Volume L (51) 

February 19, 2019

                     Number 4          


The Beatitudes are derived from the Latin word, "beati," which means "blessed." Amongst the Beatitudes, we hear, "Blessed are the poor in spirit... Blessed are the meek..." Do you believe the poor are blessed, and the meek will inherit the earth? What if I told you the word "meek" is better translated into English as "humble" and that the humble will inherit the earth? What if I said the phrase "poor in spirit" is better translated as knowing that there is something lacking in your spirit? We come through Jesus to God to be healed of what is lacking.
If you are full of yourself, and feel there is nothing lacking in you, and you think your problems are based in everyone else, then how can the Spirit enter you and make you whole? No matter the brokenness of body, mind or spirit; no matter the lepers, mentally deranged, blind, deaf, lame and those suffering other dis-ease that came to Jesus; in the Beatitudes, Jesus' response was and is to keep blessing us over and over again!
A few years ago, I regularly visited Roberta Worlow in the hospital and rehab center. As her hope for recovery went up and down, so too did her mood. Days before her passing, frail and lying in bed, she said to me, "Imagine how some people have to go through life without family or faith. I feel so blessed." In the face of pain and death, her faith and feeling blessed became a blessing to me that is still a fresh source of inspiration.    
Now or someday, we may find ourselves among the poor in spirit; among the meek and frail; among those who mourn. In these states of being, we are vulnerable. Our guard is down. Our cockiness is nowhere to be found. It is then that the healing power of the Holy Spirit is granted better access to our soul. That is why even a dreaded funeral can be a beautiful and deeply spiritual experience. Through it, we may realize a turn toward love, peace and acceptance.
Jesus calls humble people to reject the violent ways of the world. Jesus calls the pure in heart to show the world, in word and deed, that there is nothing more life-changing than love. Jesus calls the merciful to show others the mercy we are so anxious to receive for ourselves. Jesus blesses us so that we may bless others, and in so doing we become a blessing; and a beautiful, living manifestation of the world and the life God desires for us all.
Pastor Dwight 

Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter
Jennifer McCarrick 
Administrative Assistant  
Craig Coyle
Coordinator of Music 
Chrissy Blair
Ann Carey  
Lisa LaGrandier 
Sunday School Co-Direc tors  

2- Tanya Torino
3- Shirley Werner
8- Jeffrey Porter
9- Tyler Lynch
13- Lennon Sempere
18- Rich Bartolotta
19- Melissa Coyle
19- Phyllis Deedy
20- Aiden Holmes
20- Tobias Lewis
21- Cameron Eten
23- Patricia Yalden
27-William Underwood Jr.
28- Robin Roe 
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praying hands
Bear Bonner
Peter Esser 
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Barbara Sabosto


"The Light" is published and prepared by
The Congregational Church  
of Patchogue,  
95 East Main Street,  
Patchogue, NY 11772. 
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Jennifer McCarrick
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phone: 631-475-1235
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The last two weeks we have learned the important words that Moses told God's people they should always remember: "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your being and all your strength" (Deuteronomy 6:5).
We learned about a man named Daniel who loved God and chose to follow God's laws and not eat the king's food or drink his wine. Instead he chose to eat vegetables and drink water. After 10 days, Daniel and his friends looked better and healthier than all of the men eating the king's food. The children made and munched on a healthy fruit salad snack.
Thank you to our volunteer greeters the past two weeks. The congregation has had the pleasure to be greeted by Pastor Dwight along with Anna and Olivia.
If your child would like to volunteer to be a greeter with Pastor Dwight, or an acolyte, please see one of the Sunday School Co-Directors (Ann, Lisa or Chrissy).

-The Sunday School Teachers

Sunday, February 24, 2019 at 10:00 AM
The sermon is titled, "Looking at Love from Both Sides Now." The offertory, "Both Sides Now" (popularized by Judy Collins) will be sung by Craig Coyle.  
Monday, March 25, 2019 from 3:30-9:30 pm
Our neighbors at Temple Beth El (45 Oak Street), have been planning the Patchogue Community Interfaith Blood Drive for months! Thank you to those who have already signed up to donate. If you would like to donate, please contact Robin Stern via email at or contact the church office.

Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM
The 13th Annual Celebration Tea will be held here, at the Congregational Church of Patchogue. Tickets are $25 per person; $20 for senior citizens and will be available via advanced sale only.

We all enjoy that warm cup of coffee and a little treat after each service. Accepting volunteers to setup, clean up, and provide refreshments. Please sign up via the sheet on the table in the Reception Room. If you enjoy our fellowship time, please drop something in the basket to help offset costs. $1.00 suggested donation per person.

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                      MONDAY, FEBRUARY 18
10:30 AM      Women's AA Meeting, Deedy Room    
                       WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 20
3:30 PM         Free Mobile Shower Unit
5:00 PM         Soup Kitchen 
                       THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 21
9:00 AM         Food Pantry Distribution until 11:00 AM 
9:30 AM         Chair Yoga, Deedy Room
                        For more information, call
                        Kristen Orsini at (631) 807-4050
7:30 PM          Choir Rehearsal 
                         SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 24  
10:00 AM       Worship Service
                        Sunday School
                        Nursery Care  
                        MONDAY, FEBRUARY 25  
10:30 AM       Women's AA Meeting, Deedy Room
                       WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 27
4:00 PM         Free Mobile Shower Unit
                       Free Haircuts
                       Food Pantry Distribution until 6:30 PM 
5:00 PM         Soup Kitchen 
                       THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28
9:00 AM         Food Pantry Distribution until 11:00 AM 
9:30 AM         Chair Yoga, Deedy Room
                        For more information, call
                        Kristen Orsini at (631) 807-4050
7:30 PM          Choir Rehearsal 
                         SUNDAY, MARCH 3   
10:00 AM       Worship Service
                        Sunday School
                        Nursery Care  

February 17th -
given by Kathy Ljungqvist in loving memory of Maya Wolter, 3/20/1998 ~ 2/18/2005.

February 24th-
given by the Eten Family in honor of Cameron's 8th birthday.
Help decorate the sanctuary by sponsoring altar flowers. Flowers may be taken home after Sunday Worship, please return vase the next week. Sign-up sheet is in the Reception Room. Flowers are $25 and your dedication will be printed in the bulletin.
The land on which, this our 4th church building, is situated was purchased from Dr. William S. Preston and Mary Ann Preston, his wife on August 4, 1891. The land had previously been conveyed to Dr. Preston by three different deeds dated 1844, 1875, and 1876. The property was bounded on the south by Main Street, on the west by land of Georgianna Rider, on the north by Oak Street, or Coram Road, and on the east by land of Rachel G. Rice. The purchase price was $9,000. The church trustees, on the same day sold Dr. Preston the former parsonage property on Pine Street (North Ocean Avenue) for the sum of $3,000.
The deed conveying the land to the Congregational Church of Patchogue is recorded in Suffolk County records, Liber 347, Page 253.
An excerpt from Celebrating a Proud Heritage: The Congregational Church and Parish of Patchogue, 1.793 - 1993 
Shirley Werner, Historian   
      OFFICE HOURS       
The church office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm.
In the event of inclement weather, please refer to our Facebook page and watch your email for alerts pertaining to services and events. 

Jennifer McCarrick  631-475-1235