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The King's Speech. Lenten Study. Find your voice in the quieteness of Lent."

This year for our Lenten Study, you are invited to view the British movie “The King's Speech” followed by five weeks of discussion – as we compare the movie to parallel stories in the Bible, as well as stories in our own lives.

Our discussions will include: hope built out of friendships, trust, supportive love, and courage in the face of gathering evil. After viewing the movie, each Sunday – March 17, 24, 31 and April 7 and 14 – we will gather in the Bethany Lounge after worship to discuss some of the parallel stories of our faith experience.

In this time together we will strengthen one another in our faith journey and prepare the way for the risen Lord at Easter who sends us out into the world to bring good news and great hope.

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Ash Wednesday Childrens' Sermon
Christian Education Committees
Consecration Sunday Deacon Members
Grow to Give Garden History
Meet Pastor Rea Mission Statement
Pastor's Ordination Oyster Babies
Presbyterian Sites Session Members
Special Offerings Staff
World Communion Sunday Worship Services


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Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent   

When the Season of Lent begins - starting March 6 with Ash Wednesday - we invite you to join us for service at 8 p.m. and lay your sins at Jesus' feet.

Our Lord provides the redemption and fortitude to move forward from any negative place where your min, body or soul is stuck. Accept His love and help Him help you.


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Children's Sermon teaches a weekly lesson   

No one can argue that the Children's Sermon is a favorite part of our weekly services.

It's a time to teach the lesson in a way the everyone can understand it... and show our children that what they contribute with their honest comments is important and valued by the congregation.

You're invited. Come to the Children's Sermon and be a part of it.


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Special Offerings for Presbyterians

As Presbyterians, we have the power to change lives through offerings.

Monetary gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law, and always welcome. You can send monetary donations to the church address above and specify the purpose of your gift.

We encourage you to give generously and especially during four special offerings each year.

At any time, you can help sustain the PC (USA) ministries and programs supported by this Offering with an on-line gift. Mail your check to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); P.O. Box 643700; Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

Mar 6 - Apr 21
One Great Hour of Sharing helps those in need around the world affected by natural disasters or hunger, and those in need of empowerment.

Apr 22 - Jun 9
Pentecost Offering is used to sustain the important PC(USA) ministries and programs.

Sep 1 - Oct 6
Peace and Global Witness Offering is received during the Season of Peace which ends on World Communion Sunday. Formerly known as the Peacemaking offering, it helps us bring peace to people through Christ and have a greater global reach with more significant impact, and ends on World Communion Sunday.

Dec 1 - Dec 22
Christmas Joy is collected during Advent season and helps provide financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families. It also enables deserving student to attend Presbyterian-related racially ethnic colleagues and schools.

Learn more about special offerings.

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Church Staff 2019  

Bethany is blessed to have members who volunteer to serve on Session, and as Deacons, Committee or Staff members, too. We invite you to get to know who they are and reach out to any of them to learn about vacancies or opportunities to get involved. Join us Sundays at 10 a.m.

The Reverend Dr. James B. Rea, Jr.
Music Director
Yoon Kyung Bae
Financial Secretary
Alice DeAngelis
Jim Hankinson
Church Treasurer
Donna Roche
Church Secretary
Peggy Sanesky
Website Manager Andrienne Williams
Facebook Manager
Cherie Cornell

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Church Session 2019  

Moderator: The Rev. Dr. James B. Rea, Jr., Pastor
Clerk of Session: Jan Allen-Spencer

Session members, chosen by the congregation, discern and measure its fidelity to the Word of God and strengthen and nurture its faith and life.

Ruling and teaching elders exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation, the whole church and ecumenical relationships. More...

Class of 2018
Alphonso Jackson
Lanzel Powell
Donna Roche
Class of 2019
Jan Allen-Spencer
Alice DeAngelis
Mercedes Wharton
Chris Sellers
Class of 2020
Lena Beavers
Linda Husar
Alden Sprague Vacant

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Church Board of Deacons 2019  

Co-Moderators: Suzanne Idise, Marilynn Geiffert
Treasurer: Ed Wong
Secretary: Angela Castillo Wong

Deacons support our mission and help us build a stronger bridge to the community. They are called to lead the congregation in compassion, witness, and service, representing the ministry of the church in the world and the presence of the world in the church.

While deacons have no particular responsibilities for the ordering of worship, the session should ensure that deacons (where present) have regular opportunities to lead in worship, and that their ministries of compassion, witness, and service are reflected in the public services of the church. More...

Class of 2018
Victor Archer
Susan Ghee
Ed Wong
Class of 2019
Arlene Harris
Marilynn Geiffert
Class of 2020
Angela Castillo
Suzanne Idise
Nancy Seller Vacant

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Church Committees 2019  

Bethany has various committees that support the overall function and missions of the church - from Buildings & Grounds to Liturgical Dramas to the Mission team and more.

Members are from Session, Deacons and the congregation.



Building & Grounds - Chair: Al Jackson

Victor Archer Scott Cornell Al Sprague Mercedes Wharton Bob Wuestefeld

Church Support/Stewardship - Chair:
Alden Sprague

Alice DeAngelis Donna Roche Jan Allen-Spencer Marcenie Allen-Teichman

Liturgical Dramas

Holy Week & Flowering of the Cross: Cherie Cornell Edward Cornell

Living Nativity: Andrienne Williams  

Church Mission Team

Chris Sellers Sookmin Harris Jan Allen-Spencer

Nominating Committee

Marcenie Allen-Fleischman Judy Kahrs Winn Rea Matthew Roche Theo Williams

Nurture Team / Evangelism & Christian Education

Lean Beavers Alice DeAngelis Linda Husar Lanzel Powell Mary Tucker

Pastoral Relations / Personnel Committee - Chair:
Sookmin Harris

Jan Allen-Spencer Suzanne Idise Donna Roche Al Sprague

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Consecration Sunday

To consecrate means to make or declare sacred, to formally dedicate something for a religious or divine purpose. 

On Consecration Sunday each year, we declare what we will offer as our regular contribution to the church. Thank you for showing Bethany the same generosity that God has bestowed upon you. More >

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Bethany History - Established 1927

Bethany Presbyterian Church in Huntington Station was established in 1927. The first presbytery in America was organized in 1706 and the earliest Christian church was established in the first century.

Presbyterian history traces back to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our beliefs began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him.

The Presbyterian Church USA is distinctly a confessional and a connectional church, distinguished by the representation of elders -- laymen and laywomen -- in its government. The church has a membership of over 2 million in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Currently there are more than: 10,000 congregations, 21,000 ordained ministers, 1,000 candidates for ministry, and 94,000 elders.

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We are a small church with a BIG impact | Our Mission  

The mission of Bethany Presbyterian Church is to nurture the spiritual development of all members, enabling us to better worship God, love ourselves and serve our neighbors as Jesus Christ taught us by word and example.

Bethany Presbyterian Church in Huntington Station was established in 1927. The first presbytery in America was organized in 1706 and the earliest Christian church was established in the first century.

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Bethany is blessed to have Pastor James B. Rea, Jr.

For almost 33 years, Bethany has been blessed with the on-going ministry of Reverend Dr. James B. Rea, Jr. And in 2014, even more of Long Island shared that blessing during his tenure as Moderator for the Long Island Presbytery. (Read more about that role in the Archives for 2015.)

His religious journey began in Harrisonburg, Virginia, upon receiving a Bachelors of Science degree from Eastern Mennonite University. He furthered his studies with a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. Then in 2010, we celebrated as he earned a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the Union Presbyterian Seminary PSCE of Richmond, Virginia.

As an ordained minister, Pastor Rea plays a very active role amongst Bethany’s diverse congregation and community, participates in multiple committees and groups, and is often found quietly working behind the scenes to support the varied and frequent mission outreach events.

James married his high school sweetheart, Winn, Environmental Artist and Professor at Long Island University. Together they have 2 children: Temple, a graduate of Carnegie Mellon University and Walton, a student at Wellesley College. James is an avid runner and has competed in dozens of marathons and ultra-marathons.

We give thanks to God for Pastor Rea's ministry among us, for preaching God's word, administering the Sacraments and being a calming, caring presence for all of us. We pray that he will continue to serve God's people, build up the church and glorify God's Holy name.

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Pastor's Ordination: 29th Anniversary

Twenty-nine years ago in October, Pastor Rea was ordained... and Bethany loves her Pastor. Especially because he's been with Bethany for 24 of those 29 years!

We give thanks to God for Pastor Rea's ministry among us, for preaching God's word, administering the Sacraments and being a calming, caring presence for all of us. We pray that he will continue to serve God's people, build up the church and glorify God's Holy name.

Fondly, we remember and feel blessed that our congregation was able to share in and host the celebration when he became Moderator for 2014 of the Presbytery of Long Island (read more about it in the Archives for 2014).

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World Communion Sunday

World Communion Sunday is the day when Christians around the world take Holy Communion - as one - creating a sense of unity. It links us to past generations who have been nourished and strengthened by the bread and wine, and the sense of peace it brings to the world. It draws us to common ground and a holy moment.

One of the four annual Special Offerings are collected on this day, with 25% of what is collected going directly to a chosen mission. Learn more about this special offering.

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We Welcome ALL Children to Christian Education - Starts September

Adult & Youth Ministries are both available and a brief Children's Sermon is included in every Worship Service. Coffee, social time and Sunday School follow.

Christian education for Bethany Youth includes regular Sunday School, the Children's Sermon and confirmation class for elder teens. Sunday School is available for Preschool through grade 12.

Adult Bible studies are held at various times during the year, with both morning and evening classes available. New Member class prepares adults for church membership and provides participants with basic knowledge about our Christian faith, the Presbyterian Church USA and our rich, diverse congregation.

Adult Choir is at 9 a.m. on Sundays - all are welcome. Visitors, before you leave... please write your contact information in our Guest Book in the Narthex (lobby).

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Communion and Worship Services - Starts 10 am Sundays

Communion and Weekly Worship begins at 10 am. Join us for regular worship, followed by Coffee Fellowship and Sunday School. We celebrate the Lord's Supper regularly throughout the year. It is an integral part of the Service for the Lord's Day.

We also invite you to join us for special services during the year - Ash Wednesday, Maundy Thursday, Good Friday, Easter Sunday and Christmas Eve.

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Grow To Give Garden  

Jesus said to feed his sheep. At Bethany, we feed them spiritually and literally.

With our "Grow to Give" Garden project, we are blessed to reap a harvest plentiful enough to feed our neighboring community!

See Bethany in this YouTube video for the "Grow to Give" Garden Project. Check us out and get your green thumbs ready for another harvest.

Everyone is welcome to plant and harvest. Join us!

In 2012, the Long Island Community Agriculture Network piloted a program called Grow To Give, a project to help religious organizations utilize their land and volunteers to grow fresh produce for the needy.

Grow To Give is a Community Service Garden Project established by the Long Island Community Agriculture Network and made possible in part with funding from the Long Island Community Foundation and the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund.

The Long Island Community Agriculture Network is a project of the Open Space Institute's Citizen Action Program (a not-for-profit 501c3 organization).

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Links to Presbyterian Sites

Access more information about your Presbyterian faith with these helpful links.

If you'd like to see other links added to this list, please contact us -- we'll be happy to add them.

Bethany is a community of believers in Jesus Christ and member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
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Oyster Babies - (631) 425-1023 -
425 Maplewood Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746

Oyster Babies is a New York State Licensed early childhood center with a range of programs that focus on social and emotional growth. The staff are experienced teachers and caregivers.

Oyster Babies East Early Childhood Center continues to fulfill their mission to provide the highest quality childcare and education in a safe nurturing environment, situated on the same beautiful 5 acre grounds as Bethany Presbyterian Church.

Oyster Babies East is conveniently located on the corner of Park Avenue and Maplewood Road in South Huntington and is easily reached from many local neighborhoods including; Huntington, Huntington Station, Greenlawn, Dix Hills, Cold Spring Harbor and East Northport. For complete details, visit the Oyster Babies website.

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