Volume L (51) 

May 6, 2019

     Number 9                


'Twas a Rainy, Quiet Day at the Congregational Church of Patchogue (Long Island) last Sunday. After church, a small, wet, hyperactive army of children and adults took so me kid's chairs to the front yard for people to "steal." I posted this photo on Facebook and suddenly we were in conversation with many people unfamiliar with the church. One person from the church insisted on paying $25 to the church for one chair. Another person, who happened to not attend that day, saw it on Facebook and asked if she could take some. She took 8 for her niece's preschool. Another person wrote that she artistically paints chairs. She came and took eight. I asked her to return one, painted, to display her creative work to the congregation to illustrate what happens ~ with music, unwanted furniture, love & much more ~ when you "put it out there, freely." Literally, many hundreds of people throughout the nation saw this story and retold it through national Facebook groups addressed to Methodists, Presbyterians, United Church of Christ, as well as many other secular groups. Last Sunday, after the church was closed and locked, we made new friends; beginning with a small, wet, hyperactive army of children and adults who did something easy, creative, fun and loving.
This Sunday is Mother's Day. We will celebrate biological mothers, women who "mother" others through the church through their generosity and spiritual practice. I say this because some women without children stay away from churches, restaurants and other places on Mother's Day the way some single people stay away from churches and restaurants on Valentine's Day. Mother's Day will be a part of, but not the sole focus of our Sunday morning church service. That said, the children of the Sunday School have prepared a special gift for all mothers, including anyone who has ever had a mother. See you in church at 10am.  
Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter
Jennifer McCarrick 
Administrative Assistant  
Craig Coyle
Coordinator of Music 
Chrissy Blair
Ann Carey  
Lisa LaGrandier 
Sunday School Co-Direc tors  

1- Gail Dandrea
3- Alex Sabosto 
6- Martha Campanile
6- Douglas Kustka
6- Kyle Petersen  
11- Mary Beshaw 
14- Stephen Bifulco
14- Peggy Danes
14- Emily Kinney
16- Cathy Calliera
17- Marisa Carey
24- Nancy Minski 
29- Francesca Humberstone
30- Kayle McCoy 
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
Jan Bradley 
Peter Esser
Bill Paauwe   
Pete Roe 
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




Congratulations to Cameron! He was our acolyte this past Sunday for the first time. Then, during Sunday School, the children worked very hard to put together Mother's Day gifts that will be handed out next Sunday, May 12th.
Important upcoming Sunday school dates:
May 12th- Mother's Day
May 26th- No Sunday School - Nursery will be open.
Blessings as Always,
The Sunday School Co-Directors

Thursday, May 9, 2019 at 6:30 PM
The annual fundraiser to benefit the Patchogue Soup Kitchens will be held here at the church. It begins in the Reception Room at 6:30 with wine, hors d'ouvres, and a few songs from the choir. At 7:30, downstairs in the Soup Kitchen, a dinner of butternut squash soup, pork loin with gravy, roasted potatoes, vegetables and dessert (an actual meal offered to our food-insecure friends) will be served. Tickets are $35 per person, advanced sale only. Checks may be made payable to Patchogue Neighbors Soup Kitchens, Inc. Please consider making a tax deductible contribution if you cannot attend. For more info, email Bonnie Underwood at Checks or cash can also be delivered to the church (95 E. Main St.) during office hours: M-F, 9am - 1pm. The church number is 631-475-1235.
Saturday, May 18, 2019 at 2:00 PM
The 13th Annual Pleasures of 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. Tickets will be sold after Sunday Worship in the Reception Room. For additional inquiries, contact the church office at 631-475-1235.

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                       MONDAY, MAY 6  
10:30 AM      Women's AA Meeting, Deedy Room        
                       WEDNESDAY, MAY 8  
4:00 PM         Free Mobile Shower Unit
5:00 PM         Soup Kitchen
                       THURSDAY, MAY 9 
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
6:30 PM         Soup Kitchen Fundraiser Dinner 
7:30 PM         Choir Rehearsal 
                       SUNDAY, MAY 12 
10:00 AM      Mother's Day 
Worship Service
                       Sunday School
                       Nursery Care
                       MONDAY, MAY 13  
10:30 AM      Women's AA Meeting, Deedy Room
                       WEDNESDAY, MAY 15 
4:00 PM         Free Mobile Shower Unit 
5:00 PM         Soup Kitchen 
                       THURSDAY, MAY 16  
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 
                        SATURDAY, MAY 18  
2:00 PM          13th Annual Pleasures of Tea  
                        SUNDAY, MAY 19  
10:00 AM        Worship Service  
                        Sunday School
                        Nursery Care


May 5th - given by The Zuleta Family in loving memory of Martin Zuleta.
May 12th - given by Tom & Gerri Clements in loving memory of our mothers, Iris & Honor; and given by Evelyn Muller in loving memory of my mother. 
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.

History of Mother's Day  
Mother's Day is a holiday honoring motherhood that is observed in different forms throughout the world, and Mother's Day 2019 occurs on Sunday, May 12, in the United States. The American incarnation of Mother's Day was created by Anna Jarvis in 1908 and became an official U.S. holiday in 1914. Jarvis would later denounce the holiday's commercialization and spent the latter part of her life trying to remove it from the calendar. While dates and celebrations vary, Mother's Day traditionally involves presenting moms with flowers, cards and other gifts.
Celebrations of mothers and motherhood can be traced back to the ancient Greeks and Romans, who held festivals in honor of the mother goddesses Rhea and Cybele, but the clearest modern precedent for Mother's Day is the early Christian festival known as "Mothering Sunday."
Once a major tradition in the United Kingdom and parts of Europe, this celebration fell on the fourth Sunday in Lent and was originally seen as a time when the faithful would return to their "mother church"-the main church in the vicinity of their home-for a special service.
Over time the Mothering Sunday tradition shifted into a more secular holiday, and children would present their mothers with flowers and other tokens of appreciation. This custom eventually faded in popularity before merging with the American Mother's Day in the 1930s and 1940s.
Mother's Day Around the World
While versions of Mother's Day are celebrated worldwide, traditions vary depending on the country. In Thailand, for example, Mother's Day is always celebrated in August on the birthday of the current queen, Sirikit.
Another alternate observance of Mother's Day can be found in Ethiopia, where families gather each fall to sing songs and eat a large feast as part of Antrosht, a multi-day celebration honoring motherhood.
In the United States, Mother's Day continues to be celebrated by presenting mothers and other women with gifts and flowers, and it has become one of the biggest holidays for consumer spending. Families also celebrate by giving mothers a day off from activities like cooking or other household chores.
An excerpt from an article entitled "Mothers' Day 2019" on (The History Channel Website).
Shirley Werner, Historian
      OFFICE HOURS       
The church office is open Monday through Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, except for Liturgical holidays. 
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