Congratulations to Dick Hendrickson!

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Dick Hendrickson adjusting the weather observation equipment on his farm in Bridgehampton — something Dick has done twice a day for 84 years.

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NOAA Honors Dick Hendrickson for 84 Years as Volunteer Weather Observer

At age 18 our own Richard G. “Dick” Hendrickson, now 101 and the oldest living member of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church, began recording data from his weather observing station on his farm on Lumber Lane in Bridgehampton for the U.S. Weather Bureau (precursor to NOAA’s National Weather Service). Twice a day Dick files his daily reports and over the years has produced more than 150,000 individual weather observations as his service to our country.

This Sunday, July 27, Dick will receive an award for his long-standing service — 84 years — to the nation. Since Dick is first in the history of the program to serve for more than eight decades, the new 80-year service award will be named in his honor.

As part of the National Weather Service Cooperative Observer Program, Dick collects data from the weather observing station on his farm and calls in his observations — temperature, precipitation, wind and any other significant weather factors — to the weather service.

The award presentation will take place Sunday, July 27 from 9:45 - 10:00 am preceding an open house at the New York Weather Forecast Office, 175 Brookhaven Avenue, Upton, New York. Throughout the day, residents are invited to tour the forecast operations floor, meet meteorologists and learn how forecasters track storms and issue warnings. The open house is an opportunity for the public to learn how to become weather-ready, become a storm spotter and see a weather balloon launch.

Information gathered from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) news release at their web page:

Here’s What’s Happening this Sunday ...

Seventh Sunday After Pentecost

This Sunday is the Seventh Sunday After Pentecost and Metropolitan/Urban Ministry Sunday on the denomination’s calendar. It is also our fourth summer “Worship in the Garden” at 8:00 am as well as our “regular” summer worship at 9:30 am. Come to one or both worship services. We dedicated our new Clothing Bin this summer, so why not bring in a bag of clothing for the bin each Sunday!

The passages from the lectionary this week include Genesis 29:15-28, where tricked by Laban, Jacob first marries Leah, then Rachel; and Romans 8:26-39, where Paul says, the Spirit helps us; nothing can separate us from God’s love; and, the Gospel reading from the lectionary is Matthew 13:31-33, 44-52, where Jesus says, God’s kingdom is like a tiny seed, yeast, a treasure, a pearl, a net.

Pastor Peter’s sermon this week at “Worship in the Garden” will be: “Beautiful, Amazing Things” and later in the sanctuary: “Abundant Growth.” Enjoy conversation and refreshments on the lawn in front of the Parlors following worship. See you in worship!

BPC News to Know ...

Each summer the BCMF places lanterns along the church sidewalk as a festive way of lighting the walkway as an evening concert ends. Tickets are available now for this summer!

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Enters 31st Season

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival begins its 31st Season meeting here in the BPC church sanctuary — known for its superb acoustics — for four weeks each summer: July 30 — August 24, 2014. The first concert is always a free concert for the community and this year will be Wednesday, July 30th at 6:30 pm and held on the grounds of the Bridgehampton Historical Society. The theme will be “Russian Memories.” Free tickets can be reserved through the BCMF website (below).

For the rest of the summer, the rich variety of concerts and their ticket details can be found on their website: or by calling: 631-537-6368 or by email:

Bring a Bag of Gently Used Clothing to Worship this Sunday!

Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church is again helping to care for those who are needy and suffering on Long Island by collecting gently used clothing. BPC is partnering with the Long Island Council of Churches (LICC) and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul (SVDPLI) here on Long Island to collect clothing to assist those in need from the tips of the Forks to the Brooklyn and Queens borders. You will find the green Clothing Bin behind The Parlors. Pull up on the lawn to the bin and place your donations in the convenient slot. Donate and know you are making a difference for Long Islanders in need!

“Worship in the Garden” Continues Sundays in July and August at 8:00 am;
Regular Summer Worship Hours at 9:30 am

For the months of July and August, BPC has added an early outdoors “Worship in the Garden” on the lawn beyond The Parlors — a shortened, more informal service for everyone (with children in mind).

Regular summer worship is still being held at 9:30 am in our beautiful sanctuary. The 10:30 am Worship Hour will resume the Sunday after Labor Day, September 7th, which will also be “Welcome Back Sunday” with registration for Sunday School taking place that morning.

Shelter Island Presbyterian Church to Ordain New Pastor, July 27th

The Presbytery of Long Island invites you to the Service of Worship and Ordination/Installation of Stephen M. Fearing to the Ministry of Teaching Elder on Sunday, July 27, 2014 at 2:00 pm at the Shelter Island Presbyterian Church, Shelter Island, New York. The Session of the church invites you to a reception in celebration immediately following the service in their Fellowship Hall.

Organist Walter Klauss to Present Recital at Old Whalers’ Church, July 27th

If you missed hearing Walter Klauss on the BPC Austin Organ the last two Sundays in June, then you can still have an opportunity to hear him at the Old Whalers’ Church, 44 Union Street, in Sag Harbor. He will play on their 1845 Erben Organ on Sunday, July 27th at 5:00 pm. A free-will offering will be received.

Two Webinars on Stewardship with Paul Nickerson: Volunteers Needed

Here’s how you can make your ministry this year be one of helping BPC with a (1) “Year Round Stewardship Program” and help BPC (2) “Planning A Fall Financial Campaign.” Two webinars are planned by the Parish Resource Center on Stewardship with Paul Nickerson, an ordained United Church of Christ pastor and with a broad background in stewardship, including his own stewardship coaching company.

  • The first, “Planning a Year Round Stewardship Program,” will be held Tuesday, August 5 from 7:00-8:00 pm. Many churches think of stewardship as a brief process, often in the fall, for a few weeks culminating in the collection of pledges. What grows faithful disciples who give generously is a year-round effort of teaching, sharing and planning. Come and learn how your congregation can develop a wholistic process that will help people grow in faith and give generously to a mission that makes a difference.
  • The second, “Planning Your Fall Financial Campaign,” will be held Tuesday, August 26, from 7:00-8:00 pm. Often congregations send out one form letter to church members, explaining the budget and asking people to give generously. Such an approach leads to underfunded budgets and flat-line giving. Learn how to customize your ask by meeting people where they are on their journey of faith. Learn how to help people step up and grow in faith. From this webinar you can develop a stewardship campaign that changes lives, inspires giving and fuels mission.

Both webinars are led by Paul Nickerson and you can attend right at home with your computer; or, better yet, why not invite others to join you in the Newman Room and participate in them together! Register at

Feature News Story of the Week ...

The first day as the staff of the PCR begins to sort through older resources and prepares to update and give new life to the new partnership resource room.

The PRC Is Pleased to Announce Our Newest Satellite Office
at the Presbytery of Long Island
Now Open Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday & Friday
10:00 am - 3:00 pm

At the Presbytery meeting of June 24, 2014 the Presbytery of Long Island voted unanimously to enter into an agreement with the Parish Resource Center of Long Island to administer and operate the Resource Center of the Presbytery. All churches in the Presbytery are now members of the PRC.

This means PRC will now have a physical presence at three Long Island locations: Rocky Point, Bellport, and Commack. We will be welcoming all the PCUSA churches in Suffolk and Nassau counties to any one of these locations. They will have access to all our resources as well as the services of our trained consultants to assist them in all areas of ministry.

The PRC’s goal is to provide congregations with time-effective, cost-efficient, and results-oriented programs and services. We are here to help both clergy and lay people by providing ongoing practical answers and solutions to the everyday happenings in their church.

Sometimes the hardest thing for church members to do is remember that they are not alone. All it takes is a phone call, a visit or an e-mail. There is always someone at the Centers to help you! For more information contact the PRC by phone at 631-486-4350 or by e-mail at Check out their website:

Stop in at 42 Hauppauge Rd., Commack, call, or e-mail, we are here to help you!

Recent News ...

“We’re all connected in the circle of life, a river that’s meant to flow with love and peace and harmony so that our souls may grow.” (Donna H. Moss)
Remembrance bricks, placed in the paths of the garden, may be purchased and dedicated to loved ones. The funds are used to keep the garden beautiful year after year.

Can’t Make It to Worship?

With the summer vacations and weekend trips rapidly approaching when you’ll be away or if you’re not feeling well at home, 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.

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: or Pastor Peter directly:

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 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 on days when you can’t make it to worship. Later on in the week you’ll also be able to hear archived highlights.
  • Check out the church website:
  • 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!

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 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: 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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