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The Spiritual Renewal Center's Mission 

We are a community where Spirit and Service come together


Out of love of neighbor, we are committed to offering a wide variety of spiritual renewal experiences and events through both holy traditions, both ancient and new, from many faiths - offered by professional practitioners in a home of trust and sacred hospitality.

The Spiritual Renewal Center's Message 

No matter who YOU are, or where YOU are on life's journey... YOU are welcomed here!!

Our Goals and Objectives

To offer spiritual practices from a variety of traditions that ain to renew and heal the spirit.  Through information and experience, in an atmosphere of love and trust, we look to offer seekers essential tools and foundations to further their spiritual growth and development.


Workshop & Seminar Facilities

Our center is the year round retreat center for First Parish Church, in Riverhead, NY, and its members.  The center welcomes a wide variety of groups and individuals to its beautiful site on the North Fork in Long Island Wine County, offering simple and comfortable facilities for recreation, study, and reflection in its ministry of hospitality.

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Latest news from First Parish Church...

First Parish Church, UCC/Spiritual Renewal Center often says to those who visit...    "No Matter Who YOU Are or Where YOU Are On Life's Journey, YOU Are Welcomed Here!"  We Live It!  We Believe It!  And We Mean It!!!!! 

Religion on the Vine
on Sunday, September 28th, 2014 at 1:00-2:00 p.m. at Laurel Lake Vineyards, 3165 Main Road (Route 25), Laurel, NY.  We are offering a monthly conversational gathering!  It will be opened to all seekers who desire to explore the perennial spiritual questions of life and issues of faith and religion.  We will be inviting our community to share and be in conversation with us.  We will be inviting our community to share and be in conversation with us.  We look forward to listening to many voices and questions at this special gathering!  Join us this month in September where we will be exploring "A Sensual Faith!" 

The Spiritual Renewal Center of First Parish Church UCC invites you to “Religion on the Vine/A Sensual Faith.”  We will be exploring and celebrating the spiritual gifts of wine, chocolate and painting!  Join us and experience tasting North Fork Chocolate. Owners Ann and Steve produce artisanal Belgian chocolates filled with local ingredients and gourmet desserts crafted from local products on the East End of Long Island.  Fresh from the farm:  fruits, vegetables, dairy and local purveyor products are used; spirits, sea salt, herbs, and honey! 


The Grange on Sound Avenue has become a new home for Ann and Chef Steve, bringing to us their latest idea the Artisan Project:  an Agro-flea market for crafters, farmers, and purveyors to display their goods for purchase to the local community and travelers. They plan to begin late September on Fridays and Saturdays at The Grange and future inside events include Cooking Classes and an Artist Gallery.  We will pair the chocolate with a tasting of Laurel Lake wine. Laurel Lake Winery has graciously allowed the Spiritual Renewal Center of First Parish Church, UCC to host our monthly “Religion on the Vine.” Thank you, Laurel Lake Winery!  Well-known local artist, Linda Berger, will also instruct us in how to paint our experience.  Be with us at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, September 28th to celebrate the blessedness of A Sensual Faith!


Food Drive Going on at our Grange Hall Building.  Give today! We at First Parish Church, UCC, are collecting for all of our local community's food pantries--canned, jarred, and boxed goods. If you'd like to give, please drop your food items off at the Grange Hall building at 5268 Sound Avenue, Northville (Riverhead) on Sundays between the hours of 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  Please give what you can and help fill the pantries in our community.  Tell a friend; pass the word around!!  For further information, please contact Pastor Dianne Rodriguez at (516) 673-1231 or email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




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During this season of thankfulness....A Special
Thank You to all Participants, Coordinators, Attendees
& Artists at our Fifth Annual
Blessing of the Artists event!!
Thank You!


We'd like to take this opportunity to thank everyone who coordinated, participated, presented and attended our Fifth Annual Blessing of the Artists event this past Saturday, November 16th!  We'd like to thank Maribeth Mundell & Gregg Charles for performing their original songs from their band Lessus Mor at the blessing service; Kathleen Loomis & Terence Purtell for performing together at the blessing service; Georgeann Packard for reading an excerpt from her newly released book "Paint the Bird"; actor, Anatol Yusef, for his reading during the blessing service; Kyleen Prentice Vernon's Irish performance team Mo Chuisle Moya Strast for their dance performance at the blessing service; and keynote speaker, Tom Martinez for sharing with us his creative process as a photographer during the blessing service; and lastly, Pastor Dianne Rodriguez & Mary Ann Lieberman for conducting the blessing service.   


Pastor Dianne added a special touch this year during the blessing service.... she had each and every artist stand and introduce themselves and speak a little bit about their artistry!!  We'd like to mention this year's participating artists..... They are:  Maribeth Mundell, Gregg Charles, Terence Purtell, Kathleen, Loomis, Joe Giaquinto, Howard Levine, Tom Martinez, Anatol Yusef, Andrea Shine, Lillian Spiess, Jacqui Patt, Sheila Anne Cunningham, Barbara Zegarek, Georgeann Packard, Lisa Barrow, Stephanie Grodski.   

A special thank you to the people who made it happen "behind the scenes" setting up, cleaning up, refreshments & decorations:  Rita Allen, Stephanie Grodski, Mary Ann Lieberman, Joe Giaquinto & Mary Ann Musumeci


The event was beyond our expectations and once again a wonderful time was had by all!


If you'd like to see pictures of this year's and past years' Blessing of the Artists events, go to our new website that Joe Giaquinto created for us at  


With much appreciation & gratitude,



Spiritual Renewal Center at First Parish Church, UCC 
Celebrating Its Many Lives..... 

Special Exhibit Opening Reception- "The Sound Avenue Grange Hall: Its Many Lives".
Be the first to view this exciting new exhibit and learn all about the rich history of an iconic Sound Avenue landmark.  Ring the 1861 bell, sit on an original 1831 pew (and see how long you can tolerate it) and listen to original Grangers speak of their experiences. Meet curators Nancy Gilbert, Mary Anne Huntington, Richard Wines, and Hallockville's new intern, Gabrielle Colen and learn more about this fascinating chapter of local history. The exhibit will be open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays from 12-4 pm through the end of the year.

First Parish Church has recently moved back to its original building, while leasing its 1904 building across the street to Community Baptist Church.  The venerable Grange Hall is also used for a variety of community organizations, such as Alcoholics Anonymous, Basket Weavers, Children's Theatre Group.  

Like all old buildings, it needs continual tender loving care.  Contributions to supports its preservation can be made to: 
Save the Grange, c/o First Parish Church, UCC Campaign, PO Box 898, Jamesport, NY 11947


First Parish Church Has Been Rebirthed.

Copy & paste the address below to your browser to read's March 11th article on
First Parish Church


Thank You!


Periodically, The Spiritual Renewal Center at First Parish Church, UCC would like to acknowledge those in our community who have chosen to help in our mission to save the historic Grange Hall building and also to fund the wide-ranging community programs of the Spiritual Renewal Center.  


We would like to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to Mr. Roberto Costanzo ( and the AA Freedom Group for their generous ongoing commitment to offer financial support.

In their spirit... remember... "No matter who you are or where you are in life's journey...
You're happiest while you're making the greatest contribution.
Robert F. Kennedy
"You are not here to save the world, but you are here to touch the hands that are within your reach."

Motto of Mission of Love (Kathleen Price)

Dear Friends... We look forward to adding your name to our next "Heartfelt Thank You" eblast!

With much appreciation,
Pastor Dianne Rodriguez

Each month a writing gets posted here on our website's Writer's Page as well as an eblast sent to all of our email recipients and gets posted onto our Spiritual Renewal Center Facebook page!  If you or if you know of anyone who would like to submit prose or poetry for our Writer's Page, please send your material to Lisa at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or submit it right here on our website.  You may submit your writing(s) any time you'd like!  We look forward to hearing from you!


Our dear friend and Spiritual-Renewal partner...who founded the Nature Lyceum, and who took the risk of bringing the classes to a new home at our Grange Hall, has passed into the next adventure.  


       Jeff will be MUCH missed by so many of the lives he has touched and taught and mentored. He is a beautiful person, in whom so many of us confided and loved.  


       Please stay with us as we will announce a get-together luncheon to honor Jeff in his classroom space. Friends and graduates of the Nature Lyceum will also be looking to carry on Jeff's many years of work. More shall be revealed...  


       Jeff's presence among us will be sorely missed.  He charmed us with his "Holly Wand," delighted us with his YUA-TAH-HEY salutations and Vaya Con Dios (have a silly day) words of departure.  But most importantly,
Jeff challenged each and everyone of us to live soul-filled lives because no matter who we are or where we are on life's
journey with Jeff we are all in this together.


       The gift of his life and memory remains "food for our souls."  Please join the Spiritual Renewal Center at First Parish Church,UCC on Sunday, December 16th at our 10:30 a.m. service, in which we will be celebrating the life of our friend, JEFF FRANK. Afterwards, we will be hosting a luncheon in honor of commemorating his life and gift to our community.



Greetings!  First Parish Church, UCC/Spiritual Renewal Center often says to those who visit...    "No Matter Who YOU Are or Where YOU Are
On Life's Journey, YOU Are Welcomed Here!" 
We Live It!  We Believe It!  And We Mean It!!!!!

 So much so, that on June 10, 2012, we voted to adopt the following ONA (Open and Affirming) Statement:

Because we believe that all people are created in God's image and thus are blessed and loved equally by God, and because love is a unifying
and strengthening force within our Christian faith, We, the members of the First Parish Church, United Church of Christ, hereby declare
ourselves an Open and Affirming Christian community, actively expressing Jesus' inclusive embrace of all people. We welcome all who seek
to follow Jesus, including persons of every age, gender, race, national origin, faith background, marital status and family structure, sexual orientation, gender dentity and expression, mental and physical ability, economic and social status, and educational background, to share in
the life, leadership, ministry, fellowship, worship, sacraments, responsibilities, blessings and joys of our church family. Jesus teaches us to welcome all God's hildren into God's covenantal community. As we grow together in faith and love, we will strive to celebrate the diversity in which God has created us.

When we voted, we were blessed to have with us representatives of DignityUSA   In solidarity with them, together
we wear rainbow/equality bracelets.  So...
 No Matter Who YOU are or where YOU are on life's journey...YOU are welcomed at
First Parish Church!! 
Come... We have a rainbow bracelet waiting for you!  Sunday Service begins at 10:30 a.m.  

News About Two of Our Authors:

          Lisa Acor Laurel's "Love in the Gardens of Macantar, A Spiritual Journey of Healing from Codependency and Relationship Addiction"  now available at Riverhead, Mattituck, Greenport, Quogue, and Westhampton Beach libraries!! For more on Lisa's book, visit our Book Store page. The Survivors Club has created an article promoting Ms. Laurel's "Love in the Gardens of Macantar."  Please visit the link and share it with your followers via Facebook or Twitter.  Find Lisa's eBook on, then go to the left column "Categories" listing and click on "Emotional Healing".  Lisa's book is also available on, and, or write her at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

           Rev. Richard Adinolfi's "Divine Living:  Practical Advice for a Lifetime."  For more on Rev. Adinolfi's book, visit our Book Store page. 
Find his eBook at, then go to the left column "Categories" listing and click on "Spiritual eBooks".
For more information, write Rev. Adinolfi at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

           Now their books are available on the Healing eBook website  Lisa's book is mentioned in Healing eBook's Self-Healing Expressions "Issue 109 - October - Embracing Emotional Healing" email under the heading, "Healing eBooks that Focus on Emotional Healing."


Click onto these links below to read articles about The Grange & Jeff Frank's NatureTalk Lecture series to help Save the Grange Campaign:


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