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Welcome to the Sixth Sunday of Easter — May 1st
Former Pastor Lin Grace Rohr Returns to the BPC Pulpit as Guest Preacher

We welcome former pastor The Reverend Lin Grace Rohr as she returns to our pulpit this Sunday, May 1st as guest preacher. Pastor Lin served Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church from 1987-1993. Since then she has shared in service with three other congregations: Bernardsville, NJ, Cooperstown, NY, and Madison, WI. In 2010, she began a ministry of spiritual guidance, which she continued for five years. In 2015, she moved to Cape Cod and has been serving as a director of a homeless shelter for women in recovery and their children. Lin and her husband, Scott Ritchie, have three children: Josh, Stephanie and Tyler; and two grandchildren, Josh's 3-year-old son, Teddy; and Stephanie's 1-year-old daughter, Yona. Both Josh and Stephanie were born when Pastor Lin was pastor here. A reception will be held in The Parlors following the service for an informal time to renew ties with Pastor Lin and husband Scott.

Welcome to the Sixth Sunday of Easter, May 1st. We continue in the 50-day celebration of the Season of Easter as we live into the new life promised in the resurrection — a promise that is all about a new beginning, a fresh opportunity, a new identity. We celebrate the joy of our Easter identity as Easter-People and join Jesus in forgiving others and working for peace and justice.

The scripture from the lectionary this week starts with Acts 16:9-15, where hearing Paul in Macedonia, Lydia and her household are baptized; the Psalm is Psalm 67, where the Psalmist says, may God be gracious and bless us; let the whole earth praise God; and, from the Newer Testament lectionary, the second reading is Revelation 21:10; 21:22-22:5, where John the writer proclaims a vision of a holy city; the river of life flows from God’s throne; and the gospel reading is from John 14:23-29, where Jesus says: Keep my word; the Spirit will teach you; I give you peace. Pastor Lin Grace Rohr will preach on: “What Do You Want?

In Acts 16:9-15, when Lydia hears the gospel, she becomes the first Christian in Europe. Led by the Spirit, Lydia’s faith is decisive and her witness is immediate. The word opens her heart in love, and she opens her house in hospitality in service to the gospel. How might Lydia’s witness excite your sense of ministry and mission this day? Where might you find someone searching for God’s word?

Sunday School is available for the children and youth following the Children’s Message during the 10:30 am service.

And, as usual, the worship service will be live-streaming on your home computer or smart-phone, beginning at 10:30 am, on the BPC webpage at: media.bridgehamptonpc.org or m.bridgehamptonpc.org.

Support the Baby Basket Sunday School Mission Project! Bring in Baby Items for the Baskets by Sun, May 15th!

Help local babies have a good start! Support the Baby Basket Mission Project! The Sunday School and the Christian Education Committee are collecting items for “Baby Baskets” through Sunday, May 15th. In the Narthex (lobby), they have placed a Spring Branch Tree with “tickets” hanging on the branches for the needed items for the Baby Baskets. Pick a card or cards and return the items to church by Sunday, May 15th, when the children of the Sunday School will assist putting the baskets together and we will deliver them to the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center. Items needed include: baby lotion, baby shampoo/bath wash, baby wipes, baby powder, Desitin cream, baby washcloths and towels.

BPC to Host the Firefighters Annual Memorial Service, Sun, May 1st

The Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church will host the Firefighters Annual Memorial Service on Sunday, May 1st, 2016 at 6:00 pm in the sanctuary. Session approved a motion to invite “with gratitude for their dedication and service, the Firefighters' Annual Memorial Service to be held in the BPC Sanctuary.”

Happening Before Sunday ...

A part of the BPC group that helped cleanup Long Beach, Sag Harbor, last Spring.

Help Keep God’s Creation Clean! Join in Saturday, April 30th at Long Beach!

The Mission Committee invites you to join our children/youth in the Great East End Clean-Up on Saturday April 30th, from 9:30-11:30 am as we gather trash on Long Beach, Sag Harbor. We will meet this year in the middle of Long Beach where we will have trash bags and pick-up sticks (not the game) to gather the rubbish. All are invited to help us keep our community healthy and inviting! Pictured is some of the group from BPC that helped out last year!

Feature Story of the Week ...

A picture of the effect of the earthquake in Ecuador.

Earthquakes in Ecuador and Japan

Over the past week, the earth has shaken. On Saturday night the coast of Ecuador was rocked by an earthquake measuring 7.8 on the Richter scale. This came on the heels of two separate earthquakes in Japan, the first measuring 6.2 on the scale; the second, 7.0.

As aftershocks continue to threaten, more than 500 lives have already been lost. Thousands of other people have been injured, and communities lie in ruins.

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance (PDA) is working in collaboration with our partner the ACT (Action by Churches Together) Alliance to respond to this crisis, providing support to those suffering in the aftermath. As our immediate response takes shape, PDA is also preparing for long-term support for both Ecuador and Japan. Long after the initial wave of relief recedes, PDA will remain to accompany the people of Ecuador and Japan as they rebuild their lives, walking the road out of this chaos with hope.

The needs for the response are great. God’s people are once again called on to stand in the GAP (Give/Act/Pray) to help survivors:

Give: Share your financial blessings by designating gifts to DR999999 — Disaster Relief — International Disasters and Emergencies. You can use the BPC “Give Now” button below. Simply click on the “Give Now” button. In the “Fund” line, select: “Mission Fund” and in the “Note” box, designate: DR999999.

Act: Stay informed. Learn more to keep aware of current responses and urgent needs resulting from the earthquakes. Go to: http://pda.pcusa.org/situation/earthquakes-japan-and-ecuador/.

Pray: Please pray for those who suffered loss of loved ones and for those who are working tirelessly to provide rescue, humanitarian aid, and spiritual and psychological support

The Cooking Corner ...

BPC Invites Your Recipes for our New Church Cookbook!

A new church favorite recipe cookbook is in the process of being made. And you are invited to share your favorite recipe!

That’s right! The last cookbook (pictured) made by the members and friends of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church was From Many Kitchens printed back in 1991 — more than 25 years ago. It’s time to make available some of the “classics” from that book as well as update the book with today’s favorites — soon to become tomorrow’s “classics.”

All you need is a copy of the instructions and a form to record your favorite recipe. You can pick up a copy in the Narthex of the church on Sunday or at the Church Office during the week, click the image at right to download a PDF, or contact the Church Office to receive one by email: office@bridgehamptonpc.org or call 631-537-0863.

Looking Ahead: Mark Your Calendar ...

A number of activities, events, and service opportunities are planned by BPC in the coming weeks and months — some for fellowship and some for fundraising for much needed capital improvements. We’d like you to mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on any of the fun! We’ll have more information as the dates become closer. Here they are:

“Spring Shopping Fling” as BPC Hosts Fashion Show — Sat, May 7th

BPC will host a Spring Shopping Fling and informal modeling/fashion show and bargain shopping from 10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Saturday, May 7, 2016. There will be clothes donated by Rose Dios, owner of STITCH, and gently used men’s, women’s, children’s clothing, shoes and accessories. Make-up for our models will be provided by White’s Pharmacy. We would like people to start looking in their closets for very gently used clothing, handbags, shoes, hats for the informal modeling/fashion show and bargain shopping. Come and bring your friends and help us with our restoration and preservation campaign. Admission is free and refreshments will be served. Contact the Church Office as clothing donations will be accepted through May 4th. Church Office: 631-537-0863.

Final BCMF Spring Chamber Music Spring Concert Is May 14th

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (BCMF) will hold one more concert in their series of three Spring Concerts on three Saturdays at 6:00 pm here in the BPC Sanctuary. The final concert will be held on Saturday, May 14, 2016 and will include works by Haydn, Mozart, and Schubert.

Tickets may be ordered by phone: 212-741-9403 or online: www.bcmf.org. Brochures for the Spring Festival are in the church office.

Remember to Donate Blood and Save a Life, Mon, May 16th

The Bridgehampton Fire Department will host a Blood Drive on Monday, May 16, 2016 at the Bridgehampton Fire House off Main Street. The hours will be from 2:00 pm - 8:00 pm. Mark your calendar now!

BPC to Participate in New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House Weekend: May 21-22

On Saturday and Sunday, May 21-22, Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church (BPC) will participate in The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House weekend. Members of our Historical Preservation and Restoration Committee will be on site to welcome and introduce visitors to our congregation’s history as well as our freshly painted church and beautiful sanctuary.

BPC will be one of dozens of religious institutions throughout New York State participating in the Open House weekend May 21st and 22nd. Since 1986 The New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites program has supported more than 750 religious institutions throughout the state, which have received over $9.3 million in matching grants. Sacred Sites is the country’s oldest and largest statewide grant program to help landmark religious properties. More than 200 New York City congregations have received $4.1 million of that grant total.

For additional information on the Sacred Sites Open House Weekend, contact the New York Landmarks Conservancy at 212-995-5260 or sacredsites@nylandmarks.org.

Mark Your Calendars for Youth Sunday and Bar-B-Que, Sun, June 6th!

Youth Sunday and the final day of Sunday School will be held on Sunday, June 6, this year. The theme will be “Angels of the Bible.” As the last Sunday of Sunday Church School our annual Youth Sunday is the day we recognize with certificates and “move up” our children of the Sunday School. Those graduating second grade will receive their Children’s Bible and all children and youth receive the year’s special lapel pin.

Special games will be provided for the children as we celebrate with hot dogs and hamburger lunch following worship. Mark your calendars now so that all our children can enjoy their year’s accomplishments! Sunday School classes will resume on Sunday, September 11th after the summer.

Yard Sale/Bake Sale Sat, June 18th

Begin cleaning out your attics and basements for yard sale items for the BPC Yard Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 18th, from 8:00 am - 12:00 noon.

Whenever you see the “Give Now” button on our church Website or E-pistle, simply “click” on it and complete the easy and safe form to make your donation.

Your Generosity Helps Us Serve: Use BPC’s Online Giving Option!

BPC members and friends can now give to the church online — just as you do for many charities — using a debit or credit card or electronic funds transfer to support our congregation’s ministries!

All you have to do is click on the “Give Now” button on our church website: www.bridgehamptonpc.org. You will be redirected to the Presbyterian Mission Exchange and our Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church “Donate” page. A secure form is easily completed and you can designate and make your donation all in a matter of minutes. You can make a one-time gift or set up a recurring donation as your weekly offering or stewardship pledge. It is the generosity of members and friends like you that allows us to do what we do.

By clicking “Give Now” and filling out the form, we realize that you are trusting us with your money. We want you to know that every attempt has been made to make this process simple, easy and safe. The information you provide is encrypted, secure and confidential. We appreciate your confidence in our ministry and value your contribution through our partnership with Presbyterian Mission Exchange (a service of the Presbyterian Foundation).

In order for you to make your online donation, simply “click” on the icon and complete the form, indicating your choice of the funds available:

  • Capital Improvement Fund
  • Mission Fund
  • General Fund
  • Music Fund

If you wish to designate a donation more specifically, check “General Fund” and indicate the special work you wish to support in the “Note” area near the bottom of the form. Your transaction will appear on your statement as BB - Presbyterian Foundation. You will receive an email acknowledgement and expression of gratitude. Your full donation is tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Go ahead! Give it a try! Why not become familiar with how it works by donating $10.00 to the Capital Improvement Fund. It’s that easy!

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