Midweek Message – 12/21/17

Friends in Faith,

Last Sunday, we lit the pink – gaudete – candle, and worship was truly a joy! The children – and their adult helpers – told the story of Christ’s birth beautifully. Stars sparkled in the sanctuary, and they invited the congregation to participate by coming forward to offer our stars – our prayers – to the Christ-child. The Hallelujah chorus from Handel’s Messiah wrapped up our worship with a powerful echo of praise!

This Sunday morning is December 24th, the final Sunday of Advent. At the same time, it is the beginning of our journey through the Gospel of John, and we will explore the power of the proclamation found in John 1:1-18: “the Word became flesh and lived among us.” After worship we’ll have a special Christmas Food & Fellowship time after worship: bring your favorite Xmas cookies to share, and be sure to label them for friends with food allergies. You’re invited to help as we prepare our hand-held candles (attaching the paper wax shields) for….

Our Christmas Eve Candlelight Service Sunday at 8pm. We’ll celebrate the wonder and mystery of God born among us with a traditional Christmas Eve service full of music and candlelight. We’ll share communion as a part of our celebration, and you’re invited to linger with us after the service as we gather around the piano and sing our favorite Christmas carols.In Christ,

Pastor Ben



Year-End Giving – It’s not too late to give to First Presbyterian!  We’re facing a financial challenge looking to 2018, but we’re excited about what God is doing here and we believe we’re up to the challenge.  And we’re grateful for your help!  To make a secure, online contribution, click the button below:

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)



De-deck the Halls – Linger with us in the sanctuary after worship next Sunday, December 31, as we take down our Christmas decorations and pack them away for another year.

Stephen Ministry – We are excited to be commissioning Deacon Rose Quirk next Sunday, December 31, to receive training to become a Stephen Minister. She will be equipped and empowered to provide high-quality, confidential, Christ-centered care to people who are hurting. Contact the office if you – or someone you know – would like a visit from Rose up on her return. Also, let us know if you might be called to explore serving as a Stephen Minister.

Thanks for the Christmas Gifts  – We’re grateful for the contributions of gloves, hats, and socks that will be distributed at the Welcome Table Christmas dinner this Saturday, December 23. Thanks for making Christmas a little warmer for our friends this year!




The office will be closed next week for Christmas vacation, and rehearsals, small groups, and ministry teams will not meet.

Friday – 12/29

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

Saturday – 12/30

  • Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am

Sunday – 12/31

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Preacher Rev. Ben Larson-Wolbrink. Music led by Amy Martinez.
  • Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
  • Wreck the Halls (Sanctuary)  – 11am: We’ll take down our Christmas decorations and pack them away for another year.

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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