Friends in Faith,
Last Sunday, we received a challenge embodied in Jesus’ turning over the marketplace tables at the Temple: God’s invitation for us to start playing offense against all the forces of darkness that would tear us away from God and each other. The choir opened worship with the reminder that – with God’s power – we shall overcome, and we shared our prayers (see below) trusting God’s presence and promise.
Speaking of God’s presence and promise, it was felt at our leadership retreat at the Holmes Camp last Friday-Saturday. Though several couldn’t make it due to the flu bug, we had 18 of our leaders – Elders, Deacons, and Staff – gathered to better connect with each other and more deeply embrace our purpose and vision together. It was both inspiring and empowering for the journey ahead.
Speaking of, this Sunday we have our Annual Congregational Meeting following worship in McKinley Hall. We hope you’ll join us as we reflect on our ministry last year, do some important business – present the budget and approve the pastor’s compensation package – and move into our shared ministry for 2018. Thanks to all who submitted their 2017 ministry reports.
Before that, we’ll focus on John 3:1-21 during worship. This is a rich and full text, to be sure. One thing’s for certain: it’s hard work being born – and there’s so much more going on than we can see.
See you on Sunday!
PS – Feb 13, the day of our Fat Tuesday Pancake Supper & Talent Show – Flipped – will be here before we know it. See below for more info, and please be sure to RSVP via this link.
Congregational Meeting, Jan 28th – We’ll gather after worship and celebrate our ministry in 2017 and look forward to 2018.
Flipped: Fat Tuesday Pancakes & Talent Show, Feb 13th – Back by popular demand, now’s your chance to share your talent – or your “un-talent” – with your church family! We’ll gather on the last evening before Lent, a day things are traditionally flipped upside down. We’ll have breakfast for dinner, and lots of fun before the somber season of reflection begins. Dinner will start at 5:30pm and performances will start at 6pm. If you have a talent to share, if you want to be on the dinner crew, or if you simply want to come and enjoy, please fill out this online registration form.
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!
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 Feb 18th.
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.
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 three-session course is for you. It’s also a great way to connect with folks in the congregation – some people take it multiple times! Classes will be held from 10:00-11:30 on the following Saturdays: Feb 27, Feb 24, and Mar 3.
NEXT WEEK AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN
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
Monday – 1/29
- Spiritual Classics (McKinley Hall) – 12pm: A small-group conversation about life and faith. We are currently exploring Richard Foster’s book: Celebration of Discipline.
Tuesday – 1/30
- Hudson River Presbytery (Monroe) – 9:30am-3:30pm
Wednesday – 1/31
- 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 – 2/2
- Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am: Good food for all. A time to be fed in body and soul.
Saturday – 2/3
- Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am
Sunday – 2/4
- Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: 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