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The Spiritual Renewal Center's Mission 

We are a community where Spirit and Service come together


Out of love of neighbor, we are committed to offering a wide variety of spiritual renewal experiences and events through both holy traditions, both ancient and new, from many faiths - offered by professional practitioners in a home of trust and sacred hospitality.

The Spiritual Renewal Center's Message 

No matter who YOU are, or where YOU are on life's journey... YOU are welcomed here!!

Our Goals and Objectives

To offer spiritual practices from a variety of traditions that ain to renew and heal the spirit.  Through information and experience, in an atmosphere of love and trust, we look to offer seekers essential tools and foundations to further their spiritual growth and development.


Workshop & Seminar Facilities

Our center is the year round retreat center for First Parish Church, in Riverhead, NY, and its members.  The center welcomes a wide variety of groups and individuals to its beautiful site on the North Fork in Long Island Wine County, offering simple and comfortable facilities for recreation, study, and reflection in its ministry of hospitality.

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Latest News & Announcements
Written by Mary Ann Musumeci   
Monday, 09 August 2004 19:30
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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!!!!!  



"Come Make Your Mark"


Join us for the opening class of "Watercolor on the Vine" at Laurel Lake Vineyards.  You will want to join this class and experience the magic of painting in watercolor in a lovely vineyard setting! 


Enjoy the start of this six-month (May - Oct.) series of painting adventures. Classes are free to the public; a free will offering is appreciated!  All supplies will be provided for your use at the vineyard.  Just bring yourself and a sketch pad & pencil to the first session.  These classes meet on the third Sunday of the month at 1:00 p.m. at Laurel Lake Vineyards, 3165 Main Road (Route 25), Laurel, NY. 


All levels of ability are welcome.  Learn to paint in watercolor from the well-known watercolorist and instructor, Linda Berger.  Class size will be limited to 12 people. To receive more information and to commit yourself to the class, please call 631-727-2233.  Please leave a short detailed message, your name and phone number.


Yours in art, Linda Berger

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

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 Gallery.  


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 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 Gallery.

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it no later than October 27, 2014. 


Check it out at 
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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

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 
Northville (Riverhead)  
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.  

Like 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


First Parish Church Has Been Rebirthed.

Copy & paste the address below to your browser to read's March 11th article on
First Parish Church


Thank You!


Periodically, 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 ( 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

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 This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it 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!


Our 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.



Greetings!  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 who seek
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 created us.

When we voted, we were blessed to have with us representatives of DignityUSA   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 a.m.  

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.  Find Lisa's eBook on, then go to the left column "Categories" listing and click on "Emotional Healing".  Lisa's book is also available on, and, or write her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

           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, then go to the left column "Categories" listing and click on "Spiritual eBooks".
For more information, write Rev. Adinolfi at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

           Now their books are available on the Healing eBook website  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:


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