Spread the Christmas Cheer to Our Homebound!
Share the Joy! Go Caroling and Enjoy Christmas Soups Today!
Climb on the bus and go Christmas Caroling! This afternoon, December 14th, arrive at the Church Parking Lot at 3:30 pm to go caroling to homebound members and friends and in the Hamptons Rehabilitation Home. After caroling, the bus will return us to The Parlors, where there will be hot cocoa, chili and several soups to enjoy. Join in this year and spread the Christmas cheer! Parents unable to sing with their children are invited to drop off your children as the Sunday School staff will gladly care for them and — with others not able to join in the caroling — please join in for Christmas soups at 5:30 pm.
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Third Sunday of Advent — December 14th
Advent is a time of preparation. It is a time where we get ready for many secular Christmas Activities and events while we try to also focus on the one thing that brings true hope into our lives: the birth of the Christ Child. All of our preparation during this season moves us ever so steadily toward that child who comes into a dark world that will never be dark again once his presence is made known. God’s promise of hope, peace, joy and love, which will not be denied, overcomes the darkness of the world as the everlasting light of Christ shines in our lives.
This Sunday, December 14th, is the Third Sunday of Advent. Our Scripture lectionary passages this week include from the Older Testament Isaiah 61:1-4, 8-11, where Isaiah writes, the spirit of the Lord is upon me; I will rejoice in my Savior; the Epistle reading is from 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24, where Paul says, rejoice, pray, give thanks; may God keep you until Christ’s coming; and the Gospel reading from the lectionary is John 1:6-8, 19-28, where John writes, John the baptizer came to testify to the light, so that all might believe. Pastor Peter will preach on Luke 1:46-55, 2:1-20 and his sermon will be: “The Christmas Story According to Luke.” This is the third in the sermon series on: “The Advent of the Messiah.” Previous Sunday’s sermons may be heard in the audio archive on the church webpage.
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 rehearsal as they prepare songs for the Christmas Pageant. 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.
Advent Sermon Series: “The Advent of the Messiah” Continues
Pastor Peter continues the Advent Sermon Series — “The Advent of the Messiah.” Each week during Advent Pastor Peter will look at the Christmas Story from a different Gospel writer’s perspective. Having heard in previous weeks “The Christmas Story According to Matthew” and “The Christmas Story According to Mark,” this week’s sermon will be The Christmas Story According to Luke” and the scripture passage will be Luke 1:46-55; 2:1-20. Next week we’ll look at, “The Christmas Story According to John.” Hear the similarities and differences between the different Gospel writers and hear what they are saying about the coming of Christ — “The Advent of the Messiah!”
Annual Christmas Pageant Rehearsal Today at 11:45 am
All children and youth are invited to rehearse for the Annual Christmas Pageant Sundays in Advent following Sunday School and worship at 11:45 am. Dress rehearsal will be Wednesday, December 24 at 3:30 pm with the Pageant that same day at 5:00 pm. Invite your neighbors and friends! Invite the community to the community pageant!
Deadline for Bringing In the “Giving Tree” Gifts Is Sun, Dec 14th
Please place your gifts for the “Giving Tree” under the tree. The Giving Tree enters its third year as we receive names of the children of low-income families from the Bridgehampton Public School and their Christmas gift wishes. Today is the day to bring in all gifts “picked” from The Giving Tree as well as food items collected so the families can have a fine holiday meal. The children would not have gifts without The Giving Tree! Thank you for your support again this year!
Do You Need Stewardship Giving Envelopes for 2015?
Please make sure you have handed in your Stewardship Pledge/Estimate of Giving. 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!
Deacons’ Cookie Drop-Off and Packing, Sat, Dec 13th
Each year the Deacons invite members and friends to bake cookies and to drop them off at The Parlors for packaging by 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 13th. They will be presented to the Homebound as we go Christmas Caroling on Sunday, December 14th from 3:30-5:00 pm. Increase your Christmas joy: bake cookies, drop them off at the Parlors, go caroling and enjoy warm Christmas Soup after caroling!
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Christmas Tea Relaxing Time in the Midst of the Holiday Rush!
The Christmas Tea was a fun and relaxing time on Wednesday, December 10th, in The Parlors. As a benefit for the Church’s Paint Fund, the Tea and Chinese Auction brought in $1,200 to add to monies already gathered from several yard sales, donations, gifts and memorial gifts.
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Christmas Joy Offering: Continue the Tradition!
For more than 80 years, Presbyterians have given generously at Christmas to lift up those who’ve devoted their lives to the mission of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.). On December 21, churches throughout the denomination will again receive this special offering. The Christmas Joy Offering is shared equally by the Assistance Program of the Board of Pensions, which provides much-needed assistance to PC(USA) church workers and their families, and Presbyterian-affiliated racial ethnic schools and colleges, which enable students to develop their gifts and find their calling. Every congregation’s gifts to the Offering are critical to the future of these programs, especially now. If you don’t already do so, please make the Christmas Joy Offering part of your Advent and Christmas tradition. An envelope will be in the pews and will be included with the December Banner newsletter.
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2014 Annual Reports Due Tuesday, January 13th
Attention all heads of boards, committees and ministries: It’s Annual Report Time! Begin preparing your report now so we can have it in the congregation’s hands one week before the Annual Congregational Meeting, which is Sunday, January 25th, following worship. Many thanks in advance for your energy and dedication.
Harbor Bells Christmas Concert at BPC, Sat, Dec 20th at 5:00 pm
The Harbor Bells Christmas Concerts 2014 are listed above and BPC hosts them on Saturday, December 20th at 5:00 pm in the sanctuary. Bring your friends to hear the English handbell choir.
Music Notes for A Service of “Lessons and Carols,” Sun, Dec 21st
Christmas Sunday — the Fourth Sunday of Advent — Sunday, December 21st, we will have “A Service of Lessons and Carols” as part of the 10:30 am worship. There will be no Sunday School that day because the children’s Sunday School Choir will be singing in worship along with our Adult Voice Choir and Bell Choir. Come and enjoy Advent songs leading up to Christmas!
Next week we celebrate the Advent of Christ’s birth with our Lessons and Carols service. Special music will include a prelude sonata by composer William Boyce, featuring violist Christopher Shaughnessy and violinist Song-A Cho-Dell’Aquila of Sagaponack, accompanied by organist Walter Klauss. Our guest musicians will also be featured in the offertory, Mendelssohn’s “Behold, A Star from Jacob Shining” from the oratorio Cristus written in 1847.
Sunday School Choir to Sing Sunday — Lessons and Carols Sunday, Dec 21st — Arrive 10:15 am
Our Sunday School Choir will sing on Christmas Sunday/Lessons and Carols Sunday, December 21st as we prepare for Christmas. Children should arrive by 10:15 am for “dress rehearsal”! Watch for more information!
Christmas Eve Worship and Christmas Pageant, Wed, Dec 24th, at 5:00 pm
The Annual Community Christmas Eve Pageant and Candlelight Service will be held on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th at 5:00 pm. Children in the pageant should arrive for the “dress rehearsal” at 3:30 pm. This is a beautiful service and a Christmas gift from BPC to the community — invite your friends and neighbors!
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Help Make Sandwich Lunches for Maureen’s Haven’s Homeless, Sat, Jan 25th!
The Mission Committee invites you to help make sandwiches and other items for some 30 lunches for Maureen’s Haven’s Homeless Ministry. We will be lunch-making two more Saturdays this year at 10:00 am in The Parlors. The dates now include Saturdays January 25, and February 14. Help out with one or more opportunities 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!
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org 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: 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.
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!
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!
To receive this weekly announcement by email, click here or phone the Church Office.