From Pastor Knight-Whitehouse: Lent is often a time of “giving something up”: candy, alcohol, etc. Or it is a time of “taking up”: practicing kindness, spending more time in prayer. Perhaps this Lent you might want to think about letting go of things that are unnecessary: worry, fear, short temper, procrastination. Once you spend 6 weeks letting go of these things, you may find that life is better without them. …Continue reading →
We will begin a new Bible study Sunday, January 7, after coffee hour. We will gather with our coffee in the sanctuary and spend an hour or so in Holy Conversation around the Gospel of Mark. This is not instead of Ed Garcia’s study in his home; it is in addition to it! Mark’s Gospel is the shortest, and it would be great (though not necessary) if we all read …Continue reading →
On Wednesday, September 6th at 7:30pm, Pastor Lori will resume our discussion group on race and white privilege. The group will be reading and discussing “The Star Side of Bird Hill” by Naomi Jackson and “Between the World and Me” by Ta Nehisi Coates. Contact Pastor Lori with any questions and plan to join us for thought-provoking and enlightening discussion. Guests are welcome!
There will be a panel discussion on the newest edition to our PCUSA Book of Confession, the Confession of Belhar from 2-4 PM on Sunday, November 6 at Germonds Presbyterian Church. This statement of faith came out of the apartheid-era Reformed Church of South Africa. It was ratified by the General Assembly of the PCUSA last summer, after being accepted by a two-thirds majority of the Presbyteries of the denomination. …Continue reading →
Pastor Lori is away on a continuing education trip. In case of Pastoral emergency, contact Ed Garcia. Worship on Sunday, July 31 will be led by Rick Ufford-Chase of Stony Point. The Church office will be closed Tuesday, August 2. Worship on Sunday, August 7 will be a joint worship service at Haverstraw Central Presbyterian Church …Continue reading →
It is hard for me to believe that Advent is upon us—especially with the news of so many terrorist attacks in the past weeks. I find I am looking forward to this time of year even more, in light of the horrors of the world, because of its focus on the Incarnation of God in Jesus Christ. Were it not for our belief in the Incarnation, I would not be …Continue reading →
Hudson River Presbytery has begun a monthly “Pastors’ Sabbath” at Holmes Camp and Conference center. It’s 24 hours in the woods of Putnam County, a time for pastors to decompress and spend time with God. I went last week, and came back so refreshed. Sabbath practice can be hard for all of us—we are all so busy. But there is a reason why it is one of the Ten Commandments; …Continue reading →
Ah, it’s finally warm! After a long winter, I am looking forward to a slower pace, sunshine, and a chance to catch up on some reading. This is perhaps my favorite column to write every year. It’s the one where I get to share with you all some of the books I have really enjoyed in the last year, in hopes that you might pick up one for your vacation …Continue reading →
Lent begins with Ash Wednesday, Feb 18, 2015. We will worship beginning at 7:00 in the sanctuary with Eucharist and the Imposition of the ashes. During Lent, Pastor Lori will preach a sermon Series on how to live out our commitment to Jesus Christ. Worship is at 11:00 on Sundays. All are welcome, and all are welcome at the Lord’s Table. Hope to see you there!
My Continuing Education retreat a few weeks ago was wonderful. Ghost Ranch in the high desert of New Mexico is truly what the early Christians in Celtic lands called a “thin place” – a place where earth and heaven are very close together. The course I took was called “Soul Collage® As A Spiritual Path.” We began each session with a wonderful ritual. Our teacher, Kat Kirby, “rang us into …Continue reading →