Midweek Message – 3/9/17

Friends in faith,

The word “thanks” just doesn’t cut it for all the gratitude—to God, to you, to so many medical professionals—our family is feeling at this moment. It’s been challenging, and even a bit overwhelming, but we’ve been surrounded by love, prayers, and amazing support. If you haven’t heard, our daughter, Lily, was brought to Maria Fareri Children’s Hospital (Westchester Medical Center) on Saturday and diagnosed with type 1 diabetes. The care has been amazing in both the treatment she has received, as well as the education we are all getting. In addition to diabetes, she also has celiac and a thyroid condition. I’m so grateful for our congregation’s efforts to make our worship and fellowship more accessible for folks who can’t have gluten!

Speaking of worship, it was an amazing blessing to have Rev. Gavin Meek, our interim general presbyter of Hudson River Presbytery, offer to lead worship on Saturday so I could be with Lily and Gretchen. I’ve heard how much everyone included his presence, and he was glad to spend time with you. His message—about the Good Samaritan—was divinely timed.

Speaking of divine timing, this week’s gospel text—Luke 13:1-9, 31-35—couldn’t be more applicable to our lives. We’re hoping Lily will be discharged on Friday, and we are planning to be in worship on Sunday. Lily is eager to see you, and I’m eager to spend some time on the text together.

*In the meantime, don’t forget Hudson River University on Saturday (see below). If you want to come, but are looking for a ride, contact Jen Humenik: (845-401-7901 or Jenn.humenik@gmail.com).


Pastor Ben



Hudson River University

March 11, 2017

All are invited to sign up for HRU, a great learning opportunity at Stony Point, from 9:00am to 2:30pm. There are three “majors” – Christian Education, Handling Church Conflict, and Stewardship – and folks are also welcome to take a liberal arts sampling of subjects. The only cost is $10 for lunch. To learn more and to register, visit this link.


Presbyterians 101

Curious about what we believe? Want to explore becoming an official member of the congregation? This class is for you! Join us for this three-session course on Saturdays at 2pm: March 18, March 25, and April 1. To register visit this link.


Next Week at First Presbyterian

Sunday – 3/12

  •        Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am       
  •        Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
  •        Deacons (Library) – 11:30am
  •        Spinners Group (McKinley Hall) – 1pm
  •        Al Anon (McKinley Hall) – 7pm
  •        Disciples Small Group (Humenik Household) – 7pm

Monday – 3/13

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

Tuesday – 3/14

  •        Bell Choir Practice (Sanctuary) – 7pm

Wednesday – 3/15

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

Thursday – 3/16

  •        Sex Addicts Anonymous (Library) – 7pm

Friday – 3/17

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

Saturday – 3/18

  •        Welcome Table Soup Kitchen (McKinley Hall) – 10am
  •        Presbyterians 101 (Library) – 2pm
  •        Alcoholics Anonymous (Library) – 7pm

Sunday – 3/19

  •        Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am       
  •        Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
  • Al Anon (McKinley Hall) – 7pm

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