Volume LI (51) 
December 17, 2019
                 Number 25            

Choir & String Section from Miles To  
Dayton sing "Carol of the Bells".
The Sunday School children sing "Drummer Boy" with Mr. Craig.
Patchogue-Medford Library Lantern tour
of churches talk, music & reception
at our church
Cub Scout Pack 1439 donated many boxes to the food pantry at our church. 
Sunday, December 22nd at 10:00 AM: "Joseph Knew the Christ Child Too"
At Christmas time, we hear and sing much about Gabriel and other angels ("Hark! The Herald Angels Sing"); about Mother Mary ("Mary, Did You Know?"); and about the Magi ("We Three Kings"). We even hear and sing a lot about the animals in the manger, and shepherds ("While Shepherds Watched Their Flocks"). And, of course, we hear and sing a lot about Jesus ("What Child Is This?"). But have you ever heard a song, sermon or carol about Joseph? You will this Sunday.
Tuesday, December 24th at 4:00 PM: Our Family-Friendly (but Not Family-Exclusive) Service
Let's get one thing straight: You DO NOT need to have children or even like children to attend and enjoy this. All you need is a heart, a relatively open mind, and a zany, inexpensive, wrapped gift (if you forget one, I will have a spare one stashed in my office waiting for you). HINT: a can of curried lima beans was a huge (although uneaten) hit last year! Craig Coyle offers a tour of the organ at the end of the one hour or less service.
Tuesday, December 24th at 10:45 PM:
This is our annual Christmas Eve Candlelight & Candy Cane Service. This is, for many, our most beautiful service of the year. It will end at midnight.
Sunday, December 29th at 10:00 AM:
Some people feel deflated on the first Sunday after Christmas... but not us! The sermon is titled, "Go... Run... Tell..." and it is simultaneously an admission that things are rarely (if ever) perfect, but that does not stop us from celebrating hope, love, joy, peace and Christ! 
Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter
Jennifer McCarrick 
Administrative Assistant  
Craig Coyle
Coordinator of Music 
Chrissy Blair & Ann Carey 
Sunday School Co-Direc tors  

1- Linda Danes
1- Karen Mulvey
3- T.J. Horn
3- Pete Ljungqvist
8- David Rohde
10- Chris Carey
17- Katelyn Baldi
20- Doris Haibon
22- Frank Haibon
23- Dorothy Williams
28- Maury Dean
28- Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter

Our supply of donors for "The Light" is nearly depleted. Your donation of $50.00 is appreciated!  

Thank you for remembering

the church in your will.


praying hands
 Barbara Bailey 
Bear Bonner
Peter Esser


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95 East Main Street,  
Patchogue, NY 11772. 
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The children performed "Little Drummer Boy" for the congregation this past Sunday, and they did an amazing job! They worked very hard to try to memorize the lyrics. Thank you for bringing the children to the extra practices and thank you to the congregation for singing along!    
This past Sunday the children learned about the journey Mary and Joseph took to Bethlehem.  We discussed journeys we have taken and our means of transportation and how long it took to get to our destinations.  We also created gifts that we would present to Jesus once he is born.  We lit the Joy candle of our Advent wreath and talked what brings us joy and what joy we can bring to others.

Next Sunday, we will be preparing for Jesus to be born.  We will also discuss what brings us Peace, which is the next Advent candle to be lit.

Please join us for the 4:00 pm Christmas Eve Family Service where the children will be performing Jingle Bells for all to hear!

We wish you a very Merry Christmas Holiday!

 Blessings Always,
Ms. Chrissy & Ms. Ann
Sunday School Co-Directors

If you have not completed your 2019 pledge, please have it in to the financial secretary before the end of the year. Merry Christmas and a Blessed New Year to all of you.
-Kathy Ljungqvist  

The food pantry is in need of the following items: canned beef stew, canned chili, fruit juice boxes or pouches, canned pasta (i.e. Chef Boyardee), tuna, large bottles of apple juice, toilet paper, bottled water, poptarts, pudding cups, and fruit cups. Please place donations in the basket near the sanctuary entrance. Any donations are greatly appreciated, as well as volunteers on Thursday mornings. Call (631) 475-1235 for more information.

As the weather gets colder, our Soup Kitchen guests are in need of warm gloves, hats and socks (men's and women's). Please place donations in the basket in the reception room. Your donation is much appreciated by the soup kitchen staff and guests.
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                       WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 18
4:00 PM        Free Mobile Shower Unit
                       Free Haircuts at Shear Joy Barber-Salon 
 5:00 PM        Free Christmas Meal at Soup Kitchen
                       THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19
 9:00 AM        Food Pantry Distribution until 11:00 AM
10:00 AM        Worship Service  
 Sunday School     
                        Nursery Care
11:00 AM       Fellowship Hour following service
                       TUESDAY, DECEMBER 24
 4:00 PM        Family Christmas Eve Service
10:45 PM       Silent Night Candlelight Service
                       WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 25
                       Merry Christmas!
                       Church & Office Closed
                       Soup Kitchen Closed
                       THURSDAY, DECEMBER 26 
 9:00 AM        Food Pantry Distribution until 11:00 AM
                       SUNDAY, DECEMBER 29  
10:00 AM       Worship Service  
                       Sunday School     
                       Nursery Care
11:00 AM       Fellowship Hour following service

December 22nd - given by Mary Elizabeth Roarke 
December 29th - given by LeRae Lincoln; Larry Martin 
Help decorate the church by sponsoring altar flowers. Flowers may be taken home after Sunday Worship (please return vase the following week), or donated to be taken to those unable to attend church for health reasons. Sign-up sheet is in the Reception Room. Flowers are $25 and your dedication will be printed in the bulletin.
      OFFICE HOURS       
The church office will continue to operate under its current hours; Monday through Thursday 10:00 AM- 1:00 PM.

Jennifer McCarrick  631-475-1235