Midweek Message – 2/2/17

Friends in faith,

Last Sunday, we learned from Jesus about the importance—and essence—of the keeping the Sabbath as a source for life and true power in a crazy world. We also heard some encouraging music from our bell choir and worship band.

Following worship, we had a great congregational meeting. Many thanks to all who served, contributed food, and cleaned, as well as those who shared reports. In addition to our regular business, we reviewed our new church Purpose Statement: Bridging Worlds.  Encountering God.  Healing Lives. It will serve as a guide for who we are and how we make decisions. If you missed the meeting, you can read the online Annual Report Packet or grab a printed packet in McKinley Hall. Also, at the meeting we:

  • Introduced Breeze – our church database software—and showed how easy it is to create directories, mailings, etc. Hopefully, you received an email from Amy Martinez about updating your info. She’ll also be available this Sunday—before worship at the entrance and after worship in McKinley Hall—to update your info so we can be in better communication with one another.
  • Shared our Volunteer Pledge Form – We need your gifts and energies to help with our ministries. Take a moment to fill out the online form or hard copy (in your bulletins this week). Forms are due Feb 23rd.

This Sunday, we’ll hear from Pastor Gretchen about Jesus healing a Roman Centurion’s servant, as well as the raising of a widow’s son in Luke 7:1-17. We’ll also hear music from our choir and celebrate communion.

In the face of all that has been happening with our nation’s new administration, I understand many of us are feeling overwhelmed and wondering, “What can I do?” The challenges we face as people of faith are many: refugees, God’s creation, education, etc. I’ve been in touch with other faith and community leaders around questions of sanctuary, and please let me know if you would like to join the conversation. Here are other ways you can connect:

  • Women are invited to the Sisterhood for Peace and Justice gathering Thursday, February 2nd (tonight) for “An Evening of Spiritual Activism” at Beacon Hebrew Alliance (331 Verplanck Ave), from 7-9 PM. The meeting will include interfaith prayer, reflection, and action, as well as tables set up with postcards and addresses for writing to our elected officials. At 8PM there will be live-streaming a keynote address from Rev. Dr. William Barber—a leading voice for social justice in America today—from the Sister Giant Conference (http://sistergiant.com/) in Washington D.C. The Conference is dedicated to looking at the interconnection of spirituality and politics.
  • There are a number of opportunities to learn/serve/act in Hudson River Presbytery. If you aren’t signed up already, I invite you to sign up for Hudson Happenings, a digest of all that’s happening in our presbytery. Take a moment to scroll through the info (it’s a lot, I know), and you’ll find several trainings for faithful action, as well as instructions to sign up at the bottom so you can be regularly informed.
  • Finally, here’s a helpful link that the Presbyterian Church (USA) has put together for education and guidance: We Choose Welcome.

In all times, and especially in challenging times, we are invited to trust the Spirit and follow our Savior.

To God be the Glory,

Pastor Ben



Next Week at First Presbyterian

Sunday – 2/5

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am
  • Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
  • Outreach Team (Library) – 11:30am
  • Al Anon (McKinley Hall) – 7pm

Monday – 2/6

  • Spiritual Classics (McKinley Hall) – 12pm
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (Library) – 7pm

Tuesday – 2/7

  • Bell Choir Practice (Sanctuary) – 7pm

Wednesday – 2/8

  • Mars Hill Discussion (McKinley Hall) – 12pm
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (Library) – 7pm

Thursday – 2/9

  • Sex Addicts Anonymous (Library) – 7pm

Friday – 2/10

  • Alcoholics Anonymous (Library) – 8am
  • Welcome Table Soup Kitchen (McKinley Hall) – 10am

Saturday – 2/11

  • Welcome Table Soup Kitchen (McKinley Hall) – 10am
  • Alcoholics Anonymous (Library) – 7pm

Sunday – 2/12

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am
  • Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
  • Spinners Group (McKinley Hall) – 1pm
  • Al Anon (McKinley Hall) – 7pm
  • Disciples Small Group (Humenik Household) – 7pm

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