Come join all of our friends from Camphill Hudson, many who are part of our church community, for their annual production of the Shepherd's Play right here in our sanctuary Friday, Dec 14th at 7pm and Saturday, Dec 15th at 4pm. Its just not Christmas without taking in this magical annual tradition. Hope to see you there!
Indeed, the light shines in the darkness and the darkness has not overcome it! Come and celebrate the coming of the light of Christ into our world and our lives by singing your favorite Christmas carols and hearing the ancient texts told anew. Bring your families and houseguests, invite friends and neighbors - all are welcome to celebrate the birth of the Christ child with us!
Come join us before worship as we read Marcus Borg and John Dominic Crossan’s The First Christmas together in our anticipation of the coming of the Christ child! “In The First Christmas, two of today's top Jesus scholars, Marcus J. Borg and John Dominic Crossan, join forces to show how history has biased our reading of the nativity story as it appears in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. As they did for Easter in their previous book, The Last Week, here they explore the beginning of the life of Christ, peeling away the sentimentalism that has built up over the last two thousand years around this most well known of all stories to reveal the truth of what the gospels actually say. Borg and Crossan help us to see this well-known narrative afresh by answering the question, "What do these stories mean?" in the context of both the first century and the twenty-first century. They successfully show that the Christmas story, read in its original context, is far richer and more challenging than people imagine.” (Back cover)
Make sure to come by First Presbyterian Church at Hudson's famous Winter Walk this Saturday! Church members will be outside giving out free fair-trade hot cocoa and coffee to warm your hands, the Hudson Highschool band will be playing in our sanctuary and selling delicious baked goods, Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood will have activities for kids and goods for sale downstairs in the fellowship hall, and WGXC community radio is selling chili on the lawn outside the station. And as always our bathrooms are open to the public as well as our nursery for any moms and dads who need to take a break in a warm place with their littles. Welcome all to the most wonderful time of the year!!!
First Presbyterian Church is overwhelmed with gratitude for our members, our community, our local businesses and agencies who all come together to serve over neighbors on this day of thanks. We are grateful for our partner agencies Columbia County Department of Social Services, Columbia County Office for the Aging, Greenport Manor, and Providence Hall who work hard to identify homeless and homebound residents throughout the county who can benefit from a delicious hot meal delivery to their door whether they are in assisted living or in a motel. Special thanks goes to our donors Golden Harvest Farms for our apples, Samascott Orchards for apple cider, Roxbury Farm CSA for sweet potatoes, Salvation Army and Christ Church in Hudson for rolls, Aeble Restaurant in Hudson for celery, onions, and stock to make dressing, Vico Restaurant in Hudson for cranberry sauce, Hannaford of Kinderhook for stuffing croutons, LoveApple Farm for 200 compostable take out containers, The Rosery in Hudson for flower arrangements for every household we delivered to, and cash donations from Peter Frank, the Greenport Firehouse, the Dutch Reformed Church of Claverack that enabled us to purchase mashed potatoes, butter, green beans, and foil pans to cook for 300 people! We are immensely grateful to our 22 turkey cookers and donors: Brad Kiel, Sara Borchert, Alan Wanzenberg, Tamar Adler, Peter Frank, Cindy Andrus, Lisbeth Karlson, Suzanne Snider, Lee Jamison and Christian Swensigan, Mandy Riccio, Alison Parke, Jamison Teale, Katharine Umstead, Sondra Gill, Deb Tibensky, Bob Lucky/The Cascades in Hudson, Elizabeth and Willy Coleman, Robert Ihlenberg, Bill and June Simons, Janet Morabito, and Renee Gibson. And to our amazing delivery drivers and volunteers who cook, serve, bus tables, clean, with us from Tuesday to Turkey Day - you are awesome! A special thanks to the talented Abby Lappen who serenades us as we dine and hustle - it wouldn't be thanksgiving without you! And to Christ Church Episcopal for hosting us once again, your space is absolutely perfect and we are so appreciative of your gracious hospitality.
For over 30 years, First Presbyterian Church has provided Thanksgiving dinner free of charge to everyone in the community! Doors open (we will celebrate at Christ Church Episcopal 431 Union St) to all at noon on the day of Thanksgiving - whether you are without a place to celebrate, cannot afford a meal, or just want to join in the festivities! The delicious meal with all the fixings is lovingly made by volunteers and the talented Abby Lappen serenades us with lively song! Deliveries are made to the homebound throughout the morning. To volunteer or donate please email Kathryn.Beilke@gmail.com!
First Presbyterian Church is immensely grateful to the Rabbi Zoe B Zak and everyone who brought garden trimmings, potluck dishes, and love to make this interfaith celebration of the Jewish festival of Sukkot in our church garden so special.
Come by this Saturday to our front lawn and support First Presbyterian and Christ Church Episcopal at our joint art sale! Many beautiful donated paintings, prints, sketches, and photography from private collections and by local artists are available for your perusal and purchase!
Bible Study This Fall convenes at 9:30 on Sundays (no meeting on Oct 14th or Sept 30th). This season we are concentrating on the theme of WATER and the imagery woven throughout scripture from Genesis to Revelation. Throughout we may make reference to our use and reliance upon water both individually and as a global society. A great resource to guide this reflection is a program at Trinity Wall St (Episcopal) in New York City. These stories are particularly enriching: https://www.trinitywallstreet.org/video/trinity-institute-2017-water-justice-storytellers-theatrical-response Looking forward to digging into the word with you! If you want to get ahead, here are the readings: Sept 9th: Water in the beginning Genesis 1 Sept 16th: God cleanses civilization through floodwaters Genesis 7:6-24 Sept. 23rd: Through the waters and out of slavery Exodus 14:21-30 Sept 30th: Parable Field Trip, no bible study Oct 7th: A righteous person is like a tree planted near a river Psalm 1 Oct 14th: Day after retreat, no bible study Oct 21st: Our God is water for our thirsty souls Psalm 63 Oct 28th: Jesus' baptism in the Jordan Matthew 3:1-17 Nov 4th: Jesus is the wellspring of life John 4:10-15 (John 7:37-39)Nov 11th : God calls us to share water Matthew 10:42 Nov. 18th Waters and eternity Revelation 22
The Ritual Exchange presents a very special Shabbat "Sukkot For Everyone." The Jewish festival of the booths and celebration of the harvest moon will convene on the church garden grounds here at First Presbyterian Church. We will share in a time of decorating the sukkah (outdoor "hut") with gourds and corn husks and other items of significance to the Jewish faith while led in song and prayer by the very talented Rabbi Zoe B Zak of Temple Israel of Catksill. Please bring a potluck dish to share! The ritual exchange is a ministry convened by First Presbyterian Church that brings together people of all faiths to share that which moves us most deeply. If you'd like to volunteer to help build the sukkah, we will begin construction after service on Sept. 23rd and it will continue throughout the week!
First Presbyterian Church is so grateful to Stablegate Farm and Winery for hosting our most recent "parable field trip," so that we can worship the Creator while harvesting and stomping grapes and reflecting on Jesus' teaching on the vines! Many blessings on the harvest!
Our 5th Installment of "Parable Field Trips" takes us to Stable Gate Farm and Winery in Castleton for the harvesting of the grapes (and maybe some stomping too!) and reflection on the parable of the vinegrower. Worship will be held at 10:30am ON THE FARM, no services will be held at the church this Sunday and bible study will be suspended this week.
Sunday, Oct 7th is World Communion Sunday! Come together for the sacrament this Sunday with people all over the world. At First Presbyterian we encourage anyone who speaks a foreign language to present the readings and liturgy in their native tongue. Let Rev. Beilke know if you'd like to participate!
We are so grateful for the hospitality of Elder Michelle Widd who hosts us for our next retreat at her home in Claverack from 9am - 5pm. Whether you're new to our community or a lifelong member you're invited to this ongoing conversation about how we can live more deeply into our calling as one body in Christ.
4th Sundays at First Presbyterian Church is a new initiative that involves every one of us! In an effort to grow we are asking that you bring a friend or extended family members, call someone who hasn't been at church in a while, or invite your friends on social media ! Most importantly: plan on being here for worship yourself. If you're someone who is a casual church-goer, a busy parent, or a person with a lot of weekend social commitments, mark your calendars and make an effort to be with the community of faith at least this one day. We will be sure to make the place especially hospitable and will prepare worship with visitors in mind. The next 4th Sunday is: Sept 23rd!
Our friends from Greater Hudson Promise Neighborhood and Hudson City School District Superintendent Maria Suttmeier working in our garden today planting seeds and plants provided by First Presbyterian church! We can't wait to see what you bring to life! All of our 14 beds are filled up this year, if you're interested for 2019 - give us a call in March or April to reserve yours to use free of charge: 518-828-4275.
How blessed it is when brothers and sisters live together in peace! First Presbyterian Church is immensely grateful to the Hudson Muslim Youth for enriching our Ritual Exchange ministry with this year’s community-wide day of fasting and iftar to honor the holy season of Ramadan! These young men and women love their faith and are truly inspiring leaders and examples to us all by their gracious welcome.
Join with Hudson Muslim Youth in partnership with the Ritual Exchange on May 26th at 7:30 pm at the Hudson Lodge for prayer and potluck as a conclusion to our community-wide day of fasting! In solidarity with our Muslim brothers and sisters during this holy season of Ramadan, people of all faiths, no faith, and everything in between are invited from sunrise to sunset to abstain from eating and drinking (unless you are sick, on medication that requires you to eat, pregnant, or nursing -please find an alternative fast). Then please join together at 7:30 at the Hudson Lodge (601 Union St) for a gathering to break our fast.
At this gathering you’re invited to participate in:
Ablution – The Hudson Muslim Youth will teach us this ritual washing before prayer which includes washing of hands, mouth, nostrils, arms, head, and feet with water.
Breaking of Fast and a Call to Prayer – At Sundown, everyone will be invited to come together and simultaneously eat a date (as is tradition) and drink water to break their fast together as one. Then, facing east towards Mecca, we will be called to prayer by one of our Muslim leaders. This requires kneeling so if you can, please bring a prayer rug, yoga mat, or even a towel. We will have some extras to provide but not a lot.
Iftar – Meal eaten after sundown. We will be sharing a community potluck. Please bring a vegetarian or vegan dish to share (this makes it easiest for those who practice Kosher or Halal restrictions).
Your complete participation in this act of solidarity is a meaningful gesture to our local Muslim community that we stand with and support them for the fullness of who they are and what they believe and practice.
Whether you are a visitor, occasional worshipper, long-time member, elder or staff - everyone at First Presbyterian Church is invited to join together with brothers and sisters in christ for a day of rest in the Lord and discussion of the ministry of First Pres. With gratitude for the gracious hospitality of Susan Rice, delicious food and scenic views, we will be hosted at her home in Greene County. Looking forward to seeing you there!