Garden of Hope

We are pleased to have Greg Johnson along with his children Kyle and Olivia take charge of this important ministry of Abiding Presence that provides fresh produce (tomatoes, etc.) to the

local food pantry. The 2018 season is over but Spring will be here before we know it, and it will be time to get started cultivating and planting our Garden of Hope. Donations of vegetable plants (tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, beans, etc.) will be greatly appreciated and can be left in the labeled box in the narthex. Monetary donations are also appreciated. Together in this ministry we can provide fresh vegetables for the food pantry. Monetary donations are also accepted and greatly appreciated! Thank you!

Men's Breakfast Group

The men at Abiding Presence are great cooks and are often found in the church kitchen cooking for others. They also like to cook for each other and have time of bible study and fellowship together.

The men meet the first and third Saturday of each month from 8 to 9:30 am and enjoy a great breakfast and a wonderful study. If you would like more information on this group, please contact Pastor Robert Schoepflin.

Pasta & the Word

Come and be a part of this exciting new ministry as we join with our sister congregation to feed community members in Wyandanch.

Volunteers are needed to prepare, 
cook and serve a hot pasta meal at  
Trinity Lutheran Church on the
fourth Saturday of each month from 10 am to 2 pm.
The next opportunity to serve is Saturday, November 24th. 

If you are interested in participating please contact Lisa McCaffrey.
We are not accepting clothing donations at this time.  

Monetary donations are also gratefully accepted to purchase food and supplies.

Thank you for your support in this wonderful ministry!

Compassionate Visitors


program here at APLC. We are looking for volunteers who

would like to be part of this important new ministry, which is

dedicated to giving prayerful support, caring and connectedness

through visitation, to the elderly who may be either sick or

homebound. A compassionate heart and a short training

program is all the preparation that is needed. If you are

interested in being a part of this ministry or have any questions

please contact Deacon Kathy Pucci.

ChristCare Groups

Small groups have been instrumental in church growth throughout recorded history. Today, more than ever, it is important to offer individuals a comfortable environment to grow in their faith. At Abiding Presence we use ChristCare Groups to provide a caring Christian atmosphere where people can support, pray for, and encourage one another. If you are interested or have questions about becoming involved in a small group at Abiding Presence, please contact Pastor Schoepflin at 631-269-6454.  

Please feel free to join any of our groups: 

Vivian & Art Isakson's ChristCare Group

Second and fourth Sunday at 7 p.m.

Isakson's home

Friday Morning ChristCare Group

First and third Friday from 9:30 - 11 a.m.

Karen Garone's home

Jean Oblak's ChristCare Group

Every Monday at 8:15 p.m. 

APLC Peter Andrew Room/

Check Calendar for starting date for each group.

Food Pantry

Abiding Presence continually collects items for the Ecumenical Lay Council Food Pantry in Northport. This food pantry helps hundreds of families on Long Island all year long.

Our collection baskets are located in our narthex lobby. The food pantry gratefully accepts food items (juice boxes, one dish meals, peanut butter, jelly, tuna, snacks and cereal) and is always in need of items for personal care, as well as toilet paper and tissues. Also, as you purchase your school supplies for the new school year, we ask that you remember the guests of the ELCA Food Pantry. It is often difficult for these families to provide the necessary school supplies when seeking assistance and trying to provide for their families. All items are welcome! We thank all of you who contribute.

An important part of this ministry is our GARDEN OF HOPE: Do you love gardening? Perhaps you are looking for a way to help those in need? The Garden of Hope is a great way to fulfill both. The APLC Garden of Hope has always provided fresh vegetables to the Ecumenical Food Pantry – which serves about 150 families per week. Each year our garden is in need of a few gardeners who want to keep the ministry alive. Please speak with Deacon Kathy Pucci if you are interested in helping with this ministry.

Thank you to our volunteer Carol and John Carini for delivering to the food pantry for the month of November. If you would like to participate in this valuable ministry, please contact William Berg. Please provide your phone number and month(s) you would like to deliver food.

Thank you for your continued support of the ELC Food Pantry! It is making a wonderful difference in the lives of so many. Ecumenical Lay Council Food Pantry in Northport

Fabulous 50 & Over Group

One of the best groups at Abiding Presence is our Fabulous 50 & Over Group! We definitely enjoy fellowship and fun. We meet quarterly for lunch or a barbeque and also take occasional day road trips or other events.

Join us for our next Fabulous 50 and over Christmas luncheon!

The luncheons are made at Abiding Presence and we are looking for a few volunteers to assist with set-up and cooking. If you would like to help with the preparations and catering for the Fabulous 50 & Over Group please see Deacon Kathy Pucci

See the calendar page for upcoming events or contact Deacon Kathy Pucci.

Stephen Ministry

Stephen Ministry was founded almost 40 years ago by a Lutheran pastor and clinical psychologist Kenneth Haugk. It is designed to empower lay members - that’s you and me, to provided one on one, confidential Christian care and support to people facing illness, sadness, change, loss, or difficulties such as fear, pain or loneliness.

The trained Stephen Minister provides a caring, accepting presence to the carereceiver. Their role is not to solve their problems, but rather to help them, through prayer, trust and support, enabling them to find strength and courage. They provide a listening ear, walking beside people who are going through a hard time.

Stephen Ministers have be called the “After People.” They are ready to come alongside you or your friends, neighbors, coworkers, or relatives and provide comfort and support for as long after the life crises as needed.

If you have any questions regarding this ministry, would like to speak to a Stephen Minister or would like to train as a Stephen Minister please contact one of our leaders or fill out the form below:

Pastor Schoepflin P | 631-269-6454 X12

Deacon Kathy Pucci

Art Isakson

Stephen Ministry form

Prayer Team

Lord, teach us to pray with open heart and mind.

Teach us to pray with hands ready to serve.

Teach us to pray with feet ready to follow you.

Teach us to pray every day and always.

In Jesus’ name. Amen.

Prayer can be rich when it’s simple and spontaneous. In fact, we can pray anywhere, at any time. It doesn’t require lofty language in a sacred space. All we need to do is see our ordinary moments as the perfect occasions for communicating with God, then speak from our heart. When we pray we create opportunities for God to act in and among us. When we pray, things happen. When we pray, we are transformed. God listens to our prayers.

We have a team of people praying for you every week. In order to submit your request for the prayer list, simply fill out the form below or fill out a form on the prayer table in the church narthex. 

  If you would like to be a part of the APLC Prayer Team you will receive our prayer list and all requests that come our way. This can be done at your convenience but you must be willing to pray the requests daily. If you would like to be an active part of our APLC Prayer Team or have any questions, please contact Cindy and Mark Combs.

Prayer request form

Operation Christmas Child

143 shoeboxes were

packed and delivered to the Operation Christmas Child

collection site by our Confirmation students. Thank you all who participated in donating  supplies and packing boxes. We collected many shoe box fillers including: School supplies (pens,

pencils, small notebooks, glue sticks, crayons, scissors, etc.),

small toiletry and personal care items (hairbrush, toothbrush,

washcloth, bar soap, colorful adhesive bandages), dolls,

soccer ball (Include a manual air pump so that the ball can be

inflated.), stuffed animal, outfit of clothing, small musical

instrument ( harmonica or woodwind recorder) crafts and

activities (markers, coloring books, picture book, watercolor

paint set, paint brushes, canvas or paper, playdough,

(Consider adding plastic cookie cutters the child can use with

the playdough.), stickers, interactive toys that include push

buttons, lights, noise (please include extra batteries).



(INCLUDING GUM). Items should be sized to fit inside a

standard size shoe box. Donations can be placed in the bin

marked “Operation Christmas Child” in the narthex. Please

contact Lisa McCaffrey at 631-670-7555 for more


For even more information visit:

Lutheran Counseling Center

The Lutheran Counseling Center is a healing ministry of the Church offering health, hope and wholeness by serving individuals, families, congregations and our community. Abiding Presence is a supporting congregation of the Lutheran Counseling Center. For more information go to:

Circle of Women

Cookbooks are $10 each and can be purchased by contacting JoAnne Reller.

This is an amazing group of women who enjoy sharing their faith, fellowship and helping others locally and globally.  For more information regarding WELCA please check out their website at