Friends in Faith,
With weather and illness complicating things, it’s been a couple weeks since our last Midweek Message. In a strange (some would say providential) way, this is just the sort of disruption the season of Lent is meant to give us: a breaking out of our normal routines to focus on what matters – what God has done for all creation in the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Here’s praying that you find time to pause and reflect. If you need some inspiration, I’ve listed audio sermons from the past three Sundays in the ENCOUNTERING GOD section.
This Sunday, we’ll have the first of two sermons on the encounter between Jesus and Pontius Pilot, the Roman authority who would ultimately carry-out his death sentence. The text for this Sunday is John 18:28-40, and we’ll explore the confrontation of truth and power – something that is always relevant. Also this Sunday, we’ll commission Deacon Rose Quirk as a Stephen Minister, a powerful ministry of healing (see more below in our HEALING LIVES section).
Speaking of power, we have two opportunities to learn how engaging power – solar and political – can be a part of our journey with Jesus (with more information on both of these events in our BRIDGING WORLDS section below):
- 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.
- NYS Poor People’s Campaign Information Session: Thurs, March 22nd; 7:30pm-9pm at the Beacon Hebrew Alliance – Join us at our final session of our Interfaith Book Study as we attempt to pick up where Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. left off working for those marginalized by our current politics. To learn more and register (required): http://bit.ly/BeaconPPC.
See you on Sunday!
Interfaith Book Study: Exodus and Revolution, by Professor Michael Walzer. Classes will meet on Thursdays from 7:30-9PM for six weeks:
- March 15th – Chapter 4 at First Presbyterian Church, (50 Liberty Street) with Pastor Ben Larson-Wolbrink
- March 22nd – Conclusion/NYS Poor People’s Campaign Information Session at Beacon Hebrew Alliance. Learn from with Rev. Emily McNeill, Executive Director of the NYS Labor Religion Coalition and co-chair of the NYS Poor People’s Campaign about how your faith can have an impact on politics here in New York. To learn more about this special event and register (required): http://bit.ly/BeaconPPC.
Hudson River U: Sat, March 17th; 9am-3pm at Stony Point Center. A day of learning with friends from Hudson River Presbytery, HRU is the premiere training ground where you can learn from practitioners in the fields of Christian Education, Social Justice Advocacy, Mediation, Giving, and more. HRU is free and open to all. Register here!
Solar Information Session: Sun, March 18th; 11:30am-1pm. New York State Solar Farm will be at the First Presbyterian Church as a part of the Hudson River Presbytery’s Solarize Our Congregation campaign. The campaign provides affordable, quality solar installations to churches, congregants and friends of congregants. You can schedule a FREE personal solar feasibility assessment at the end of the info session. The proven Solarize model employs a group discount pricing structure to bring the benefits of solar energy to the congregation and the broader community. Financing is available, including a no-money down option. Learn more here!
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 Mar 18th
- Mar 4th: We May Deny Ourselves, but We Can’t Deny What Jesus is Doing – John 18:12-27 (Peter’s denial of Jesus after the arrest)
- February 25th: When It Seems You Have No Other Choice… – John 13:1-16 (Jesus washes the disciples’ feet)
- February 18h: Dying And Rising – John 11:1-44 (death of Lazarus / baptism service)
Holy Week – Easter will be here before we know it! Join us as we celebrate this holy season with heart, depth, and joy.
- Palm/Passion Sunday Service 10am, 3/25: Sanctuary – As a part of worship, we’ll have a palm procession and a performance of excerpts of Jesus Christ, Superstar from The Beacon Players.
- Maundy Thursday Potluck 6pm, 3/29: McKinley Hall – We’ll gather for a potluck supper, celebration of communion around the table, and a foot-washing following.
- Good Friday Service 7pm, 3/30: Sanctuary – Join us as we remember the power of Christ’s death.
- Easter Sonrise Service 7am, 4/1: Beacon Ferry Dock – Celebrating the resurrection on the banks of the Hudson.
- Easter Service 10am, 4/1: Sanctuary – We’ll celebrate the resurrection with beautiful music and flowers.
Stephen Ministry – Deacon Rose Quirk will be commissioned on Sunday into a special ministry of care and concern for others as a Stephen Minister. This rite of commissioning culminates a period of extensive training and preparation. After the commissioning, Rose will begin building a 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: email@example.com
Exhibition runs April 8th through May 27th
– Intention to participate 3/15
– Last day for art drop off 3/24
(BONUS will be up during Beacon Open Studios!)
NEXT WEEK AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN
Sunday – 3/11
- Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Preacher Rev. Ben Larson-Wolbrink. Music led by Amy Martinez.
- Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
Monday – 3/12
- Spiritual Classics (McKinley Hall) – 12pm: A small-group conversation about life and faith. We are currently exploring Richard Foster’s book: Celebration of Discipline.
Wednesday – 3/14
- Mars Hill Discussion (McKinley Hall) – 12pm: A small group that has an open and honest discussion about the challenges of the world. All are welcome and all is confidential.
Thursday – 3/15
- Interfaith Book Study (First Presbyterian Church) – 7:30-9pm: Chapter 4 with Pastor Ben Larson-Wolbrink
Friday – 3/16
- Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am: Good food for all. A time to be fed in body and soul.
Saturday – 3/17
- Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am
- Hudson River U (Stony Point Conference Center): 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.
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
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