Midweek Message – 3/22/18

Friends in Faith,

We’re so excited to begin Holy Week with The Beacon Players from Beacon High School as they share excerpts with us from their upcoming performance of Jesus Christ Superstar this Sunday. They’ll also join us for the procession of palms with the children, so be sure to be there on time! Sunday will kick off a rich list of Holy Week opportunities. See the ENCOUNTERING GOD section below for more details.

Last Sunday, we learned about how the encounter with Jesus always revealed a truth about the person encountering him. When they shouted, “Crucify him!” the people revealed their own fear and weakness. When Pilate handed Jesus over, he revealed his own fear and weakness in the face of their anger. More importantly, an encounter with Jesus reveals something about God: the willingness to die for these scared and weak people. That’s love. That’s power.

Speaking of power, we had such a great turnout for the Solarize Our Congregation Information session. We learned about the benefits of solar power for our homes.  Note: This is option is available to all members and friends of the church through June. If you would like to learn more, and for a free estimate, visit this link.

See you on Sunday!

Faithfully,

Pastor Ben

PS – Don’t forget: The opportunity to learn more about the NYS Poor People’s Campaign tonight at BHA (see our BRIDGING WORLDS section below). The Highlands Current wrote a great article about the event!

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

BRIDGING WORLDS

Interfaith Book Study Meets the Poor People’s Campaign: The final session of our exploration of Exodus & Revolution takes place tonight (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

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.

ENCOUNTERING GOD

Holy Week & Easter – Join us as we celebrate this holy season with heart, depth, and joy.

         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.

HEALING LIVES          

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!)

 

NEXT WEEK AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN

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

Monday – 3/26

  • 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 – 3/28

  • 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 – 3/29

  • Maundy Thursday Potluck (McKinley Hall) – 6pm

Friday – 3/30

  • Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am: Good food for all. A time to be fed in body and soul.
  • Good Friday Service (Sanctuary) – 7pm

Saturday – 3/31

  • Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am

Sunday – 4/1

  • Easter Sunrise Service (Beacon Ferry Dock) – 7am
  • Easter 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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