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MINISTRIES

SUNDAY DINNER

Each Sunday at 2:00 pm, PSUMC serves a free, hot and nutritious meal to over 50 people.   Anyone who needs a meal in the community is welcome. We provide a nurturing, safe and comfortable environment for both guests as well as volunteers. Volunteers commit to helping once-a-month to set up, greet guests, serve the meal, and clean up.  We start at 1:00 PM and finish around 3:00pm.  In addition, volunteer cooks prepare a main course, salad, and  dessert and drop them off at the church. The time spent with the guests is a wonderful opportunity to build community.

We are looking for additional volunteers to help with Sunday Dinner! Please contact Lisa Watson at LWATSON32@GMAIL.COM if you are able to help with making part of the meal or help serve on a Sunday afternoon.     

LGBTQ

PSUMC works to create a truly open community in which all people are welcome, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity. We strive to undo the harm done by institutionalized religious prejudice. We want LGBT people to know that bigotry they’ve experienced from organized religion is a betrayal of the true message of the Gospel: love for ALL of God’s children and defense of the poor, the oppressed and the marginalized of society. PSUMC also works to change the rules in the larger United Methodist Church so that it, too, reflects the radical inclusiveness of God’s love.

Much of PSUMC's work is conducted through the Reconciling Committee, which takes its name from the national Reconciling movement within the United Methodist Church to change church policy. PSUMC has been a reconciling church since 1985.  PSUMC’s Reconciling Committee has worked on many fronts. We work to change the UMC’s doctrinal prejudice and institutional discrimination against LGBT people. We participate every year in our regional church body’s annual governing conference (known as the annual conference), joining with other churches to bring a powerful, unavoidable witness to the four-day conference. PSUMC was instrumental in founding Methodists in New Directions (MIND), a regional, conference-wide grassroots organization working to end the church’s bigoted rules, and remains centrally involved in MIND. In 2005, PSUMC introduced a very controversial resolution at the annual conference meeting, calling on the conference to disobey the church’s discriminatory rules. We are also a signer of the Covenant of Conscience, publicly stating that we join other congregations in performing marriages for all.

CAREGIVERS SUPPORT GROUP

The Caregivers Support Group is for people nvolved in the care of elderly parents, relatives or friends, near or distant. The group gets together monthly to share dilemmas, feelings and resource ideas, and to support each other through difficult times. Generally, the group meets at church on the first Sunday of the month at 9:30 A.M.

For more information:

Doris Strugatz at dstrugatz@nyc.rr.com or 718-638-3417

Liz Opoka at lizopoka@earthlink.net or 718-965-4142

Michael Perreca at michaelperreca@gmail.com or 718-344-7980.

STEPHEN MINISTRY

The holiday season can evoke feelings of loneliness, stress and anxiety. The holiday blues are a real phenomenon. 

 

That 'most wonderful time of year,' can trigger depression for a number a reasons. You may not be able to make spend time with family for the holidays, or even have family or friends to spend it with. You may be in a difficult financial or job situation. If you're going through a difficult time, it can be nearly impossible to be receptive to the joy and merriment around you.  The holidays can be especially difficult if you are grieving, if you or someone close to you is experiencing a health challenge, a break-up or divorce or if you are providing care to a loved one.

We all experience challenges in life—times when we could benefit from the support of a caring friend. Our congregation’s Stephen Ministry equips lay people to provide confidential one-to-one care to individuals in our congregation and community who are experiencing difficulties in their lives. Stephen Ministers are ready to provide the emotional and spiritual care we need when faced with a crisis or difficulty such as:

  • Loss of a loved one

  • Incarceration

  • Illness, hospitalization, birth, adoption, miscarriage, infertility

  • Divorce or separation

  • Loneliness or discouragement, unemployment

  • Physical trauma

  • Spiritual crisis

Stephen Ministry is a confidential ministry. The identity of those receiving care and what takes place in each caring relationship remains private.

 

Who are Stephen Leaders?  Stephen Leaders train our Stephen Ministers and act as Referral Coordinators. They have attended an intensive Stephen Ministry conference in order to oversee and direct our Stephen Ministry. They also provide continuing education for our Stephen Ministers.

 

There are two ways that a request for a Stephen Minister can be made. The person needing care can contact the Referral Coordinators directly. Or, with the permission of the person needing care, any church member can contact the Referrals Coordinators on behalf of that person. We ask that referrals not be made without the permission of the person needing care.

 

If you—or someone you know—could benefit from the care of a Stephen Minister; if you are interested in possibly becoming a Stephen Minister, please contact:

SMALL GROUPS MINISTRIES

When we worship together on Sunday mornings, we do so within our larger community. Perhaps you long for a time to connect with others in a more intimate setting - in a small group? We have several thriving small groups who meet to pray, study Scripture and to share their lives with each other.  

 

Contact: Rev. Kathryn Dickinson, Deacon, at PSUMCAdultEd@gmail.com.

SOCIAL ACTION

The PSUMC Social Action Committee strives to bring  Jesus’s vision of a just, joyous, and compassionate world into our present-day lives and politics. We regularly participate in protests and marches for environmental and social-justice causes. We also organize monthly speakers and/or film nights to help people learn about important issues in our community and the world. We are always open to and eager to help with other actions, which we discuss at our monthly meetings (usually immediately after church on the second Sunday of the month). Please join us!