Message From our Minister (September 13, 2017):
What a wonderful Rally Day! It was great to see so many of our children and youth at the service and to celebrate the return of members and friends after a ‘too brief’ summer. The beginning of a new church year always energizes me.
As I sit down to write this, I am aware that the first day of Pixie Nursery School classes begins today. That ministry of our church is also something to celebrate. This year we have record numbers of students for the nursery school and the play group. I rejoice that we provide a non-sectarian nursery school for the surrounding community. It speaks highly of our commitment to our community.
Yesterday, during our sharing of joys and concerns, we remembered the residents of Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean. It is great that during such tragedies we can ‘reach a little deeper’ and provide financial support through Church World Service. We can also celebrate the fact that through our Community Fund we our providing $1000 in addition to our individual offerings.
This past Tuesday, September 12th, I participated in the Truth Commission at Our Lady of Miraculous Medal in Wyandanch. I have been very involved in the planning of this event entitled ‘Poverty Amid Plenty on Long Island’ which will highlight those who struggle with poverty in our neighborhoods. I am pleased that the Christian Outreach Sub Committee of the Deacons have agreed to pay for the pizza buffet at this event. Another reason to celebrate!
I want each of you to put an important date on your calendar. On Friday, October 13th, we will host a ‘House Party’ in Seaman Hall from 7PM to 9PM. The title of the event will be ‘Harvesting Justice: Celebrating Immigrant Youth and Farmworkers.’ As hosts, we are co-sponsoring this event with the Rural and Migrant Ministry of New York. I will devote next week’s Messenger letter to giving more information on this event. As for now, just put it on your calendar. Make every effort to attend. If you need transportation just let me know.
I noticed, in proofreading this letter, that the word celebrate is in each of our paragraphs. That is only fitting because we, as a church, have much to celebrate! Thank you for the time, talent, and treasure you bring to our community of faith!
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Get Involved - Feeling lost or alone? Need a change in your life? Why not get more involved in the church? There are many opportunities for you to get involved in our church family. There are numerous committees looking for new members, plenty of activities that we can always use more volunteers for. Imagine how rewarding that could be, or maybe you are a handy person who could help with some minor repairs. For information please stop by or call us at (516) 785-1829. What are you waiting for?
Join The Choir - Do you like to sing? If so, maybe you’d like to join our Sunday choir. Please contact our Choir Director for more information.
Calendar Planning - If anyone is planning to use the church or parish hall, please submit those dates as soon as possible to secure the dates and times. That means all boards, committees, organizations, should call as soon as possible to inform the church office of those dates you will be using any church building. Thank you.
Ushers - If you are a regular here during Sunday worship, please consider signing up to be an usher. It’s not very hard work, the only requirement is that you be here for church on Sunday. We try to alternate ushers so that you only have to usher once or twice a month, and a schedule is printed up and handed out every three months so that you would know ahead of time when you would be serving. Anyone can do it! Call the church office at (516) 785-1829. If you are scheduled to be an usher or greeter, and are unable to serve on your scheduled day, please switch with someone else from the usher list and notify the church office of the change. Thank you!
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Birthday/Anniversary List - Our birthday/anniversary list is not quite up to date, so if we inadvertently forgot to mention your special day let the church office know so we can correct it. Otherwise, enjoy your day!!
Borrowing Church Items - If anyone wishes to borrow anything from the church, such as chairs, tables, coffee pots, etc. please make your requests through the church office. All items being borrowed must be signed out. Thank you!
Cleaning Up - To all boards, committees, organizations, etc. using the Parish Hall, if you are using the hall for an event on a Sunday, please make sure to clean up after yourselves completely as our sextons are off on Sundays. This would include the floors, the stove, the sink, the bathrooms, etc. We realize an effort is made to clean up after these events, but as with anyone renting the hall we always specify that the hall must be left in the condition it was found in. Thank you!
Parish Hall Rentals - Anyone wishing to book a party in the Parish Hall please call the church office at (516) 785-1829. You do not have to be a memeber of the church in order to use the Parish Hall. The hall is a great and inexpensive place to have a party. The hall is also available for weekly or monthly group meetings.
Messenger Articles - If anyone has an item, whether it be something spiritual, funny, informative, new about the family, etc., for the Messenger, please feel free to submit them to Lori Sobey, Editor, or call the church office at (516) 785-1829. Thank you!
Reminder to Our Old Friends - We loved getting letters from some of our church members and friends who have moved away over the years and we hope to continue getting those letters. We will include them in the Messenger as we get them. We've heard from a bunch of friends already, but maybe we haven't heard from you. Please drop us a line and let us know how you are doing, we'd love to know.
Pray for the Hungry - The Westbury Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (also known as the Quakers) is beginning silent meetings for worship with a concern for those who are hungry and in need. These will be held every Wednesday evening from 7:30 to 8:00 PM, in cooperation with the Long Island Council of Churches. Participants in the interfaith gathering are invited to bring an offering of nonperishable food, which will be delivered to the Long Island Council of Churches food pantry. Money contributions are welcome. As LICC Board member Dick Goodman explains, his wife Irene felt led to host silent worship meetings so that non-Quakers and non-Christians can easily take part in them. The Meeting is at 550 Post Avenue, Westbury, at the corner of Jericho Tpke. and just north of exit 32 from the Northern State Parkway. For additional information call (631) 271-4672.
Peanut Butter and Jelly Gang – WMCC’s Peanut Butter and Jelly Gang meets on the 1st Sunday of each month in Seaman Hall. We make hundreds of sandwiches each month to help feed the hungry onLong Island.
Everybody is welcomed to volunteer time, either individually or as groups. We have a core group of volunteers and organizers and we are often joined each month by community members, students providing community service, Boy Scouts, and Girl Scouts.
All the sandwiches are delivered to the Freeport Emergency Food Pantry.
Please join us on the 1st Sunday of each month at 11:45 am in the church Hall!
DONATIONS OF CREAMY PEANUT BUTTER, GRAPE JELLY AND WHEAT BREAD ARE NEEDED AND ARE GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED. FOR INFORMATION CALL THE CHURCH OFFICE AT 516-785-1829.
Endowment Fund - Dear Friends, do you ever think about the future of our church in a rapidly changing economy? In order to be sure that our church will be able to continue its mission and maintain its plant in the future, an Endowment Fund was established in 1984. This fund has been maintained by receiving bequests and gifts from members and friends of our church. These funds are held in trust and safely invested. Only the interest may be used for maintenance, repair, improvements or additions to buildings and grounds. Only in an extreme emergency would the fund itself be touched. At the present time, the Endowment Fund is growing and guaranteeing the future of the Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church. But new gifts and bequests are essential to keep up to the changing economy. It is hoped that interested people will want to be a part of our future with gifts now, or by remembering our church in the wills. Donors' names will be entered in a red leather book and will be displayed in the rear of the church. Anyone interested in contributing to the Endowment Fund or getting more information may contact a member of the Committee.
Memorial Fund - A great way to remember a loved one, whether living or deceased, is to give a memorial or tribute gift in his/her name. If you would like to do this please tell us in your letter accompanying such a gift, who the gift is in memory of or tribute to, and who is giving the gift. We will send a thank you letter to the contributor and to the family of the loved one in accordance with your instructions.
Food Pantry - Our Freeport Emergency Food Center needs nearly everything: cereal, canned vegetables, meat, fruit, peanut butter and jelly, pancake mix and syrup, coffee, tea, flour, sugar, vegetable oil, condiments, Enfamil, baby formula, diapers, toiletries, paper towels, toilet, and paper shopping bags. We also need shelves or bookcases. Do you have one you would be willing to donate? We need volunteers at the Freeport pantry, too, particularly Tuesday and Thursday mornings and any afternoons Monday through Friday. If you can help, please call Alric Kennedy, our Director of Community Resources at (516) 565-0290, ext. 204, or Barbara Harrison at (516) 868-4989. And, as always, donations of all kinds of nonperishable foods are welcome.
Prayer Requests - If you would like to request prayers for someone in need of them, whether it be a family member, a friend, a neighbor, etc., whether it be for physical, emotion or spiritual healing, etc. please contact the church office at (516) 785-1829 to add them to our prayer list. There will also be a form in the Sunday Bulletin for this purpose.
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Communion Table Flowers - If anyone would like to place an order for flowers in memory or honor of family/friends, please call Joan Holdsworth at (516) 221-0942. The flowers will be placed in the Chancel, and it does not have to be just for a Communion Sunday. Thank you.
Church School - Our church school children attend the first part of the worship service with their families. After the 'time with the children' they depart for their classrooms. The church school has classes for Pre K through 6th graders. 7th and 8th graders attend a 2-year pre-confirmation program. and our 9th graders attend worship and Confirmation classes. There is also a quiet room in the church for parents with younger children to use if they so desire. The warm, supportive congregation is dedicated to their children and building their faith together in Christ. All are welcome and invited to attend. Our Communion Table is open to all children and adults.