Friends in Faith,
Clear eyes. Full hearts. Can’t lose. Those of us gathered on Sunday pondered the truth that we are all blind before we can see as we heard the story of Saul’s call to follow Jesus.
This Sunday, April 22nd, we’ll look forward to preaching from Elder David Burpee from Bedford Presbyterian Church as he explores Acts 5:12-29 and the clear sense of the early apostles of Jesus that they were compelled to obey God rather than human authority. Also this Sunday, we’ll have a visitor from the Beacon Compost Project during our Food & Fellowship time who will share how First Presbyterian Church has kept over 3100 lbs. (1.55 tons!) out of the landfill by composting our food waste and help us explore how we can be stewards of creation in our homes, as well.
Next Sunday, April 29th, I’ll be back in the pulpit to preach on Paul’s visit to Athens in Acts 17:16-21. Between now and then, I’ll be traveling with my family to Tucson and Los Angeles to do a family wedding and visit old friends.
There will be big changes when I get back because we are saying goodbye to Emily Sneyd, our Administrative Assistant, who is moving onto other employment. Emily has been a wonderful asset to our church, and we will miss her gifts and work ethic tremendously. The office will be closed next week and will reopen April 30th. Stay tuned for more info regarding office hours, future hires, etc.
Food Donations – This month we are collecting food donations at the sanctuary entrance for:
- First Presbyterian Church Welcome Table (Fri & Sat hot meal): 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 May 20th.
(here)after Art Show – 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. Exhibition runs through May 27th.
(here)after and the Resurrection – Death will come for us all. How do we understand – and live with – this truth? All are invited to join Pastor Ben in the Faith in Art Gallery of the Amity Arts Center for a conversation on the Christian understanding of the mystery of death in light of the mystery of the resurrection. Conversation will begin at 12pm on Sunday, May 20th.
Movie that Matter – This Friday, April 20th at 7pm, the Movies that Matter group will be presenting SEED!, the untold story following passionate seed keepers protecting our 12,000 year-old food legacy. As biotech chemical companies control the majority of our seeds, farmers, scientists, lawyers, and indigenous seed keepers fight a David and Goliath battle to defend the future of our food. Featuring guest speaker Jay Armour of Four Winds Farms, admission is free. Click here for more info.
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.
NEXT WEEK AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN
Sunday – 4/22
- Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Preacher David Burpee. Music led by the Worship Band.
- Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
Monday – 4/23
- 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 – 4/25
- 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 – 4/27
- Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am: Good food for all. A time to be fed in body and soul.
Saturday – 4/28
- Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am
Sunday – 4/29
- Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Preacher Rev. Ben Larson-Wolbrink. Music led by the Correllus Family.
- 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