August 17, 2018

Dear Friends,

Today I looked up the word “invite”. It means to ask someone or request someone that they go somewhere or they do something with you and that they ask in a “polite, formal and friendly” way. This letter coming to you is definitely an invitation. This invitation is sincere, heartfelt and genuine.

First it is an invitation to worship. Each Sunday we worship at 8 and at 9:30am. At 8am each Sunday we have communion. On the first Sunday of each month we also have communion at 9:30am. At all Sunday services we praise and we pray. We make a special point of praying for those with special prayer requests. And we open ourselves to the word of God. I am a firm believer that God is trying to tell us all something, all the time. Come discern the will of God for your life.

And this is an invitation to learn. We have learning opportunities for all ages. Each Sunday at the 9:30 hour we hold Sunday School. There is a flyer in the Bulletin to tell you exactly when and where you can sign up for Sunday. Sunday School starts at 9:30am on Sunday, September 9th. There will also be adult study groups on Tuesday morning and on Thursday evening at 6pm before choir rehearsal. Look to this Newsletter for details.

And this is an invitation to sing. As Carolyn Cavanaugh brought us the message on August 12th I was reminded of the old piece of wisdom which reads “when you sing, you pray twice.” So, come pray twice. Chancel choir for adults rehearses every Thursday at 7pm and sings every Sunday at the 9:30am service. First rehearsal this year is the 6th of September at 7pm in the choir room and we will sing at 9:30am on the 9th. The choirs also sing at the traditional Candlelight Service and on Christmas Eve. Our Youth Choirs are under the direction of Melissa Halversen and details about our youth choirs and joining our youth choirs are in this Newsletter. Take a look.

Sixth through twelfth graders you are invited to join Youth Croup. Youth Group meets for the first time on Saturday September 15th at 5pm and begins with dinner. See this Newsletter for details. You are invited.

Other invitations include:

United Methodist Men’s Breakfast – at the Atlantis Diner West Islip – 7:15am – Sunday October 14th.

United Methodist Women General Meeting – Saturday October 13 at 9:30 am. All women of the church are invited.

James Street Players – auditions for Once Upon a Mattress – Saturday and Sunday – September 8 and 9. 2-5pm Come join in the fun.

Come. You are invited. Come be blessed. Come!

Sincerely yours in the love of Jesus Christ,
Pastor Tom