Help Make Sandwich Lunches for Maureen’s Haven’s Homeless, Sat, Nov 22nd!

The Mission Committee invites you to help them make sandwiches and other items for some 30 lunches for Maureen’s Haven’s Homeless Ministry. We will be lunch-making on four Saturdays this year at 10:00 am in The Parlors. The dates include Saturdays November 22, December 13, January 25, and February 14. Help out with one or more opportunities to help others! Ingredients are provided for the most part; however, contact Deb McEneaney if you would like to donate an item or a donation toward the cost of the mission project: (917) 741-6257. And, remember, if you can’t be there, you can always make a cash donation to the church: designate Maureen’s Haven on the check or on our “Give Now” button on the church webpage: www.bridgehamptonpc.org.

Here’s What’s Happening this Sunday ...

Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday — November 23rd

This Sunday, November 23rd, is Christ the King/Reign of Christ Sunday. 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 rehearsal. 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.

Our passages from the lectionary this week include from the Older Testament Ezekiel 34:11-16, 20-24, where Ezekiel prophesies, I will be the shepherd of my sheep, says the Lord: I will save them; the Epistle reading is from Ephesians 1:15-23, where Paul says, Christ is seated at God’s right hand; all powers are under his feet; and the Gospel reading from the lectionary is Matthew 25:31-46, where Matthew writes, the king will judge: just as you did it to the least, you did it to me. Pastor Peter’s sermon will be “But It Does Say‚Ķ”

Sunday School Choir to Sing Sunday — Harvest Sunday, Nov 23rd — Arrive 10:15 am

Our Sunday School Choir will sing on Harvest/Thanksgiving Sunday, November 23rd as we offer thanksgiving to God for the harvest. They will sing, “Do You Ever Wonder?” by Harriet Ilse Ziegenhais. Children should arrive by 10:15 am for “dress rehearsal”! And, remember, after choir “dress rehearsal,” the children will go to the Narthex so they can bring the “harvest food items” forward during the first hymn!

Harvest/Thanksgiving Sunday Food Items!
The Children Will Bring Food Donations Forward During the First Hymn

Each year on Harvest/Thanksgiving Sunday we bring in a non-perishable food item for the Bridgehampton Community Food Pantry. With Thanksgiving, Christmas and the New Year Holidays rapidly approaching, what food items might you donate for the Food Pantry to offer their clients?

The following items are suggestions:

  • Canned Vegetables (Green Beans, Refried Beans, Black Beans, Corn, Sweet Potatoes, White Potatoes, Squash, Greens, etc.)
  • Boxed Potatoes and Rice (Mashed, Scalloped, White — Brown — Yellow Rice, Boxes or Bags)
  • Boxed Pasta Mixes (Macaroni, Mac-n-Cheese)
  • Boxed or Bagged Stuffing Mixes (Cornbread, Herb, Plain, Bags/Boxes)
  • Bags of Flour, Cornmeal, Biscuit mixes (Wheat, All-Purpose, White)
  • Boxes of Baking Goods (Cake Mixes, Brownies, Pie makings)
  • Cans of Gravy (Turkey, Chicken)
  • Cans of Fruit (Apple, Cranberry, Cranberry Sauce, Pineapple, Applesauce, etc.)

Place the items in the “food” basket in the Narthex so the kids can bring them to the Chancel during our first hymn. Pictured above are food items from a former year. Help others celebrate the harvest!

Bring in (or mail) Your Stewardship Pledge/Commitment Form on Sunday!

Stewardship Dedication Sunday or Commitment Sunday was held Sunday, November 2nd. If you were unable to attend or did not have a chance to mail in your pledge/commitment form mailed out the week of October 26th, then why not bring or use the envelop enclosed with the mailing to mail it in. Financial Secretary Elizabeth Barton is available if you would like to have stewardship envelopes. See her Sunday or call the Church Office for more information: 537-0863. While we are stewards of the earth, our resources, our lives throughout the year, in the fall we prayerfully consider God’s goodness to us here on the East End and how we can respond to God’s extravagant generosity.

Attend the Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service, Sun, Nov 23rd
(Be Part of the Community Choir at the Service!)

Christ Episcopal Church will host the Bridge Hampton/Sag Harbor Community Interfaith Thanksgiving Service on Sunday November 23 at 3:00pm with Rabbi Daniel Geffen preaching.

We would like to gather people for an Interfaith choir to sing under the direction of Dr. Daniel Koontz, choirmaster and organist at Christ Church. The rehearsal is Sunday November 16th at 3:00pm. Any people who like to sing are welcome to join us for those two Sundays. Rehearsal will be held at Christ Church in the sanctuary. Questions e-mail dan@danielkoontz.com. We are looking forward to inviting both communities — Bridgehampton and Sag Harbor — to share in thanking God for all of our blessings. Please bring canned food as a donation to the Sag Harbor Food Pantry and bring a delicious dish to share for our Pot-luck Supper following the worship service. Parking is on the street.

Here’s What’s Happening BEFORE Sunday ...

We’re Baking Thanksgiving Pies! Signup for Homemade Apple and Pumpkin Pies
Deadline for New Orders Is Wed, Nov 19th

The Christian Education Committee and Sunday School is baking Thanksgiving Pies! You have the choice of Apple and Pumpkin pies.

An order form will be in the November Banner Newsletter as well as on the table in the Narthex. Completed forms with attached checks can be placed in the “Pie Box” in the Narthex by Wednesday, November 19th. This year pies will cost $18.00 per pie. All proceeds from the sale will benefit “The Giving Tree” at Christmas — a project that helps provide Christmas gifts for families in the Bridgehampton School without resources to give gifts to their children. Pies will be baked on Saturday, November 22nd and can be picked up on Sunday, November 23rd. Anyone interested in helping bake pies, please see Kathy Lowe or called 537-3521.

With the busy weeks of Christmas just past Thanksgiving Day, why not order a few extra to freeze and warm up for Christmas!

“Coping Through the Holidays For Adults & Children,” Nov 20th

The East End Hospice Bereavement Care Team is pleased to offer “Coping Through the Holidays for Adults & Children”, although the only children’s session was this past Tuesday and there is one final Adult Session in the Community Room of the Bridgehampton National Bank on Thursday, November 20th, 5:30-7:00 pm. For more info and to register for a session, call 631-288-8400 or email: ddifolco@eeh.org. All sessions are offered free of charge thanks to the generosity of the community.

Feature Photo of the Week ...

“The Day the Black Birds Came to Church” is a collection of photos on the BPC FaceBook page. If you are not already a “friend” of BPC on FaceBook, go to the search options on FaceBook and seek “Bridgehampton Presbyterian Church”. You’ll see more than a flock of Black Birds! (Click above to view page.)

BPC News to Know ...

The Giving Tree Is Decorated, Sun, Nov 30th

The Giving Tree is now entering its third year as we receive names of the children of low-income families from the Bridgehampton Public School and their Christmas gift wishes are hung on The Giving Tree in the Narthex of the church for volunteers to take and shop for Christmas gifts. Come in the First Sunday in Advent, November 30th, to take an “ornament” from The Giving Tree with the wish list from a child. Food items are also collected so the families can have a holiday meal. Children would not have gifts without The Giving Tree!

“Equipping Families to Teach the Faith to Their Children” — Free Webinar, Thurs, Dec 4th

A free webinar is available to BPC members “Equipping Families to Teach the Faith to Their Children.” The Practical Resources Churches (PRC) is sponsoring the webinar, led by staff member Debbie Kolacki, in which you can participate right in your home on Thursday, December 4, 2014. Register at www.prcli.org or call 631-821-2255.

The Hanging of the Christmas Greens, Fri, Dec 5th

On Friday, December 5th, we will be decorating the sanctuary with holiday greens in baskets from the columns. For more information, check the BPC FaceBook page or call the Church Office: 631-537-0863.

Cast Call for the Annual Christmas Pageant! Rehearsals begin on Sun, Dec 7th

Calling all angels, sheep, shepherds, magi, Marys and Josephs for our Annual Christmas Pageant to be held Wednesday, December 24th, at 5:00 pm. It’s not too early to start thinking about this year’s special presentation.

Rehearsals will be December 7, 14 and 21 at 11:45 am after worship and on December 24 at 3:30 pm (“dress rehearsal” before the pageant). All ages 3 - adult are invited to participate. Ask all your family and friends to take a part in this service. See Kathy Lowe to express interest and for more information. It is important to be present at the rehearsals to be included in the presentation Christmas Eve.

Order Your Christmas Poinsettias, Deadline: Tues, Dec 9th

Each year BPC offers an opportunity to order one or more lush Red and White Poinsettias in memory or in honor of a loved one or friend. These are extra-sized Poinsettias and are displayed on Christmas Sunday — the Fourth Sunday in Advent — and then are taken home by the purchasers or left and taken to the Homebound members and friends. See the December Banner newsletter for more information and order forms will be on the Narthex table. If you haven’t become a “friend” of the BPC FaceBook page, do so now and find out the latest information!

Christmas Tea Planned in the Parlors, Wed, Dec 10th

Already feeling the rush of the holidays and need a quiet moment with friends and families? A Christmas Tea is planned in the BPC Parlors on Wednesday, December 10th, from 3:00 — 5:00 pm. More information will be in the bulletin and the December Banner newsletter. Also, check the BPC FaceBook page!

Deacons’ Cookie Drop-Off and Packing, Sat, Dec 13th

Each year the Deacons invite members and friends to bake cookies and to drop them off at The Parlors for packaging by 12:00 noon on Saturday, December 13th. They will be presented to the Homebound as we go Christmas Caroling on Sunday, December 14th from 3:30-5:00 pm. Increase your Christmas joy: bake cookies, drop them off at the Parlors, go caroling and enjoy warm Christmas Soup after caroling!

Share the Joy! Go Caroling and Enjoy Christmas Soups, Sun, Dec 14th!

Jump on the bus (or climb!) and go Christmas Caroling! On Sunday, December 14th, arrive at the Church Parking Lot at 3:30 pm to go caroling to homebound members and friends and in the Hamptons Rehabilitation Home. After caroling, the bus will return us to The Parlors, where there will be hot cocoa, chili and several soups to enjoy. Join in this year and spread the Christmas cheer!

A Service of Lessons and Carols, Sun, Dec 21st

Christmas Sunday — the Fourth Sunday of Advent — Sunday, December 21st, we will have “A Service of Lessons and Carols” as part of the 10:30 am worship. There will be no Sunday School that day because the children’s Sunday School Choir will be singing in worship along with our Adult Voice Choir and Bell Choir. Come and enjoy Advent songs leading up to Christmas!

Christmas Eve Worship and Christmas Pageant, Wed, Dec 24th, at 5:00 pm

The Annual Community Christmas Eve Pageant and Candlelight Service will be held on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th at 5:00 pm. Children in the pageant should arrive for the “dress rehearsal” at 3:30 pm. This is a beautiful service and a Christmas gift from BPC to the community — invite your friends and neighbors!

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

The fall 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 gets back into full ‘swing’ as our bell and vocal choirs start up for the fall season. Vocal choir practices will be held Thursdays at 7:00 pm. Handbell practices resume 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 ...

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 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 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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