Sept. LI Council of Churches newsletter September 2012 Long Island Council of Churches newsletter, The Prelude
These items do not appear in the printed, snail-mailed version of The Prelude:

Fall CROP Walks To Help the Hungry
School Supplies Needed
Free Foreclosure Clinic Sept. 10 in Mineola
Pastoral Care Specialist Training Offered in Bethpage
New Pet Food Pantry in East Meadow
SEPTEMBER BLOOD DRIVES—SAVE A LIFE!
Youth Director Sought in Huntington
SPACE TO SHARE IN NEW HYDE PARK
 
FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR: A School for Our Souls
Recently the LICC’s Dialogue Committee visited Global Harmony House, the Brahma Kumaris headquarters for North & South America in Great Neck. The BKs, whose name means “daughters of the Creator,” are a fascinating faith community that has much to teach others.
 
Erik Larson, a frequent volunteer and founding member of the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum, explained that the Brahma Kumaris began in Sindh (now part of Pakistan), with roots in Hinduism, and have now spread around the globe. They see themselves as a program of ongoing education for the soul and as new religious movement only within cyclical time, in which something is new, then old, then new again. They have no formal membership, no dues, no prescribed ritual. As its name implies they have far more women among their leaders than in Hinduism. They also are monotheist, seeing God as a Supreme Being who can be thought of in either paternal or maternal terms.
 
One does not need to break with one’s faith community to hang out with the BKs. Growing up Christian in the Midwest, Erik said, he felt God was unknowable. He learned from the BKs, who emphasize both meditation and service, how to find intimacy with God. Herein lies the first lesson: contemplative prayer is an ancient and still-vital part of Christian, Jewish, and Muslim traditions but many who are raised in the church, synagogue, or mosque never hear about it. And we would be wise to create many doors into our houses of worship and opportunities to learn before joining.
 
We were fortunate enough to visit Global Harmony House when Sister Mohini, the head of the Brahma Kumaris for the Western Hemisphere and someone who worked with the founders of the movement since the 1940s, was in Great Neck. She told us how important religious dialogue is in their community, hosting many dialogues with politicians, journalists, and other professional groups. The BKs particularly focus on inviting young leaders to their dialogues.
 
BKs take their commitment to spiritual disciple seriously. Global Harmony House offers guided meditation every morning from 4:00 to 4:45 and then a class from 6:00 until 7:00. Deeply committed to nonviolence, they believe, Sr. Mohini said, “If I am for peace, I need to be in peace.” Indeed, they call their retreat center in the Catskills “Peace Village.” One of their most popular courses right now in America, she noted, is anger management!
 
The Brahma Kumaris approach an issue of injustice or the environmental crises, Sister Mohini said, by seeking to change attitudes and perspectives that cause injustice, moving from the spiritual to social issues.  Like Bahais and Muslims, they tend to focus on goals rather than problems, “the light rather than the darkness,” having learned from Gandhi to “be the change you want to see in the world.”
 
And this may be another lesson for other faith communities.  Many of us believe that spirituality and social action go hand in hand, but we would do well to embody this in our religious practice.  Martin Luther once remarked that he had to spend much time in prayer in order to accomplish all that he did the rest of the day. And as New Testament scholar Walter Wink taught many of us, we can only engage structures of domination and oppression if we have first centered ourselves spiritually.
 
Om Shanti/Shalom/Salaam/Pax/Jai Jinendra,
 
Tom
 
LICC VISIT TO GLOBAL HARMONY HOUSE 
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Front Row:
1. Rev. Charles Cary, Westhampton Presbyterian Church
2. Arvind Vora, Chairman, Long Island Multi Faith Forum
3. Anil Vora, Invited Jain Guest
4. Sister Mohini, Head of Brahma Kumaris, North and South America
5. Rev. Lorraine De Armitt, Westbury United Methodist Church
6. Rev. Moira Ahearne
7. Rev. Forrest Parkinson, Community Church of East Williston
Back Row:
1. Rev. Harold Lay, Parkway Community Church, Hicksville
2. Rev. Tom Goodhue, Executive Director, LICC
3. Rev. Richard Visconti, The Caroline Church(Episcopal), Setauket
4. Grace Simonette, First Presbyterian Church, Smithtown
5. Brother Erik Larson, Brahma Kumari, Global Harmony House
 
INTERFAITH PRAYER SERVICE
ON THE EVE OF THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE
SEPT. 20, 7 P.M. GLOBAL HARMONY HOUSE IN GREAT NECK
The Long Island Council of Churches and the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum invite you to a prayer service on Sept. 20 at 7 p.m. at Global Harmony House, Brahma Kumaris’ headquarters for North and South Americas of Brahma Kumris. Refreshments, with vegetarian food that should accommodate a wide variety of dietary restrictions, will follow at 8:15. There is no charge for this gathering, but donations to GHH are welcome.
Global Harmony House is located at 46 South Middle Neck Road in Great Neck.
LIE Exit 33 for Community Drive/ Lakeville Road
For Westbound Traffic, after the exit turn right at the second traffic
light on Lakeville Road
For Eastbound Traffic, after the exit turn left at the first traffic light
on Lakeville Road
Drive less than a mile & Cross Northern Blvd (Rt. 25 A)
Now Lakeville Road becomes Middle Neck Road
Drive less than a mile & at the second traffic light turn left on Pont
Street and park your car on street. Corner Building is GHH.
RSVP: Rev. Tom Goodhue at tomgoodhue@optonline.net or
Arvind Vora at avora@optonline.net or Erik Larson at erik.larson@pointmail.org
 
DEVELOPMENT DEPARTMENT
Sara C. Weiss, Director of Development
Special thanks go to Newsday Charities for its $48,000 grant for our Emergency Food and Social Services programs, to the Nassau County Bar Association & its WE CARE Advisory Board for its $20,000 grant for our Nassau County Emergency Food and Social Services programs, and to the Episcopal Diocese of Long Island for its $3,000 sponsorship for this year’s Share the Harvest: Helping Neighbors in Need special event on Oct. 4.  We also thank a couple who, alas, moved out of our area, for their $1,500 sponsorship for Share the Harvest:  Helping Neighbors in Need.   
 
We also thank the following institutions for their gifts:
Arrow Exterminating                              $800 Freeport Food Pantry
Church World Service                            $1,459 Use Where Most Needed
Garden City Community Church           $3,750 Use Where Most Needed
Grace United Methodist Church               $738 Use Where Most Needed
Presbytery of Long Island                      $1,412 Use Where Most Needed
Ridgewood Savings Bank                     $1,500 Financial Education
Suffolk Association United Church of Christ $1,600 Use Where Most Needed
United Church of Rockville Centre         $500 Use Where Most Needed
Zurich American Insurance Co.              $500  Employee Matching Gift
And as always, we thank all our donors who gave less than $500.  It’s all of you that enable us to carry out our ministry to serve Long Island’s most vulnerable citizens.
 
Most Urgent Need
Recently five families in an apartment building near our Hempstead office were driven from their homes when a fire broke out and destroyed the apartments in which they lived.  These families range in size from three to six per family and include young children ranging from newborns to teenagers.  The families are on Section 8 and for most, Social Security/Disability is their only source income, though some of the adults do have jobs.
 
In order to find new housing, the families have to travel back and forth to the Department of Social Services, the Social Security office, search for new housing, etc. Our federal Emergency Food and Shelter Program funds have not yet arrived, so we have no funds to help them with housing assistance, but it would help them enormously if we could provide MetroCards for them to get to all of these appointments and search for new housing.  We also need MetroCards to help many other families who need assistance to get to doctors’ appointments, new jobs, and such. Can you help us provide much-needed transportation assistance?
 
Memorial/Tribute Gifts
A great way to remember a loved one, whether living or deceased, is to give a memorial or tribute gift in his/her name.  In your letter accompanying such a gift, please tell us who the gift is in memory or tribute to, and who is giving the gift.  We will send a thank you letter to the contributor and to the family of the loved one in accordance with your instructions.  Please send your contribution to the LICC, attention Sara Weiss.  If you have any questions, call Sara for further information at 516-565-0290, ext. 207.  Naming and Tribute opportunities are also available for our programs.  Please call Sara for a list.  We also have planned giving opportunities that will sustain these programs in perpetuity.
 
Share the Harvest
“SHARE THE HARVEST” OCT. 4
Honorees:            The Nassau County Bar Association
                        &
                        Arvind Vora, chair of the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum
Tickets:            Suggested donation, $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 gracesimonette@gmail.com
 

How To Stay Out of Trouble in an Election Year
Nearly every religion teaches compassion for the poor, but how can we tell the difference between advocacy on behalf of neighbors in need, which is always right, and partisan politics, which not-for-profits must avoid? Political campaigns frequently ask congregations and clergy to support them in ways that are illegal, unwise, or a violation of rules governing nonprofit organizations. How can your congregation stay out of trouble in an election year, when candidates and their supporters want you to aid their campaigns?
 
Houses of worship (and clergy acting in their official capacity) cannot legally support or oppose any particular party or candidate for office. They may support social justice, but should not:
--endorse candidates from the pulpit or in congregational newsletters, either explicitly or implicitly, not even their own members who are running for office;
--distribute campaign information that favors one party or candidate, even a member of the congregation;
--castigate one party for opposing some of your tradition’s teaching while giving members of the other party a free pass for their inconsistencies;
--post signs on their property that favor or oppose any party or candidate;
--organize voter registration or get-out-the-vote efforts for the purpose of electing any given party or candidate;
--raise money for a candidate or party;
--provide membership lists to candidates, even if the candidate is a member of the congregation.
--invite a candidate to speak during an election season without providing a comparable opportunity to his or her opponents;
--rent your building to a campaign.
 
Doing any of these things puts your tax exemption at risk. Even if  it does not get you into hot water with the IRS, it may alienate people who respect the law. Even some things that may be legal--inviting elected officials to preach during their campaign or giving a candidate an award shortly before an election--are still bad ideas.
 
Houses of worship can and should:
--pray for candidates to campaign honestly and voters to judge them wisely,
--take positions that reflect their values on public policy, including legislation, through public education, petitions, letter-writing, and meetings with elected officials;
--organize non-partisan voter registration and get-out-the-vote drives;
--encourage members to volunteer as poll watchers on Election Day;
--host candidate forums, at least if all candidates are invited and the format favors no candidate or party. If you cannot invite those who disagree with your faith community’s position on an issue, don’t hold a forum.
 
Further information on how to do the right thing and stay on the right side of the law is available from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (http://rac.org) and the Internal Revenue Service (www.irs.gov/charities/charitable/article/0,,id=179773,00.html).
 
IDEAS YOU CAN USE: How To Welcome Visitors
The Rev. Nancy Arnold, the interim minister at the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship of Huntington, recently shared with her congregation some ways to make visitors feel welcome:
  1. Wear your nametag—at least if nametags do not offend the sensibilities of your flock.
  2. Introduce yourself to people you do not know
  3. Volunteer to be a greeter for worship services
  4. Volunteer to staff the membership table before and after worship—and having such a table is a great idea in itself. 
  5. After worship, speak to people you do not know before engaging in conversation those you know.
  6. When you meet a visitor, introduce him or her to another member.
 
NEW HELP FOR “UNDERWATER” HOMEOWNERS
In the wake of the mortgage meltdown, some borrowers who have never missed a loan payment find themselves owing more their house is now worth. They often could improve their chances of foreclosure if they could refinance, now that interest rates are at historic lows, but the declining value of their home usually has kept them from doing this. The U.S. Dept. of Housing and Urban Development has greatly expanded eligibility for its Home Affordable Refinance Program  to assist those who owe more on their mortgages than their homes are worth. It now has fewer fees and no longer requires second appraisal. And there is no longer any limit of the loan-to-value ratio in refinancing mortgages. To qualify for HARP 2 refinancing:
--You must have a mortgage issued before June  2009,that are owned by Fannie Mae or Freddie Mac. If you are not sure, visit www.fanniemaie.com/loanookup and www.freddiemac.com/mymortgage.
--You must be current on your mortgage payments for the past 6 months and not have paid late more than once in the past 12 months.
--Your current loan must be for more than 80% of your home’s value and you must not have previously refinanced under HARP.
We tell people in all of the LICC’s personal finance seminars that you should always get free HUD-certified mortgage counseling from a legitimate not-for-profit, such as these:
The Long Island Housing Partnership in Hauppauge, 631-435-4710
Debt Counseling Corp. in Hauppauge, 888-354-6332
American Debt Resources in East Northport,  www.americandebtresources.com or 800-498-0766.
GreenPath in Jericho and Hauppauge, 877-428-1113 or www.greenpath.org
The Community Development Corporation of Long Island in Centereach and Freeport, www.cdcli.org
 
And remember that the LICC offers free seminars on how to avoid foreclosure and other aspects of managing money well. Each presentation is shaped around the needs of the audience and we are prepared to address a wide variety of topics. The LICC will provide speakers and  educational materials—all you need to provide is coffee and noshes. Thanks to generous funding for this effort this year from Astoria Federal Savings, Bank of America, Ridgewood Savings Bank, TD Charitable Foundation, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, there is no charge for this program. For more information, please visit www.ncccusa.org/ecmin/licc/managemoney.html. To request a program, please e-mail tomgoodhue@optonline.net or call 516-565-0290, ext. 206.
 
WORTH QUOTING
Partisan Politics in Congregations Drives Away Young Adults
“Religious involvement in partisan politics is driving Americans, especially those under 35, away from organized religion. . . . Some rising evangelical leaders see this young adult drift, documented in this year’s Millennial Values Survey, as a factor that makes nonpartisanship a practical necessity for churches seeking to grow and thrive.”
--G. Jeffrey MacDonald, United Methodist Reporter June 8, 2012
 
Why Christians Fear Mormons
“In the 19th century, antagonists charged that Mormon men were tyrannical patriarchs, that Mormon women were virtual slaves and that Mormons diabolically blurred church and state. These accusations all contained some truth, though the self same accusers denied women the votes, bolstered racist patriarchy and enthroned mainstream Protestantism as something of a state religion.”
--J. Spencer Fluhman, assistant professor of history at Brigham Young University,
New York Times June 4, 2012
 
FALL CROP WALKS TO HELP THE HUNGRY
CROP Walks raise money for both local anti-hunger ministries and also for Church World Service, the ecumenical disaster relief agency—which provides vital assistance to those affected by hurricanes such as the one that just ripped through the Caribbean and Louisiana.
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 arlenekallaur@hotmail.com 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 revlu@optonline.net 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: the Rev. Mark Philips, at vicarmark@aol.com , 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:   8:30 am  begin setup, including Walk signs
              9:30 am  registration
             10:00 am  Walk begins after words by a speaker
             11:30 am  clean up and depart
Coordinators: Hank Lay (516-938-1233) and Rose Mattei (RLMattei@yahoo.com)
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 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
 
NEEDED/OFFERED
Needed:
*School Supplies Needed
Do you have supplies in your home or office that kids might need in September?
The LICC is seeking donations of
4 x 6 inch file cards
Notebooks
Loose-leaf paper
Composition books
Binders and pocket folders
Pens, pencils, erasers and sharpeners
Highlighters, markers, and colored pencils
Glue
Book bags and backpacks
Anything else a student might use
Donations are welcome at our locations in Hempstead (in Christ’s 1st Presbyterian Church, 516-565-0290), Freeport (450 N. Main Street, 516-868-4989), and Riverhead (407 Osborne Avenue at Lincoln, 631-727-2210)--or at any LICC meeting or event.
 
Offered:
*Multi-Faith Education
The Long Island Council of Churches and Auburn Theological Seminary launched the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum in 1993 to help people in our area understand their neighbors. The LIMFF unites hundreds of Islanders from eleven different faith communities and many races, nationalities, and cultures. Our volunteers represent the Bahai Faith, the Brahma Kumaris, Buddhism, Christianity, Hinduisms, Islam, Jainism, Judaism, Native American Spirituality, Sikhism, and Unitarian Universalism. If you are not familiar with all these traditions or did not know that they are your neighbors, you may need a Building Bridges program! The Forum has presented more than 270 programs in schools, workplaces, and houses of worship, for audiences ranging from ten to 1100. While most of our programs are done in English, we have also been able to accommodate requests for Spanish language and bi-lingual presentations and could try other languages as well. The Forum has also developed a fun game-show format called “What’s My Faith.” For more information, please visit www.liccny.org. To request a presentation, contact Bernice Suplee at jbsuplee@aol.com or (631) 665-7033.
Michael Fairchild, who produced the half-hour “Faiths of Long Island” video for the Long Island Multi-Faith Forum has loaded it onto YouTube. You can see the video at
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ncnn5pd6Gu4
and
 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bOsL0LaClgU
*Free Foreclosure Clinic Sept. 10 in Mineola
 The Nassau County Bar Association is offering a free Mortgage Foreclosure Consultation Clinic for Nassau residents on Monday, Sept. 10, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Bar Assn., 15th & West Streets in Mineola, a block south of Old Country Road. Individual consultations are available with representatives from the Nassau County Homeownership Center, Community Development Corporation of Long Island, La Fuerza Unida,  Nassan/Suffolk Law Services, and volunteer bankruptcy attorneys from the Bar Assn. There is no charge for these consultations, but you must make a reservation in advance by calling 516-747-4070. Consultations are available in Spanish, Hatian Creole, Russian, Polish, Greek, Mandarin, Korean, Hindi, Urdu, Farsi and several other languages upon request.
*New Pet Food Pantry in East Meadow
When you are struggling to make ends meet, it is hard to afford the care and feeding of pets—who provide the love and companionship you need in hard times. The LICC gladly accepts donations of pet food that your critter no longer needs or refuses to eat, but our pantries may be too far to travel for dog kibble or cat food. East Meadow United Methodist Church has launched a new pet food pantry at 470 East Meadow Avenue that is open Tuesday through Friday from 9 to 1. For further info or to arrange to donate or pick up pet food, please call 516-794-5855.
*Help Getting Health Care & Food Stamps
The Health & Welfare Council of Long Island has been in operation for 65 years “to respond to the needs of Long Islanders, ensuring that the voices of the powerless are heard.” They currently have a new program serving both Nassau and Suffolk so provide residents easier access to benefits and vital services they need to thrive. The program provides a more comprehensive level of services to access health care and food stamp benefits. The HWCLI Facilitated Enrollers can provide assistance with both programs in both counties, as well as refer to other services the individual may need. Many people never have to take off a day from work to go to the DSS and can sometimes handle everything they need in just one appointment, or at least within one agency, and in one place. HWCLI Enrollers are available to travel throughout both counties. There have been many changes to existing programs, and 1 in 9 Long Islanders may now be eligible. For more information, contact Jennifer Capezza, L. I. Anti-Hunger Outreach Coordinator, at jcapezza@hwcli.com or 516-505-4430.
*Pastoral Care Specialist Training Offered
Classes will meet at Arumdaun Presbyterian Church in Bethpage, beginning Sept. 10. Application deadline is Sept. 6. This two year program This is a two-year training program led by Penny Gadzini, Miriam Koo, and Joshua Jong, all three being ordained ministers who are also Blanton-Peale trained pastoral counselors. Classes are on Mondays and are designed to prepare church people to minister to the sick, the grieving, and others in need of visitation in your community. For more information or to apply contact the Rev. Dr. Penny Gadzini at (917)287-0583, pennygadzini@aol.com, or 21 James St., Babylon NY 11702.
*Free Training in Spiritual Care
Are you looking for an avenue to volunteer your time with others?
Come learn more about sharing your gift of time and presence as a Spiritual Care Companion with those that are hospitalized or living in a nursing home, homebound or developmentally disabled. 
Spiritual Care Companions will attend a free six-week training offered by Catholic Health Services of Long Island.
Topics include: Goals of ministry to the sick; how to be a good listener and serve as a spiritual companion; how to respond to crisis and grief.
St. Catherine of Sienna Medical Center – Smithtown
Information session: September 13 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
6-week training Thursdays, 6:45 – 9:30 p.m., Oct. 4-Nov. 8.
Please for more information, please email Trish.Luvin@CHSLI.org or Caroline.Cella@CHSLI.org or call 631-465-6306 or  631-465-6307.
*Bedroom Set, Washer, and Dryer 
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 gussegredo@gmail.com
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 dmcclean@hotmail.com
 
LOOKING FOR A GUEST PREACHER OR SPEAKER IN OCTOBER?
October is Pastoral Care Month, a great time to invite a chaplain campus minister, or pastoral counselor to preach. Here are some we know:
*LICC Head Chaplain Nancy Schaffer, ordained in the United Church of Christ, 631-586-9667.
*LICC Chaplain Lawrence W. Swensen, 516-794-4505.
*The Rev. Marianne K Tomecek, Executive Director of Long Island Campus Ministry, who is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and can preach and celebrate communion in English or Spanish,  mktomecek@aol.com or 516-425-7094.
*The Rev. Dr. Penny Gadzini, a pastoral counselor ordained in the United Methodist Church, 917-287-0583.
*Sister Camille D'Arienzo, RSM, has done extensive prison ministry with death-row inmates, cherilife@aol.com or 718-366-0966.
*The Rev. Kitt Von Braunsberg, ordained in the United Church of Christ, is a chaplain at Nassau University Medical Center, 516-801-4275.
*Rabbi Barry Dov Schwartz, a campus minister at Adelphi University, bds48@aol.com.
*Caren Heacock, Pastoral Care Assistant at Mattituck Presbyterian Church, 631-298-4145. 
*Alex Thomas, campus staff worker for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Nassau Community College, 516-606-8267.
*Jainnie Hackman, campus staff worker for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Hofstra University, jainniehackman@Gmail.com or hofstraivcf@gmail.com or 516-509-2397.
 
For a listing of other pinch-hitters and information about the “going rate” for guest preachers and substitute organists, visit www.ncccusa.org/ecmin/licc/guestpreachers.html

SEPTEMBER BLOOD DRIVES—SAVE A LIFE!

9/2/12            Hyo Shin Bible Church, 42-15 166th Street, Flushing              8:30 AM-2:30 PM           
9/2/12            First Presbyterian Church, 89-60 164th Street, Jamaica            9:00 AM-3:00 PM           
9/8/12            Our Savior Lutheran Church, 90-04 175th Street, Jamaica       Noon-4:30 PM           
9/12/12 Calvary Lutheran Church, 860 Town Line Road, Hauppauge          2:00-8:00 PM           
9/18/12 Christ Lutheran Church, 3384 Island Road, Wantagh                        2:15-8:15 PM           
9/18/12 St. James RC Church, Hicksville Rd & Seamans Neck Rd., Seaford 3:30-8:00
in their Parish Center, a block south of Hempstead Tpke. For an appointment or further information, please call Eleanor at 516- 694-2016.
9/22/12 Bethany Presbyterian, 425 Maplewood Rd., Huntington Station        10:30-4:30
9/25/12 Church on the Sound, 335 Oxhead Rd., Stony Brook                         2:45-8:45 PM           
9/25/12 First Presbyterian Church, 60 E. Main Street, Oyster Bay                   2:45-8:45 PM           
9/26/12 Grace Methodist Church, 21 S. Franklin Ave., Valley Stream            2:30-8:30 PM           
9/26/12 St. Mark Episcopal Church, 754 Main St., Islip                                  2:45-8:45 PM           
You can call 1-800-933-2566 or visit www.nybloodcenter.org to verify the date and time of the blood drive.
 
ADS & ANNOUNCEMENTS
 
ADVERTISING IN THE PRELUDE
Each month we mail about 2700 copies of our newsletter The Prelude to the clergy leaders and lay leaders of 1450 faith organizations. We also email this newsletter to 2300 religious leaders and post it on our Web site (www.liccny.org). Filled with timely articles, news briefs, updates and notices affecting Long Island’s communities and churches and the wider world, The Prelude is a must read for all who would “work together to improve Long Island and promote interfaith understanding and cooperation.” The LICC accepts paid sponsorship ads, display ads and simple listings (classifieds). Advertising in The Prelude is a great way to reach clergy, lay leaders, and volunteers in Long Island’s congregations. To receive a “media kit” with advertising rates, copy requirements, and copy deadlines, please call 516-565-0290 or email tomgoodhue@optonline.net. Congregations that join the LICC and groups that join the Friends of the LICC receive a free classified ad in thanks for paying their annual dues.
 
HOW TO DEVELOP TIPPERS INTO TITHERS
Join Paul Nickerson for Just in time training for these difficult economic times”
Saturday, September 8
9:00am to 1:00pm
PRC Long Island West
919 Elmont Road, Valley Stream, NY 11580
Sunday, September 9
1:00pm to 5:00pm
First UMC of Central Islip
51 Wheeler Road, Central Islip, NY 11722
Get your Stewardship and Financial committees off to a good start. This workshop has been designed for a church team: bring the pastor and members of finance and stewardship committees or others interested in the topic to learn:
Principles of giving
Re-thinking motives for giving
Re-thinking the stewardship letter
Helping people grow in their giving
Fee $35 per person or $105 for group of 4
Members of the following denominational organizations will receive discounted prices due to their financial support of this workshop: Long Island East District of UMC, Metro Association of UCC, Suffolk Association of UCC, and Episcopal Diocese of Long Island
Fee $25 per person or $75 for group of 4
To register call Parish Resource Center at 631-821-2255,
email us at info@prcli.org,
visit our website at www.parishresourcecenter.com/lieast/workshops
A flyer is available at  http://www.parishresourcecenter.com/lieast/documents/TipperstoTithers_000.pdf
About our workshop leader
Rev. Paul B. Nickerson is an ordained United Church of Christ Minister of 32 years. Paul is a graduate of Boston University and Andover-Newton Theological School. For twenty years, Paul served local parishes in Connecticut and Massachusetts, specializing in turning around congregations and helping them to grow. Rev. Nickerson then served as Associate Conference Minister for Evangelism, Vitality and New Church Starts in the Massachusetts Conference, UCC where he started a vitality movement, which produced turnarounds in 20% of the churches and 10 new church starts. Paul now serves as a full-time coach/consultant with his own business, Nickerson Coaching, as well as being a Sr. Associate with Griffith Coaching of Orlando, Florida. Paul works all over the country coaching existing churches and new church starts in many denominations.
 
SPACE TO SHARE IN NEW HYDE PARK
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 imight be able to share Monday through Friday.
For further information, contact Bob Graf at 516-741-5148.
 
GREAT SKILLS TO SHARE
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.
Contact:
Great Skills To Share
P. O. Box 1195
Valley Stream, NY 11582
E-mail: greatskillstoshare@gmail.com
 
YOUTH DIRECTOR SOUGHT IN HUNTINGTON
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: pfettero@optonline.net
 
CHURCH SPACE TO SHARE IN MASSAPEQUA:
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.
 




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