Bethany Presbyterian Church

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To consecrate means to make or declare sacred, to formally dedicate something for a religious or divine purpose.

On Consecration Sunday each year, we declare what we will offer as our regular contribution to the church. Thank you for showing Bethany the same generosity that God has bestowed upon you. More >

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Holy Week
Lent Living Nativity
Meet Pastor Rea Mission Statement
Pastor's Ordination Oyster Babies
Presbyterian Sites Session Members
Special Offerings Staff
World Communion Worship Services


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Bethany History - Established 1927

Bethany Presbyterian Church in Huntington Station was established in 1927. The first presbytery in America was organized in 1706 and the earliest Christian church was established in the first century.

Presbyterian history traces back to the 16th century and the Protestant Reformation. Our beliefs began with the French lawyer John Calvin (1509-1564), whose writings crystallized much of the Reformed thinking that came before him.

The Presbyterian Church USA is distinctly a confessional and a connectional church, distinguished by the representation of elders -- laymen and laywomen -- in its government. The church has a membership of over 2 million in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Currently there are more than: 10,000 congregations, 21,000 ordained ministers, 1,000 candidates for ministry, and 94,000 elders.

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We are a small church with a BIG imapct | Our Mission - Jan 2017  

The mission of Bethany Presbyterian Church is to nurture the spiritual development of all members, enabling us to better worship God, love ourselves and serve our neighbors as Jesus Christ taught us by word and example.

Bethany Presbyterian Church in Huntington Station was established in 1927. The first presbytery in America was organized in 1706 and the earliest Christian church was established in the first century.

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Bethany is blessed to have Pastor James B. Rea, Jr. - Oct 2017

For almost 31 years, Bethany has been blessed with the on-going ministry of Reverend Dr. James B. Rea, Jr. And in 2014, even more of Long Island shared that blessing during his tenure as Moderator for the Long Island Presbytery. (Read more about that role in the Archives for 2015.)

His religious journey began in Harrisonburg, Virginia, upon receiving a Bachelors of Science degree from Eastern Mennonite University. He furthered his studies with a Masters of Divinity degree from Princeton Theological Seminary in Princeton, New Jersey. Then in 2010, we celebrated as he earned a Doctorate of Ministry degree from the Union Presbyterian Seminary PSCE of Richmond, Virginia.

As an ordained minister, Pastor Rea plays a very active role amongst Bethany’s diverse congregation and community, participates in multiple committees and groups, and is often found quietly working behind the scenes to support the varied and frequent mission outreach events.

James married his high school sweetheart, Winn, Environmental Artist and Professor at Long Island University. Together they have 2 children: Temple, a graudate of Carnegie Mellon University and Walton, a student at Wellesley College. James is an avid runner and has competed in dozens of marathons and ultra-marathons.

We give thanks to God for Pastor Rea's ministry among us, for preaching God's word, administering the Sacraments and being a calming, caring presence for all of us. We pray that he will continue to serve God's people, build up the church and glorify God's Holy name.

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Pastor's Ordination: 28th Anniversary - Oct 2017

Twenty-seven years ago, Pastor Rea was ordained... and Bethany loves her Pastor. Especially because he's been with Bethany for 22 of those 28 years!

We give thanks to God for Pastor Rea's ministry among us, for preaching God's word, administering the Sacraments and being a calming, caring presence for all of us. We pray that he will continue to serve God's people, build up the church and glorify God's Holy name.

Fondly, we remember and feel blessed that our congregation was able to share in and host the celebration when he became Moderator for 2014 of the Presbytery of Long Island (read more about it in the Archives for 2014).

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World Communion Sunday - Oct 2017

World Communion Sunday is the day when Christians around the world take Holy Communion - as one - creating a sense of unity. It links us to past generations who have been nourished and strengthened by the bread and wine, and the sense of peace it brings to the world. It draws us to common ground and a holy moment.

One of the four annual Special Offerings are collected on this day, with 25% of what is collected going directly to a chosen mission. Learn more about this special offering.

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We Welcome ALL Children to Christian Education - Starts September 17, 2017

Adult & Youth Ministries are both available and a brief Children's Sermon is included in every Worship Service. Coffee, social time and Sunday School follow.

Christian education for Bethany Youth includes regular Sunday School, the Children's Sermon and confirmation class for elder teens. Sunday School is available for Preschool through grade 12. Learn more on our Bethany Youth page.

Adult Bible studies are held at various times during the year, with both morning and evening classes available. New Member class prepares adults for church membership and provides participants with basic knowledge about our Christian faith, the Presbyterian Church USA and our rich, diverse congregation.

Adult Choir is at 9 a.m. on Sundays - all are welcome. Visitors, before you leave... please write your contact information in our Guest Book in the Narthex (lobby).

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Special Offerings for Presbyterians - Sep 2017

As Presbyterians, we have the power to change lives through offerings.

Monetary gifts are tax deductible as allowed by law, and always welcome. You can send monetary donations to the church address above and specify the purpose of your gift.

We encourage you to give generously and especially during four special offerings each year.

At any time, you can help sustain the PC (USA) ministries and programs supported by this Offering with an on-line gift. Mail your check to: Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.); P.O. Box 643700; Pittsburgh, PA 15264-3700.

Mar 1-Apr 16: One Great Hour of Sharing helps those in need around the world affected by natural disasters or hunger, and those in need of empowerment.

Apr 17-Jun 4: Pentecost Offering is used to sustain the important PC(USA) ministries and programs.

Sep 3-Oct 1: Peace and Global Witness Offering is received during the Season of Peace which ends on World Communion Sunday. Formerly known as the Peacemaking offering, it helps us bring peace to people through Christ and have a greater global reach with more significant impact, and ends on World Communion Sunday.

Dec 3-Dec 24: Christmas Joy is collected during Advent season and helps provide financial assistance to current and former church workers and their families. It also enables deserving student to attend Presbyterian-related racially ethnic colleagues and schools.

Learn more about special offerings.

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Church Staff 2017  

Bethany is blessed to have members who volunteer to serve on Session, and as Deacons, Committee or Staff members, too. We invite you to get to know who they are and reach out to any of them to learn about vacancies or opportunities to get involved. Join us Sundays at 10 a.m.

The Reverend Dr. James B. Rea, Jr.
Music Director
Yoon Kyung Bae
Church Secretary
Peggy Sanesky
Church Treasurer
Donna Roche
Financial Secretary
Alice DeAngelis
Site Manager/Facebook
Andrienne Williams
James Hankinson

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Church Session 2017  

Moderator: The Rev. Dr. James B. Rea, Jr., Pastor
Clerk of Session: Jan Allen-Spencer

Session members, chosen by the congregation, discern and measure its fidelity
to the Word of God and strengthen and nurture its faith and life.

Ruling and teaching elders exercise leadership, government, spiritual discernment, and discipline and have responsibilities for the life of a congregation, the whole church and ecumenical relationships. More...

Class of 2017 Lena Beavers Alden Sprague Sookmin Harris Theo Williams Jr.
Class of 2018
Alphonso Jackson
Lanzel Powell
Donna Roche
Class of 2019
Jan Allen-Spencer
Alice DeAngelis
Mercedes Wharton
Chris Sellers

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Church Deacons 2017  

Co-Moderators: Marilynne Geiffert | Cherie Cornell
Treasurer: Ed Wong
Secretary: Angela Castillo

Deacons, elected by the congregation, are persons of spiritual character, honest repute, of exemplary lives, brotherly and sisterly love, warm sympathies and sound judgment.

It is the duty of deacons, first of all, to minister to those who are in need, to the sick, to the friendless, and to any who may be in distress both within and beyond the community of faith. Deacons also assume such other duties as may be delegated to them from time to time by the session, such as leading the people in worship through prayers of intercession, reading the Scriptures, presenting the gifts of the people, and assisting with the Lord’s Supper. More...

Class of 2017 Angela Castillo Cherie Cornell Christina Ramcharitar Robert Whitehorn
Class of 2018 Victor Archer
Ed Wong
Class of 2019
Arlene Harris
Marilynne Geiffert Vacant Vacant

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Church Committees 2017  

Bethany has various committees that support the overall function and missions of the church - from Buildings & Grounds to Liturgical Dramas to the Mission team and more.

Members are from Session, Deacons and the congregation.


  Buildings & Grounds



Chair - Al Jackson
Members - Alden Sprague, Mercedes Wharton,
Theo Williams Jr.

Church Support


Chair -
Alden Sprague
Members - Jan Allen-Spencer, Alice DeAngelis, Donna Roche

Bethany Liturgical Dramas

Holy Week Directors - Cherie Cornell, Edward Cornell
Living Nativity Director - Vacant

Mission Team

Jan Allen-Spencer, Sookmin Harris,
Chris Sellers

Nominating Committee

Chair -
Sookmin Harris
Vice Chair - Theo Williams, Jr.
Deacon - Marilynne Geiffert
Congregation - Don Ghee, Linda Husar, Winn Rea, Nancy Sellers

Nurture Team | Evangelism & Christian Education

Lena Beavers, Alice DeAngelis, Lanzel Powell

Pastoral Relations & Personnel

Jan Allen-Spencer, Sookmin Harris, Suzanne Idise, Donna Roche, Alden Sprague

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Holy Week Dramas End on Easter Sunday - Performances: Apr 9-Apr 16

Palm Sunday -- Maundy Thursday -- Good Friday -- Easter Sunday

Join us to relive the Passion of Christ -- from the triumphant parade of Palm Sunday to the Last Supper to the Crucifixion and His glorious Resurrection!

Experience Holy Week as never before as we bring scripture to life through the interactive drama, music and live performances.

  • Apr 9 -- 10 am: Palm Sunday Parade & Holy Communion
  • Apr 13 -- 8 pm: Maundy Thursday & Last Supper Communion
  • Apr 14 -- 8 pm: Good Friday Tenebrae Service
  • Apr 16 - 10 am: Easter Sunday Communion & Flowering of the Cross

Learn more about Easter and what it means to Presbyterians, and our Living Nativity drama that we perform at Christmastime.

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Season of Lent - Mar 1-Apr 16

We invite you to worship with us during the Season of Lent. It is a time of prayer, fasting and reflection... and pivotal in the lives of Christians.

Over the next 40 days - from Ash Wednesday on March 1 to Easter Sunday on April 16 - we invite you to think about God's sacrifice and grace and what it means to you.

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Communion and Worship Services - Starts 10 am Sundays

Communion and Weekly Worship begins at 10 am. Join us for regular worship, followed by Coffee Fellowship and Sunday School. We celebrate the Lord's Supper regularly throughout the year. It is an integral part of the Service for the Lord's Day.

We also invite you to join us for special services during the year - Ash Wednesday on March 1, Maundy Thursday on April 13, Good Friday on April 14, Easter Sunday on April 16, and Christmas Eve on December 24.

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Grow To Give Garden - Jan 2017  

Jesus said to feed his sheep. At Bethany, we feed them spiritually and literally.

With our "Grow to Give" Garden project, we are blessed to reap a harvest plentiful enough to feed our neighboring community!

See Bethany in this YouTube video for the "Grow to Give" Garden Project. Check us out and get your green thumbs ready for another harvest.

Everyone is welcome to plant and harvest. Join us!

In 2012, the Long Island Community Agriculture Network piloted a program called Grow To Give, a project to help religious organizations utilize their land and volunteers to grow fresh produce for the needy.

Grow To Give is a Community Service Garden Project established by the Long Island Community Agriculture Network and made possible in part with funding from the Long Island Community Foundation and the Horace and Amy Hagedorn Fund.

The Long Island Community Agriculture Network is a project of the Open Space Institute's Citizen Action Program (a not-for-profit 501c3 organization).

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Twelfth Annual Living Nativity: "Your King is Calling" - Dec 2016  

Grace. If we are all children of God, then grace - and redemption - is available to all. God gives us the opportunity to change and the capability to make the change. The question is: are we receptive to the support God provides us to achieve the changes we want or need -- even when the support comes from an unlikely source?

For our 12th Annual Living Nativity Drama, we present: "Your King Is Calling" and invite you to be part of, and in the midst of, our exploration of the power of Grace.

Our Living Nativity Drama is also Bethany's way of giving a special Christmas gift to family, friends, guests, and our community. Refreshments served and a free will offering is accepted to benefit Bethany’s Outreach Missions. Learn more about Christmas, our Holy Week dramas and what it means to Presbyterians.

It was in the fifteenth year of the reign of Tiberius Caesar, Pontius Pilate is governor of Judaea, and Herod is the ruler of Galilee...

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Links to Presbyterian Sites

Access more information about your Presbyterian faith with these helpful links.

If you'd like to see other links added to this list, please contact us -- we'll be happy to add them.

Bethany is a community of believers in Jesus Christ and member of the Presbyterian Church (USA).
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Oyster Babies - (631) 425-1023 -
425 Maplewood Road, Huntington Station, NY 11746

Oyster Babies is a New York State Licensed early childhood center with a range of programs that focus on social and emotional growth. The staff are experienced teachers and caregivers.

Oyster Babies East Early Childhood Center continues to fulfill their mission to provide the highest quality childcare and education in a safe nurturing environment, situated on the same beautiful 5 acre grounds as Bethany Presbyterian Church.

Oyster Babies East is conveniently located on the corner of Park Avenue and Maplewood Road in South Huntington and is easily reached from many local neighborhoods including; Huntington, Huntington Station, Greenlawn, Dix Hills, Cold Spring Harbor and East Northport. For complete details, visit the Oyster Babies web site.

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