Celebrate the Birthday of the Church on the Day of Pentecost
As Our Confirmands Join the Church!
This Sunday, May 24th — on the Day of Pentecost — we celebrate the gift of the Holy Spirit descending in a mighty rush of wind and flame to inspire the church’s proclamation of Christ’s rising and to empower its mission and ministry to the world. (See Acts 2:1-13; see also Joel 2:28-32.) Pentecost is more commonly known as the “Birthday of the Church” and as part of our celebration, we will bring into the church its newest members — the Confirmation Class 2015! See below for full story.
The notion of Easter as a season of 50 days ending at Pentecost is patterned after the ancient Jewish festival of seven weeks that extended from the beginning of the barley harvest (on the second day after the beginning of Passover) to the end of the wheat harvest at the Festival of Weeks or Shavuot (see Deuteronomy 16:9-12). The Festival of Weeks later came to be called Pentecost (“50th day”) by Greek speaking Jews. In Jewish tradition, Shavuot also marks the giving of the law to Moses at Sinai; this liturgical link may inform Paul’s discussions of the law and the Spirit (see Romans 8, 2 Corinthians 3 and Galatians 3).
Here’s What’s Happening This Sunday ...
This Sunday is The Day of Pentecost and Confirmation Day. Our Scripture lectionary passages this week include Acts 2:1-21, where, on the day of Pentecost, God pours out the Spirit upon the earth; the Psalm reading is 104:24-34, 35b, where the Psalmist says, The Lord of creation sends forth the Spirit to renew the earth; the Epistle reading is Romans 8:22-27, where Paul writes, Creation groans in labor pains; the Spirit intercedes for us; and the Gospel reading is John 15:26-27; 16:4b-15, where Jesus promises: I will send you an Advocate, the Spirit of truth. Pastor Peter’s sermon is “Something Is About to Happen!”
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 Be Confirmed this Sunday in Worship!
Our Confirmation Class of 2015 joins the church this Sunday morning during worship. We had a wonderful confirmation group this past year that enjoyed making soup together and selling it to benefit our Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry, traveled to our Presbyterian Camp and Conference Center in Holmes, NY for a “Confirmation Retreat”, helped serve the church through helping out with the Palm Sunday Breakfast service and cleanup, helped serve our community by gathering trash and cleaning-up Long Beach in Sag Harbor, as well as many Sundays of conversation on the meaning of our Christian faith and discipleship.
Congratulations to Virginia Stallard Babcock (who will be confirmed on Sunday, June 14th), Sophia Lorraine Borzilleri, Anais Francis Jay Kuss, Kate Elisabeth Quimby, Frederick W. Ritz, IV, Sarah S. Ritz, and Nathan Lewis Wright. We expect great things in the church’s future years from this great group!
Session Breakfast with Confirmands this Sunday, May 24th
The Session will meet with the Confirmands over breakfast this Sunday at 8:30 am in the Parlors this Sunday, May 24th, at 9:15 am to examine and welcome the Confirmands as they present their Statements of Faith prior to being confirmed later in worship.
Special Anthem and Bell Selections for Pentecost & Confirmation
The Voice Choir is preparing a special anthem featuring the text of Samuel Longfellow (1819-1892). Longfellow was the younger brother of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. He graduated from Harvard Divinity School where his classmates included Thomas Higginson and Samuel Johnson, later collaborators in his hymn writing.
He is considered part of the second generation Transcendentalists; after becoming a Unitarian pastor, he adapted Transcendental Philosophy into his hymns and sermons. It’s said he later dropped the affiliation with the Unitarian title. He served three parishes: Fall River, MA, Second Unitarian in Brooklyn and Germantown, PA. The text follows and is clearly tuned to the Confirmation of our youth.
“Holy Spirit, Truth Divine” from Hymns of the Spirit - 1864
Holy Spirit, truth divine,
Dawn upon this soul of mine;
Voice of God and inward light
Wake my spirit, clear my sight.
Holy Spirit, love divine,
Glow within this heart of mine;
Kindle every high desire;
Perish self in Thy pure fire.
Holy Spirit, power divine
Fill and nerve this will of mine;
Boldly may I always live,
Bravely serve and gladly live.
Holy Spirit, peace divine,
Still this restless heart of mine;
Speak to calm this tossing sea,
Stayed in Thy tranquility.
Holy Spirit, joy divine,
Gladden Thou this heart of mine;
In the desert way I sing,
Spring, O Living Water, spring!
The Handbell Choir will present a setting of “O Jesus, I Have Promised” as the bell introit. The setting was written by Sandra Either and was featured in the Spring Ring Food Pantry Benefit Concert in late April. A couple verses from the hymn follow...
1. O Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end;
be thou forever near me, my Master and my friend.
I shall not fear the battle if thou art by my side,
nor wander from the pathway if thou wilt be my guide.
4. O Jesus, thou hast promised to all who follow thee
that where thou art in glory there shall thy servant be.
And Jesus, I have promised to serve thee to the end;
O give me grace to follow, my Master and my Friend.
Soli Deo Gloria.
Feature Story of the Week ...
PENTECOST IS NEW CREATION *
According to the Day of Pentecost story in Acts 2:1-13, God gave the gift of the Holy Spirit to empower witnesses to the resurrection. Sounds from heaven, cosmic language, the rush of a mighty ruach (wind, spirit, breath) invaded the house in which the apostles gathered, and appeared to them as a burning fire. Tongues of fire touched their nerve centers. A power — the unseen power of God — moved among them and gripped them. The Holy Spirit is unseen, like the wind, which is why the Old Testament calls it ruachYHWH, “the wind, or breath, of God” (cf. John 3:8). The Spirit is the “unseenness of God” working among us.
According to Joel (2:28-29) the ruach is to open everybody to God’s future. People young and old will dream and will have visions of hope; they will be able to loose themselves from the way things are now, because God is establishing a whole new economy of creation. The Holy Spirit breaks us out of our preoccupation with ourselves and frees us to serve neighbors, loosens our grasp on possessions, and sets us to loving people. New creation is what Joel is talking about. Pentecost is new creation.
The book of Acts tells the story of the outcome of Pentecost’s new creation: people witness in word and in deed to the risen Christ. At the outset, the newborn church immediately tumbled out into the streets to witness to God’s mighty works in the languages of people all over the world. By the end of the story, a tiny, Spirit-filled community of faith that broke from its present order has spread across the continents with incredible power to bring new things into being. With the gift of the Spirit, all things are possible. …
Therefore, on the Day of Pentecost, we celebrate God’s gift of Holy Spirit which draws us together as one people, helps us to comprehend what God is doing in the world, and empowers us to proclaim, in word and in deed, God’s plan of reconciling all people in the name of Christ (Ephesians 1:10).
Without the gift of the Spirit, Christ’s church dries up and withers away, and we are left with only our broken selves. With the gift of the Spirit, all things are possible. A spirit-filled community of faith opens eyes to needs in the world and sees its missing as God’s new people. The Day of Pentecost is the climax of the Great Fifty Days of Easter, celebrating as it does the gift of the Spirit to the body of Christ — the church.
* An excerpt from the Companion to the Book of Common Worship (Geneva Press, 2003, 117-119)
BPC News to Know ...
Only a Few Weeks Left to Support the Baby Bath Kits for the CE and Sunday School Mission Project
Only a few more weeks to bring in goods for the Christian Education and Sunday School Spring Mission Project! This year they are assembling Baby Bath Kits to benefit the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreation Center. See the gardenia “tree” in the Narthex where you can “pick” cards with the names of needed items for the baby bath kits! 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. Baby Bath Kits will be put together in Sunday School Class on June 7th. Thank you in advance for your support!
Attention Graduates or Parents of Graduates!
Class of 2015! Are you or someone you know graduating this year? We will recognize all high school, college, or higher education graduates in Worship on Sunday, June14, 2015. As the graduations occur, please email a photo so we can include it in the E-pistle and Banner newsletter. Please call or send the Church Office the graduate’s name, school, degree and plans: 631-537-0863 or email@example.com.
Children’s Youth Sunday to Be Held Sunday, June 14th
Children’s Youth Sunday will be held Sunday, June 14th, at the 10:30 am worship time. The theme this year is “Bringing Faith Alive (through the Miracles and Parables of Jesus)”. Certificates and pins for students and recognition of teachers and staff will take place. The Sunday School Children’s Choir will sing and children should arrive at 10:15 am prompt for rehearsal prior to worship. Youth involved in the service should arrive a 10:00 am. This will be the final day of Sunday School until the fall when we will begin Sunday School with registration on “Welcome Back Sunday!”, which will be Sunday, September 13, 2015, when Christian Education Week begins.
All Church Picnic to Follow Worship, Sunday, June 14th
The All Church Picnic — this year with Hamburgers, Cheeseburgers and Hot Dogs as well as a broad range of salads and scoop your own ice cream — will be held on Sunday, June 14th, following Children’s Youth Sunday. The grill will be fired up and ready as we step out the door to relax under the shade of the tree around our tables.
Support the Bridgehampton Food Pantry with Food Donations!
Support the Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry with your food donations (or help distribute food each third Wednesday at St. Ann’s Church’s basement). Items most needed in May are:
- Canned Tuna & Chicken
- Peanut Butter & Jelly
- Spaghetti & Sauce
- Canned Fruit & Veggies
- Crackers & Cereal
- Toilet Paper & Paper Towels
However, as always other items will be accepted.
BPC On Your Phone
Did you know you can catch up with what’s going on at BPC on your iPhone, iPad, Android, or other mobile device? Just click the smartphone image at right, scan the code printed in your Sunday bulletin, or navigate to m.bridgehamptonpc.org and you’ll be taken to our mobile site, recently certified “mobile-friendly” by Google. Here you can stay up to date with church activities, read a message from Pastor Peter, or listen to live and archived services.
Now you can listen in on your mobile device, as well as your home computer, on occasions when you can’t get out of the house. We’ve received positive comments from those who have taken advantage of this service.
Our webmaster is always receptive to your comments about both our desktop and mobile websites — please drop a line to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Deacons Narrow Down Date & Time for Organizational Meeting
The newly elected Board of Deacons are narrowing down a date and time when most will be able to gather for their organizational meeting. Please stay tuned!
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: email@example.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: firstname.lastname@example.org or Pastor Peter directly: email@example.com.
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!
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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