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May 2, 2019
Presbytery News & Events
The Many Are Coming!
Ready for an honest worship expression that digs deep, sings from the heart, and seeks to transform the world?  HRP is offering two opportunities to experience The Many, an intentionally diverse worship collective, and to learn how they create music of resistance, reconciliation, and restoration.

Hailing from Chicago, The Many shares a commitment to authentic expressions of faith, peacemaking, economic and racial justice, and LGBTQ+ inclusion.  Their feet-on-the-ground, heart-in-hands, scars-revealed, wild and holy, liturgically-seasoned music is made for people to sing with each other, in churches, in living rooms, in basements and bars... anywhere, everywhere and anytime we need to remember "all belong here."
You and all your musician friends, worship friends, activist friends, seeker friends - heck, any friends - are invited to join The Many for:
Summer Camp at Holmes!  Register Now!
From archery to sustainability to affirming GLBTQI+ teens, Holmes Camp provides an unparalleled experience for youth from elementary school through high school -- as well as the ever popular Grandparent's Camp and the new Families on the Fourth (July)!  The wide variety of opportunities themes that are under-girded by thoughtful Christian formation create beautiful and memorable experiences for our children and help forge the next generation of witnesses to the gospel.  Do take a look at the extensive offerings Holmes has and know that scholarships are available.

Learn more at

Holmes Camp Introduction
Holmes Camp Introduction
PW Horizons Bible Study, May 7-9
Register now for this wonderful opportunity to be led in the 2019-2020 Horizons Bible Study by its author, Joyce MacKichen Walker at Stony Point Center.

This fresh look at the Ten Commandments is entitled Love Carved in Stone. 

Download information and registration to share.  Or learn more and register online at .

And read the latest PW Churchwide Quarterly newsletter!

2019 Triennium Promo
2019 Triennium Promo

Presbyterian Youth Triennium: Registration Extended to May 15 +
Male Chaperones Needed 
Registration is now open for Presbyterian Youth Triennium, the once - every three-year gathering of Presbyterian youth from all across the US!  Who can sign up? Current 8th graders through 12th graders and adult leaders. Triennium is July 16-20, 2019 at Purdue University in West Lafayette, IN. The Hudson River Presbytery Delegation will be departing in the evening on Monday, July 15 to travel by bus to the Purdue campus and we will return very early in the morning on Sunday, July 21 (Pick up and drop off spots TBD).  Read on to learn what Youth Triennium is all about!

Important message from Steph Hare who is coordinating HRP's delegation:
Thing 1: *We need at least two male chaperones*. If there are male youth worker staff, volunteers, parents, or pastors in your congregations who are excited about Triennium, please encourage them to sign up now. If they have questions about the event, please ask them to call me (914-826-1227). As of right now, we have a wonderful crew of chaperones, but we are all female. We need two males (21 or over)  meet our minimum requirement for Adult Advisors.  
Thing 2:*I am extending the registration deadline for to register for the HRP Delegation to May 15*. The registration deadline for our Hudson River Presbytery had been posted as today, May 1. This is an 'internal' deadline that I set in order to have time to process all of the application info before the national deadline, by which I have to register our Delegation and all of it's participants as group. Recognizing that we all just came off of Holy Week, post Holy Week vacation time, Spring Breaks, Continuing Ed Conferences (shout out to my friends from the Princeton Forum on Youth Ministry), etc I figured that folks may need a little extra time and another reminder to register.
So if you have youth (current 8th graders - current 12th graders; older Youth can apply to be on Work Crew) that have expressed an interest in Triennium, but have not yet registered, they have not yet missed the boat, but please ask them to sign up ASAP.  If you would like to check with me to see if specific youth have registered, please feel free to drop me a note, and I can check for you. Unfortunately, the online registration form doesn't ask for participants' home church, so I don't automatically know who goes with which congregation, but I can certainly look for specific names of people in the registration list.
Read on for info about cost, registering, and connecting with Steph Hare HRP's Youth Triennium Registrar. 

Questions?  Be in touch with Steph Hare 
Board of Pensions Program for Churches, May 16
The Board of Pensions hosts annual Benefits Connections at locations across the nation to engage Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) churches in important benefits conversations and to help them be the best employers they can be.  Save the date for the next Benefits Connections East Coast gathering, May 16 in New York City!  Get more information.
Stewardship Kaleidoscope, Sept. 30 - Oct. 2 
Scholarships available! 
Join church leaders from across the country for Stewardship Kaleidoscope.  "Generosity: Healthy Signs of a Vital Steward" is the theme for this year's conference which equips leaders for effective stewardship ministry.  Over 30 leaders will be presenting in workshops and keynotes.  Learn more and register at's Stewardship team is offering six scholarships which cover the cost of registration for this fabulous conference.  To learn more about the scholarships please contact Charles Barton at crb42mdiv1@comcast.netDownload the flyer and spread the word!
Memorial Service for Jim Palm, May 17
James (Jim) Edward Palm On May 17, 2019 at 10:00 AM, friends and family of James (Jim) Edward Palm, who died October 27, 2018 in Bethesda, Maryland, are invited to gather at Stony Point Center, Stony Point, NY to celebrate his life. Jim was the beloved husband of Louise Lloyd Palm for 63 years, father of Eleanor, Cobbie (Dessa), Margie (John) and Carolyn (Miguel), and grandfather of Samuel, Olivia, Sofia, Biannah, Isabella and Eva.

As the longtime director of Stony Point Center and dedicated social justice activist, Jim will be remembered for his love of God, his commitment to peace and justice, his competitive spirit on the tennis courts and the irrepressible twinkle in his eyes...
Memorial Service for Squeegee Mills, May 25
After a heroic battle with cancer, Squeegee Mills died surrounded by her husband Richard and family. Squeegee has been a member of First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown for 17 years and served the church family in ways too numerous to count--usher, gardener, visit the visitor, cook, elder, lifelong learner in our adult education programs, to name just a few. Her husband, the Rev. Dick Mills, is an honorably retired pastor within Hudson River Presbytery.  A memorial service is planned for Sat, May 25 at 2:00 pm at First Presbyterian Church of Yorktown.  All are welcome.
Congregational News
Vegetarian Cooking Classes at FPC Chester
First Presbyterian Church of Chester in association with HRP Green will be hosting vegetarian cooking classes! This is to both better care for our bodies as well as creation around us (caring what God has provided for us). Each class will teach how to make one main dish, one side dish/snack, and one dessert. The dates/times are as follows:

May 5th 5pm
June 1st 3pm

We are limited to about 10-15 people per class. The class costs $20 to cover expenses of food and instructor (local farm/chef). RSVP to or 845-469-4877
HRPGreen Presents:  UPCycle! at FPC Wappinger's Falls
Learn how to recycle "Junk" into something with new purpose!  Classes held at First Presbyterian Church of Wappinger's Falls, the last Saturday of the month, beginning April 27 from 1-3pm.  A donation of $5 per class is requested to offset supplies to make at least 1 project per class.

Class Schedule

May 25:  Refashion Your Wardrobe for Summer
Recycle clothing for a new look; make accessories

June - December to include:  "Upcycled Furniture," "From Plastic Waste to Useful Space," "Upcycled Children's Toys," and more!  Download the flyer to share with your church!
Presbybuild Annual Talent Show, May 18
Support HRP Partnership ministry, PresbyBuild, at the annual talent show on Saturday, May 18th for sweet treats from 2:00-3:00pm and a rousing talent show beginning at 3:00pm at the First Presbyterian Church of Montgomery, 137 Clinton St., Montgomery, NY.  It's a hoot and a great way to support wonderful work!  Download the flyer and invite your friends!  A free will offering will be taken to support the ministry of PresbyBuild which builds Habitat for Humanity Houses in the greater Newburgh area. Download the flyer!
Energy Savings for HRP Churches!
Thanks to the support of HRPGreen and the Budget, Finance and Property Committee of the Hudson River Presbytery, community solar through Solarize Our Congregation allows Hudson River Presbytery churches and their congregants to lock in savings of about ten percent on their electric bills for up to 20 years with no upfront cost while supporting a Care for Creation mission.

Community solar is a new paradigm that that enables electricity customers to receive the benefits of solar energy without installing panels on their own property. Subscribers enroll in a community solar project and save ten percent on the utility bill credits they receive. New York State has provided special incentives to solar developers to encourage them to build community solar projects to accelerate the transition to clean energy while increasing access to its benefits. Religious institutions are eligible to participate, unlike some other organizations and businesses.

Six churches and about twenty members of HRP congregations installed solar on their own property through last year's version of Solarize Our Congregation - many more wanted to but discovered that installing solar was not cost effective for them. Community solar eliminates that hurdle as there is no cost to participate and savings are guaranteed. In addition, churches will receive a $200 donation when they enroll and will receive a $150 donation when a member of their congregation enrolls.

Contact Nina Orville, Administrator of Solarize Our Congregation at or 914-693-6222 to learn more or visit
Regional and National Events
Religion and Mental Health: Professional Workshop on Ministry with Persons Struggling with Mental Illness, June 17
On June 17th, from  NY Presbyterian Hospital-Westchester, located in White Plains, is hosting a free, half-day event for clergy called "Religion and Mental Health: Practical Guidance for Clergy and Spiritual Caregivers." It will feature presentations from psychiatrists and from chaplains specializing in giving spiritual care to people with mental illness as well as some group discussion around the challenges of this work.  Download the flyer for more information.
Online and Onsite Courses at Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond
Union Presbyterian Seminary in Richmond has several online courses coming up in the Pathways to Learning and Leadership program including one on the Gospel of Mark with the Rev. Dr. Brian Blount, President of Union Theological Seminary in Richmond, March 26 - April 30Learn more.

Union also has a respected Church Business and Administration course July 23 - August 1.  Eight core curriculum seminars are offered over two weeks at our Richmond campus. These seminars fulfill requirements for those pursuing Certification as a Church Administrator through The Church Network (TCN). However, you do not have to be seeking certification to participate. Learn more.
PC(USA) Peacemaking Seminar Trips to Central America and Philippines/Hong Kong in 2020

Central American Migrant Trails, Feb. 17-28, 2020
aims to help concerned Presbyterians better understand the immigration context we are facing in the US with our Central American brothers and sisters and why they take the risk of embarking on this dangerous journey north with children in tow. Learn more.

Root Causes and Current Challenges of Forced Migration and Labor Trafficking, May 4-15, 2020
Since 1974, the Philippine government systematized its labor export program, in response to increasing unemployment and underemployment and social unrest...
Almost 7000 workers per day, leave the Philippines to work in land-based and sea-based jobs. The labor force of Hong Kong domestic workers consists mostly of Indonesian and Filipina women. Learn more. 
Resources for Education, Liturgy & More!
Theological Opportunities for Laypersons
The overall goal of the Christian Leadership Program of University of Dubuque Theological Seminary  is to strengthen the church through quality theological education for lay persons. While the courses offered are particularly designed for lay pastor candidates, they will serve the needs of all lay persons who are contributing their gifts to the ministry of their local church. Church officers, Christian education leaders and teachers, and persons who wish to deepen their understanding of the Christian faith will discover a rich opportunity through this program.

Classes are offered online (no residency component) through Participants benefit from a theological education, including online interaction with faculty and other students.  All online students are required to take the Online Learning Certification (OLC) as a prerequisite to any core course.  To Apply for your CLP Certificate in Congregational Leadership (Completion of all 8 core courses required and can participate in graduation):  
Webinar Series: End of Year Giving, May 8
The Presbyterian Foundation will offer its final webinar in its 2019 series on engaging church givers in stewardship and money-related conversations. The webinar "End of Year Giving" is suitable for pastors, business administrators, stewardship chairs, treasurers, session clerks, and others involved in the financial life of the church.  And it's FREE! You  Learn more.
Matthew 25 Invitation (Short)
Matthew 25 Invitation
Learn more about the PC(USA) church renewal program, Matthew 25!  Lots of resources for creating healthy, vital congregations!
Custom-made Stoles, by the Rev. Gretchen Larson Wolbrink
Looking for a little piece of joy in your ministry?  

I'd love to make a stole that delights you and reminds you of what grounds you in your ministry. I work with both new and reclaimed fabrics -old tablecloths, blankets, sheets, clothes-turning something old and cast aside into something new and beautiful.  

Contact me if you are interested or for more pictures. Rev. Gretchen Larson-Wolbrink
Seeking and Finding
Hymnals to Give Away!
South Presbyterian Church in Dobbs Ferry has 100+ copies of The Presbyterian Hymnal, 1990 edition with a blue cover, to give away. Most copies are in excellent condition. If you are interested, please contact Anne Day at  
Organ Available
Hi friends.  I'm Marlene Wood, a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Montgomery.  My mom was an organist and teacher for many years and she recently passed away. We are trying to find a home for a Lowrey organ that is probably 20 years old. It is a model Coronation with a Magic Genie (built in synthesizer) and a walnut bench.  It's quite fancy with many settings.  If you're interested, please give me a call at 845-494-2753.
Free Choir Robes!
FRE  choir robes in nice condition. 
Quantity:  Blue 20, Red 13, Gray 15, Off White 15.  Each comes in varying sizes.

Contact Sandra Larson, Interim Pastor, Union Presbyterian Church (NOTE "l' as in Larson) Mobile:  503-302-1040.  
Hymnals, Bibles, and an upright piano available
The Grahams Presbyterian Church in Pine Bush has the following items available for the asking. 53 blue, 1990 Presbyterian Hymnals, 78 red 1946 hymnals The Hymnbook, 15 Bibles, and an upright piano. If interested, contact Bruce Baker at
Handbells for Sale!
Schulmerich Handbells for Sale (used; need refurbishment)
5 Octaves (C3 - C8); purchased between 1963 and 1977
Cases included
Six clear plexiglass music stands included
Handbell music included

$10,000 (brand-new 5-octave set would cost approx. $24,000)! Buyer to pick up or to pay for shipping. Photos available upon request.

Contact: Jason Charneski, Director of Music and Organist, Rye Presbyterian Church, 882 Boston Post Rd., Rye, NY 10580  Phone: 914-967-0842, ext. 16; email:
Free Junior Choir Robes!
Do you have a Junior Choir aching to make their debut on Easter Sunday in resplendent verdancy?  Or a middle school class needing costumes for a Wicked visit to the Emerald City?  Gilead has you covered--or will.

Gilead Presbyterian in Carmel has 16 Junior Choir robes for boys or girls, sizes ranging from smallest (fitting up to 3'8"height) to largest (up to 5'5"height).  Free!  Just like Grace and Will!  Contact Martin at or 845-216-8129. 
Employment Opportunities
Managing Editor, Unbound - Louisville, KY, an online publication of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) is searching for Managing Editor of Unbound, a 2-3 year ordainable position. We are looking for activists who are also very good writers and editors, concerned to illuminate and strengthen connections between the Gospel and positive social change. See full job description here, and the current posting with application link here.  For questions contact Rev. Chris Iosso at 502-569-5814 or email
Stony Point Seeks PT Lead Cook and FT Buildings/Grounds
Stony Point Center is seeking an experienced Lead Cook for weekends (part-time) and Skilled Buildings and Grounds person (full-time).  Click through for job descriptions and application information.
Katonah Presbyterian Seeks PT Organist
The Katonah Presbyterian Church (KPC) seeks a part-time organist for the period of September 2019 through early June 2020, renewable for the following year by mutual agreement.  Read the full job description.  Compensation will be commensurate with education and experience. Please submit your cover letter and resume to Katonah Presbyterian Church, 31 Bedford Road, Katonah NY 10536, Attn. Organist, or email to with "Organist" in the subject line.
FPC of Forest Hills Seeks Full-Time Interim Pastor
The First Presbyterian Church of Forest Hills is seeking a full-time interim pastor to exercise pastoral, administrative, and representational leadership, and to serve the needs of the church as identified in the job description, which may be redefined as needed. Full info at: .  
Bryn Mawr Church Seeks Pianist for July
Bryn Mawr Park Church in Yonkers, NY is looking for a pianist for the month of July 2019.
Our service is at 10:00 am in our air-conditioned sanctuary.  The dates are July 7,14, 21 and 28. Please contact Nancy Hansen at 914-963-0400 or

Nauraushaun Church Seeks Part-Time Organist/Pianist
Nauraushaun Church in Pearl River loves its music ministry and is seeking a part-time organist/pianist. Requirements include experience planning and playing for worship services, sacred music repertoire, professional contacts and creative ideas about liturgical music; support for the choir and collaboration with the choir director; planning special music with guests, instrumental or vocal, for Christmas, Easter and other holy days in the church year; overseeing care of the instruments.  Back-to-back choir rehearsal and worship service on Sunday mornings.  Eleven-rank Wicks pipe organ. Four weeks' vacation and competitive salary.  Send cover letter and resume to Carol Dornbush in care of the church, or 51 Sickletown Road, Pearl River NY 10965.
Presbyterian Peace Fellowship Seeks PT Comms. Manager
The Communications Manager will compellingly represent PPF's values and priorities through written and visual communications; develop and carry out a communications strategy and plan through social media, the website, and written materials; maintain the website; and manage the internal communications of PPF.  Learn more about this 10 hour a week position.
All Souls Port Chester Seeks PT Christian Educator
All Souls Parish/The Presbyterian Church of Port Chester, NY is looking for a part-time Christian Educator to facilitate our Sunday Morning children's program.  The position is four hours a week with 2.5 of those hours being on Sunday morning from 9 -11:30 am.  The salary will be $18-$20 per hour commensurate with experience.  Please send a cover letter and resume to
Yorktown Presbyterian Church Seeks Music Director
Yorktown's next Director of Music Ministry will provide collaborative leadership in the music and worship life of our church.While we believe we are looking for the traditional skilled organist, keyboardist, and choral director combo working between 30 - 40 hours weekly, we are open to discussing other models with you. Our Director of Music Ministry will bring a passion to music in the service of worship, and will be an approachable, flexible, and creative member of our worship design team.  Read the full job description.
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
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Yikes!  Your friends and congregants don't know about Hudson Happenings the one stop place to plug in to events, connect within and beyond your congregation, and discover useful and inspiring resources for life together?  Do get them connected!

Filled with links to local, regional and national news as well as information on fabulous educational and advocacy events, it's your place for interesting news and events in Hudson River Presbytery, Synod of the NE and PC(USA). So why not share it with your friends?!  And with the link below, your friends can also subscribe to other e-updates from the Presbytery! Again, just invite them to go to or share this irresistibly funny photo of me (the link is embedded).