Midweek Message – Summer Two-Week Edition

Friends,

Since the office will be closed next week, today’s Midweek Message will cover details for the next two weeks: Aug 7-20. We hope you’ll take your time to read the entire message, because there are several summer opportunities that have bubbled up (for example, see Disaster Relief with Habitat for Humanity and Beacon Hebrew Alliance Blood Drive below).

Last Sunday, we learned about the human tendency to separate ourselves around food – “That’s not a tamale!” – and God’s desire to use the Lord’s Supper to draw us together. This Sunday, we’ll explore two stories of Jesus’ meal with his disciples – the last supper before his death (Mark 14:12-25) and a meal after his resurrection (John 21:1-14) – and we’ll learn more about how we, as Presbyterian’s, practice this sacrament. But, we won’t just talk about it, we’ll celebrate the sacrament together – with fresh eyes and new understanding!

Next Sunday, August 13, Elder Pamela Hormerte, the Clerk of Session will be preaching. She’ll be sharing her experience as an elder, the work of the session in guiding ministry at First Presbyterian Church, and how serving has affected her faith. You won’t want to miss it.

NOTE: The office will be closed the entire week of Aug 7-12 as Pastor Ben will be away on continuing education, and Emily, our office administrator, will be on vacation. In their absence, please contact the following:

  • Ministry matters – Pamela Hormerte, Clerk of Session (845-831-4044)
  • Pastoral concerns – Jackie Bucelot-Mills, Moderator of Deacons (845-242-1973)
  • Property concerns – Cindy Yalanis, Custodian (845-549-0268)

Faithfully,

Pastor Ben

 

ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

LEARNING

Read with us: The Shack by William P. Young – For those interested in a discussion group, one is taking place each Tuesday of August at 7pm. All are invited to gather with us on Thursday, Sept 28 as we gather to enjoy dinner, watch the movie, and share how the book has impacted our faith.

 

Bonhoeffer Film: 8/17 at 7pm – As a part of the Movies that Matter series, we’ll be showing a documentary of the life of Deitrich Bonhoeffer, a German pastor who lived out his faith in resistance to Nazi oppression in WWII. Following the film, we’ll hear from a panel of local faith leaders about their thoughts on living faithfully in these times. Leaders speaking will be:

  • Imam Abdullah, Islamic Teaching Center of Beacon
  • Rev. Singleton, St. James AME Zion of Beacon
  • Rabbi Spodek, Beacon Hebrew Alliance

 

 

Come to the Table, Sept 22-23 – A conference of the Synod of the Northeast will meet at Stony Point Center, with a variety of relevant workshops and ways to network with other Presbyterians in advocacy, solidarity, and mission. Hudson River Presbytery will be offering scholarships to all participants. To learn more, or to register, visit here.  

 

 

SERVING

Disaster Relief with Habitat for Humanity, Aug 12: 9am-4pm – The First Presbyterian Church of Wappingers Falls continue to ready their old thrift shop (2578 South Ave, Wappingers Falls) to serve as a home for victims of the June fire on Main Street in the Village of Wappingers Falls. They will be painting and putting down flooring on Saturday August 12th at 9am. Lunch will be served. To learn more, or to register, visit the Habitat for Humanity of Dutchess County website.

 

 

Drivers Needed for Young Adult Volunteer (YAV) Sunday, Aug 27 – We are in need of drivers for two vehicles willing to be at Stony Point Center by 8:30am to deliver the YAVs to Beacon so we can commission them during worship. Drivers will also be needed to return them to Stony Point after Food & Fellowship time.

 

 

GIVING

Backpacks for Farmworker Youth Leadership Camp – Our Deacons are contributing to the Rural & Migrant Ministry (RMM) summer leadership camp to help ensure every camper can return home with a backpack and school supplies. You are invited to add your contribution as well. Your gift can help this camp empower farmworker youth make a better future for themselves and their family! Contributions are due by Sunday, Aug 13. Please designate the gift for Outreach and  write “RMM backpacks” in the comments line. Online donations can be made here.

Beacon Hebrew Alliance Blood Drive, Aug 7:1-6pm – The New York Blood Bank is in desperate need of donors. To learn more, or to register, visit the BHA website.

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.

 

PASTOR SCHEDULE UPDATES

August Time Away

  • August 7-11: Continuing Education – Pastor Ben will be studying the webcast of the Conspire Conference by the Center for Action and Contemplation and attending the Global Leadership Summit by the Willow Creek Association.
  • August 18-25: Vacation – Pastor Ben will be enjoying Mystic, CT with the kids for a few days while Gretchen attends Godly Play training and then the family will be spending time on Cape Cod.

Thursday Sabbath Day – Pastor Ben’s new Sabbath Day will be on Thursdays. 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 TWO WEEKS AT FIRST PRESBYTERIAN

 

Sunday – 8/6

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Week four of our 4-week sermon series on the Sacraments. The Lord’s Supper: Remembering & Anticipating. Music led by Sally Hitchcock.
  • Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am-12pm: A time to relax and get to know each other better following worship.

Monday – 8/7

  • 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 – 8/8

  • The Shack Discussion Group (Library) – 7pm: A small group discussion exploring the Triune God’s mysterious presence in the midst of overwhelming suffering.

Wednesday – 8/9

  • 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 – 8/11

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

Saturday – 8/12

  • Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am

Sunday – 8/13

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Elder Pamela Hormerte will preach on Serving on Session and Growing in Faith. Music led the Correllus family.
  • Food & Fellowship (McKinley Hall) – 11am-12pm: A time to relax and get to know each other better following worship.

Monday – 8/14

  • 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 – 8/15

  • The Shack Discussion Group (Library) – 7pm: A small group discussion exploring the Triune God’s mysterious presence in the midst of overwhelming suffering.

Wednesday – 8/16

  • 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.

Thursday – 8/17

  • Movies That Matter Bonhoeffer Film (McKinley Hall) – 7pm

Friday – 8/18

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

Saturday – 8/19

  • Welcome Table (McKinley Hall) – 10am

Sunday – 8/20

  • Worship (Sanctuary) – 10am: Hymn Sing, Part 2. In place of a sermon, hymns chosen by the congregation will be sung. Music led by Sally Hitchcock.
  • 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

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