Everyone is welcome to attend the services on this wonderful day.
True Life Christian Worship Center, located in Oyster Bay, NY, is a place that values ââcommunity and spreads a message of hope to bring hope, and they invite everyone to attend Easter services with their congregation this April 4.
Formerly known as the North Shore Assembly of God for many years, the church is run by the dedicated husband and wife duo Ray and Diane Melograne, who serve as co-pastors.
The North Shore Assembly of God Church recently renamed itself True Life Christian Worship Center to reflect the goal of bringing a hopeful message to the community of Oyster Bay and surrounding towns, Diane said.
âWe have changed our name to reflect what you experience when you come to our church,â she said. âWe want people to experience Jesus through a personal relationship, and we want them to encounter the word of God through intense Bible study. We find that many, many people, even of Christian faith, do not have a solid foundation in the word of God. So that’s what we’re giving them here.
A greeter welcomes the parishioners at the doors of the church. Photo credit: True Life Christian Worship Center
Steeped in history, the Church in various forms has been located in Oyster Bay for over 300 years and has changed denominations several times over the years. He first started as a Baptist and became an Independent Pentecostal in 1939, then in the late 1980s became the Assembly of God, as that organization ran a field Bible school at the time.
Over the years, the grounds of what would one day become the Church of the Assembly of God of the North Shore grew and evolved; the main shrine was originally built in 1908, with a Bible school and other buildings added later. Currently, the congregation is made up of around 70 to 80 close-knit people.
One of the greatest holy days on almost any calendar is Easter, and to celebrate the Resurrection of Christ, Pastors Ray and Diane believe it is essential to extend a heartfelt invitation to anyone wishing to visit True Life. Christian Worship Center at Easter. Sunday April 4, and worship with them.
Photo credit: True Life Christian Worship Center
There will be two services celebrated on Easter Sunday; the first at 9:30 am and the second at 11:30 am To sign up for any of these services, visit their website at https://truelifecwc.org/easter for you and your loved ones. Everyone is welcome to attend the services on this wonderful day.
For those who wish to attend the Easter service but are concerned about the current COVID-19 pandemic, Ray and Diane are quick to point out that their church is strictly adhering to all social distancing and mask guidelines, and they are cleaning up and disinfect regularly – in addition to taking the temperatures of everyone entering – to ensure the health and well-being of all.
True Life Christian Worship Center also appreciates supporting their local community during the difficult times the pandemic has brought. Ray points out that they run an outdoor pantry every Tuesday; the reason he’s on the outside is to minimize the risk of the spread of COVID-19 while making their vital services available to those who need them.
âWe are currently feeding about 50 families in partnership with Island Harvest and Long Island Cares,â he said. âWe keep the pantry outside most of the time, and on the occasions we need to have it inside, we take the same social distancing precautions we take for our services. It remains a real blessing for our community in this way. “
The church pantry, open every Tuesday, feeds about fifty families. Photo credit: True Life Christian Worship Center
Residents of North Massapequa, Ray and Diane have been pastors at the North Shore Assembly of God for 16 years now. Ray is a retired electrical engineer and Diane a retired teacher, and although they have always been religious, their faith solidified to an untold degree after experiencing a true miracle with their daughter many years ago. years.
âIn the early 1980s our daughter had a miraculous healing and it really strengthened our faith,â Ray said. “We started taking Bible classes for this calling, and that’s how the ministry side of our life developed.”
After initially helping churches in the area by creating and managing parent groups and even helping new, smaller churches to start up, one day their senior pastor, Steven Milazzo of the Assembly of God in Bethlehem asked the two to come to Oyster Bay, a church that was struggling to keep pastors long term. It was believed that the faith, compassion and dedication of Ray and Diane would bring an element of stability and community to the church.
16 years later, and it is more than evident that Ray and Diane fit in perfectly with True Life Christian Worship Center; Ray said the experience of co-pastoring with his beloved wife in Oyster Bay all this time has been wonderful for a variety of reasons.
âThe congregation is a warm, strong and supportive group of people for us,â he said. âWe were able to accomplish some really amazing things with just a small group of people who really know how to serve God. “
âIn the past, we have run drug addiction programs and were involved in the local OBEN triathlon at the start of the event with prayer,â Diane added. “We also have a children’s ministry – for such a small congregation we have about 25 children – led by Pastor Michael Elliott, our children’s pastor.”
Pastor Michael Elliott, the children’s pastor of the church. Photo credit: True Life Christian Worship Center
For all those who live in the community of Oyster Bay or the surrounding area and are looking for a diverse and inclusive place of worship, Ray and Diane invite anyone interested to come and find out what the True Life Christian Worship Center is all about.
âOyster Bay is a very ethnically diverse community … we have people from Africa, Honduras, El Salvador, Jamaica, as well as local Long Islanders, in our congregation, as well as believers of different ages, young and old, âDiane mentioned. âWe want everyone, regardless of their background, to come and experience our worship service, our Bible study, our various ministries, and all of the outreach services and events that we hold each and every. year.
âWith all that people have been through in the last year with this pandemic, we know there are a lot of people who have lost their jobs and are financially stressed,â Ray added. âWe are trying to give them some hope. The key word we like to get across is hope. People can come here and find camaraderie, sensitivity and moral support, and even networking opportunities if they are looking for a job. We can show them our source of hope, Jesus Christ.
To learn more about True Life Christian Worship Center, please visit their website. To register for their April 4th Easter services, please click here.