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Our Facebook page is BACK!

Access our new facebook page easily from the navigation bar at the top of this (and all pages).

Or type: BETHANY PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH HUNTINGTON and choose PLACES - you'll see our church's new business page as your FIRST option. More...

 Click a link to learn more about:

Archives 2017 Annual Meeting
Circle @ Twelve Deacons' Fall Fair
Easter Lilies Facebook page
HIHI (Help for
the Homeless)
Holiday Meals
Long Island Presbytery News Memorial Bench
MICAH Meal One Great Hour of Sharing
"Open Door" newsletter Pantry Donation
PC USA news Statements


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Our Facebook page is BACK! - June 2017

Our new Business facebook pages gives us features we didn't have before.

Our page is public and friends can easily REVIEW Bethany - we'd appreciate if you give us 5 stars. You can also LIKE our page - another important feature.

With the new EVENT feature, we can share more details about upcoming events and reach more people.

With the LEARN MORE feature, the facebook page links directly to our website.

And there are more options available; CHOOSE THE VIEW you want - from Community news to Posts and more.

Now that our page is back, we'll start inviting all our previous friends and adding photo albums - 7 years worth! So please be patient while we do. And please feel free to send your friend request to us and we'll respond as soon as possible.

IMPORTANT - Any other page that you find on facebook with our name is NOT our OFFICIAL page. Please do not post your information there.

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MICAH Meals invite YOU to lunch, before we take off for the summer - June 2017
Click here for Calendar, usually the 3rd Saturday at noon 

Join us for our June MICAH Meal and share Bethany hospitality -- before we take a break for the summer. Meals will resume again in September.

MICAH meals have come a long way since the first meal in December of 2006 when Bethany fed seven guests.

Now MICAH meals serve more than 100 guests each month!

MICAH means Mobilized Interfaith Coalition Against Hunger - it's another way for Bethany to share God's love and help fight hunger in our community. And you can help - contact Arlene Harris or the church office.

Learn more and get involved in some of our other ways to help those in need: HIHI (Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative), our food Pantry and our 'Grow to Give' Garden.

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Grain, rice and oatmeal - that's what the pantry needs for June - June 2017  

Hunger is real and more people on Long Island are feeling its bite. But with your help, we'll make a difference and reduce the sting.

Please leave your donation in the wicker basket in the Narthex.

Any non-perishable food item is appreciated and helps support the Huntington Community Food Council. Each month, we'll suggest a new item.

 

Jan - peanut butter & jelly

Feb - canned meats & fish

Mar - canned soup

Apr - canned vegetables

 

 

 
 

May - cereal & dry/powdered milk

Jun - grains (rice/oatmeal)

Jul - canned meats & fish

Aug - peanut butter & jelly

 

 
 

Sep - canned vegetables

Oct - canned soup

Nov - canned meats & fish

Dec - cereal & dry/powdered milk


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Time for a pressure check? - June 2017
Click here for Calendar, usually the 2nd Sunday


The new year is a great time to check your blood pressure after church and get a baseline for the year. Each month, usually on the second Sunday right after church, get your blood pressure professionally checked.

Know Your Numbers

The higher number -- systolic pressure -- when the heart beats
The lower number -- diastolic pressure -- when the heart rests between beats



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Get your contributor statements and... thank you! - Apr 30  

Contributor statements are available in the back of the church.

Thank you for contributing to Bethany and for sharing a portion of what God has blessed you to have. We appreciate your generosity.

If you haven't already submitted your annual per capita donation, please consider doing this now so that it can be included on your next statement.


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The Power of your One Great Hour of Sharing offering - Apr 16  

Your donation has a BIG impact on the community!

When you give generously to this special offering you help multiple causes at one time. If you forgot it during April, you can still donate to this important cause - mark your offering to designate that it's for One Great Hour of Sharing.

This special Easter time offering is not just a donation. Giving generously to the One Great Hour of Sharing offering is a tangible way to demonstrate our faith. Your offering supports self-development of people, helps to feed the hungry and provides shelter for the homeless.

Choose one cause or all and click here to learn how your offering is used.

Choose from three easy ways to give:

  1. Through your Bethany donation envelopes
  2. Text OGHS 20222 to give $10 now
  3. Go to presbyterianmission.org/give-oghs


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Thank you, Drivers - for Easter meals - Apr 15   

Easter is more than the bunny and the eggs - it's also about spreading Christ's love to those that need our help.

Once again, Deacon's are coordinating Holiday Meal delivery - just like they do at Christmas and Thanksgiving - and they need more drivers.

This year, 60 meals are being prepared to go to 40 addresses. Please consider being a driver to drop off a meal... or 2... or 3... any time will be appreciated.

See any Deacon to volunteer or call the church office.

Our Deacons come together to assemble Holiday meals,
They always need more volunteers to get behind the wheel.
Won't you come to help this special mission to reveal
God's love for those who are sick, shut in or trying to heal,
or neighbors needing a little reassurance just to feel ... that someone cares?



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Lilies honor and commemorate loved ones at Easter - Apr 2

Every Easter, beautiful lilies decorate the chancel.

Lilies ordered by April 2 will be available after Easter Resurrection Sunday service. See Doris Nelson for questions about your order.

The magnificent flower known as the Easter Lily is commonly associated with the resurrection of Christ. It symbolizes purity, hope, innocence and peace and in Christian tradition, signifies rebirth and a new beginning.

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2017 Annual Congregational meeting - Feb 2017  


The annual Congregational Meeting of Bethany was called into order with a full quorum.

Session, Deacon and committee members gave updates on their annual progress and activities. Officers were nominated and voted into position, and the Pastor's call was unanimously renewed.

 

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HIHI Night 2017 - Jan 2017  

Every year - for 13 years - Bethany has faithfully served as a 'host' church for HIHI: the Huntington Interfaith Homeless Initiative.

Volunteers welcomed guests with a warm meal and a warm bed. In partnership with the Family Service League, Bethany Presbyterian Church along with other local churches, provides a home for the homeless - even if only for a night.

Did you know? In 2011, the Times of Huntington honored HIHI volunteers as 'People of the Year in Religion'!

For more information about HIHI , contact Ed Wong or Lanzel Powell. And consider contributing to HIHI, helping our homeless at future HIHI events or getting involved in some of our other ways to help those in need: MICAH meals, the food Pantry and our 'Grow to Give' Garden.

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PC USA News about the Presbyterian Church


The Presbyterian News Service (PNS) is the official news agency of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)

Its job is to gather and disseminate news and information about the denomination and its work to church members, church officials, religious and secular media and the public. Read the latest news and blog on the PC USA news site.


Learn more about the Presbyterian Church and read the latest PC USA news.


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Presbytery of Long Island - get the latest news

The Long Island Presbytery serves Nassau and Suffolk county, and if taken together, is the sixth largest city in the nation. 

"We, the Presbytery of Long Island, through our congregations and beyond, will create lively partnership ministries that all may hear, embrace, and enjoy new life in Jesus Christ. There is a fresh sense of spirituality across the Presbytery. While we may not always agree with one another, we celebrate a unity in the Spirit of Christ. Common spiritual practices help us."

Learn more about the Presbytery and read the latest Long Island Presbytery news.

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Bethany bench to honor your loved ones

Have you ever paused to really look around at the beautiful grounds where Bethany is blessed to be located? Our five acres of land are perfectly filled with the right balance of trees and views of the sky to allow for contemplative reflection.

With our Memorial Bench plan, members can now honor and memorialize their loved ones with a Bethany bench - providing an idyllic place to sit, meditate, pray and enjoy this beauty and their thoughts in God's presence.


Here's how the plan works:

  • Deacons facilitate placement and installation of bench with endless possibilities for arranging on grounds

  • Each bench accommodates up to four commemorative plaques and is installed after four plaques are ordered

  • Each plaque, sized 8 inches x 3 inches, costs $300 each and includes customized engraving with room for 5 lines of script

  • Upkeep, care and all maintenance provided by Bethany Presbyterian Church


For more information and to see actual bench samples, please contact Deacon Marilynne Geiffert or Suzanne Idise.


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Christmas meals deliver holiday appeal - Dec 2016  

Each year, the need for Deacons' holiday meal delivery grows. On Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving, we find that we are busier than the year before... and thanks to His grace, we always have more than enough food to go around.

Drivers are another matter; we always need more. They meet at the church at 9 am; volunteers meet at 8 am.

Each 'care package' includes a meal, dessert, and an invitation to our next event. You may be blessed to have somewhere to go and someone to spend holidays with, but everyone doesn't.


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Circle at Twelve - Dec 2016
For Meeting Dates: Click here for
Calendar


The Holiday Craft Boutique opened after church on December 6 and December 13, and before the Living Nativity Drama. Each year, the Presbyterian Women's Circle at Bethany create special and useful crafts just in time for you to buy them for Christmas presents.

You too can join the Presbyterian Women's Group:

Circle at Twelve is a time for women to exchange ideas and create practical gifts for holiday boutiques. They meet Wednesdays from 12-2:00 pm in the Lounge. The Evening Circle is a time for women to focus on continued bible study. They meet Wednesdays at 7:30 pm in the Lounge.

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Deacons' Fall Fair was a success - Oct 2016  

Vendors. Music. Games. Face Painting. Pumpkins. Café. Baked Goods. Maple Syrup. White Elephant. Unique Treasures. Raffles... and more.

It may have been cool outside, but there was warm hospitality inside. By all accounts, the annual fall fair was successful again! We had lots of repeat visitors, new friends and Bethany family come for lunch at the Fall Fair cafe' - - stay for much of the day.

Thank you to everyone who participated! We know that it takes a lot of hands, hearts and time to make every Bethany event as successful as they are.

If you missed our annual fair this year, stay in touch with us by visiting our web site regularly and becoming a facebook friend when our new business page launches. Contact the church office anytime (631) 423-6359 to learn how you can rent a table next year to sell your wares.

All proceeds support Deacon mission and outreach community events throughout the year.


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