Centerport United Methodist Church
United States and Caribbean Hurricane Relief

To: The Congregation of CUMC:

      As you have seen from the e-mails Connie Kozlowski has sent out, the Methodist Church and the L.I. East District of the New York Annual Conference are preparing to respond to the needs of the people in Texas, Florida, and the Caribbean in the wake of the devastating hurricanes. Supplies and response teams will be dispatched 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


Yoga at CUMC


    As previously announced, the Membership Committee has arranged an Intro to Yoga Series for 4 consecutive weeks starting on Sunday, January 21at 12:30-1:30 PM and continuing thru February 11. A special rate has been arranged.  If you sign up for the 4 week series, the total cost will be $40.  To drop in it will be $15.  The series will be held in our newly renovated Wesley Hall.   Please contact Lyn Moodie for more information or to sign up.   We will need 10 people signed up and paid by Wednesday, January 17 to have the series.  Church members, family, friends and anyone interested is welcome to sign up!  This is an intro class and a great opportunity to try yoga or to improve your present practice.  Wear comfortable clothing and bring or borrow a yoga mat when attending class.  Once again our instructor will be Ann McDermott-Kave, Certified Iyengar Yoga Instructor.



On behalf of the Ecumenical Lay Council we wish to thank everyone who graciously and generously offered their gifts, time and talent to the annual Sponsor-A-Family Ministry and Pantry Volunteers during the month of December.  The Sponsor-A-Family gift donations were most generous and  exceeded what we asked for. We know how very much those gifts meant to the participating local families who didn't have the means to provide what was now a meaningful Christmas for their young children.  We even provided gift cards for the parents to purchase holiday food and make their holidays even more special.


The pantry volunteers filled the December dates from Monday-Thursday and based on the feedback received, the Northport-East Northport pantry was blessed with the holiday spirit and help that they all provided to the clients.   We also heard of the wonderful heartfelt experience that all of our people felt in so many ways after meeting the people who utilize the pantry.  It was a true blessing and learning opportunity for all involved. At the same time we now extend our prayers to the Executive Director, Sally Stark who was recently diagnosed with cancer and had to retire after 35 years of service.   May God Bless her and help her through the illness. 


We felt that this was a true Christian outreach ministry for people right in our own communities. The clients are extremely thankful for what we do and thank us at every chance they can.

God Bless All of our Church participants.  

Blessings, Frank Lehmann and Robin Newton






    A very big THANK YOU to all of you who donated a toy or toys to New Hour For Women & Children.  New Hour was incredibly blessed this year because of the generosity that you and several other churches  showed.  We were able to distribute toys to the families of incarcerated women in both Nassau and Suffolk.  My turn for distribution came at the Yaphank prison this year.  I don’t know who gave all the Barbie dolls, but a family of 3 little girls was thinking there really is a Santa Claus.        Blessings and a heartfelt thank you, 

Judy White



Membership will be hosting another CPR class and is thrilled to announce plans for an art class with Philip Jordan! More details to follow. Come join the fun!!!



They’d LOVE to have you join their team!!! Opportunities include: Daytime hours Monday through Saturday; Behind the scenes (sorting, pricing, cleaning, moving, building); Community engagement (greeting, helping, bagging merchandise, exchanging money); Special projects (seasonal, book sale, Cow Harbor Day, yard sale, E-bay, Craigslist);Administrative (phone calls, emails, scheduling); Donate new and gently used household and clothing items ~ Recycle, Reuse, Repurpose!  Help support the communities of Northport, East Northport, Centerport, Huntington, Dix Hills, Commack, Kings Park, Ft. Salonga. Help support the ministries of St. Paul’s UMC. Be in ministry with fellow United Methodists and other Thrift Shop volunteers, meeting new people/making new friends/showing God’s Love to all. Call Today! Susan (church office) at 631-261-0804 or email at  or Leslie (Thrift Shop Manager) at 631-896-9734