PRELUDE, October 2011



What did we learn from the last disaster?

  1. We need to plan better for major storms.
    Nor'easters, tropical storms, and hurricanes are a fact of life hereabouts, and we would be wise to review our disaster plans in light of Irene's recent visit. As one pastor observed, his congregation really didn't have a very good system in place for deciding whether or not to cancel worship. Since police and fire crews are pulled off the roads when winds top 55 mph because it is not safe to drive under these conditions, I would suggest that houses of worship adopt a similar rule of thumb: we will close the office and cancel worship whenever the forecast exceeds 50 mph. Likewise, if schools close or delay openings due to snow or storms, close or open the office late. I instituted the latter policy some years ago at the LICC, since I didn't think parents should have to scramble to find childcare if schools closed and we did not. This policy has both reduced tension on the part of staff worried about how they'll get to work and also reduced confusion as to whether or not people need to come to work in a blizzard. And as you probably can imagine, I sometimes get more work done myself by working from home.

  2. Keep an old phone.
    If you still have a land-line rather than relying entirely on cell phones, internet phone service, etc., keep an old phone on hand that does not require external power. If you unplug the cordless phone or phone/answering machine and plug an old phone into the phone jack, you may still have phone service - even in a power outage. Phone lines often stay up even when power lines are down, and they have their own power source. You may be able to plug an old phone into a wall jack and call 911, even if you no longer use a land line.

  3. We need additional cell phone antennas on Long Island, so that fewer people are cut off when transmitters lose power. I hate mobile phones myself, but church steeples and synagogue roofs are good places to hide antennas - and the companies will gladly pay your house of worship handsomely to use a small portion of your facility. Howard Cappel's talk at our seminar last spring on congregations and the law covered some important aspects of use agreements. It is posted on our Web site,

  4. Give blood if you can.
    Blood supplies are often critically low by the time we get to peak hurricane season. Many blood drives had to be cancelled due to Irene and some blood banks had to discard supplies when they lost power. Giving blood regularly and planning collection dates for summer or early fall keeps us all safer. If you let the LICC know about your blood drive, we would be glad to help publicize it.

  5. Same of our neighbors lived in a disaster area long before Irene hit.
    One charity noted a sudden surge of calls from seniors who could not get out of their homes to get food. One suspects that these folks were already living on the edge before the storm arrived: they either have needed additional help from the neighbors for some time or will need extra assistance on a regular basis pretty soon. And as government slashes funding for soup kitchens and food pantries, many programs that help folks at risk of hunger are operating close to extinction themselves. The Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter, pastor of Patchogue Congregational Church urged his flock, "Now that the hurricane has passed, take all the food you bought in a panic, and did not use, and donate it to a food pantry. The people we feed at our church live like this every day: some cans but no opener; pasta but no hot plate; soup but no silverware; no electricity or home to use it in."

  6. We have a remarkable capacity to care for each other in a crisis.
    In the wake of the storm, countless volunteer firefighters and auxiliary police gave their time to help those in peril. People checked on shut-ins to see what help they needed. Those with generators let neighbors plug into them to have at least a little power. There was truly a bit of Heaven in this disaster area. Some grocery stores donated perishable food that would have gone to waste in the blackout to local food banks. Farmers rushed to pick crops before Irene hit and then gave tons of it to Island Harvest, Long Island Cares, and our emergency food pantries.

    What we need, I think, is to better organize this mutual concern and compassion. Some congregations have a program of daily reassurance calls: shut-ins call each other and alert somebody if nobody answers the phone. Such networks might be easily adapted to dispatch volunteers to check on shut-ins who do not answer (or lose phone service) after a storm. Congregational telephone trees and prayer chains might likewise be used to help laity help one another. If your congregation adopts a storm-closing policy in advance, these networks can focus on supporting vulnerable members rather than figuring out whether or not to cancel choir practice.

    Reasonable people can disagree about the role of government in preserving some sort of safety net for our most vulnerable neighbors. I have my own lengthy list of things I think government should stop doing. I think I startled a Tea Parry activist I met this summer by agreeing that taxpayers should not subsidize sports arenas, agribusiness, or converting grain to gasohol. Nearly all Americans would agree, though, that we need government to help with disaster response and that we also need voluntarily to care for one another. When we organize ourselves as a nation and when we freely lend a hand to those in trouble, we bring a bit of paradise into our community.


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Sara C. Weiss, Director of Development

We are extremely grateful to the Long Island Community Foundation and two of its donor-advised funds, the Rhodebeck Long Island Fund and the Greentree Foundation Fund, for their generous emergency grant of $27,000 for our Freeport Emergency Food Program. This grant plugged the huge gap resulting from the County's $27,000 cut in our 2011 budget. We are also extremely grateful to the Nassau County Bar Association's WE CARE Advisory Board for its generous grant of $15,000 to support our Nassau Emergency Food and Community Resources programs. These grants enabled us to keep our Freeport Emergency Food Center despite Nassau County slashing the reimbursement for the work they have asked us to do on their behalf - and delaying payment for more than half a year. We also thank a couple who've been long-time supporters for their gift of $500. We are grateful to the following institutions for their support to help us respond to the ever-greater numbers of guests who come to us for help:
Church World Service$1,234 to be used where most needed
Long Island Community Foundation$27,000 for Freeport food pantry
Manhasset Friends Meeting$500 to be used where most needed
Nassau Bar Association$15,000 for Freeport food pantry
United Methodist Women of Amityville$1,000 to be used where most needed

And of course, we are 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

In order to cope with the decreased funding in the face of rising demand, we’ve steadily reduced our staff over the past 12 years. We’re trying to help more and more people at the same time the government is cutting funding to reimburse us for what we do for them.

For years we’ve been relying on volunteers and trainees sent to us from job training programs. One such program has been sending us workers for 15 years but was eliminated last summer because of government cuts for social services. It’s very difficult to cover the costs sufficient staff to serve our guests as the government slashes more and more funds from the safety net and no-frills health insurance for a single employee has gone up to $8,400.

We urgently need to increase the hours for our Hempstead part-time emergency food and social services receptionist who helps our Nassau guests with emergency food, transportation, utilities, prescriptions and a host of other needs. We need a financial angel who would be willing to cover the costs of increasing her hours and preferably to hire her full-time. A gift of $3,000 would enable us to increase her time by five hours a week (to 25 hours). A gift of $17,400 would enable us to hire her full-time (15 additional hours a week @ $9,000 annually) and pay for her health insurance @ $8,400 annually.

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 food drive traditionally calls for only the canned and dried, foodstuffs hidden in our darkest cupboard corners. Yet with obesity and malnutrition incidence nearing epidemic proportions, food banks desperately need healthy, nutrient rich foods. Especially now, as summer heat rises, the needs of Long Island food banks peaks. While schools offer breakfast and lunch assistance to underprivileged youth throughout the academic year, summers leave food banks scrambling to meet their dietary needs. Their task may seem daunting, but some communities are lending out a hand.

In North Bellmore, the Garden at St. Mark’s is evolving an old Long Island tradition to meet new Long Island needs: gardening. They are digging their hands out of the pantry and into the dirt, sowing a healthier tomorrow with welcomed donations of produce. But you won’t find their Kirby cucumbers pickled and canned. No, their donations are picked up fresh.

When Long Island gardeners relish the fruits of their labor they face an age old dilemma: who gets the next bag of tomatoes? All too soon, the list of friends, neighbors, and family is exhausted. Oftentimes the produce, against all best intentions, goes to waste. But thanks to organizations like The Long Island Council of Churches, another head of lettuce needn't wilt in the crisper.

These organizations are constantly looking for ways to enhance the nutritional value of their food banks. Donations from gardens like The Garden at St. Mark’s are picked up fresh weekly and delivered straight to those who need them most: Long Island’s local food pantries. Here they are quickly picked up by families in need, many of whose produce is normally sodium packed, canned and processed. And while it may seem like a few summer squashes have no impact, they can provide the substance of a child’s meal or soup kitchen’s broth. Rest assured, each donation is eagerly accepted and hastily distributed.

So next time you’re at a loss at what to do with another eggplant, consider making a donation. The Garden at St. Mark’s in Bellmore accepts all donations, canned or otherwise, and adds them to their weekly pickup. They are located on 1692 Bellmore Avenue in North Bellmore and can make themselves available to receive donations daily. To make appointments, just call (516) 783 8596. Additionally, websites like serve to connect home gardeners with local pantries accepting donations of fresh produce.

Long Island has among the richest communities of home gardeners in New York State. Together, we can change the world beyond our garden’s picket fences. By donating our excess, we can enrich the diet and lives of those who need it most: Long Island’s underprivileged families and youth. For further info, please email or call 516-783-8506.

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IDEAS YOU CAN USE: More Chaplains to Invite

In the last issue of The Prelude, we suggested that you consider inviting a chaplain, campus minister, and or pastoral counselor to speak at your congregation during October, which is Pastoral Care Month. Here is our newly-expanded list of some people you might want to invite:

  • LICC chaplain Nancy Schaffer, who is ordained in the United Church of Christ, 631-586-9667.
  • The Rev. Lawrence W. Swensen, the other LICC’s chaplain, 516-794-4505.
  • The Rev. Marianne K Tomecek, the new Executive Director of Long Island Campus Ministry and the preacher at our 2011 Easter Sunrise Service, who is ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America and can preach and celebrate communion in English and Spanish in Nassau and western Suffolk Counties. 516-425-7094 or
  • The Rev.Dr. Penny Gadzini, a pastoral counselor in Babylon who is ordained in the United Methodist Church, 917-287-0583.
  • Pastor John Dornheim, the Protestant Chaplain at C. W. Post/LIU. ordained in the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America, and available to preach or speak at congregations near the Post campus (East from the Nassau/Queens border, North of Old Country Road, and West of Elwood Road).?516-299-2096.
  • The Rev. Kitt Von Braunsberg, ordained in the United Church of Christ and is a chaplain at Nassau University Medical Center, 516-801-4275.
  • Caren Heacock, Pastoral Care Assistant at Mattituck Presbyterian Church, is available for guest preaching on the North Fork, 631-298-4145.
  • Alex Thomas, campus staff worker for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Nassau Community College, 516-606-8267.
  • Jainnie Hackman, campus staff worker for Intervarsity Christian Fellowship at Hofstra University, or or 516-509-2397.

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“On Eagles’ Wings: The King James Bible Turns 400”
The Museum of Biblical Art has an exhibit called “On Eagles’ Wings: The King James Bible Turns 400” that explores the tumultuous origins and dramatic impact of a literary masterpiece. On view through October 16, On Eagles’ Wings features more than 130 objects, including more than 50 remarkable editions of the Bible from 1440 to 2005. These seldom-seen treasures come from one of the largest and finest collections of printed scriptures in the Western hemisphere, the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA, on long-term loan from the American Bible Society. An influence upon countless authors throughout history, the King James Bible is linked to the writings of such prominent Americans as Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), Walt Whitman (1819-1892) and Cormac McCarthy (b.1933). MOBIA will also feature five major new works by noted contemporary artist Makoto Fujimura (b. 1960) created to commemorate the anniversary of the King James Bible.

On Eagles’ Wings reminds us that translating the Bible was once deadly dangerous. Several of the storied Bibles on display faced destruction, while translators were executed, exiled and excommunicated. During the 16th century – amid the turbulence and conflict of the Reformation and Counter-Reformation – scholars risked their lives to translate the Bible into English. To produce the King James Bible, more than 50 scholars drew upon these early translations. Published in 1611, after seven years, this legendary translation shaped the modern English language, which is peppered with hundreds of phrases from this iconic volume.

The Bibles on view are drawn from the Rare Bible Collection @ MOBIA, a selection of more than 2,200 printed Bibles (including some of the earliest printed editions) and approximately 15 manuscripts. Over the course of 200 years, the American Bible Society has amassed one of the most comprehensive printed collections of its kind – a resource for specialists that is now being made available to the general public through a series of thought-provoking exhibitions, public programs, and publications.

Located near Lincoln Center at 1865 Broadway at 61st Street, the Museum of Biblical Art presents critically acclaimed art exhibitions while offering high quality, affordable arts enrichment programs to visitors of all ages. MOBIA celebrates and interprets art related to the Bible and its cultural legacy in Jewish and Christian traditions through exhibitions, education and scholarship. Past exhibitions have ranged from masters of the Italian Renaissance to the art of Marc Chagall. Admission to MOBIA's exhibitions is free for members and children under 12 and pay-what-you-wish for adults, with a suggested donation of $7; Sundays are free. The museum is open Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, and Sunday from 10 to 6 and Thursday 10 to 8. Visit for more information on current exhibits and public programs.

“Embracing Our Differences”
This outdoor art exhibition promoting peaceful coexistence can be seen Oct. 13 to 26 at Heckscher Park in Downtown Huntington and in Patchogue on South Ocean Ave. the week of Nov. 7. For further info, or to arrange a group tour, please call 631-451-4700. Visit for an educational guide to the exhibit.

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The Grace We Need

“May God give you the grace to never sell yourself short;
grace to risk something big for something good;
grace to remember that the world is too dangerous now for anything but truth
and too small for anything but love.”

--the William Sloan Coffin, Jr., quoted by Gary Nicolosi, Episcopal Journal Sept. 2011

The Golden Rule & Interfaith Understanding

“As I write about Islam and Muslims, I seek to be both truthful and charitable. To love my neighbors as myself means to speak as well of them as I wish they would speak of me.”

--Miroslav Volf, "Allah: A Christian Response", New York: HarperCollins, 2011

What It Means to Be Human

“South Africans call it ubuntu, a Zulu word that means "humanness." In the philosophy of ubuntu, you are only a human being if you are connected to and helping out other human beings.

--Scott Baldauf, "Myths About Africa," Christian Science Monitor August 8, 2011

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You can register online for a CROP Hunger Walk this fall at Or if you cannot walk yourself, perhaps you would like to sponsor a walker, such as LICC Executive Director Tom Goodhue , Finance Director Tim Denton, or Church World Service coordinator Arlene Kallaur, who are walking in East Meadow on Oct. 15, or our Hempstead Manager Yolanda Murray or Freeport manager Wally Merna, who are both walking in Baldwin on Oct. 16.

Hicksville CROP Walk
October 15, rain or shine, at Cantiague County Park, W. John Street

  • 8:30 am begin setup, including Walk signs
  • 9:30 am registration
  • 10:00 am Walk begins
  • 11:30 am clean up and depart
Coordinators: Hank Lay (516-938-1233) and Rose Mattei (

East Meadow CROP Walk
Eisenhower Park, Saturday, Oct. 15. Registration begins at 10:00 and the Walk begins at 11 a.m., with options for either a 1-mile or 3-mile walk.
Contact Arlene Kallaur at or 516-942-7841.

Western Nassau CROP Walk
Baldwin Park, Sunday, Oct. 16
Contact the Rev. Mark Lukens at or 516-599-5768.

North Fork CROP Walk
Sunday, Oct 16
Registration begins at noon 1st Presbyterian Church of Southold on Main Road
Walk begins at 1:00
Contact Herb Adler, 631-765-3365

Sag Harbor CROP Walk
Begins at Old Whaler’s Church on Union Street, Sunday, Oct. 16, at 12:30
Contact the Rev. Mark Philips, at or 631-725-0894

Westhampton CROP Walk
Sunday, Oct. 16, 11:15
Beginning at Westhampton Presbyterian Church, 90 Meeting House Road
Contact Randy Dayton at 631-288-2576

Riverhead CROP Walk
Sunday, Oct 16, 2:00 PM leaving from United Methodist Church, 204 E. Main Street
Contact the Rev. Led Baxter at or 631-722-3070.

Brookhaven CROP Walk
Sunday, October 23 in Port Jefferson.
Registration and will take place in Memorial Park (across from the Port Jefferson Village Hall) from beginning at 1:00. The walk will start at 2:00. Contact: Randi Leonard, or (631) 928-5861.

Sayville CROP Walk
Sunday, October 30
Registration at 12:30 P.M. at the Sayville Common Ground, between Gillette & Candee Avenues.
The walk begins at 1:00 P.M. Contact: Jerry Avolio,

Are you taking part in another CROP Walk this fall? Send us the details and we'll help pass the word!

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The Rev. Ron Garner, pastor of Wantagh Memorial Congregational Church, will walk 111 miles across Long Island in November "to move hunger issues more into the area of justice, not just charity.” His denomination, the United Church of Christ aims to collect more than 1 million food and household items Nov. 1 to 11 for local food banks, collect $111,111 in online donations for hunger-related causes, and encourage its 5,300 congregations to advocate for hunger-related causes worldwide via 11,111 letters to Congress. Garner also hopes that his walk, will “make people aware that there are hungry folks on Long Island and, of course, around the world.”

Starting on the east end of Long Island, in Montauk, Garner will follow a 111-mile course that includes a couple of detours. Taking donations along the way, Garner will make himself available at venues such as churches, schools and supermarkets to talk about hunger issues on Long Island, and how best to feed the hungry. A support vehicle will travel a couple miles ahead of Garner. "First, so I don't have to carry a lot of things," he says with a laugh. "But it will also serve as our collection vehicle. We plan to stop at a supermarket each day, and we can load up with items for the food pantry and bring them back each night." Garner expects other walkers to join him for short increments along the way. Likely among that group will be his "very active 2-year-old Labrador Retriever, Jonesy (named after nearby Jones Beach)."

The walk will culminate at the Long Island Council of Churches’ Freeport Emergency Food Pantry. "We have been a long-time financial supporter of Freeport Emergency Food Pantry," said Garner. "In fact, for the last two years we have been one of two Long Island churches recognized by the Long Island Council of Churches for our support. Not bad for a congregation of 150." Garner has been pastor at Wantagh for two years. He and his wife spent the previous 10 years as members of the United Reform Church in the United Kingdom. "I was a hunger-justice advocate in London, and I couldn't help but be a hunger-justice advocate here," said Garner. "For many, many years, this congregation has made one of its main missions the food pantry." Wantagh Memorial is supporting Garner’s walk with:

  • A 12-hour youth fast. "Our youth are quite fortunate, given their own family circumstances, and issues of hunger are very far removed," said Garner. "Yet our youth have always been very active in collecting food."
  • 1,111 food items for the pantry. Youth group members will collect food items outside local supermarkets and discuss hunger issues with shoppers.
  • "111 Minutes for Hunger" service. Food items will be collected and hunger issues will be discussed as part of a 111-minute-long interfaith worship service and mini-concert.

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Parkway Community Church (95 Stewart Avenue in Hicksville) recently set up a clothing collection bin in its parking lot as part of a project that the LICC and the Society of St. Vincent de Paul are doing together to place more collection boxes across the Island. Tons of used clothing end up in landfills every year - clothes that somebody somewhere needs. The LICC is helping our long-time partners at the Society of St. Vincent de Paul to find additional sites for their clothing collection boxes. You can now put your old clothes to good use - and keep them out of a landfill - at Parkway Community Church, among other LICC/SVDP locations.

If you have a corner of a parking lot where you would be willing to have a clothing box, they will empty it as often as needed. Recycling used clothes is good for planet, good for people who need inexpensive clothing, and generates some much-needed revenue for the Society and the Council. Many thanks to Parkway Community Church! For more info about the LICC’s collection box placement, please call Tom Abbate at 1-800-884-7837.

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Rules May Be Tightened for Reverse Mortgages
Those who are 62 or older, have equity in a home but need extra income may be good candidates for a reverse mortgage. Rules for these federally-insured loans may tighten soon, so if you are house-rich but cash-poor, this might be a good time to explore a reverse mortgage. Potential customers should always begin by getting free advice from a nonprofit reverse mortgage counselor.

Underwater Homeowners May Be Able To Refinance
About 17% of homeowners in the New York region owe more on their home than it is worth, and more than 28% are “underwater” across the nation. Those who have managed to make most of their loan payments may be able to refinance through Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac’s Home Affordable Refinance Program or through the Federal Housing Administration’s Short Refinance option. With mortgage rates at historic lows, homeowners may be able to save a bundle on monthly payments and avoid a future financial crisis. It is always wise, though, to get some free, impartial advice from a mortgage counselor at a nonprofit such as the Long Island Housing Partnership (631-435-4710) before doing a refit.

The LICC offers seminars on how to manage your money well - and not get ripped off on loans.
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 provide speakers and educational materials - all you need to provide is coffee and noshes. Thanks to generous funding for this effort this year from Astoria Federal Savings, Bank of America, Ridgewood Savings Bank, TD Charitable Foundation, and Wells Fargo Home Mortgage, there is no charge for this program. For more information, please visit To request a program, please call 516-565-0290, ext. 206, or e-mail

The Common English Bible Is an Ecumenical Effort
The American Bible Society’s new translation, called the Common English Bible, was translated by 120 scholars from a wide range of universities and seminaries, representing Pentecostal, evangelical, and mainline denominations. Five mainline Protestant presses jointly sponsored the project, with the United Methodist Publishing House the largest funder. This translation was done at an easier reading level than ABS’s New Revised Standard Version, the current top choice of mainline Protestants, and it aims to convey the meaning of Hebrew and Greek texts of the Bible with simplicity clarity, and grace.

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People To Take the Hunger Challenge
From Thursday, October 27 through Thursday, November 3, people of faith across the U.S. are taking on a challenge: Live for one week on the average food stamp allotment. People of faith are taking the Food Stamp Challenge to better understand how the program works on a personal level, and to highlight the continued need for and importance of feeding programs to alleviate hunger in the United States.
$31.50 a week.
$4.50 a day.
$1.50 a meal.
Will you do it?


Foreclosure Clinic Offered in Mineola Oct. 17
The Nassau County Bar Association is offering a free Mortgage Foreclosure Consultation Clinic for Nassau residents on Monday, Oct. 17, from 3 to 6 p.m. at the Bar Assn., 15th & West Streets in Mineola, a block south of Old Country Road. Individual consultations are available with housing counselors, representatives from Nassan/Suffolk Law Services, and bankruptcy attorneys, but you must make a reservation in advance by calling 516-747-4070. Consultations are available in Spanish and several other languages upon request.

Student Volunteers
St. Joseph’s College in Brentwood is having a community service day on Saturday, Oct. 22, and is sending out teams of students to do volunteer work. They will leave the school at 9AM and need to leave the work site by 3:00. For further info, or to request volunteers please contact Pat Tracy, Director of Campus Ministry, at or 631-687-1467.
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Our Executive Director, the Rev. Tom Goodhue, has some Sundays available for guest preaching after November. You can reach him at or 516-565-0290, ext. 206. For a listing of other pinch-hitters and information about the “going rate” for guest preachers and substitute organists, please visit You can also find a listing of substitute organists on the Web site of the Suffolk chapter of the American Guild of Organists: Here’s a new addition to our roster:

  • The Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter, pastor of Patchogue Congregational Church, has developed a program that sets the poetry of the mystic, Sufi Hafiz to music, and he is willing to share this event with others in Suffolk or Nassau Counties. The program runs a little over an hour. It is very positive and upbeat, and illustrates ecumenical and interfaith dialogue as well as secular considerations of the divine aspects of the simple and yet profound statement that God Is Love. A discussion time is available. A modest honorarium is requested. You can reach him at or 631-475-1235.

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High Impact Community Ministry Series
All webinars begin at 7:00 pm EST and will last approximately 1 hour
Call 631-821-2255 or e-mail for more information or to register and receive a bill.

Visit our website for a flyer with full description or to register and pay on-line at

  • Member of a Subscribing Church, $15
  • Member of a Non-Subscribing Church, $20
  • Pre-Registration is required to receive your password

“Meet the Neighbors: Ten Easy Ways to Get to Know the Community Around your Church”
October 4, 7:00 pm

“Designing your Community Ministry Program: Seven Creative Models”
October 11, 7:00 pm

“Out of the Pew, Into the Community: Getting Church Members Engaged in Community Ministry”
October 25, 7:00 pm

Joy Skjegstad, author of Winning Grants to Strengthen Your Ministry (Alban Institute 2007) and Starting A Nonprofit At Your Church (Alban Institute 2002), is a national speaker and consultant on nonprofit management and ministry development and experienced webinar leader. She has more than 20 years of experience starting and growing nonprofit organizations, including serving as the Executive Director of the Park Avenue Foundation at Park Avenue United Methodist Church and as the founder of the Institute for Ministry Leaders, a university-based training program that builds the management capacity of churches and other ministry organizations. She also served as the President of Sanctuary Community Development Corporation and has held a variety of other leadership positions with nonprofits in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area.

Island Harvest, through its advocacy program - MICAH, will be hosting an interactive advocacy forum Combating Hunger on Long Island: Farm Bill 2012 with guest speaker Mark Dunlea from the Hunger Action Network of New York State.

Whether you are an active MICAH Member, or interested in learning more about the ways you can get involved, this advocacy forum is right for you! Please register at or call Nicole Vitale at: 516.294.8528 ext 104.
Monday, October 24th, 2011
7:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Temple Chaverim
1050 Washington Avenue, Plainview
For directions, please visit:

The clergy of Long Island are invited to the Northport VA Medical Center, Building 5
on Wednesday, October 26, at 8:30 AM
  • to discover what resources are available for Veterans.
  • to discover what you and your house of worship can do for Veterans and their families, and
  • to participate in a welcoming home ceremony for our Vietnam Veterans
at the Dignity Memorial® Vietnam Wall at
Northport VA Medical Center, 79 Middleville Road, Northport, New York
RSVP Chaplain Paul Swerdlow - - 631-261-4400 x7204

The Institute for the Study of Religion in Community Life at St Joseph's College is presenting "Half the Sky: Turning Oppression Into Opportunity for Women Worldwide" featuring the author Sheryl WuDunn, Pulitzer prize-winning journalist and best selling author, on Oct. 27 at 7:30 PM in the auditorium on the Long Island campus in Patchogue. The program is open to all at no charge.

For more info, please call Pat Tracy, Director of Campus Ministry, at 631-687-1467.

A Campaign to Create Welcoming Communities and Organize for Immigrant Rights

“Don’t mistreat any foreigners who live in your land. Instead, treat them as well as you treat citizens and love them as much as you love yourself. Remember, you were once foreigners in the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.” ( Leviticus 19:33-34)

Long Island Council of Churches, Long Island Wins, Long Island Immigrant Alliance and Long Island Jobs with Justice invite religious leaders, clergy members and active lay leaders to join our new initiative, We Are All Immigrants. This Train the Trainer will utilize our new Organizing and Education Tool-Kits to help you make your congregation and your community more welcoming to immigrants, as well as support local advocacy and organizing for immigrant rights in our communities.

While we actively support immigration reform to make our laws just and fair for all, we also need to make our community compassionate and welcoming to all.

This two-hour training will provide you with a menu of strategies and resources to begin welcoming and organizing activities in your congregation, such as:

  • Pray and reflect on our own immigrant roots and the contributions of new immigrants.
  • Make your congregation and community more welcoming to immigrants.
  • Celebrate our common immigrant ancestry and our shared diversity.
  • Have non-confrontational one-on-one conversations about immigration.
  • Initiate and conduct difficult congregational or community group conversations on immigration.
  • Support and Advocate for immigrants in our communities.
Join us on one of these dates at the location most convenient for you:
  • Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, Wyandanch, Tuesday October 18, 10:00-noon12pm
  • St. Hugh’s Church in Huntington Station:,Tuesday, October 18, 2-4pm
  • St. Sylvester’s Church in Medford, Thursday October 20, 6-8pm
  • First Baptist Church of Riverhead, Tuesday, October 25, 2-4pm
  • St. Bridgid’s Church in Westbury, Thursday, November 3, 2-4pm
  • Islamic Center in Westbury, Thursday, November 3, 7-9pm
Please RSVP to or call 631-348-1170 ext 310 with the date and location you wish to attend.

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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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