Midweek Message – 1/18/18

Friends in Faith,

What a joy it was to ordain/install our new leaders on Sunday! We kicked off the service with a lovely piece from our bells, and we invited our kids to pray for our new leaders before heading off to Godly Play. Our sermon reminded us that, when we’re at our limits, for Jesus, the party’s just getting started. We were also encouraged – especially our leaders – to 1) listen to Jesus, 2) do the hard work, and 3) remember that the real transformation comes from God.

 

This Sunday, we’ll explore the story of Jesus’ confrontation with the religious marketplace outside the Temple in John 2:13-25. We learn that Jesus’ body becomes the Temple – the place where we encounter God. And, we’ll learn about how our bodies are a place where God longs to dwell.

Between now and Sunday, we have our Leadership Retreat at the Holmes Camp, Friday & Saturday. I ask for your prayers as our leaders listen to Jesus, do the hard work, and remember that the real transformation comes from God.

Faithfully,

Pastor Ben

ANNOUNCEMENTS

COMING SOON

Congregational Meeting, Jan 28th – We’ll gather after worship and celebrate our ministry in 2017 and look forward to 2018. *Ministry Team reports are due in the office by Tuesday, January 16th.

Flipped: Fat Tuesday Pancakes & Talent Show, Feb 13th – Back by popular demand. We’ll gather for an evening of fun before Lent begins.

Hudson River U, Mar 17th – A day full of learning with our peers from Hudson River Presbytery.  Classes will include youth ministries, social justice ministries, officer training, and more.  You won’t want to miss it!

 

GIVING

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

  • Welcome Table: pancake mix, instant potatoes, tuna fish, canned chicken, and canned beans for chili
  • St. Andrews Food Pantry: hot/cold cereals and Parmalat (shelf-stable milk). The next deadline for donations will be Jan 21st.

Offering Envelopes – If you requested a box of offering envelopes for 2018, they are available at the entrance to the sanctuary.

Per Capita – Hudson River Presbytery has increased our per capita apportionment to $37. This contribution is expected of all congregation members to support the ministry of our denomination at the higher levels. Please submit your contribution, and consider doing so for others who may be unable.

 

LEARNING

Presbyterians 101 – If you’re interested in learning more about our unique branch of the Christian family tree, becoming a member of the congregation, or just refreshing your memory about who we are and what we believe, this four-session course is for you. It’s also a great way to connect with folks in the congregation – some people take it multiple times! (Meeting times are still being set up, so please contact the office if you’re interested and share days/times that work for you.)

 

NEXT WEEK AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN

Sunday – 1/21

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Preacher Rev. Ben Larson-Wolbrink. Music led by Sally Hitchcock.
  • Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am

Monday – 1/22

  • 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 – 1/24

  • 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 – 1/26

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

Saturday – 1/27

  • Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am

Sunday – 1/28

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Preacher Rev. Ben Larson-Wolbrink. Music led by Amy Martinez & The Worship Band.
  • Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
  • 2018 Annual Meeting (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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