News from the LI Council of Churches Please keep in your prayers this week all those who work for Nassau County and all those who depend on services provided by the county. As a result of the shameful partisan deadlock between the County Executive and Legislature, many Nassau contracts for youth, seniors, veterans and treatment programs for drugs, alcohol, and mental illness have been canceled. This has led to the closing of many programs for at-risk children and others.
Please keep the leaders and county workers in Suffolk in your prayers, too, as Suffolk struggles—far more intelligently--with its own budget deficit.
This is a good time at all to tell your elected officials what you think their funding priorities should be.
A flyer can be found below for a rally on Sept. 27 at Hicksville United Methodist Church to protest these closures.
Share the Harvest
Honorees:      The Nassau County Bar Association
                        Arvind Vora, chair of the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum
Tickets:          $135
Supporting the Long Island Council of Churches Emergency Food Program
                        & the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum
Have items to donate for the auction on Oct. 4?
Call Grace Simonette at 631-265-5823 or email her at
Local Girl Scouts have helped us establish a take-a-book/leave-a-book children’s library at our Freeport pantry as part of the children’s play area in our reception area. Donations of children’s books are welcome. 

The LICC’s Dialogue Committee is taking another road trip, this time to the Plainview Stake of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints (a.k.a. the Mormons), whom we hope to interest in the LI Multi-Faith Forum. Want to come? We will meet at the stake early on Saturday morning, Nov. 10, at 8:30 a.m. and have a chance to see how they distribute food to those in need in a way that seeks to preserve their dignity, then we’ll tour the Stake building, and sit down for a discussion with local LDS leaders. You are invited to come along and invited to ask questions about Mormon beliefs that puzzle or offend you. Why do they perform baptism by proxy for non-Mormons who have died, for example, and what does this mean to them? Let me know if you plan to come!
We’ve learned about another CROP Walk next month, taking place in Montauk on Oct. 21 and a few more details about walks we have described previously. CROP Walks (Communities Responding to Overcome Poverty) raise money for both local anti-hunger ministries and Church World Service, the ecumenical disaster relief agency—which provides vital assistance to those affected by hurricanes such as Isaac. Are you taking part in a CROP Walk this fall? If so, we’d be glad to help pass the word about your walk. If you cannot walk yourself, perhaps you’d like to sponsor a walker. Yours truly is walking in Hicksville on Saturday, Oct. 20, and would be glad to have more sponsors! This is what we know thus far about fall CROP Walks:
East Meadow CROP Walk Oct. 13
Eisenhower Park, Saturday, Oct. 13. Registration begins at 10:00 and the Walk begins at 11 a.m., with options for either a 1-mile or 3-mile walk.
Contact Arlene Kallaur at or 516-942-7841.
Western Nassau CROP Walk Oct. 14
Baldwin Park, Sunday, Oct. 14,
5-mile walk begins at 1:00
Contact the Rev. Mark Lukens at or 516-599-5768.
Sag Harbor CROP Walk Oct. 14
Sunday, Oct. 16, registration begins at 12:15,
4 mile begins at Old Whaler’s Church, 44 Union Street, at 1:00
Contact: Rev. Mark Philips, at or 631-725-3748 or 631-725-0894
Hicksville CROP Walk Oct. 20
October 20, rain or shine, at Cantiague County Park, W. John Street
Times:    9:30 am  registration
             10:00 am  Walk begins after brief words by Tom Goodhue
Coordinators: Hank Lay (516-938-1233) and Rose Mattei (
Southold (North Fork) Oct. 21
Registration begins at 1st Presbyterian, 53100 Main Road,  at noon; Sunday, Oct 16
6-mile Walk begins at 1:00
Contact Herb Adler, 631-765-3365 or Audrey Reinhardt at 631-765-3748 
Westhampton CROP Walk Oct. 21
Sunday, Oct. 21, registration begins at 11:15
Beginning at Westhampton Presbyterian Church, a 6-mile walk
Contact: Stuart Wood
Riverhead CROP Walk Oct. 21
Sunday, 2 P.M. Sponsored by the Riverhead Clergy Council, the route of 4.6 miles leaves from and returns to Riverhead's United Methodist Church.
Contact: Liz Wines
Montauk CROP Walk Oct. 21
Sunday, Oct. 21,
Contact: Rev. William Hoffman at 631-668-2022 or
Brookhaven CROP Walk Oct. 28
Sunday, Oct. 28, in Port Jefferson.  Registration and will take place in Memorial Park (across from the Port Jefferson Village Hall) from beginning at 1:00.  The walk will start at 2:00. Contact: Randi Leonard, or (631) 928-5861.
Sayville CROP Walk Oct. 28
Sunday, Oct. 28. Registration at 12:30 P.M. at the Sayville Common Ground, between Gillette & Candee Avenues. The walk begins at 1:00 P.M. Contact: Jerry Avolio,
*Christ Church in Port Jefferson Station has a small wooden altar to donate. Contact Pastor Randy Paige at
*Riverhead United Methodist Church has some altar items to donate:
2 large brass Candlesticks, with square bases, about 15” tall,
5 brass offering plates, and
2 flower vases.
If you are interested in any or all of these, please call Jeanine in the RUMC office (631-727-2327).
*The Rev. Alfred Miller has a pulpit in good condition at his home in Hempstead that he would be glad to give away. It will fit into a pickup truck or SUV. You can reach him at 516-385-1579 or 516-205-2075.
Laura Massano at Catholic Charities is seeking a freezer or frig/freezer for a client. If you have one to donate, please call her at 631-608-8883.
And the Rev. Ann Morgan, pastor of Merrick United Methodist Church, is looking for a small (cube) refrigerator for someone. You can reach her at
A member of Douglaston Reformed Church has a trundle bed to give away (a twin bed the converts into a double bed). They are able to transport it. Call Yolanda Murray in our Hempstead office at 516-565-0290 if you are interested.
Gus Segredo has a washing machine in good condition to give away, for the taking from his home in Freeport. If you are interested, please contact him at
The Rev. David McClean has a washer and dryer to give away. Both are white Maytags in good shape and can be picked up in Dix Hills nearly any weekend. If you are interested, you can email him at
Previously Posted:
No agency in Nassau or Suffolk has received Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds for rent, mortgage, or utility assistance yet this year—and we have now heard that neither county qualifies for the next round of federal grants. It will be sometime before we know what if any funds may reach Long Island from the state set-aside funds. The federal formula for determining which communities need assistance makes no sense to me.
This also means that we have not yet received an EFSP funds for our food pantries, and we do not know if and when any such funds will be available to purchase food. Thanks to a generous grant from the Walmart Foundation, we have kept the shelves more or less stocked this summer, but we now have nearly exhausted this grant. If you have been collecting food for our emergency food centers, this would be a great time to donate it!
Cereal seems to be in short supply right now in Freeport. This is also a great time to share produce from your garden. Or do a food drive.
Food donations can be dropped off at the Long Island Council of Churches’ Emergency Food Pantries in Freeport (450 N. Main Street, 516-868-4989), Hempstead (in Christ’s 1st Presbyterian Church, 516-565-0290), and Riverhead (407 Osborne Avenue at Lincoln, 631-727-2210)--or at any LICC meeting or event. Donations of toiletries, personal care items, school supplies, small household goods, and shopping bags also are welcome at all of our locations. The best times to drop off donations are Monday-Friday, 9:00 to 4:30 in Riverhead and 10 to 4 in Freeport—please call if you plan to come earlier or later.
Donations of fall and winter clothing are needed in the Long Island Council of Churches’ Emergency Food Pantries in Freeport (450 N. Main Street, 516-868-4989), Hempstead (in Christ’s 1st Presbyterian Church, 516-565-0290), and Riverhead (407 Osborne Avenue at Lincoln, 631-727-2210). Donations of toiletries, personal care items, school supplies, small household goods, and shopping bags also are welcome at all of our locations. The best times to drop off donations are Monday-Friday, 9:00 to 4:30 in Riverhead & Hempstead or 10 to 4 in Freeport—please call if you plan to come earlier or later.
Our Hempstead office needs carpeting or area rugs, too.
Corrections for Web sites in the Sept. Prelude
Our Web site coordinator Carolyn Moon noticed a typo in a Web site I mentioned in the article about new help with HARP 2 for “underwater” homeowners, which you can read at our Web site,
To qualify for HARP 2 refinancing, one must have a mortgage issued before June  2009 that is owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. If you are not sure who owns your loan, visit and
And Carolyn found that the IRS has updated its page of information on how nonprofits can avoid trouble in an election year. You should now visit,-Churches-and-Politics or,-Churches,-and-Educational-Organizations---Political-Campaign-Intervention
Are we sending you duplicate copies of our newsletter? Would you prefer we use another address? Please let us know and we will make amends. Also, if you would prefer  the emailed newsletter rather than the printed Prelude (which are similar but not identical in content) or if you would like to be on the email lists for our specialized postings, which are sent every week or two, just let us know which e-blasts you want and which email address you’d like us to use. These specialized lists cover:
--affordable housing options on Long Island
--free and cheap health care resources
--information for seniors
--all other sorts of assistance to those in need  

The Church in the Garden in Garden City is seeking a part-time organist/pianist/choir director, beginning Oct. 1. The organ is a 2-manual Allen electronic organ.
The church is a small, multi-cultural, American Baptist Church with a 10 AM Sunday Service and a weekly rehearsal with a small choir (3-4 people) that sings one anthem each Sunday (unison/2part).  There are two additional services on Christmas Eve and Maundy Thursday. There are also a few weddings each year, for which there is additional pay, following the AGO guidelines.
Salary - $8500 a year, with 4 weeks of vacation.  The position is for less than 4 hours of work at the church and preparation.
Send resumes to: Barbara Wieder, Music  Committee Chair, at
For further information, please call her at 516-223-3122
Foreign Language Professor, Linguist and Polyglot
will give FREE German and French lessons
in exchange for FREE Golf and Tennis lessons.
She accepts ALL levels, ages and cultures.
Long Island & Forest Hills areas.
Serious inquiries only.
Great Skills To Share
P. O. Box 1195
Valley Stream, NY 11582
Youth Director sought by Old First Presbyterian Church in Huntington.
Enthusiastic, energetic leader of Christian faith; top organizer/interactor/communicator; background in Christian education or teaching/coaching experience helpful. Part-time: 25-30 flexible hrs/wk; salary: $30-35,000/yr. Inquiries/resumes to Pete Fetterolf:
Hillside United Methodist Church in New Hyde Park has space they would be glad to share with another congregation, school, or not-for-profit agency. Their sanctuary seats 300 and is available Sunday afternoons between 1 and 4 p.m. They also have three classrooms, a children’s room, a small chapel, and a meeting room/library that they might be able to share Monday through Friday.
For further information, contact Bob Graf at 516-741-5148.
The Presbyterian Community Church in Massapequa has space to share with another congregation:
Sanctuary, two levels, seats 225, generally available except Sunday before noon
Fellowship hall/auditorium/gymnasium with kitchen
Club room
Parking lot and street parking for 60 cars (on weekends, additional parking is available)
Several classrooms
This is a large building that can be used for worship, meetings and other gatherings.
 We are conveniently located near the Southern State Parkway, Route 135 and Sunrise Highway. Please call Pete LaMassa at 516-316-6571 for more information.
First Parish Church in Northville (Sound Ave & Church Lane) has both sanctuary space and room at “the Grange” to share with another congregation or organization.
The sanctuary seats up to 300 people and space is available there or at the Grange Saturdays, Sunday morning or evening, and other times during the week. For more information, call the Rev. Diane Rodriguez at 631-608-3827.

 Space Available To Share in Bay Shore
Bay Shore United Methodist Church would be glad to share its beautiful, historic sanctuary with another congregation Sunday afternoon or evening. There is ample parking, storage, and classroom space to share also.Contact Pastor Sungmu Lee at 631-456-1713. 

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