Volume L (51) 

January 22, 2019

                     Number 2        

This issue of
  is given by   
                                              Carolyn S. Young  

When I returned from lunch the other day, three $50 gift cards had been stuffed through the mail slot of the Congregational Church of Patchogue with no note or name attached. Later, on Facebook, a person I have never met, and who has never been to the church before, posted a note asking me to check the floor of the church side of the mail slot to make sure we got it. Can you imagine pushing three $50 bills through the mail slot of a church you have never entered, in utter and complete trust in the church and the congregation?
O ur church is offering free haircuts, food, toiletries, grocery store gift cards, diapers and other items to furloughed workers (and others whose livelihoods are impacted by the government shutdown) this Wednesday the 23rd from 4-6pm. The response to this news has been tremendous. Over 80,000 people have viewed our church Facebook page to learn about our efforts to help furloughed workers!   
Do you want to know what brings people to the church? Look no further than that. They may never "darken the door" of the church. They may never open a hymnal or a Bible; or listen to an anthem or a sermon. They may not identify as Christian or even religious. But, perhaps unbeknownst to them, they are living the gospel of Jesus who said: When I was hungry, you fed me. When I was naked, you clothed me. When I was in prison, you visited me. When I was furloughed, you put food in the mouth and diapers on my children." Well, okay, that last line was written by me, but thoroughly inspired by Jesus the Christ.
There is still a sliver of time left for you to make a gift card or grocery Love Offering to this effort to help furloughed workers in need.  
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 

happy birthday
3- Luke Buck
3- Kjell Houghtalen
6- Lilah Eten
8- Christopher Torelli
9- Tex Dennerlein
9- Addison Gilbert 
9- Brendan Gilbert
11- Thomas Clements
11- Eve Fasolino
15- Alexander Schmidt
15- Priscilla Teich
16- Jody Roe
17- Ariana Melendez
19- LeRae Lincoln
19- Kathleen Walker
26- Thomas Logan Jr.
27- Michael Jansson
28- Barbara Farrell
28- Evelyn Muller
29- Rebecca Schmidt
31- David Loudon 
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.


Volunteers are needed to help with refreshments on Sundays. Please volunteer to bring refreshments via the sign-up sheet on the large table in the reception room. Thank you.


praying hands
Bear Bonner
Peter Esser 
Alex Sabosto
Barbara Sabosto


"The Light" is published and prepared by
The Congregational Church  
of Patchogue,  
95 East Main Street,  
Patchogue, NY 11772. 
Submit news to:
Jennifer McCarrick
by Sunday evening to: 

phone: 631-475-1235
fax:  631-207-9470





This past Sunday we listened to Christopher read excerpts of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s "I have a Dream" speech.
During Sunday School Ms. Toni Dean read  and spoke to the children about Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s beliefs. The Children and Ms. Toni also made a project together - Martin's Big Words (warning these children used BIG words like- peace, love, faith, kindness, hope) which can be viewed in the Sunday School hallway. Thank you Ms. Toni for taking time with the children.
  Next Sunday we continue with our Healing Families unit and  learn how Jesus heals a young women. Hope to see you!

-The Sunday School Teachers

  **Please email them to the church office as soon as possible .**
Sunday, February 10, 2019 at 11:00 am
The 226th Annual meeting of the Congregational Church of Patchogue will be held immediately following the worship service for the purpose of: 
1.  Receiving the 2018 Annual Reports of the     
     Minister, the church boards and the church
2.  Adopting the Annual Budget for 2019
3.  Receiving the report of the Nominating
     Committee and election of board members and 
     officers to replace those whose terms have
4.  Receiving the reports of the affiliated church-
     sponsored organizations
5.  To transact such other business as may properly
     come before said meeting  
Shirley Werner, Church Clerk
        *         *         * 
3:30 PM        Free Mobile Shower Unit
4:00 PM        Free Haircuts & Groceries until 6:00 PM 
5:00 PM        Soup Kitchen 
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, JANUARY 27 
10:00 AM      Worship Service
                       Sunday School
                       Nursery Care
                       MONDAY, JANUARY 28
10:30 AM      Women's AA Meeting, Deedy Room            
           WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 30
3:30 PM         Free Mobile Shower Unit
5:00 PM         Soup Kitchen 
                       THURSDAY, JANUARY 31
9:00 AM         Food Pantry Distribution
9:30 AM         Chair Yoga, Deedy Room
                        For more information, call
                        Kristen Orsini at (631) 807-4050
                        Choir Rehearsal 
                         SUNDAY, FEBRUARY 3  
10:00 AM       Worship Service
                        Sunday School
                        Nursery Care
                        MONDAY, FEBRUARY 4 
10:30 AM       Women's AA Meeting, Deedy Room

The 2019 Sign-up sheet to sponsor altar flowers is no w on the table in the Reception Room. 

On Sunday afternoon, January 10, 1943, The Congregational Church of Patchogue, N.Y. celebrated the 150 th anniversary of its founding on January 14, 1793. A feature of the celebration was a history of the church written by Dr. Frank Overton, Clerk of the church since 1926. The historical facts were derived from two principal sources:
  1. Loose records and memoranda of agreements and business transactions from the early days of the church.
  2. The bound volume of the business meetings of the church beginning in 1845.
The business papers of the church during the first ninety years of its existence were retained by three deacons and clerks named Isaac Overton - father, son and grandson - the last of whom died in 1881. The papers were placed in a private box which was seldom opened until its contents were examined by the clerk, Dr. Frank Overton who was grandnephew of the third clerk Deacon Isaac Overton. The papers are now of special interest because they contain lists of subscribers for the erection of the church buildings, and records of settlements of disputes between its members. The earliest records of the business meetings of the church are contained in a book of 370 pages, which was begun by the pastor, James H. Thomas, in 1845.
An excerpt from the forward by the Pastor Rev. Arthur H. Cooke for a pamphlet entitled: "The Congregational Church of Patchogue, N.Y., A History by Frank Overton, M.D., Clerk of the Church, Prepared for the 150 th Anniversary of the Founding of the Church on January 14 1793"
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