“Hands On” Mission Project Saturday ...

Put Your Faith to Work! Help Cleanup Long Beach, Sag Harbor, this Saturday, April 18th! Let’s Restore the Beach’s Natural Beauty and Celebrate Earth Day (early)!

The Mission Committee invites you to join with members of the Confirmation Class to help cleanup Long Beach, Sag Harbor! Meet at Long Beach, Sag Harbor, on Saturday, April 18th, from 10:00 am-12:00 noon. We will provide trash bags and litter pick-up sticks as tools to help clean. We also will have hot cocoa and bagels, healthy bars and other yummy snacks to kick off our day. We will be participating in the Great East End Cleanup sponsored by the Town of Southampton.

Join in a “Hands-On” Mission Project as BPC Participates in the Great East End Cleanup, Sat, Apr 18th!

On Saturday, April 18th, all members and friends, especially children, Confirmation Class and other youth and their families, are invited to participate in the “The Great East-End Clean-Up” — making our community more beautiful, healthier and safer. Mission and service projects are an important aspect of children’s and youth ministry and there are many ways to make such projects spiritually uplifting and fun. Last year our children and their parents, youth and adults had a meaningful experience. Hot chocolate and healthy snacks will be there when you arrive!

Why? Children and youth need to live their faith. Our community and people need help. Children and youth like to help. Children and youth learn when they help. We are all called to serve. We share God’s love by helping others and our community.

We will gather at Long Beach, Sag Harbor, on Saturday, April 18th, from 10:00 am - 12:00 noon and our ministry will be to leave Long Beach a lot better than when we arrive! Thank you. Call the Church Office to help us have a general idea to plan snacks and equipment: 631-537-0863 or email: pastorpeter@bridgehamptonpc.org.

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

Finding Our Way Through The Easter Season

This Sunday is The Third Sunday of Easter. Our Scripture lectionary passages this week include Acts 3:12-19, where Peter speaks of Jesus’ rejection and calls the people to repent; the Psalm reading is Psalm 4, where the Psalmist says, answer me when I call, O God; in you I will find joy and peace; the Epistle reading is 1 John 3:1-7, where John writes, see what love the Father has given us; we are children of God; and the Gospel reading is Luke 24:36b-48, where the risen Lord eats with the disciples and interprets the Scriptures. Pastor Peter’s sermon is “The Real Miracle.”

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 to Meet on “Gifts & Ministry” on Sunday, Apr 19th

The Confirmation Class 2015 will hold their next class on Sunday, April 19th, from 12:00 noon to 1:30 pm in the Nursery on the topic of “Gifts & Ministry”. Each group member is to sign up to be a Worship Leader for at least one Sunday before Pentecost, which is May 24th. Looking ahead, the class will meet on Sunday, April 26th (12:00 pm - 1:30 pm) on the topic of Baptism.

Baby Bath Kits to Benefit BH Child Care Christian Ed and Sunday School Class Mission project

This year the Christian Education and Sunday School Spring Mission Project is to put together Baby Bath Kits to benefit the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center. You’ll hear more about this and see more about this on a tree in the Narthex, where you can “pick” cards with more information! Nevertheless, items needed include: Baby powder, Lotion, Shampoo, Baby wash cloths and Hooded Towel, wet wipes, Desitin Cream. Money donations will be put towards diapers. All items donated are due by May 31. Bath Kits will be put together in Sunday School Class on June 7th. Thank you in advance for your support!

Thank You “Brunch” for Maureen’s Haven Volunteers, Sun, Apr 19th

The BPC Mission Committee and friends made sandwich lunches for Maureen Haven’s Program for the Homeless four times this past winter and as the program closes down next month, all are invited to a “Thank You” at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church, 169 Main Road, Aquebogue. Join together with others to celebrate another year of volunteering and making a difference!

BPC News to Know ...

Our Prayers are with the Richard J. Corwith Family and Friends

Our prayers are with the family and friends of Richard J. Corwith who died this past week. There will be visitation hours at Brockett’s Funeral Home, 203 Hampton Road in Southampton on Monday, April 20, from 2:00-4:00 pm and 7:00-9:00 pm. His funeral will be held on Tuesday, April 21, at 10:00 am at the First Presbyterian Church, 2 South Main Street, Southampton. Interment will be at the Water Mill Cemetery with a reception following at 230 Elm Street, Southampton. Dick is the brother and brother-in-law of Bill and Carolyn Corwith.

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Tickets Available

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (BCMF) is offering a limited number of tickets free to the BPC congregation! BCMF announces the second of their two new Spring Series concerts: the Miró Quartet on April 26th to be held at 5:00 pm in our sanctuary. Tickets are available at www.bcmf.org. Talk to Pastor Peter if you would like a complimentary guest ticket.

Annual Spring Ring Handbell Choirs Hold Concert, Sat, Apr 25th, To Benefit Food Pantries

Enjoy the bells and chimes at the Annual Spring Ring Handbell Choir Concert on Saturday, April 25, at 4:00 pm at the First Presbyterian Church in Southampton. A suggested donation of a non-perishable food item is welcomed and will benefit the community food pantries.

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.

BPC to Participate in “Sacred Sites Open House”, May 16th-17th

The Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church is again participating in the New York Landmarks Conservancy’s Sacred Sites Open House program. The church, built in 1842 and one of the South Fork’s most visible landmarks will be open from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM, on Saturday, May 16, and Noon to 4:00 PM on Sunday, May 17. The BPC Historical Preservation and Restoration Committee will have guided tours and our Visitors Guide and Walking Tour Guide available. “We hope you’ll visit our beautiful church.”

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 in full ‘swing.’ 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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