Northport 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 the vestibule of the main entrance of our church. 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. 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 Gregory Johnson if you are interested in helping with this ministry.

Thank you to our volunteers or delivering to the food pantry each month. If you would like to participate in this valuable ministry, please contact Karen Wallin at kwalliny@gmail. 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. 

Join the Altar Guild

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 Sandra Richards at 631-269-3987.

Pasta & The Word

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

Volunteers are needed to prepare, cook, and serve a hot pasta meal  on the fourth Saturday of each month from 10:00 am to 2:00 pm.

Monetary donations for food and supplies are also accepted and appreciated. Please contact  Lisa McCaffrey ay or call 516-993-7992 for more information.
Thank you for your support in this wonderful ministry!

Greeting Card Ministry

OUR GREETING CARD MINISTRY TEAM sends cards to those in need of encouragement, healing, support, or just to let someone know they are thought of.

If you know someone that would like to receive a greeting, please email Debra Nicholas at with their name and address. Greeting cards can also be sent to our college bound students for support and comfort while they are away from home.

Prayer Team Ministry

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 Debra Nicholas at or call the church office at 631-269-6454.

Christ Care 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 Christ Care 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.  


Garden of Hope

We are pleased to have Gregory Johnson along with his children Kyle and Olivia take charge of this important ministry of Abiding Presence that provides fresh produce to the local food pantry. Donations of vegetable plants (tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, beans, etc.) are greatly appreciated in the spring and summer months.  Monetary donations are also accepted and  appreciated. Together in this ministry we can provide a variety of fresh vegetables for the families served by our local food pantry.  

Food for the Poor


Our work is motivated by our faith in God, spreading His unconditional love, regardless of race, wealth, or creed as we minister to the poorest of the poor in primarily 17 countries throughout the Caribbean and Latin America.

By providing lifesaving food, secure housing, clean water, healthcare, emergency relief, micro-enterprise projects and education opportunities, we are giving the poor a chance at a better future, and showing them God’s love. 

The link to our website can be found here.   

Brochures are available here.

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. 

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Operation Christmas Child

National Collection Week is in November and we at APLC will continue our long tradition of participation. OCC may look a little different this year, just like the rest of our world. We won't be gathering together for a congregational packing party or confirmation night Faith in Action activity. Instead we ask that each family pack at least one shoebox together. New this year is our very own online goal page here and the ability to contribute $25 and have a box packed for you here. Collection of completed shoeboxes will take place in November. If you have any questions please contact Lisa McCaffrey at

Download suggestions and FAQ's for What Goes in My Shoebox here.