Centerport United Methodist Church
There are so many wonderful opportunities, both here at Centerport United Methodist Church, and in the community, that we hope and pray that you will find something that touches your heart.
                                                           Personal Home Care Ministry

CUMC is honored to continue our new ministry...providing home and personal care essentials.


    I wanted to reach out to all of you in the CUMC family and our VBS for the outpouring of support for our Personal Products Pantry.  Our shelves are getting full and we will be dropping items off to both food pantries soon! We also are hoping to open our doors one day a week this fall.  Exciting things are happening!!  We continue to collect FULL-SIZED products, and appreciate anything you are able to donate.


If you would like to donate items to our pantry, we are in need of the following:

Feminine Products
Baby Diapers & Baby Wipes
Dish Soap & Kitchen Sponges


Please consider donating the above items in FULL SIZE. We appreciate your support as we continue to reach out into our community and be the hands and feet of Christ!


If you have any questions, please contact Gina Grubbs.

    Every week you receive an email called "Hello Church Family" and that's really what we are...a family.  We care, we pray, we help one another in any way and every way we can, we laugh, we cry, we're just there for each other.  Most times you don't even hear about is just there.  You've also heard the phrase...many hands make light work, right? and work in the church is really service; service to and in God's name.
Well, we are asking our church family for some service - some help...our Care Team is in need of volunteers.
Volunteers for what, you ask? 
Þ  For occasional local driving, such as to a doctor appointment for someone who can't drive - there is no long term commitment here, just occasional local driving.  Beth Bertossi is our coordinator for this vital service to our family and you can contact her directly at or call her at 631-261-5122
Þ  For an occasional meal for someone who is unable to provide for themselves because of an illness or injury.  Laura Suban is our coordinator for this vital service to our family and you can contact her directly at or call her at 301-653-1706
Þ  For a visit for someone in a nursing home, hospital, or at home. Bobbie Bozzone is our coordinator for this service and you can contact her directly at or call her at 631-261-2515
Please prayerfully consider becoming part of this network of volunteers who take care of our family members who need us most. Thank you!

    We’ve introduced a new way to support our congregation members who are in need.  It's called...Take Them a Meal.  When using this service, we can sign up to make and deliver a meal to members who are in need of some help preparing dinners.  


    It works like this...

Go to and type in our member’s last name for “recipient last name” and for the password, (and the schedule with any openings should appear).  You can pick any date available and enter what you think you'll make.  Of course you can change it, but we don't want someone to get 5 nights of meatloaf in a row!  You'll even get a reminder email before your day to help you stay organized!

Thank you!!!


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at or speak with me at Fellowship.

                              In Christ, Laura Suban


    The Butterfly Initiative was created by Susan Miller to help support the Happy Home Trust Orphanage, founded by Susan Miller and Ranjeeta Devi,  in India serving abandoned street children.  At present they are now caring for 43 girls and boys - 22 of whom are attending college.  The children receive healthy meals, medical attention, tuition assistance, and have a safe place to live and learn.

This summer, Ranjeeta Devi, was travelling to the US to attend a fundraising gala in NYC when she learned that it was cancelled and a large portion of their funding was lost. They are now in desperate need of donations to continue their work. 

If you are able to contribute in support of their work, please make your check out to CUMC with “Butterfly Initiative” on the memo line.  Thank you!



Dear Members of CUMC,
   The committee members of Project Nicaragua and Beyond wish to thank you for your heartfelt welcome as a new ministry of CUMC. We very much look forward to working with you.

Gerry Parrinello, Coordinator


    The ELC (Ecumenical Lay Council) Food Pantry in Northport needs your help! In addition to regular volunteers, we need able-bodied, strong folk to carry large, heavy deliveries into the pantry.  L.I.Cares delivers pallets of food twice a month that need to be unloaded from the curb and brought inside. 

The pantry is open Monday - Thursday, 10 am - 12 pm.  However, on occasion there is a delivery on a Friday.  If you live locally and can be available on short notice please contact Susan Beck, 631 521-4423, email or Martha Keller, the Food Pantry Manager can be reached at 261-4357 or



 As part of our commitment to the Ecumenical Lay Council (ELC), it is again our turn to provide volunteers for the Northport Food Pantry in December.  This is an outstanding opportunity for all to serve our community and provide food for those who really need it, particularly during this holiday season. 

The Northport Food Pantry is open Monday through Thursday from 10 AM to 12 Noon.

I can guarantee that you will fully enjoy the experience of meeting the clients and other volunteers who utilize and serve the pantry

A sign-up sheet is available on the table in the hallway and includes the dates and location in Northport.  If you have any questions, please let me know.  May God bless you in this worthwhile and rewarding ministry.       

                         Sue Beck


Disaster Relief

To: The Congregation of CUMC:

   Supplies and response teams will be dispatched to relief areas when the people in these areas indicate they are ready for them. I am asking the people of CUMC to assemble “Cleaning Kits” and “Health Kits” that can be sent to these areas. Below are the lists of items needed for each type of kit. PLEASE BRING COMPLETE KITS AND NOT COMPONENTS. People can band together to purchase one (or more) complete kit(s) if they so desire. When completed, the kits can be brought to the church and stored in the attic marked with signs. If you enter the attic from the Narthex side it will be just as you go into the attic from the stairs on you left. They will be brought to a centralized assembly point for the LI East District at a later date.

Teams will be formed to go to areas when they are ready for them. If anyone is interested, or has any questions, please contact me. I can be reached on 631-421-1924 or 516-381-9094 (Cell), or e-mail me at: As you know from other disasters like Sandy and Katrina this effort is only beginning and I thank you in advance for the usual strong CUMC Response in these situations.

Yours in Christ,

Bob Hawkins

Disaster Response Coordinator

Hygiene Kit Contents:

• 1 hand towel (15 x 25 inches to 17 x 27 inches; Kitchen, cleaning, and microfiber acceptable)

• 1 washcloth

• 1 comb

Comb needs to be sturdy and longer than 6 inches long

No pocket combs or picks

Rattail combs and combs without handles are acceptable with a minimum, teeth

  • 1 metal nail file or nail clippers (no emery boards)
  • 1 bath-size soap (3 oz. and larger; no Ivory or Jergens soap due to moisture scent original packaging)
    • $1.00 to purchase toothpaste
    • Dish soap
      • 1 can air freshener

• 1 toothbrush (adult size only; keep in original packaging)

• 1 plastic bag (one-gallon size sealable bag)


Cleaning Kit Contents:

• 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid

Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned

Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool clean

Advertisements on the outside are acceptable

• Liquid laundry detergent

One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) only

• Liquid household cleaner

Liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water

No spray cleaners

16-28 oz. bottle any brand

Aerosol or pump

• 1 insect repellant spray

6-14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover

• 1 scrub brush

Plastic or wooden handle

• 18 cleaning wipes

Handi Wipes or reusable wipes

No terry cleaning towels

Remove from packaging

• 7 sponges


NO cellulose sponges due to mold issues

Remove from wrapper

• 5 scouring pads

Remove from wrapper

No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)

• 50 clothespins

• Clothesline

One 1 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines

Cotton or plastic

• 24-roll heavy-duty trash bags

33- to 45-gallon sizes

Remove from the box

• 5 dust masks

• 2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves

Should be durable enough for multiple uses

Remove from packaging

• 1 pair work gloves

Cotton with leather palm or all leather