The Confirmation Class will sell soup Sunday after worship with proceeds going to the Food Pantry.

BPC Youth to Help Feed Bridgehampton’s Hungry through “Souper Bowl of Caring” Sunday

Exactly 25 years ago, the ‘Souper Bowl of Caring’ Sunday began with a simple prayer from a single youth group:

“Lord, even as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us be mindful of those without a bowl of soup to eat.”

Since that day, more than $100 million has across the country through Souper Bowl of Caring. It has become a powerful movement that is transforming the time around Super Bowl weekend into the nation’s largest celebration of giving and serving. Be part of this movement that is sharing God’s love with those in need.

BPC needs your help feeding our community. You can help support our youth’s “Souper Bowl of Caring” ministry in two ways: either purchase some homemade soup from the youth after worship or by bringing a canned food item with you to worship. We will be collecting both canned food and selling soup to support the ministry of the Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry. Together with our youth and Confirmation Class 2015, we will make a difference in our community by providing food so that everyone has a bowl of soup on Souper Bowl Sunday.

Here’s What’s Happening This Sunday ...

This Sunday Is the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany — Souper Bowl of Caring Sunday — February 1st

This Sunday is the Fourth Sunday after Epiphany and our youth will have a focus on “Souper Bowl of Caring” Sunday.

Our Scripture lectionary passages this week include from the Older Testament Deuteronomy 18:15-20, where the Lord says: I will raise up a new prophet to speak my word; the Epistle reading is from 1 Corinthians 8:1-13, where Paul writes concerning food and idols: knowledge puffs up, but love builds up; and the Gospel reading is Mark 1:21-28, where Jesus casts out an unclean spirit; all are amazed at his authority. Pastor Peter’s sermon is “Have You Come to Destroy Us?”

Worship begins at 10:30 am and, following the Children’s Message, children and youth may go to The Parlors for Sunday School and the Sunday School Choir. Those who are nursery-age (less than 4 years old) may also go to The Parlors and will go to the Nursery after choir rehearsal. All are invited to enjoy Coffee and Fellowship after the service in the Parlors.

BPC News to Know ...

Welcome to Sawyer Townsend Keller: Born January 25th

Welcome Sawyer Townsend Keller! Sawyer was born on Sunday, January 25th, weighing six pounds, 11 ounces to parents Lindsey Thayer and Matt Keller. Congratulations to proud grandparents Karen and Richard Thayer, Mary and Werner Keller, and to great-grandparents Georgia and Dick Thayer. Welcome Sawyer!

New Elders and Deacons Elected at Annual Congregational/Corporation Meeting

The Annual Congregation and Corporation Meeting took place on Sunday, January 25th, immediately following worship. Reports from the boards and committees were distributed and reviewed and elections were held for elders for Session and Deacons for the Board of Deacons. Congratulations to newly elected Deacons, Carolyn French, Mimi Leonard, Barbara Lipman-Wulf and Rebecca Sieger Norten in the Class of 2016 and to Deb McEneaney, Ellen Wilford, Barbara McCoy and Brooke Tortorella in the Class of 2017. Congratulations to newly elected Elders Elizabeth Barton in the Class of 2015 and to Loren “Jimmy” Bennett, Daniel DeCelles and to Michael Wootton in the Class of 2017.

Our gratitude and appreciation were expressed to out-going Deacon Peg Griffin, who served two three-year-terms and has served as Moderator of the Board of Deacons. Gratitude and appreciation also go to out-going Elders Deb McEneaney, Ellen Wilford, Rebecca Wright and Doris Gronlund on their faithful service on the Session as their terms ended. Ordination and Installation of newly elected Church Officers will take place on Sunday, February 8th, during morning worship.

Confirmation Class 2015 Families Enjoyed Supper Together as Classes were Introduced;
Open to Grades 7 and Above This Year

The Confirmation Class 2015 candidates and their parents/families had an introductory gathering on Sunday, January 25 and were introduced to this year’s program and classes. All youth 7th Grade or older are invited to be part of the class. Pastor Peter and Christian Education Director Kathy Lowe will be leading the class with assistance from others for special activities that are planned. Confirmation will take place in the Spring on the Day of Pentecost — May 25th. The Class is participating in the Souper Bowl of Caring this weekend in it’s “Getting Acquainted” Session. If you were unable to attend the introductory supper, please contact Kathy or Pastor Peter to be included in this year’s group. We do not hold a group every year, so it is imperative to join in as content begins. A retreat is planned for the March 6-7 weekend at Presbyterian Holmes Camp and Conference Center.

Session Meets Next Sunday at 8:30 am in the Newman Room

The Session will hold its monthly meeting on Sunday, February 8, at 8:30 am in the Newman Room.

Ash Wednesday Soup and Worship Planned

Ash Wednesday is February 18th this year and the Worship Committee is planning an Ash Wednesday Soup prior to the Ash Wednesday Worship. All are invited.

Take Home a “Cents for Caring” Jar this Week!

The annual “Cents for Caring” special offering jars are in the Narthex ready to go home with you as we collect our “loose change” around the home to make a difference in meeting a special need in our community. Take a jar home and bring it back on Sunday, February 22nd! Suggest to the Mission Committee a special need for this year’s offering! In years past the “Cents for Caring” have helped the Bridgehampton Childcare and Community Center and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church’s work with the Homeless through Maureen’s Haven.

Session Encourages All Members to Pay 2015 Per Capita

Session encourages members to pay their per capita as a special, designated donation, in addition to support of the overall church program. Members are urged to use the special envelope to make per capita donations for all household members. Per capita for 2015 is $30.83 per member (General Assembly: 47.07; Synod of the Northeast: $3.95; and, Presbytery: $19.91). Also, it’s not too late to pay your 2014 per capita if you have not previously done so: $30.78 per member. Find more info in the Church Office.

Do You Need Stewardship Giving Envelopes for 2015?

Please make sure you have handed in your Stewardship Pledge/Estimate of Giving Card. Extra copies are on the Narthex table. For some members and friends, it is beneficial to pre-pay your 2014 pledge. Special gifts toward the Capital Improvement Church Painting Fund may be an end-of-the-year extra gift. See Financial Secretary Elizabeth Barton if you need Stewardship Envelopes or call the Church Office: 631-537-0863. We thank you for your generosity!

BPC Ways You Can Volunteer ...

Sandwiches for Maureen’s Haven being made by volunteers on Saturday, November 22nd.

Help Make Sandwich Lunches for Maureen’s Haven’s Homeless, Sat, Feb 14th!

The Mission Committee invites you to help make sandwiches and other items for some 30 lunches for Maureen’s Haven’s Homeless Ministry. We have been lunch-making on selected Saturdays at 10:00 am in The Parlors. The remaining date this year is February 14. Help out with this opportunity to help others! Ingredients are provided for the most part; however, contact Deb McEneaney if you would like to donate an item or a donation toward the cost of the mission project: (917) 741-6257. And, remember, if you can’t be there, you can always make a cash donation to the church: designate Maureen’s Haven on the check or use our “Give Now” button on the church webpage (designating “Maureen’s Haven”): givenow.bridgehamptonpc.org.

Sign-up to Serve for Coffee Fellowship!
Serving from 11:30 am till Noon

Members of the congregation are invited to volunteer to serve during the coffee fellowship Hour the first Sunday of each month.

  • It works well to have 2 to 4 people (or two families) to provide and serve together.
  • Volunteers provide treats, make coffee, tea and juice, serve and clean up.
  • Suggested 3-4 kinds of treats (for example: fruit, cookies, bars, cupcakes, doughnut-holes, etc. (homemade or store-bought).
  • Our church provides coffee, napkins and cups; fresh milk is needed.
  • Instructions for brewing coffee are on the kitchen cupboard (Often, the Sexton sets up the coffee ahead of time: check!)
  • If interested, contact Donna Halsey or Elizabeth Barton; or call the Church Office: 631-537-0863.

Worship Liturgists and Greeter/Ushers Needed

The fall is a good time to try out something new or bring back a skill from the past! Worship and Music Committee invites you to be a liturgist reading the Scripture and leading prayers during a Sunday worship service and/or to serve as a greeter/usher welcoming congregants as they enter the worship space, offering a bulletin, and collecting the offering. We love to see new faces at the lectern and welcoming us to worship!

344th Music Ministry Season Invites Your Participation
Join the Choir — Voice or Bells or Both!

Our music ministry gets back into full ‘swing’ as our bell and vocal choirs start up for the fall season. Vocal choir practices will be held Thursdays at 7:00 pm. Handbell practices resume at 9:00 am Sunday morning. We are in need of more bell ringers to cover more notes and bells in this unique music. If you can’t carry a tune but can count to four, we have a bell or two for you! New voices are always welcomed in the singing choir. Our repertoire is varied. In addition to our classical and Christmas music, we have lots of things to prepare for this year. Why not talk to Tom and share your gift to the glory of God!

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!

Recent News ...

Chat and Craft Group Meets Tuesdays, 10:00 - 11:30 am

The “Chat and Craft” Group meets Tuesdays to chat and/or craft from 10:00 - 11:30 am in The Parlors. Any one who can chat and/or craft is welcome to this group that encourages social relationships outside of the regular Sunday worship and fellowship hours. All are welcome!

“Fitness for Mom, Fun for Baby” Exercise, Friendship and Fun Classes to Begin in Parlors

A new group stressing “Fitness for Mom, Fun for Baby” will be meeting in The Parlors Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:00 — 11:00 am. FIT4MOM is the country’s largest fitness program for moms offering pre- and post-natal fitness classes for every stage of motherhood. Fit4Mom is designed for every mom to get in shape with your baby and meet other moms! Classes offer an innovative stroller workout that combines power walking and jogging and intervals of body toning using the stroller, the environment, and exercise tubing. And best is that you get to bring your littles along with you for the ride!

Whether you are a new mom (or DAD), or even if your kiddos have gone off to school, this program is for all stages of motherhood and life! For more information on FIT4MOM of the Hamptons, contact Brooke (Wiggins) Cracco at 516-480-4341 or email: brookecracco@fit4mom.com or see the webpage at www.hamptons.fit4mom.com.

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: office@bridgehamptonpc.org or Pastor Peter directly: pastorpeter@bridgehamptonpc.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.

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 Website. 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. 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!

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: 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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