Volume L (52) 

March 10, 2020

                     Number 5   


I know mine. After 22 years of ordained ministry; it remains true that my favorite word in the Lord's Prayer is "Amen." This coming Sunday marks the conclusion of a series on the Lord's Prayer. The sermon title is "Amen." What a beautiful word, in any language. What a magnificent benediction on any era, episode, or experience.
Our Annual Meeting took place last Sunday because of those who showed-up to help us achieve the quorum necessary to convene. The budget was passed. People were honored for their good work. The dearly departed of the previous year were honored. Prayers were prayed. If you wish to know more, come to church and speak to your neighbor or request a copy of the minutes, when they become available, for a basic structure and notations of the proceedings.
We continue to track the COVID 19 coronavirus through conversations, the news media and by regularly monitoring the Center for Disease Control (CDC) website. So far, there is no declaration that church should be avoided IF we follow the suggested safety precautions (and we do). If we are strongly advised to forego our Sunday morning gathering at the church ~ we are in the process of learning how to conduct an Online Worship Service through which those with a computer will be able to "attend." Technology can, indeed, be wonderful. If it comes to this, instructions will be made available to you. This might be interesting and fun... for a while.
Peace, Health, and Other Blessings to You,  
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- Muriel Baum
2- Corrine Kustka
3- Connor Holmes
8- James Migdol
10- Beth Marvin
11- Charles Rohde
16- Barbara Bailey
16- Donna Foros
18- Carole Rohde
19- Ian Buck
20- Nancy Fleury
21- Patricia Harrup
21- Kerri McCabe
24- McKenna Botelho
26- Nicole Ruggles
29- Olivia Juan
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. For others, a suggested donation of $1.00 helps to offset the cost to our volunteers. Thank you.

praying hands
Barbara Bailey 
Bear Bonner
Peter Esser
Larry Martin
Walter Roe 
Kristie Stauch   
Mickey Thom 


"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
The Sunday School children have been learning about The Beatitudes , or teachings from Jesus, that help us live in a better way.  They have learned about becoming peacemakers with each other and themselves.   The class colored a Peace Mandala. Even as adults, coloring can bring a feeling of being centered and at peace.
The children also heard the story of Mary washing and anointing Jesus' feet with expensive perfumed oils.  This was an act of selflessness; Mary loved Jesus and wanted honor him.  The children made a clay pendant and experienced different essential oil smells.  They chose one they liked best to place on the pendant.  
Next week we will be talking more about how Jesus served his disciples and about how he showed his appreciation to his them by washing their feet as well.
Children always like to feel part of the whole.  To include the children in raising funds for the roof repair, Ms. Toni Dean has come up with "Read for the Roof" Book Club Fundraiser.  We will begin this on March 15th and will have more information available next Sunday.  It's a Win-Win-Win!
Calendar reminder: Starting Sunday, March 22nd, the children will be rehearsing their Easter Song offering with Mr. Craig in the Deedy Room after service.

  Blessings Always,
Ms. Ann and Ms. Chrissy

The Food Pantry is in need of the following items: Sizes 4 and 5 baby diapers; Fruit cups; Vienna sausages; large bottles of juice, iced tea, lemonade; small cans or bottles of seltzer, Gatorade; shampoo, bars of soap, any canned meal with pop off top. Any donation is greatly appreciated.

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                  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 11  
4:00 PM    Free Mobile Shower Unit
5:00 PM    Free Meal at Soup Kitchen
                  THURSDAY, MARCH 12  
9:00 AM   Food Pantry Distribution until 11:00 AM
7:30 PM    Choir Rehearsal
                   SUNDAY, MARCH 15  
10:00 AM  Worship Service
                   Sunday School
                   Nursery Care
11:00 AM  Fellowship Hour   
                  WEDNESDAY, MARCH 18  
4:00 PM    Free Mobile Shower Unit
5:00 PM    Free Meal at Soup Kitchen
                  THURSDAY, MARCH 19
9:00 AM   Food Pantry Distribution until 11:00 AM
7:30 PM    Choir Rehearsal
                   SUNDAY, MARCH 22
10:00 AM  Worship Service
                   Sunday School
                   Nursery Care  
11:00 AM  Fellowship Hour  

March 15th - Sponsored by Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter in memory and honor of the birthday of his daughter, Maya Elizabeth Wolter
March 22nd - Sponsored by Heather Botelho in celebration of her daughter, McKenna's 5th birthday on March 24th.    
  *The 2020 Sign-up sheet to sponsor altar flowers is now on the table in the Reception Room. 

    OFFICE HOURS       
The church office is open Monday through Thursday from 10:00 am to 1:00 pm.
In the event of inclement weather or health precautions, please refer to our Facebook page and watch your email for alerts pertaining to services and events. 

Jennifer McCarrick