First Presbyterian Church
“ Loving God by Serving All”
You may come as a stranger to us; yet you are known to Our Lord, Jesus Christ, and in His name we bid you welcome, praying that you find peace, inspiration and our friendship in this, His House.
Sunday Church Service: 10:30 a.m.
Christmas Eve Service :
THE PRESBYTEER FOR DECEMBER 2014 EDITED FOR WEBPAGE
Dear Sisters and
Brothers in Christ,
Here are some words I read and thoughts I
had in reflection.
Joseph had a dream in which an angel says
“Joseph, don’t be afraid go ahead and marry her. The child belongs to God. It’s a boy and its God with us.” Joseph is a wonderful visionary who
desperately wants the dream to be true.
He wants to believe.
What kind of person pays attention to a
dream and listens to angels? God’s angels
speak this word to all of us: “Don’t be afraid to believe, to walk a different
path, to follow dreams.” We’re tempted
to live a careful life, a careful faith, keep six of the Ten Commandments, go
to church three out of four Sundays, give money we don’t need and times we can
spare, try to do more good than bad, offer some grace and some judgment,
believe the parts of the Bible with which we already agree.
God invites us to wish for what’s
true. God’s people long for God, even if
they sometimes wonder what that means.
The yearning itself is following God’s dreams for us. Whenever we’re dissatisfied with a cautious
faith, it’s because God wants more for us.
God invites us to stop being so
cautious. Dream of yourself loving God
with all your hear-caring not at all about the expectations of those who have
forgotten how to dream. Dream of the
people you love letting go of jealousy and cynicism, offering only words of
kindness to one another. Dream of the
church as a family where male and female, black and white, rich and poor,
liberal and conservative, straight and gay, old and young, saints and sinners
gather to give thanks to God. Dream of a
world where people take chances to help others and discover that God is not
only our hope, but that God has placed that hope within us. Dream of God waiting for us to take one step
in the direction of grace and discover the love that’s always with us.
God speaks and calls to us in many ways,
dreams are just one of them. Listen for
Him this advent, a New Year is almost upon us, who knows what wonderful
opportunities or new beginnings await each of us. Only God knows it’s for us to find out!! Be prepared and be assured Emmanuel walks
with us every day.
Wishing You a Happy and Healthy Christmas,
Janet and Bob
You are cordially invited to attend a
Guest of Honor: JESUS CHRIST
Date: Everyday. Traditionally December 25, but He’s always
around, so the date is flexible.
Whenever you’re ready…please don’t be too late, though; or you’ll miss
out on all the fun.
In your heart. He’ll meet you there… you’ll hear him knock.
Come as you are…grubbies are okay.
He’ll be washing our clothes anyway.
He said something about new white robes and crowns for everyone who
stays till the last.
Tickets: Admission is free. He’s already paid for everyone.
(He says…You would not have been able to
afford it. It’s cost Him everything He had!)
Refreshments: New wine, bread and a far-out
drink He calls “Living Water”, followed by a supper that promises to be out of
Gift Suggestions: Your Heart. He’s one of those people who already has
everything else. (He’s very generous in return, though; wait till you see what
He has for you!)
Entertainment: Joy, Peace, Truth, Light,
Life, Love, Real Happiness, Communion with God, Forgiveness, Miracles, Healing,
Power, Eternity in Paradise, and much more! (All rater “G” so bring your family
Very Important! He must know
ahead so he can reserve a spot for you at the table. Also. He’s keeping a list of His friends for
future reference. He calls it the
“Lamb’s Book of Life”
Party Being Given By His Kids (that’s
us). Hope to See You There!
FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO WILL BE AT THE PARTY
SHARE THIS WITH SOMEONE!
December 21, we will learn why “Mary Had a Little Lamb” with the children of
our Sunday School (and some adults, too) in this year’s rendition of our annual
Christmas pageant. The pageant will take
place during our regular worship service at 10:30am. Following worship, everyone is invited to the
Barbara Pastor Fellowship Hall where there will be a birthday party for
Jesus. There will be two rehearsals for
all involved. The first one will be on
Sunday, December 7 immediately following worship in order to become familiar
with the script and the speaking parts.
The second one will be a dress rehearsal on December 14. Be sure to mark your calendars for this
special event. If you have any questions
or would like to help plan or set up for the birthday party, please contact
NOTE: There will be no Sunday school class
on December 28. Class will resume on
she moved, Ginni D. left us a Christmas jar with some coins in it. After reading the book “Christmas Jars” by
Jason F. Wright, I surmised that the jar was given to Ginni & Woody after
basis of the story is that a family saves their coins in a jar throughout the
year and at Christmas time gives the jar to a person or family who is in need
financially, emotionally, etc. The donation
is done anonymously. There is a local
family who is in particular need financially and emotionally this year. The family consists of the parents, their 21
year old learning disabled daughter, their 25 year old son, his fiance and
their one year old grandson all living together in a small house. The parents are living paycheck to paycheck
and their son just has his hours cut at work.
The son has voluntarily helped our church out many times when there has
been heavy work to do.
has approved passing Ginni’s jar on to this family with the addition of your
spare coins to help this family have a brighter Christmas. This is in no way meant to replace any
donations towards our usual adopt-a family project. We are only asking for your spare change. It’s amazing how quickly a little change adds
up. Thank you to those who have already
been so generous to this worthwhile project.
you all have a blessed Christmas.
& Richie B.
Church Life committee is very happy to report that our Elephant Sale/Holiday
Fair was a huge success. The weather on
Saturday, November 15th was sunny and cold but it did not deter
anyone from attending. Our donated
merchandise this year was of higher than usual quality which was reflected in
the amount received that day. Several
tables of items are on display for all the user groups, Pumpkin Patch teachers
and members of the Congregation to purchase.
thanks to my very dedicated and hard working committee!!. Many thinks, also to all who assisted with
setting up, pricing items, supplying refreshments for the workers, baking for
our baked goods table, working the day of the sale and accomplishing the very
difficult task of packing away usable items for other future functions,
preparing donation bags and boxes for Big Brother’s and Big Sister’s and
returning Fellowship Hall to its presale condition.
also to Scoutmaster Tony M. and his Troop # 303 for moving items from the manse
and our 3rd floor storage room to Fellowship Hall and then up from
Fellowship Hall for BB/BS pick up. They
are very eager and capable young men. We
wish you much luck in your future achievements.
have been making announcements about adopt a family in worship. We have a Mom, with a son 6 and one 9, plus a
daughter 16. Here are the sizes for the
Size 8-10 He needs jeans with an
elastic waist, hooded sweatshirt and gloves, and pj’s
Size 10-112 He needs shirts,
pants, hooded sweatshirt and gloves, and pj’s
She is a ladies size S and Size 2 jeans.
She would like a Harry Potter shirt.
(No DVD or CD’s)
There’s also a list of toys if you are
interested. Of course, money is always
welcome. Thank you to all who have
already given to this very needy family.
and Deacons met initially together November 11, 2014 and the meeting opened with
prayer led by our Moderator, The Rev. Janice Moore-Caputo.
Session discussed and approved moving forward with the project of replacing the
Fellowship Hall and Steeple Roof in the near future. After Hurricane Sandy when we had lost
shingles on both the Fellowship Hall and
Steeple, we planned to replace those roofs for a cost of $ 29,000+, expecting
the cost to be primarily covered by the insurance. However we learned that our deductible would
be $33,000. That was very discouraging
so we patched both roofs. We also
reported the problem to the Presbytery and its General Presbyter. The Board of Trustees called the Insurance
company in and was distressed with their handling of deductibles. Since Presbytery and most of the Presbyterian
Churches had used the same insurance company we all changed to a different
a month ago, we received a letter which stated that NY State Finance Department
deemed their Named Storm deductible endorsement illegal and so they would cover
the cost of the roofs as planned. We
have engaged the original company and we believe that the roofs will be
replaced shortly after Easter.
approved the Christmas Jar mission project.
We also learned that a lawsuit from a person allegedly falling in the
parking lot on snow or ice several years ago was requested to be
discussed the great activities of the Western Cluster for our Youth and the
plans for some adult joint activities for possible advent and for Lent. They will meet here December 5 for their next
concluded our usual business and reports from the various committees and
adjourned with prayer led by Pastor Janice.
Our denomination has 4 major mission
offerings each year and the last Christmas Joy which is received during Advent
is starting now. This offering is
focused on “Serving Those Who Have Served”, on Pastors and other mission staff.
Reverend Thomas “Thom” Beech, now retired,
says the Board of Pensions saved his life.
“Without their help, I’d be out on the street.” Rev. Beech spent a lifetime in service to
others. For him, it was a calling he
“ I was already out of high school and
working in the service industry when a man stopped in from my church”, he says,
“I asked the guy why he was going into ministry. He told me about all the social ministry and
good he would do with his life, and a voice in my head said ’Why not you?’”
After attending Westminster Seminary in
Pennsylvania, Rev. Beech began his ministry in North Dakota. He and his wife could not have children, and
they eventually adopted four Native American children in need. Rev. Beech credits his children for what
began years of ministry with Native Americans.
served with Apaches in New Mexico and later Navajos in Arizona, among others,”
he says. “I also worked in West Virginia
doing ’tentmaking’. I’ve always had
small churches and farm churches.”
But in 2003, after a lifetime of service,
he found himself alone in Florida struggling to get by while caring for his
wife, who suffered from Alzheimer’s disease.
Then, someone from Westminster Manor in Bradenton, Florida, contact him
asking why he was the only retired Presbyterian minister in the area not part
of their community, run by Presbyterians.
When he explained he could not afford it,
the group contacted the Board of Pensions, which offered Rev. Beech help
through the Income Supplement and Housing Supplement program, supported, in
part, by your gifts to the Christmas Joy Offering.
It made a difference, perhaps just when
it counted the most. Rev. Beech lost his
wife just a year after moving into Westminster, but he was not alone.
“I have hundreds of close friends
now. Everybody here cares,” he said, “It
might not be as fancy or as new as some other places, but it’s really nice, and
the friendly people here make all the difference.”
tell you, many will come from east and west and will eat with
Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the
kingdom.” Matthew 8:11
December and now we are all looking forward to our Christmas
with our church, family and friends.
This is always nice
Thanksgiving and I hope you all had a good one.
was a busy month. The Elephant Sale was
a huge success
we made more money for our church than usual which was
Thanks to Anita O. for all she did for this and many of
events we have in our church.
11th which is Veteran’s Day was Fred’s 67th anniversary
his discharge from the Army. Time surely
flies, doesn’t it?
B. celebrated his 65th birthday on November 12th.
such a great guy and he does so much for our church and
care of lots of details that we never think of.
think some of you know Clara J. She was
in touch with
and sends her best to everyone.
C. takes care of distributing food for the needy
don’t forget to bring some whenever you can.
And she says,
“Don’t forget –
remember that December 7th is Pearl Harbor Remembrance
Christmas and Happy New Year to all.
a song in your heart”
DEADLINE – December 7, 2014
The plants are 6 inches tall from rim of pot.
Total Number of plants_______
TOTAL COST__________@ $15.00 each
(Please make checks payable to FIRST PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH,
note that the check is for Christmas Poinsettia(s)
and attach to this form.
INDICATE YOUR WISHES BELOW:
_____ I will pick up after the service on Christmas Eve.
_____ I will pick up as above and deliver to
a member of our congregation.
Please do not pick up flowers until after the Christmas Eve
These flowers are dedicated to the glory of God:
In loving memory of:
In honor of:
In celebration of:
Orders cannot be accepted after December 7, 2013.
Please accommodate this request.
Require additional information??
Contact Jeanne C.