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Aquebogue-Jamesport News: Maureen’s Haven hosting 5K

Our Redeemer Lutheran and Old Steeple churches in Aquebogue, as well as First Parish Church in Northville, all offer shelter and food for Maureen’s Haven. 

Every evening during the winter months, Nov. 1 through April 1, homeless guests are screened and transported from the North and South forks to one of 18 host houses of worship between Greenport and East Hampton. The guests are then offered food and a place to sleep. Maureen’s Haven will be hosting a 5K run/walk fundraiser Oct. 26 at Stotzky Park in Riverhead. For more information on Maureen’s Haven, the North Fork churches that are involved, and the 5K, visit

The first informational and planning meeting for volunteers who wish to assist Maureen’s Haven at Our Redeemer Lutheran Church is Sunday, Oct. 5, at 11:30 a.m. For more information, call 722-4000.

Each of the local churches — Old Steeple, Our Redeemer, Living Waters and First Parish — also sponsor food pantries to help needy families in our community. Please contact them directly to get more information about how to donate and/or to seek assistance.

I was joking with Johanna last week and I told her that Christmas is only three months away. That means we’ll be decorating in two months! It also means that Living Waters Church is already preparing for its annual Christmas production. If you’re one of those people who shop early for the best Christmas deals, you won’t want to miss this one. Living Waters is having an incredible one-day sale on tickets for the show. This Sunday, Oct. 5, the church will offer 50 percent off the price of Thursday night’s show and 30 percent off Friday and Saturday night performances. Regular ticket prices are $24 for adults and $19 for seniors and children 17 and under. All tickets will be $27 at the door. A portion of the ticket sales goes to support those who are less fortunate in our local community. You can order your tickets by phone at 722-4969, online at, or before or after their Sunday morning services at 8:45 and 10:45 a.m. Performances begin Thursday, Dec. 11, at 7:30 p.m. and continue through Sunday, Dec. 14. These shows are always amazing and are a great way to get into the real spirit of Christmas.

Enough talk of Christmas! I hope you’re enjoying this beautiful and unseasonably warm fall weather. Get outside and enjoy the season while it lasts. Have a beautiful week!

R031209_Benthal_R.jpgContact Aquebogue columnist Eileen Benthal at [email protected] or 833-1897.