Latest news from First Parish Church...
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!!!!!
Be with Stefan Andre Waligur at First Parish Church, UCC on Saturday, January 31st from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
PILGRIMAGE OF PEACE: Starting January 31st on Long Island, New York, we'll begin what we call a Pilgrimage of Peace visiting churches, colleges, retreat centers, coffee shops, pubs, forests and fields. Along with stories "ancient and new," and poetry that cracks open the heart, we'll be sharing the new music from the CD created in the wilds of Colorado. If you would like a visit, give us a shout. Planning is NOW!
this will be a day when First Parish Church, UCC (as a spiritual oasis church of
the MCC global network) will celebrate with the The Metropolitan Community
Church of Hartford being Pilgrims of Peace together! MCC Oasis is a
“congregation” that functions as a global network of interconnected
MCC-recognized spiritual communities. The network of individual
Oasis Communities is known collectively as MCC Oasis. Together with Stefan
we will celebrate being pilgrims of peace. Come join us!
During this season of thankfulness....A Special Thank You to all Participants, Coordinators, Attendees
& Artists at our Sixth Annual Blessing of the Artists event!!
We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who coordinated, participated, presented and attended our Sixth Annual Blessing of the Artists event this past Saturday, November 15th! We'd like to thank Steve Anderson for performing on his guitars at the blessing service; Laura Thompson & Terence Purtell for performing together at the blessing service (Terence on piano; Laura singing); author, Georgeann Packard for reading an excerpt from her soon-to-be released book "The Occupation of Zaima"; writer, John Karunakaran & Christhava Tamil Koil for performing together songs from their country of India; writer, Bill Batcher for his reading of original poems at the blessing service; Maribeth Mundell for her singing performance at the blessing service; author, Vivian Eyre for reading her original works; author/poet, Mankh for reading his original Haiku poems; and keynote speaker, Chef Steve Amaral of North Fork Chocolate Company & The Artisan Project at the Grange for sharing with us his inspiration & creative process during the blessing service; and lastly, Pastor Dianne Rodriguez, Minister in Discernment, Michael Raj & Mary Ann Lieberman for conducting the blessing service.
Pastor Dianne added a special touch this year during the blessing service.... she had each and every artist stand and introduce themselves and speak a little bit about their artistry!! We'd like to mention this year's participating artists..... They are: Steve Anderson, Maribeth Mundell, Terence Purtell, Laura Thompson, John Karunakaran & Christhava Tamil Koil, Bill Batcher, Vivian Eyre, Mankh, Ted Strickroth, Joe Giaquinto, Andrea Shine, Sheila Anne Cunningham, Barbara Zegarek, Georgeann Packard, Lisa Barrow & Steve Amaral.
A special thank you to the people who made it happen "behind the scenes" setting up, cleaning up, refreshments & decorations: Rita Allen, Stephanie Grodski, Joe Giaquinto, Lisa Barrow, Mary Ann Lieberman, Pastor Dianne Rodriguez, Diane Wood & Georgeann Packard.
"THE ARTISAN PROJECT"
Don't miss the new happening at the Grange this fall!!
A new farmers market is coming to the Riverhead area and will feature all local crafters and food artisans!! The market, called “The Artisan Project,” will debut at First Parish Church
in Northville on Saturday, Sept. 27, according to organizer, Ann Corley of North Fork Chocolate
It will run on Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m. until 4 p.m.
“It’s for local artisans who use local sources,” she said. “We’re trying to do something good for the community that supports local producers.”
A portion of North Fork Chocolate’s sales will go toward the church, Corley said.
She is hoping the vendor fair attracts North Fork visitors traveling along Sound Avenue this fall as well as locals. North Fork Chocolate will continue to host a booth at the Riverhead Farmers Market on Saturdays. Vendors interested in renting a 10-foot-by-10-foot booth can contact Ann Corley at 631-599-4944.
The church is located at 5268 Sound Ave. in Northville.
The Grange on Sound Avenue has
become a new home for Ann and Chef Steve, bringing to us their latest idea
the “Artisan Project”: an Agro-flea market for crafters, farmers, and
purveyors to display their goods for purchase to the local community and
travelers. They plan to begin late September on Fridays and Saturdays at The
Grange and future inside events include Cooking Classes and an Artist
A CELEBRATION OF LOCAL
Our Sixth Annual
"Blessing of the Artists" this year will be Saturday, November 15, 2014, on
the campus of First Parish Church, UCC, at 5267 Sound Avenue, Northville
(Riverhead) and the Grange at 5268 Sound Avenue, Northville (Riverhead). The
blessing service will be at 1:00 p.m. at the church with a reception gallery
following at 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. at the Grange (across from the church).
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 an art
exhibit/sale of artists' creations and a reception of local fare.
This year we will be
celebrating our new relationship with the North Fork Chocolate Company https://www.northforkchocolate.com/ who produce artisanal Belgian chocolates
filled with Local ingredients and gourmet desserts crafted from Local products
on the East End of Long Island. Fresh from the farm fruits,
vegetables, dairy and local purveyor products are used: spirits, sea salt,
herbs, and honey! The Grange has become a new home for Ann and Chef Steve
bringing to us their latest idea the "Artisan Project"; an
Agro-flea market for crafters, farmers, and purveyors to display their goods
for purchase to the local community and travelers. They plan to begin late
September on Fridays and Saturdays at The Grange and future inside events
include Cooking Classes and an Artist
If you are interested in
showing your artwork/artistry as a (painter, sculptor, dancer, musician,
computer designer, poet, author, wine or cheese maker, culinary artist,
photographer, baker, weaver, sushi or chocolate maker, gardener, florist, or
are an artist living a life of creation in any capacity) at this event,
please contact Mary Ann Musumeci by email at
no later than October 27, 2014.
WE'VE GOT A NEW WEBSITE CREATED ESPECIALLY FOR BLESSING OF THE ARTISTS!!
Check it out at www.blessingoftheartists.com
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 email at
We have recently acquired a clothing drop-off bin from
Society of St. Vincent de Paul, Long Island!!
Doing your Fall cleaning? If you have any gently used clothing
you'd like to donate,
you are welcome to drop it off at the
Grange Hall Building
5268 Sound Avenue
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!!!!!
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 ( Sunday, 11 January 2015 13:02 )