Volume LI (51) 
September 24, 2019
                 Number 19            

AFTER THE "INTENTIONAL & UNINTENTIONAL BLINDNESS" service , at which we considered Biblical references in which some people are unable to see and others refuse to see and Jesus's response to them ~ Albert Rizzi of My Blind Spot, told us about what his organization is doing to advocate for persons with blindness. He also met the artist, Leila Atkinson, who had created, upon my request, "a painting that a blind man can see" and gave it to him as a gift. Many people in the congregation were pleased at being able, even encouraged, to touch the painting. Try that in a gallery or museum. Thanks to the many who prepared lovingly and diligently to make this service, in which many in the congregation, choir and children's choir were temporarily blindfolded, happen.
Pastor Dwight.

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

6- William Carey
13- William Houghtalen
24- Harold Trabold
24- Karlene Trabold
27- Liam Holmes
27- Ryan Walker-Zukowski
29- Karen Eten
30- Christopher Blair
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
Peter Esser
Bill Paauwe 
Pete Roe 
Barbara Sabosto


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The Congregational Church  
of Patchogue,  
95 East Main Street,  
Patchogue, NY 11772. 
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phone: 631-475-1235
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The Sunday School is off to a great start!  The children have been learning about how we can all work together to create a better community.  The children did a great job on their song "Open My Eyes Lord" this past Sunday for the congregation and Mr. Rizzi.  They attentively listened to Mr. Rizzi speak with them on the loss of his eyesight but not the loss of vision.

Next Sunday, there will be an introduction to our Children's Library with Ms. Toni Dean. The children are always welcome to check out books every Sunday after service.

For Sunday, October 6th, the children will be learning about Communion and its meaning on World Communion Sunday.  They will be rejoining the service to observe Communion as well.  

Thank you and look forward to seeing you next Sunday!

Ms. Chrissy and Ms. Ann
Sunday School Co-Directors


Thursday, September 26th @ 7:00 PM
At the CLARE ROSE PLAYHOUSE on Roe Blvd. in Patchogue, there will be a benefit performance of "Becky's New Car" by Steven Dietz. Proceeds will go to THE PATCHOGUE NEIGHBOR'S SOUP KITCHENS, which operates four locations in our area (including ours).
Wine and cheese reception is at 7:00 pm; performance at 8:00pm. Tickets are $20 and available through Bonnie Underwood. She can be reached at 631-475-0519 or You may also give Rev. Wolter your donation and he will get your ticket(s) for you from Bonnie.

Sunday, October 27th @ 5:30 and 7:00 PM
Due to the Suffolk County Marathon, we are unable to get into the church on the morning of Sunday, October 27th. As a creative response to that, for the past three years, we have had a potluck supper at 5:30 PM followed by an evening worship service at 7:00 PM. There is no Sunday school or nursery care available that evening, however families are encouraged to attend.

We need to know if and what you are willing to COMMIT to prepare and bring to the church by 5:30 sharp on Sunday, October 27th. If we do not receive sufficient responses to this appeal, we will, obviously, not have the potluck supper.

Please RSVP via sign-up sheet in the Reception Room or contact Jen McCarrick at the church office via email or phone with what you are willing to contribute by Monday, 10/14. Email: or Phone: (631) 475-1235

The food pantry is regularly in need of the following items: 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.

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10:30 AM      Women's AA Meeting, Deedy Room
4:00 PM         Free Mobile Shower Unit
Free Haircuts at Shear Joy Barber-Salon 
5:00 PM         Free Meal at Soup Kitchen
                       THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 26  
9:00AM         Food Pantry Distribution until 11:00 AM
7:30 PM         Choir Rehearsal 
                       SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 29 
10:00 AM       Worship Service with guest preacher
Rev. Mary Larson 
 Sunday School  
                       Nursery Care
11:00 AM       Fellowship Hour following service  
                       MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 30
10:30 AM      Women's AA Meeting, Deedy Room
                       WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 2 
4:00 PM         Free Mobile Shower Unit
5:00 PM         Free Meal at Soup Kitchen 
                       THURSDAY, OCTOBER 3  
9:00 AM         Food Pantry Distribution until 11:00 AM
7:30 PM         Choir Rehearsal  
                       SUNDAY, OCTOBER 6 
10:00 AM        Worship: World Communion Sunday 
 Sunday School   
                        Nursery Care
11:00 AM       Fellowship Hour following service 

October 6th - sponsored by Shirley & Robert Werner  
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.
Those who remember the Rev. Dr. Henry Wyman will be saddened to know that he passed away peacefully on Saturday, September 21, 2019. He would be observing his 95th birthday on November 7th. He began his ministry with this church in August 1968 and served for 23 years, longer than any of his predecessors. Upon leaving in 1991, he was named Minister Emeritus in appreciation for his "long and devoted ministry" here.
Henry was presented with many gifts upon his retirement and one, in particular, was a framed collage of the beautiful sanctuary stained glass windows that were photographed especially for him. This lovely wall hanging graced Sona and Henry's home in Bangor, Maine, and followed them to their independent and assisted living apartments in Massachusetts, always being in a prominent spot. Henry loved looking at it.
Through his preaching, hospital ministry, and the radio broadcasts on 97.5 WALK Radio, he touched the lives of hundreds of people in many walks of life.
The Rev. Dr. Henry G. Wyman History Room was named in his honor. The room was moved from a small space on the east side of the balcony and now is "a work in progress" in a larger room (air conditioned) on the west side. Hopefully it won't be long before it will be an attractive spot for visitors to view the many historical documents and photos.
On the occasion of Dr. Wyman's twentieth anniversary celebration in November 1988, the following words were written which are worth repeating. "Henry Wyman is thought provoking, caring, outspoken, sensitive, controversial, ambitious, generous, liberal, conservative (at the same time), serious, God loving, incisive, energetic, spontaneous, articulate, ecumenical, family oriented, and a music lover."
Henry and Sona's family has increased since they left Patchogue and includes their daughter, the Rev. Susan Wyman, her husband, the Rev. Steven Blackburn; their children, the Rev. Averill Blackburn, Jamey Blackburn and his wife, Jennifer, and they have two sons. The youngest being born just a few weeks ago. Sona and Henry's son, Stephen and his wife, Nancy, have two daughters, Kylie and Lindsey Wyman. With many fond remembrances, the sympathy of the church is extended to the family.
A long life-well lived!
Condolences may be sent to Dr. Sona Wyman, Golden Pond Assisted Living, 60 West Main Street, Apt. #355, Hopkinton, MA 01748.
Contributions in his memory may be made to a charity of your choice or to the Bangor Kiwanis Charities, Inc. for The Playground Project, P.O. Box 1871, Bangor, ME 04402-1871, or to the American Legion Post 12, c/o Commander Damon, 647 Main Street, Bangor, ME 04401.
Dolly Sealres, Historian 
      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