Midweek Message – 10/19/17

Friends in Faith,

Last Sunday, we learned about how God can wake us up in the night, inviting us to respond, “Here I Am!” We don’t always know where God will take us – like how I found myself carrying the Torah at the Beacon Hebrew Alliance Simchat Torah parade – but we trust that it’s better than any of our own plans. On that note, this Sunday we’ll learn (in 1 Samuel 16:1-13) about how Samuel was challenged to readjust expectations to anoint a new leader for God’s people.  

I’m grateful for the reflection responses that have come in during our Stewardship Season, as well as the pledge cards committing to support the 2018 budget. So far we have 7 pledges totaling $8,755. Please return your reflections and your pledges by November 5th so we can grow together in our stewardship and anticipate strong financial support for our ministry next year.

Finally, it’s not too late to register for our Fall Retreat, Oct 27-28 at the Holmes Camp. It will be a time for relaxation, fellowship, and worship in the beauty of God’s creation. We hope you will enjoy the entire time for rest and renewal: the program starts at 6pm on Friday, but you can check in and enjoy the beautiful grounds as early as 2pm. There is also an option for those who can only attend on Saturday from 9am-4pm, and even those who can only spend Friday evening with us. Please grab a registration form at worship on Sunday, or feel free to fill out an online registration form. Please return registrations by Sun, Oct 22.

Faithfully,

Pastor Ben

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

LEARNING

Cries from Syria: 10/20, 7pm – As a part of the Movies that Matter series, guest speaker Andrew Courtney will introduce and discuss this documentary focusing on the conflict in Syria, including footage from Syrian activists and citizen journalists, as well as testimony from child protesters, leaders of the revolution, human rights defenders, ordinary citizens, and high-ranking army generals who defected from the government

Citizen’s Environmental Soapbox: 10/23, 6:30-9:30pm – The Green Beacon Coalition is hosting a Citizen Soapbox to hear residents’ concerns about the environment in and around Beacon. All residents, including community organizations, elected officials, and city council candidates are welcome to speak and share their views, their concerns, their vision, and their work towards creating a more environmentally conscious city. Anyone can sign up to speak for a couple of minutes about related topics. For more info, click here.

 

 

 

SHARING

You are invited to support our Young Adult Volunteers by sending them a note of encouragement or even financial support. Personal notes can be sent to the addresses below. Click on the link at their names for details on how to make a financial contribution (be sure to include the name when giving).

Xitlalli Garcia (ECO# e051440)

Tucson YAVs

400 E University

Tucson, AZ 85705

Elizabeth Myers (ECO # e051474)

New Orleans Young Adult Volunteers

PO Box 8666

New Orleans, LA 70182

Leila Wright (ECO # e210109)

759a Argyle St,

Church of Scotland

Glasgow  G3 8DS, Scotland.

Jeremy Demarest (ECO# e051472)

DOOR-Atlanta

683 Grant St SE

Atlanta, GA 30315

 

NEXT WEEK AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN

Sunday – 10/22

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

Monday – 10/23

  • 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 – 10/25

  • 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 – 10/27

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

Saturday – 10/28

  • Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am

Sunday – 10/29

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am Preacher Rev. Ben Larson-Wolbrink. Music led by the Sally & the Choir.
  • 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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