FALL BIBLE STUDY @ First Pres Hudson

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 14thDay after retreat, no bible study Oct 21stOur 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

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Kathryn Beilke
Parable Field Trips 2018: The Parable of the Vinegrower

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.

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Kathryn Beilke
The Ritual Exchange SEPT 23rd @ 5pm

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! 

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Kathryn Beilke
WORLD COMMUNION SUNDAY

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!

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Kathryn Beilke
NEXT CHURCH RETREAT!

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. 

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Kathryn Beilke
4th Sundays at First Presbyterian Church

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! 

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Kathryn Beilke
Fun In Our "New Leaf Garden"
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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. 

Kathryn Beilke
The Ritual Exchange May 26th @ 7:30pm
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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. 

Kathryn Beilke
Church-Wide Retreat and Day of Prayer, June 2nd @ 10am
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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!

Kathryn Beilke
Parable Field Trip Fun!
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Parable Field Trips 2018 "The Good Shepherd" May 18th @ 5pm
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Join us on May 18th for the third installation of our series of "Parable Field Trips" at First Presbyterian Church!  Rev. Beilke will host us in this reflection on the famous metaphor for Christ at her home in Stuyvesant and we will walk together to her neighbor's sheep pasture to take part in sheering of the herd. With the purpose of partaking in a more fully embodied experience of the parables, we hope to share a more intimate glimpse in the worldview of that the 1st century agrarian audience of the bible. Hope to have you join us!

Kathryn Beilke
Lectio Divina, Sundays @ 9:30
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Every Sunday through the end of June, we will be studying Paul's letter to the Corinthians before worship using the Lectio Divina method. An ancient way of reading and hearing scripture, Lectio Divina comes from the Roman Catholic tradition and involves reading passages 3 times with silence in between to reflect and feel the spirit's movement. During this time, we invite you to pray, to read the context of the passage, to write, or to use provided materials to make art since God is able to speak to us through all sorts of media! Bible study will be suspended during July and August when worship is held at 10am. Hope to have you join us!

Kathryn Beilke
THE RITUAL EXCHANGE - MAY 8TH @ 6:00PM
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The Ritual Exchange (a ministry of First Presbyterian Church) in partnership with the Won Dharma Center invite you to celebrate Dharmachakriya or "Buddha's Birthday" on May 8th at 6pm at Stable Gate Farm and Winery in Castleton, NY. 

Vesak, also known as Buddha Purnima & Buddha Day is a holiday traditionally observed by Buddhists all over the world. While, the traditional date is May 29th, for this year, we will hold it sooner. It is a commemoration of the Buddha's birth, enlightenment and death. 

The evening's ritual, presented by our friends at the Won Dharma Center, will focus on the Lotus flower which symbolizes the Buddha as he teaches how to be in the world, but not defiled by the world like a lotus in a filthy pond. The message will draw parallels from other faith traditions such as Christianity and Islam. 

Hosted by the Won Dharma Retreat Center With the help of Post Modern Ritual Exchange, Hudson NY + Stable Gate Dharma Collective

Its with the utmost awe and reverence that we celebrate Shakyamuni Buddhas BIRTHDAY!!!

Welcome WGXC!
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We are so excited to welcome our new community partner WGXC 90.7FM now broadcasting live from First Presbyterian Church at 369 Warren St in Hudson! To all employees, programmers, and guests of the station we hope you feel at home here with us!

Kathryn Beilke
Interfaith Hour of Prayer for DREAMERS

Beautiful photos of our Interfaith Hour of Prayer for Dreamers last Sunday at First Presbyterian Church courtesy of Left In Focus Photography. We give thanks to Juan Sanchez for his music, Joel Merker and Karen Levine from the Chatham Synagogue, Father Gary Gelfenbien of St. James Parish, Revs. Monshin Paul Naamon, and Shumon Tamami Naamon, Tendai Buddhist Institute, Payne African Methodist Episcopal Church Choir, Rev. Eileen Weglarz, Christ Church Episcopal, Shayka Sheila Foraker and Carol Taylor, AQRT Sufi Order, Pastor Dion Marquit, Grace United Methodist Church, Father Marcelino Mejicano, Centro Christiano Renacer and Jabin Ahmed of the Hudson Muslim Youth. What could be more powerful than all these faiths praying in harmony with one another? May our voices and supplications be heard!

Kathryn Beilke