Howard University Gospel Choir Benefit Concert At BPC Saturday, Sept 6th
Hear the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University on Saturday, September 6, here in our sanctuary at 4:30 pm! The concert is a benefit sponsored by and for the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center. Call 631-537-0616, ext. 16 for more information on tickets.
Here’s What’s Happening this Sunday ...
Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost — August 31st — Christian Vocation Sunday
This Sunday is the Twelfth Sunday After Pentecost and Christian Vocation Sunday on the denominational calendar. This Sunday will be the final “Worship in the Garden” service at 8:00 am of the past two months of special outdoor worship as well as our “regular” summer worship at 9:30 am. Come to one or both services. Our new Clothing Bin is very handy just off the church driveway behind The Parlors, so why not bring in a bag of “gently used” clothing for the bin each Sunday!
The passages from the lectionary this week include from the Older Testament Exodus 3:1-15, where Moses meets the Lord in a burning bush, and learns God’s name; Romans 12:9-21, where Paul says love one another; seek what is good; live peaceably with all; and, the Gospel reading from the lectionary is Matthew 16:21-28, where Jesus says: If any wish to follow me, they must take up their cross. Pastor Peter’s sermon title for the “Worship in the Garden” is “The Heat of the Message” and for the sanctuary worship — it will be “Hospitality and You!”
Volunteers Needed to Help Host Fellowship Hour
The Worship Committee invites members of the congregation to host the Fellowship Hour on the first Sunday of each month, starting with the first Sunday in October. Now that the Trustees have merged with the Session, there is an opening for the congregation to participate as hosts for Fellowship once a month. As the members of the various groups who serve as hosts will be happy to tell, this is both an easy and enjoyable task. Snacks do not have to be elaborate and they can be purchased or homemade. Clean-up goes quickly with the help of many hands (many hands make light work!). Please plan to join in this time of friendship and hospitality. A sign-up list will be available in the Narthex, or mention your interest or wish for more information to Donna Halsey or Elizabeth Barton. Or, call the Church Office: 631-537-0863.
Here’s a Quick Way to Understand What Christian Vocation Sunday Means *
God calls a people
- to believe in Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior;
- to follow Jesus Christ in obedient discipleship;
- to use the gifts and abilities God has given, honoring and serving God
- in personal life,
- in household and families,
- in daily occupations,
- in community, nation, and the world.
A person responds to God’s call to faith in Jesus Christ through Baptism and through life and worship in the community of faith.
Persons respond to God’s call to discipleship through the ministries of God’s people in and for the world.
Persons respond to God’s call to honor and serve God in every aspect of human life
- in their work and in their play,
- in their thought and in their action,
- in their private and in their public relationships.
God hallows daily life, and daily life provides opportunity for holy living. As Christians honor and serve God in daily life, they worship God. For Christians, work and worship cannot be separated.
* From: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Book of Order, W — 5.6000
Saturday’s Car Wash Postponed!
The Phoenix House Car Wash originally scheduled for Saturday, August 30, is postponed and will be rescheduled in the future. Apologies for the late word!
BPC News to Know ...
Final “Worship in the Garden” This Sunday — August 31st — at 8:00 am;
Regular Summer Worship Hours at 9:30 am
For the months of July and August, BPC enjoyed an early outdoor “Worship in the Garden” on the lawn beyond The Parlors — a shortened, more informal service for everyone. This Sunday, August 31st, is the final outdoor service for this summer! If you’ve not attended one yet this summer, see you there!
Regular summer worship is held at 9:30 am in our beautiful sanctuary. The 10:30 am Worship Hour will resume next Sunday, September 7th — the Sunday after Labor Day — which will also be “Welcome Back Sunday” with registration for Sunday School taking place that morning.
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!
Worship Returns to 10:30 am Time Sun, Sept 7th;
Sunday School Opens with “Hot Dogs for Everyone!”
Welcome back! Sunday, September 7th, is “Welcome Back!” Sunday. We return to our yearly 10:30 am worship hour and Sunday School Registration for the new Sunday School Season.
Following worship the Sunday School invites you to “Hot Dogs for Everyone!” Sunday, September 7th, we will recognize our Christian Education Committee and commission our Sunday School teachers and staff as they begin another season of Sunday Church School. Christian Education Director Kathy Lowe joins with Donna Halsey, Emily Halsey, Kathleen McLeland, Anne Ramunno, Ellen Wilford and Pastor Peter as we begin a new year for Sunday School. Interested in teaching or being a substitute/part-time teacher? Contact Kathy Lowe or Pastor Peter! Our Adult Choir gathers with our Director of Music and Choir Master Tom White as they also resume their contribution to worship for the first time in this Fall Season. Children and parents, teachers and congregation members, will all enter a covenant to support each other as we begin this year’s Sunday School. Welcome back to Sunday Church School!
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 ...
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: email@example.com or Pastor Peter directly: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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. 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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