Midweek Message – 3/28/18

Friends in Faith,

Holy Week has begun, and we were blessed to by the Beacon Players’ rendition of the passion of Jesus Christ as they performed selections from Jesus Christ Superstar. It was a joy to have their energy and it was quite moving!

This week, we continue to enter into the mystery and power of Christ’s death and resurrection. This holy week, we’ll remember and celebrate:

Jesus Christ’s last meal with his disciples and his gesture of love for them.  This remembrance is called Maundy Thursday, because Jesus gave his disciples the commandment (mandate) to love each other as he loved them. We’ll gather tomorrow 3/29, 6pm in McKinley Hall for an informal potluck supper, celebration of the Last Supper around the table, and a foot-washing embracing the powerful commandment of Jesus.

Jesus Christ’s death on the cross, the ultimate gesture of love for humanity.  This remembrance is called Good Friday, because Jesus gave the gift of his very life out of love for humanity. In the midst of the pain, we remember and power of this sacrifice. We’ll gather on Friday 3/30, 7pm in the Sanctuary for a service of music, ritual, and a movement into darkness.

Jesus Christ’s resurrection from the tomb, and the revelation of the power of God’s love for all creation. This celebration is called Easter, a name which actually comes from pre-Christian roots, but which refers to spring and the east. We’ll celebrate this in two ways/at two times:

    • We’ll be catch a glimpse of the sun rising in the east over Mt. Beacon as we celebrate a new dawn at the Hudson River on Sunday for our Easter Sunrise Service: 4/1, 7am (Beacon Ferry Dock).
    • We’ll also rejoice in the resurrection with beautiful flowers, beautiful music, and a beautiful promise during our traditional Easter Worship, 4/1, Sunday 10am (Sanctuary)

See you on Sunday!


Pastor Ben



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.

Poor People’s Campaign Thanks to all who came to the info Session for the NYS Poor People’s Campaign last week at BHA.  If you missed it, you can watch the video here.

Solar Panels – It’s not too late to sign up for a free estimate to see if you would benefit from the reduce-priced solar panels offered through Hudson River Presbytery’s Solarize Our Congregation Campaign.  Visit this link to sign up.  Also, here’s a great article to learn more!

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.



Opening of the Fields Head to Common Ground Farm April 15th from 4-6pm for a walk through the early spring fields, guided by the farm director, with commentary from the faith traditions of our food access partners and community leaders including Rabbi Brent Chaim Spodek of Beacon Hebrew Alliance, Lt. Leilani Rodríguez-Alarcón of Salvation Army, Pastor Ed Benson of New Vision Church of Deliverance, Pastor Ben Larson-Wolbrink of First Presbyterian Church, and Pastor Bill Dandreano of Salem Tabernacle. Free and open to all, meet by the picnic tables for hot tea, snacks, and a picnic (weather permitting). Click here for more information.



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 – 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

Monday – 4/2

  • 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 – 4/4

  • 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.

Friday – 4/6

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

Saturday – 4/7

  • Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am

Sunday – 4/8

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Guest Preacher: Reve. Leslie Mott. Music led by Amy Martinez.
  • Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
  • (Here)After Show Opening (Amity Arts Center) – 11:30am

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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