Dear Friends in God’s love,

First let me send to you a resounding THANK YOU for your help while I was away for various church related activities and family times for the three weeks following Christmas. You are the best, and I know our worship leaders brought you great and meaningful worship when I was away.

Well, 2018 is flying by. Before you know it Lent will be here. We will begin Ash Wednesday with

A Service of Communion and the Imposition of Ashes
Ash Wednesday – February 14, 2018
A Poignant Way to Mark the Beginning of Lent
A Time of Spiritual Renewal

My Lenten Study will be entitled Unity in Christ Jesus. This will be an exploration into what
divides us using current films. The first film we watch will be Pride the true story of a group
that experienced terrible prejudice as they were supporting an entire Welsh town during the
Coal Miner’s Strike. After that we will view some other films. Those under consideration are
The Help, The Great Debaters, A United Kingdom, and others. The format of the study is this.
We watch about 20 minutes of the film and then stop and discuss. This will be a Soup and Study…

A Simple Meal at 6pm
Study at 7pm
At the parsonage – 80 Village Line Road Babylon

There is much ahead for the United Methodist Church concerning full inclusion of a church that
boasts Open Hearts, Open Minds, Open Doors. There is so much news of prejudice and hate
crimes these days. This will be a most timely study.
The dates will be mostly Wednesdays, with one Tuesday.

Wednesday February 21, February 28, March 7, and March 21
and Tuesday, March 14.

Then there is Holy Week:

PALM SUNDAY, March 25th
Services at 8, 9:30 and 11am.
Palms will be distributed.

Soup in Fellowship Hall at 6:30 pm
Worship in the Sanctuary at 7:30 pm

This is the service of the Upper Room. Only the words that Jesus spoke in the Upper Room during the Last Supper are uttered at this Candlelight Service.

GOOD FRIDAY – March 30th
The Sanctuary will be open from Noon to 3pm. On the quarter hour the steeple bell will toll and parts of the Passion Story will be read from the pulpit.
7:30pm – The Good Friday Service of Tenebrae

Sunday Services at 8am, 9:30am and 11am.
He is risen! He is risen, indeed.

My door is always open. My office phone is 631 661-5151 extension 103. My cell is 631 983

Pastor Tom