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

For indoor worship, face masks will be optional for worshippers who are fully vaccinated. Masks will continue to be optional for outdoor worship. For the next several weeks we will continue to practice social distancing in our seating, and to share the peace and the Sacrament in a safe manner.

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 can be found on this page.  

Please join us as we live stream worship each Sunday at 10:00 am here on our YouTube channel. Previous worship services can be seen 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



7:30pm Monday Evening Worship

Monday, July 26 / 7:30pm

After this Monday (July 26) worship will be suspended until September 13.

Download the bulletin for worship here.

Wednesday Morning Bible Study via Zoom

After this Wednesday (July 28) we will break until September 8,

at which time we hope to be able to meet in person.

Wednesday, July 28 / 10:30am

Join via Zoom here.

Women's Bible Study via Zoom

(Every other Thursday)

Thursday, July 29 / 7:30pm

Join via Zoom here.

8:00am In person Worship

Sunday, August 1 / 8:00am

Mass will be held indoors for the remainder of the summer

   10:00am In person Sunday Worship   

Sunday, August 1 / 10:00am

Live stream on YouTube here.

Men's Bible Study In person and via Zoom

Saturday, August 7 / 8:00am

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. 

Women of the Bible

Beach Bible Study

Join your sister congregations of Long Island for worship, fellowship, 

and study at the beach.

Tuesdays 9:30 am July 6 – August 31 Sunken Meadow Park Boardwalk

(Go right to far lot by playground)

Worship (with Holy Communion) at 9:30 am

followed by a bible study from 10–11 am

Bring a beach chair, Bible and sunscreen!

School Supplies Collection  

We are currently collecting school supplies for the children of families served by our local food pantry. Teachers are empowered to do their best work when they are supported by the resources they need to maintain effective, equitable learning environments. Please consider donating school supplies for our families in need. With proper resources at their disposal, students find the confidence to return to school day in and day out. A supply list can be found on this page. Your donations can be brought to worship on Sunday or to church during office hours Monday - Friday 9am - 3pm. Monetary donations are also accepted and much appreciated.  Visit this page to contribute.



Abiding Presence

Oktoberfest 2021

Oktoberfest is scheduled for Saturday, October 2nd at 5:00pm in Good Shepherd Hall. (This event is adults only, 21 and over please). Invitations will be emailed via Evite. The invitation can also be found below for downloading. You will be instructed to choose your dinner option along with your response. We kindly ask that you have one family member respond for all attending and submit payment upon your response to reserve seating. Payment is due by September 26th. This event will fill up quickly so don’t delay! If you have any questions, please contact Karen Schifellite at

631-269-6454 ext. 10. 

WE ARE CURRENTLY ACCEPTING DONATIONS FOR OUR RAFFLE BASKETS that will be on display that evening. You may donate new/gently used items to be used in assembling baskets or, if you choose, you may make a basket for our raffle. We thank you for your continued support and look forward to a wonderful night of food, fun, and fellowship! 

SPONSORSHIP/ADVERTISEMENTS are available upon request and will appear in the evening program. Pricing and information is also available below for downloading

OKTOBERFEST FLYER can be found here.


INVITATION/RESPONSE can be found here.

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

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.

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.

Abiding Presence Lutheran Church

A growing congregation. 

A loving community.

Gathered by Christ.

Growing in faith.

Sent to serve.

All are welcome!