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July 2, 2019
LOOK UP!!! Can You Believe What You See In Patchogue?
Red, white and blue are the permanent Congregational Church of Patchogue bell tower colors, all year around. See what you wish to see in them this July 4th weekend. I see a reminder that freedom is fragile. I see willingness to sacrifice for greater good. I see a beacon, notifying people of the location of sanctuary, calling us to a moment of solemnity, silence and respect. I see a 127-year-old brick totem of faith build with bare, bloody, calloused hands long before electric lights, central heating, and the automobile came along. I see a tower that has stood for faith through “civil” and world wars; segregation; the denial of the right of women to vote; and of the exclusion of the right of LGBTQ+ people to be ordained. I see the oldest building on Main Street, and I see the lights of the future that would be dimmer without it. What do you see?

Peace & Many Other Blessings,

Rev. Dwight Lee Wolter







‘Twas a Rainy, Quiet Day at the Congregational Church of Patchogue (Long Island) last Sunday. After church, a small, wet, hyperactive army of children and adults took some kid's chairs to the front yard for people to "steal." I posted this photo on Facebook and suddenly we were in conversation with many people unfamiliar with the church. One person from the church insisted on paying $25 to the church for one chair. Another person, who happened to not attend that day, saw it on Facebook and asked if she could take some. She took 8 for her niece's preschool. Another person wrote that she artistically paints chairs. She came and took eight. I asked her to return one, painted, to display her creative work to the congregation to illustrate what happens ~ with music, unwanted furniture, love & much more ~ when you “put it out there, freely.” Literally, many hundreds of people throughout the nation saw this story and retold it through national Facebook groups addressed to Methodists, Presbyterians, United Church of Christ, as well as many other secular groups. Last Sunday, after the church was closed and locked, we made new friends; beginning with a small, wet, hyperactive army of children and adults who did something easy, creative, fun and loving.
This Sunday is Mother's Day. We will celebrate biological mothers, women who "mother" others through the church through their generosity and spiritual practice. I say this because some women without children stay away from churches, restaurants and other places on Mother's Day the way some single people stay away from churches and restaurants on Valentine’s Day. Mother’s Day will be a part of, but not the sole focus of our Sunday morning church service. That said, the children of the Sunday School have prepared a special gift for all mothers, including anyone who has ever had a mother. See you in church at 10am.

SAVE LIVES BY HAVING FUN & EATING DINNER: A fundraiser will be held at the Congregational Church of Patchogue, 95 E. Main St., on Thursday, May 9, 2019. It begins at 6:30 with wine, hors d’œuvres, and music. At 7:30, enjoy a delicious meal, typical of what is served at the soup kitchen. Taste an see for yourself what is involved in serving our food-insecure neighbors. Tickets are $35, in advance only. Checks may be made payable to Patchogue Neighbors Soup Kitchens, Inc. and mailed or delivered to the church. Office hours: M-F, 9am – 1pm. Phone: 631-475-1235. Peace, Dwight Lee Wolter