 Like all who have gone before, we, too are in search of sparks of light. We, too, find them scattered throughout the world, making the world sacred in all places of its design. We are guided in our search, never limited, by the sacred texts of our faith – led into the realm of the collective ancient and present wisdom of divinity manifest in Kairos, that is God’s time, beyond the tick-tock accountability and measurement of Kronos.
 
We search for the “sparks of light” by turning inward to gain a vision of ourselves and the world around us. We train our inner eye to see the One who underlies the many; to see all of life all of creation as being – God. And for the spark in us, created long before we were—for this spark to be renewed in us with each breath we exchange, as we remember the first breath of the baby named Jesus.
 
Gospel Reading       Mark 1:1-18
 
The good news of Jesus Christ—the Message!—begins here, following to the letter the scroll of the prophet Isaiah.
Watch closely:

I’m sending my preacher ahead of you;
He’ll make the road smooth for you.
Thunder in the desert!
Prepare for God’s arrival!
Make the road smooth and straight!

John the Baptizer appeared in the wild, preaching a baptism of life-change that leads to forgiveness of sins. People thronged to him from Judea and Jerusalem and, as they confessed their sins, were baptized by him in the Jordan River into a changed life. John wore a camel-hair habit, tied at the waist with a leather belt. He ate locusts and wild field honey.
As he preached he said, “The real action comes next: The star in this drama, to whom I’m a mere stagehand, will change your life. I’m baptizing you here in the river, turning your old life in for a kin-dom life. This coming baptism—a holy baptism by the Holy Spirit—will change you from the inside out.”

At this time, Jesus came from Nazareth in Galilee and was baptized by John in the Jordan. The moment he came out of the water, he saw the sky split open and God’s Spirit, looking like a dove, come down on him. Along with the Spirit, a voice: “You are mine, chosen and marked by my love, pride of my life.”

At once, this same Spirit pushed Jesus out into the wild. For forty wilderness days and nights the Tempter tested him. Wild animals were his companions, and angels took care of him.
After John was arrested, Jesus went to Galilee preaching the Message of God: “Time’s up! God’s kin-dom is here. Change your life and believe the Message.”
Passing along the beach of Lake Galilee, Jesus saw Simon and his brother Andrew net-fishing. Fishing was their regular work. Jesus said to them, “Come with me. I’ll make a new kind of fisher out of you. I’ll show you how to gather others instead of perch and bass.” They didn’t ask questions. They dropped their nets and followed.

         



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.


Giving:
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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Please let us know if anything is incorrect or needs to be edited. Thanks!

Sayville Congregational United Church of Christ
131 Middle Road, Sayville, NY 11782-3101
631-589-1519; churchadmin@sayvilleucc.org
 www.sayvilleucc.org; www.facebook.com/sayvilleucc
         Heather Corcoran, Church Administrator; eChimes Editor
Ray Bagnuolo, Pastor, 631-827-8611; ray@sayvilleucc.org