Midweek Message – 9/28/17

Friends in Faith,

Last Sunday, we learned that God will not let the patterns of the past determine our future. But, it won’t be easy. It will take time and struggle – there will be a wrestling and a reckoning – but we may be surprised by how God makes us new.

This Sunday, we’ll look at how God calls Moses to carry-out a mind-blowing responsibility in the face of some pretty overwhelming odds in Exodus 2:23-25; 3:1-15; 4:10-17. We’ll learn that whatever we face, we never manage alone.

Speaking of managing, I spent the last few days in Florida at the Stewardship Kaleidoscope, where I was reminded that stewardship is really about managing all God has given us – from our family lives to our church to our community. We’ll kick off our Stewardship Season with a congregational meeting following worship, where we’ll also be electing officers for 2018. We hope you’ll stick around as we lift up our leadership and explore stewardship together.

Before now and Sunday, there are three, great opportunities (see more below):

  • Tonight: Dinner, Movie and Discussion: The Shack – Potluck at 6pm, show at 7pm
  • Friday: Movies that Matter: Sing Your Song Doors Open at 7pm
  • Saturday: Conflict Resolution program – 2-5pm

Faithfully,

Pastor Ben

ANNOUNCEMENTS

GIVING

Presbyterian Disaster Assistance has a long and reputable history of responding faithfully to disasters, and remaining with the communities through the long process of rebuilding. To support their efforts to respond to Harvey, Irene, and others, visit: pda.pcusa.org

Welcome Table – Welcome Table could use donations of pasta, sauces, tuna, and salad dressing. To make a donation, contact Deacon Rose Quirk or the office.

St. Andrews Food Pantry – The next deadline for donations of canned and dry goods for the St. Andrews Food Pantry is Sunday, October 15th.

LEARNING

9/29 – 7pm: Movies That Matter “Sing Your Song” – This month’s film features the biography of singer Harry Belafonte and his fight for freedom, justice, equality, and human dignity.

10/10Presbyterian Peacemaker from Sri Lanka – We have two opportunities to join Herman Kumara and learn about his work for peace and justice in war-torn Sri Lanka:

  • 5pm: Dinner catered by the Red Pepper Diner – Hear Herman’s story while enjoying authentic Sri Lankan food. Stay tuned for cost/RSVP details.
  • 7pm: Conversation at the Beacon Hebrew Alliance Sukkah –Hear Herman’s story as a part of the Open to the Sky public Sukkah that the BHA puts on each year.

10/11 – 7pm: “Following Jesus in the Age of Trump” – at the BHA Open to the Sky Sukkah project. How does one follow Christ when others are using Christianity as a justification for exclusion and violence? Pastor Ben will listen to your questions and share his call to follow Jesus’ commandment to love God and neighbor – all of them.

SERVING

Nursery Volunteers Needed – We are looking for volunteers to work with our Childcare Staff to provide a safe, nurturing environment for pre-elementary children during worship. If you are interested in occasionally serving in this capacity, please contact the office: office@beaconpresbychurch.com. Please note: all volunteers working with children under the age of 18 are required to do an online background check and online abuse prevention training before serving.

SHARING

Come Sing With Us – All interested folks are welcome to sing in the church choir on the 2nd and 4th Sunday of each month. We practice at 9am each Sunday the choir sings, as well as at 7pm the Thursday prior. If interested, contact Sally Hitchcock: sallyhitchcockbell@gmail.com

Dinner, Movie, and Conversation: 6PM TONIGHT – Invite your friends to join us as we gather to view The Shack  and share insights around what we have learned reading this powerful book together.

Table Talks Youth Group – All youth, in grades 9-12 are invited to hang out in the Library for some pizza and conversation on how we create a “safe space.”

Fall All-Church Retreat at Holmes: 10/27-28 – Take time out of your busy schedule to connect more deeply with God and your church family.  Overnight and Saturday-only options available. More details to come.

 

PASTOR SCHEDULE UPDATES

Time Away  Oct 6-9: Family Diabetes Event in PA.

Thursday Sabbath Day – Sabbath days are an important, biblically-grounded time to rest and be renewed by God. Unless it is an emergency, Pastor Ben will respond to any Thursday communications on Fridays.

 

 

NEXT WEEK AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN

Sunday – 10/1

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am Preacher Rev. Ben Larson-Wolbrink. Music led by Sally Hitchcock & the Choir.
  • Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
  • Table Talks Youth Group (McKinley Hall) – 7pm

Monday – 10/2

  • Spiritual Classics (McKinley Hall) – 12pm: A small-group conversation about life and faith. We are currently exploring Richard Foster’s book: Celebration of Discipline.

Tuesday – 10/3

  • Bell Choir Rehearsal (Sanctuary) – 7pm

Wednesday – 10/4

  • 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 – 10/6

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

Saturday – 10/7

  • Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am

Sunday – 10/8

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am Preacher Deke Spierling. Music led by Amy Martinez.
  • Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am
  • Table Talks Youth Group (McKinley Hall) – 7pm

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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