Midweek Message – 3/15/18

Friends in Faith,

Last Sunday we talked about politics – about power, contrasting the powers of this world with the real power of Jesus Christ. The powers of the world take from others, at their expense. The power of Jesus Christ empowers others. We also had the joy of commissioning Deacon Rose Quirk as our Stephen Ministry Leader. She will be empowering others to serve as Stephen Ministers in our congregation and our community, providing support and care for those who are hurting. This Sunday, you will have a chance to hear more from Rose about how you might be called to serve in this way.

Also this Sunday, we’ll learn more about power, or the lack thereof, and the awful consequences when the mob mentality takes over in John 19:1-16a. Yet, Jesus remains faithful through it all.

After worship, we are excited to explore another kind of power: solar power! This informational session during Food & Fellowship time after worship is open to anyone who wants to see whether solar power may a faithful option for their homes or businesses. Bring your friends!

But, before Sunday, I wanted to extend a special invitation for you to attend Hudson River U this Saturday at Stony Point Center. In addition to diverse learning opportunities (from stewardship to social justice), Elder Katrina Zezza, who also serves on the Hudson River Presbytery Council, will offer a workshop on ministry partnerships.  

PS – Looking ahead, don’t forget:

  1. The opportunity to learn more about ihe NYS Poor People’s Campaign next Thursday, March 22nd at BHA (see our BRIDGING WORLDS section below)
  2. Holy week is right around the corner, and we’ll kick it off with selections from Jesus Christ Superstar during worship, performed by the Beacon Players, on March 25th (see our ENCOUNTERING GOD section below for the full list of Holy Week/Easter opportunities).

See you on Sunday!


Pastor Ben




Interfaith Book Study Meets the Poor People’s Campaign: The final session of our exploration of Exodus & Revolution takes place this Thursday, March 22 from 7:30-9PM at the Beacon Hebrew Alliance (331 Verplanck Avenue) with our special guest, Rev. Emily McNeill, Executive Director of the NYS Labor Religion Coalition and co-chair of the NYS Poor People’s Campaign. Come and learn how faith leaders are bringing the principles of the Exodus to politics today.  Prior attendance is not required, but please register: http://bit.ly/BeaconPPC

Hudson River Presbytery (regional body of Presbyterian Churches)

  • Hudson River U: Sat, March 17th, 9am-3pm at Stony Point Conference Center (contact Pastor Ben if you need a ride).  For more information or to register (required), register here.
  • Solar Installation Information Session: Sun, March 18th at 11:30 in McKinley Hall – Learn how you might have lower-cost solar installed as a part of a presbytery-wide initiative. Check out this reflection from Rev. Jeffrey Geary as to why While Plains Presbyterian installed solar on their church as an act of faith.

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 April 15th.

Jonathon Roberts aka ComposerDad in Concert Maybe you’ve seen him wrangling his kids during worship. Did you know he also plays a mean piano and sings about flying wheels, lions, and man-eating whales? Did you know his unflappable alter-ego, ComposerDad, accepts intense compositional challenges from a talking Bible?

Jonathon, and his alter-ego, will be performing on 2nd Saturday, April 14th at 4pm in the sanctuary. At this afternoon concert, he’ll take wild biblical text and bring it to life with fancy piano playing and singing. Special guest musicians will emerge from the crowd. There will be rhythmic clapping. The concert is free, but CDs will be for sale. A portion of sales will support the work of First Presbyterian Church in this community and the nonprofit Spark+Echo Arts. Bring the whole family; Jonathon will bring his. Concert length: one hour.


Memorial service for Paul Thomas – Friday March 16th at 4pm at Copeland Funeral Home in New Paltz. Please pray for his wife Ginger and all those grieving his death. Please read the following obituary to learn more about his life and service at First Presbyterian Church.

Holy Week – Easter will be here before we know it! Join us as we celebrate this holy season with heart, depth, and joy.

– Palm Sunday, 3/25, 10am (Sanctuary): The story comes alive with the Beacon Players at First Presbyterian! The cast will join our children for the procession of palms and during the service, they’ll perform selections from their upcoming performance Jesus Christ Superstar.

– Maundy Thursday, 3/29, 6pm (McKinley Hall): We’ll gather for a potluck supper, celebration of communion around the table, and a foot-washing following.

– Good Friday, 3/30, 7pm (Sanctuary): Remember the ultimate gift of Christ’s death on the cross with powerful music and a movement into silence.

– Easter Sunrise, 4/1, 7am (Beacon Ferry Dock): Celebrate the glory of a new dawn on the banks of the Hudson River.

– Easter Worship, 4/1, 10am (Sanctuary): Rejoice in the resurrection with beautiful flowers, beautiful music, and a beautiful promise.

Joint Session/Deacons Meeting – There will be a joint meeting between the Session and the Deacons this Tuesday at 7pm in McKinley Hall. We’ll be hearing from the developer of the Beacon Lofts, discussing Pastor Ben’s 2019 sabbatical proposal, and exploring share ministry. All meetings are open and you are welcome to join us.


Stephen Ministry On Sunday, March 18th our new Stephen Ministry leader, Deacon Rose Quirk, will share more about how you can be trained as a Stephen Minister. This team of Stephen Ministers who will serve our congregation and community, working with people who are experiencing such life crises as hospitalization, retirement, financial setbacks, the loss of a loved one, or other difficulties of daily living. Their ministries will increase greatly the overall ministry of our Lord Jesus Christ at First Presbyterian. Please keep Rose in your prayers as she carries the love of Christ to those she trains and those they will serve.                

Call For Art – The Faith in Art Gallery at the Amity Arts Center announces a call for artists for its spring exhibition: (here)after. The theme is a loose meditation on death; what happens upon death as well as the effects on those left behind. There are no expected interpretations of this theme, instead we welcome a wide diversity of responses. As part of the exhibition there will be several conversations about art and death before and after installation (more details to come).

Art in any medium accepted. No fee for entry. Submission by drop-off only: amityartscenter@gmail.com

Important Dates:

Exhibition runs April 8th through May 27th

– Last day for art drop off 3/24

(BONUS will be up during Beacon Open Studios!)



Sunday – 3/18

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Preacher Rev. Ben Larson-Wolbrink. Music led by Sally Hitchcock.
  • Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
  • Solarize Our Congregation Info Session (McKinley Hall) – 11:30am

Monday – 3/19

  • 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 – 3/20

  • Session Meeting (Edgar Library) – 7pm

Wednesday – 3/21

  • 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.

Thursday – 3/22

  • Interfaith Book Study (Beacon Hebrew Alliance) – 7:30-9pm: Conclusion with Rev. Emily McNeil

Friday – 3/23

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

Saturday – 3/24

  • Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am

Sunday – 3/25

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Featuring The Beacon Players from Beacon High School, presenting excerpts from Jesus Christ Superstar. Music led by The Worship Band.
  • 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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