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The United Methodist Church building in Southold, built in 1794, went on the market last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The United Methodist Church building in Southold, built in 1794, went on the market last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

As several local church properties have hit the real estate market, the town has adopted new zoning that would allow religious and other historic buildings to be repurposed. (more…)

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The United Methodist Church building in Southold, built in 1794, went on the market last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

The United Methodist Church building in Southold, built in 1794, went on the market last year. (Credit: Barbaraellen Koch, file)

To the editor:

Hooray for Leslie Weisman, chair of the Southold Town Board of Zoning, for attempting to protect our historic churches. I never drive by the Methodist church in Cutchogue without reflecting on its exquisite proportions. I feel equally passionate over the town’s other houses of worship, especially the Presbyterian churches in Southold and Mattituck; big, bold Ostrabrama; Our Lady of Good Counsel, which looks more like an Anglican church in the Cotswolds than anything Roman Catholic. (more…)

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The United Methodist Church in Cutchogue, built around 1928, went on the market last year. (Credit: Cyndi Murray)

The United Methodist Church in Cutchogue, built around 1928, went on the market last year. (Credit: Cyndi Murray, file)

Watching a historic church or meeting hall be torn down to make space for a “McMansion” is something Leslie Weisman, chair of the Southold Town Board of Zoning Appeals, doesn’t want to think about.

“It’d be tragic to lose them,” she said at a code committee meeting last week. “They give us a sense of being in New England.”  (more…)

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KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | St. Peter’s Lutheran Church in Greenport.

The following is The Suffolk Times’ annual listing of holiday services hosted by local churches.

Mattituck

Church of the Redeemer

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday Holy Eucharist, 9 a.m. and 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Good Friday liturgy, Tenebrae setting, 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, March 30: Lighting of the Paschal Candle, renewal of baptismal vows, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Festal Eucharists featuring great hymns of Easter, with soloists and instrumentalists and egg hunt for children, 8 and 10 a.m.

Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church

Thursday, March 28: Morning Prayer, 9 a.m.; Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:30 p.m., followed by Procession and Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament until 10 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Morning Prayer, 9 a.m.; Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion 3 p.m.; Stations of the Cross, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 30: Morning Prayer 9 a.m.; Blessing of Easter Food, 9:30 a.m.; Easter Vigil Mass, 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter Masses, 8, 9:30 and 11 a.m.

Mattituck Presbyterian Church

Thursday, March 28: Holy Thursday candlelight communion, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Good Friday service with community choir and orchestra, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Sunrise worship at 8740 Peconic Bay Blvd., Laurel, 6:30 a.m.; Easter worship, 8:30 and 11 a.m.

Advent Lutheran Church

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday Eucharist, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Good Friday Tenebrae service, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter Eucharists, 8:30 and 10 a.m.

Cutchogue

Cutchogue Presbyterian Church

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday service, The Passion story and the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter service, 11 a.m.

Cutchogue UNITED METHODIST Church

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday service, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Good Friday service, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Sunrise service, at Nassau Point Beach, 6:30 a.m.; Easter service, 10 a.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

Friday, March 29: Good Friday candlelight service, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Sunrise service, 6 a.m.; Easter service 11 a.m.

Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church

Thursday, March 28: Mass of the Lord’s Supper and Washing of the Feet, 7 p.m.; Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Liturgy of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m.; Stations of the Cross, 6:30 (English) and 7:30 p.m. (Polish).

Saturday, March 30: Blessing of the Easter food, 3 and 4 p.m.; Easter Vigil Liturgy and Mass, 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Resurrection procession with Blessed Sacrament and Mass, 6 a.m.; Masses, 8, 9:30 (Polish) and 11 a.m.

Southold

Sunday, March 31: Ecumenical sunrise service at Founders Landing, 6:30 a.m., with the Rev. Peter Kelley preaching.

St. Patrick R.C. Church

Thursday, March 28: Solemn Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 8 p.m.; Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament until 11 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Children’s Stations of the Cross, 11 a.m.; Solemn Celebration of the Lord’s Passion, 3 p.m.; Sacrament of Reconciliation, 4 p.m.; Stations of the Cross with Veneration, 8 p.m.

Saturday, March 30: Sacrament of Reconciliation, 3-4 p.m.; Solemn Mass of the Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Sunrise Mass at Cedar Beach, 6:30 a.m. (at church in case of inclement weather); Masses, 8, 10 and 11:30 a.m.

First Universalist Church

Sunday, March 31: “The First Easter” service, 10:30 a.m.

First Presbyterian Church

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday service, 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 29: “Seven Last Words of Christ” service, 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter service, 10 a.m.

Southold United Methodist Church

Sunday, March 31: Easter service, 10 a.m.

Greenport

Friday, March 29: Ecumenical Good Friday service at Holy Trinity Episcopal Church with local pastors preaching on “The Seven Last Words of Christ” and special music, noon-3 p.m. Coffee hour follows.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday Solemn Stripping of the Altar, 7 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Ecumenical Good Friday service, see above.

Sunday, March 31: Lighting of the Paschal candle, 8 a.m.; festive Easter service featuring brass quartet music, 10 a.m., followed by egg hunt.

St. Agnes R.C. Church

Thursday, March 28: Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7 p.m., church remains open for adoration.

Friday, March 29: Veneration of the Cross, 3 p.m.; Bilingual Living Stations of the Cross, outdoors, weather permitting, 7 p.m.

Saturday, March 30: Easter Vigil, 8 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter Masses, 7, 9 and 11 a.m.

St. peter’s Lutheran Church

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday Eucharists, with liturgy of washing of the feet and celebration of the Last Supper, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Friday, March 29: Good Friday services, 10 a.m. and 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: The Festival of the Resurrection, 8 and 10:30 a.m.

Clinton Memorial AME Zion Church

Sunday, March 31: Sunrise service, 6 a.m.; Easter service, 11 a.m.

FIRST BAPTIST CHURCH

Sunday, March 31: Easter service, 10 a.m.

Oysterponds

Sunday, March 31: Sunrise service at Narrow River Road, 6 a.m., followed by community breakfast at Orient Methodist Church. Joint service hosted by Orient Congregational and Methodist churches.

Orient Congregational Church

Thursday, March 28: Maundy Thursday Tenebrae service, 7 p.m.

Sunday, March 31: Easter service with special music, 10:30 a.m.

East Marion Community Church

Sunday, March 31: Easter worship service, 9 a.m.

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TIM KELLY PHOTO | Mattituck Presbyterian Church

The following is The Suffolk Times’ annual listing of holiday services held at local churches:

Mattituck
Community Christian Fellowship
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight service, 7:30 p.m.

Advent Lutheran Church
Sunday, Dec. 23: Eucharist, 10 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 24: Festival candlelight Eucharist and children’s story, 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Festival Eucharist, 10 a.m.

Mattituck Presbyterian Church
Sunday, Dec. 23: Sunday school, 9:45 a.m.; worship service, 11 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 24: Candlelight Christmas Eve worship, 4, 7 and 10 p.m.

Our Lady of Good Counsel R.C. Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Masses, 4, 6 and 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Masses, 9 and 11 a.m.

Episcopal Church of the Redeemer
Sunday, Dec. 23: Holy Eucharist, Advent IV, 8 a.m.; Christmas Lessons and Carols and Eucharist, 10 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 24: Traditional Christmas Festal Eucharist with carols, sermon and instrumental music, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Holy Eucharist with homily, 9 a.m.

Cutchogue
Cutchogue Presbyterian Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Candlelight Christmas Eve service with special music by Basically Baroque, 5 p.m.

Cutchogue United Methodist Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve service, 7:30 p.m.

Our Lady of Ostrabrama R.C. Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Masses, 4 and 5:30 p.m., midnight.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Masses, 8, 9:30 (Polish) and 11 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Mass, 5:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1: New Year’s Masses, 8, 9:30 (Polish) and 11 a.m.

Sacred Heart Church
Saturday, Dec. 22: Church celebrates final Mass in a heated tent on the front lawn, 9 a.m. Worshippers may then visit the church sanctuary, decorated for Christmas. Church is open for prayer until 4 p.m.

Southold
St. Patrick R.C. Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve family Mass, 4 p.m.; Mass, 9 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day Masses, 8, 10 and 11:30 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Mass, 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1: New Year’s Masses, 8, 10 and 11:30 a.m.
Saturday, Jan. 5: Epiphany Mass, 4 p.m.
Sunday, Jan. 6: Epiphany Masses, 8 and 10:30 a.m.

First Universalist Church
Sunday, Dec. 22: Dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” featuring local performers, 7 p.m. Suggested donation: $10.
Sunday, Dec. 23: Worship service with dramatic reading of “A Christmas Carol,” 10:30 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight service, 5 p.m.

First Presbyterian Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Family service, 4 p.m.; Candlelight service with communion, 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas dinner, 4 p.m. Reservations: 765-2597.

Southold United Methodist Church
Saturday, Dec. 22: Longest Night worship service, 6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight service, 7 p.m.

Greenport
St. Peter’s Lutheran Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve services, 4 and 8 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas service, 10 a.m.

Holy Trinity Episcopal Church
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve candlelight Eucharist service, 5 p.m.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Eucharist service, 10 a.m.

Clinton Memorial AME Zion Church
Sunday, Dec. 23: Christmas service, 11 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 31: Watch Night service, 10 a.m. Combined service with First Baptist Church of Cutchogue and Shiloh Baptist Church of Southold.

First Baptist Church of Greenport
Sunday, Dec. 23: Sunday school Christmas program, 10:15 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 24: Combined candelight Christmas Eve service with East Marion Community Church, 7 p.m.

St. Agnes R.C. Church
Monday, Dec. 22: Communal penance, 11 a.m.
Sunday, Dec. 23: Mass and Christmas pageant, 10 a.m.; Rectory open house, 4-6 p.m.; tree lighting, 6 p.m.
Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Masses, 4 p.m., 6 p.m. (with pageant), 8 p.m. (Spanish), midnight.
Tuesday, Dec. 25: Christmas Day Masses, 8 and 10 a.m.
Monday, Dec. 31: New Year’s Eve Masses, 9 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 1: New Year’s Day Masses, 8 and 10 a.m.

Oysterponds
Orient Congregational Church
Sunday, Dec. 23: Service of Nine Lessons and Carols, 10:30 a.m. With readings by members of the Oysterponds community.

Monday, Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service and Children’s Pageant, 4 p.m.

East Marion Community Church
See listing for First Baptist Church of Greenport.

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JULIE LANE PHOTO | The memorial garden at Southold First Presbyterian Church.

Just east of Southold First Presbyterian Church’s cemetery a memorial garden is taking shape that will provide a site for the cremated remains of parishioners and other town residents.

“Anybody in Southold can be buried here,” Mr. Adler said about the church’s cemetery and its memorial garden for cremated remains.

“Our cemetery is running out of space,” committee member Herb Adler said about the reason for pushing ahead with the garden for cremated remains.

The idea has been on the minds of members of the session, the governing body of the church, for several years. But only in the past year has work begun to make it a reality.

“We wanted it to reflect the old cemetery and not jar with it,” Mr. Adler said during an interview at the church manse Monday morning. An original sketch for the garden was drafted several years ago, but it was “so elaborate that it was impractical,” he said. This year, committee members invited several local site designers to submit plans. They chose a design by Loren Fitzsimons of The Garden Studio in Southold for its simplicity, he said

“When we saw it, it was just ‘Wow,’” Mr. Adler said. Inspired by the designs of the gardens at the Palace of Versailles outside of Paris, Ms. Fitzsimons used crosses and circles, a Christian symbol of life, to create a design that is in keeping with the vision committee members had for the site, he said.

By next spring, phase one of the project should be completed with 24 columbaria, stone structures with niches that will hold urns containing cremated remains. As the need develops in years to come, there will eventually be enough columbaria to accommodate 1,536 urns, he said.

The 200 foot by 40 foot site south of the church and directly east of the cemetery, will be planted with Bradford pear trees and black gum trees. A strip that runs the length of the garden will be planted with perennials. A small pool with a simple spray fountain will be installed in the center of the plot. It’s all planned to be low maintenance, Mr. Adler said.
Stone benches will be placed on either side of the plot, providing visitors a place to sit and reflect, he said.

To honor her husband, Dr. John Campbell, Virginia Campbell, formerly of Southold and now living in Hilton Head, S.C., made a $90,000 gift that will pay part of the estimated $150,000 cost of the garden. The Campbells left Southold in 1999 to retire to the South, where Ms. Campbell was raised.

Still, she said about Southold, “That’s home. When you raise your children in a place, it becomes home.” They lived in the town for 44 years until Dr. Campbell retired from his medical practice.

Dr. Campbell died in 2001. His son, Lee, is designing a plaque for the memorial garden honoring his father.
“I am so pleased,” Ms. Campbell said about the design of the garden. She visited Southold in September and had an opportunity to see the plans, she said.

Committee member Vickie DeFriest is chairing a fundraising committee to raise the additional funds needed for the project.

Families who choose to have the cremated remains of their loved ones placed in the columbaria will pay approximately $1,350 and that will include perpetual care, Mr. Adler said.

The garden also will feature memorial stones in recognition of people who have been buried elsewhere, but whose families want to have a place in Southold to honor them.

Those who wish to contribute to the fund for development of the memorial garden may send checks payable to the Congregation Society to First Presbyterian Church of Southold, P.O Box 207, Southold, N.Y. 11971.

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