Mission Statement: The Nurture Ministry is the shepherd for all who would share in the life of our faith family at FPC. We nurture and support: Our congregation as they grow in spirit and share the love of Christ, our youth as they learn and grow, and our staff as they serve God and the congregation.
The Board of Deacons
Matthew 25: verses 35 and 40:
"For I was hungry, and you gave me food to eat. I was thirsty, and you gave me drink.
I was a stranger, and you took me in.....Most certainly I tell you, inasmuch as you did it
to one of the least of these my brothers and sisters, you did it to me.”
Deacons are called to follow Jesus Christ and obey His commandments to love God and to love one another. As an integral part of the Nurture Ministry, it is the mission of the Deacons to spiritually nurture and care for the congregation of First Presbyterian Church Washingtonville. To accomplish this, the Deacons:
- Strengthen personal connections in our faith family through our Deacon Shepherding program.
- Arrange for meals, rides and/or emergency childcare in times of need, such as illness, injury or family crisis through our Angels on Call program.
- Maintain contact to become aware of prayer needs;
- Encourage church members and friends to submit prayer needs and engage in daily prayer for others via our e-Prayer Circle;
- Create and mail “care packages” to our college students and family members away on military assignments;
- Support Mission Ministry projects.
The Savvy Soul Sisters of Syntax Book Club
Do you enjoy a good book and great conversation? Why not join the Savvy Soul Sisters of Syntax? Meetings are held monthly, and are hosted by group members in their homes. Refreshments are served, and there is never a lack of lively conversation as members explore various books and share their thoughts about them.
Here is a sampling of the favorite books the group has read over the years:
Snow Flower and the Secret Fan: A Novel, by Lisa See
Cutting for Stone, by Abraham Verghese
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Kite Runner by Kalad Hosseini
The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Orphan Train by Christina Baker Kline
More recent reads include:
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew -- Three women search for understanding by Oliver, Udilby & Warner
The Healing by Jonathan Odell
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Husband's Secret by Liane Moriarity
At the Water's Edge by Sara Gruen
The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel by Richard Morais
Our book club has reviewed many books for The Times Herald Record including: The Shack, The Kitchen House by Kathleen Grissom, A Violet Season by Kathy Leonard Czepiel, Unlimited Calling , Flight Behavior by Barbara Kingsolver and Moloka'i by Brennert.
Over the years the book club has often gone to see the movies based on books we have read. Some of these movies were: Water for Elephants, Gone Girl, Hundred-Foot Journey, The Help, Girl on the Train and The Glass Castle.
A recent book club field trip was to see the movie Girl on a Train after they read the book.
First Presbyterian Church of Washingtonville is proud to have chartered Boy Scout Troop 416 for over 40 years. We also host Cub Scout Pack 4. The scouts provide invaluable support to our church, such as helping in the cleanup after the flooding from Hurricane Irene and Tropical Storm Leo in 2011. More recently Troop 416 helped with a much-needed cleanup of our backyard play area. Additionally, we have benefited from a variety of Eagle Scout projects and provide our Sanctuary for the Eagle Court of Honor.
FPC also hosts Brownie Troop 493 and Girl Scout Troops 543, 600, 405, 543 and 503.
The Lethal Luau
Cast of Characters
This committee chaired by Sue Hegmann and Hanora Sullivan plans activities for our church that are centered around fun, food and fellowship. Events for 2014 included: our annual church picniic, Fall Homecoming and A Taste of Christmas. In March 2015 a new event was planned and "executed" (pun intended) "The Lethal Luau" which was a murder mystery dinner. All who attended enjoyed this fun evening.
Find out more about any of our NURTURE programs
by contacting our church office at 845-496-3814!