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Setauket United Methodist Church
Open Hearts – Open Minds – Open Doors

A letter from the pastor...
By the Reverend Steven Kim

Surfing in Montauk

First, let me be clear. I am far from being a surfer, but I enjoy seeing someone ride on a wave at the shore. On the first day of 2019 I drove to Montauk to see the New Year’s sun rising on the Atlantic Ocean. To be exact, I hoped to see it, but I couldn’t because the sun was already above in the sky by the time I got there.

On my way to the iconic lighthouse, I spotted a sign that read ‘Camp Hero State Park.’ I followed the entrance all the way to its parking, close to the cliff shore line. There were many people who were doing beach trekking. You can see a breathtaking view from there of the Montauk lighthouse at a distance. A perfect spot to take pictures. There was something else there that caught my eye. There were scores of surfers. Yes, you read it right. There were surfers who were riding on the waves of the Atlantic Ocean in January.

I’ve never known before that Montauk is a popular destination for winter surfers. For example, Camp Hero is open for the surfers December 15 through the end of March. Why surfing in winter? Unlike a Hawaiian beach, the waves form high enough in Montauk only in winter, except for the hurricane season.

I’d never get in the frigid ocean water in winter. But those surfers dared to plunge into the ocean, swam to a certain distance until they got on a high wave. Once they get on a wave, all they need to do is keep balance while the wave carries them away to the shore. It is a thrilling ride. They are the people who are not afraid of the coldness and the high waves in winter, but welcome them and enjoy them.

That was the New Year’s lesson that I got at Montauk. For the surfers, the bigger and higher waves could be more rewarding. I think our faith journey in the New Year will be just like that. We all will face inevitably the waves of challenge coming toward us throughout the year, big or small. I may never try winter surfing in Montauk. Seeing those surfers, however, I made my new year’s resolution: I will try hard to become a skilled surfer in riding God’s wave.

Here are some tips that I’ve found in the Bible that will help me to become a better surfer in my faith journey. I hope it will be beneficial for you, too.

Joshua 1: 9, “Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

1 Peter 5: 7, “Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.”

Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.”


May God guide and bless your new journey in 2019!



Our prayers go to God for the following folks:

Michael Brower asks for prayers for the McGurk Family. My friend, TJ, passed away suddenly at the age of 47. God please be with him and his family. He leaves behind a wife and two girls, ages 12 & 14. May God be with them on the road ahead.

Debbie Heinecke asks for prayer for Jonathan Heller as he recuperates from brain surgery.

Our prayers are with Ken Joseph as he has Cataract surgery tomorrow.

We ask for prayers for Barbara Thomas for ease of pain in her back and legs. We look forward to welcoming Barbara back to worship and her church family!

Carolyn and Steve Costa share Bernice Scott, whom we have prayed for a long time, has gone home to God recently.

We pray for Michael Lyyckx, a co-worker's husband , who had a recent cancer diagnosis.

Birthday prayers go out for Andrew Stolarski, Jim Halcrow, Phil Colacioppo and Marsha Volk's Mother who turned 95 last week.

Prayers of thanks for the children of our church and may they grow in wisdom and stature.

Our prayers reach out to those who govern us and may they have the ability to solve the issues our country has, and prayers for those who serve in all capacities to keep each person safe.

Thanks be to God for the Jazz Gospel Night and the Jazz Loft Band. Sunday afternoon SUMC was "grooving" to Jazz. Special prayers of thanks to the SUMC Mission & Outreach Committee: Nancy Fogg, Judy Paldy, Lorraine Stolarski, Sandy Laudicina, Barbara Yamitelli, Emalyn Laurino, and Ruth Cabble, Dr. Tom Manuel, Pastor Steven, those who brought food, our proud business sponsors and for all who attended Jazz Night.

Our prayers continue for Maxine Gale, Ian Holiday, Leonie Stair, Flo Davies, Linda Lapp, Sam Brush, Celie and Bob, Betty Bolden, Susumo Ando, Debbie, Nick and family, Murray and Bonnie, Rosie, KarlAnn, Jacquie, Jordan, Carolyn Ellis, Audrey Savwoir, Chris and Ed Brown, Jolanda Rice, Diana Spetta, Gail Bean, home bound folks, caregivers, Stu Fitz, YoungRok, and Steven's Mother.

"For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under the heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1, 200 B.C.

Faithfully, Sue Steares

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