Midweek Message – 12/7/17


Friends in Faith, 

Sunday was rich and full – a great start to the Advent Season. And, it all started with the lighting of the first Advent Candle. As we read scripture, we clanged along with our instruments to the clatter of King Nebuchadnezzer, and we were reminded of the faith of the three men who refused to bow down to him. In their trial by fire, they knew who they were, they knew the source of their power, and they knew they weren’t alone.

Speaking of power, Sunday afternoon was an empowering time as the women gathered received inspiration and encouragement from Lily Burana, who shared her story of experiencing God’s grace and sold 22 copies of her book, Grace for Amateurs, contributing over $400 to our church. There are still two copies available (contact the office)!

Advent continues this Sunday with the story of God giving new life to old bones in Ezekiel 37:1-14. The worship band will be playing during the service, and we’ll be playing down at Dogwood (47 E Main) for Pints & Prayers: Joy to the World Edition, 3-5pm. Wear an ugly sweater, sing some favorite carols, and raise money for Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in response to recent hurricanes.

But, before that, we’ll have a brief informational congregational meeting following worship to present the draft 2018 budget. We’re facing some challenges, but we’re clear in our call, and we want to hear from you as we move forward!

In Christ,

Pastor Ben



Christmas Gifts – We will be collecting unisex gloves, hats, and socks for guests of the Welcome Table and others in the community in need this winter. Contributions are due Dec 17, and there are bins located at the entrance to the Sanctuary and in McKinley Hall.

Year-End Giving – We hope you’ll consider contributing to First Presbyterian Church as a part of your year-end giving this year. We’re excited about what God is doing here and we think you’ll want to be a part of it. To learn more, visit this link. To make a secure, online contribution, click the button below:



We are so excited to share our comprehensive list of Christmas events with you! Here’s the link to the flier, and feel free to contact the office if you’d like a hard copy. We hope you’ll share it with others!


Sunday – 12/10

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Preacher Rev. Ben Larson-Wolbrink. Music led by Sally Hitchcock.
  • Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
  • Pints & Prayers (Dogwood, 47 E. Main St.) – 3pm: Church in bar! Christmas style.

Monday – 12/11

  • Spiritual Classics (McKinley Hall) – 12pm: A small-group conversation about life and faith. We are currently exploring Richard Foster’s book: Celebration of Discipline.

Wednesday – 12/13

  • Mars Hill Discussion (McKinley Hall) – 12pm: A small group that has an open and honest discussion about the challenges of the world (Mars Hill is where the Apostle Paul met with the great philosophers in Athens) and the struggles of our lives (or, what we call, the Mess). All are welcome and all is confidential.

Friday – 12/15

  • Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am: Good food for all. A time to be fed in body and soul.

Saturday – 12/16

  • Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am
  • Blue Christmas (Sanctuary) – 5pm: Come as you are to find solace in the stillness of the sanctuary, hear music for you soul, and search for light in the darkness.

Sunday – 12/17

  • Children’s Christmas Pageant (Sanctuary) – 10am: Enjoy the story of Jesus’ birth during Sunday morning worship as told by the young people of First Presbyterian! Preacher Rev. Ben Larson-Wolbrink. Music led by Sally Hitchcock.
  • Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am

The church hosts a number of community and 12-step groups throughout the week. For more information on meeting times call the office at 845-831-5322 or visit our webpage beaconpresbychurch.org

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