Hudson Happenings
H u d s o n  R i v e r  P r e s b y t e r y
In This Issue
May 11, 2018
Dear Friends,

In "Forever -- is composed of nows," Emily Dickinson writes,

Forever - is composed of Nows -
'Tis not a different time -
Except for Infiniteness -
       And Latitude of Home -

She makes us wonder about how eternity and today intersect; and whether there is a difference in kind between them.  Instead of escape from this time-bound world, she suggests a "latitude of Home" bridges now and forever, heightening both the significance and the potency of today.  Can you imagine being so "at home" in the world that eternity becomes incarnate in this moment?  What might this kind of meeting of heaven and earth empower us to risk, grieve, appreciate, and celebrate?

The next issue of Hudson Happenings will be published on Thursday, May 31. Please email your submissions to by Tuesday, May 29.  

Presbytery News & Events
PresbyBuild's Annual Talent Show, May 19
The 12th Annual PresbyBuild Talent Show in support of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Newburgh will be held on Saturday, May 19th at First Presbyterian Church of Montgomery in Montgomery, NY.

An hour of "sweet treats" from 2:00-3:00pm
The show will run approximately from 3-4:30pm.  Download the flyer
Pastoral Sabbath, May 23-24
If, in this time of celebration it seems that something is not enough, come to the Pastoral Sabbath and discover that you, yourself, are enough, just as you are.  Twenty four hours for you to renew and restore.  Wednesday, April 25, beginning with lunch, through Thursday, April 26, ending with the same.  The sabbath time is led by the Rev. Leslie Mott and held at Stony Point Center.  The Pastoral Sabbath is subsidized for ordained clergy through an HRP Challenge to Change grant.  Learn more and register.
GA 223 Seal

Are You Going to General Assembly?
If you are planning to attend the 223 General Assembly of the PC(USA) which is meeting in St. Louis from June 16 - June 23, 2018, please let Stated Clerk Susan DeGeorge know by emailing her at  
Summer Camp at Holmes!
Holmes has wonderful camping opportunities for elementary, junior high and senior high youth.  Day and sleep away options and diverse programming make it a favorite for families.  Learn more about summer camp offerings at Holmes, our PC(USA) camp that has shaped Christian faith for more than 70 years.

"As the realities of climate change present an ever-increasing urgency to our need to act faithfully in our energy consumption, many Presbyterians are exploring ways to support, purchase and share renewable energy resources as an alternative to fossil fuel energy."
- PC(USA) website
"While I love the fact that each month ConEd gets significantly less money from us, what makes me feel even better is that a lot of the power we are using is not coming from Indian Point, or natural gas turbines. Rather, each morning we begin again to generate power from nothing more than the rising sun. How cool is that?" 
- Donna Gresh, solar homeowner, FPC Yorktown

Any member or friend of an HRP congregation is eligible for this limited-time group discount program for quality solar installations for their home or commercial property.

To request a free, no-obligation solar feasibility assessment, go to (and select North or South depending on your county).
For more information, or if your church would like to schedule a group info session, contact .
The Solar Installers will make a $240 donation to a church for each residential or commercial installation by a member/friend/contact of the church. The donations will be processed at the end of the campaign. Support your community, congregation, and local, clean, renewable energy!

Important Deadlines:  
Residential customer contracts must be signed by June 4, 2018
Churches and commercial customer contracts must be signed by October 4, 2018
Information Sessions for Westchester and Rockland Counties -- all with Sunrise Solar
Information Sessions for Columbia, Orange, Ulster, Putnam, Dutchess and Sullivan counties - all with New York State Solar Farm
May 20 at 12:30pm at First Presbyterian Church of Monroe     
Frontline Report from PW's Mission Service in India

The Rev. Gary Meyers has just returned from India and Nepal.  He's an ambassador for Presbyterian Women's support of communities there through donations of cookstoves, sewing machines and more.  Here's the update he sent.  Donations to support PW's work in India may be sent to Julia Coss, 35 Emerson Ave, New Rochelle, NY 1080.

Hi. I am still recovering. Great time there but grueling trip home I saw several stoves in use might need some more. Some grandmothers have chickens and saw chicks and new gen house. Sewing center was full of activity with 3 borrowed machines. One water tank not in use because the people up there have not fulfilled their end of deal to lay the pipe but other two were really being appreciated. Fish pond is a wait. Their are issues there not the least of which is what repair might really work and who actually controls the pond. Main need I found was a huge need for a well that can supply 16 families and a school. It is badly needed. I found it will take 1500 to 2000 dolltsa to dig it but did find two possible sites that should work. This is not at Mount but is. Singngat village It hurt watching the women and boys and girls carrying water All in all I felt good about the progress. Even saw bees buzzing around the hives. The spirit seemed good around the village.

Thank You and Update from Cathy and Peter Surgenor's Peacemaking Trip to Colombia
In February 2018 Cathy and Peter Surgenor traveled to Colombia to spend a month accompanying Presbyterian Pastors and visiting churches in one of three Presbyteries of the Iglesia Presbiteriana de Colombia.  Thank you, HRP, for your support from the Peacemaking offering! Cathy and Peter share more about their trip below.

Presbyterian Pastors are the most educated pastors in Colombia and have a long history of engagement in the search for peace in that troubled country.  Presbyterians from each Presbytery are members of the National Peace Commission.  On Feb 28th, as we were finishing our accompaniament, Presbyterians and World Council of Churches representatives were meeting with Colombian President Santos to recognize accomplishments and commit to further peace efforts.

We were accompanying pastors and churches in the Presbytery of Uraba which stretches north to south about a 6 hour journey by bus or motorcycle in the northwest section of Colombia. [Read more.]  And don't miss this this fun video from their trip, below.

Your Help Needed!
Spread the word! More Light Presbyterians and Covenant Network are trying to identify the pool of people who were legally married or in legally recognized civil unions (any legally recognized relationship conveying inheritance benefits) and in which the partner who was a member of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s pension plan died prior to 2013 (the year the plan began offering eligibility for same-sex spouses/partners to enroll in the plan). The plan is to work with the Board of Pensions and other agencies to identify adequate funding to pay the equivalent of survivor benefits to those who, under today's rules, would have been eligible. Please read and share.
Regional and National News
PMAB Elects the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffat as Executive Director
From Presbyterian News Service --  Following an expansive national search, the Presbyterian Mission Agency Board (PMAB) elected the Rev. Dr. Diane Moffett president and executive director of the Presbyterian Mission Agency (PMA), one of six agencies of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) Moffett will assume leadership on June 11, 2018. Her appointment is subject to confirmation by the 223rd General Assembly, which meets in St. Louis, June 16-23, 2018. HRP's Chip Lowe who sits on the PMAB was on the search committee that selected Dr. Moffat.

"I am excited about my call to the Mission Agency and am passionate about the church and the Good News that we have for a world that certainly needs it," said Moffett, following the PMAB vote. "I want to be sure we are doing all that we can to transform those places in our world where there is oppression and poverty." Read the full story
Stated Clerk Issues Statement on President Trump's Decision to Withdraw from Iran Nuclear Agreement
The Stated Clerk of the PC(USA), the Rev. Dr. J. Herbert Nelson II, issued a statement to the church decrying President Trump's decision to withdraw the US from the Iran nuclear agreement, citing its strengths and calling on Congress to lead the Administration back on a path of peace.  He concluded his statement saying, "While no international treaty is perfect, interim agreements such as this are essential to guiding the nations of the world toward peace rather than war."  Read the full story.
Comments Sought on Proposed Rules of Discipline
The task force working on the first revision to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.)'s Rules of Discipline has completed its first draft and is seeking comments on it from throughout the church. The six-person group will receive feedback until September 15, 2018, when it will go to work on a second draft.  Read the full PNS Story.

Regional and National Events
40 Days of Moral Action Starts May 13!
The Poor People's Campaign: A National Call for Moral Revival is uniting tens of thousands of people across the country to challenge the evils of systemic racism, poverty, the war economy, ecological devastation and the nation's distorted morality.

The PPC will initiate 40 days of moral action on May 13, with non-violent direct actions in 30 state capitols culminating in a mass rally on June 23 in Washington DC. 

Read Unbound's interview with the Rev. Jimmie Hawkins, Director of the Office for Public Witness, about the Poor People's Campaign and PC(USA) involvement.
RTA's Cyrano de Bergerac, June 6
Register by May 15 - Limited Seats

Rehabilitation Through the Arts and the Presbytery Prison Partnership invite you to a rare opportunity to go behind the walls of Fishkill Correctional Facility, for a special performance of the classic play,  Cyrano de Bergerac. 

Prompt entrance at 12:00pm 
Expected departure from facility 3:30pm
Performed by RTA members

Seats are VERY limited 

Register by May 15

Global Peace Rising Gathering, May 29
Join peacebuilders and activists from all walks of life on May 29 for Global Peace Rising.  HRP's own Rev. Katie Rivera Torea will be a featured speaker.  The event seeks to cultivate dynamic peace through the sharing of stories, prayer, strategies, and the sharing of wholesome food.  Learn more and register.
Awakening the Spiritual Heart: Contemplative Formation, Sept. 2018 - June 2019
This program offered at the Mariandale Retreat Center in Ossining is for those who long for a deeper spiritual life, who crave the silent place where the Spirit speaks, who hunger for a closer walk with God. It consists of 5 weekend retreats from September through June, 7 monthly small group meetings, at home spiritual practices, readings and journaling.

The cost including the weekend retreats is $1,990. For more information contact Bruce Baker, one of the presenters, at or go to the Mariandale website.  The application deadline is July 30, 2018.
New Online Degree and Courses from Dubuque Seminary
UDTS has introduced a new   online   degree, Master of Arts in Christian Leadership, that strengthens students' knowledge of Christian scriptures and the church's theological tradition, and equip women and men for missional service and leadership in their chosen vocations. A B.A. degree in any field is the pre-requisite. For more information, please contact Kimberly Burnett-Hackbarth, Direction of Admissions 563.589.3405 / . Click here to learn more  
And don't miss Dubuque Seminary's online courses in Christian leadership that start June 4 and run for 12 weeks.  They're a great form of education that will equip and empower church leaders.
Save the Date for Stewardship Kaleidoscope, Sept. 24-26!
Meet us in St. Louis for Stewardship Kaleidoscope 2018 September 24-26, 2018! With keynotes by Diana Butler Bass and Chick Lane and worship led by Larissa Kwong Abazia, you'll be inspired and equipped for effective and joyful stewardship.  

For Scholarship Information and/or to request a Scholarship for the Conference, please contact Charles Barton at

More information can be found at  Download the flyer to share with your congregation.

PC(USA) Evangelism Conference, Oct. 15-19
The 2018 Evangelism Conference is set for Oct. 15-19 at Zephyr Point in Lake Tahoe. Join fellow 1001 New Worshiping Communities leaders and others focused on renewing the church.

This retreat experience will include time for reflection and renewal.  Registration is now open.  Learn more!
Take Action
Tell Your Senators to Respect the Way God Made Salmon!
From the Presbyterian Office of Public Witness:  A genetically engineered salmon, AquAdvantage Salmon, could become the first animal that has been engineered with genes from other species and introduced into our food supply. This approval could open the door to many other GE fish and other engineered animals in the future. Preventing GE salmon from making their way into our diets is part of a broader ethic of food justice and respect for native rights.  Contact your Senator to urge support and co-sponsorship of the GE Salmon Labeling Act.  Learn more. 
Farm Bill Advocacy Toolkit
Stop $20B Cut to SNAP! 
The proposed Farm bill would cut the food assistance program by $20 billion and add harsher work requirements and stricter reporting requirements for recipients of food stamps (known as SNAP). Should this version of the bill pass, up to 2 million people may no longer be eligible for SNAP.  

The Farm bill is a top Congressional priority and it is an ENORMOUS bill.  The Office of Public Witness has prepared a Toolkit for Congregations that will help you advocate on behalf of our nation's most vulnerable people. 
Support the Cake Ministry at Sing Sing Correctional Facility
Each year member churches in our presbytery provide cakes to help celebrate the graduations at Sing Sing Correctional Facility.  There are three of them: a high school graduation, a college graduation and a graduate degree graduation.  What makes them really special is that many of those receiving diplomas entered prison without even a high school diploma.  

Would your church consider making a donation of $100 to fund this ministry? Checks may be made out to Hudson River Presbytery and earmarked "Cake Ministry." If 10 churches choose to participate, the celebration can continue.  More importantly, people from your church are invited to come and share the celebration, to break cake together with the graduates and their families.  The graduations take place in the spring, but if your congregation is interested, reach out now with your interest or any questions to Barbara Devir,  Download Barbara's full invitation to this ministry and share it with your congregation.
Resources for Education, Liturgy & More!
It's Finally Out!!  Brueggemann's Book on Faith & Culture
I know some of you out there pre-ordered this one, but for the rest of you, take a moment to check out Biblical Scholar Walter Brueggemann's latest book.  Here's how Westminster/John Knox describes "A Gospel of Hope."  Order here.

Beloved and respected by scholars, preachers, and laity alike, Walter Brueggemann offers penetrating insights on Scripture and prophetic diagnoses of our culture. Instead of maintaining what is safe and routine, 
A Gospel of Hope encourages readers to embrace the audacity required to live out one's faith. This must-have volume gathers Brueggemann's wisdom on topics ranging from anxiety and abundance to partisanship and the role of faith in public life.
Free Educational Resources from
The Thoughtful Christian
Many congregations have subscribed in order to use resources from The Thoughtful Christian for adult and youth educational programs. 

But did you know The Thoughtful Christian also has
free resources?  It's true.  You can check them out here.
PC(USA) Resources for Youth Ministry, Confirmation and Education
As young people mature in faith and life, they search for greater understanding of themselves and their world. 

Provide your church with resources that teach teenagers and young adults they can turn to their Bible and the Reformed tradition to find guidance throughout their lives.  Explore PC(USA) resources for youth ministry and education.
Seeking and Finding
Do you have Older Hymnals to Share?
A PC(USA) congregation in Rincon Puerto Rico which is part of 1001 new worshipping communities, is trying to begin an English language worship.  The church would be so happy to have about 25 hymnals in good condition -- could be the old blue hymnal or the New Glory to God.  Does your congregation have some to donate?  Contact Barbara Devir at .

Communion Sets for Donation
Beacon Presbyterian Church has two, silver communion sets that are in excellent condition for donation to a congregation who many need them.  Read more about each set and the pieces it contains.  Interested?  Contact Beacon Presbyterian Church at  (845) 831-5322 or

FPC Wappingers Falls Seeks Help with PowerChurch Plus
FPC Wappingers Falls recently purchase new software, PowerChurch Plus, to streamline the financial and administrative management of the church.  We currently use it for recording weekly contributions, income, etc., but, now, we need help setting it up for treasurer input/financial statements.

Does anyone out there use PowerChurch Plus?  If so, we'd really like to talk to you!  Please contact our church administrator, June Goldman, at the church office, 845-297-2800 or by email at ; or Clerk of Session, Lucille Holohan by email at
Employment Opportunities
First Congregational Church of Ridgefield Seeks Senior Pastor
The First Congregational Church of Ridgefield, United Church of Christ, a 650 member multi-staff church in suburban Fairfield County, CT, is seeking an experienced Senior Pastor to serve as spiritual leader and head of staff. Please contact Rev. Michael Ciba, Senior Regional Minister of the Connecticut Conference, for more information:  860-921-8204

Presbytery of Southern New England Seeks PT Stated Clerk
Southern New England Presbytery is seeking a part-time RE or TE as their Stated Clerk, 15 hrs weekly.  Learn more.
Hitchcock Presbyterian Seeks PT Youth Leader
Hitchcock Presbyterian Church in Scarsdale is seeking a fun and energetic part-time youth leader to work with our youth ministry team, under the leadership of our Director of Christian Education. This role will primarily consist of co-planning activities and having direct interaction with our middle school and high school youth groups, seeking to build community and relationships through meaningful conversation and play. Please direct inquiries and/or a resume to A more detailed job description can be found at
Presby Church of Mt. Kisco Seeks Sunday School Coordinator
Sunday School Coordinator needed to help nurture the faith of the children of the Presbyterian Church of Mount Kisco. The position is approx. 10 hours per week with competitive salary. Experience in Christian Education in a Reformed church setting desirable. For more information, contact or call 914.666.7001.
RMM Seeks Regional Coordinator, Youth Economic Education Coordinator and Graphic Designer
Rural and Migrant Ministry, an HRP partnership and longstanding mission partner, is searching for a Hudson River/Catskills Regional Coordinator and also for a Youth Economic Education Coordinator.  Read more about both of these exciting opportunities.  RMM is also seeking a Graphic Designer.  Learn more here.
Germonds Church Seeks PT Music Director
Germonds Presbyterian Church seeks a part-time (10-13 hrs/wk) Director to lead our church music program and adult choir. Degree in Music Education, with experience conducting and developing choral and instrumental ensembles required. Candidate should be proficient in teaching and leading adults in church music.   Salary commensurate with education and experience; 4 weeks paid time off. Professional development funds available. Read the full position description.
Reformed Church of Bronxville Seeks 
Senior Minister / Head of Staff
The congregation welcomes resumes/PIFs from any pastor within the 5 denominations in the Formula of Agreement: RCA, PC-USA, UCC, DoC, and ELCA, and has a long history of hiring Presbyterian pastors.  Read the summary job description and link to the full position posted on the RCA employment site.  
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