Here’s What’s Happening Sunday ...
Welcome to the Twentieth Sunday After Pentecost — October 2nd!
Welcome to the Twentieth Sunday after Pentecost with Sunday School and our regular Sunday worship hour beginning at 10:30 am. Our 2015-2016 Sunday School year is just under way using our new “Deep Blue” curriculum (see below).
The lectionary readings for this Sunday, October 2nd, include from the Older Testament Lamentations 1:1-6, where the writer laments, How lonely is the great city how; majesty had departed from Zion; and, from Lamentations 3:19-26, where the writer affirms, Even in my affliction, I remember the steadfast love of the Lord; the Psalm of the day is Psalm 137, where the Psalmist writes: By the waters of Babylon we wept; how could we sing God’s song?; the Epistle reading comes from 2 Timothy 1:1-14, where the author of the letter says, Rekindle your faith; guard the good treasure entrusted to you; and, the Gospel reading is from Luke 15:5-10, where Jesus asks, If you had faith like a mustard seed, you could uproot this tree. Pastor Peter will preach on “Hungering Thirst?”
Sunday Church School resumed last Sunday for the 2016-2017 Sunday School Year. Children will have again an opportunity to meet their teachers for this new year and be introduced to our new “Deep Blue” curriculum. Sunday School will follow the Children’s Message during the worship and the children will go with their teachers to their classes! Children are invited to bring their friends to Sunday School! Teachers and substitute teachers are needed. Please talk to Kathy Lowe or Pastor Peter.
Happening Before Sunday ...
Former BPC Choir Director and Organist John “Jay” Bennett dies
Former BPC Choir Director, Jr. Choir Director and Organist John “Jay” Bennett died Sunday evening, September 25th. John served following Sam Willson, who retired circa 1994, up until he was called back to serve at Holy Trinity Parish in East Hampton in 1997.
His wife Shelley and family will receive visitors at Yardley & Pino in East Hampton, Thursday, September 29th from 2:00 - 4:00 and 7:00 - 9:00 pm. A funeral will take place on Friday, September 30th at 11:00 am at First Presbyterian Church, 2 South Main Street in Southampton. Donations may be made in Jay’s memory to:
Dominican Sisters Family Health Services
103-6 West Montauk Highway
Hampton Bays, NY 11946
Limited Spots in New Adult “Covenant Bible Study” Group ...
Sign Up Now! “Creating ... Living ... Trusting ...” Adult Covenant Bible Study Begins this Fall ...
COVENANT is an in-depth group Bible study in which participants read and discuss the Bible together, learning how to love God — and each other — better.
Broken into three 8-week segments — this 24-week experience covers all the books of the Bible as participants move back and forth from Old Testament to New Testament. Covenant Bible Study shows the interconnectedness of scripture while demonstrating how the covenant relationship between God and people is woven through the entire Bible. BPC will do 8-weeks in the fall and 8-weeks in the winter, reserving the final 8-weeks for next fall.
Covenant represents a relationship — a living, breathing conversation — complete with videos of pastors and scholars guiding us through the Bible!
And here is your invitation to join in it!
This year Pastor Peter will offer Covenant Bible Study — “Creating ... Living ... Trusting ...” — beginning in October on a day and time (TBA) most convenient for those wishing to attend. Depending on the size of the class, it will meet in the Pastor’s home for informal and relaxed conversation or in the Newman Room lounge area.
The Biblical concept of “covenant” speaks to an enduring commitment between god and God’s fruitful people. It’s a promise — to live in a loving relationship with and for each other. So the purpose of Covenant Bible Study is to engage participants in conversations about this unique and special relationship — as well as our relationships with each other and the world around us — as we study the Bible together.
Covenant is an in-depth study with an accessible message in which we will read and discuss the Bible together; learning how to love God — and others — better. The Covenant Group will meet Tuesdays in the Manse at 7:00 pm for 8-weeks for the first section. A morning Group might also be proposed if there is interest. Please speak with Pastor Peter to express your interest or email: email@example.com!
Recent News ...
BPC Seeks Person/s to Go to Visit our Sister Church in Cuba
Hello fellow travelers! The Cuba Workgroup is planning its 2017 travel to Cuba and, while the dates are not yet set, they will most likely be sometime in March or April. With Easter being late this year — April 16, we are checking with Pastor Abel at the Güines congregation and the availability of hotel rooms in Havana. Please let Pastor Peter or Deb McEneaney know if you are planning to go to Güines next year. It doesn’t need to be a firm confirmation at this time; however, to plan accommodations, it is helpful to know a general number, especially in a Havana extension. If you or family members are interested let us know: 631-537-0863.
Deacons Call for College Student Addresses and Emails
Attention to all college students and their families! Your church would like your college addresses and your email. Please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the church office at 631-537-0863. Thank you!
News from the Board of Deacons ...
Meeting Fri, Oct 7th ...
The next meeting of the Board of Deacons is planned for Friday, October 7th at 9:00 am in the Newman Room. On the agenda will be the annual College Care Packages for our seven college students away from home. Some shopping has already been done. If you would like to make a donation, let Ellen Wilford or Carolyn French know. They will also plan the upcoming communion set-up and serving. Their Bereavement Ministry will also be a topic as updates are shared.
Food Pantry Relocation Update... Oct 8 Construction Work Date
Plans for the relocation of the Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry are progressing. Several locations were considered and with the cooperation of the Town of Southampton and The Bridgehampton Community House Association, we think we are moving towards a new home.
The proposed location is in the lower level of the Community House in the north east corner. A construction work day is scheduled for October 8th under the leadership of Wright & Co. of Bridgehampton. If you are able to lend a hand in any of the proposed work (i.e. wall and heating pipe cleanup, painting, caulking up windows and general cleaning), please contact:
Tom White, Director, (631) 680-1111 or at email@example.com.
We ask for your prayers and financial support as we arrange insurance, take steps for electrical installation and enclose the space to arrange for the new pantry.
Both the Adult Choir and the Bell Choir welcome new members! See Thomas!
Adult Choir and Bell Choir Rehearsals Are Back — Check Them Out!
The Adult Choir meets weekly for Thursday Rehearsals at 7:00 pm in the Newman Room with a “warm-up” on Sundays at 10:00 am. The choir invites new members to add their voice to the choir and share in our music ministry! The Bell Choir is trying a different schedule this fall and will adjust as we see how it works. Rehearsals start Wednesday at 5:30 pm and the bells have moved downstairs under the west balcony in the sanctuary. If you don’t feel you can carry a tune, but can count to six, there’s a place in the bell choir for you! Speak with Music Director Thomas White to learn more.
“Chat and Craft” Group Meets Tuesdays and Invites You!
You are invited to join the Chat and Craft Group each Tuesday morning at 10:00 am meeting in the Church Nursery. All who wish to chat and/or craft are invited to join in the fellowship time. Remember, you don’t have to craft! Just come and chat! Or — if you wish — the group will share a craft for you to do as you chat!
Sunday School Children Explore the “Deep Blue” Curriculum this Year!
Sunday Church School for our children and youth has begun for the 2015-2016 year! As usual, children will be in worship in the sanctuary until just after the Children’s Message, when children age 4 and above will walk with the teachers to The Parlors. Children through age three will go to the Nursery for their class. Our new curriculum is “Deep Blue” One room Sunday School Kit by Cokesbury. Our new curriculum includes a CD for music and a DVD featuring engaging animated videos. Each video segment tells a Bible story through the kids’ point of view with help from the Deep Blue kids, Asia, Edgar, Kat & Caleb. Don’t forget Indigo — the doggy. Music videos and Bible story quizzes add more fun!!
Along with the Nursery (0 - 3), taught by Kathleen McCleland and Jenn Dupree, we will have two classes this year. Ages 4 - 5 are taught by Emily Otto and Jihye Bennett. Ages 6 - 12 will be taught by Kathy Lowe, Donna Halsey, Anne Ramunno and Loren Bennett. Our Music Director and Choir Master Thomas White will lead the Sunday School Choir.
The curriculum for the Multiage Class is a crafted understanding that a multiage environment is a wonderful place for children of various ages to grow in faith. Differences in the experiences, knowledge, and abilities of the children can be celebrated. It is a joy to observe older children as they help their younger friends. They do so with great pride. As we watch older children respectfully interact with younger ones, we see their potentials unfold. Younger children benefit by modeling actions from their older peers.
Children are invited to bring their friends to Sunday School! Teachers and substitute teachers are needed. Please talk to Kathy Lowe or Pastor Peter.
“Deep Blue” — Just for Kids — A Weekly Adventure Through the Bible!
Our Christian Education Committee introduces this fall a new Sunday School curriculum called “Deep Blue.” Deep Blue is an awe-inspiring biblically based resource for children including adventures, exciting stories, science experiments, arts and crafts, animated video storytelling, and active games — all combined into a faith experience that helps children discover what it means to be a disciple of Jesus Christ today!
“In the debts of who I am I rejoice in God my savior.” (Luke 1:47)
Deep Blue is based on the award winning Deep Blue Kids Bible, which we presented to our children last spring entering 3rd Grade.
“Deep Blue Adventures” App Helps Reinforce Bible Lesson During Week
Imagine if a child could hear a Bible lesson Sunday morning and later that week at home could log onto a digital virtual world through a mobile device, where the lessons taught in Sunday School were reinforced and brought to life in 3D! While playing, children would not only have fun but learn as they experience Bible truths. Children would associate God’s Word in a positive way that would encourage them to share it with friends. Deep Blue Adventures offers such an opportunity to our Sunday School children. More information next week as Sunday School begins!
The “Thankful Giver” Corner ...
Your Generosity Helps Us Serve: Use BPC’s Online Giving Option!
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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