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

Deacon - Ms. Kathy Pucci

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

Preschool Director - Ms. Diann Lastihenos; ext. 23

The Liturgy and Eucharist of The Resurrection


Saturday the 20th day of August, A.D. 2022

at eleven o'clock in the morning

The Lutheran Church of the Abiding Presence

Download the bulletin here.

Livestream here on YouTube

The Liturgy and Eucharist of The Resurrection


Saturday the 20th day of August, A.D. 2022

at one thirty in the afternoon

The Lutheran Church of the Abiding Presence

Download the bulletin here.

Livestream here on YouTube







Effective May 18, 2022


Per the CDC COVID-19

Community Level webpage, our

County transmission level is:


 Face coverings are

strongly recommended

(but not mandated)

for all individuals inside,

regardless of vaccination status.


By action of:

Abiding Presence Church Council

May 17, 2022

Welcome to Abiding Presence Church,

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 and are interested in learning more about our parish,  please contact us at 631-269-6454 and we will be glad to answer any questions you might have.  You can also visit the events page here for Abiding Presence Church News and upcoming events. 

Our preschool provides a safe and educationally stimulating environment for children ages two to five to grow, to learn, and to develop physically, emotionally, socially, intellectually, and spiritually. More information about our preschool including School Age Before and After Child Care and our Summer Camp programs can be found on this page and the preschool website here.  

Please join us in person or online as we live stream worship each Sunday at 9:00 am here on our YouTube channel. In person Sunday School is held concurrently. Visit this page for Sunday School information and enrollment.  Holy Communion is distributed outside from 10 am - 10:30 am for those who worship virtually. Monday evening in person worship is held at 7:30 pm. Sermon videos and bulletins for worship can be viewed on this page.   

Our worship schedule and Bible study with links to join and bulletins for worship can be found below and here on our worship page.  All are welcome! Zoom links and bulletins are uploaded prior to their scheduled date.

God bless you and keep you safe and well,

Pr. Schoepflin


Sunday Morning Worship

9:00am / August 21

Livestream here on YouTube

Monday Evening Worship

7:30pm / August 22

Wednesday Bible Study at the Beach

9:30am / Wednesday, August 24, 31

Proceed to the end of the entrance road, turn right into the main parking lot, 

and proceed to the end of the lot. Follow path to beach, 

pavilion is on left at end of path.

Mass on the Grass / Abiding Presence Upper Lawn

 8:00am / Sunday, August 28

Men's Breakfast and Bible Study

will resume In person and via Zoom

8:00am / Saturday, September 17




Lutheran Disaster Response is accompanying our companions in Ukraine, Hungary, Poland and Slovakia, as well as such ecumenical partners as Lutheran World Federation and Church World Service, in their humanitarian responses to the crisis. These partners provide refugees with immediate support and supplies such as food, blankets, water and hygiene kits. There are major humanitarian concerns for both internally displaced people and refugees. Many of these Ukrainians fleeing their homes need shelter and such basic necessities as food, water and toiletries. Care for people also includes pastoral and psychological support to address the trauma they’ve endured. If you would like to make a donation, please click here

Donation envelopes are also available in the narthex. Donations can be placed in the offering plate. Please make checks payable to Abiding Presence Church, and indicate Lutheran Disaster Response Eastern European Crisis on the memo line.

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. 

Summer Bible Study

at the Beach

We gather each Wednesday for Bible Study on the boardwalk at Sunken Meadow State Park. We begin at 9:30 am with worship and then move into bible study until 11 am. Proceed to the end of the entrance road, turn right into the main parking lot, and proceed to the end of the lot. Follow path to beach, pavilion is on left at end of path.

This year’s theme is “Walking by the water with God”. We will explore water themed stories of salvation, healing, and hope. Please bring a chair and join us!

Summer Mass on the Grass

This summer, in lieu of Sunken Meadow Beach worship, Mass on the Grass will be held at Abiding Presence on the upper lawn. 


All are at 8am, followed by the 9am liturgy in church.

August 28 will be our last Mass on the Grass for the season.

"God's work. Our hands."


September 11 is God's work Our hands Sunday. There will be several opportunities to volunteer your time to help serve our community. A list of activities will be available to the congregation in the coming weeks. 

For more information on ways you can participate in helping the community, please call the church office 631-269-6454.

Sunday school

Rally Day

RALLY DAY is scheduled for Sunday, September 18 beginning with the Blessing of Backpacks at the 9am liturgy. All children are encouraged to bring their backpacks to worship for a special blessing from Pastor Schoepflin and a keepsake for their backpack as a reminder that God is always with them.

Our RALLY DAY theme this year is “Monumental” Celebrating GOD's Greatness. 

Introduction to Sunday school letters and registration forms were sent to parents of children in grades N3 – 5 and are also available below for downloading. 

We have a fun filled Rally Day planned for this year and we look forward to “Celebrating God’s Greatness” with all of you.

Download the Introduction to Sunday school letter here.

Download the Sunday school registration form here.

Helping Hands Rescue Mission

Thank you to all who continue to donate items towards this worthwhile mission. We are now collecting breakfast cereals, pancake mixes that require "water only” and pancake syrup.  With children being home from school, the need for assistance is greater in the summer months. Your donations can be placed in the playpen in the narthex on Sunday or dropped off at church during office hours from 9 am – 2 pm. 

Altar Dedications

Sanctuary Candles, Candles of Grace, Altar Flowers and Communion Elements may be dedicated each week. The dedication may be “In Loving Memory of...” or “In Honor/Celebration of...” and will be shown in print in the bulletin of the Sunday you requested.

Altar Flowers -$40.00

Candles of Grace - $20.00

Sanctuary (Vigil) Candle - $15.00

Wine and Bread - $15.00

Please email your request to nicholas.debbie@yahoo.com or call the church office at 631-269-6454 ext.11.

APLC Scholarship Fund

Through a generous gift of Erwin Zimmermann in memory of Bill Atkinson, a scholarship fund has been established at Abiding Presence. Bill’s sister, Martha Haynes, also made a gift to the fund in memory of her brother. The fund is not intended to be a memorial for Bill Atkinson only. Gifts to the fund may be made in memory or in honor of your loved ones, or just in thanksgiving to God. The standards and amounts of scholarships have yet to be established, but applications will be open to students from Abiding Presence, Trinity Wyandanch and St. Andrew Ellsworth Maine. If you would like to make an online donation to the APLC Scholarship Fund, please visit this page. Be sure to indicate APLC Scholarship Fund in the comments.

APLC Good Shepherd Hall

Air Conditioning Fund

Through a generous memorial gift from one of our families, we have established a fund to install air conditioning in Good Shepherd Hall. Having air conditioning in our fellowship hall (the only area of the church not currently with air conditioning) will make its use during the summer months more pleasant for us, and will enable outside groups to rent it for events during those hot months. A generous donor has made a pledge to match up to $5,000 of additional gifts made to the fund. Gifts to the fund may be made in memory or honor of loved ones, or just to the glory of God. Online contributions can be made here.

Abiding Presence Lutheran Church

A growing congregation. 

A loving community.

Gathered by Christ.

Growing in faith.

Sent to serve.

All are welcome!