Volume LI (51) 
December 2, 2019
                 Number 24            

(Mr. Rogers: A Reluctant Hero Rises 17 Years After His Death) 
First there was a very successful documentary about Mr. Rogers earlier this year. Now there is a feature film starring Tom Hanks as Mr. Rogers. Why all the fuss over him now? Is our country desperate for some Good News and a positive, lovingly delivered message? Few knew then, and few know now that Fred Rogers was an ordained Presbyterian minister. They didn't know it because he never mentioned it. He didn't have to. His message was his life; and his life was his message. This coming Sunday, December 8th at the 10am service, we will celebrate the Second Sunday of Advent with candles, cake, songs and love.
See you in church
Pastor Dwight 
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

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praying hands
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Bear Bonner
Peter Esser


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of Patchogue,  
95 East Main Street,  
Patchogue, NY 11772. 
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This month, children are learning about the stories of Mary and Joseph, and the angels who came to visit them with the good news.  They will also be learning of the journey of Mary and Joseph and the shepherds who heard that Jesus was born.
We also talked about Advent Calendars and the Advent Wreath. We have set up our Advent wreath and are going to be discussing the candles for Hope, Love, Peace, Joy and the Christ Candle and what each one mean to the children.
The children are practicing 2 songs for December.  Below is the schedule of  r ehearsal dates and times:
  • Thursday, December 5th @ 7:00 PM, Choir Room
  • Sunday, December 8th @ 11:00 AM, Deedy Room
  • Sunday, December 15th @ 9:45 AM, Deedy Room
  • Sunday, December 15th during service, Sanctuary
  • Tuesday, December 24th during 4PM Christmas Eve Service, Sanctuary
 Blessings Always,
Ms. Chrissy & Ms. Ann
Sunday School Co-Directors

Saturday, December 7th @ 4:30 PM
The Pat-Med Library is hosting a Lantern Tour of Patchogue Places of Worship with some historical and architectural significance on Saturday, December 7th between 4:30 and 6:30. The tour ends at the Congregational Church of Patchogue. The tour will be offered a "tour" performance of a song on our 2,000 pipe, 1915 Midmer Organ; as well as a talk by Shirley Werner and Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter. Refreshments will follow. For information, cost and registration, contact Michele Cayea at (631) 654-4700.

Sunday, December 8th @ 11:00 AM - and -
Sunday, December 15th @ 11:00 AM
Come have your individual, couple, or family photo taken in front of our tree by professional photographers Jenny Grace & Titus Kana. $10 includes one 5"x7" print portrait delivered by Christmas Eve. All proceeds to benefit the matching grant given by Sacred Sites to our historic church. Dress your best!

PASTOR DWIGHT HAS OFFERED TO SPONSOR A GROUP PHOTO OF THE SUNDAY SCHOOL KIDS, PARENTS, CAREGIVERS, GRAMPS & GRANNIES, ETC. THAT WILL BE TAKEN THIS COMING SUNDAY, DEC. 8TH IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE SERVICE. A copy will be given to each "family unit" (however that is defined). You can also have your own photo if you wish for $10. All the money from the photos will be donated to the Sacred Sites Matching Grant fund. Thanks to professional photographers, Jenny Grace and Titus Kana, for offering their time and talent.
Wednesday, December 11th @ NOON
Dr. Carol Weitner will offer a 30 minute organ recital on our 1915 Midmer, 2,000 pipe organ followed by $7 soup, salad, roll, coffee and dessert luncheon (or bring your own) if you care to stay. Please call the church to reserve your spot.

Sunday, December 15th @ 7:00 PM
The band Miles To Dayton, and the Chancel Singers will perform. Their musical offerings will be interspersed with familiar, popular Christmas and secular sing-a-longs. Lyric sheets will be provided. Refreshments available. The $10 suggested donation benefits Long Island Against Domestic Violence (LIADV). No one is ever turned away for lack of money. Questions? Call the church at (631) 475-1235.
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 4 
4:00 PM         Free Mobile Shower Unit
5:00 PM         Free Meal at Soup Kitchen 
                       THURSDAY, DECEMBER 5 
9:00 AM         Food Pantry Distribution until 11:00 AM
7:00 PM         Children's Song Rehearsal,  Choir Room 
7:30 PM         Choir Rehearsal  
4:30 PM         Pat-Med Library Church Lantern Tour  
                       SUNDAY, DECEMBER 8 
10:00 AM       Worship Service 
                        Sunday School 
                        Nursery Care
11:00 AM       Fellowship Hour following service 
 Children's Song Rehearsal, Deedy Room  
 Holiday Portraits, Reception Room 
                       WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 11
12:00 PM       Noontime Organ Recital & Soup Luncheon
 4:00 PM        Free Mobile Shower Unit
 5:00 PM        Free Meal at Soup Kitchen
                       THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12
 9:00 AM        Food Pantry Distribution until 11:00 AM
 7:30 PM        Choir Rehearsal
 9:45 AM        Children's Song Rehearsal, Deedy Room 
10:00 AM        Worship Service  
 Sunday School: Children Perform Song    
                        Nursery Care
11:00 AM       Fellowship Hour following service
  Holiday Portraits, Reception Room
7:00 PM        Holiday Concert &  
Community Sing-a-Long

December 8th - given by Heather Botelho in loving memory of her mom, Jessie Thompson Surig; July 30, 1948 ~ December 6, 2016.  
December 15th - given by Pamela Barr  
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