Hudson Happenings
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In This Issue
December 7, 2018
Presbytery News & Events
Get Worship Resources from last Tuesday's Presbytery Meeting
Check out PC(USA) Special Days resources

Many people appreciated the liturgy from Tuesday's presbytery meeting which focused on the inclusion of people with mental and physical disabilities in our churches' lives.  Each year the PC(USA) has a disabilities inclusion Sunday for which materials are prepared and the liturgy we used was from 2017.  PC(USA) provides liturgical resources for a wide variety of special days throughout the year which you can browse, including resources for Disability Inclusion Sunday, marking the Armenian Genocide, Fair Trade, Domestic Violence Awareness, Martin Luther King Jr's Birthday/Race Relations, and many more.  The Special Days resources often have liturgy from years past, providing even more resources for you and your worship team.  Check them out.
Pastoral Sabbath at Stony Point, Dec. 12-13
Led by Rev. Leslie Mott, the   Pastoral Sabbath Retreat is a time for clergy "to come away by yourselves and rest for a while," so that we may return renewed to those we serve.

Those attending receive materials for reflection and study and have the opportunity to engage in gentle yoga class, guided meditation, group and individual spiritual direction, and prayer. 

In this second year of the two year Synod Innovation grant, in order to extend the grant funding as long as possible, it is necessary to introduce tiered pricing for the Pastoral Sabbath.  The cost for a participant is approximately $150.00 for accommodations and four meals.  A partial scholarship of $75.00 would be offered to those whose finances would otherwise preclude them from this opportunity, and a limited number of full scholarships will be available through the Fall.  Please indicate on your registration if you are in need of scholarship funds.  If you have any questions, please contact Rev. Leslie Mott:
How a Challenge 2 Change Grant is helping Bethlehem Presbyterian Church Share the Gospel in "High Definition"
The Bethlehem PC in New Windsor wanted to expand and enrich their ministry through the utilization of modern technology. Specifically, they wanted to place two video display monitors at the front of their sanctuary to enhance and communicate Gods Word during their weekly worship services, holiday and special event services, and during their annual vacation bible school summer program. Read more!
Gifts that Make a Difference this Christmas
A Christmas Gift that Helps: Solar Lights!
Presbyterian Women of HRP suggest a donation to purchase solar lighting in our village of Singngat, India.   Ten dollars will purchase a lamp for a schoolchild.  Forty dollars will purchase a system for a home, with three lights and a port for recharging phones.  Congregations may consolidate donations, and send one check to PW HRP, memo Solar Lights, to Julia Coss, 39 Emerson Ave, New Rochelle, NY 10801. In Honor Of Card for you to print and give.

Small Gifts. Big Impact: Presbyterian Online Giving Catalogue
Explore a wide variety of gifts that provide real and positive impact around the world-including aid for refugees, access to clean water, and helping to end hunger. Forty dollars buys a bag of Moringa seeds, an important source of nutrition in communities struggling with malnourishment. From small to large dollar gifts, y our support means the world.

Attend on Dec. 15 and Help Sponsor
RMM's Rural Women's Assemblies

Rural and Migrant Ministry's Rural Women's Assemblies are gatherings of rural women and their allies across NYS. It is created and directly led by women from across an array of cultural, racial, geographic, and age groups - all committed to hope, justice and empowerment. At the Assembly, women and girls from across the State gather with their allies to listen to one another's stories, share strategies, nurture one another, and build a strong network for change.  Register for the Dec. 15 Hudson Valley Gathering!

We invite you to stand with us as we help women to help themselves and to enter into their destinies.  Learn more about Rural Women's Assemblies and sponsorship!
Congregational News
New Well in India, thanks to PW and HRP Congregations
Construction has not been without difficulties, but the generous
contributions from Katonah, Huguenot, Monroe and Jeffersonville churches have resulted in a new 250 feet deep well now providing clean water in an area in India where a reliable water supply has been lacking.  When funds become available, a permanent water tank will be built.  If your congregation would like to help contact

Rev. Debbie Bronkema to Lead Writing Retreat
Come away from the busyness of your life to experience creative writing as a spiritual practice. Join Debbie Bronkema at Cedarkirk Camp, January 28-29, 2019 in Florida.  When we write creatively, we open ourselves to grow in spiritual practices like attentiveness, intentionality, empathy, and gratitude - gifts we want to grow as disciples of Christ. The creative output and sharing during this event will build a remarkably close community and lead to conversations of remarkable spiritual depth. Challenge yourself creatively and spiritually, and leave with a sense of peace at having drawn closer to yourself and to God.  Learn more.
Regional and National Events

Free Summer Program for PC(USA) Youth Interested in Ending Poverty and Hunger?  Deadline January 1

The PC(USA) has a two-week summer program at PC(USA)-related Monmouth College (Monmouth, IL) called the Lux Summer Theological Institute for Youth, which gives high school students from around the country a chance to immerse themselves in big theological questions. The 2019 Lux Institute will be held June 16-30, 2019 on the theme "A Place at the Table: Thinking Theologically about Hunger and Poverty." The application deadline for students is January 1, 2019, which is quickly approaching. There is a link to a PDF resource available for those who might be interested, and the program website is available here.  Questions?  Contact Jessica Hawkinson, Director of the Lux Institute for Youth, 309-457-2447,
Peacemaking Trips to Rwanda and Russia/The Ukraine;
Apply now

Presbyterians interested in learning about conflict and reconciliation, from both an active and historical perspective, have an opportunity to do so by participating in one of the Presbyterian Peacemaking Program's travel study seminar series upcoming in Spring 2019. Reconciliation Work in Rwanda: Healing the Trauma of the Genocide, March 11-23, 2019.  Deadline for application has been extended to November 15. Learn more.  And there is the Peacemaking on the Frontline in Russia and The Ukraine, April 22 - May 6, 2019.  The deadline for applying to this trip is December 15.  Learn more about the Frontline trip.
Resources for Education, Liturgy & More!
Growing the Light: Advent Devotional
This Advent, join allies of the Coalition of Immokalee Workers (CIW), Rev. Brian McLaren, Rev. Traci Blackmon, Rev. Dr. Jacqui Lewis, and Rev. Dr. Liz Theoharis in preparing to grow the light of farmworker justice throughout the new year. The season of Advent draws us into a time of anticipation and preparation with all who long for release from oppression. Through the Fair Food Program (FFP), the Coalition of Immokalee Workers -- a PC(USA) mission partner, together with student and faith allies, kindles the flame of justice for farmworkers in the tomato fields of Immokalee and now on farms across seven states and three crops.  Check out Growing the Light!
Why Religion, New Book on Grief by
Elaine Pagels

" Why Religion," a new book by Prof. Elaine Pagels of Princeton University, asks how hearts can heal after tragedy.  Religion scholar Elaine Pagels, known for her work on the Gnostic gospels, lost her young son to terminal illness and her husband a year later in an accident. Her new book combines memoir and biblical scholarship to reflect on loss and faith. 

Her 30 minute interview with Terry Gross of Fresh Air is a must-listen experience of honest and healing conversation about living through and with trauma and grief.
Longest Night Liturgy
At Christmastime, some church members and leaders may be struggling with depression, anxiety or grief. A "Blue Christmas" or "Longest Night" service can bring comfort to people who are lonely or suffering and lets them feel the congregation's love and support. 

This issue of Presbyterians Today discusses how to deal with church conflict, ways of raising generous children and other meaningful themes.

Many PT articles can be read and shared online.  Check out the latest Nov./Dec. issue.
Seeking and Finding
Hopewell Presbyterian is Seeking a Few Large Print Hymnals 
and NSRV Bibles 
Hopewell Presbyterian is look for a few copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal large print edition, along with a couple large print NRSV Bibles for immediate use to help members fully participate in worship.  Might you have some hymnals and bibles to share?  Contact Rev. Russ Ducan at
Choir Robes Available!
First Presbyterian Church of Jeffersonville has 17 choir robes available for free or freewill offering.  Please contact for more information.
Employment Opportunities
FPC Yorktown Seeks PT Adult Childcare Provider
Child Care Help Needed-The First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown is seeking an adult childcare provider for 2-3 Sundays/month and for "special services as needed". Must be 18 or older. The position reports to the FPCY Childcare Coordinator, and works alongside co-caregivers, from 8:15am-noon. Pay is $15/hour. Contact Michele Mosca 914-227-7237 or
Irvington Presbyterian Seeks Full-time Church Administrator
The Irvington Presbyterian Church is seeking a full-time Church Administrator, to begin in early Jan. 2019. Assisting the pastor and staff, the position includes a variety of responsibilities that support the church operations, including maintaining financial records, preparing church communications published in print, on the web, via email and social media and supporting the director of the on-premises early childhood center. Salary $35k-$40k with benefits. To view detailed job description, visit .
PT Interim Music Director Sought by FPC Yorktown
Seeking part-time Interim Music Director to provide musical leadership to Presbyterian Church in northern Westchester County. Music Director will direct and rehearse choir on Thursday evenings and provide service music on piano and organ at two Sunday Morning services. Send inquiries, or resume and cover letter to:, or mail to: Interim Music Director Search, First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown 2880 Crompond Road, Yorktown Heights, NY 10598.

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