Aquebogue-Jamesport Column: Advent music Saturday at First Parish Church

Thanks to the Jamesport Fire Department for a wonderful tree lighting celebration. Main Road is beginning to look a lot like Christmas, thanks to all of you.

Remember, First Parish Church is hosting an advent musical presentation on Dec. 10 at 1:15 p.m. Featured talents are pianist Terence Purtell, flutist Michelle Lisi, soprano Maribeth Mundell and guitarist/singer/songwriter Valerie Griggs. Visit for more on these performers. There is a $10 suggested offering. Part of the proceeds will be donated to Elsa’s Ark Animal Shelter of East Hampton.

I have some exciting news to share! An essay I wrote entitled “Path of Miracles” was recently published in a book, “A Special Mother Is Born.” The book, authored and edited by Leticia Velasquez, is a compilation of stories from 33 parents, mostly moms, of special needs children. I just received my copy last week and it is truly an inspiring read. This coming Sunday, Dec. 11, at Our Lady of the Island Shrine in Eastport, Leticia and I will be doing a special presentation and prayer service and will share from the book. Steve, Johanna and I will be doing music for the 11:30 a.m. Mass at the Shrine. The special program immediately follows. Those whose lives have been touched by a child with special needs are welcome to join us. Send me an email if you have any questions.

Living Water Full Gospel Church’s Christmas show, “The Wonder of Christmas,” will be held Thursday, Friday, and Saturday, Dec. 15-17, at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 18, at 3 p.m. From traditional Christmas tunes to the seasonal sounds of gospel hits, a talented group of performers will have you humming along with your favorite Christmas carols and tapping your feet to a rockin’ holiday beat. For tickets and information, call 722-4969, ext. 204, or visit

On Friday, Dec. 16, at 6:30 p.m., “Carols and Cookies” will be hosted at the Meeting House. Last year was a wonderful time of community celebration and good cheer. Email Richard Wines at [email protected] for more information about this lovely holiday event.

Please remember to keep Michael Hubbard and Christopher Timpone in your prayers as they continue to battle against a brain injury and cancer. Kids like these remind us all that life is a blessing to be appreciated at every turn.

My college kids start making their way home for the holidays this week and next. I was getting used to smaller meals and cleaner bathrooms. However, it is such a blessing to have all six of us under one roof for the holidays this year. Try to take some time to slow the pace during this advent and Hanukkah season. It is meant to be a season of light in the midst of the darkness. Let your light shine with good will to all.

Have a beautiful week.

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