Midweek Message – 2/8/18

Friends in Faith,

We heard the story of the Samaritan woman at the well last Sunday with special help from Gwynne Watkins and Jennn Partlow. We were reminded of the power of God’s Spirit to blow where it will and bring divided people together.

This Sunday, we’ll take a break from the Narrative Lectionary and hear a sermon from guest preacher, Rev. Leslie Mott, titled: “Ready, Set, Go.” based on 1 John 4:16-18. Leslie Mott, M. Div., RYT, CFP, received her Masters from Princeton Theological Seminary and has served non-profit organizations and communities of faith as teacher, chaplain, counselor, retreat leader, pastor and director. She is the Coordinator for Spirituality and Practice in Bedford, NY, and the Coordinator of the Pastoral Sabbath at Stony Point, NY.   Having recently ended 13 years as pastor of the First Presbyterian Church of Philipstown in Cold Spring, NY, Leslie now ministers in the area of clergy care and nurture. As a Spiritual Director and a Certified Focusing Professional, she sees clientele privately and also works with groups.  She received her Spiritual Direction certification through the Linwood Spiritual Center in Rhinecliff, NY, her Focusing training through the Focusing Institute and is a member of Spiritual Directors International and the International Focusing Institute. Leslie is also a yoga instructor, certified RYT 200 by the Yoga Alliance, and teaches classes in Garrison, Beacon, and Cold Spring, NY.   Leslie has taught yoga at Castle Point Veterans Administration, working both with employees and veterans.  Additionally, she teaches privately to those wishing individual instruction.

Leslie’s presence in the pulpit will allow me a little breathing room this week to attend VoxCon, a three-day conference in NYC that will help me better get the word out – and tell the story – of what God is doing here in Beacon. I’m excited to share what I’m learning!

Oh, and head’s up: Lent begins next week. If the entire season is anything like the first week, it is going to be really rich and full. Here’s the list (with more details below):

See you on Sunday!


Pastor Ben



Interfaith Book Study: Exodus and Revolution, by Professor Michael Walzer. Classes will meet on Thursdays from 7:30-9PM for six weeks:

  • Feb 15 – Introduction at Beacon Hebrew Alliance (331 Verplanck Avenue) with Rabbi Brent Spodek
  • Feb 22 – Chapter 1 at the Salvation Army (372 Main Street) with Lieutenant Leilani Alarcón
  • March 1 – Chapter 2 at Springfield Baptist Church (8 Mattie Cooper Square) with Pastor Edward Benson of the New Vision Church of Deliverance
  • March 8 – Chapter 3 at Salem Tabernacle (7 Delevan Avenue) with Pastor Bill Dandreano
  • March 15 – Chapter 4 at First Presbyterian Church, (50 Liberty Street) with Pastor Ben Larson-Wolbrink
  • March 22 – Conclusion at Beacon Hebrew Alliance (331 Verplanck Avenue) with Rev. Emily McNeill, Executive Director of the NYS Labor Religion Coalition and co-chair of the NYS Poor People’s Campaign

To register (required) go to: http://bit.ly/ExodusRevolution

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

  • First Presbyterian Church Welcome Table (Fri & Sat hot meal): pancake mix, instant potatoes, tuna fish, canned chicken, and canned beans for chili
  • St. Andrews Food Pantry (Sat food distribution):  hot/cold cereals and Parmalat (shelf-stable milk), the next deadline for donations will be Feb 18th

Hudson River Presbytery (regional body of Presbyterian Churches)

  • Hudson River U, Mar 17th – A day full of learning with our peers from the Presbytery at the Stony Point Conference Center.  Classes will include youth ministries, social justice ministries, officer training, and more.  You won’t want to miss it!
  • Per Capita – The Presbytery has increased our per capita apportionment to $37. This contribution is expected of all 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.


Ash Wednesday – Join us for a simple evening service in the Sanctuary where we will begin the season of Lent by remembering our mortality – and God’s totality – and receiving the mark of ashes on our foreheads.

Presbyterians 101 – If you’re interested in learning about our unique branch of the Christian family tree, becoming a member of the congregation, or just refreshing your memory about what we believe, this three-session course is for you! Classes will be held in the Edgar Library from 10:00-11:30 on the following Saturdays:

  • Feb 17th
  • Feb 24th
  • Mar 3rd

To register (required) go to: http://bit.ly/FPCB101


Flipped: Fat Tuesday Pancakes & Talent Show, Feb 13th – We’ll gather for an evening of fun before Lent begins.  Pancakes will be served and all are invited to share their talents – or lack-there-of – with the congregation!  Dinner starts at 5:30 and performances begin at 6.  In addition to performers, we need volunteers to help Pastor Ben flip pancakes and for clean-up afterward. Register here: http://bit.ly/FPCBFlipped




Sunday – 2/11

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

Monday – 2/12

  • 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 – 2/13

  • Flipped: Fat Tuesday Pancakes & Talent Show (McKinley Hall) – 5:30pm

Wednesday – 2/14

  • Mars Hill Discussion (McKinley Hall) – 12pm: A small group that has an open and honest discussion about the challenges of the world and the struggles of our lives (or, what we call, the Mess). All are welcome and all is confidential.
  • Ash Wednesday Service (Sanctuary) – 7pm

Thursday – 2/15

  • Interfaith Book Study (Beacon Hebrew Alliance) – 7:30-9pm: Exodus and Revolution, by Professor Michael Walzer. Introduction with Rabbi Brent Spodek

Friday – 2/16

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

Saturday – 2/17

  • Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am
  • Presbyterians 101 (Edgar Library) – 10-11:30am

Sunday – 2/18

  • 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

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