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:
The Savvy Soul Sisters of Syntax Book Club
The Savvy Soul Sisters of Syntax met about once a month in Hazekamp Hall bringing food to share and discussion questions for the book of the month.
At all of our meetings we discussed a book selected for that month and shared food, fun and fellowship.
Books read in 2022:
Stranger in the Lifeboat by Mitch Albom
All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
The Lincoln Highway by Amor Towles
Rules of Civility by Amor Towles
Where the Crawdads Sing by Delia Owens
The Supremes at Earl’s All-You-Can-Eat by Edward Kelsey Moore
Apples Never Fall by Liane Moriarty
The book club took two field trips this past year. First, they went to the Bardavon Theater in Poughkeepsie to hear Amor Towles talk about his best-selling books. Second, they went to the movies to see the screen version of Where the Crawdads Sing.
Here is a sampling of the favorite books the group has read over the years:
Small Great Things by Jodi Piccoult
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls
The Kitchen House: A Novel by Kathleen Grissom
The Help by Kathryn Stockett
Orphan Train by Christina Baker
Moloka'i by Alan Brennert
The Faith Club: A Muslim, A Christian, A Jew -- Three women search for understanding by Oliver, Udilby & Warner
Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
The Hundred-Foot Journey: A Novel by Richard Morais
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.