Remembering Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

mlk-dayAs a student in Georgia in the mid-80s, I had the privilege of knowing and working with the King family during their struggle to make Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day a reality.  I sat beside Coretta King, studied with Bernice King and marched with thousands in protest of discrimination in Forsyth County, GA.  When the holiday was declared, we held a grand parade in Atlanta, and the mood was high despite cold and wind.  Not long after that, we dedicated the Martin Luther King Jr. Center for Non-Violent Social Change, and I performed rap song (yes, rap songs!) at the opening.  During these celebrations, we had the feeling that so much had been accomplished ~ we were really on our way to ending racism in America.  Thirty years have passed since then, and our eyes have been opened to the fact that discrimination is alive and well; and the War on Poverty continues unabated.  We have not made as much progress as we hoped in those halcyon days.  Let us take the time to remember Dr. King’s dreams ~ not simply the dream of white and black children playing together, but the dream of progressive social reform.  Monday is much more than a holiday, it’s a call to reflection, followed by action.  We need his vision more than ever.  ~ Pastor Rich

Welcome to the Sayville United Methodist Church!

IMG_3614The Sayville United Methodist Church is a community of faith that celebrates the Good News of our Lord Jesus Christ.  Our church welcomes people of all ages and stages of faith.  We offer many Bible studies as well as programs for youth, senior citizens and everyone in between. We are located at 164 Greene Avenue in Sayville, NY, at the intersection of Greene Avenue and Montauk Highway, across from Dunkin Donuts.  Parking is available in the lot across the street on the Greene Avenue side.  The church also has a small lot reserved for our seniors and disabled attendees.

Main Street entrance.To the left is our annual Clamfest, part of Sayville’s Summerfest. On this day, we get together to raise funds for local and global outreach. To the right is the Main Street view.

We hope you’ll join us Sunday mornings at 10:00 a.m.   Throughout the year, we also offer a number of special services, including Youth Sundays (led entirely by our youth group) and Music Services (featuring creative instrumentation and a short sermon).  Our average attendance is approximately 120 during the school year and 100 during the summer.  Please be sure to pick up a visitor’s packet while you’re here!  Our office hours are Monday-Friday, 10-5.  Feel free to call us at (631) 589-0624 or email us at umcsayville@optonline.net if you have any further questions!  May God bless you this day and always!