The Lost Sheep
To The Editor,
The Christmas season is here again when the Prince of Peace will arrive in time of war. Let us not forgot Jesus taught nonviolence. This raises the question: Has he become irrelevant as a prophet for all time? On the brink of nuclear war we need to rethink the true meaning of Christmas especially for our children and the survival of the human race. Albert Einstein, the most brilliant mind of our time, came to the same conclusion. This is no longer a religious issue but a wake up call. God bless America and we sure need it. Are we the last sheep referred to in scripture?
‘Tis the Season to Pray
Christmas celebrates the Good News of God sending Jesus into our world. God sent Jesus because He wanted to have a personal relationship with each of us. So, Jesus became our advocate before God. All God wants is for us to have a regular conversation with Him and we do that through prayer. Not through the recitation of “prayers,” but an ongoing conversation that requires a small, daily commitment of our time, with emphasis on the word, “daily.”
We can ask God for anything. We can, for example, ask Him to continue to guide our wonderful country. We can tell Him that we know how much our country needs Him because we are incapable of sustaining life and freedom by ourselves. Then, we can live by a faith that demonstrates our knowledge that with Him we can surmount our insurmountable problems.
These are the reasons that I have been encouraging everyone to pray for our country. ‘Tis the season to pray, fair reader, and for sure, the season to be jolly will follow forever and ever.
In the Spirit of the Season
I hope that you will read my story and print it in your paper. In a way, this is a tribute to my Dad who passed away only a few weeks ago, who, along with my Mother live in the true spirit of Christmas.
On Sunday, December 12th, someone broke into my car while it was parked on my driveway in Pine Neck. The person or persons stole a Phillips portable DVD player along with a collection of CD’s, with the music of Frank Sinatra, Andy Williams, Henry Mancini and quite a few others, as well as some other personal belongings. All of which are just material items. But what the robber doesn’t know, is that the DVD player and all those wonderful old CD’s are not just pieces of equipment that maybe they’ll get a few bucks for. They are items with great sentimental value to me. They belonged to my Dad, who passed away only a few weeks ago. He used this player while in the hospital, to listen to some of his favorite old music during the last days of his life. It brought a smile to the face of a man who was very ill. I can still see him moving his fingers to the music.
I know I will never see his CD’s or his player again, but I just had to write something to relieve some of the sadness I am feeling. Sadness, not of losing such material items, but a sadness of losing something that brought joy to my Dad at such a difficult item in his life.
Maybe, whoever broke into my car will never read this…maybe they will. What I hope is that someone will read this and maybe, just maybe, somehow, this story will get back to whoever did this.
And so, since this is the season of giving, in the sprit of Christmas, this is my wish for whoever has these items. May you have many hours of enjoyment and may they bring you as much joy as they did my Dad. And please know that the DVD player and all those old CD’s belonged to a wonderful man who will be dearly missed.
Making a Community House
As many in our community are aware, the Old Whalers’ Church provides a home for the Sag Harbor Community Food Pantry, the Conservative Synagogue, six Alcoholic Anonymous groups, the Sag Harbor Youth Center, Ladies Village Improvement Society, Weight Watchers and other groups. Several hundred constituents of these groups pass through our doors every week. All of this activity produces a lot of wear and tear on a 166-year-old building, and it’s a challenge to maintain and improve the facilities used by these groups so they can continue provide such vital community services.
Last spring, under the guidance of the late Jim Stewart, the church created the “Old Whalers’ Community House Fund.” The fund is a restricted account under the auspices of the church, all donations to which are used to maintain the particular areas of the building used by community groups
On behalf of the officers and congregation of Old Whalers’ Church, I would like to thank the following persons who have been instrumental in raising money for Community House Fund though program ad concerts: Lillian and John Woudsma and all the chefs who have been part of the “Great Chefs” cooking series, Judy Carmichael, John Canemaker, Lester Ware and the Breakwater Group, Lindsey and John Landes, Hahn-Bin, Bryan Downey and Bulldog Productions, Gene Casey and the Lone Sharks, Caroline Doctorow & the Steamrollers, Jim Turner, Nancy Atlas & Telly, Shanna Polley, Incircles, Robert Bruey, Bay Burger Jazz Band, Mambo Loco, Big Band East, Christopher Morrongiello, Marcia Young, and the many volunteers from Old Whalers’ Church, as well as the church staff.
In addition to the above, we would like t thank the countless people who have supported our programs and concerts or who have generously donated to the Community House Fund. We are already planning concerts and other programs for 2011 that we look forward to sharing with our community, but donations to the Community House Fund are gratefully received at any time.
Once again, our deepest thanks.
Very sincerely yours,
Rev. Mark F. Phillips
Saving Public Radio
To the Editor:
We did it!!! 88.3 FM is now officially WPPB-FM: an independent non-profit community-licensed public radio station serving Eastern Long Island and Southern Connecticut. ??It takes a community to save an important cultural resource and this community responded in force to save public radio for the East End and preserve Long Island’s only remaining local NPR broadcasting franchise. We thank you and all of those who contributed to the campaign to save public radio on the East End.
We were blessed with a small group of pioneers who joined the dedicated staff of 88.3 FM on this mission. Their passion and generosity inspired hundreds of loyal supporters and listeners to rally to save the station. Support came from every geographic, economic, and demographic quadrant of the East End and southern Connecticut. Friends and colleagues from local and national non-profit organizations; local businesses; local, county, state, and federal government officials; and the local press all joined our listeners and donors in the campaign to save the station. Our thanks go out to each of you who recognized the importance of maintaining a thriving public radio voice in our community.
Along the bumpy road to independence Peconic Public Broadcasting encountered significant hurdles, but each time the going got tough, timely financial support and encouragement from our listeners inspired us to keep going. Procedural obstacles delayed our progress, skeptics howled, but nothing could crush the spirit of those who believed in this cause. We are proud to have succeeded and grateful for the support of this community.
We end 2010 on a sweet note, incredibly grateful for all that Peconic Public Broadcasting accomplished with the help of the community. Challenges will remain. Like any non-profit, PPB, will continue to need help from all. We pledge our best effort to maintain the high level of quality programming you have come to expect, all with an added local emphasis.
Wally Smith?President of Peconic Public Broadcasting
General Manager of WPPB-88.3-FM
Someone to Call
Many have heard the expression, “It takes a village to raise a child.” When it comes to bullying, I believe, “It takes a village to protect a child.” The Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Long Island has been a part of our village for nearly two decades. With the tragic news of recent suicides amongst gay teens, it’s important to remember the Gay and Lesbian Switchboard’s primary focus is to provide both peer counseling and informational recourse by trained and dedicated volunteers. Whether a person is calling about bullying, depression, relationship problems, sexual identity or just needs someone to talk to, they will find a friendly nonjudgmental voice on the other end of the phone. With many students returning home for the holiday season, keeping the Switchboard phone number 631-665-3700 (7:00 to 10:00 p.m. Monday – Friday) or website address (www.glsbli.com) near the phone, is a great way for each “villager” to help protect a child.
Gay and Lesbian Switchboard of Long Island