Join Together for “Lenten Wednesdays” — Soups and Program in The Parlor

With Ash Wednesday behind us, we continue our Lenten Journey in our 40 days of Lent and six Sundays with Lenten Wednesdays: Lenten Soups and Programs. Wednesdays in Lent we will gather in the Parlors for a light supper of soup and bread, after which we will have a study with a focus on “The Last Days of Jesus” as Jesus prepares and journeys to the Cross. Bill and Carolyn Corwith will lead the Lenten Study, which begins Wednesday, February 25, at 7:00 pm, following the Lenten Soup at 6:30 pm. Come to one or both activities! Make this Lenten season a time of preparation as we journey with Jesus to the Cross and Resurrection on Easter morning. All are invited to join in each Wednesday in Lent.

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

The Lenten Journey Continues
Sunday Is the Second Sunday in Lent, March 1st

This Sunday is the Second Sunday in Lent. The 40 days of Lent and its six Sundays is a time to renew and strengthen our faith as we experience God’s forgiveness and find new hope as we follow Jesus on his journey to the Good Friday Cross and Easter Day Resurrection. Lent deepens our understanding of hope as we re-discover the mercy of God as the source of hope in our own lives. May we each — in our own way find a quiet place where, through prayer, we can deepen our understanding of God’s mercy, our forgiveness and how we can carry hope into the world as a source of strength and renewal — not just in our lives, but in the lives of others as well. Remember, our observance of Lent continues with Lenten Wednesdays — soups at 6:30 pm and a presentation/discussion at 7:00 pm as noted.

Our Scripture lectionary passages this week include from the Older Testament Genesis 17:1-7, 15-16, where we learn of God’s covenant with Abraham: I will make of you a great nation; the Epistle reading is from Romans 4:13-25, where Paul tells us Abraham’s faith was reckoned to him as righteousness by God; and the Gospel reading is Mark 8:31-38, where Jesus says: Deny yourselves; take up your cross and follow me. Pastor Peter’s sermon is “Take Up Your Cross!”

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.

Confirmation Class 2015 on “Jesus” meets Sunday, March 1st, at noon
Retreat Registration Forms Due Sunday!

The Confirmation Class 2015 will meet on Sunday, March 1st, following worship, starting with a light lunch and then moving into a discussion of “Jesus”. It is important for all confirmands to attend each class as we are covering a great deal of material in a short amount of time. In the event you have a conflict, please contact Pastor Peter so that a “make-up” class can be arranged.

The Confirmation Retreat will be nextFriday-Saturday, March 6-7, at Holmes Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in Holmes, NY. The theme will be “Gathering at the Well” and will be led by The Reverend Kate Jones Calone and will explore how, in the ancient world, digging a well was more than just a way to access water. It served to establish roots, as a local gathering place, and a stop for travelers. In the Bible, the well is often the location of significant faith stories. Our Confirmation Class 2015 will join other confirmation classes as travelers on the journey of faith, who come to the “well” and consider what it means to dig deep roots in our own lives, why it’s important we gather, and who it is that offers us life-sustaining water. Registration Forms were distributed at the February 1st class and are DUE this Sunday, March 1st when we meet. We will depart from the Church Parking Lot on Friday, March 6th, as close to 4:00 pm as possible for the drive to Holmes’ camp and we will return to the church parking lot the next day, Saturday, between 8:00-9:00 pm. Parents will be contacted when we depart and 30 minutes before arrival. Again, registration forms and fees are due Sunday! More details will be given on Sunday or email Pastor Peter with questions: pastorpeter@bridgehamptonpc.org.

Thanks for Participating in the “Cents for Caring” Special Offering!

Thanks to all who brought in their “Cents for Caring” special offering jars this past Sunday, February 22nd and to our children and youth who brought the jars forward and emptied them into the large container! This year’s collection of “loose change” from around the home these past six weeks will make a difference right here in our community. This year the Mission Committee selected the Bridgehampton Childcare and Community Center to receive the offering to help better service children in their programs. If you were unable to bring your jar in this past week, do so this week! We are still counting coins, so add some more!

BPC News to Know ...

Needed: Vitamins and OTC Medicines for Cuba Mission Trip

The Presbytery Cuba Work Group departs for the Annual Spring Cuba Mission Trip at 2:00 am on Tuesday, March 17th. So, now is the time to bring in vitamins, diarrhea medicines, pain medicines, cold medicines, and other “over the counter” (OTC) medications and/or money to purchase items to take to our partner churches in mission in Cuba and, especially, our partner church in Güines. Thanks in advance!

Bag Ban Requires Changes at Food Pantry

Presently client grocery bags are pre-filled with an assortment of staple foods. The bags used up till now have been double-bagged; paper shopping bags are inserted into plastic bags for reinforcement so that filled bags are less likely to tear in transit. The upcoming regulations on plastic bags will make pantry volunteers strive to come up with a stronger, more recycle-friendly plan for loading paper bags. How can You help? Consider sharing your heavier plastic bags with the pantry. Many local stores have their own line of heavy bags such as Citarella and Williams Sonoma. If you have a supply of these or other recyclable bags can you donate some to the pantry? Please bring them to church with you and pantry volunteers will put them to use! Thank You!

Session Meets Sunday, March 8th

Session meets Sunday, March 8th at 8:30 am in the Newman Room for its regular monthly meeting.

Deacons to Hold Organizational Meeting (Date and Time TBA)

The newly elected Board of Deacons will hold their organizational meeting in the near future at a day and time yet to be determined.

Lent: A Time of Reflection and Preparation for New Life

Palm Sunday Brunch to Be Held Palm Sunday, March 29th, 11:30 am

A Palm Sunday Pan Cake Brunch will be held on Sunday, March 29th, immediately following the worship service in The Parlors at 11:30 am. Palm/Passion Sunday is the beginning of Holy Week and we will gather as a Church Family as we enter Holy Week. The menu will include pancakes, sausage, and fruit salads cooked by the men of the church and with the help of the youth of the Confirmation Class in serving. Bring out your neighbors for this fun fellowship event for the whole family!

Maundy Thursday Holy Communion and Tenebrae Service in the Sanctuary, Apr 2nd, 7:00 pm

A Maundy Thursday Holy Communion and Tenebrae Service will be held on Maundy Thursday, April 2nd, at 7:00 pm in the sanctuary. We will worship together and celebrate The Lord’s Supper on this night that we traditionally remember as the night Jesus broke bread and drank wine with his disciples for the last time before his arrest and journey to the Cross. A shortened Tenebrae Service — or a service of shadows — will accompany the Holy Communion. A Tenebrae Service has readings and music that highlight the last moments of Jesus with his disciples and on the Cross — often highlighting the emotions of the different persons in the readings. As the service moves along, gradually the lights are dimmed until it is dark and the worship participants quietly depart. All are welcome.

Good Friday Prayers in the Sanctuary, Apr 3rd, Noon - 3:00 pm

This year the BPC Sanctuary will be open on Good Friday for prayers from 12:00 noon — 3:00 pm as an opportunity for members and friends to come for prayers and scripture readings pertinent to Good Friday. A liturgy will be available at the door with suggested readings and prayers. All are welcome.

BPC Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt to Be Held Sat, Apr 4th, at 11:00 am

The BPC Annual Community Easter Egg Hunt will be held on Saturday, April 4th, at 11:00 am sharp on the church grounds near The Parlors. Invite your neighbors’ children to join with your own to find where the “Easter Bunny” has hidden the eggs this year. Don’t forget to bring your camera!

Easter Sunrise Service on the Beach at the End of Ocean Road, Easter Day, April 5th, at 7:00 am

The Annual Community Easter Sunrise Service will be held on the Beach at the end of Ocean Road on Easter Day, April 5th, at 7:00 am. Coffee and hot cross buns to be provided. Service will be in The Parlors in case of inclement weather. All are invited.

Easter Day Worship in the Sanctuary, Apr 5th, 10:30 am

The lilies and spring flowers will proclaim the joy of the Risen Christ on Easter Day at 10:30 am as we gather to celebrate, “He is risen!” Join your church family as we gather to give thanks to God for the new life and eternal life promised in Jesus Christ our Lord and Savior.

BPC Ways You Can Volunteer ...

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

This 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 is back in 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 are 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 ...

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!

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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