Friends in Faith,
Many thanks to Rev. Leslie Mott and all those who helped lead worship last Sunday. Also, the here(after) art show is up on the walls of the Amity Arts Center and it’s quite powerful. Thanks to all who contributed, and I hope you’ll take the opportunity to view the art if you haven’t already (learn more in the HEALING LIVES section below).
This week, we’ll shift from the Gospel of John to the Book of Acts, which is the story of the apostles who carried the message of the Risen Christ to the known world. This Sunday, we’ll hear the story of Saul, a man who once persecuted the early Christians, whose eyes were opened in Acts 9:1-19. We’ll explore what may be keeping us blind and how God may be inviting us to see more clearly.
This weekend, we also invite you to enjoy Jonathon Roberts – AKA Composer Dad – at a free concert on Saturday and an interfaith blessing of the Common Ground Farm on Sunday afternoon (learn more in the BRIDGING WORLDS section below).
PS – Next Tuesday, April 17th, is our monthly Session meeting at 7pm. All Session meetings are open to the congregation, and it’s a great way to learn what’s going on with the direction of our ministry!
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, mayo, pasta, sauce, canned meats, beans, powdered drinks
- 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 next 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).
Flowers & Music – Our annual Mother’s Day tradition is right around the corner. On Sunday, May 13th, we’ll remember the gift of motherhood, in all of its powerful complexity. It’s also a time when you can participate in the service. Here’s how:
- Bring in flowers from your lawn/garden to decorate the Sanctuary by 9:30am on Sunday
- Share a creative offering for the service: music, poetry, an original skit, etc. Offerings should be 2-5 minutes and title/presenter/type of offering should be communicated to the church office (firstname.lastname@example.org) by Monday, May 7th
Stephen Ministry – A few Sundays ago, Deacon Rose Quirk was commissioned 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. Following the commissioning, Rose has begun 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. If you are interested in becoming a Stephen’s Minister, contact Rose Quirk.
Art Show Opening – The Faith in Art Gallery at the Amity Arts Center invited local and regional artists to explore the theme (here)after and enter work that is any interpretation of the call. For example, what comes next upon death, the effects on those left behind, any physical, emotional or spiritual shift or evolution after a significant change or loss. As part of the exhibition there will be several conversations about art and death before and after installation. Exhibition runs April 8th through May 27th.
NEXT WEEK AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN
Sunday – 4/15
- Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Preacher Rev. Ben Larson-Wolbrink. Music led by Sally Hitchcock.
- Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
Monday – 4/16
- Spiritual Classics (McKinley Hall) – 12pm: A small-group conversation about life and faith. We are currently exploring Richard Foster’s book: Celebration of Discipline.
- Session Meeting (McKinley Hall) – 7pm
Wednesday – 4/18
- 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 – 4/20
- Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am: Good food for all. A time to be fed in body and soul.
Saturday – 4/21
- Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am
Sunday – 4/22
- Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Preacher David Burpee. 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