Ash Wednesday Is for Everyone! Begin Lent Over Soup with Your Church Family at 6:30 pm!
Ash Wednesday is this week on March 5th and we will mark it with a Lenten Soup Supper at 6:30 pm followed at 7:00 pm by a Children’s Lenten Story-Telling and Activity Time and an abbreviated Ash Wednesday Worship for the Adults and older youth in the Sanctuary. As we seek to move toward transformation — and truly be changed through the resurrection experience — we begin on this holy day by remembering that we are God’s alone. We mark ourselves with ashes to remember that this journey through the season of Lent is a journey that we make with God. Our worship passages from the Lectionary for Wednesday will be Psalm 51:1-17 and 2 Corinthians 5:20b-6:10. See the Ash Wednesday story below for more details!
Here’s What’s Happening Sunday — The First Sunday in Lent ...
Sunday is the First Sunday in Lent. The Older Testament reading from the Lectionary will be Genesis 2:15-17; 3:1-17, where the man and the woman disobey God, eating forbidden fruit. In the Newer Testament, the Lectionary reading from the Epistle will be Romans 5:12-19, where sin and death come from Adam; grace and life come from Christ. And, the Newer Testament Gospel Lectionary reading will be Matthew 4:1-11, where Jesus spends forty days in the wilderness and is tested by the devil. The Sermon for the day will be “Jesus Was Led Into the Wilderness.” Why not make a commitment to attend all six Sundays in Lent? See you in church!
“Cents for Caring” Mason Jar Coin Collection Ends Sun, Mar 9th!
The annual “Cents for Caring” special collection of coins and loose change around the home continues through Sunday, March 9th when the “Mason Jars” will be returned during worship. The Mission Committee selected this year’s offering to support Our Redeemer Lutheran Church in Aquebogue’s work with the homeless through Maureen’s Haven.
Snowed In on Sunday? Or Can’t Make It to Worship?
When there’s snow in the forecast and you’d feel safer staying home on Sunday, you can still tune in to worship with us — live or delayed — on your home computer, tablet, or smartphone. Choose either of these links:
- Live streaming to your desktop computer: click here;
- The BPC mobile app: Click or scan here or the code at right.
And Here’s What’s Happening Before Sunday ...
Ash Wednesday Soup & Worship Begins Lenten Season Wed, Mar 5th (With Special Activities for the Children)
A Soup and Lenten Program begins Ash Wednesday, March 5th, with a light Soup Supper in the Parlors at 6:30 pm to be followed at 7:00 pm with a children’s story-telling/activity program and a brief Ash Wednesday Service in the Sanctuary.
We begin the 40 days of Lent and its six Sundays as a church family Ash Wednesday as we gather to eat together and make the start of the Lenten Season more meaningful.
Everyone is invited. Children will have a special story-telling and activity time. Invite your friends and family to join you as we enter the church season of Lent and prepare for Jesus’ journey to the Cross and Easter’s Resurrection.
The Soup Suppers will continue to meet each Wednesday during Lent through Holy Week (six more Wednesdays) in the Parlors to be followed by the children’s program and an adult DVD study with New Testament scholar N.T. Wright called Surprised By Hope. Let’s enjoy a Soup Supper together in the Parlors from 6:30 - 7:00 pm and the activity time/DVD discussion and study 7:00 - 7:45 pm.
Read the special feature on the Surprised By Hope DVD discussion and study!
“Craft and Chat” Group Offers Fellowship and Sewing Fridays
The Craft & Chat Group invites you to meet with them in the Parlors Friday mornings from 10:30 - noon. Whether you “craft” or not, you are invited to participate with the group as a social circle.
World Day of Prayer Service Planned Fri, March 7th at Westhampton PC
This year the World Day of Prayer Service on the theme Streams in the Desert will be held on March 7th, at 4:00 pm, in the Westhampton Presbyterian Church. Women, men and children in more than 170 countries and regions will celebrate World Day of Prayer, a worldwide ecumenical movement of Christian women of many traditions who come together to observe a common day of prayer each year on the first Friday in March. World Day of Prayer was founded on the idea that prayer and action are inseparable in the service of God’s kingdom. Egyptian culture will be celebrated this year with worship, dance, music and food.
Help Make Lunches for the Homeless of Maureen’s Haven, Sat, Mar 8th, at 10:00 am
The Mission Ministry Committee invites you to help make sandwiches and pack box lunches for the homeless as part of Maureen’s Haven program for the homeless. The group will gather on Saturday, March 8th, at 10:00 am in the Parlors. If you would like to donate any food items, please contact Mission Ministry Committee chair Deb McEneaney or the Church Office: 631-537-0863.
Parish Resource Center Offers Mini-Lenten Retreat on Celtic Spirituality, Sat, Mar 8th
The Parish Resource Center invites you to attend “Thin Places: Exploring Celtic Spirituality: A Lenten Mini-Retreat” on Saturday, March 8th, 9:30 am - 12:30 pm at the Bellport United Methodist Church, 185 South Country Rd, Bellport. In Celtic Christianity “thin places” are those where the boundary between heaven and earth is especially thin and we sense the divine more readily. Join with others as our own thin places are created through an exploration of Celtic spirituality. There will be group and self-directed activities as well as time for silence and reflection. You will have the opportunity to experience guided meditation, the labyrinth, a Celtic craft, and more. There will be a free-will offering and registration is required by March 5th so supplies can be prepared. Call 631-821-2255 or see their website at www.prcli.org.
Feature Story of the Week ...
“Lenten Wednesdays” Features DVD Discussion on Surprised By Hope Following Weekly Family Soup Evenings in Lent (Mar 12 - Apr 16)
A weekly Soup and Lenten program will take place in the Parlors the seven Wednesdays in Lent through Holy Week. Each Wednesday in Lent all are invited to enjoy a soup supper together in the Parlors from 6:30 - 7:00 pm. Following the Soup Supper on the first Wednesday — Ash Wednesday (March 5th) — adults will gather in the sanctuary for a brief Ash Wednesday Service with the imposition of Ashes offered while the children experience a Children’s Activity and Story-Telling Time.
And then, enjoy the exciting new study with premier biblical scholar N. T. Wright and led by Pastor Peter: Surprised by Hope: Rethinking Heaven, the Resurrection, and the Mission of the Church (each week with a separate Children’s Activity Time). We will hold the weekly Lenten Soup (6:30 pm) and Study (7:00 - 7:45 pm) the six-Wednesdays (March 12 - April 16).
Gain an exciting new vision for your life on earth in light of your future in heaven. Wonderful as is the promise of heaven, a glorious hereafter is just part of what salvation is about. What about today? Jesus called his followers the salt of the earth and the light of the world. Your life here and now is of tremendous consequence, and what you believe about the future has a direct impact on how you live in the present. In six transforming, faith-inspiring sessions, N. T. Wright opens your eyes to the amazing full scope of what God’s Word has to say about the world to come and the world that is. Pastor Peter will offer discussion questions, thoughts for reflection, and suggestions for personal application to help you get the most out of each session as you explore such questions as:
- What is heaven really like?
- Is our main duty as Christians simply to help non-Christians get there?
- What hope does the gospel hold for this present life?
- In what ways does God intend for us to experience that hope personally and spread its healing power to the world around us?
The six Surprised By Hope sessions are as follows:
~ Hope for the World
~ The Hope of the Resurrection
~ The Hope of Heaven
~ The Hope of Jesus’ Second Coming
~ The Hope of Salvation
~ The Hope of the Church
Surprised by Hope will give you a clearer vision both of the future and of God’s kingdom at hand today. Bring out the children and their friends for their Lenten Story and Activity Time. All are welcome to join in this special Lenten Soup and Study.
If you would like a copy of N. T. Wright’s book Surprised by Hope, please let Pastor Peter know so that copies can be ordered in time to arrive for the Lenten Soup and Study. Call the Church Office: 631-537-0863 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
BPC News to Know ...
March Cuba Mission Trip Departs Mon, Mar 10th; Over the Counter Medications Requested
The March Cuba Mission Trip leaves early morning Monday, March 10th, to visit our Partner Church in Güines, Cuba. Please bring in this Sunday Over the Counter Medications that can be carried over with members of the Mission Trip and/or a monetary donation (made out to Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, designated “Cuba Mission”).
Pick a “Ticket” from the “Hygiene Tree” to Help Make a Hygiene Kit!
Our Christian Education Committee and the Children’s Sunday School invite you to help build CWS Hygiene Kits for Church World Service to distribute to those who face natural disasters, violence, or grinding poverty. Pick a ticket from the “Hygiene Tree” in the Narthex! Each ticket will have a short list of items to purchase and bring in the during the next month so the Sunday School children can put together the kits. Thanks for your help! Hygiene Kits can mean the difference between sickness and health for struggling families.
Why Is Per Capita Important? Find Out and Place Your 2014 Per Capita in the Offering Plate!
Why is per capita important?
Per capita brings Presbyterians together — literally!
Presbyterians are connected in many ways, including our church government. We believe we discern best what God is calling us to do when we gather as mid councils, “seek[ing] together to find and represent the will of Christ” (Book of Order F-3.0204). Per capita dollars pay for the costs of holding a General Assembly — including paying for the travel, room and board of commissioners and advisory delegates, several of whom would not be able to afford these expenses on their own.
Per capita makes it possible for Presbyterians to govern ourselves the way we do.
Presbyterians have a form of government built upon shared power and mutual accountability as we seek together to find and represent the will of Christ. By providing the primary means through which commissioners and advisory delegates can gather to do their work, per capita dollars help to undergird our governance system.
Our Constitution provides a moral and theological compass that builds community and calls us to Christian faithfulness in gratitude to God.
Per capita makes possible our effort for visible unity of the church of Jesus Christ.
The PC(USA), as with other faith traditions and denominations, is but a small part of the one church of Jesus Christ. We affirm that God’s call is for the church to be one.
Per capita makes it possible for us to maintain our historical awareness.
Our historical heritage helps us make informed decisions for the future. The Presbyterian Historical Society is our national archives and historical research center. It collects, preserves, and shares the history of the American Presbyterian and Reformed tradition.
Session encourages members to pay individual per capita as a special, designated donation, in addition to support of the overall church program.
Members are urged to use the special envelope included with the year’s weekly stewardship envelopes or an envelope from the pew rack to make per capita donations for all household members.
The per capita apportionment figures for 2014 total $30.78 per member, with the breakdown as follows:
|Total for 2014||$30.78|
More information is available in the church office. Thank you for your support.
A Note from the Mission Ministry Committee
Our 5th Cents for Caring collection launched on February 9 and will be collected during worship on March 9. The banks are in the narthex. The idea is to think about those in need everyday and to drop a few coins in your bank. This year’s collection will go to Our Redeemer Lutheran Church to help fund the meals that they prepare every other Saturday for Maureen’s Haven. The work and responsibility of being a host House of Worship is tremendous. We applaud their efforts and generosity. Please be sure to pick up a bank and start your collection.
We invite you to join the mission committee Saturday, March 8, in the Parlors at 10 AM to help make lunches for Maureen’s Haven. They are raising our consciousness to the needs around us and helping us to fulfill our mission to give locally as much as able.
Looking forward to Mission suggestions from the congregation.
Many thanks from the Mission Ministry Committee: Deb McEneaney, moderator, and members Pat Wood, Diane Wade, Barbara McCoy, Carolyn Corwith and John White.
Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast/Brunch Planned for Sun, Apr 13th in Parlors
The Worship Ministry Committee plans a Palm Sunday Pancake Breakfast/Brunch on Palm/Passion Sunday, April 13th, in the Parlors. Volunteers are invited to help set up tables, decorate and prepare food. More information in future E-pistles.
Annual BPC Community Easter Egg Hunt to be Sat, Apr 19th
The Annual BPC Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 19th at 11:00 am (rain or shine!). Gather at the Parlors (or outside if the weather cooperates) and the hunt will begin promptly at 11:00 am. There will be snacks for the parents as well at arrival! Bring your friends and family members.
“Sacred Sites” Open House at BPC: Sat & Sun, May 17-18th
Members of the BPC Historical Preservation and Restoration Committee will once again participate this year in the New York State Landmarks “Sacred Sites” Open House, Saturday and Sunday, May 17-18. Our sanctuary will be open for visitors and guests to appreciate and learn of our history. Would you like to help host? Contact Ron Brackett at worship or through the Church Office: 631-537-0863.
Seekers’ Class to Explore Being a Presbyterian
The Seekers’ Class is an opportunity to learn more about The Presbyterian Church in Bridgehampton and what it means to be a Christian in the Presbyterian and Reformed Tradition. Offered periodically, it’s a great way to explore the faith and ministry we share. Meeting three times — to be negotiated with participants — we explore what being Presbyterian means; how the church runs; and, the ministry and mission we do. The group welcomes our guests, visitors, friends and current members. Please contact Pastor Peter: 537-0863 (office) or email: PastorPeter@bridgehamptonpc.org.
Session Study of Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations Under Way; Activities and Events in Planning Stage
The Session began reading and discussing Robert Schnase’s book: Five Practices of Fruitful Congregations at their February Session meeting.
Our newly formed Membership Growth Committee will take the lead to find creative ways to involve the congregation so we might develop the five practices to our full potential throughout our church life and our ministry beyond our walls. This Committee will be calling on you to assist in some event or process for at least one of the above practices of a fruitful congregation. Events, discussion and activities will involve the congregation in the five themes to help us discover ways to revitalize the membership and help us — individually and corporately — to discover our ministries. Consider which of the five practices you might like to take leadership in to bring vitality to our life together:
- Radical hospitality;
- Passionate worship;
- Intentional faith development;
- Risk-taking mission and service; and,
- Extravagant generosity.
Stay tuned for more information on the five practices and how you can share in learning about them and implementing them in our congregational life. Please sign the sheet in the Narthex if you would like your own copy of the book to read. Through the work of the Membership Growth Committee, we hope BPC will see significant numerical growth in the years to come and that you will consider inviting friends and family to join you to see what God is doing in and through our congregation.
Share Pastoral Care Needs with the Church Office
If you are aware of any pastoral concerns please call the church office so that we may notify the pastor and the deacons contact: 631-537-0863. You can reach the Church Office by email: email@example.com or Pastor Peter directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Children Enjoy Sunday School and Choir Following Children’s Message
Each week we offer three classes for Sunday School: Nursery: (Under Age Four); Younger Children (Age 4 - Grade 2); and, Older Children (Grade 3 - Grade 6). See Kathy Lowe if you would like to offer your time as a substitute teacher or assistant teacher. The Sunday School Children’s Choir also rehearses each Sunday during Sunday School. See Tom White if you would like to participate with the choirs in the music program.
BPC Food Pantry Volunteers Needed Each Third Wednesday
BPC is responsible for staffing the Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry every third Wednesday of each month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you would serve others in this way, leave your name and email with the Church Office (631-537-0863); or, contact Arnold Coslick (631-537-0036) or Peggy Griffin (631-537-0954). Try it — you’ll like it!
Six Ways to Stay Connected...
In the age of the Internet, BPC has six new ways for you to connect and keep current with your church family:
- Stay up to date with church activities, or listen to live and archived services, on the BPC Mobile App. Click or scan the code at right.
- Receive the weekly E-pistle! The E-pistle is a mid-week email that goes out to the congregation and friends with all the news and announcements. Make sure the Church Office has your email or write it down and place it in the offering plate!
- Become a FaceBook friend! To become a Friend, go to www.FaceBook.com and sign in, go to “Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church,” click on the word “Like,” and you are a “Friend.” Tell your friends!
- Enjoy “live” streaming at media.bridgehamptonpc.org on days when you can’t make it to worship. We’ll repeat the entire service several times immediately after it’s over; later on in the week you’ll also be able to hear archived highlights.
- Check out the church website: www.bridgehamptonpc.org.
- Receive the monthly Banner newsletter! While some continue to receive the paper version of the monthly Banner, it is also available early to those who sign-up for the email notice that a new month has been posted. Make sure the Church Office has your email address!
Your Generosity Helps Us Serve: Use BPC’s New Online Giving Option!
For the first time 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!
Thank you for clicking on the “Give Now” button!
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