Abiding Presence Lutheran Church

Church Office: 631-269-6454

School Office: 631-269-4898


Ministers - The People of God

Pastor - The Reverend Robert Schoepflin

Pastoral Associate - The Reverend Dr. Toby L. Tobias

+Pastor Emeritus - The Reverend Raymond H. Birkel+

Pastor Emeritus - The Reverend Ronald W. Wickey

Seminary Fieldworker - Ms. Jean Dougherty

Deacon - Ms. Kathy Pucci

Deacon - Mr. Gavin Schwen

Organist and Director of Music - Dr. Thomas Zatorski

Soloist - Ms. Lisa Pecchio

Director of Youth and Christian Education - Ms. Karen Schifellite; ext. 10

Parish Secretary - Ms. Debra Nicholas; ext. 11

Preschool Director - Ms. Julia McLaughlin; ext. 23

Dear friends,

Thanksgiving will be celebrated at Abiding Presence on Wednesday, November 25 with liturgies at 3:00 pm and 7:30 pm.  The schedule, YouTube link and bulletins for worship are all listed below. 

Please listen to our Thanksgiving Anthem "For the Beauty of the Earth" sung by The Abiding Presence Choir here.

In a special liturgy on Sunday, November 29 at 12 noon, some of our ninth graders will affirm their baptisms in the rite of Confirmation. Others have done so on November 8. We rejoice with them and pray for their life in Christ. Please scroll to the bottom of the page for pictures of the Abiding Presence Confirmation Class of 2020.


Matthew Paul Dann, Sienna Mele, Samantha Lynn Schifellite,

Julia Lynn Trama, Finn Evan Tyrer, Derek Brad Vassallo, Madison Wolf


Douglas Peter Antaky, Olivia Michelle Bender, Alex James Bender, Trinity Marie Bergami, Stevie Lynn Burkhardt, 

Max Stephen Lindenmann

November 29 is The First Sunday in Advent.  The promise of Advent is that God is always at work in the world, bringing new beginnings and a new creation to people and powers long bent on destruction. Instead of becoming preoccupied with the end times, we are counseled to live our lives in a state of preparedness—trusting that our home is God’s home and that God is coming once again to dwell with us. That trust is the strength that sustains us as we “wait for the revealing of our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Cor. 1:7).  We will continue to live stream Sunday morning worship at 10:00 am here on our YouTube channel. Links and bulletins for all worship services can be found below. 

Thank you to all who have returned their support commitments for 2021.  If you have not yet returned your pledge, please take time to do so this week as our finance committee and church council are working on our ministry budget for next year.

2021 Offering envelopes are available in the narthex for those who use envelopes for contributing. If you will be attending any of our in person indoor worship services, you may take your envelopes from the narthex table upon leaving church. If you will not be attending worship and would like to pick up your envelopes, please call the church office 631-269-6454 prior to schedule a date and time. If you do not have envelopes and would like to begin using church envelopes to contribute, please call Debra Nicholas at the church office and envelopes will be provided for you.

Christmas wreaths will be sold on November 29 and 30 and dedications of Christmas poinsettias are now available.  Information for both is listed below. Our Adopt-A-Family Christmas giving tree is available online for those who wish to contribute. More information and the link to contribute can be found on this page. 

Church office hours are 9:00 am – 3:00 pm Monday through Friday. If you have a question or a need, please call the office 631-269-6454 and be assured that if your call is not answered directly, you will receive a return call.

During this time, please continue to join me in doing what is loving and right - wear a mask, practice social distancing, wash your hands, and RESPECT THIS VIRUS, for the sake of yourself and for the sake of others.

God bless and keep you.

Pr. Schoepflin+

Thanksgiving Worship

Live stream worship via YouTube

Wednesday, November 25 | 3:00 pm

Join via YouTube here.

Download the bulletin here.

Thanksgiving In person Indoor Worship

Wednesday, November 25 | 7:30 pm

Download the bulletin here.

Limited to 45 guests

Reserved seating is required to attend this service.

Must respond to Evite to attend.

The First Sunday in Advent

 In person Indoor Worship

Sunday, November 29 | 8:00 am

Limited to 45 guests

Reserved seating is required to attend this service.

Must respond to Evite to attend.

Download the bulletin here.

The First Sunday in Advent

Live stream Worship via YouTube

Sunday, November 29 | 10:00 am

Join via YouTube here.

Download the bulletin here.


The Rite of Confirmation Liturgy

Sunday, November 29 | 12:00pm

Download the bulletin here.

Monday Evening In person Indoor Worship

Monday, November 30 | 7:30 pm

Limited to 45 guests

Reserved seating is required to attend this service.

Must respond to Evite to attend.

Download the bulletin here.

Wednesday Bible Study

Wednesday, December 2 |10:30 am


Taize Worship and Prayer

Friday, December 4 | 7:30 pm

Men's Bible Study  

Saturday, December 5 | 8:30 am

Contribute Here

At Abiding Presence, we depend on the generous support of members and friends for our ministry. Did you know that you can contribute through our online giving program? Visit this page for more information.

You can also choose to have your contribution sent directly from your bank as a one time, or a recurring contribution saving you time and postage. Simply add the congregation’s name and address on the “add payees” page of your online banking site, and your bank will send a check directly to Abiding Presence. As a benefit to the Church, it helps provide an even cash flow throughout the year helping the church more effectively and easily meet budget goals and manage expenses. 

Thank you to those who have been mailing in their offering envelopes while we have not been able to meet for worship! It is greatly appreciated since our bills must still be paid during this time. We appreciate your faithful support of our Parish. 

Christmas Wreaths  


Poinsettia Dedications for Christmas

CHRISTMAS WREATHS: 50 Christmas wreaths are being decorated and will be available for purchasing on Sunday, November 29th and Monday, November 30th after worship. The cost is $25.00 per wreath. If you will not be attending in person indoor worship on these dates and would like to purchase a wreath, please call the church office at 631-269-6454 to place your order and schedule pick up.

POINSETTIA DEDICATIONS FOR CHRISTMAS: Poinsettias will once again adorn our church altar at Christmas this year. If you would like to purchase a poinsettia for dedication please call Debra Nicholas at 631-269-6454 ext. 11 or submit your request to nicholas.debbie@yahoo.com. Poinsettias are $12.00 per plant. Please submit your request before December 14 to ensure your dedication will be printed in the Christmas bulletins.  

Abiding Presence Lutheran Church

A growing congregation. A loving community.

Gathered by Christ.

Growing in faith.

Sent to serve.

All are welcome!

Abiding Presence Lutheran Church is located in Fort Salonga, New York in the heart of beautiful Long Island.  

We are a church of the

  Evangelical Lutheran Church of America.

Our church is a community of faith that shares a passion for making positive changes in our community and in the world.  Our faith is built around a strong belief in God as made known to us in Jesus Christ.  Through worship, service, and education, we practice our faith, grow in our relationship with God and experience God's grace in our lives.

We gladly welcome you to join our community of faith regardless of age, race, or status in life.  If you are unfamiliar with our church we will greet you with a smile and be able to answer any questions you might have.

Please come and see! All are welcome!