Midweek Message – 5/11/18

Friends in Faith,

On Sunday, we began a series on Paul’s letter to the Philippian Christians, emphasizing his gratitude for his partners in ministry in Philippi, as well as his trust in the power found in partnership.

This Sunday, we will celebrate our traditional Flowers & Music Service for Mother’s Day.  In place of the sermon, we have several creative offerings lined up from the congregation.  We’re hoping you can help in this celebration by sharing the beauty of cut flowers from your lawn or garden.  Please bring your flowers in a vase for display in the Sanctuary by 9:30am before the service. (And, don’t forget to bring them home with you after worship.)

Also, this Sunday, we will begin our four-week experiment with a simplified bulletin format using prayers, hymns, and other worship resources found in our Glory to God  hymnals.  The simplified bulletins will contain service information (guiding worshippers to resources in the hymnal), as well as announcements in the life of our church.  Other information about our congregation will be available in the pews.

This may feel like a significant change, but our congregation stands to save time, energy, and money in doing so.  Your feedback is most welcome as we evaluate this new tool for worship.

Blessings,

Pastor Ben

BRIDGING WORLDS

Food Donations – This month we are collecting food donations at the sanctuary entrance for:

  • First Presbyterian Church Welcome Table (Fri & Sat hot meal): mayo, pasta, sauce, canned meats, beans, powdered drinks
  • St. Andrews Food Pantry (Sat food distribution):  hot/cold cereals and Parmalat (shelf-stable milk), the next deadline for donations will be May 20th.

(here)after Art Show – The Faith in Art Gallery at the Amity Arts Center invited local and regional artists to explore the theme (here)after and enter work that is any interpretation of the call. For example, what comes next upon death, the effects on those left behind, any physical, emotional or spiritual shift or evolution after a significant change or loss. As part of the exhibition there will be several conversations about art and death before and after. Exhibition runs through May 27th.

(here)after and the Resurrection – Death will come for us all.  How do we understand – and live with – this truth?  All are invited to join Pastor Ben in the Faith in Art Gallery of the Amity Arts Center for a conversation on the Christian understanding of the mystery of death in light of the mystery of the resurrection.  Conversation will begin at 12pm on Sunday, May 20th.

 

ENCOUNTERING GOD

Flowers & Music – Our annual Mother’s Day tradition is this Sunday, May 13th, we’ll remember the gift of motherhood, in all of its powerful complexity. Be sure to bring in flowers from your lawn/garden to decorate the Sanctuary by 9:30am on Sunday

Pentecost Sunday – Next Sunday, May 20th, is Pentecost Sunday.  All are invited to wear red as a symbol of the Holy Spirit as we celebrate the birthday of the church.

 

HEALING LIVES

Stephen Ministry – Deacon Rose Quirk has been commissioned into a special ministry of care and concern for others as a Stephen Minister. This rite of commissioning culminates a period of extensive training and preparation. Following the commissioning, Rose has begun building a team of Stephen Ministers who will serve our congregation and community, working with people who are experiencing such life crises as hospitalization, retirement, financial setbacks, the loss of a loved one, or other difficulties of daily living. Their ministries will increase greatly the overall ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ at First Presbyterian. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen’s Minister, contact Rose at (845) 765-1985 or roseqr@aol.com.

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