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Music is an integral 
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Active Sunday School

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September 2017

Young Adult Volunteers

On August 27th, Nauraushaun hosted three Young Adult Volunteers who had
attended a week-long training at Stony Point and were about to begin a year of
mission service. We were all inspired by their commitment and enthusiasm as they
shared a little about themselves and what drew them to engage in missions. All
three have now settled into the communities where they will be living and working
for the next year and have started blogs about their experiences there.

You can 
follow their blogs at the links below: 
  • Lauren Rye is working with Hands and Feet of Asheville, North Carolina.
  • Sharon Boer is working with Presbyterian Disaster Assistance in Little Rock. 
  • Chance Snell is splitting his time between Tabernacle Presbyterian Church and Habitat for Humanity Restore in Indianapolis, Indiana. 
Please keep these young people in your prayers and drop them a note of support--it will be appreciated!


Message From the Pastor,

May 2017

The Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church has long been active and supportive of social justice. In the 1960s the then-pastor was a participant in some of the southern civil rights marches and took arrest. (Then he called the Clerk of Session for bail money.) In the 1970s the church was publicly against the Viet Nam War. In the 1980s members of the church traveled on several occasions to help rebuild Nicaragua after the violence in that nation. In the 1990s NPC voted to support the justice of the LGBTQ rights concerns both in the church’s ordination policies as well in the wider civil society. Now the church Session has just adopted a statement affirming the New Sanctuary Movement. It is a slightly amended version of one written by the Rev. William Barber II (#MoralResistance.)


On Saturday, May 20 this church will host a training in Nonviolent Resistance from Noon to 4 p.m. The trainers will be Rick Ufford-Chase and the Rev. Emily Brewer, both of the Presbyterian Peace Fellowship. This event will begin with a soup and salad lunch, for which there is no charge. To know how much food to prepare we do need RSVPs. Please call the church office 845 735 4565. This is open to the community!

February 2017

Community Immigration Forum
In response to growing concerns about what the radically changing political climate means for our immigrant neighbors, both documented and undocumented, a Community Immigration Forum was held on February 6th at Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church in Pearl River. The Forum was co-sponsored by a collaborative of the Rockland Immigrant Coalition, Helping Hands of Rockland County, Palisades Presbyterian Church and Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church, and supported by a grant from the Hudson River Presbytery.

One hundred forty-seven Rockland residents gathered to learn about the New Sanctuary Movement, a nationwide initiative through which support and accompaniment are provided for families who are threatened with separation through deportation. Sanctuary is not merely the action of a single congregation , but the work of a community. During the Forum, two expert panels led discussions about the history and practice of sanctuary as well as the importance of knowing the constitutional rights of persons within the United States.

The attendees were Muslim and Jew, Christian and secular, of every age and race. They learned from an attorney, a staff person from the New York Immigration Coalition, a Sanctuary practitioner, a rabbi and a Presbyterian Minister. All were encouraged, as people of conscience, by the crowd who showed up on the Monday morning after the Super Bowl, as well as by the depth of their concern.

Since the Forum last Monday, there have been raids all over the country, including one in Hudson, N.Y., where four people were detained. The urgency of this situation is not something that our communities can overlook. Rockland County is organizing to respond.



August 2016

Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church Speaks of Faith and Politics

During this election season, the Session of the Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church has been called by the Spirit to speak publicly of its faith in the midst of politics. In these days, we think all who seek to lead the state need to hear more from the church.

This church values social justice, as commanded by both Testaments. This church values love, as commanded by both Testaments. This church values compassion for the stranger, as commanded by both Testaments.

The Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) of which Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church is a member congregation, holds as authoritative “A Brief Statement of Faith” adopted by the church in the early 1990s. Its first affirmation is “In life and in death we belong to God.” Belonging to God, who creates women and men in the image of God, we reject political rhetoric that intends to divide, rather than unite, human beings. Belonging to God, we reject fear as lack of faith in the love, power, and justice of the Ultimate Holy One. Belonging to God, we reject any and every ideology that lacks humility and grace toward others.

We cite with enthusiastic conviction these lines from “A Brief Statement of Faith”:

“In a broken and fearful world, the Spirit gives us courage to pray without ceasing, to witness among all peoples to Christ as Lord and Savior, to unmask idolatries in Church and culture, to hear the voices of peoples long silenced, and to work with others for justice, freedom, and peace.”

This is how we intend to live, pray, and vote.



July 17, 2016

Presbyterian Outlook ~ God is Turning the World - A brief report on the 22nd General Assemble of the Presbyterian Church (USA), Portland, Oregon, June 18-25, 2016.

Reflections, July 10, 2016

As a pastor, I must interpret the Word to engage the context we are sharing. Today we share a context of grief.

We are grieving 7 men who should not have died.

Alton Sterling
Philando Castile
Michael Smith
Michael Krol
Brent Thompson
Lorne Ahrens
Patrick Zamarippa

To quote a Facebook post from one of our GA Co-Moderators, the Rev. Jan Edmiston: “What breaks God’s heart? Shooting innocent black men. Shooting innocent police officers.”

Yes, and first we pray. Please pray with me:

O God who gave us birth, you are ever more ready to hear than we are to pray. You know our needs before we ask, and our ignorance in asking. Show us now your grace, that as we face the mystery o death, we may see the light of eternity. Speak to us once more your solemn message of iife and of death and of eternal life. Amen.
Hear these familiar words from Ecclesiastes, chapter 3:    

For everything there is a season,
And a time for every matter under heaven.
A time to be born, and a time to die.
A time to plant, and a tiee to pluck up what is planted;
A time to kill, and a time to heal;
A time to break down, and a time to build up;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh;
A time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together.
A time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
A time to seek, and a time to lose;
A time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to rend, and a time to sew;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to love, and a time to hate;
A time for ward, and a time for peace…….

I have on occasion been asked when is the time to hate? And my answer is that there are times when saying to a friend in difficult circumstances, “I regret what has happened to you” is not strong enough. “I’m sorry” doesn’t work because that is an apology and should only be used when you had some part in causing the troubles. But saying “I hate these shootings” is the truth. It feels strong enough, especially when the word “hate” is never used about people, but about circumstances beyond one’s control.

From Psalm 121:

I lift up my eyes to the hills:
From whence does my help come?
My help comes from the Lord,
Who made heaven and earth.

He will not let your foot be moved,
He who keeps you will not slumber.
Behold, he who keeps Israel
Will neither slumber nor sleep.

The Lord is your keeper;
The Lord is your shade at your right hand.
The sun shall not smite you by day,
Nor the moon by night.

The Lord will keep you from all evil;
He will keep your life.
The Lord will keep your going out and your coming in

From this time forth and for evermore.

I was fully an adult when I finally came to understand the point of the opening question in this psalm: I lift up my eyes to the hills; from whence does my help come?

The psalmist is taking pains to counter the worship of nature, the placing of altars on mountaintops to gods and goddesses of human making, as today one finds cairns of small rocks constructed on high places. The psalmist counters: No, the one who MADE those high hills, the very creator of nature, the Lord, it is that Holy One with all creative power, who helps me.

Indeed. Even today.

It is the Spirit of this Living Creating God who led our recent General Assembly to elect two women pastors as Co-Modeerators: Denise and Jan, friends. Rev. Denise Anderson is African American; Rev. Jan Edmiston is white.

And on Thursday morning, before Dallas, Rev. Denise tweeted this: “Been pulled over for a tail light. Watched as my husband telegraphed his movements to the cop. I know that anxiety.”

We who have not had that experience, need to feel its truth and its power. We have work to do.

And after the Dallas assassinations, the Mayor, Michael Rawlings, who is a member of the First Presbyterian Church in Dallas, spoke to the national press and decried a “cancer of separatism,” that is damaging our civic polity. A ‘cancer of separatism.”

Indeed. 

At our General Assembly in Portland, the commissioners voted final approval to add the Confession of Belhar to our Book of Confessions. The context of Belhar is South Africa, and the Reformed Church confessed to the sin of apartheid, separating people by race. That Confession is now ours, and could hardly be more a confession for our day. Belhar confesses that Jesus Christ has broken down the dividing wall of hostility. He embodies reconciliation, and we are in Him. 

Let me turn to the Facebook post of the Rev. Ryan Landino from yesterday morning. Ryan, as a brand new Princeton Seminary grad., was the pastor called to the church I served as an interim in Linden New Jersey. He is now serving a church in Geneseo. Here is his post:

“No more hate. No more violence. No more death. I pray right now for all you who fear that you or your loved ones have a target on your back. For my police officer friends and your family afraid to go to work, I pray for you. For my friends of color afraid to go outside, I pray for you. For families who have been recently destroyed and traumatized, I pray for you. For communities who have been recently devastated and are b eing re-traumatized again and again, I pray for you. For those in open carry states who do not feel sfe surrounded by large magazine weapons in the hands of civilians, I pray for you. For those of you who have experienced racism-drive violence, I pray for you. For those of you actively working to dismantle systems of intentional and unconscious racism, I pray for you. For those of us born of privilege who are still making sense of ho racism protects us, I pray for you. For those who need hep expressing their anger, or their fear, or their pain, I pray for you. For all of us who do not want to see any more police assassinated, nor any more people of color murdered in the streets, nor any more death, I pray for you. “

A member of the last church I served asked this on my Facebook page: “When will it stop.” And I replied: “When, after we pray, we act out love in a new way.” 

Let me close with a New Testament text: Romans 8:

 “For I am sure that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus, our Lord”

“In life and in death, we belong to God.”
To whom be the glory. Amen.

Bebb Wheeler Stone, PhD. Interim Pastor



June 2016

The Presbyterian Church is governed by “presbyters.” It is one of the marks of this particular Reformed Christian church. A “presbyter” (the word comes from a New Testament Greek word meaning elder) is one who has been ordained to an office of either Teaching or Ruling Elder. Teaching Elders are those who have been ordained to the office that requires a Seminary education and accountability to a presbytery. Ruling Elders are those who have been ordained to govern a local church, called to serve by peers for their gifts, and set apart to lead. At every level of the church beyond the local level, Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders vote with equal authority and in equal numbers.

From June 18-25, the General Assembly of the P.C.(U.S.A.) will convene in Portland, Oregon. Commissioners will be voting on matters before the church, and there are equal numbers of Teaching Elders and Ruling Elders voting. This is known in the Presbyterian Church as “parity of ministry.” John Calvin in the 16th century, reading I Corinthians 12, thought disciples should serve the Kingdom of God, which includes but is not co-terminus with the church, based on gifts and talents. But all should serve God’s purposes. Ordained ruling elders take turns leading the church from the local to the national level of the church. Ordained teaching elders serve as interpreters of Scripture, theology, church history, and ethics in various contexts, most often a local church.

One of the compelling matters before the General Assembly in Portland is the probable adoption of a new “confession” for the Presbyterian Book of Confessions. The Confession of Belhar comes from the Reformed Church of South Africa, and it emerged from their historic context of apartheid. It is a rejection of separation of peoples by race and an affirmation of persons being equally created in the image of God. This Confession has gone through a prior approval from the 221 st G.A. and has been approved by a majority of the presbyteries throughout the country. It is back for a final vote.

A controversial question being put to vote is whether the church should divest from (sell any investments in) fossil fuels.

There are a number of difficult matters for the 400 or so commissioners to debate and vote upon. If you keep a prayer list, you might want to add the 222d General Assembly of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) meeting in Portland to your list!! If you are interested in more information you can connect to General Assembly’s work through the blogpost at Hudson River Presbytery (www.hudrivpres.org) and clicking on the green circle on the homepage to link to current events!

Bebb Wheeler Stone, PhD. Interim Pastor



May 2016

To be a newcomer to Nauraushaun Presbyterian Church, as I am as the recently arrived interim minister, is to watch the beauty of the grounds around this church unfold. The Magnolia tree in late March was magnificent. The cheery hillside of yellow daffodils made us all smile. The cherry trees in April gently dropped pink petals all over my car. (They blew away instantly.) The deep burgundy maple is now in bloom.

I have learned that these grounds are maintained by a number of people, each of whom has a "section" to tend. What a neat idea. The problem came when a rather extensive patch of cactus became the nest of choice for carpenter ants. And even though the cacti were a gift from a church member years ago and have been lovingly tended by another member, the cactus patch has to go. (I’m told that Rockland County residents get used to dealing with such invaders….) The gardener of the cactus plants has given the word : ditch those plants!! To be a good steward is to know when to save things, and equally important, when to let things go. The latter is harder, but equally as important; equally as faithful.

Bebb Wheeler Stone, PhD. Interim Pastor



April 2016


There is Mystery here, palpable on Sunday mornings when the faithful gather for worship, Word, and music. Sunday, after the sermon touched on nuanced meanings of "shalom," the talented organist played "Shalom Chaverim," from the hymnal as the Offertory. 

The Holy Spirit is a master of improv. It felt especially appropriate for Passover weekend. For anyone reading this who is a contemplative activist, ---you will find soulmates in this church.

Bebb Wheeler Stone, PhD. Interim Pastor



March 2016

Grace and peace to all of you! Thanks be to God for life together in Jesus Christ in the power of the Holy Spirit!

One of the things I cherish about entering a new community of faith is how the complexities and ambiguities, joys and sorrows disclose themselves slowly, over time. The community, in aggregate is like each of us—full of stories from our lived experiences. Some stories we tell first; other stories we tell later; and still others we tell only to God and our most trusted partners and friends.

Our Book of Order has a most remarkable statement early in the first section of our constitution:

"This organization rests on the fellowship and is not designed to work without trust and love."

Trust and love: Not words we hear much in our civic polity these days. Yet values God’s human project cannot do without. Insisting on trust and love, the Presbyterian Church is a counter-cultural witness to the nobility of the human-spirit-in-community.

And so we begin another chapter of change at NPC. I say "another" because the files have ‘disclosed’ your mission study of 2005. You’ve done this before! So let me affirm, as Rev. Wainwright said Sunday God tells us ‘Behold I am about to do a new thing,” and in the same moment, let me affirm that "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today and forever."

It is our call to maintain the fruit-bearing relationship of change rooted in the eternity of the Kingdom (or Commonwealth) As we begin this chapter, let’s remember that we seek not what we want, but we seek what God wants for us.

Bebb Wheeler Stone, PhD. Interim Pastor




















 
   
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