Broken Gifts

Preparing for a transition can be really hard.  There is lots of work to do, both physically and emotionally.  This is compounded when we journey with someone preparing for death.  

Last week, we heard the powerful truth that – even in the midst of pain – God wants to celebrate with us.  This week, we will encounter the story of Mary in John 12:1-8 as she gives a lavish and intimate gift to Jesus.  She broke a jar of costly perfume and annointed the feet of her dear friend, Jesus, to prepare him for his death.  Even though Judas (and the other disciples according to other gospel accounts) did not find this gift appropriate, Jesus received it.  Jesus receives all gifts made in love. However broken they may be.

Speaking of gifts, our church lost a significant one this week.  Gwen Nerrie, long-time member, servant, and community-builder, has entered into eternal rest with God (just a few weeks shy of her 100th birthday).  She was well known to many in our congregation. For those of you who don’t know her, the Highlands Current recently ran a delightful piece on her.  Arrangements are currently being made with the family.  Please keep them – and all those who grieve her loss – in your prayers.

In Christ,

Pastor Ben


Holy Week/Easter are just around the corner.  Here’s the full line-up of our worship opportunities.

Palm / Passion Sunday
April 14th at 10am, 50 Liberty St
Celebrate Christ’s joyful entrance into Jerusalem with a procession of palms and hear the powerful story of his passion.  As we remember, we recognize just how much God endured for love of the world.
Maundy Thursday
April 18th at 7pm, 50 Liberty St
Encounter the last night Jesus shared with his disciples.  As he says goodbye, he invites us to remember him around the table.  And, in a powerful last gesture, he shows us how to love each other.
*Easter Sonrise on the Hudson
April 21st at 7am, Beacon Ferry Dock
Gaze in wonder at the glory of a new morning breaking over the Hudson at the Beacon Ferry Dock.  Celebrate the amazing gift that Christ is alive and all creation is made new!
Easter Worship
April 21st  at 10am, 50 Liberty St
Experience the presence of the Risen Christ in worship… in joyful singing, flowers blooming, and colors bursting.  We’ll proclaim the gift of new life and welcome new members into the family of faith.

Also, we have lots of ways to learn and serve this season.  As you prepare for Holy Week, don’t forget these opportunities:

Creating a Worship Banner – We’re putting together a banner for the sanctuary, and we need your help!  

  • April 7 –  bring your donations of colofrul fabrics and/or join us in the Amity Art center after worship as we cut/prepare the cloth
  • April 14 – join us in the Amity Art center after worship for embroidering & binding

Interfaith Blessing of the Fields – Head out to Common Ground Farm (79 Farmstead Lane, Wappingers Falls) on April 13, 1-3pm, for a contemplative stroll through the grounds at the beginning of the planting season.  We’ll stop at key points along the tour for a moment of blessing / reflection from a variety of faith traditions.

Habitat for Humanity in Newburgh – Walk For Housing, April 28 at 1:30pm: To join the team of walkers or make a contribution to support the team, go to: http://bit.ly/fpc-habitat.  We have a goal of raising $1,000 as a team!

Welcome Table Packs – You are invited to contribute items to survival packs that will be distributed at the Welcome Table.  All you need to do is visit this link: http://tiny.cc/FPCpacks, select & pay for your contribution, and we’ll make sure your gift is given to someone in need.

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