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Tenth Sunday After Pentecost — August 17th

This Sunday is the Tenth Sunday After Pentecost and Youth in the Church Sunday on the denomination’s calendar. We are now in our second month of summer “Worship in the Garden” services at 8:00 am as well as our “regular” summer worship at 9:30 am. Come to one or both services. Our new Clothing Bin is very handy just off the church driveway behind The Parlors, so why not bring in a bag of “gently used” clothing for the bin each Sunday!

The passages from the lectionary this week include Genesis 45:1-15, where Joseph is reunited with his brothers; the family will move to Egypt; and Romans 11:1-2a, 29-32, where Paul says God has not rejected Israel, but desires to show mercy to all; and, the Gospel reading from the lectionary is Matthew 15:(10-20), 21-28, where there is a debate about what defiles; a Canaanite woman shows great faith.

Pastor Peter’s sermon this week at “Worship in the Garden” will be: “Joseph, Again;” and later in the sanctuary: “Faith Matters!” Enjoy conversation and refreshments on the lawn in front of the Parlors following worship. See you in worship!

Feature Story of the Week ...

From left, Rev. Lillian Daniel, Congregationalist pastor near Chicago, Linda A. Mercadante, who teaches at the Methodist Theological School in Ohio, and Courtney Bender, who teaches at Columbia University — authors whose books are discussed in the article mentioned below.

The feature story of the week is the article “Examining the Growth of the ‘Spiritual but Not Religious’” from the New York Times several weeks ago (July 19, 2014, p. A-14) and a helpful analysis on faith and culture today. To read it, click the image above or go here. If you would like to discuss the article — either in a small group or with Pastor Peter — let him know:

BPC News to Know ...

Volunteers Needed to Help Host Fellowship Hour

The Worship Committee invites members of the congregation to host the Fellowship Hour on the first Sunday of each month, starting with the first Sunday in October. Now that the Trustees have merged with the Session, there is an opening for the congregation to participate as hosts for Fellowship once a month. As the members of the various groups who serve as hosts will be happy to tell, this is both an easy and enjoyable task. Snacks do not have to be elaborate and they can be purchased or homemade. Clean-up goes quickly with the help of many hands (many hands make light work!). Please plan to join in this time of friendship and hospitality. A sign-up list will be available in the Narthex, or mention your interest or wish for more information to Donna Halsey or Elizabeth Barton. Or, call the Church Office: 631-537-0863.

Glycerma/Low Sugar Ensure Available

Almost a full case of Glycerma/Low Sugar Ensure is available to whoever may need it. If you or someone you know uses it, please contact the Church Office for more information: 631-537-0863.

BPC to Host Phoenix House Car Wash Sat, Aug 30th

Have the cleanest car in town! Bring your car to the Phoenix House Car Wash at the church parking lot Saturday, August 30th, from 10:30 am - 1:00 pm! Support our local Phoenix House and its Wainscott Adolescents Program. It is anticipated that cars will be $8 and SUVs and trucks will be $10.

Each summer the BCMF places lanterns along the church sidewalk as a festive way of lighting the walkway as an evening concert ends. Tickets are available now for this summer!

Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival Enters 31st Season

The Bridgehampton Chamber Music Festival (BCMF) is now in its 31st Season holding its concerts here in the BPC church sanctuary — known for its superb acoustics — for four weeks each summer: July 30 - August 24, 2014. Tickets for the rich variety of concerts and musical events can be purchased in its office in The Parlors or reserved through the BCMF website: or by calling: 631-537-6368 or by email:

Howard University Gospel Choir Concert At BPC Saturday, Sept 6th

Hear the Howard Gospel Choir of Howard University on Saturday, September 6, here in our sanctuary! The concert is a benefit sponsored by and for the Bridgehampton Child Care and Recreational Center. Call 631-537-0616, ext. 16 for more information on tickets.

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!

“Worship in the Garden” Continues Sundays in July and August at 8:00 am;
Regular Summer Worship Hours at 9:30 am

For the months of July and August, BPC has added an early outdoors “Worship in the Garden” on the lawn beyond The Parlors — a shortened, more informal service for everyone (with children in mind).

Regular summer worship is still being held at 9:30 am in our beautiful sanctuary. The 10:30 am Worship Hour will resume the Sunday after Labor Day, September 7th, which will also be “Welcome Back Sunday” with registration for Sunday School taking place that morning.

Two Webinars on Stewardship with Paul Nickerson: Volunteers Needed

Here’s how you can make your ministry this year be one of helping BPC with a (1) “Year Round Stewardship Program” and help BPC (2) “Planning A Fall Financial Campaign.” Two webinars are planned by the Parish Resource Center on Stewardship with Paul Nickerson, an ordained United Church of Christ pastor and with a broad background in stewardship, including his own stewardship coaching company.

  • The first, “Planning a Year Round Stewardship Program,” will be held Tuesday, August 5 from 7:00-8:00 pm. Many churches think of stewardship as a brief process, often in the fall, for a few weeks culminating in the collection of pledges. What grows faithful disciples who give generously is a year-round effort of teaching, sharing and planning. Come and learn how your congregation can develop a wholistic process that will help people grow in faith and give generously to a mission that makes a difference.
  • The second, “Planning Your Fall Financial Campaign,” will be held Tuesday, August 26, from 7:00-8:00 pm. Often congregations send out one form letter to church members, explaining the budget and asking people to give generously. Such an approach leads to underfunded budgets and flat-line giving. Learn how to customize your ask by meeting people where they are on their journey of faith. Learn how to help people step up and grow in faith. From this webinar you can develop a stewardship campaign that changes lives, inspires giving and fuels mission.

Both webinars are led by Paul Nickerson and you can attend right at home with your computer; or, better yet, why not invite others to join you in the Newman Room and participate in them together! Register at

Recent News ...

“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)
Remembrance bricks, placed in the paths of the garden, may be purchased and dedicated to loved ones. The funds are used to keep the garden beautiful year after year.

Can’t Make It to Worship?

With the summer vacations and weekend trips rapidly approaching when you’ll be away or if you’re not feeling well at home, you can still tune in to worship with us — live or delayed — on your home computer, tablet, or smartphone. Choose either of these links:

  • Live streaming to your desktop computer: click here;
  • The BPC mobile app: Click or scan here or the code at right.

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: or Pastor Peter directly:

BPC Food Pantry Volunteers Needed Each Third Wednesday

BPC is responsible for staffing the Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry every third Wednesday of each month from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm. If you would serve others in this way, leave your name and email with the Church Office (631-537-0863); or, contact Arnold Coslick (631-537-0036) or Peggy Griffin (631-537-0954). Try it — you’ll like it!

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 App. 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 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 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:
  • 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: 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!

Thank you for clicking on the “Give Now” button!

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