Forty-eight years before the American Revolution began, a group of worshipers joined together to build a 28-by-30 structure on Main Road in Orient. A few years earlier, they had purchased the property for $1.25.
In the years since, that structure has been rebuilt twice, creating Orient Congregational Church, which will soon be celebrating both its 300th anniversary and its distinction as the oldest congregational church in New York State.
North Fork residents gathered at churches across Southold Town this weekend for annual Blessing of the Animals ceremonies. READ
Nearly 50 community members gathered on the front lawn of the Orient Congregational Church and lit candles as 49 church bells rang out Tuesday evening. READ
The following is The Suffolk Times’ annual listing of Christmas services and special events hosted by local churches.
Guadelupe, 19, and her younger sister, Giselle, 13, hold flowers to place on their father’s grave last week following the death of German Mendoza Galicia. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch)
I’m sitting at my kitchen table. It’s Friday, Feb. 20. The temperature outside is in the teens, as it has been for the past several weeks. The sun is coming in through the window and the heat is on in the house. So I’m nice and warm.
Nonetheless, I am grieving. Let me backtrack a bit. (more…)
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In case they ever wondered what it might look like, Orient Congregational Church pre-schoolers got the chance Thursday to see a 500-pound pumpkin, of the Dill’s Atlantic Giant variety, to be precise, grown by Tom Stevenson at The Oysterponds Farm in Orient.
“That’s a baby compared to some of the record-setters,” Mr. Stevenson said. “A guy up in Rhode Island just grew one that’s over two thousand pounds.”