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Tom Gahan calls everyone to attention during Saturday's celebrations in Mattituck. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Tom Gahan calls everyone to attention during Saturday’s celebrations in Mattituck. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Mattituck Presbyterian Church celebrated its 300th anniversary on Saturday with a party on and around its church grounds. The bash included tours of the church and the cemetery, presentations by local dignitaries and plenty of games for children.

The event also featured live music and a farmers and artisans market.

Celebrations continue with a concert Saturday evening at the church and conclude with Sunday’s services.

Click here to find out more about the celebration.

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Face painter Susan Brewster works on Annelise Durkin, 10, of Mattituck.

Face painter Susan Brewster works on Annelise Durkin, 10, of Mattituck.

Tony Raynor, 3, of Mattituck enjoying a game of hopscotch.

Tony Raynor, 3, of Mattituck enjoying a game of hopscotch.

County lawmaker Al Krupski with one of many proclamations handed out during the event.

County lawmaker Al Krupski with one of many proclamations handed out during the event.

Old meets new as Meghan Cavanaugh of Hampton Bays takes photos at the party.

Old meets new as Meghan Cavanaugh of Hampton Bays takes photos at the party.

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11/22/14 9:57am
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East End Arts presented free Harvest Gospel Concert at Mattituck Presbyterian Church Thursday night. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

East End Arts presented free Harvest Gospel Concert at Mattituck Presbyterian Church Thursday night. (Credit: Katharine Schroeder)

Performing an eclectic mix of gospel music, the Harvest Gospel Choir kicked off its free series of concerts with a performance at Mattituck Presbyterian Church Thursday night.  (more…)

08/02/14 5:00pm
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Crossing Jordan Worship Band of Heart of Worship Church in Lindenhurst performing Saturday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

Crossing Jordan Worship Band of Heart of Worship Church in Lindenhurst performing Saturday afternoon. (Credit: Carrie Miller)

A bit of rain Saturday did not stop the celebration taking place at Strawberry Fields in Mattituck, where churchgoers from across Long Island gathered for the second annual Awakening.

Organized and hosted by multiple churches throughout the North Fork and several across the nation, the event is intended to bring believers together for a weekend of events celebrating Jesus Christ. (more…)

07/29/14 3:00pm
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The Rev. Pat Smith started work as interim pastor of Mattituck Presbyterian Church in December. (Courtesy photo)

The Rev. Pat Smith started work as interim pastor of Mattituck Presbyterian Church in December. (Courtesy photo)

Decades after spending a few years of his childhood on Long Island, the Rev. Pat Smith — a Tennessee native — is back.

Pastor Smith has been interim pastor at Mattituck Presbyterian Church for the past seven months while congregants search for a long-term leader. We spoke with Pastor Smith about his time so far on the North Fork.

Q: What led you to become a minister?

A: Church life was kind of in my blood. But far more than that, I really sensed a very quiet, but very sure nudging that I think was from God to go into pastoral ministry … I love walking alongside people kind of as a spiritual friend and spiritual companion. That means people who are connected to church and people who have no idea what church is all about. I love to find out about their lives and their world and just see where God might be pointing them.

Q: You briefly lived in Nassau County while your father was in the Marines. How has your return to Long Island been?

A: My wife and I, we love that kind of sense of the East End, North Fork culture of tiny villages, rural land. The more quiet and peaceful way of life. And we love the people that we have met, certainly within the church but all throughout the community. We have just been graciously received. A lot of warmth, a lot of genuine connection with people. It’s been a privilege to be out here.

Q: What is your goal for the next two years as you lead the church?

A: It’s the opportunity to step in very purposefully with somebody in place for maybe a couple of years or so while the church celebrates the legacy of George [Gaffga’s] ministry and all that’s gone on, but then looks forward to a newly installed pastor down the road.

12/13/13 10:00am
12/13/2013 10:00 AM

BARBARELLEN KOCH PHOTO | The long-standing 15,000-pound oak tree was removed from Mattituck Presbyterian Church Thursday.

Thursday marked the end of an era at Mattituck Presbyterian Church. An iconic oak tree, which is believed to have stood for more than 350 years, was removed from its roots.

The rotting tree had taking quite a hit over the years. Nearly two years ago to the day, a large section of the tree fell following a severe windstorm. At the time, the church removed the canopy, but a 30-foot trunk that was unharmed by the gusts remained.

Since, portions of the tree slowly began to decay, threatening its overall health and the safety of people and places around it, including the nearly 300-year-old church building, said Mattituck Presbyterian Church trustee Sal Messina.

“It’s really a shame about the tree,” he said as he watched the long-standing oak be removed Thursday morning. “I’m glad it didn’t do any damage.”

Anne Tuthill, a long-time worshiper at Mattituck Presbyterian Church, also looked on.

“I’m torn about [removing the tree],” she said. “It was a beautiful tree when it was healthy, but they said it is on its way out and while I’m sorry, I guess trees get like that after a while.”

While the iconic oak is gone from its roots, it will continue to remain a part of the community.

Promptly after being removed, the 15,700-pound tree was moved to Will Paulson Woodworks in Mattituck where it will be crafted to served another purpose.

“There are a lot of different options for what to do with the wood,” Mr. Messina said.

Some ideas include using the material to make tables, commemorative plaques and even a historical reference guide, he said.

“We have one member that is interested in doing an historical timeline about Mattituck based on the rings of the trunk,” Mr. Messina said. “You know, maybe put brass tacks in marking historical things that happened; this way [the tree] will live forever in a way.”

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11/23/13 10:47am
11/23/2013 10:47 AM

KATHARINE SCHROEDER PHOTO | The Harvest Gospel Choir performs at Mattituck Presbyterian Church.

Harvest Gospel Choir held its 27th annual concert at Mattituck Presbyterian Church Thursday night. The choir, whose members belong to nearly a dozen different religions, performed to a packed house.

Led by Artistic Director Maryanne McElroy, 72 singers performed both traditional and contemporary gospel songs. As a special treat, Maddy Seitles and Tanner Tomkins, both 13, gave moving solo performances.

The series continued with a show Friday in Southampton and another performance will be tonight in Flanders.