Calendar of Events

We have a lot of exciting things happening in the next few months at Abiding Presence Lutheran Church.

Check out our calendar for all the upcoming events you won't want to miss!

APLC Calendar of Events

Help Tackle Hunger with the Souper Bowl of Caring!

The Souper Bowl of Caring began more than 20 years ago with a simple prayer from a single youth group, “Lord as we enjoy the Super Bowl football game, help us to be mindful of those without even a bowl of soup to eat.” Help the youth of our congregation take care of our neighbors in need. We are collecting cans of soup, stew, chili and other hearty one dish meals right here at APLC through Sunday, February 3rd. Contributions can be placed in the labeled bin in the narthex. Monetary contributions are also appreciated. Checks can be made payable to Abiding Presence Lutheran Church (please indicate “Food Pantry” or “Souper Bowl” in the memo line). We will donate our collection to: Ecumenical Lay Council’s Food Pantry in Northport. Please contact Bill Berg by phone (631-261-7898) or email ( with any questions.

Annual Meeting of the Congregation

The annual Meeting of the Congregation will be held on Sunday, January 27th, 2019. There will be one liturgy of Holy Communion at 9:00am followed by brunch at 10:00am and the Annual Meeting at 11:00am. If you would like to bring something to share at our brunch, please sign up at the narthex table.

Come to our 9th Annual Jim Ryan Memorial Chilli Cookoff!

On Saturday, January 26th from 6:00pm to 8:00pm, come on down to Good Shepherd Hall for the opportunity to taste and vote on a variety of different chili recipes made by fellow members of the congregation. The cost is $8.00 for adults, $5.00 for children ($25.00 max per family). If you are interested in participating, please sign up at the narthex table. Volunteers are needed to help with organizing and planning for this event. Donations of raffle baskets or new /gently used items to fill baskets are greatly appreciated. If you would like to help, please contact Karen Schifellite at 631-754-6752 or

Annual Reports are Due!

Please email your report to, preferably as a word document in the event that there are changes to be made and for formatting of page numbers. Ample time is needed for collating and printing the booklets for distribution to the congregation on Sunday, January 20th. Thank you from Pr. Schoepflin and the office staff.

Snow Shovelers are Needed!

We are currently seeking anyone willing to lend a hand this winter with snow removal. Stairs and walkways must be cleared, especially for our Preschool in the early morning hours. If you are able to help, please sign up at the narthex table. You will be alerted by phone or email as to what time to assemble. With enough volunteers, an average snowfall can be cleared in about an hour. Thank you, from Roy Erlandson

Attention Thrivent Members!

Have you designated your Choice Dollars recently? If not, please go to and designate your available Choice Dollars to Abiding Presence Lutheran Church and Preschool. This does not cost anything, and any undesignated Choice Dollars end up forfeited. If you have any questions, please see Aldo Rovere or Pr. Schoepflin. Thank you.



Each Sunday, members of the Altar Guild

carry out the meaningful ministry of preparing our place of

worship, in particular the celebration of the Holy Eucharist.

Members are responsible for setting the altar each Sunday,

preparing for baptisms, weddings, and funerals, and caring for

the linens, and vessels. Altar Guild members serve on a

rotation, so it is not an every Sunday responsibility, only one

Sunday a month. If you are interested in joining this ministry,

please contact Kathy Smith at 631-979-9247. 

Volunteers needed!

ATTENTION STUDENTS: If you are a student who

needs help meeting your community service requirements,

please contact Karen Schifellite at 631-745-6752 or

Brian Forberg at 631-418-6157. They will be happy to assist

you with a project at church.

DRIVERS NEEDED! If you are willing to drive someone to

church (and home again) once a month on a Sunday for the

10:45 liturgy from the Northport area, please see Pr.


USHERS FOR 10:45 A.M. WORSHIP: We are in need of

ushers for the 10:45 a.m. worship services. If you are

interested in becoming an usher please respond to Jane Stark

at 631-827-1930. Students who volunteer will receive credit

for their service. No experience is necessary!  

Host your next event in Good Shepherd Hall

Good Shepherd Hall is available for rental!

Entertain up to 120 guests in our spacious facility. There is a

full commercial kitchen on site. Outside catering is also

welcome. For rental fees and additional information please

contact Marian Drost 631-269-6454 ext. 10. Scheduled tours

are available upon request.

You shop.  Amazon gives.

If you are an Amazon shopper, you can help support Abiding Presence at no expense to yourself!

Amazon Smile is a service division of Amazon that gives a percentage of the price of the item purchased to a charity that is registered with them. It uses all your Amazon account information (login, password, etc.) and if you use Amazon Prime this applies as well.

Simply go to You will be asked to log in and then asked what charity you would like to support. Type in Abiding Presence Lutheran Church, Fort Salonga, NY. If names of registered churches pop up, be sure to select our congregation, as there are other Abiding Presence churches. Once you make the selection you are set to go ahead and shop. It is a as quick and easy as that! Amazon Smile will send a percentage of the purchase price to support the ministry of our church at no extra expense to you! Thank you for sharing in this!

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