Have a Safe and Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

A view of the Old Burial Ground next door to the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church. Happy Memorial Day Weekend!

Here’s What’s Happening Sunday ...

We give thanks to God for the faithful Handbell and Adult Choir participants sharing their gifts and talents in worship each Sunday.

Welcome to the Second Sunday After Pentecost — May 29th — Music Sunday!

Welcome to Music Sunday — the Second Sunday after Pentecost — May 29th — and Memorial Day Weekend Sunday. We give thanks to God for the faithful participants in our Music Ministry who share their gifts and talents in worship each Sunday. The service this Sunday will be filled song and handbells with everyone from our Music Ministry along with invited musical guests. The Adult Choir and the Handbell Choir will have a special place in worship as the 2015-2016 music season goes on summer hiatus. During the summer months we look forward to the musicianship of our soloist Doug Sabo as he offers selections in our morning worship.

Music Sunday is a celebration of the music and musicianship that are a vital and beloved part of church life. BPC celebrates Music Sunday each year as our Adult Choir and the Handbell Choir round off their year’s contribution to our worship before the summer months. Music is a significant part of our worship life as the music and the lyrics give glory to God and enliven our spiritual life. Family, friends and neighbors are invited!

The Older Testament reading from the lectionary this week starts with 1 Kings 18:20-21, where Elijah defeats the prophets of Baal in a contest; the Lord is God; the Psalm is Psalm 96, where the Psalmist says, “Sing a new song to the Lord; all other gods are merely idols”; and, from the Newer Testament, the second lectionary reading is Galatians 1:1-12, where Paul writes the Galatians: the gospel I proclaim is from Jesus Christ; and the gospel reading is from Luke 7:1-10, where Jesus heals the slave of a centurion and praises the centurion’s faith. Pastor Peter’s sermon this week is “The Centurion’s Recognition of True Power.”

Sunday School is available for the children and youth following the Children’s Message during the 10:30 am service.

And, as usual, the worship service will be live-streaming on your home computer or smart-phone, beginning at 10:30 am, on the BPC webpage at: media.bridgehamptonpc.org or m.bridgehamptonpc.org

Music Sunday Notes of Interest

The introit is taken from the vast compositions of Felix Mendelssohn. Written for Ascension Day, it is also sung for festivals and celebrations.

Text:

Above all praise and majesty, Lord Thou reignest evermore. Hallelujah!

The handbell anthem Celebration Fanfare was featured in the Spring Ring concert in April. Composed in 2015 by Ron Mallory, it features contrasting rhythms of dotted quarters and eighth notes and features several of the common techniques (echo, thumb-damp, martellato, martellato lift, and shakes).

The Offertory anthem is entitled Eternal God. Composed in 1999 by the famous John Rutter of Britain, the text reflects upon the gift of music from our creator and how it sustains and blesses us throughout our lives.

Text:

Eternal God, we give you thanks for music,
Blest gift from heaven to all your servants here on earth:

In time of joy a crown, in sorrow consolation;
Companion through our days of tears and mirth.

We give you thanks for every sound of beauty:
For sweetest harmony that echoes in our hearts,

For melodies that soar on high like birds at morning,
For voice and instrument in all their parts.

As we are blest, so may our gift bless others;
May hearts be touched and spirits lifted up anew.

Let music draw together those who live as strangers,
Bring joy to those we love, in thankfulness true.

And when at last we come into your kingdom,
All discord over and all earthly labor done,

Then sound and silence yield before one equal music,
And with the Giver shall our souls be one.

The handbell benediction is taken from our Spring Ring repertoire. Composed in 2015 by Joshua Kramer, its peaceful lilt matches its title and bids the congregation “Peace” till the choirs renew their service in the fall.

Is there a Graduate in Your Family?

Do you have a family member who will be graduating high school, college, or graduate school this year? If so, please send the Church Office or Kathy Lowe the information on where they are graduating and what their plans are following gradation. Email the Church Office: office@bridgehamptonpc.org.

Sunday School Children to Assemble Baby Baskets Sunday, May 29th!

The Children of the Sunday will assemble the baby baskets for the Baby Basket Mission Project on Sunday, May 29th. Thanks to all who assisted in bringing in the items to help local families with babies have a good start! The children of the Sunday School will assist putting the baskets together and we will deliver them to the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center. If you still wish to participate and bring in an item for the basket, please bring in any of the following: baby lotion, baby shampoo/bath wash, baby wipes, baby powder, Desitin cream, baby wash clothes and towels. Again, thank you for your generosity!

Happening Before Sunday ...

BPC to Have Fashion and Designer/Vintage Clothing at Show Sat, May 28th

BPC will again have a Spring Fashion and Designer/Vintage Clothing Sale on Saturday, May 28th at the Art and Craft Show of the South Fork Crafts. Come out and help support the Roof and Storm Gutter Fund!

Late News ...

Scaffolding Accident at Church Sends Two Roofers to Southampton Hospital

Two workers were taken to Southampton Hospital by Bridgehampton Volunteer Fire Department Ambulance with head and leg injuries from a scaffolding accident midday Friday, May 27th. Three roofers were measuring plywood to fit the roof over the Nursery when one of the scaffolding supports collapsed sending all three to the ground, a drop of eleven feet or more. One worker sustained lacerations to his forehead, the other a leg injury.

Feature Stories of the Week ...

Welcome to Claire Elizabeth Norden — Baptized on Trinity Sunday!

On Trinity Sunday last week we welcomed through baptism Claire Elizabeth Norden, born November 19, 2015 at Southampton Hospital to parents Rebecca Lynn Sieger and Kevin Conner Norden. Welcome Claire as the newest member of the Body of Christ! Claire had many family and friends celebrating with her, including grandmothers and grandfathers and her great-grandmother!

A Gift of Remembrance — The Memorial Garden at BPC
Purchase a Memorial Brick Today!

The Donna Hildreth Moss Memorial Garden of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church seeks to provide an opportunity for people to honor their loved ones in a simple and beautiful environment.

“We’re all connected in the circle of life, a river that’s meant to flow with love and peace and harmony so that our souls may grow.” (Donna H. Moss)

For every donation of $100 the church invites you to dedicate a brick, which will be placed in the paths of the garden. The funds donated in remembrance of your loved one will be used to keep the garden beautiful for all the years to come. Your Remembrance Brick will give a personal touch to our memorial garden. Brochures are available in the church office and in the Narthex.

Feature Photos of the Week ...

Main Church and Back Church Buildings to Receive New Roof this Month!

Work on the Main Church roof (over the sanctuary) began on Monday, May 16th and in the next 2-3 weeks the Session — through its Building and Grounds Committee — is replacing the roof on both the Main Church and the Back Church (over the Newman Room, Nursery and Church Offices) buildings. Last fall the whole church exterior was painted and looks great! Completing the roof with “Mission Brown” shingles — to match the relatively new roof on The Parlors — will add to the beauty of Main Street and to the glory of God!

You Can Help with the Roof Project! We are beginning the roof project on faith that donations and the upcoming June 18th Yard and Bake Sale will help fund the roof and storm gutters. The total cost of the new roof is $46,500 and we have to-date roughly $26,000 leaving an opportunity for members and friends to help us bridge the gap! We hope to have the Storm Gutters in place — yet another $6,000 — before the fall. Donations can always be made Sundays or mailing a check to the Church Office or by going to www.bridgehamptonpc.org and clicking on the “Give Now” button and selecting Capital Improvement Fund.

After more than 40-years, the main church older roof served us well and we look forward to the new roof doing the same! Thank you in advance for your appreciation of the work being done.

Remember to drive carefully as during the work, one driveway may be closed for construction. Cars may be both entering and exiting the same driveway during construction. Use caution before entering the driveway!

A number of activities, events, and service opportunities are planned by BPC in the coming weeks and months — some for fellowship and some for fundraising for much needed capital improvements. We’d like you to mark your calendars so you don’t miss out on any of the fun! We’ll have more information as the dates become closer. Here they are:

Mark Your Calendars for Youth Sunday and Bar-B-Que, Sun, June 6th!

Youth Sunday and the final day of Sunday School will be held on Sunday, June 6, this year. The theme will be “Angels of the Bible.” As the last Sunday of Sunday Church School our annual Youth Sunday is the day we recognize with certificates and “move up” our children of the Sunday School. Those graduating second grade will receive their Children’s Bible and all children and youth receive the year’s special lapel pin.

Special games will be provided for the children as we celebrate with hot dogs and hamburger lunch following worship. Mark your calendars now so that all our children can enjoy their year’s accomplishments! Sunday School classes will resume on Sunday, September 11th after the summer.

Yard Sale/Bake Sale to Benefit New Roof & Gutters on Sat, June 18th

Begin cleaning out your attics and basements for yard sale items for the BPC Yard Sale and Bake Sale on Saturday, June 18th, from 8:00 am — 12:00 noon. Smaller items can be brought in and left at the Parlors during Church Office hours, where they are priced and packed away for the big day. Always a popular event, the day is one of our largest fund-raisers. Proceeds will fund the new rain gutters as well as the replacement of our 40-plus year-old roofs on the church building and addition. Your donations are always welcome.

The Cooking Corner ...

BPC Invites Your Recipes for our New Church Cookbook!

A new church favorite recipe cookbook is in the process of being made. And you are invited to share your favorite recipe!

That’s right! The last cookbook (pictured) made by the members and friends of the Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church was From Many Kitchens printed back in 1991 — more than 25 years ago. It’s time to make available some of the “classics” from that book as well as update the book with today’s favorites — soon to become tomorrow’s “classics.”

All you need is a copy of the instructions and a form to record your favorite recipe. You can pick up a copy in the Narthex of the church on Sunday or at the Church Office during the week, click the image at right to download a PDF, or contact the Church Office to receive one by email: office@bridgehamptonpc.org or call 631-537-0863.

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 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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