PRELUDE, October 2010


From Our Executive Director:

It is no secret that many houses of worship are hurting these days. The current recession has produced both a desire to help people in need - and a real crimp on their budgets. In addition, our society is steadily becoming more secular, presenting serious challenges to nearly every church, synagogue, mosque, temple, and fellowship. Recently a young couple asked if I would marry them without mentioning God, religion, or faith in any way. I wasn't free on the date they requested - they'd already long ago booked the catering hall - and were dumbfounded that I did not know a clergyperson who'd be happy to perform a wedding without referring in any way to what anyone believed. A generation ago, I suspect, this request would have been unthinkable. Now, I fear, it is increasingly typical of the mission field in which we are planted.

So what can your congregation do if it is struggling to make its budget, having a hard time growing, and fears it cannot afford to give more to those such as the LICC who aid people in need? Here are a few suggestions:

  • Clean out the junk in your building. Nearly every house of worship, like nearly every home, has stuff we do not use that somebody else really needs. Get your youth group, confirmation class, or Men's Fellowship to sort through the church attic or basement and give away the usable items that you have no use for. Go through the kitchen and give unopened containers of food to an emergency pantry (such as the LICC's) while they are still edible. Give those books that are falling off your shelves to your local library or to our Riverhead office or to some other organization that will put them in the hands of eager readers. Urge your parishioners to do the same.

  • If you have a lot of stuff, have a tag sale on your congregation's lawn and donate some of the proceeds to an outreach project (such as us). One church I served, Island Park United Methodist Church, started renting out spaces in its parking lot for Saturday tag sales and found that this was a real community service to others with unwanted junk in their homes. It brought in considerable proceeds for the church, without much effort, and the congregation unloaded its own excess possessions at its table.

  • You can help the poor without spending a dime, by inviting the LICC to place a St. Vincent de Paul collection box in your parking lot. The Society of SVDP will empty it as often as needed, you will have an easy way to get rid of items you don't sell at your congregation's tag sale, and you won't have to wonder anymore what to do with those bags of old clothing that appear mysteriously at the front door of the church.

  • If you are located in a community where people need to eat more fresh produce, consider sponsoring a farmer's market in your parking lot, something that might both help Long Island's farmers and improve local nutrition. Now is not too early to plan to start one next summer.

  • If you already operate a soup kitchen, food pantry, or second-hand store, consider becoming a VITA or AARP site where low and moderate income residents can get free help filing their taxes next year. Or see if a local not-for-profit might like to sign up people for WIC, SNAP (food stamps), or Child Health Plus.

  • Have a blood drive. It costs a congregation almost nothing to give the gift of life. Youth from your congregation may even be able to win a scholarship for organizing a drive next summer. To learn more or to schedule a blood drive, call 1-800-933-2566 or visit

  • Host a financial education program. Now, more than ever, people in your community need to learn everything they can about how to manage money well - and the same goes for those who lead your congregation. To be good stewards of the resources God has given us, we need to learn how to handle money wisely in difficult times. The LICC would be glad to provide personal finance seminars or a seminar on to manage your congregation's money, at no cost to you.

  • Send letters to your elected representatives urging them to change public policy to help those in need. MICAH (the Mobilized Interfaith Coalition Against Hunger) and groups such as Bread for the World can suggest policies that will help the poor and hard-working folks who are barely keeping their heads above water, issues where your letter or call to a politician might make a big difference.

  • Last but not least, do what you can. Help us to help people in need to the extent that is possible, even if times are hard. After all, the best way to attract and keep people today is to demonstrate that you are doing some good in the world.


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Sara C. Weiss, Director of Development

Special thanks go to Bank of America for a $10,000 grant that will be used to support our predatory lending prevention/financial education program. We thank two individuals who gave gifts of $777 and $700 to be used where needed most, and for emergency food. And appreciation also goes to Astoria Federal Savings for purchasing an ad for our Share the Harvest special event. We thank the following institutions for their gifts:
First Presbyterian Church of Baldwin$2,000 Community Resources
First United Methodist Church Amityville$1,000 Where Most Needed
Southampton Bath & Tennis Club Charitable Fund$1,000 Thanksgiving Dinner
Suffolk Association UCC$1,550 Where Most Needed
We are also grateful to the many individuals and institutions that gave less than $500. We don't identify individual donors because they have asked to remain anonymous.

Most Urgent Need

This month's most urgent need, another chronic one, is for transportation assistance. Unemployment is a primary cause of our increased case load, one that has devastated not only Long Islanders but also the entire country. Each month we have requests for up to 500 MetroCards for clients who are seeking jobs, going on interviews, going for job training, to doctors' appointments, etc. One adult male who asked us for help is the head of a household that includes his wife and two children ages 11 and 13. His unemployment benefits are about to run out, and he does not want to be on welfare. He has just completed training to become an electrician and urgently needs MetroCards so he can find a job.

Two gifts of $1,125 each, five gifts of $450 each, or 10 gifts of $225 each will allow us to purchase 500 round trip MetroCards. Each family needs at least four round trip MetroCards. 500 MetroCards will allow us to serve 125 families.

Memorial/Tribute Gifts

A great way to remember a loved one, whether living or deceased, is to give a memorial or tribute gift in his/her name. In your letter accompanying such a gift, please tell us who the gift is in memory or tribute to, and who is giving the gift. We will send a thank you letter to the contributor and to the family of the loved one in accordance with your instructions. Please send your contribution to the LICC, attention Sara Weiss. If you have any questions, call Sara for further information at 516-565-0290, ext. 207. Naming and Tribute opportunities are also available for our programs. Please call Sara for a list. We also have planned giving opportunities that will sustain these programs in perpetuity.

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A TIMELY REMINDER: Avoid Politicking from the Pulpit

In the last election, the representative of a local candidate for Congress asked me to line up speaking engagements for the candidate in local churches before the election. This week, the publicist for another candidate for Congress wanted to use the LICC newsletter to invite clergy to a "meet and greet" with the candidate before the election. In both cases I said "no" and pointed out that what they were asking was possibly illegal and contrary to the advice we always give congregations. Both offenders-one a Democrat and one a Republican, by the way-expressed shock that it might be wrong for a not for profit organization or house of worship to engage in partisan politicking. So be forewarned: you may be hearing from campaigns that wish to draw you into activities that are unwise and perhaps unlawful. Further information on how to do the right thing and stay on the right side of the law is available from the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism ( and the Internal Revenue Service (,,id=179773,00.html).

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Affirm the Laity
Many congregations celebrate Laity Sunday in October. Often this is an opportunity for the parson to get of town while a lay leader preaches, but it could also be a great opportunity to celebrate Martin Luther's great theological and ecclesiastical insight: the priesthood of all believers. And it is worth recalling on Reformation Sunday that Catholicism also teaches the "royal priesthood of all believers.' The Catechism of the Catholic Church (#1546) says that Christ, our high priest and unique mediator, has made of the church "a kingdom of priests for his God and Father." 1Peter2. The whole community of believers is, as such, priestly. The faithful exercise their baptismal priesthood, each according to his own vocation, in Christ's mission as priest, prophet and king. Through the sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, the faithful are, " consecrated to be... a holy priesthood." (Vatican II, Lumen Gentium.)The ordination vows of the Rev. Elmer Hardy affirmed both his call to ministry and the ministry of those he will serve. Perhaps you would like to incorporate into your Laity Sunday celebration the question that the Rev. Dr. William B. Sutton III asked at Walker Memorial Baptist Church in the Bronx on June 27 :

"Do you promise to uphold the integrity of the Church of Christ, without exalting yourself over those who serve in other vocations in the world, and will you diligently seek to prepare them for their life in the secular structure; and will you learn from them that you might know where God is moving, acting, and working in our world."

And Elmer replied, "I will endeavor so to do, the Lord being my helper."

Put the Kids to Work
United Methodist Bishop William Willimon recently argued that too many churches offer often-poorly-prepared children's sermons as a poor excuse for fully including kids in worship. He suggests:

"Every time the church celebrates a baptism, why not call the children to gather about the font so they can see what's going on? Try to explain one thing we believe about baptism to the children. . . . Children can be asked to prepare and read the Scripture on Sundays, or to usher. . . .

Those churches that lovingly find a way to keep their children with them on Sunday tend to keep their children throughout their lives." ("Let the Little Children Come,"

Bless the Artists
Many churches have a "blessing of the animals" each year, often at the beginning of October as they remember St. Francis of Assisi. First Parish Church in Northville is celebrating our human connectedness through the arts with a "Blessing of the Artists" on Saturday, October 2, from 2:00 to 4:30 p.m. All artists are welcome to be blessed, followed by an art show in the Grange, across the street from FPC, with music by artistic talent and healthy local organic foods.

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Jewish, Christian, Muslim Coexistence

"Muslims, Christians, and Jews have been so enmeshed in a framework of conflict and so determined to view not only history but the present through that lens that they risk missing the next wave of history. Many parts of the world that are emerging in the twenty-first century have not been party to that history and are neither interested in nor constrained by it. . . . Peace is woven into our collective past; it is there to be seen in our messy present; and it will be there in our shared future."

--Zachary Karabell, Peace Be Upon You: The Story of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Coexistence, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf)

Why Jerusalem Matters to Muslims

"Jerusalem was holy to Islam precisely because it had been holy to the Jews and to Christians. It later became sacred to Muhammad and to the Muslim community, but only because it was the city of apostles. In short, Jerusalem was sanctified in Muslim eyes not in spite of but because it had been the holiest of holies for the People of the Book. For Saladin, Jerusalem was the glue binding the People of the Book to Islam."

--Zachary Karabell, Peace Be Upon You: The Story of Muslim, Christian, and Jewish Coexistence, (New York: Alfred A. Knopf)

Sharing the Holy Land May Be God's Will

"Religious radicals - both Jewish and Muslim - seek to transform the Israeli-Palestinian dispute from a territorial and national conflict to a religious one, fueled by the conviction that God bequeathed the land exclusively to one faith. It is . . . time that leaders on both sides - with the assistance of the United States - begin to challenge those who purport to seek God's will to consider that Jews and Muslims may be intended to share the land after all."

--Professor Alon Ben-Meir, "God Has Already Spoken,"

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  • Our Executive Director is included in the new 2011 edition of Who's Who in America.

  • This fall, Catholic Charities is opening its newest development of affordable housing for seniors at Cabrini Gardens in Coram. Two three-story buildings will offer 65 one-bedroom apartments that are handicapped-accessible and feature "green" construction. Catholic Charities is accepting applications from those 62 or older with income under $36,300 ($41,500 for couples). Call Barbara McCaffrey at 516-733-7076 for more information.
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As Newsday reported recently, the fees charged to get a reverse mortgage have fallen considerably in recent months and interest rates remain low. A reverse mortgage allows homeowners who are 62 or older to tap their home's equity without having to repay the loan until they move, die, or sell the home. Such mortgages are not right for everyone, though, and you should never take out a reverse mortgage without first getting counseling from a HUD-certified not-for-profit counselor - someone such as the Long Island Housing Partnership (631-435-4710) who has no vested interest in whether or not you take out the loan. If you have little equity in your home, for example, or if you plan to move soon anyway, it may not be a good option for you. Reverse mortgages are great for some people, in other words, but a complicated way (and therefore expensive way) to borrow money if you are not someone they are designed to help.

The LICC offers free seminars on reverse mortgages and other aspects of how to manage your money well. Our presentations usually run an hour to 90 minutes, and we will tailor it to the needs of your audience. We can do shorter programs, for example, for a college class, campus ministry group, or youth group and their parents. They could be a great addition to your congregation's stewardship campaign, helping people to think faithfully about our stewardship of all our resources. Each presentation is shaped around the needs of the audience and we are prepared to address a wide variety of topics. We would also be glad to do presentations for religious leaders on how to manage a congregation's money more effectively, reduce expenses, pay for energy conservation measures, etc. The LICC will arrange speakers, educational materials, and other freebies. There is no charge for this program. To request a program, please call 516-565-0290, ext. 206, or e-mail

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Needed at the LICC's Food Pantries
Food donations are needed at the Long Island Council of Churches' Emergency Food Pantries, with more people than ever before turning to us for help. Donations can be dropped off in Freeport (450 N. Main Street, 516-868-4989), Hempstead (in Christ's 1st Presbyterian Church, 516-565-0290), or Riverhead (407 Osborne Avenue at Lincoln, 631-727-2210) or at any LICC meeting or event. We particularly need canned meat, hash, stew ,fruit, peanut butter, low-sodium food, low-fat food, dietetic food, Ensure (and similar supplements), baby food, and infant formula. Donations of toiletries, personal care items, school supplies, small household goods, fall and winter clothes, and plastic or paper shopping bags also are welcome.

The Freeport pantry also needs small shopping carts.

The Riverhead pantry also needs a small couch for guests waiting for assistance.

We also need drivers who can pick up food donations occasionally and deliver them to Freeport, Hempstead, or Riverhead, as you are needed and as you happen to be available-with absolutely no guilt if you do not happen to be free.

CROP Walkers & Sponsors
The Western Nassau CROP Walk on Sunday, Oct 17, 1:00 to 3:00, will raise money for both Church World Service, our partner in ecumenical disaster response and for the LICC's Emergency Food Center in Freeport. Would you like to walk? If not, would you be willing to sponsor our Executive Director, Wally Merna, or Yolanda Murray? Here are the CROP Walks on Long Island this fall:
  • 10/2 - Hicksville CROP Walk in Cantiague Park in Hicksville, beginning at 11:00 a.m., rain or shine. Registration will begin at 10:00 am. Contact Pastor Hank Lay at Parkway Community Church, phone 516-938-1233.
  • 10/16 - Eisenhower Park, East Meadow (Parking Field #5) Registrations will begin at 10:00 am, the Walk at 10:30 am, which will benefit the LICC and the North Shore Men's Center. There will be a 3 mile course and a 1 mile course. Contact person: Arlene Kellaur (516) 942-7841, who will be walking herself, along with LICC Finance Director Tim Denton. Want to sponsor either of them?
  • 10/17 - Western Nassau CROP Walk at Baldwin Park from 1:00 to 3:00 will benefit CWS and the LICC's Emergency Food Center in Freeport. Yours truly, Wally Merna, and Yolanda Murray from the LICC will be walking. Want to join us? Want to sponsor us? Contact the Rev. Mark Lukens at for more info.
  • 10/17 - Sayville CROP Walk at the Common Ground in Sayville. Walkers have choice of a 1 mile or 5 mile walk. Registration is at 12:30. Call Jerry Avolio at 631-363-6696 for more information.
  • 10/17 - East Hampton
  • 10/24 - Riverhead - Rev. Led Baxter,, 631-722-3070

Scouting Representatives
The Protestant Committee on Scouting of the Theodore Roosevelt Council (Nassau County) would like each Protestant Church that sponsors a Scouting unit to send a representative to the Monthly PCoS meetings. Contact the Chairman at for details.

If your congregation is interested in using one of Scouting's youth programs (Cubs, Boy Scouts, or Venturing) as a part of your youth ministry, give Bob Schlegel a call at 516-364-1069.


Help for the Uninsured with Pre-Existing Conditions
A new temporary statewide insurance option for uninsured legal residents who have medical conditions, called the NY Bridge Plan, is New York's version of the Pre-Existing Condition Insurance Plan that was created under federal health care reform. The NY Bridge Plan provides health insurance coverage at a lower price than other options currently available in the individual market. Through the NY Bridge Plan, premiums will be $362/month for residents of upstate counties and $421/month for residents of downstate counties. The NY Bridge Plan covers a broad range of services, including primary and specialty care, inpatient and outpatient hospital care, and prescription drugs, as well as assistance from professional nurses and caseworkers to help members manage chronic conditions and maintain overall health. Coverage for a pre-existing condition begins right away, with no waiting period. Eligibility for this program is not based on income. To be eligible to apply, individuals must:
  • Be a legal U.S. resident;
  • Be a resident of New York State;
  • Have a pre-existing medical condition;
  • and not have had health care coverage for the last six months.
Applications are available now. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. If the NY Bridge Plan reaches capacity, a waiting list will be established. Coverage will be effective October 1, 2010, and will be available until January 2014, when more health insurance coverage options become available through a new Health Insurance Exchange. Visit for details or an application.

Mobile Outreach on the East End
The Salvation Army of Riverhead is offering to send a new mobile unit from Riverhead to the North and South Forks of Eastern Long Island. The mobile unit will consist of a Salvation Army truck, with a tent, a desk and an intake worker. They will distribute bags of food and provide referral services to other service agencies. The Salvation Army also runs a "'Back-to-School" program that gives school supplies to children in September, a Christmas Toy/Clothing Program, a daily lunch program and furniture/clothing assistance through its Thrift Store on a case-by-case basis. For further info, contact Captain Richard Sanchez, Riverhead Salvation Army, 130 Osborn Avenue, Riverhead, New York 11901, 631-727-3338, or

Children's Sabbath Resources
The Children's Defense Fund is offering free resources for the 2010 Observance of Children's Sabbath, October 15-17, and year-round on behalf of children in poverty. This year's manual includes a wealth of easy-to-use resources from Baha'i, Christian, Jewish, Muslim, and other faith traditions to use in worship services or prayers, education programs, direct service activities, and social justice initiatives. The resources can be used within one's own faith community or in multi-faith events. This year's Children's Sabbath weekend will focus especially on ending child poverty in our rich nation, with the theme "Blessed to Be a Blessing: Lifting Up the Next Generation." To download these resources, visit

Free Resources for Ecumenical Sunday & Martin Luther King's Birthday
The Graymoor Ecumenical & Interreligious Institute offers extensive resources for celebrating the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity (Jan. 18-25), Ecumenical Sunday, and Martin Luther King, Jr.'s Birthday. Sermon/homily notes, a daily scripture and prayer guide, music suggestions, sample bulletin announcements, press releases, and a host of other materials can be download for free from Resources also are available from the World Council of Churches in English, French, German, Portuguese and Spanish at

If you are observing the Week of Prayer, the LICC would be glad to help publicize it!

Help with Mortgage Options
A new, bilingual web site from Fannie Mae offers struggling borrowers potential avenues to avoid foreclosure and keep their homes. provides calculators to help homeowners better understand refinancing, repayment, forbearance and modification options. It also includes forms, including a financial checklist; a contact log to help locate servicers; and information on Fannie Mae's Deed-For-Lease program, which allows borrowers to rent their property following a deed-in-lieu of foreclosure. Visit

Nassau Bar Assn. Programs on Cyberbullying, Sexting, Citizenship & Foreclosure
The Nassau Bar Assn. is offering free programs on
  • Cyberbullying & Sexting on Thursday, Oct. 7, at 7 p.m.
  • Preparing for the Citizenship Interview & Exam on Monday, Oct. 25, 5:30-7:00 p.m.
  • Mortgage Foreclosure Consultation Clinic on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 3-6 p.m. (offered in Spanish & English - bring mortgage documents to the consultation)
The programs will take place at the Nassau County Bar Assn., 15th & West Streets in Mineola, a block south of Old Country Road. Visit for further info. There is no charge for any of these programs, but reservations are required. Call 516-747-4070.

Help Quitting Smoking
Medicare now pays for up to eight counseling sessions a year for seniors and the disabled who want to quit smoking, as well as paying for prescription medications that help smokers quit. With the help of a physician, a counselor, or a support group, you are far more likely to succeed in kicking nicotine addiction. Ilene LoCastro, for example, who is a NYS Licensed Mental Health Counselor, offers smoking cessation counseling and accepts nearly all insurance plans. She has offices in Levittown and Malverne with the Foundation for Religion and Mental Health (516-547-4318/
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The LICC would be glad to pass the word if you are having a blood drive. Here are the ones we have heard about in October.

  • Sunday, Oct. 3, 8:30-2:30 at Holy Family Church, 5 Fordham Ave., Hicksville. Call 516-938-3846 for further info.

  • Oct. 16, 9:45-2:15 p.m. at Parkway Community Church, 95 Stewart Ave. in Hicksville. Call 1-800-688-0900 for further info.
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October is Pastoral Care Month — though as Chaplain Tom Regan observed at the recent retreat of our Pastoral Care Committee, hospitals increasingly refer to “spiritual care” rather than “pastoral care.” Chaplains, campus ministers, and pastoral counselors often serve on the front-lines of ecumenical and interfaith work. Please keep them in your prayers this month. Here is our updated roster of Pastoral Counselors.

Clergy often need to refer parishioners to therapists who understand religious and spiritual issues. The Rev. Dr. Cecily Broderick y Guerra, Vice President of Pastoral Care at Episcopal Health Service and chair of our Pastoral Care Committee, recommends checking the College of Pastoral Supervision and Psychotherapy,, which lists certified pastoral counselors as well as chaplains. Miriam Koo (, a Presbyterian clergywoman and therapist who serves on our committee, recommends the American Assn. of Pastoral Counselors Web site, Here are other recommendations we have received:

  • The Rev. Yuri Ando is a Gestalt Pastoral Care Associate. Gestalt Pastoral Care is an integration of Gestalt Growth Work, Spiritual Companioning and Healing Prayer. GPC believes that genuine healing is holistic and includes the whole person — spirit, body, emotions, mind and social context. For appointments, please call 631-744-4836 or email

  • The Rev. Bruce Anspach (, 917-417-1539) is a pastoral psychotherapist trained in psychoanalysis, family therapy and more recently fully trained in the Internal Family Therapy model. He also does organizational consulting (leadership training) privately and with Columbia University Business School. He practices in Huntington Station, Manhattan and Goshen, NY.

  • The Rev. Dr. James W. Barnum in Bellmore is certified by CPSP (516-804 8277/

  • Blanton Peale Graduate Institute of Religion and Health has a counseling center in Levittown at 474 Wantagh Avenue (520-9077).

  • Caren Heacock, Pastoral Care Assistant at Mattituck Presbyterian Church (631-298-4145/ has a Master's Degree in Biblical Counseling and works with teens and adults, single, married or divorced. She is paid through the church, so there is no charge.

  • Nancy Hoyt-Duncan, LMSW, in Huntington, 631-662-9330,, works with clients who are interested in going deeper into their spiritual process in order to find healing and wholeness for themselves.

  • Lutheran Counseling Center, with sites in Mineola, Dix Hills, Woodside, Manhattan, Bronxville, and their brand-new location, 516-741-0994, Their staff includes
    • - in Nassau County (at Lutheran Church of Our Saviour, Mineola): Nichole Adams, Psy.D; Rev. Moira Ahearne, LCSW-R; Rev. Kirk Bingaman, Ph.D.; David Doring, Psy.D.; Rev. David Elseroad, D.Min.; Rev. Ron Lehenbauer, D.Min.; Mary Rzeszut, LMSW; Rev. Alan Steinke, LCSW-R.
    • -in Western Suffolk (at St. Luke Lutheran Church, Dix Hills): Rev. Alan Steinke, LCSW-R
    • -in Eastern Suffolk County (at Emanuel Lutheran Church, Patchogue): Janet Siry, LCSW
    For more information or an appointment at any site, call 516-741-0994 or 1-800-317-1173.

  • The Queens Counseling Services of the Foundation for Religion & Mental Health, has offices in Queens and in Freeport at Our Holy Redeemer Church, in Malverne at Community Presbyterian Church, and in Oceanside at 1st United Methodist Church. Paul Engel is Executive Director. Call 516-442-0766/516-547-4318, e-mail, or visit

  • Debra Sanito, 516-650-1804, 516-790-5686,

  • The Rev. Toby L. Tobias, PhD, LCSW, M.Div., a pastoral psychotherapist and life-coach, works with individuals, couples and families with anxiety, depression, relationship problems, addictions & post-traumatic stress. He uses various approaches including EMDR. 631-424-1690
If you have additions or corrections for this list, please phone them to 516-565-0290 ext. 206, fax them to 516-565-0291, or e-mail

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Each month we mail about 3000 copies of our newsletter The Prelude to the clergy leaders and lay leaders of 1400 faith organizations. We also email this newsletter to 3000 religious leaders and post it on our Web site (, which receives nearly 1000 visitors each month. Filled with timely articles, news briefs, updates and notices affecting Long Island's communities and churches and the wider world, The Prelude is a must read for all who would "work together to improve Long Island and promote interfaith understanding and cooperation." The LICC accepts paid sponsorship ads, display ads and simple listings (classifieds). Advertising in The Prelude is a great way to reach clergy, lay leaders, and volunteers in Long Island's congregations. To receive a "media kit" with advertising rates, copy requirements, and copy deadlines, please call 516-565-0290 or email Congregations that join the LICC and groups that join the Friends of the LICC receive a free classified ad in thanks for paying their annual dues.

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Sunday, October 10 - 7:30 PM
Patchogue Theater, 71 E. Main Street, Patchogue
(631) 207-1313
Tickets are $27.00 each. Make checks payable to Patchogue Theatre
(please include phone number on the check) and mail to Patchogue Theater,
PO Box 2400, Patchogue, NY 11772
All monies go to feed the hungry on Long Island

Leader: Tony Robinson
Saturday, October 16, 2010
9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Commack United Methodist Church, 486 Townline Road

Churches today understand that change is an inevitable and indispensable part of congregational life. How can congregations respond creatively to the challenges and opportunities of this post-Christendom time? Rather than denying or bemoaning the sea change, we will discuss if congregations might find a way to discern God at work among us and to respond by birthing new and more productive conversations and hopeful, engaged responses.

Tony is an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ, who has served four congregations. He presently travels throughout North America as a speaker, teacher, preacher, consultant and coach serving congregations and their leaders. He has taught at several schools including Emmanuel College/Toronto School of Theology, Seattle Pacific University, Seattle University and Vancouver School of Theology. He is the President of Congregational Leadership Northwest, a Seattle based ecumenical group that offers leadership education and support for congregational leaders. Tony is the author of nine books, the most recent Changing the Conversation: A Third Way for Congregations, published by Eerdmans Publishing Company in 2008. He is also the editor of the Pilgrim Press series on Congregational Vitality and author of the first book Leadership for Vital Congregations (2006). Tony's newest book, Stewardship for Vital Congregations, will be published by Pilgrim Press early in 2011.

You can register and pay at or by calling 631-821-2255 or e-mail

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The Long Island Council of Churches is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. The Long Island Council of Churches unites diverse Christians to work together in ministry with the poor and to promote interfaith understanding. All donations are tax-deductible and much appreciated.

The Rev. Thomas W. Goodhue
Executive Director
Long Island Council of Churches
1644 Denton Green
Hempstead, NY 11550
voice: 516-565-0290, ext. 206
fax: 516-565-0291

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