Latest news from First Parish Church...
WE'VE GOT A NEW WEBSITE CREATED ESPECIALLY FOR BLESSING OF THE ARTISTS!!
Check it out at www.blessingoftheartists.com
5th ANNUAL BLESSING OF THE ARTISTS
Saturday, November 16th, 2013 at 1:00-4:00 p.m.
We are interested in
celebrating our human connectedness through the arts, with a Blessing of
the Artists. We emphasize that this would be a blessing of the artists,
not a religious service. It would be an opportunity for community
members to appreciate the creations of her local artists and the many
contributions art brings to all our living. The day will begin with a
blessing of the artists. All artists are welcomed to be blessed; this
will be followed by a showing of featured art work, and a sharing of
local fare. For more information go to www.blessingoftheartists.com or contact Pastor Dianne Rodriguez at (516) 673-1231 or email at
CONVERSATION AT A VINEYARD
Religion on the Vine will resume on November 17, 2013!
Religion on the Vine on
Sunday, November 17th, 2013 at 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Laurel Lake Vineyards, 3165 Main Road (Route 25), Laurel, NY.
We have a special guest speaker joining us: writer, Georgeann
Packard. Ms. Packard will be reading an excerpt from her new book
"Paint the Bird." We are offering a monthly conversational
gathering at Laurel Lake Vineyards, 3165 Main Road (Route 25),
will be opened to all seekers who desire to explore the perennial
spiritual questions of life and issues of faith and religion. We will be
inviting our community to share and be in conversation with us. Contact Pastor Dianne Rodriguez for more information at (516) 673-1231 or email at
Saturday, November 23rd, 2013 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Labyrinth walking benefits, building and
dowsing. Visit three labyrinths in close proximity to one
another. Light lunch will be served. Bring warm clothing, comfortable shoes, and an
umbrella (if raining), and something to journal with. Limited space, so
reserve early! Call (631) 630-0626 to reserve.
Suggested Donation Offering: $25.00. Half of the proceeds will go to Save the Grange Campaign
For more information, contact Lisa
or (631) 630-0626
COMMUNITY FOOD DRIVE
Food Drive Going on at our Grange Hall Building. Give
today! We at First Parish Church, UCC, are collecting for all of our local
community's food pantries--canned, jarred, and boxed goods. If you'd
like to give, please drop your food items off at the Grange Hall building at 5268 Sound Avenue, Northville (Riverhead) on Sundays
between the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. Please give what you can and help fill the pantries in our
community. Tell a friend; pass the word around!! For further
information, please contact Pastor Dianne Rodriguez at (516) 673-1231 or
Celebrating Its Many Lives.....
Special Exhibit Opening Reception-
"The Sound Avenue Grange Hall: Its Many Lives".
Be the first to view this exciting new exhibit and learn
all about the rich history of an iconic Sound Avenue landmark. Ring the 1861
bell, sit on an original 1831 pew (and see how long you can tolerate it) and
listen to original Grangers speak of their experiences. Meet curators Nancy
Gilbert, Mary Anne Huntington, Richard Wines, and Hallockville's new intern,
Gabrielle Colen and learn more about this fascinating chapter of local history. The exhibit will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from
12-4 pm through the end of the year.
First Parish Church has recently moved back to its
original building, while leasing its 1904 building across the street to
Community Baptist Church. The venerable Grange Hall is also used
for a variety of community organizations, such as Alcoholics Anonymous,
Basket Weavers, Children's Theatre Group.
all old buildings, it needs continual tender loving care. Contributions
to supports its preservation can be made to:
Save the Grange, c/o First Parish Church, UCC Campaign, PO Box
898, Jamesport, NY 11947.
HEAR NOW THE GOOD NEWS!!
First Parish Church Has Been Rebirthed.
Copy & paste the address below to your browser to read Riverheadlocal.com's March 11th article on
First Parish Church....
The Spiritual Renewal Center at First Parish Church, UCC would like to
acknowledge those in our community who have chosen to help in
our mission to save the historic Grange Hall building and also to fund
the wide-ranging community programs of the Spiritual Renewal Center.
We would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to Mr. Roberto Costanzo (http://www.besafeathome.org)
and the AA Freedom Group
for their generous ongoing commitment to offer financial support.
In their spirit... remember... "No matter who you are or where you are in life's journey...
You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution."
Robert F. Kennedy
"You are not here to save the world, but you are here to touch the hands that are within your reach."
Motto of Mission of Love (Kathleen Price)
Dear Friends... We look forward to adding your name to our next "Heartfelt Thank You" eblast!
With much appreciation,
Pastor Dianne Rodriguez
BE A PART OF OUR WRITER'S PAGE!
Each month a writing gets posted here on our website's Writer's Page as well as an eblast sent to all of our email recipients and gets posted onto our Spiritual Renewal Center Facebook page! If you or if you know of anyone who would like to submit prose or poetry for our Writer's Page, please send your material to Lisa at
or submit it right here on our website. You may submit your writing(s) any time you'd like! We look forward to hearing from you!
A CELEBRATION OF JEFF FRANK'S LIFE
dear friend and Spiritual-Renewal partner...who founded the Nature
Lyceum, and who took the risk of bringing the classes to a new home at
our Grange Hall, has passed into the next adventure.
Jeff will be MUCH missed by so many of the lives he has touched and
taught and mentored. He is a beautiful person, in whom so many of us
confided and loved.
Please stay with us as we will announce a get-together luncheon to
honor Jeff in his classroom space. Friends and graduates of the Nature
Lyceum will also be looking to carry on Jeff's many years of work. More
shall be revealed...
Jeff's presence among us will be sorely missed. He charmed us with his
"Holly Wand," delighted us with his YUA-TAH-HEY salutations and Vaya
Con Dios (have a silly day) words of departure. But most importantly,
Jeff challenged each and everyone of us to live soul-filled lives
because no matter who we are or where we are on life's
journey with Jeff
we are all in this together.
The gift of his life and memory remains "food for our souls." Please
join the Spiritual Renewal Center at First Parish Church,UCC on Sunday,
December 16th at our 10:30 a.m. service, in which we will be celebrating
the life of our friend, JEFF FRANK. Afterwards, we will be hosting a
luncheon in honor of commemorating his life and gift to our community.
First Parish Church,
UCC/Spiritual Renewal Center often says to those who
visit... "No Matter Who YOU Are or
Where YOU Are
On Life's Journey, YOU Are Welcomed Here!" We Live It! We Believe
It! And We Mean It!!!!!
So much so, that on
June 10, 2012, we voted to adopt the following ONA (Open and Affirming)
Because we believe that all people are
created in God's image and thus are blessed and loved equally by God, and
because love is a unifying
and strengthening force within our Christian
faith, We, the members of the First Parish Church, United Church of
Christ, hereby declare
ourselves an Open and Affirming Christian community,
actively expressing Jesus' inclusive embrace of all people. We welcome all
to follow Jesus, including persons of every age, gender, race,
national origin, faith background, marital status and family structure,
sexual orientation, gender dentity and expression, mental and physical
ability, economic and social status, and educational background, to share in
the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments,
responsibilities, blessings and joys of our church family. Jesus teaches us
to welcome all God's hildren into God's covenantal community. As we grow together
in faith and love, we will strive to celebrate the diversity in which God has
When we voted,
we were blessed to have with us representatives of DignityUSA http://www.dignityusa.org/.
In solidarity with them, together
we wear rainbow/equality bracelets.
So... No Matter Who YOU are or where YOU are on life's
journey...YOU are welcomed at
First Parish Church!! Come... We have a
rainbow bracelet waiting for you! Sunday Service begins at 10:30
News About Two of Our Authors:
Lisa Acor Laurel's "Love in the Gardens of Macantar, A Spiritual Journey of Healing from Codependency and Relationship Addiction" now available at Riverhead, Mattituck, Greenport, Quogue, and Westhampton Beach
libraries!! For more on Lisa's book, visit our Book Store page. The Survivors Club has created an article promoting Ms. Laurel's "Love in the Gardens of Macantar." Please visit the link and share it with your followers via Facebook or Twitter. http://www.thesurvivorsclub.org/news-and-articles/lisa-acor-laurel-love-gardens-macantar-addiction-survivor Find Lisa's eBook on www.healingebooks.com, then go to the left column "Categories" listing and click on "Emotional Healing". Lisa's book is also available on Amazon.com, barnesandnoble.com and booksonboard.com, or write her at
Rev. Richard Adinolfi's "Divine Living: Practical Advice for a Lifetime." For more on Rev. Adinolfi's book, visit our Book Store page.
Find his eBook at www.healingebooks.com, then go to the left column "Categories" listing and click on "Spiritual eBooks".
For more information, write Rev. Adinolfi at
Now their books are available on the Healing eBook website www.healingebooks.com. Lisa's book is mentioned in Healing eBook's Self-Healing Expressions "Issue 109 - October - Embracing Emotional Healing" email under the heading, "Healing eBooks that Focus on Emotional Healing."
Click onto these links below to read articles about The Grange & Jeff Frank's NatureTalk Lecture series to help Save the Grange Campaign:
Last Updated ( Monday, 04 November 2013 21:30 )