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  • Manhasset

    Manhasset Campus

    Sunday Services

     9:00am, 10:30am & 12:00pm

    Location

    626 Plandome Road
    Manhasset, New York 11030

    Lead Pastor

    Jim Owens

  • Syosset

    Syosset Campus

    Sunday Services

    9:30am and 11:15am

    Parking available at the church

    Location

    178 Cold Spring Road
    Syosset, New York 11791

    Lead Pastor

    Jerry O'Sullivan

  • Westbury

    Westbury Campus

    Sunday Services

    Sunday 9:30 & 11:15 at 11 Powells Lane.
    (meeting at Ban Suk Korean UMC)

    Location

    11 Powells Ln
    Old Westbury, New York 11568

    Lead Pastor

    Gregg Farah

  • Manhasset

    Manhasset Campus

    Sunday Services

     9:00am, 10:30am & 12:00pm

    Location

    626 Plandome Road
    Manhasset, New York 11030

    Lead Pastor

    Jim Owens

  • Syosset

    Syosset Campus

    Sunday Services

    9:30am and 11:15am

    Parking available at the church

    Location

    178 Cold Spring Road
    Syosset, New York 11791

    Lead Pastor

    Jerry O'Sullivan

  • Westbury

    Westbury Campus

    Sunday Services

    Sunday 9:30 & 11:15 at 11 Powells Lane.
    (meeting at Ban Suk Korean UMC)

    Location

    11 Powells Ln
    Old Westbury, New York 11568

    Lead Pastor

    Gregg Farah

Reflections

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Reflection, Jeff Benz - Elder

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In our church’s walk through the book of Philippians we are about up to the part that says, “Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world.”  I like that verse and find it easy to agree with when it’s just me, God, and my armchair.  When I’m at work dealing with an unreasonable and demanding client it’s another story.  For me, that’s when it becomes important (and particularly difficult) to remember those words.  I think it’s helpful to keep in mind that we live in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, so we won’t be surprised by it. Also, remember that shining is worthwhile. Even when the world doesn’t seem to notice it or give you credit for it, God sees and is pleased. 

 

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Reflection, Jeff Benz

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Last month my wife’s older sister had a stroke that paralyzed the left half of her body. We, her extended family saw God’s mercies in various forms: an amazing recovery of partial mobility in the affected leg and arm, the kindness of people from her church who visited her and how much that meant to her, the activation of our own compassion, the answered prayers some of you prayed. We also had opportunity to feel frustrated: medical complications including an infection that required a hospital move and a second surgery, facility transfers that were delayed because of an ambulance not arriving, insurance not being as cooperative as we had hoped, and the general disruptions to our lives. In this world we have trouble. A small reminder (some people have lots more trouble than this) of two truths: This world is broken, and God’s grace shines through it.